How to apply

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants is now hosted by The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA). The first round of funding will be Autumn 2017. This website will be updated when further news is available.

1. Read the funding guidelines

Please read the funding guidelines carefully to check whether your proposed work fits with what the SLF is able to fund.

Download SLF Funding Guidelines

You should also look check out list of previous SLF grants to make sure your proposal does not duplicate any existing work.

We strongly encourage prospective applicants to discuss their proposal with the SLF Project Manager, Bella Kosmala, before submitting. Bella's contact details are below.

2. Any questions?

After reading the funding guidelines, if you are unsure as to whether your work fits or would like to discuss an idea for an application then please contact the Project Manager using the details below.

We welcome such contact as it can save you and us time and resources.

3. Complete our on-line application form

If you are confident your work meets our funding priorities, you need to make your application via Trust for London's online grants system.

You will need to register with the online grants system before beginning your application. Please note that the system is used for applications to Trust for London's main grants programme as well as Strategic Legal Fund applications, so take care to select the correct funding round before proceeding.

You do not need to complete the application form in one sitting, as you can save and close it and return to it at a later stage. The form contains contextual help on a number of questions which will help you to complete it.

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement once you have submitted your on-line application.

We only SLF applications via the online system. We do not accept applications in any other format. If you have any problems please contact us.

4. Closing dates

There are six closing dates for applications during the year, roughly every two months.

Applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered until the next closing date.

5. Processing your application

The Project Manager will check all applications to ensure they are complete, valid and meet the eligibility criteria outlined on pages 4-6 of the funding guidelines. The Project Manager will contact applicants if further information is needed and, where possible, to discuss and check the details of the application.

6. Expert Panel

All eligible applications received by the deadline will normally be considered at the next Expert Panel meeting.

A minimum of three Expert Panel members will consider the applications and meet to agree recommendations for funding. Where there are conflicts of interest, Expert Panel members will not be involved in assessing the relevant applications.

7. Application decision

Following the recommendation from the Expert Panel, the funders will make the final decision on whether to award a grant.

You will normally hear within three weeks of the closing date whether or not the SLF has offered a grant to your organisation.

8. Contact details

If you have any queries, please contact: Bella Kosmala, Project Manager on 0207 251 8383 or at


If you have any queries about the Strategic Legal Fund, please contact Bella Kosmala at ILPA: or 0207 251 8383.