The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is a Quaker trust which is interested in funding work that focuses on removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with.
Generally, the Trust funds work that is about addressing the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs and recognises that change can take many years to achieve. As a result, the Trust is willing to take the long view and to take risks.
JRCT offers grants (there is neither a minimum nor a maximum amount) for work which is legally charitable as defined in UK law.
Applications should address at least one of the following areas:
- Peace and Security to support a transition towards:
- The use of ‘soft’, rather than ‘hard’ power as a first line of response to conflict within society and around the world.
- The de-legitimisation of violence as a tool for responding to conflict, securing interests or projecting power.
- A culture of human rights and non-violent problem-solving, promoted at all levels of society.
- Power and Accountability – to support people 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.
- Rights and Justice – to promote racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK.
- Sustainable Future – to develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm.
- Northern Ireland – to fund work which will contribute as a strategic level to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict.
Cross cutting proposals which directly relate to more than one priority are also accepted; this must be clearly demonstrated in the application proposal. Organisations 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.
The Trust has revised its guidance to actively encourage charities whose work falls entirely within its programme goals to apply for unrestricted funding in the future.
The deadlines for applications for Rights and Justice, Sustainable Future, Northern Ireland, and Cross Cutting applications is 21 August 2017 (12 noon).
The deadlines for Peace and Security, Power and Accountability applications is 4 September 2017 (12 noon).