Influencing grants

We want to work with influencing partners in every part of the UK to develop a shared strategy for transforming access to justice in the immigration system.

We are interested in a wide range of approaches by different types of organisations towards achieving these change goals:

  1. A fair, timely and accessible immigration system. 
  2. A more sustainably resourced immigration advice and legal system. 

Applications are now open for national influencing work across the UK, in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Applications are also open for regional or local influencing in the North East and North West of England, and in Scotland. These will be available on an ongoing basis.

Other areas will become available over 2021-22.

We expect to make 10-15 grants in total over 2021-22.

What we will fund

National influencing grants

We welcome applications for national influencing partners who focus on change across the UK and/or in the devolved nations. We would like these partners to work alongside advice partners in the initiative to draw on their case data to spot trends and respond to threats and opportunities.

We will fund:

  • Increased influencing capacity including through staffing costs, consultancy, volunteer expenses and direct costs.
  • Development and testing of new approaches to influencing.
  • Co-ordination across different approaches to influence and/or with advice providers. We would like to support new structures as well as strengthening existing co-ordination. 

We can only fund work that is charitable, but applicants do not need to be registered charities.

Local influencing grants

We welcome applications from organisations based in the North East or North West of England, or in Scotland to undertake local influencing work for local, regional or national change. We will connect these organisations with national influencing partners and local advice partners.

We will fund:

  • Increased influencing capacity including through staffing costs, consultancy, volunteer expenses and direct costs.
  • Development and testing of new approaches to influencing.
  • Local co-ordination across different approaches to influence and/or with advice providers. We would like to support new structures as well as strengthening existing co-ordination. 

We can only fund work that is charitable, but applicants do not need to be registered charities.

What do we mean by influencing

By ‘influencing’ we mean work that is focused on changing systems or structures. The target may be local or national government, statutory agencies, legal services and/or the public. It may be focused on changing draft legislation, regulations or guidance, government practice, public opinion and/or to improve the quality of advice and representation.

We recognise there are many different ways to change the world. We want to fund a range of approaches to transforming the immigration system, but with an emphasis on people with lived experience leading the change.

Some examples of what we might fund include:

  • Community lawyering, in which priority and direction for legal work are set by people with lived experience of the problems being addressed
  • Community organising that is led, developed and delivered by people with lived and learned experience of the immigration system and/or which coordinate with movement lawyering strategies.
  • Strategic legal action including pre litigation research, interventions and implementation of wins in the courts.
  • Strategic communications that build public support to ensure a fair and lawful functioning of the immigration system.
  • Policy and public affairs work including with parliaments and assemblies, the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department of Justice, Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, the Legal Aid Agency, Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland.
  • Development and embedding of anti-racism within organisations and influencing strategies.
  • Analysis and research to increase knowledge and understanding of barriers to justice in the immigration system and to identify solutions.
  • Alliance building between national organisations, advice providers and grassroots groups including to track emerging patterns, identify areas for system change and use evidence from legal casework to develop influencing work.
  • Influencing work that targets local council, local MPs, metro mayors, regional bodies and legal services, including to increase local funding for immigration legal advice. 

We are also open to new tools – please contact us with your ideas.

Please also see our general criteria

What we will not fund

  • Work that operates in isolation from other stakeholders within the area. 
  • Work that does not contribute to Justice Together’s change goals
  • Work that is not legally charitable including work that falls outside the Charity Commission guidance on campaigning.  

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

Next application deadline: 17 February 2021. Full Grants Timetable is here

Roll-out of influencing grants

Applications are open now and on an ongoing basis for national influencing work across the UK and in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Local influencing grants will become available in every English region and devolved nation over the first two years of the initiative, in line with the roll-out of advice grants. In the Spring 2021 round, local applications are open in Scotland and the North East and North West of England.

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