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13 March 2019

Eight new grants awarded to organisations using legal action to drive social change

These new grants will use the law at the centre of campaigns for change on a wide range of issues, including immigration, trafficking, domestic violence, social care, mental health and HIV.
Strengthening Civil Society

We are pleased to announce that the Strengthening Civil Society programme has awarded eight new grants.

This funding round was intended to support the work of expert legal organisations, who work or want to develop further as ‘hubs’ for legal action.

Organisations will be provided with flexible funding of up to £100,000 over a three year period. We hope this will enable them to invest in collaborative relationships with others in the sector and to weather the fluctuations in activity that legal action can entail and to capitalise on opportunities when they arise.

82 expressions of interest were received totalling over £7.8 million in requested funding, with strong proposals from a wide range of organisations.

The following grants have been awarded.

Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit

To empower organisations supporting victims of trafficking to use to the law to ensure victims are identified and receive the support they are entitled to.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre

To support activists and organisations to assist migrant and refugee children in accessing secure legal status.

Islington Law Centre

To support civil society organisations to understand the role of, and undertake, strategic legal action to protect and promote migrants’ rights.

JustRight Scotland

To establish the Scottish Public Interest Law Centre, which aims to ensure that the law and human rights based approaches are seen as tools for social change.

National AIDS Trust

To help reduce HIV stigma by using up to date knowledge of HIV to ensure the correct application of the law.

North East Law Centre

To develop a partnership between the North East Law Centre and the Recovery College Collective to test how legal and human rights based approaches could improve the outcomes for people experiencing mental distress.

Public Interest Law Unit

To defend, enforce and promote the housing rights of Domestic Violence survivors through free legal representation, capacity-strengthening of the voluntary sector and strategic litigation.

Royal Mencap Society

To assist people with learning difficulties to use data and strategic legal tactics to hold public bodies to account and bring about systems change.