Thank you to everyone who applied in 2020. We are pleased to be supporting the following organisations and projects:

UK Round Spring 2020 

Criminal Justice 

  • Birth Companions: Improving the lives of mothers and babies affected by the criminal justice system
  • Church Homeless Trust: Resettlement of homeless prison leavers in Merseyside, Bolton and Manchester
  • Dance United Yorkshire: Excel
  • INQUEST Charitable Trust: Work with women and girls across custody and detention settings
  • Irene Taylor Trust: Music in Prisons - Women's Prison Projects
  • Koestler Arts: Inspiring Creativity: Koestler Arts Curation Project and Exhibition in Yorkshire
  • Mind in Camden: Voices Unlocked
  • The Zahid Mubarek Trust: Advocacy for Justice Programme

Elderly People

  • Ambleside Parish Centre: Inside Out Project for Older People
  • Cleveland Housing Advice Centre: Outreach Advisory Services and support for the Elderly living in their own homes
  • Community Solutions North West Ltd
  • Dignity in Dementia CIC: Community Come Dancing
  • Macular Society: Support services for elderly people with sight loss
  • Manor and Castle Development Trust: The Manor and Castle Health and Wellbeing Project (Older People)
  • Musical Connections: Communities in Harmony
  • NEXT STEPS MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE CENTRE: Totally Socially Out of hours/Weekend Warrior.
  • Northern Ballet: Northern Ballet Dance for Parkinsons
  • Saint Michaels Hospice: Volunteer Visitors Service
  • Sight Advice South Lakes: Sight Support for Visually Impaired Older People
  • St Gemmas Hospice: St Gemmas Hospice Carers Support Group
  • The Reader: Connect at Calderstones - Year 2

Mental Health

  • Back on Track: Beat the Blues
  • Cavendish Cancer Care: Improving mental health in cancer patients and their families
  • Crossroads Derbyshire: Children's domestic abuse counselling service
  • Golddigger Trust: Wellbeing Lead
  • Leeds Mind: Bridging the social and economic gap in West Leeds
  • National Schizophrenia Fellowship: Mental Health Care Navigator
  • Place2Be: Place2Be Counsellors on Placement: supporting children's mental health in Yorkshire schools
  • Sheffield Flourish: FlippinMental Theatre - Drama for the Mind 
  • Vision Care for Homeless People: Opticians Clinic for Homeless People in Leeds
  • Visyon Ltd: Open Access

Human Rights

  • Centre for Womens Justice: Empowering the womens sector and their service users to fight injustice and protect their human rights
  • NSPCC: Protect & Respect
  • Parents Against Child Exploitation: Ending child exploitation
  • Prisoners Advice Service PAS: Advocating for Older Prisoners and Prisoners with Disabilities 
  • The Snowdrop Project: Working with the survivors of trafficking

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

  • ASSIST Sheffield: Raising awareness of asylum issues in Sheffield
  • Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies: Supporting Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers with EAL needs (English as an Additional Language)
  • Bradford City of Sanctuary: Bradford Schools of Sanctuary
  • Christ Church Armley Community Projects Ltd: Meeting Point
  • Maternity Action: Maternity Care Access Advice Service
  • Maun Refuge: All The Syrian Ladies: Food
  • Music Action International: Stone Flowers
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum: Anti-Destitution Project
  • Music In Detention: Music In Detention: embedding the strategy
  • Refugee Action York: Volunteer Co-ordinator 
  • Refugee Rights Europe: Securing Human Rights & Safety for Refugees in the UK
  • South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice: Legal advice for fresh asylum claims
  • Theatre Deli: Migration Matters Festival 2020

Social and Economic Inequality

  • Action on Empty Homes: Community Action on Empty Homes 
  • Become Charity: Supporting care-experienced young people in the North East to make their voices heard
  • Cardboard Citizens: Amplifying unheard voices 
  • Church Action on Poverty: Your Local Pantry
  • Contact a Family: Campaign on Universal Credit for disabled young people in education
  • Disability Sheffield: Challenging Disability Hate Crime
  • EDT: Go4SET For Pupil Referral Unit’s
  • Leeds Tidal: Climate Equality Project
  • Surviving Economic Abuse SEA: Online forum for victim-survivors of economic abuse
  • The Albert Kennedy Trust: akt Service Manager Newcastle
  • The Big Issue Foundation: Service Brokerage - Nottingham
  • The Community Supported Agriculture Network UK: Share, Learn, Grow
  • The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre: The Edge Booth Centre Partnership
  • Whirlow Hall Farm Trust: Whirlow LIFE

