Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust - Rights and Justice Programme

Status: Open to applications

Deadline: 25 March 2019


Grants are available to support projects aimed at promoting racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK.

Value Notes

No minimum or maximum amount of grant is specified.

Extended Descriptions

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

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.

Latest Information

The 3 December 2018 deadline is only for existing grantees who wish to apply for further funding. The deadline of 25 March 2019 (12 noon) is open to all applicants.

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.

The Trust focuses on work at both a national and European level, although work at a European level is limited and must have direct relevance to communities living in the UK. Funding for European work related to refugees and migrants is primarily channelled through the European Programme on Integration and Migration.

The Trust is open to local organisations which can demonstrate genuine national significance and fill a gap in the national policy and advocacy landscape. These applications are expected to be the exception not the norm. The Trust is interested in supporting applications that are informed by direct experiences of discrimination and injustice; are able to amplify local voices; can point to policy opportunities and audiences who will create change; and have access to an infrastructure which can leverage work at a national level amongst policy-makers, opinion formers, NGO's and the wider public.

The Trust places an emphasis on supporting those who have direct experience of racism and oppression.

Eligible Expenditure 

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.
    • The provision of accurate information and analysis about human rights and equality to inform decision-makers and the wider public.
    • Holding government and public bodies to account for their implementation of equalities and human rights commitments.
    • Awareness raising of equality and human rights amongst the broader public.
    • Work to develop new voices in the human rights and equality sphere and to create connections between human rights and economic justice issues.
  • Promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism and discrimination - the Trust welcomes applications from civil society organisations that tackle the injustices and discrimination faced by racial and ethnic minorities, in particular, by Muslim communities, Roma, Gypsies and Travellers across Europe. This includes:
    • Monitoring and advocacy for legislation and policies to promote rights for these communities.
    • Activities to promote political empowerment, in particular, amongst and led by women within these communities.
    • Efforts to build solidarity amongst advocacy organisations and between advocacy organisations and wider civil society.
    • Work to challenge ideologies and movements that encourage racism and xenophobia and tackle attitudes and policies that deny equal treatment for vulnerable minorities.
  • Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling root causes, 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 migrants’ rights.
    • Promoting access to justice through civil society organisations which spread knowledge of migrants’ rights and judicial procedures and embed advances in the enforcement of rights.

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.


In relation to the Rights and Justice Programme, the Trust does not make grants for the following:

  • Work related to specific aspects of equality: age, disability, gender, religion and belief, sexual orientation.
  • Work concerned with relationships between communities rather than tackling structural injustices.
  • Service provision or training projects.
  • Work with children or young people.

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:
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust 
The Garden House 
Water End 
YO30 6WQ
01904 627 810