Aims/priorities: The Community Justice Fund is focused on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations. We aim to help these organisations be effective and sustainable in the face of responding to COVID-19. We will provide flexible support so that organisations can respond to these challenges in ways that they feel best meets their needs but for which they do not currently have the funds. This could be about ‘keeping the doors open’, making the necessary shifts to home working, maintaining services, adapting services to reach people in new ways and at greater scale, supporting the wellbeing of staff, or a combination of these and other responses. We will also seek to capture lessons about the pressures organisations are under and how they are responding in order to inform future programmes and work with other funders and government.
We will make grants in two waves.
- Wave one is open now and will provide flexible grants to organisations that meet our eligibility criteria and priorities set out below. We understand that organisations have been responding quickly to the situation, so grants can be used towards the costs of your work from 1 April 2020.
- Wave two will, subject to fundraising, open in autumn this year and provide flexible grants in support of our aims, responding to ongoing needs and building on the promising work arising out of wave one.
Who can apply? To be eligible for funding, an organisation must be:
- registered with the Charity Commission and working in the UK;
- 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;
- 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 contracts
Grant amount: The size of grant awarded will depend on a number of factors including the size of your organisation and the cost and scale of the support needed. We anticipate making grants in the range £25,000 - £75,000, but may be able to make larger grants in certain circumstances.
Application process: Applications must be submitted via the online application on the website
Deadline: We envisage wave one running for six months. Applications will be considered on a weekly basis while funds are available. Decisions will be received within ten days of submitting an application.
Website address: www.communityjusticefund.org.uk/apply/