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About the SLF

The current phase of the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants closes on 31 March 2017 and no further applications can now be made. We are delighted that the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) will be hosting a further phase of the Fund from Summer 2017. The first round of funding is likely to be Autumn 2017.


This section tells you more about what the SLF is, who funds it, who runs it and who advises on grant decisions. Read below and click the links on the left.

The SLF supports strategic legal work which benefits vulnerable young migrants. We define this as:

  • 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.

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.

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. Applications must be to fund one of two kinds of strategic legal work:

  • the research and development of cases pre-litigation including: gathering evidence to test a hypothesis or research to establish authorities' policy and practice, identifying potential plaintiffs/applicants/appellants; researching whether to proceed; translating relevant material; and evaluating a litigation strategy.
  • third party "interventions" in existing cases, which allow a non-party intervener to assist the court in arriving in its decision in a case, acting as an amicus curiae, a friend of the court.

Find out more about how to apply to the SLF.

The SLF was established as a pilot by The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in October 2011, delivered in partnership with Trust for London and MigrationWork CIC. Since November 2012, the SLF has been a project of Trust for London. It is delivered in partnership with Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and MigrationWork CIC.


If you have any queries about the Strategic Legal Fund, please contact Rachael Takens-Milne at Trust for London: grants@trustforlondon.org.uk or 020 7606 6145.

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