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Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Rights and Justice Programme

07 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available to support projects aimed at promoting racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Maximum value:

Discretionary

Application deadline:

22/03/2021

Background

Funding is provided by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT).

Objectives of Fund

The Trust aims to promote racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK.

In late July 2020, JRCT amended its funding policy to also support work that responds to the dual harms of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism. Specifically, JRCT wish to encourage work that scrutinises the responses and policies of powerful institutions and actors, and which envisions and builds support for transformative social change based on justice, peace and sustainability.

Value Notes

There are no minimum or maximum levels of support available.

Who Can Apply

Grants are made to a range of organisations and to individuals. It is not necessary to be a registered charity to apply to the Trust, however, the Trust can only support work which is legally charitable as defined in UK law.

The Trust focuses on work at both a national and European level, although work at a European level is limited and must have direct relevance to communities living in the UK. Funding for European work related to refugees and migrants is primarily channelled through the European Programme on Integration and Migration.

The Trust is open to local organisations which can demonstrate genuine national significance and fill a gap in the national policy and advocacy landscape. These applications are expected to be the exception not the norm. The Trust is interested in supporting applications that are informed by direct experiences of discrimination and injustice; are able to amplify local voices; can point to policy opportunities and audiences who will create change; and have access to an infrastructure which can leverage work at a national level amongst policy-makers, opinion formers, NGO's and the wider public.

The Trust places an emphasis on supporting those who have direct experience of racism and oppression.

Location

United Kingdom

If the Trust refuses an application, it would not normally consider a further application from the same organisation for at least a year.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for work in the following areas:

  • Protection and promotion of equality and human rights and their enforcement in the UK - the Trust welcomes applications for:

    • Policy advocacy and campaigning to protect and promote equality and human rights for the most vulnerable.

    • The provision of accurate information and analysis about human rights and equality to inform decision-makers and the wider public.

    • Holding government and public bodies to account for their implementation of equalities and human rights commitments.

    • Awareness raising of equality and human rights amongst the broader public.

    • Work to develop new voices in the human rights and equality sphere and to create connections between human rights and economic justice issues.

  • Promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism and discrimination - the Trust welcomes applications from civil society organisations that tackle the injustices and discrimination faced by racial and ethnic minorities, in particular, by Muslim communities, Roma, Gypsies and Travellers across Europe. 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 and movements that encourage racism and xenophobia and tackle attitudes and policies that deny equal treatment for vulnerable minorities.

  • Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling root causes, structures and systems that may deny them their rights - the Trust welcomes applications to strengthen the ability of 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 migrants’ rights.

    • Promoting access to justice through civil society organisations which spread knowledge of migrants’ rights and judicial procedures and embed advances in the enforcement of rights.

  • Responding to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systemic racism (new from 24 July 2020). At this time of crisis, JRCT is keen to support work that responds to the dual harms of the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic racism. Specifically, JRCT wish to encourage work that scrutinises the responses and policies of powerful institutions and actors, and which envisions and builds support for transformative social change based on justice, peace and sustainability, including work which:

    • Collates evidence of lived experience of structural inequalities arising from the impact of or responses to Covid-19 for black and minority ethnic communities, refugee and other migrants.

    • Holds the government to account for systemic inequalities, injustices or abuses of power arising from its responses to Covid-19.

    • Builds the foundations for collective action, including resources for networks of activists to be effective, and the development and showcasing of long-term systemic alternatives.

The Trust is interested in funding work which:

  • Is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with.

  • Has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them.

  • Is innovative and imaginative.

  • Where the grant has a good chance of making a difference.

How To Apply

The deadlines for applications are 5pm on: 22 March 2021, and 31 August 2021.The account registration deadline normally is two weeks prior to the application deadline.

After reading the guidelines, applicants are advised to contact the Trust office by email or telephone to discuss their application. This should be done well before the deadline for applications.

The Trust only accepts applications online via its grants management system available on the Trust's website.

Payment Procedure

Payments for the grant are normally made quarterly in advance by electronic transfer.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
    The Garden House
    Water End
    York
    YO30 6WQ
    Tel: 01904 627 810
    Email: [email protected]

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