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

Deadline: 13 March 2017

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

Aims

  • The right to life, survival and development.
  • The right to non-discrimination.
  • Respect for the views of children.
  • The requirement to give primary consideration to the child’s best interests in all matters affecting them.

Size of 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.

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

Duration

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.

Beneficiaries

  • The SLF supports strategic legal work which benefits vulnerable young migrants living in the UK.
  • Migrants or the children of migrants,
  • Who are under 25,
  • Who are living in poverty, and
  • Who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their (or their parents’) migration status.

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 applicant 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.

How to Apply

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

Eligible Country: United Kingdom

For more information, please visit Strategic Legal Fund.

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