Strategic Legal Fund

ILPA is responsible for managing the Strategic Legal Fund which awards grands to support pre-litigation research and interventions in areas that could benefit migrant groups.

We have identified strategic legal work as a key means of achieving change and promoting a just and equitable immigration, asylum and nationality law practice. Hosting the Strategic Legal Fund provides ILPA with the opportunity to become aware of innovative strategies for promoting the rights of young migrants at the earliest possible stage, to support and shape this work and to explain, and disseminate information about, victories won. The fund reaches beyond immigration to all areas of law touched by immigration status, often components of the ‘hostile environment’ with which migrants must contend.

SLF Funding Criteria Expansion.

ILPA is delighted to announce that we are expanding the remit of the Strategic Legal Fund from the 4th of February 2021.

Following a consultation process with SLF expert panel members, funders and ILPA trustees, a decision has been taken to remove the age limit of beneficiaries, currently young people under 25, to open the fund to migrants of all ages in the UK. This will bring into scope more issues which are experienced by migrant groups more generally and allow us to more pro-actively address emerging legal issues more effectively.

To ensure the impact of the work undertaken and details of the changes achieved reach the beneficiaries, front-line organisations and community groups to whom they are relevant, the fund will also expand the types of activities it supports and include legal advocacy and communications linked to the pre-litigation research or third-party intervention. This is particularly helpful in collaborative grants where law firms and community organisations work together.

The first SLF funding round of the expanded funding eligibility is now open, applications should be submitted by 5pm on the 25th of February. If you have any questions about the expanded funding eligibility or submitting an application please contact the SLF Project Manager Claire Tindale on




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