Aziz Foundation

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 12 October 2018


Description

Grants are available for registered charities and charitable community groups whose work addresses significant problems in or faced by disadvantaged communities or sections of society within Great Britain.


Details
Maximum Turnover: £ 5,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 15,000

Value Notes

There is no set funding level. Applicants should ‘ask for what they need but be realistic’.

In most cases the Foundation can only fund up to 25% of a project and that amount is capped at £15,000 of the total costs of any proposal. However, in exceptional circumstances, the Foundation will consider awarding larger grants.


Extended Description

The Aziz Foundation, a family charitable foundation established in 2015, is an independent grant-making body seeking to support the most disadvantaged communities in Britain. It aims to do this through supporting community empowerment, leadership development and greater public engagement by them in wider society. The Foundation seeks to support individuals and projects, strengthen organisations and networks, and help incubate innovative ideas that will ultimately improve the conditions in and for these sections of our society.

The Aziz Foundation ‘delivers a dynamic programme of philanthropic work that includes scholarships, research grants, grants for individuals and projects, and organisational development for charities’.

Starting in 2018, the priorities for funding ‘over the next few years’ will be around:

  • Community Development - To identify needs, raise awareness and strengthen capacity for self-help in disadvantaged communities. In addition, to invest in and develop the leadership capacity and human capital of disadvantaged communities, so that they may better address their needs.
  • Public Engagement - To strengthen the representation, visibility and voice of disadvantaged communities in policy, media and public discourse, and arts and culture.

Latest Information

The Foundation’s Development Fund’s current grant round is to support a holistic development programme for Muslim communities. It looks to make strategic interventions to develop an effective leadership and service infrastructure so that Muslim communities can efficiently utilise their considerable resources. Groups that work with and are passionate about the issues affecting Muslim communities, are encouraged to apply for a grant. The deadline for applications is 12 October 2018 (4pm). Applicants can expect to receive a decision on their application in February 2019.                               


Key Criteria

Registered charities and charitable community groups can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • An income of less than £5 million or assets of less than £50 million.
  • A governing document.
  • A current set of annual accounts.

There is particular interest in helping disadvantaged communities and sections of societies. While not excluding large UK-wide charities, the Foundation will normally only make grants to such organisations where the proposal and outcomes have potential to achieve a substantial impact.


Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation’s Development Fund’s current grant round is to support a holistic development programme for Muslim communities. It looks to make strategic interventions to develop an effective leadership and service infrastructure so that Muslim communities can efficiently utilise their considerable resources. Groups that work with and are passionate about the issues affecting Muslim communities, are encouraged to apply for a grant.

The Aziz Foundation is interested in funding work which:

  • Addresses significant problems in or faced by disadvantaged communities or sections of society.
  • Has a clear sense of objectives and of how to achieve them.
  • Is innovative and imaginative.
  • Has a good chance of making a difference.
  • Has not ended by the time the outcome of the application has been received as grants cannot be made retrospectively.

Starting in 2018, the priorities for funding ‘over the next few years’ will be around:

Community Empowerment - Disadvantaged communities face many problems. Often these issues are specific to these communities and there are many initiatives to address them. This work stream will work with disadvantaged communities, particularly African-Caribbean, Gypsy-Traveller, Muslim, and White working class communities to:

  • Identify the most pressing issues and needs facing them, and raise awareness around them.
  • Support key local and national initiatives that seek to build capacity to address these issues and needs – either directly through direct development work, or indirectly, through arts, culture and sports.
  • Develop best practice and efficiency in these communities in addressing their own needs and contributing to the common good.

Public Engagement - Disadvantaged communities often lack representation and a voice in mainstream society. This work stream will assist in strengthening that representation and voice in wider society, to enable them to play an active role in public life, to address their own needs and to contribute to the common good, by:

  • Producing their own research and narratives about their communities.
  • Learning about public life, engaging in politics and speaking to power.
  • Influencing public policy to achieve group justice.
  • Speaking to the nation to correct misinformation, stereotypes and prejudice.
  • Challenging disadvantage and discrimination through strategic litigation.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is required. All applicants should mention what funding they have secured for the project from other sources and where possible submit with their application evidence of this funding. If a decision on the funding is pending, this should also be mentioned.


Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Purposes for which the Government has a statutory responsibility to provide.
  • Large, well-funded national charities ie, those with an annual income more than £5 million or with more than £50 million of assets, or charities dedicated to issues deemed by the Board of Trustees to be already well funded.
  • General appeals, fundraising appeals, or marketing appeals.
  • One-off conferences or events, except where these events fall within a wider project context that aligns with the Foundation’s funding priorities, the impact and connections to these priorities being clearly demonstrated.
  • Partisan or evangelical groups or organisations whose mission or charitable objectives state an intention to proselytise. As a values-based organisation, however, the Foundation says it will consider offering support to faith-based organisations which are doing demonstrably positive and impactful work in the field of community development and social justice, without a proselytization agenda.
  • Activities which appear to, or actively seek to, influence public opinion in favour of a particular political party or promote political partisanship.
  • Contributions to general appeals or circulars.
  • Religious activity which is not for wider public benefit.
  • Public bodies to carry out their statutory obligations.
  • Activities which solely support animal welfare.
  • Activities which have already taken place.
  • Grant-making by other organisations.

Application Procedure

There are three grant cycles per calendar year.

Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the Aziz Foundation website.

There is a three-stage application process.

  • Stage 1 - Application – all grant applications will be subject to initial assessment to ensure they meet the basic criteria for funding. Requests that cannot be allocated to live funds are rejected.
  • Stage 2 - Assessment - staff determine whether the request should be shortlisted for support. Shortlisted applications will be reviewed by the Grants Review Committee(s), the Board of Trustees, or by a person acting with the delegated authority of the Board of Trustees.
  • Stage 3 - Decision - requests not shortlisted are rejected. Grants not recommended are rejected, unless allocated to another fund. All grants must be approved/confirmed by the Board of Trustees or a person/committee acting with its delegated authority.

The Foundation aims to write to all applicants informing them of the outcome of their application for funding within four months of the bid deadline.

All applications must be submitted with the following documents and within the deadline/s specified:

  • Narrative proposal (no more than four A4 sides). This will accompany the online application.
  • Budgets.
  • Governing document.
  • Annual accounts.
  • Relevant policies

The completed application forms together with the required supporting documents should be submitted by email to grants@azizfoundation.org.uk

Applicants should note that the Aziz Foundation always receives far more applications than it has funds to support. Even if a project fits within the criteria and priorities of the Foundation and a detailed assessment has been made, the Foundation may still be unable to provide a grant.

Contact the Aziz Foundation for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
Grants Officer
Aziz Foundation 
16 Babmaes Street 
London 
SW1Y 6AH
Telephone:
020 7432 2444
Email:
grants@azizfoundation.org.uk