Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Sustainable Future Programme

Aims/priorities: The overall focus of the Sustainable Future Programme is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. 

The overall focus of the Fund is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. Funding is available for work in the following areas:

Better economics - the Trust will fund work that:

  • Explores and promotes ways that wellbeing and sustainability could be placed at the heart of public policy, rather than traditional forms of economic growth.
  • 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 - the Trust will fund:

  • 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 consumerism 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 - the Trust will fund:

  • 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 regionally or nationally.

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:

  • Scrutinises economic responses to the pandemic through a climate justice lens, holding government to account for their policy decisions, including any corporate financial support.
  • Helps to build collective power and foster visions for more imaginative, just economies which prioritise the wellbeing of human beings and the natural world.
  • Explores the connections between the pandemic and the lived experiences of environmental racism and set out methods of addressing these harms.

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. 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.

Organisations and individuals should be undertaking work at a national level. This means work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries - England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Grant amount: No minimum or maximum amount of grant is specified.

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 application deadline.

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

Deadline: 5pm 29 November 2021. The account registration deadline normally is two weeks prior to the application deadline.

Contact information: Tel 01904 627810, Email

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Unpublish Date: 
Monday, 29 November, 2021