Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants in the United Kingdom
Applications are now open for The Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) to support legal work that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures to uphold and promote the rights of migrant groups in the UK.
The Strategic Legal Fund aims to clarify and advance their laws for everyone’s benefit. Their goal is to make sure all migrants in the UK can get justice when they need it through the legal system that guides, connects and protects them all.
The SLF aims to tackle injustices and inconsistencies in law and practice that disadvantage or discriminate against people as a result of their migration status.
They do this by making grants to organizations to:
Undertake pre-litigation research, gold
Make third party interventions to ensure that the key legal points are made in existing cases.
Areas of Law
The SLF funds strategic legal work in any area of law where vulnerable young migrants experience disadvantage or discrimination as a result of migration status. This includes (but is not restricted to) potential cases in the areas of:
Asylum and asylum support
access to justice
The total amount available for SLF grants from October 2017 to September 2020 is £450,000. Maximum funding for any one application will be £30,000 but, in view of the limited funding available, lower applications are encouraged. The average grant size is around £12,000. You need to demonstrate that your application represents value for money. Grants may be approved for a lesser amount than requested.
The SLF supports strategic legal work in the UK which benefits vulnerable young migrants. They define this as:
Migrants or the children of migrants,
Who are under 25,
Who are living in poverty, and
Who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their (or their parents’) migration status.
Those eligible to apply to the SLF are organizations based in the UK which are:
Not-for-profit (NFP) organisations: that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants. If you work for a NFP organisation regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and are applying to undertake work in the asylum or immigration field, you must confirm that staff leading on the proposed work are accredited at Level 3, Advocacy and Representation, in the relevant category of law.
Firms of solicitors: that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants. Solicitors’ firms need to demonstrate that the funded work does not include any element of profit and, as for all applicants, that there is a pro bono element included.
All applicants must demonstrate that staff has appropriate skills, experience and expertise to undertake the proposed strategic legal work. All applicants are asked to provide supporting documents with their application, for example annual accounts, governing documents, or other financial information.
For more information, visit http://strategiclegalfund.org.uk/