Diversity and equality

Browse our list of funders that specialise in diversity and equality

As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects.

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A B Charitable Trust

Grants typically from £10,000 to £20,000 for UK registered charities with an annual income between £150,000 and £1.5m that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances. Projects should address at least one of the following categories:

  • Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Criminal justice and penal reform.
  • Human rights, particularly access to justice.

Deadlines are quarterly; the next one is 26 January 2020.

Allen Lane Foundation

Grants of £500 to £15,000 are available to small charitable organisations (typically with an annual income below £100,000, or £250,000 for national organisations) for work that aims to reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination. Projects should make a difference to people’s lives as opposed to simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems, and should target one or more of the following groups:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality)
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse

Meanwhile, its new Social Cohesion Programme focuses on breaking down barriers and tensions between different groups and promoting the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals to build more cohesive and inclusive communities.

Ashworth Charitable Trust

Grants of up to £3,000 are available for registered charities involved in supporting humanitarian causes. These include addressing the situation of those at the margins of society and ensuring that everyone should be able to share the fruits of and be empowered to participate in the construction of a just, prosperous and sustainable society.

Baring Foundation – Strengthening Civil Society

Grants of up to £30,000 for charities and other non-profit entities to embrace law- and human rights-based approaches as effective tools for achieving change for individuals and communities. It also aims to build sustainable collaborations, partnerships and networks that leverage existing expertise within the sector.

Feminist Review Trust

Grants of up to £15,000 for individuals and organisations for projects that transform the lives of women. The Trust is particularly interested in applications covering the following areas:

  • Lesbian and transgender rights
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Disabled women and girls
  • Refugee women and girls

There are three deadlines per year; the next one is 31 January 2020.

Hilden Charitable Fund

Supporting asylum seekers and refugees is one of the themes for this fund, which offers grants averaging £5,000 to UK registered charities.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Rights and Justice Programme

Grants for any organisation or individual doing charitable work that promotes racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK.

Justice and Equality Fund

Grants of between £25,000 and £200,000 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. This fund is not currently open; sign up to their newsletter for updates.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Shared Ground Fund

Grants to explore opportunities and address challenges in the area of migration and integration, along two themes: staying safe and living well together. Explore and Test grants support new approaches with grants up to £60,000. More and Better grants are for longer-term projects, with funding up to £300,000.

The Pilgrim Trust

Grants for UK registered charities and organisations that are exempt from registration for various themes including “improving the life chances of vulnerable women and girls [by] supporting early interventions that address their needs before these become too deep-seated.” There are two grant schemes for awards under and over £5,000.

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