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Funding for advice organisations

Grants to improve legal advice and assistance

This grant scheme has now closed. Successful applicants were informed in December 2017.

In November 2017, the Commission launched a grant scheme to help improve the quality and availability of advice across Great Britain.

We were looking for applications from advice organisations that would use the funding to improve access to justice for the people they work with.

Our research tells us that people who have suffered discrimination or suspect their human rights may have been breached find it difficult to take legal action because of a shortage of advice and assistance.

How it works

Grants of £50,000 to £250,000 are available for schemes that aim to improve access to justice. The project should deliver an activity that organisations would otherwise have been unable to provide and meet one or both of the following criteria:

  • improving the quality or quantity of discrimination or human rights advice
  • improving information and knowledge sharing about discrimination and human rights in the advice sector, including information about the availability of advice and referral routes

Applicants should also consider the following desirable criteria:

  • offering the potential to replicate or increase the size of the project in the future
  • increase the likelihood of referrals of strategic cases to the Commission

We will consider applications for funding below £50,000 if the applicant can show that there is a particular lack of advice in the region of Great Britain in which they work.

All work needs to be completed by 31 March 2018. We will consider funding after March 2018 if it is critical to the delivery of the project and it does not constitute more than 20 per cent of the total project funding. If a project plans to produce legal content, the Commission will need to approve the content.

Applications to the scheme closed on Friday 24 November 2017.

Last updated: 31 Jan 2018