The Strengthening Civil Society programme supports civil society to use the law to achieve social change. It is launching three new funding streams to support the grantholders and broader civil society to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This funding will run throughout 2020 and represents a commitment of up to £1,000,000 to supporting civil society at this time.
The three funding streams:
- Supporting legal action related to Covid-19 – open to all: This fund will support legal action in all its forms – empowering, persuading, challenging – that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19 and the response to the pandemic from public authorities, businesses, and communities. Grants of up to £40,000 for one year are available for organisations with relevant and demonstrable legal expertise in the areas they work in and who have an annual income of less than £5m.
- Operational impacts: small-scale grants of normally under £5,000 to assist organisations whose operations are severely affected by Covid-19
- Increase in demand for advice from frontline organisations: grants of up to £30,000 for hub organisations. These are vital organisations which provide expert legal advice to other civil society organisations to drive social change.