What we fund

We encourage applicants to read through all the information provided about our grant giving aims and priorities, the grant application process and to contact us before developing an application.

Applications can be made:

  • At any time for small grants of up to £7,500
  • To quarterly application rounds for larger grants

See Important dates


We particularly welcome applications for work on:


Electoral reform: ensuring that citizens’ votes count, turnout is high and elections are fair.



Examples could include campaigning on:

  • a fairer voting system (proportional representation)
  • voter registration and turnout
  • media and social media influence on elections
  • votes at 16
  • reforms to election party funding


Open and responsive democracy: in which executive power is checked by an effective parliament, and power is devolved to the nations, regions and communities.


Examples could include:

  • promoting further devolution and related mechanisms for accountability
  • making parliament and government more accountable and responsive to citizens


Thriving democratic culture: with respect for diversity, collaboration, informed public debate and participation.



Examples could include:

  • supporting effective cross-party collaboration
  • countering threats to democratic rights to protest, speak out and campaign
  • enabling effective citizen participation and engagement


Other work JRRT will fund:

Funds may be available for a small number of grants on other issues JRRT has supported, for example on rights, equality or media reform, particularly where the applicant can demonstrate that a grant would “take the issue over the line” to achieve a policy or legislative change.


Information and guidance is also available on what we don’t fund.