Notable charitable trusts and foundations
The list below provides information about some of the most well-known, nationwide charitable trusts and foundations that give grants to voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice sector. Between them, these trusts and foundations contribute a significant proportion of the funding that sustains the criminal justice voluntary sector.
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A B Charitable Trust
The A B Charitable Trust promotes human dignity and defends the human rights of marginalised and excluded people. It funds small to medium sized organisations (most have a turnover of between £150,000 and £1.5 million) working in three priority areas, including the justice system and penal reform.
The Barrow Cadbury Trust
The Barrow Cadbury Trust is an independent charitable foundation committed to bringing about socially just change. It sees itself as a change-maker, currently focussing its resources in the areas of criminal justice, migration and economic justice. As well as a grant giver, the Barrow Cadbury Trust offers its partners and grant-holders practical support, from space in its offices for organisations to hold meetings, to experienced personnel to serve on boards and advisory groups.
The Bromley Trust
The Bromley Trust funds UK charities working in human rights or prison reform. It makes grants ranging from £5,000 to £20,000, usually to small, specialist registered charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £1.5 million. Where possible, it offers unrestricted grants.
The Esmée Fairburn Foundation
The Esmée Fairburn Foundation aims to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK. It makes unrestricted, core and project grants for charitable work in the UK.
The Evan Cornish Foundation
The Evan Cornish Foundation strives for equality and justice for all by supporting the most marginalised and promoting human rights. It gives grants for a wide-range of projects, including those which promote the wellbeing of people in prison, work towards a fair, effective criminal justice system, assist vulnerable people at risk of imprisonment, work with people on their transition from prison, and/or enrich the lives of people in prison through creative and innovative programmes.
The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a wide range of charities working in different sectors across the UK. Its grants range from £1,000 to several million pounds for recipient organisations’ running costs, a specific activity or capital projects. It focusses on giving to charities working in welfare, youth, community, environment, education, health, arts, heritage and faith.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation works to support and speed up the transition to a more equitable and just future, free from poverty, in which people and planet can flourish. It is currently in a transition period regarding its strategy and funding opportunities.
Lankelly Chase is an independent charitable foundation and network that collaborates with partners to change systems of injustice and oppression that result in the mental distress, violence and destitution of people subject to marginalisation in the UK. It is currently in the process of redistributing all its assets with the ultimate aim of dismantling itself by 2028.
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
The Lloyds Bank Foundation partners with small and local charities, people and communities working towards a more just and compassionate society. Within its wide remit, it offers grant funding for local collaborations seeking to influence change at a local level, specifically around accommodation, social security and refugee and asylum seeker support.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. It supports organisations in the UK whose activities fall within its strategic priorities. These include supporting organisations that invest in young people, improve education and learning through the arts, and that support young people who migrate. It also gives grants from its general fund to partner organisations seeking to achieve social justice.
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