The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.

WE REACHED OUR EMERGENCY ADVICE APPEAL TARGET – A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS!

Thanks to your generosity and support, over £442,665 has been raised for the Community Justice Fund through the Access to Justice Foundation and London Legal Support Trust’s Emergency Advice Appeal.

We are delighted to announce that we have hit our target of £400,000, raising a grand total of £442,665 for the Emergency Advice Appeal to help support specialist legal advice centres adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.   

What next?

Right now we are busy administering grants and making sure those organisations that need urgent funding can get access to financial support as quickly as possible. So far over £600,000 from the Community Justice Fund has already been awarded to specialist advice centres across the country, with more to be distributed in the coming days and weeks.

For the legal advice sector, we know that the impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic may be long-lasting. We are now focussing our fundraising efforts towards the Community Justice Fund, to help the sector overcome the immediate impacts of COVID-19, but also help lay the foundations for the sector’s longer term renewal.

The legal advice sector needs our support now more than ever. Your continued help and support is vital so that we can emerge from the crisis stronger than ever.

Thank you

We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated, as well as those of you who have taken up fundraising challenges by walking, skipping, running and jumping for justice.  Every single donation has made a difference to specialist legal advice centres across the country and it would not have been possible to hit our fundraising target without you.

We would like to thank funders from the Law Society, Linklaters, Allen and Overy, Leigh Day, Hogan Lovells, CILEx, Bradners, Womble Bond Dickson and Mills and Reeve for their incredibly generous donations and support.

Read below for more information on the Community Justice Fund and how you can help.

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Dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 is a defining moment in work to bring about a more just and fair society. A group of independent funders working in partnership with key representative umbrella bodies, have formed an alliance for social justice to create the Community Justice Fund. This fund will support the key role that specialist social welfare legal advice agencies play in providing essential support to people and communities now and as we plan for life after the crisis.

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 Fund is made up of contributions from a range of sources, including government. We have tried to develop a process which is as simple as possible, ensuring that applicants only have to apply once, and the partners to the fund will then work to ensure that your chances of funding are maximised through allocation to the most appropriate funding source.

We envisage the fund awarding grants in two waves. Wave one is now open. 

For more information or to apply please visit the Community Foundation Fund.

Want to do more?

If you would like to make a significant donation and would like further information about our the Emergency Appeal we would love to hear from you. Whether you want to contribute large donation and would like to know where it was going or you would like to give to our matched funding pot in the knowledge that your donation will help leverage donations from others across the legal community then please contact Greg Hodder, Head of Development, at greghodder@atjf.org.uk.