Grant Criteria & Priorities

Grant Criteria

We will take the following factors into account, amongst other considerations:

For cases

  • The extent of need you have demonstrated, and how critical a grant is for your legal claim or defence to continue;
  • Ability to fund from alternative sources of funds (i.e., own funds, Legal Aid, legal expenses insurance, fee arrangements with lawyers, crowd funding or litigation funding);
  • Whether additional funding will be required from other sources and the probability of this being secured;
  • How far-reaching the impact of this case is;
  • The track record of your legal team;
  • The prospect of success of your claim or defence; and
  • The potential of further financial exposure to Therium Access (e.g. by way of an Arkin order).

For organisations/projects

  • The extent of need you have demonstrated, and how crucial a grant is for your organisation and project;
  • How far-reaching the impact of your work is;
  • Whether similar organisations and projects exist;
  • Whether funding from other sources is available;
  • Whether additional funding will be required from other sources and the probability of this being secured; and
  • Whether the organisation has a track record of delivering positive outcomes and the credentials to run this type of project (or others) and is able to satisfy its objectives and do so (and manage its other operations) within budget.

For urgent applications, in addition to the above criteria (as applicable), the immediate requirement for a grant must be clearly demonstrated, e.g. for a judicial review.

Priorities

The Priorities for the Autumn 2020 grant round are as follows:

  • Support work in the following areas of law- housing, employment and education;
  • Support work which relates to the issues people are facing as a consequence of COVID-19;
  • Preservation of legal specialisation (people and organisations). We define ‘specialisation’ as the delivery of full casework by employed staff (as opposed to volunteers) which includes representation in court/tribunal; and/or delivery of work in an area of law and/or geographic location where the organisation serves a particularly vulnerable group of people and where strong community links and reputation are critical to the delivery of the service;
  • Support delivery models of services which demonstrate a sustainable method of scaling up resource in an efficient way;
  • Support organisations which can demonstrate that at least part of their work is of strategic importance, either in their local area, nationally or internationally; and/or
  • Support organisations and work where alternative sources of funding are not available.

Your application does not need to meet all of these priorities, but the expectation is that successful applications will satisfy many of them.  Please describe how you meet these priorities clearly within your application form.