Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants Grants

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants (SLF) is a fund 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 supports strategic legal work which benefits vulnerable young migrants:

  • 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.

What can be funded

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

The SLF only supports strategic legal work. We define this as work where the impact is likely to go beyond an individual case, and to result in changes to law, policy and practice that will benefit a wider group of people.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply from funding from SLF, organisations need to be based in the UK and be:

  • Not-for-profit (NFP) organisations that provide specialist level legal advice to vulnerable young migrants. If applicants 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, applicants 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.

Grant size

The total amount available for SLF grants from October 2017 to September 2020 is £450,000. Maximum funding for any one application will be £30,000. The average grant size is around £12,000.

The maximum grant length is 12 months, and most grants are for six months or less. 


Next application deadlines are:

  • Friday 3 November 2017
  • Friday 12 January 2018
  • Friday 2 March 2018

How to apply

For further details and to apply please read the SLF funding guidelines here.

Sport England funding for projects focusing on people in lower socio-economic groups

Sport England launched a £3 million fund on 6 September to support projects that tackle inactivity and economic disadvantage. Grants will be made to projects that use sport and physical activity to support positive social change for communities and individuals in lower socio-economic groups.

Through this fund, Sport England aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Support inactive people from lower socio-economic groups to be more active, doing more than 30 minutes of physical activity per week
  • Show how being more active can have wider benefits within people’s daily lives, for example, enjoying time together with family and friends, generally feeling better, or managing stress
  • Understand why individuals within lower socio-economic groups are not active and what would help them to change this.

Grant size

The Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Fund will be split between two funding pots, which will provide three grant levels:

  1. Grants of between £25,000 and £500,000 for projects aimed at people who have little take-home pay, some qualifications and are in employment. 
  2. Grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 for smaller projects that focus on people who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, and who live less ordered lives with additional challenges.
  3. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support smaller scale activities which benefit both types of beneficiaries.

Eligibility criteria

Expressions of interest will be accepted from a wide range of organisations including non-sports organisations that have not worked previously with Sport England as long as the show a good understanding of lower socio-economic individuals and communities.


Expressions of interest for awards greater than £25,000 and applications for a small award will need to be completed and submitted by 5pm on 6 November 2017.

How to apply

Applications for projects over £25,000 will follow a two-stage process. Initially, organisations will need to complete an expression of interest. Following assessment, successful organisations will then be asked to provide more information.

Small award for between £1,000 and £10,000, you will need to follow a separate, more streamlined, one-stage process.

For further information and to apply, please visit Sport England.

Small grants from the Edith M Ellis Charitable Trust

The Edith M Ellis Charitable Trust is currently accepting applications for small grants from eligible UK organisations. Grants will be aimed at the following:

  • Quaker work and witness 
  • Peace-building and conflict resolution 
  • Interfaith and ecumenical understanding 
  • Community development work in the UK and overseas 
  • Work with forced migrants, including internally displaced people 
  • Sustainable development

Grant size

The Trust makes small grants of up to £3000 or interest free loans of up to £5000 repayable over 5 years. In exceptional circumstances larger grants may be given.

Grants are given for the following purposes:

  • One-off grants 
  • Time limited support 
  • Seed money for start up projects

Eligible applicants

Grants are given to:

  • UK registered charities, NGOs, public bodies and social enterprises. In normal circumstances with a turnover of less than approximately £350,000;
  • Those who can demonstrate other sources of funding for their project; 
  • Innovative charities/projects not normally able to attract other funding.


31 December 2017.

How to apply

Applications need to be submitted online. For further details and to apply, please visit Edith M Ellis Charitable Trust.

Heritage Grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund is seeking applications for its Heritage Grants programme that is open for any type of project related to the national, regional or local heritage in the UK.

Examples of projects that the Fund would support:

  • archaeological sites;
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives;
  • cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes;
  • historic buildings;
  • histories of people and communities;
  • histories of places and events;
  • the heritage of languages and dialects;
  • natural and designed landscapes and gardens;
  • people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’);
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history;
  • natural heritage including habitats, species and geology.

Grant size

Applicants can apply for a grant of over £100,000. The Heritage Lottery Fund will ask you to make a contribution towards
your project. They describe this as ‘partnership funding’ and it can be made up of cash, volunteer time, non-cash contributions, or a combination of all of these. Thus:

  • If your total grant request is less than £1 million, you must contribute at least 5% of the costs of your development
    phase and 5% of the costs of your delivery phase.
  • If your total grant request is £1 million or more, you must contribute at least 10% of the costs of your development
    phase and 10%  of the costs of your delivery phase.

Eligible applicants

  • not-for-profit organisations; and
  • partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations


7 December 2017

How to apply

The application process has two stages:

  1. You submit your first-round application with your delivery-grant request and, if needed, a development-grant request.
  2. If you are successful, you enter your development phase and develop your more detailed second-round application, with your delivery-grant request.

For further details and to apply, please visit The Heritage Lottery Fund.

WREN grants through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund

The FCC Scottish Action Fund of WREN offers funding of between £2,000 and £50,000 to projects from FCC Environment through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. WREN will consider applications across all types of projects included in the SLCF Objects including: land reclamation, community recycling, public amenities and parks, biodiversity and historic buildings.

Grant size

Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available to projects with a total project cost of less than

Work must be targeted on a specific site at a single location.


  • Charities
  • Community councils
  • Churches
  • Community organisations
  • Voluntary groups
  • Local Authorities  

Applicants can apply for funding as long as they are operated on a not-for-profit basis and have a formal constitution and bank account.


Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 22 November 2017.

How to apply

Applications need to be submitted online. For further details and to fill in the online application form, please visit WREN.