We are delighted to announce the successful applicants to the first round of funding through the Windrush Justice Fund.

The fund was created in the wake of the Windrush scandal through the generous donations of the public and the Mayor of London. Funding is available to organisations which help people affected by the Windrush scandal.

There are five successful applicants in this round, who are planning activities ranging from legal-drop in sessions to support people through complex applications to the Windrush scheme, to coffee mornings used to triage and identify those who may need support.

The Windrush Justice Fund will re-open at the beginning of November, with a new maximum grant of £5,000. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020.

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The successful projects are:

 

East End Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) will receive £2,000 for outreach sessions in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets, for people who have been affected by the policies that caused the Windrush scandal. The funding will enable the team to attend or host community meetings, lunch clubs and coffee mornings, and provide information to around 100 people about the specialist support services that are available through the East End CAB. The team will be able to help people to resolve their immigration status, claim Windrush compensation, or resolve other related issues, such as people being denied benefits or housing.

African Peoples Historical Monument Foundation (Black Cultural Archives) will receive funding of £2,000 to organise a series of legal advice sessions at their venue in Brixton, London. Advisors will support people with issues caused by the destruction of the landing cards, in particular helping them through the complex process of applying to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

OBAC (Organisation of Blind Africans and Caribbeans) will receive £2,000 to organise coffee mornings for their members across London, inviting them to share their stories of arriving to the UK as part of the Windrush generation, and helping around 25 people to gather the documentation needed to apply through the Windrush scheme.

The Pilgrim Church, in Nottingham, which hosts the Nottinghamshire Windrush Support Forum, will use funding of £1,950 to host drop-in sessions for around 300 people, aiming to support around 30 people to regularise their status through the Windrush scheme.

The anti-racist, migrants’ rights campaign, Movement for Justice (MFJ), will receive £2,000 to support the #WidenWindrush campaign. The campaign highlights the injustice within the Windrush scheme, which was set up to provide a way for members of the Windrush generation to become British citizens - but excludes many of their descendants and family members.

MFJ will use the funding to organise community events across the UK, to reach more of those affected, and build the momentum of the campaign. The funding will also enable MFJ to bring together immigration lawyers and migrants’ rights organisations to plan the next steps of the campaign.

 

Find out more about the Windrush Justice Fund and what can be funded, and apply, here