The Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery Fund for Legal Aid has been created to provide financial support to enable firms and law centres to continue to offer legal aid services to the public. The Fund will provide grants to support firms and law centres that have had a reduction in projected legal aid revenue because of the restrictions in place.
Grant funding is available to applicants that can demonstrate that they have seen an adverse impact on new legal aid business in the year 2020 to 2021 related to the coronavirus pandemic and commit to continue to deliver legal aid services until March 2022.
If you have used the Legal Aid Interim Fees schemes which was introduced at the start of the pandemic, drawing down fees from the interim fee scheme will not interfere with your eligibility. The interim scheme can be used in parallel with any application for support for this grant.
You may be eligible for a one-off grant payment if you are a law centre or a firm providing legal aid and:
- you have been generating at least 20% of business turnover from legal aid income before the coronavirus pandemic
- you intend to continue operating in the legal aid sector post the coronavirus pandemic