European citizens and their families currently living in the UK will need to apply for‘Settled Status’ to secure their right to stay here once Britain has left the EU. The government’s goal has been to create a simple and accessible online system to help people secure their status, but many will need support. If even 5% of those eligible do not apply, 175,000 people will be left without legal status.
We want to build the capacity of the voluntary sector to support people who need this sort of help, including: children and young people; carers; people with disability, long-term physical ill-health or mental health problems; people who have experienced domestic violence or trafficking; those with poor English language skills or who face digital exclusion; and people in care homes.
The TAF is in the final stages of a process of spending down. As such, we are not soliciting new applications. Grants to new organisations will only be given under exceptional circumstances, and these will be proactively pursued by the fund.
Who’s involved and how it works
The TAF is a fund established by Unbound Philanthropy, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Open Society Foundations and the Legal Education Foundation, who bring their combined experience of the migration and legal education space. NPC manages the TAF day-to-day, bringing expertise in strategic philanthropy and policy-engaged funding. An advisory panel involving the founder funders and other experts sets the strategy, defines our eligibility criteria, and oversees grant-making decisions.
Decisions on grants are made by a grant panel of the contributing funders on a roughly six-weekly basis. In exceptional cases—for example, for extremely urgent pieces of work, or for projects by organisations already funded by the TAF—decisions may occasionally be made by email outside of the regular grant panel cycle. NPC scrutinises proposals and conducts due diligence into all organisations funded by the TAF.
For more information, to submit a proposal, or to discuss contributing to the fund please write to email@example.com.
Insight and commentary from the Transition Advice Fund
As the UK prepares to leave the EU 3.5m EU citizens need to register for settled status to remain in the country. This report reviews a range of similar schemes from around the world looking at the level of coverage achieved, how take-up was encouraged and any lessons we can learn.
Around 3.8m EU citizens currently live in the UK. To remain here post-Brexit, they will need to engage with the government’s migrant registration scheme. This research, commissioned by the Transition Advice Fund and carried out by Revealing Reality, explores how migrants feel about the process.
With the UK planning to leave the EU in March 2019, the Transition Advice Fund has commissioned a study of EU migrants across the UK to uncover attitudes towards Brexit and the capability of different people to navigate the application process for settled status. Project lead Ruth Gripper explains
Ruth Gripper introduces a new strand to NPC's work and the new challenges of helping vulnerable EU citizens secure their settled status in the run up to Brexit.
Five key areas the Transition Advice Fund would like to see reflected in the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK Government and the EU.
Despite the ferocity and divisiveness of the debates elsewhere, the charity sector has been strangely passive on the topic of Brexit, argues Rob Abercrombie. Granted, there’s limited space to think about newer issues when times are already tough. But if the voluntary sector is only focused on the financial implications of Brexit, they'll miss both threats and opportunities related to their wider missions. Here he outlines three areas that need more attention.