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7 July 2021

Strengthening Civil Society programme: new funding to support legal action to tackle racial injustice in the criminal justice system – now closed

Grants of up to £50,000 over 18 months are available for work which uses legal action to address racial injustice in all aspects of the criminal justice system.
Strengthening Civil Society

We are pleased to launch a new round of funding for organisations undertaking legal action to address racial injustice in the CJS this week.

Grants of up to £50,000 over 18 months are available for work which engages with all aspects of the criminal justice system: policing, courts (including the Crown Prosecution Service), prisons, and the probation service. We will also consider applications which seek to address discrimination and disadvantage arising as a result of contact with the criminal justice system.

This funding will support all types of legal action, whether that action seeks to empower, persuade, challenge, or use a mix of all three. Examples of the type of work we anticipate funding under this call include (but are not limited to):

  • Undertaking legal research to gather evidence relating to practices in the CJS;
  • Challenging governmental policy decisions and practice through Judicial Review;
  • Training for people impacted by the CJS on their rights; and
  • Implementation activities for wins already achieved through legal action.

Funding is open to organisations that are already undertaking or can demonstrate pre-existing plans for taking legal action in this space. Please see Application Guidelines for full eligibility requirements.

Grants can be used for all activities related to legal action.

How to apply

Application Guidelines are available here.

There is a two-stage application process for this funding.

The first stage is a telephone call with us to discuss about the suitability and eligibility of your work under this call. If you are interested, you should arrange a time to speak to us about your eligibility by Friday 3 September by emailing

After confirming your eligibility under this call, you will need to complete a grant application form. The application form is available here. The deadline for second stage written applications is 12pm on Wednesday 22 September.

The following resources might also be useful, particularly if you have not applied to this Programme before: