Specialist social welfare legal advice organisations can apply for grants to help them be effective and sustainable in the face of responding to COVID-19. Organisations must be working in the UK and be registered with the relevant Charity Commission.
To be eligible they also must:
Be able to demonstrate a track record of delivering legal advice in one or more of the following areas of law: asylum, community care, debt, disability, discrimination, education, employment, housing, immigration, mental health, public and administrative law and welfare benefits.
Be able to demonstrate a track record in delivering advice at specialist level including carrying out end-to-end casework for clients, carrying out representation in a court or tribunal and/or holding legal aid contract.
The size of grant awarded will depend on different factors, including the size of the organisation and the cost and scale of the support needed. Most grants will be in the range of £25,000 to £75,000 but this range is indicative and organisations can apply for less than £25,000 if that is what is needed. The Fund may also be able to make grants larger than £75,000 in certain circumstances.
During the first wave of funding, eligible organisations can use the grants in ways that they feel best meets their needs, for example for:
“Keeping the doors open”.
Making the necessary shifts to home working.
Adapting services to reach people in new ways and at greater scale.
Supporting the wellbeing of staff.
Costs that can be covered by the grant include:
Sessional worker’s fees.
Costs of local or temporary staff.
Promotion of partnership approaches.
General contribution of funding to help cashflow.
The first wave of funding is currently open for applications on a rolling weekly basis.
How To Apply
Wave one is open for application on a rolling weekly basis. There is no fixed deadline.
Organisations should apply early in the week if they want their application to be considered in the following week. Decisions will be received within ten days of submitting an application.
Guidelines and FAQs, as well as the online application form are available on the Community Justice Fund’s website.
Useful documents & links
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Access to Justice Foundation
Email: [email protected]