Our latest grants decisions were made in June under our two open programmes, Fairer Systems and Stronger Sector. 12 grants were awarded, representing a great diversity of organisations working on a number of issues across the social justice spectrum. We are looking forward to working with them all in the coming months.
Introducing our spring round grant partners
Within our Stronger Sector programme, we offer flexible funding for organisations using the law and legal tools to promote social justice outcomes. In this latest round, this includes:
ACORN (Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now) who received their first grant from LEF, to support their community organising projects in Manchester and Leeds.
IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Education Advice) received funding for their core work in supporting young people with SEND to access education provision and to scrutinise and challenge local and national SEND policy.
RCJ Advice provides free legal advice to those with a court case in the civil and family courts in England and Wales. They’ve been awarded core funding over three years to develop their work and expand their reach.
Project Seventeen work to end destitution among migrant families with no recourse to public funds, and to improve their access to local authority support. This is their first grant from LEF.
Revoke CIC are another new grant partner for LEF. They are a grassroots legal advocacy project supporting young refugees and asylum seekers.
We Stand (formerly MOSAC, Mothers of Sexually Abused Children) join the cohort of new partners and will work to provide qualified legal advice and support in family law to the non-abusing parents of children who have been abused.
Civic Power Fund, who will take forward a second phase of work researching, mapping and analysing grant making by social justice funders.
The Fairer Systems programme funds work that supports the development and administration of the law in a way that promotes transparency, accountability, and protection of human rights. In this latest round, five grants were awarded:
Suzy Lamplugh Trust, who will carry out policy work to shape stalking and harassment laws and their implementation.
Centre for Women’s Justice received funding to develop their work to challenge criminal justice failings and discrimination against women and girls.
Hansard Society have been funded for a programme of monitoring, research and training focusing on delegation of legislative power.
Committee for the Administration of Justice received continuation funding in this round, for their work embedding human rights and equality in Northern Ireland.
Centre for Military Justice received funding for a lawyer post to support their work in providing free, independent legal services to serving or former members of the Armed Forces and their bereaved families.
The Legal Education Foundation is committed to IVAR’s ‘Open and Trusting’ initiative, which means that along with other funders we’ve signed up to eight commitments, including being open.
Being open includes being transparent about our funding decisions. You’ll find all our grants published on the 360 Giving website, where these latest spring 2023 grants will be added in the coming months. The above is just a small sample of the grants that we have funded recently.