The Governors will only consider requests for funding which cover one or more of the Foundation’s following Strategic Objectives:

  1. To increase public understanding of the law and the capability to use it.
  2. To advance high quality thinking, training and practice in legal education and legal services so as to ensure legal needs are met.
  3. To increase access to employment in the legal profession and, in particular, to advance social mobility and diversity.
In response to current developments and opportunities the Foundation has also identified the following Themes of focus and interest where applications are encouraged:
  1. To explore the implications of the vote for Brexit for the areas covered by our strategic objectives.
  2. To develop the role of social welfare legal advice needs in health settings through legal education with health professionals and development of models to expand the provision of services.

In addition to funding direct legal education activities relating to the above, the Governors recognise that the following Tools can contribute to the progress in any or all of the above Strategic Objectives. Requests are, therefore welcome on the following:
  1. Work to understand the role that technology can play in achieving these objectives.
  2. Work on law reform, policy and regulation to create a supportive environment for the delivery of these objectives.
  3. Communications activity to disseminate learning and to create a supportive environment for the delivery of these objectives. We encourage organisations who are making grant applications to consider whether their projects would benefit from the inclusion of a communications strategy.
The Foundation is currently undertaking a scoping exercise to assess options for expanding investment in data, measures and quantitative research to develop a robust evidence base for improving access to civil and administrative justice. As a result, we are not accepting unsolicited applications for research under our open programme.

Further details of these criteria can be seen here.

Your application must make clear which of the above your application addresses.

The following criteria will be used in deciding what to prioritise:
  • Degree of need:
    Areas which are either under-resourced, underdeveloped or underestimated and where there is a clear need for external support.
  • Degree of benefit:
    Areas where an intervention can make a considerable difference and/or where the potential benefits are widespread and sustainable on a large scale either immediately or over time.

More information on all these areas can be found in the Foundation’s Annual Review which we would encourage organisations to review as part of preparing any application to the Foundation.

Your application must clearly set out how your application addresses these criteria.

Areas which are unlikely to meet the criteria

These will include:

  • Funding of existing academic activities or facilities in schools, universities, university law clinics or other educational institutions;
  • Provision of bursaries which do not bring the possibility of structural or cultural change on the part of the institutions involved;
  • Small scale interventions which are not subsequently scalable;
  • Funding which is likely to be viewed as a substitute for government, university or legal profession funding;
  • Funding for service provision where there is little or no prospect of sustainable sources of income in the future;
  • Capital expenditure on facilities;
  • Award ceremonies, prizes or conferences that do not directly relate to our existing programmes of work;
  • Initiatives where other sources of funding are available or more appropriate; and
  • Policy work that involves lobbying or campaigning.
The Foundation does not provide funding for individuals, or normally for work outside the United Kingdom.

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