Strategic Legal Fund: Promoting Rights of Vulnerable Migrant Children and Young People

Strategic Legal Fund: Promoting Rights of Vulnerable Migrant Children and Young People

Presentation :

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants (SLF) is seeking applications 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 vulnerable migrant children and young people more generally.

The SLF aims to tackle injustices and inconsistencies in law and practice that disadvantage or discriminate against vulnerable young migrants as a result of their migration status. The SLF uses the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a framework for its work with both children and young people.

Priority Areas

The SLF funds strategic legal work in any area of law where vulnerable young migrants experience disadvantage or discrimination as a result of migration status. This includes (but is not restricted to) potential cases in the areas of:

  • Immigration
  • Asylum and asylum support
  • Human rights
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Welfare benefits
  • Discrimination
  • Access to justice
  • Community care

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 is 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.

Grants :

  • The total amount available for SLF grants from January 2015 to December 2016 is £360,000.
  • 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.

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 around six months.

How to Apply :

Applicants must submit an online application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Strategic Legal Fund.