Justice and Equality Fund – Advice and Support

Status: Open to applications
Deadline: 30 July 2018


Grants are available for women's organisations in the UK to increase access to support, signposting and expert legal advice for victims and survivors of sexual harassment and abuse.


Fund Value: £ 1,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 250,000
Minimum Value: £ 25,000

Value Notes 

The Fund is is making up to £1 million available in total for work in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Grants of between £25,000 and £200,000.
  • Over one to three years.
  • Mostly for revenue costs.
  • For new work or an extension of existing work.

Extended Description

The Justice and Equality Fund (JEF) aims to bring an end to the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity by resourcing an expert network of advice, support and advocacy organisations and projects.

Inspired by the campaigners of #metoo, TIME’s UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movements and others, a group of UK-based women from the entertainment industry have come together to challenge the culture that permits people in positions of power to sexually harass and abuse others. Funding for the JEF comes from donations from individuals.

The Justice and Equality Fund (the JEF) aims to make workplaces and other contexts just, safe and equitable for all and ensure that anyone who has been subjected to harassment and abuse, including sexual violence at work, is better able to access support and justice.

The JEF is hosted and administered by Rosa - the only UK-wide fund for women and girls. Rosa is a well-established and respected grant-making organisation which mobilises resources for women’s empowerment.

Within the Justice and Equality Fund there are three programmes:

  • Advice and Support - information provided in this report
  • Now’s the Time - information provided in a separate report
  • Changing the Conversation - information provided in a separate report

Latest Information

The deadline for Round 1 applications is 30 July 2018 with awards announced in early October 2018.

Key Criteria

The JEF seeks to recognise the critical role played by specialist organisations, in both working with individuals affected by harassment and abuse, and in working to bring about wider change on these issues.

Round One will fund activities and initiatives that are either:

  • Delivered solely by women’s organisations (which are led by, and work predominantly for and with, women and/or girls), or
  • Led by women’s organisations, in partnership with others.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a charitable organisation. Although it is not required to be a registered charity, the activities must be charitable and legal.
  • Have relevant experience in the approach they want to pursue with JEF funding.
  • Have a strong track-record in actively addressing issues of equality in their work and reaching out to those groups and individuals who face the greatest barriers.
  • Be well-connected and demonstrably collaborative in their approach.
  • Have the ability and ambition to mobilise other organisations / be effective influencers.
  • Be willing and able to take part in communication activity about their JEF-funded work.

Applications to support partnership working are welcome. Partnerships can be with other charitable organisations, unions, businesses, local councils, schools, universities, arts and sports organisations or any other organisation or institution which will help change happen.

Eligability Expendeture

The outcomes that are being working towards with the Advice and Support Programme include:

  • An increase in the opportunities for victims of sexual harassment and abuse to be heard and to get justice.
  • An increase in the knowledge and expertise of organisations and individual professionals around sexual harassment and abuse.

The funding is for work that provides some or all of the following:

  • Initiatives that increase the availability of specialist legal support around sexual harassment and abuse, such as training and accreditation programmes for legal professionals.
  • Legal or other advice which is specifically focused on sexual harassment and abuse, either through a help-line or face-to-face advice.
  • Initiatives that increase the skills and capacity of specialist organisations to respond to the needs of victims of sexual harassment and abuse.
  • Initiatives which increase specialist organisations’ capacity to support strategic litigation in the areas of sexual harassment and abuse.

There is particularly interest in work which reaches out to people who face additional barriers in accessing support and achieving their rights.

The JEF is ‘happy' to see applications from:

  • Specialist organisations providing emotional support to victims/survivors of harassment and abuse across one or more of the four countries.



The following are not eligible for funding:

  • The purchase or upgrade of physical assets such as buildings or equipment .
  • Work that substitutes or overlaps with statutory service provision.
  • Work that should be provided by statutory organisations.
  • Party Political activities.
  • Activities promoting religious beliefs.
  • Overseas travel or work outside the UK.
  • Interest payment on loans.
  • One-off conferences or events unless they are part of a longer-term strategy.
  • Fundraising events.
  • Work that has already taken place.

Application Procedure

The guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Rosa website.

Applicants are 'strongly encouraged' to send an email to Rosa to start an initial conversation before they start the application process.

Contact Rosa for further information.

Addresses and contacts 

Application forms may be available on their website.

Contact details:
United House 
4th Floor 
North Road 
N7 9DP
020 7697 3466