Overseas Covid Emergency Round 

  • Advantage Africa
  • Age International
  • Chase Africa
  • Child Hope
  • Christian Aid
  • Compass Children’s Charity
  • Ethiopiaid
  • Farm Africa
  • FRANK Water
  • Haller 
  • HealthProm
  • Kidasha 
  • Minority Rights Group (MRG)
  • Peace Brigades
  • PHASE Worldwide
  • Plan International UK
  • Railway Children
  • Street Child 
  • Team Kenya 
  • Traidcraft Exchange
  • War on Want
  • Womankind Worldwide

UK Autumn 2020 

Criminal Justice

  • APPEAL: Beyond Hillsborough: Criminal appeals as a lever for criminal justice system accountability in the North of England
  • Fine Cell Work: Rebuilding Cell Groups
  • Good Vibrations: "Good Vibrations in Northern England"
  • JUSTICE: Creating a fairer, more accessible justice system that protects and upholds the fundamental human rights of all, but particularly those of vulnerable people.
  • Prisoners Education Trust: Changing Lives: Access to Learning for men and women aged 25 and under

Elderly People

  • Nottinghamshire Hospice Limited: Nottinghamshire Hospice Outreach and Discharge Service (HODS)
  • Excluded Young People
  • TLC Talk Listen Change: The Right Angle

Human Rights

  • AIRE Centre: EEA Women in Detention
  • Children and Families Across Borders: Core costs
  • Prisoners of Conscience: UK Hardship and Family Reunion Relief

Mental Health

  • Action for Wellbeing: Action for Engagement
  • Artichoke Trust: City of Light, Lumiere Durham 2021
  • Blyth Star Enterprises: 'Roots to Recovery'
  • Bolton Lads and Girls Club: Universal Health and Wellbeing
  • Cellar Trust: Mothers Achieving Together 
  • Counselling and Support for Young People CASY: Online Counselling
  • Depaul UK: Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Young People who Have Experienced Homelessness
  • Fallen Angels Dance Theatre: Enhanced Community Programme
  • Freedom from Torture: Direct therapeutic support to improve the lives of torture survivors across Manchester
  • Launchpad: Mental Health support for Homeless Veterans in Liverpool
  • Light Peer Support: Light-Online
  • Maggies: Where Now? at Maggie's Yorkshire
  • Maytree Respite Centre: The Maytree Respite Centre and Replication
  • Open Door Charity: Well-being activities programme
  • Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre: Health and well-being skills programme
  • Project 6: Young People Mental Health
  • SELFA: SELFA Therapy Services
  • Skills for People: You Are Not Alone
  • Southmead Project: Nexus counselling
  • Stonebridge City Farm: Welcome to the digital age
  • Student Minds: Student Mental Health Policy Briefings for Students’ Unions
  • The Brain and Spine Foundation: Neuro Helpline Support
  • The Change Foundation: Netball 4 Change (N4C)
  • The Wave Project: Surf Therapy on the Yorkshire Coast
  • Trauma Treatment International: Building the capacity of UK based organisations, working with the survivors of torture, trafficking, slavery and war, to better support themselves and their staff
  • Tyneside Womens Health: Building Blocks to Better Mental Health
  • YMCA Scarborough: Youth Mental Health Project

 Refugee and Asylum Seekers

  • Burnley FC in the Community: Clarets Welcome
  • British Refugee Council: “Move On”: influencing strategic change to combat destitution and homelessness amongst new refugees
  • Room to Heal: Creative Survival - Strengthening Room to Heal's trauma healing community
  • Theatre Deli: Migration Matters Festival 2021
  • Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust: People and the DALES (PaD) 

Social and Economic Inequality

  • Boston Lithuanian Community: Happy Healthy Minds
  • Community Led Action and Savings Support: Women-led savings: financial, digital and democratic inclusion
  • Feedback: Food alchemy in Knowsley, from food desert to food place
  • Mustard Tree: Gateway to Mustard Tree
  • Roundabout Ltd: Rapid Rehousing
  • Save the Children UK: Sheffield Early Learning Community 
  • Solicitors Pro Bono Group aka LawWorks: LawWorks Clinics Programme (North West, North East and Yorkshire)
  • Sunderland Womens Centre: Core Costs
  • Whitehaven Community Trust: Support Worker Project 2020-2021
  • Young Womens Trust: Work It Out Greater Manchester

The application window for our Overseas funding round is now closed, thank you to all who applied.

