Justice and Equality Fund – Changing the Conversation

Status: Open to applications
Deadline: 30th July 2018


A limited number of grants are available for women's organisations in the UK to participate in the development phase of a new Strategic Communications Network.


Fund Value: £ 250,000

Value Notes 

The fund is allocating £250,000 for this work in year one and expects to support expanded communications capacity in up to eight specialist organisations.

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:

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

Latest Information

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 30 July 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.
  • Serve a charitable purpose.
  • Be committed to social justice and equality.
  • Have been active for at least one year and can submit accounts for one whole year.
  • 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

Applicants will need to respond to the following questions:

  • What experience do you have of educating public opinion on an issue related to sexual harassment and abuse, including any work with the media?
  • What do you understand by ‘the power of a story’?
  • What are the key things you considered in your approach to educating public opinion?
  • What has worked in your relationships with the media, what hasn’t, and what would you do differently?
  • Describe an example of collaboration with other women’s organisations that you have been part of.


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 can be found on the Rosa website.

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