£1.3million grants announced in TLEF collaboration with the Baring Foundation
February 15, 2016
Eighteen new grants have been awarded focusing on supporting voluntary organisations in the UK to use the law and human rights based approaches. The programme is a collaboration between the Baring Foundation and the Legal Education Foundation.
In September 2015, two new pilot funds were launched. The response has been a significant endorsement of the aims of the programme – over 250 applications were received totalling over £20million in requested funding.
Funding was available through two separate pilot funds:
training, education and capacity building – seed funding grants of up to £30,000 over six months to two years that support organisations to understand how their objectives can be achieved through use of the law or human rights-based approaches; and
applied projects – grants of up to £150,000 over approximately three years to create new capacity for work that addresses specific discrimination or disadvantage and safeguards the freedom of purpose, action and voice of the sector, linking the skills of 'non-legal' and 'legal' organisations to enhance and complement campaigns for social change.
The successful projects cover a wide range of issues, including discrimination and disadvantage faced by girls and young women in care, deaf and disabled people, young people, vulnerable pregnant migrant women and people on welfare benefits. One project focuses specifically on voluntary sector organisations incorporating equality and human rights law into their operations.
Grants have been awarded to organisations in Wales, Scotland and England.
Training, education and capacity building
Birthrights, Blue Stone Consortium, Brighton and Hove Impetus, Centre for Women's Justice, Civil Liberties Trust, Clan Childlaw, Just Fair, Freshwinds, Latin American Women's Rights Service, Migrants' Law Project (part of Islington Law Centre) and Pembrokeshire People First.
Central England Law Centre, Equality and Diversity Forum, Inclusion London, Children’s Rights Alliance England (part of Just for Kids Law), Maternity Action, Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project and Public Law Project.
Please visit www.baringfoundation.org.uk for further details of the grants.
A Toast to the Justice First Fellows
February 10, 2016
On Monday 8th February 2016, the Foundation celebrated the appointment of our second cohort of Justice First Fellows.
Seventy guests joined us for dinner at The Law Society including 17 Fellows (the 18th was sadly home-bound with a broken ankle) along with representatives of their host organisations, co-funders and other friends of the scheme. TLEF Governor Tim Dutton CBE QC, in a speech celebrating the Fellows, noted that "it cannot be the function of TLEF to act as the State’s proxy for Legal Aid... but nor can we ignore the risk that lawyers of high talent, a sense of social justice, and moral commitment may not be able to train in the areas of social welfare law where help is so desperately needed and on such a wide scale." You can read the full speech here.