The Community Justice Fund

The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative focused on supporting the provision of specialist social welfare legal advice across the UK

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The Improving Lives Through Advice grant programme

The Improving Lives Through Advice (ILTA) programme is a new multi-year core costs grants programme being delivered in partnership with the Community Justice Fund.

ILTA is supported by £30 million from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, to provide access to specialist social welfare legal advice. Thanks to National Lottery players, the funding will enable expert organisations to support some of the most marginalised communities in England – including people with disabilities, women fleeing abuse and families facing eviction.

You can find out more information on this new programme here – Apply for a Grant

The Expression of Interest (EOI) stage of Round 2 of the Improving Lives Through Advice (ILTA) grants programme is now open and will close on 15 January 2024 at 4pm.

Round 2 is open to applicants who are able to demonstrate and evidence a track record of delivering advice services or supporting access to advice services, this could be through involvement in a health justice partnership, having an established referral pathway to advice services or co-location of services with advice agencies.

Please find the EOI online form, eligibility and guidance criteria here.

An information session for ILTA Round 2 will be held via Zoom at 11am-12pm on Wednesday 6 December 2023 to provide information on the guidance and eligibility and answer any questions. Please register to attend here.

Our work

Since 2020 we have raised £17.3m which has provided 420 grants to advice giving charities all across the UK. You can find out more about the grants which we have made here:

These funds have helped advice agencies do a wide range of things including:

  • helping older people access the support they need to live independently for longer.
  • keeping families in their homes
  • keeping women and children safe from domestic abuse
  • It helps disabled people access the income they are entitled to so they can eat and stay warm.
  • It helps people to rebuild their lives after feeling war and persecution.
  • It helps people from minoritized communities challenge unfair and discriminatory behaviours which prevent them from fulfilling their potential.