We respond to all applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful. If we require further information, we will be in touch. We expect to be in contact with all organisations who applied in the next couple of months.

We currently have an Overseas funding round open and it will close on Friday 5th February at 18:00.

This round is open to all eligible Overseas projects.

You can apply via our online application form here. 

We are pleased to announce the dates for our next Overseas funding round, as follows:

Application window opens: Monday 18th January 2021 (9:30am)
Application window closes: Friday 5th February 2021 (6:00pm)

See here for how to apply.

We will be accepting applications under any of our aims. Click here to read more about our Aims. 

The application window for our UK funding round is now closed, thank you to all who applied.

We respond to all applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful. If we require further information, we will be in touch. If you haven't heard from us by December 2020, feel free to drop us a line, however we expect to be in contact with all organisations who applied in the next couple of months.

We currently have a UK funding round open and it will close on Friday 18th September at 10pm. 

This round is open to all eligible UK projects, but we particularly encourage applications in relation to mental health.

We are only accepting applications from projects that are able to run (by adapting to the current circumstances) or that are already running.

We have recently closed an emergency application round which was open for overseas projects affected by corona virus. 

The Trustees of the Foundation are keeping its grant making policy under constant review in the light of social and economic developments in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

More information about future rounds will be announced soon.

Activists defending human rights under pressure: How government restrictions impact on civil society work

We're running an event with the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR). You can find out all thee details and where to register below! 

Three human rights defenders from Niger, Pakistan and a country in East Asia discuss the different kinds of pressure and challenges they face from their respective governments when trying to conduct human rights work. They face silencing, surveillance, intimidation and detention - and yet they and their colleagues fight to be heard both in their own countries and internationally. What are their strategies under increasing pressure? How do they make sure to stay safe?


  • Ali Idrissa is the director of ROTAB, a civil society organisation in Niger that works on transparency in the extractive industry sector. He has worked in human rights since the 1990s, and currently focuses on the impact of corruption and pollution in the country's gold and uranium mining sectors.
  • Urooj Fatima is a Pakistani journalist. She has reported on human rights issues particularly focusing on children's rights, such as sexual abuse and children in armed conflict.
  • Jessie is an East Asian human rights researcher with six years of experience working in an increasingly restrictive human rights environment.

Protective Fellowship Scheme

All speakers are currently participating in the Protective Fellowship Scheme for human rights defenders at risk at the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), University of York. The Protective Fellowship Scheme has operated since 2008 and aims at creating medium- to long-term social change in the countries and communities the Fellows come from. During their time at York, the Fellows receive human rights skills training, work on a research project and get opportunities to network with government and civil society organisations in the UK.


Lucy and Rosh, combined songwriting forces in 2019 to make acoustic music that takes from the folk tradition, but tell modern tales of political anger and personal hope. Expect harmonies, crunchy chords and songs for these times.


  • 5.30pm - 6.15pm: Arrival with music and pay as you feel food from South Street Kitchen 
  • 6.15pm - 6.30pm: Intro to the fellowship scheme and what they do
  • 6.30pm - 7.00pm: Brief intro from each HRD
  • 7.00pm - 7.45pm: Panel discussion with the three HRD’s
  • 7.45pm - 8.00pm: Q&A from audience
  • 8.00pm - 9.00pm: Music and Cash bar

Register Here

The window for the next UK funding round will be open from Monday February 17th until midnight on the 2nd March. All applicants will hear whether they have been successful or unsuccessful by the end of June 2020.

Please note the next UK funding round has been postponed and the window for applications will be open in March 2020. The exact dates will be on our website here in February 2020.