Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Rights and Justice Programme

Aims/priorities: 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. 

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.
  • Holding government and public bodies to account for their implementation of human rights commitments.
  • Work to build public support for human rights, particularly among 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 - the Trust welcomes applications from civil society organisations that tackle the injustices and discrimination faced by racial and religious minorities, in particular, by Muslim communities, Roma, Gypsies and Travellers, as well as broader anti-racism work. This includes:

  • Monitoring and advocacy for legislation and policies to promote rights for these communities.
  • Activities to promote political empowerment, in particular, among and led by women within these communities.
  • Efforts to build solidarity among advocacy organisations and between advocacy organisations and wider civil society.
  • Work to challenge ideologies 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 - 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 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.

Responding to the dual harms of COVID-19 and systemic racism - 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.

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.

Grant amount: There are no minimum or maximum levels of support available.

Application process: 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.

Deadline: 5pm on 29 November 2021.

Contact information: Tel 01904 627810 or Email

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Unpublish Date: 
Monday, 29 November, 2021