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Windrush Justice Programme launches second funding round

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NOTE: The deadline for this opportunity has now passed. The window may reopen at a later date – if you are currently providing advocacy support and think you may be eligible, please get in touch with Tara Shah, Project Support Officer.

The second round of the Windrush Justice Programme is now open (with an extended deadline!) for applications after awarding funding to 12 organisations in the first funding round. If you’re based in the UK and provide advocacy support to those wishing to access the Windrush Compensation Scheme, including work to regulate their status before being able to access the fund, you may be eligible. 

The small grants of £22k (across two years) can be used to pay for case workers, cover administrative costs, venue costs, awareness raising events (please note events cannot be the only work you do around Windrush) and staffing costs.  The advocacy we expect you to be carrying out, is the close relational approach that supports an individual with understanding and collating evidence required, listening to their story and fully supporting them to make a claim.

The fund cannot be used to fund lawyers; however, it can cover travel and subsistence for any pro bono work lawyers are doing that connects the work your organisation is doing. 

To be eligible you must be: 

There are several short stages to this application. If you can proceed to the next stage, you will be notified by the ARE team.  

Applying to the Windrush Justice Programme

Our independent panel decides on the outcome of applications. Any applications that have progressed through the application process above will be put to the panel. 

We encourage anyone interested in applying, to begin the eligibility check now by completing this form.

A member of the ARE Windrush Justice Programme team will be in touch to let you know the outcome of the eligibility check. We are currently reviewing applications and reserve the right to re-open opportunities to apply for funding depending upon the outcome.

We’re delighted to launch our second round of Windrush Justice funding. Grassroots groups are at the forefront of Windrush advocacy, supporting people to apply for compensation and documentation on shoestring budgets. We have already supported twelve organisations to continue this vital work and can’t wait to welcome more of them onto the Windrush Justice Programme.

Kimberly McIntosh, Grants and Programme Manager  
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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the FAQs before applying.

Who can apply? 

Only those already providing advocacy support to victims of the Windrush Scandal can apply for the programme. By advocacy support we mean: 

  • Fully assisting people with applications to the Windrush Compensation Scheme, including obtaining and collating evidence required.
  • Supporting applications to the Windrush Scheme (formally the Windrush Taskforce), over and above completing the Form.
  • Signposting to other organisations offering support (for example, signposting more complicated cases to solicitors providing pro bono support) 

You must be part of an organisation that has an independent bank account with two unrelated signatories and three unrelated members responsible for governance.  

How do I apply? 

To apply, please fill in our eligibility checker.  

What can the grant be used for? 

The grant can be used for activities such as: 

  • Paying caseworkers to support those needing help  
  • Covering admin costs 
  • Paying volunteer expenses 

Please note grants cannot be used for arts-based projects or programmes, or Windrush Compensation awareness raising activities.

I do awareness raising and campaigning on Windrush. Can I apply? 

Unfortunately, this funding is only for advocacy work that supports individuals and families to access the Windrush Schemes.  

 “Thank you all so much for the funding. I look forward to engaging in the Windrush Justice programme and delivering for our hard-pressed communities, not least, victims of the Windrush Hostile Environment for whom fair and just compensation is long overdue.”

Callton Young OBE, Chair Croydon African Caribbean Family Organisation UK 

Contact: Grants & Programme Manager, Kimberly McIntosh

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