Advice grants

We want to work with advice partners in every part of the UK to strengthen local capacity and co-ordination in delivering specialist immigration advice, as well to draw on case data to support regional and national influencing work.

Applications closed in February for work in the North East and North West of England, and in Scotland. Other areas will become available over 2021-22. We expect to fund 2-3 grant partners per area for an initial 3- year grant period. The next grants round will open in July 2021.

What we will fund

  1. Free or low-cost immigration legal advice and representation at OISC level 2 or above.
    • We expect to fund mainly in areas of law that are out of scope of Legal Aid. 
    • We want to fund advice across different areas of immigration law.  
    • Where possible, we would like to increase or strengthen capacity.
  2. Coordination between advice providers including referral pathways within a geographical area or issue. 
    • We would like to support new structures as well as strengthening existing co-ordination.

We welcome applications from any organisation that can offer immigration advice at OISC Level 2 or above. We can only fund work that is charitable, but applicants do not need to be registered charities. For private law firms, we will need confirmation that a grant does not contribute to profit.

As part of advice applications, we would welcome:

  • Partnership work including developing and testing new or existing co-ordination structures between community organisations, legal advice providers and other stakeholders in a geographical area.  
  • Improving organisational and individual understanding of racism and implementing structures to tackle systemic racism.
  • Expansion to cover new and emerging populations in need, as well as geographic desert and droughts areas.
  • Developing and improving triage and referral systems within and between organisations. 
  • Promoting management capacity to build organisational resilience.  
  • Training and supervision for staff and/or organisations to become registered at OISC level 2 or 3.  
  • Promoting collective care strategies for front line workers.   
  • Developing organisational data recording and case management systems.

In prioritising applications, we will consider the balance across different areas of immigration law, beneficiary groups and geographical locations.

Please also see our general criteria

What we will not fund

  • Work that operates in isolation from other stakeholders within the area. 
  • Delivery of advice at OISC level 1. 
  • Replacing statutory funding, including Legal Aid (where available). 
  • Work that does not contribute to Justice Together’s change goals
  • Work that is not legally charitable including work for private benefit.

If you are interested in making an application, please contact us to arrange an initial phone call.

Next application deadline: September 2021. Full Grants Timetable is here.

Roll-out of advice grants

Advice grants will become available in every English region and devolved nation over the first two years of the initiative. In the Spring 2021 round, applications were open in Scotland and the North East and North West of England.

Small development grants will also be available in targeted areas during 2021.

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