We have revised our Stronger Sector funding guidelines below to reflect our wider charitable objects.
Sustaining and developing a thriving social justice sector
We believe that a strong civil society is essential to achieve our vision of a just and fair society. This grants programme offers flexible funding for organisations using the law to promote social justice. That may be through offering legal advice or training but it may also be through charitable campaigning to protect, promote or develop the law to meet the needs of communities. We are especially interested in how the law can be used to build power in communities that have been historically oppressed. In shortlisting, we will prioritise organisations with key qualities that we value. Read more about ‘how we prioritise applications’.
We can fund:
In delivering these activities, we welcome collaborations between organisations. We also recognise the role of second-tier organisations (which support other organisations instead of people directly) in developing co-ordinated responses.
We are interested in the outcomes you would like to achieve and a broad pathway to getting there, so the grants we make under this programme are flexible. We encourage organisations to include a reasonable overhead contribution.
If you would like to apply for a grant, please use the buttons below to read about how we prioritise applications, what we will not fund and the application process.
If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to arrange a time to speak to one of our grants team. Please contact us.
Under our work to support a Stronger Sector, we run two further programmes to which eligible organisations can also apply.
The Justice First Fellowship is training the next generation of social justice lawyers. You can apply to host a Justice First Fellow as well as apply under one of our other programmes. The scheme has separate deadlines and application form. Find out more here.
Justice Together is a collaboration between LEF and other funders, which has a 10-year vision of transforming access to justice in the UK immigration system. Full details of funding opportunities and deadlines are available on the initiative’s website.
We are also involved in two partnerships that focus on developing new settings in which the role of the law is better understood and used as a tool to promote change and to prevent harm.
We are working with Professor Dame Hazel Genn and her team at the UCL Centre for Access to Justice to integrate access to social welfare legal advice in to health systems and strategies.
We are working with the Baring Foundation
to support work on how law and legal strategies can add to the tools civil society organisations use to tackle disadvantage and discrimination.
Find out more about our Fairer Systems funding programme.
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