Objectives of Fund
As part of the Strengthening Civil Society programme, the Baring Foundation launched a new funding programme in May 2020 with three new funding streams to support civil society undertake legal actions related to coronavirus/COVID-19. Only one of the funds is open to all; the other two are for current and previous grantholders.
Supporting Legal Action Related to Covid-19 is open to applications from all registered charities, including current grant holders. This fund will support legal action in all its forms – empowering, persuading, challenging – that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19 and the response to the pandemic from public authorities, businesses, and communities.
Operational impacts fund is for current grantholders: small-scale grants to assist organisations whose operations are severely affected by Covid-19.
Increase in demand for advice from frontline organisations fund is for current grantholders: grants for hub organisations. These are vital organisations which provide expert legal advice to other civil society organisations to drive social change.
Grants of up to £40,000 are available for up to one year.
Who Can Apply
Applications will be considered from civil society organisations in the UK who:
Have relevant and demonstrable legal expertise in their area of focus.
Are registered as a charity in the UK.
Will deliver activities under the grant which delivers benefit in the UK (applications for international work will not be considered).
Have an annual income of under £5 million.
The following are not eligible for funding:
The funding will support legal action in all its forms – empowering, persuading, challenging – that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic from public authorities, businesses, and communities.
How To Apply
There are three deadlines for applications to this fund during 2020:
Midday on Thursday, 28 May 2020 with decisions by 26 June 2020.
Midday on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 with decisions by 18 September 2020.
Midday on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 with decisions by 18 December 2020.
The guidelines and online application form are available on the Baring Foundation website.
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Email: [email protected]