Windrush Justice Fund

The Mayor has committed to ensuring that all Londoners who have the legal rights to live in the UK are legally recognised and are able to access their rights. This includes the Windrush generation.

To do this, he has allocated £20,000 of funding reserved for organisations and projects within London to match-fund the independent Windrush Justice Fund.

The fund is being administered by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and the GLA will be represented on an Advisory Board to assess grant applications and monitor the outputs of successful projects.

About the fund

The fund, launched by Patrick Vernon OBE and Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) aims to support a range of services and activities, including groups and organisations assisting people with applications to the Windrush Taskforce and the Windrush Compensation Scheme. It will offer small grants of between £200 and £2,000 to grassroots and community organisations.

This round of funding is comprised of:

  • £20,000 for organisations and groups operating within London, funded by the Mayor of London
  • £20,000 for organisations and groups based anywhere in the UK, funded by donations and supported by JCWI

Who can apply

Applications are open to community groups and small civil society organisations with a strong track record of working with members of the Windrush generation and with their communities to address the challenges they have faced as a result of the Windrush crisis. 

To apply for this grant funding, please complete the online application form no later than 30 June 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Objectives and expected outcomes

The Windrush Justice Fund will provide micro-grants between £200 and £2,000 to community groups and small civil society organisations to support ongoing or planned outreach and advice work intended to help people affected by the Windrush crisis. This work will help individuals to resolve their immigration status, rebuild their lives and access hardship or compensation funds.

The objectives are to:

  • add capacity for civil society to deliver advice, support and community organising activities for and with people affected by the Windrush crisis
  • provide community engagement and outreach with vulnerable individuals and groups
  • make connections between community groups and pro-bono legal advice
  • raise awareness within communities of the available routes for regularising or confirming immigration status under the Windrush Taskforce, assisting people with applications under the scheme and monitoring the outcomes of these applications
  • assisting people who wish to access the Windrush Compensation Scheme and monitoring the outcomes of these applications
  • using community engagement, outreach and advice work to collect and study data about the impacts of the Windrush crisis and using this information to raise concerns about ongoing or unaddressed problems.

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