Equality and Human Rights Commission - Legal Support Scheme

Applications can be submitted at any time. Grants are available to legal representatives and not-for-profit advice providers to provide legal support to individuals who may have experienced racial discrimination in England, Scotland, or Wales.

Funding is intended to:

  • Improve access to justice for victims of racial discrimination.
  • Ensure those regulated by the Commission know their duties, understand the consequences of not meeting those duties, and take action to improve their practice.
  • Identify strategic matters that can be taken forward outside of this scheme to achieve wider positive change.

Funding is at the discretion of the Commission.

Fees paid for legal representatives are calculated on an hourly rate and capped at fixed levels.

Funding may be used to cover:

  • Frontline legal advice from legal representatives (which may include pre-action work including evidence gathering, advice on merits, initial letters, issuing of proceedings, court fees, as well at the litigation itself).
  • Legal representation in a court or tribunal.
  • Disbursements (for example, counsel's fees or experts' reports)