Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants

Status: Open to applications

Deadline: 6 July, 2018


Description

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants as well as to firms of solicitors that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants.


Details
Fund Value: £ 450,000
Maximum Value: £ 30,000
Average Value: £ 12,000

Value Notes

There is a total of £450,000 available from October 2017 to September 2020.

The maximum grant available is £30,000, though groups are encouraged to apply for lesser amounts.

The average grant size is around £12,000.


Extended Descriptions

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants (SLF) is a fund managed by the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) in partnership with the Trust for London, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The Fund supports legal work to promote the rights of vulnerable migrant children and young adults. The grants are for strategic legal work where the impact is likely to go beyond an individual case, and result in changes to law, policy and practice that benefit a wider group of people.

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.

The SLF defines vulnerable young migrants as follows:

  • Migrants or the children of migrants.
  • Who are under 25 years.
  • Who are living in poverty.
  • Who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their (or their parents') migration status.

Latest Information

There are six closing dates for applications during the year, and these will be about every two months. The next deadlines for application are 6 July 2018 and 7 September 2018.


Key Criteria

Applications will be considered from:

  • Not-for-profit organisations that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants.
  • Firms of solicitors that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants and can demonstrate that the funded work does not include any element of profit and there is a pro bono element included.

Eligible Expenditure 

The funding is for strategic legal work which is defined here as work where the impact is likely to go beyond an individual case, and to result in changes to law, policy and practice that will benefit a wider group of people.

Applications must be to fund one of two kinds of strategic legal work:

  • The research and development of cases pre-litigation including: gathering evidence to test a hypothesis or research to establish authorities' policy and practice, identifying potential plaintiffs/applicants/appellants; researching whether to proceed; translating relevant material; and evaluating a litigation strategy.
  • Third party "interventions" in existing cases, which allow a non-party intervener to assist the court in arriving in its decision in a case, acting as an amicus curiae, a friend of the court.

The funding will cover 'any reasonable revenue costs' that are incurred to undertake proposed pre-litigation research or to prepare third party intervention. This includes temporary staffing, freeing up or extending existing staff hours, volunteer expenses, travel and subcontracting with other voluntary and community organisations.

Applicants should check the list of previous SLF grants to make sure their proposal does not duplicate any existing work.


Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • General research or campaigning work.
  • Work involving issues of criminal or family law unless they involve the areas that are being supported.
  • Pre-litigation research on an issue where work is already in progress by other legal representatives.
  • There is an unreasonably low prospect of a positive outcome for vulnerable migrant children and young people.
  • Where the work will not produce any significant positive change to the rights of vulnerable young migrants in the UK.
  • Application that may be more successfully achieved through an alternative route eg, policy work.
  • Organisations have already received two grants from the SLF in the last 18 months (from October 2017), except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Organisations are in serious financial deficit.
  • Not-for-profit organisations have significant unrestricted reserves (including designated funds). Generally reserves up to the equivalent of six months’ expenditure are acceptable.

Aplication Proceedure

Guidelines and an application form can be found on the ILPA website.

Applicants are 'strongly encouraged' to discuss their proposal with the SLF Project Manager before submitting their application form.

There are six closing dates for applications during the year, roughly every two months. Applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered until the next closing date.

Contact the ILPA for further information.


Addresses and Contacts

Application forms available on their website.

Contact details:
Bella Kosmala
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association 
Lindsey House 
40 - 42 Charterhouse Street 
London 
EC1M 6JN
Telephone:
0207 251 8383
Email:
bella.kosmala@ilpa.org.uk