The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative between Advice UK, Law Centres Network and Citizens Advice and a group of independent funders (the AB Charitable Trust, Access to Justice Foundation, Indigo Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Legal Education Foundation and Therium Access). It is hosted by The Access to Justice Foundation. The funding is provided through contributions from a range of sources, including the Government and the National Lottery Community Fund.
The aim of the Fund is to support the key role that specialist social welfare legal advice agencies play in providing essential support to people and communities during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
To be eligible for funding, an organisation must be:
- Registered with the Charity Commission and working in the UK;
- Able to demonstrate a track record of delivering legal advice in one or more of the following areas of law: asylum, community care, debt, disability, discrimination, education, employment, housing, immigration, mental health, public and administrative law and welfare benefits;
- Able to demonstrate a track record in delivering advice at specialist level including carrying out end-to-end casework for clients, carrying out representation in a court or tribunal and/or holding legal aid contracts