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Baring Foundation’s Announces New Fund to Support Legal Action to Tackle Racial Injustice in CJS

Grants for smaller charities and other not-for-profit entities undertaking legal action activities to address racial injustice in the criminal justice system (CJS) within the UK.

The Baring Foundation’s Strengthening Civil Society programme is a collaboration with the Legal Education Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. This year, the programme will begin supporting work which uses legal action to address racial injustice in the criminal justice system (CJS) and bring about wider social change.

The current call is aimed at charities and not-for-profit organisations already undertaking legal action to address racial injustice in the criminal justice system. Organisations that can demonstrate pre-existing plans for taking legal action in this space can also apply.

The funding is for work which engages with all aspects of the criminal justice system: policing, courts (including the Crown Prosecution Service), prisons, and the probation service. Consideration will also be given to applications which seek to address discrimination and disadvantage arising as a result of contact with the criminal justice system.

This funding will support all types of legal action, whether that action seeks to empower, persuade, challenge, or use a mix of all three.

Examples of the type of work that could be funded under this call include (but are not limited to):

  • Undertaking legal research to gather evidence relating to practices in the CJS
  • Challenging governmental policy decisions and practice through Judicial Review
  • Training for people impacted by the CJS on their rights
  • Implementation activities for wins already achieved through legal action.

Grants of up to £50,000 for up to 18 months can be used for all activities related to legal action, including staff time, supervision and overheads, external costs, campaigning costs, communications costs, etc.

The first step in the application process is to arrange a call with the Baring Foundation to discuss suitability and eligibility of the proposed work.

The deadline to arrange the call is noon on 3 September 2021.

Full details…

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