Baring Foundation offers grants of up to £100k to charities with legal expertise

The grants, made under the foundation's Strengthening the Voluntary Sector initiative, will support charities to make use of the law in tackling disadvantage

Grants of up to £100,000 are available for UK charities with legal expertise in tackling discrimination and disadvantage.

The Baring Foundation, along with the Legal Education Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is asking for expressions of interest as part of its Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme, which supports non-profit organisations in making effective use of the law in tackling disadvantage.

In a statement on its website announcing the funding, the Baring Foundation said successful organisations would receive "very flexible project funding" to tackle identified issues over approximately three years.

The organisation said it expected to award seven grants of up to £100,000 each.

To be eligible, organisations must be UK-based and have "specific and demonstrable legal expertise".

The announcement said: "This is likely to mean you will have at least one qualified lawyer working in your organisation with expertise relevant to the project."

The projects must deliver benefit in the UK, it said, and organisations that already hold an applied project grant from the Baring Foundation are not eligible.

Interested organisations have until 9am on 5 November to submit their expressions of interest, then shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit longer written applications.

More information can be found on the Baring Foundation’s website.

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