Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s Rights and Justice Grant Programme in UK

Deadline: 25 March 2019

The JRCT’s Rights and Justice Grant Program is committed to the creation of a world that guarantees equal treatment for all people. It believes that equality and human rights play a vital role in protecting the most vulnerable and in turn benefit the whole of society.

Funding Priorities

  • Protection and promotion of human rights and their enforcement in the UK
    • JRCT welcomes applications for:
      • policy advocacy and campaigning to protect and promote human rights for the most vulnerable
      • holding government and public bodies to account for their implementation of human rights commitments
      • work to build public support for human rights, particularly amongst more sceptical audiences and in communities disconnected from political power and influence
      • new voices in the human rights sphere and work to create connections between human rights and social justice issues.
  • Promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism
    • JRCT welcomes applications from civil society organisations that tackle injustices faced by racial and religious minorities, in particular, by Muslim communities, Roma, Gypsies and Travellers, as well as broader anti-racist work. This includes:
      • monitoring and advocacy for legislation and policies to promote rights for these communities
      • activities to promote political empowerment, in particular, amongst and led by women within these communities
      • efforts to build solidarity amongst advocacy organisations and between advocacy organisations and wider civil society
      • work to challenge ideologies, attitudes and movements that encourage racism and xenophobia.
  • Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights
    • JRCT welcomes applications to strengthen the ability of refugees and migrants to assert and defend their rights through:
      • support for alliance building and grassroots organisation, including engagement with non-traditional allies
      • advocacy and campaigning to prevent the abuse of rights
      • promoting access to justice through civil society organisations which spread knowledge of rights and judicial procedures and embed advances in the enforcement of rights.

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.
  • If applicants are based outside the UK and they are registered as a charitable organisation in their local jurisdiction, they may apply for general support if all of their work fits within their published programmes, and the following criteria are also met:
    • applicant’s organisation is governed by an upaid board
    • applicant’s organisation is not for profit
    • applicant’s organisation’s formal purposes fall within the list of charitable purposes recognised within English law.

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

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