Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: Seeking Applications for Sustainable Future Programme

Deadline: 26 March 2018

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is currently accepting applications for its Sustainable Future Programme. The overall focus is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm.

JRCT is deeply concerned about climate change and its effects, and believes that care for future generations is morally compelling  to play a part in tackling it.

Funding Priorities

  • Better economics: Current economic systems encourage unsustainable growth and do not adequately reflect the true costs and risks of resource depletion, climate change and other environmental problems. Funds will be provided towards work that:
    • explores and promotes ways that well-being and sustainability, rather than traditional forms of economic growth, could be placed at the heart of public policy
    • explores and promotes mechanisms that could better align business and investor behaviour with environmental sustainability and the long-term public interest
    • researches and develops innovations and new practical models of enterprise that can be embedded within community practice
    • challenges future investment in, or subsidies for, fossil fuels
  • Beyond consumerism: There is evidence that the ever higher levels of consumption, once basic needs for security and comfort are met, do not result in greater happiness or well-being. At the same time, such ever-increasing consumption is not environmentally sustainable, and contributes towards social problems including overwork, anxiety and loss of community. Funds will be provided towards work that:
    • campaigns, initiatives and mechanisms which encourage radical, large scale shifts in behaviour and culture away from consumerism towards more sustainable ways of living and using resources
    • exploration of initiatives and models which promote positive alternatives to materialism for a more fulfilled life
    • work which engages people individually and collectively in holistic and value-led approaches to transformed behaviour and lifestyle, as an alternative to consumerism
  • New voices: In order to create a broad-based, democratic and lasting transition to a low-carbon sustainable society, we need to involve everyone. JRCT is particularly concerned that marginalised groups and young activists have a voice in decisions which affect them. Funds will be provided towards work that:
    • campaigns and movements that give marginalised or under-represented groups a voice on issues of environmental and economic justice
    • initiatives that encourage organisations from outside the traditional environmental field to get involved in environmental justice
    • networks that link and support local environmental justice groups
    • the replication of innovative local projects to involve New Voices regionally or nationally

Eligibility Criteria

  • JRCT is interested in funding work which:
    • is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with
    • has clear sense of objectives, and how to achieve them
    • is innovative and imaginative
    • and where the grant has a good chance of making a difference
  • Within its areas of interest, the trust makes grants to a range of range of organisations and to individuals.
  • An organisation may apply is it is registered, excepted or exempt charity based within any of the jurisdictions of the UK and all their work fits within the published programmes.
  • The charitable organisation registered in local jurisdiction outside UK can apply for general support.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website and also submit the required documents:

  • Narrative proposal
  • Budgets Accounts
  • Governing document (non-charities only)
  • Closing report (existing grantees only)

Eligible Country: United Kingdom

For more information, please visit Sustainable Future Programme.


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