City Hall

Apply for European Londoners Outreach funding

We're inviting community groups and small civil society organisations to bid for up to £2,000 to carry out a range of outreach activities aimed at European Londoners by 20 August.

The Government has stated that Europeans will need to apply for ‘settled status’ to remain in the UK after it leaves the European Union on the 29 March 2019, but the Mayor is concerned about the availability of quality advice and support.

We're doing a number of things to make it easier for EU citizens to get the information they need to stay in the UK after Brexit:

More information will be provided as it is available.

What could the funding be used for?

Grant funding could go towards venue hire for information sessions, legal surgeries, town hall events, or time spent planning the outreach and printing costs to ensure events are as accessible as possible.

We can also provide advice and guidance for smaller organisations to help with delivering an event, and offer connections to immigration lawyers who can attend information sessions for free.

Applications are open to community groups and small civil society organisations which have a strong track record of working with European Londoners or third-country nationals relying on derived rights of residence, and can show links with other organisations.

About the application

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:

  • ability to deliver a successful event/appropriate outreach activity
  • ability to reach target audiences, particularly those most at risk of marginalisation post-Brexit
  • ability to set clear objectives and evaluate the activity
  • a clear plan of delivery to overcome barriers vulnerable European residents may face
  • experience of producing informative material.

All grantees will be required to provide a short report after the outreach work has been completed which will outline the numbers of people reached, the support provided, outcomes achieved and any follow-up work being undertaken. This will help make sure funds are appropriately spent and the right audiences are reached.

Assessment criteria

We may need to ask for clarification on bids over the phone or email. Qualifying bidders will then progress to the next stage of the evaluation process and be assessed using the scoring mechanism below:

Criteria Evidence
Strength of proposal to deliver the event/s

Your application must show:

  • value for money
  • strong and robust event/outreach plan to be delivered to the target audience
  • a plan to evaluate the event
Relevance of previous engagement with European Londoners

Your application must include:

  • examples of past engagement with European communities, including with those most at risk of marginalisation
  • relevant partnerships with other organisations
Extent of ability to reach members of the community and understanding of the issues

Your application must show:

  • recognition of the barriers European Londoners face in accessing settled status
  • clear understanding of European Londoners most at risk of marginalization and the support they require
Likelihood of success

Your application must show:

  • a clear plan for delivery and evaluation An appropriate project lead/team to oversee the work (including short biographies of project team)

Europeans in London

The UK is the home to over three million Europeans, more than one million of whom are Londoners. The Government has stated that they will need to apply for ‘settled status’ to remain in the UK after it leaves the European Union on the 29 March 2019. This Settled Status Scheme is scheduled to be launched to a cohort of Europeans in the Autumn, and then rolled out in March 2019 so we want this initial outreach work to take place during this time.

The GLA is concerned about the shortage of quality advice and support, given the pressures services are under and the scale of the challenge. This adds to the stress (and potentially to the costs) facing even those European nationals with a straightforward claim for status. Research by the Migration Observatory highlights that some Europeans will face further barriers to obtaining ‘settled status’ including victims of exploitation or trafficking, people with mental health problems, children in care and care leavers, victims of domestic violence, homeless people, older people, people with significant language barriers, people who are digitally excluded, unpaid carers and people working cash in hand.