Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Power and Accountability Programme

Status: Open to applications

Deadline: 3rd September, 2018


Description

Grants are available to support people in the UK to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest. 


 

Value Notes

No minimum or maximum amount of grant is specified.


Extended Descriptions

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

Funding is available to support people in the UK to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest.


Latest Information

The next deadline for applications is 3 September 2018 (12 noon).


Key Criteria

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.

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.


Eligible Expenditure 

Funding is available for work in the following areas:

  • Strengthening corporate accountability - the Trust is interested in funding work which:
    • Develops and promotes mechanisms which increase the accountability and responsiveness of companies to shareholders, stakeholders, regulators and the long-term public interest, for example through improvements to corporate governance, corporate structures (including alternative corporate forms), company reporting or regulation.
    • Develops and promotes mechanisms whereby those who suffer severely as a result of company actions, particularly marginalised groups, can gain access to justice.
  • Strengthening democratic accountability - the Trust is interested in funding work which:
    • Develops and promotes mechanisms which ensure an accountable, transparent and proportionate relationship between the private sector and government.
    • Develops and promotes mechanisms which enable civil society and the general public, including marginalised groups, to engage appropriately and effectively with government policy making.
    • Encourages government, parliament and other statutory agencies to be more representative of the wider public they serve.
  • Encouraging responsible media - the Trust is interested in funding work which:
    • Encourages accurate and responsible media, with appropriate safeguards.
    • Explores and promotes ways for all forms of media to play a constructive role in holding government, companies and other powerful actors to account.

In addition to these specific focus areas, the Trust is open to occasionally supporting other work which meets all of the following criteria:

  • Furthers the vision of this programme.
  • Is highly innovative, with the potential to bring about systemic change.
  • Is exceptionally difficult to fund from other sources.

Under this programme, JRCT will consider applications for national work in the UK, or elsewhere in the EU for work at a pan-European level. It will also consider applications aimed at increasing the accountability of the UK government and other UK bodies for the impact of the policies and practices that they pursue within global institutions.


Restrictions

Under the Power and Accountability Pragramme, the Trust will not fund work that:

  • Is about participation in service provision eg education and health.
  • Focuses on international development issues.
  • Is limited to a particular business sector eg tourism or supermarkets.
  • Promotes participatory democracy by running practical projects at local or regional level.
  • Supports individual journalists or news organisations.

The Trust will not fund the following:

  • Larger, older national charities which have an established constituency of supporters and substantial levels of reserves.
  • Statutory bodies.
  • For-profit organisations.
  • Medical research.
  • Academic research, except as an integral part of policy and campaigning work that is central to the Trust's areas of interest.
  • Building, buying or repairing buildings.
  • Business development or job creation schemes.
  • Service provision, including providing care, support or training services, such as for elderly people, children and young people, people with learning difficulties, people with physical disabilities, mental health service users, refugees or asylum seekers.
  • Housing and homelessness.
  • The arts, except where a project is specifically concerned with issues of interest to the Trust.
  • Travel or adventure projects.
  • Educational bursaries, including graduate and post-graduate studies.
  • The personal support of individuals in need.
  • General appeals.
  • Work which the Trust believes should be funded from statutory sources, or which has been in the recent past.
  • Work which has already been undertaken.
  • Local or national work anywhere outside the UK.

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


Payment Proceedure

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


Aplication Proceedure

An application form is available to complete online at the Trust's website.

The JRCT will only accept online applications.

Contact the JRCT for further information.


Addresses and Contacts

Application forms are available on their website.

 
 
Contact details:
Enquiries
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust 
The Garden House 
Water End 
York 
YO30 6WQ
Telephone:
01904 627 810
Email:
enquiries@jrct.org.uk