At the end of the year, the Baring Foundation was delighted to award 23 grants worth £2,024,991 though its Strengthening Civil Society programme which supports organisations to use legal action to tackle discrimination and disadvantage.
Ten three-year grants were awarded to expert legal ‘hub’ organisations who work together with non-legal civil society organisations to use the law to bring about long-term change.
These organisations are: Access Social Care, the British Institute of Human Rights, the Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland, Foxglove, Greater Manchester Law Centre, JustRight Scotland, the Public Interest Law Centre, the Public Interest Litigation Support Project, SOS Special Educational Needs, and Southwark Law Centre.
A further 13 grants were awarded to organisations to use legal action to address racial injustice in the criminal justice system.
These organisations are: The 4Front Project, APPEAL, Black Protest Legal Support, the Centre for Women’s Justice, the Criminal Justice Alliance, Friends, Families and Travellers, Hackney Council for Voluntary Service (Account Project), INQUEST, Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty by Association, Maslaha, Tottenham Rights, the Racial Justice Network and SHU Law.
These grants are the first made by the Strengthening Civil Society programme as part of a wider focus by the Baring Foundation on racial justice in our grant-giving. In 2020, the Foundation ringfenced £2 million over five years to support legal action to address racial injustice.
Readers might also be interested in our recent report – The Pursuit of Racial Justice through Legal Action – which looks at how effectively the law has been used to address racism in the UK since 1990.