Access to justice initiatives in Victoria has been given a boost, with the Victoria Law Foundation awarding six new grants through the second round of its 2008-09 grants program.
Each year the foundation awards more than $500,000 for projects aimed at improving access to justice. These latest six grants total more than $160,000.
In announcing the grants, Victoria Law Foundation executive director Joh Kirby noted that in the current economic climate there was even greater community need for such initiatives.
"Community groups and not-for-profit organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to cover the costs of initiating new projects to respond to community need. We are delighted to provide financial assistance through our grants program for these vitally important projects, many of which could not otherwise be undertaken," he said.
- Deakin University, which received $36,470 for a project aimed at researching the extent of legal disadvantage suffered by those living in rural areas compared with their metropolitan counterparts
- Law Institute of Victoria, which received $24,711 for research into the need for funding for interpreter services in civil litigation
- Peninsula Community Legal Centre, which received $39,031 to update its Valuing Volunteers Kit, which assists community legal centers to establish and manage effective volunteer programs
- Anex, which received $29,950 to review existing laws which prevent the installation of syringe vending machines in Victoria and propose law reform in the area
- Youthlaw, which received $13,000 to work with young people in rural areas to identify legal issues and needs
- PILCH Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic, which received $30,000 to improve the functionality of its online legal education tool, the Homelessness Law and Advocacy Resource Manual.