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What we fund

The JRRT funds progressive campaigns which are too political for most other funders. We do not run formal grants programmes but we do have a long-standing interest in backing activists defending civil liberties and striving for positive political change and democratic reform.

Our priority is to support overtly political causes that confront corrosive powers in our democracy and seek changes that rebalance power for the well-being of our society. You can find out more about our grantees and the sort of work we fund by looking at our latest publication Speaking Truth to Power (pdf 2.15MB) and the Grants We Have Awarded sections of our website.

Important Dates

Small grants - £7,500 or less

If you are applying for £7,500 or less, you can submit your outline proposal at any time except the weeks in which the deadlines for larger applications fall – see below.

Once your full application is submitted, we aim to inform you of the Trust’s decision as soon as possible and within two to three weeks.
 

Larger grants – over £7,500

If you are applying for more than £7,500, you need to be aware of the deadlines for submitting your outline proposal and full application. Applications over £7,500 are considered by our Directors at quarterly meetings (approximately one month after the final application deadline).

If you miss a deadline, you will have to wait until the next quarter before your application can be considered.

The deadlines for applications over £7,500 in 2017 are:

  • Round 1 - outline proposal deadline - no later than noon on Monday 20th February 2017;
  • Round 1 - final application deadline - no later than noon on Wednesday 1st March 2017;
     
  • Round 2 - outline proposal deadline - no later than noon on Tuesday 30th May 2017;
  • Round 2 - final application deadline - no later than noon on Wednesday 7th June 2017;
     
  • Round 3 - outline proposal deadline - no later than noon on Tuesday 29th August 2017;
  • Round 3 - final application deadline - no later than noon on Wednesday 6th September 2017;
  • Round 4 - outline proposal deadline - no later than noon on Monday 30th October 2017;
  • Round 4 - final application deadline - no later than noon on Wednesday 8th November 2017.

Meetings with Applicants

Directors may also wish to meet you to discuss your application. Please hold the morning of the following dates in case you are invited to a meeting with Directors:

  • Round 1 (2017) - Thursday 16th March;

  • Round 2 (2017) - Thursday 22nd June;

  • Round 3 (2017) - Thursday 21st September;

  • Round 4 (2017) - Thursday 23rd November.

Meetings take place in central London. If you are invited to a meeting, the Trust will fund your reasonable travel expenses. Please note not all applicants are invited to a meeting. Whether or not you are invited to a meeting should not be seen an indication of the eventual outcome of the assessment process.

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.
The Garden House, Water End, York, YO30 6WQ
Tel: 01904 625744 | Fax: 01904 651502 | E-mail: info@jrrt.org.uk

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