Aims/priorities: The funders support work that promotes human dignity and defends the human rights of marginalised and excluded people. They fund small to medium sized charities who work in three priority areas:
Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers - in this priority area, funding is available for charities which do any or all of the following:
- Deliver services directly targeting migrant communities, and people who are refugees or seeking asylum.
- Influence policy and/or counter negative narrative.
- Strengthen the voluntary sector and support charities delivering work in this area.
Criminal justice and penal reform - in this priority area, funding is available for charities which do any or all of the following:
- Deliver services to improve outcomes for individuals (and their families) who are in the criminal justice system (at any stage, from contact with police to courts and prison).
- Support effective rehabilitation in the community.
- Work to influence policy and to reform the criminal justice system.
- Strengthen the sector and support charities delivering work in this area.
Human rights, particularly access to justice - in this priority area, funding is available for charities which do any or all of the following:
- Provide specialist legal advice and representation.
- Work to influence policy through eg strategic litigation or public law challenges.
- Strengthens the sector and supports charities delivering work in this area.
For all priority areas, the Trust usually supports single focus organisations working solely in priority areas. For these organisations, core funding (unrestricted grants) or project funding (restricted grants) are both available. On occasion it also accepts restricted grant applications from charities working more broadly, where the project is particularly focused, forms a significant strand, and the charity can show it is best placed to deliver the work. Under the human rights priority, the Trust also sometimes funds charities that are not specifically about legal advice but are concerned with the principles of human rights and the rule of law.
Who can apply? Small to medium sized charities. Most of their funding goes to charities with a turnover of between £150,000 and £1.5 million.
Grant amount: Open programme grants are usually between £10,000 to £20,000 and awarded annually.
Application process: Applications are made through an online form and you can download a PDF to view the questions in advance of submitting your application.
Deadline: Application deadlines for 2021/22:
- 31 October 2021 (Decisions in January 2022)
- 30 January 2022 (Decisions in April 2022)
- 30 April 2022 (Decisions in July 2022)
Contact information: Tel - 020 7243 9486, Email - @abcharitabletrust.org.uk
Website address: The AB Charitable Trust