Submit Applications for Strategic Legal Fund

Strategic Legal Fund
Last date: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
United Kingdom

Detailed Description

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 SLF is an initiative delivered by The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) in partnership with Trust for London, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
The 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.


It aims to advance the general principles of the UNCRC as follows:

  • The right to life, survival and development.
  • The right to non-discrimination.
  • Respect for the views of children.
  • The requirement to give primary consideration to the child’s best interests in all matters affecting them.
  • 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 organisations to:
  • undertake pre-litigation research, or
  • make third party interventions to ensure that the key legal points are made in existing cases.

Funding Information

  • 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. Length of grants The SLF aims to complement longer-term funding with short-term grants to respond to legal opportunities. The maximum grant length is 12 months, and most grants are for six months or less.


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.

Eligibility Criteria

Those eligible to apply to the SLF are organisations 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 strategic legal work proposed. All applicants are asked to provide supporting documents with their application, for example annual accounts, governing documents, or other financial information.
  • The SLF welcomes applications from specialist legal representatives working in partnership with voluntary and community groups, who may be able to assist with research, gathering evidence and identifying clients. This type of application should be made by the legal representative with the other organisation(s) being subcontracted to do the work at an appropriate rate.


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