Community Justice Fund Opens for Applications

Specialist social welfare legal advice organisations can apply for grants of between £25,000 – £75,000 through the new Community Justice Fund.

The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.

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 specialist 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

The fund is not able to support generalist advice agencies, private sector legal aid practices or individuals.

Grants will be awarded in two waves. Wave one is open now. Applications will be considered on a weekly basis while funds are available. Decisions will be received within ten days of submitting an application.

Wave two will, subject to fundraising, open in autumn this year and provide flexible grants responding to ongoing needs and building on the promising work arising out of wave one. For further information please view – https://www.communityjusticefund.org.uk/

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