Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Funding priority

They give grants under 5 priority areas:

  • Peace and Security
  • Power and Accountability
  • Rights and Justice
  • Sustainable Future
  • Northern Ireland

They will also consider cross-cutting bids which relate to more than one area.

JRCT is interested in funding work which:

  • is about removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with
  • has a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them
  • is innovative and imaginative
  • and where the grant has a good chance of making a difference.


Three deadlines per year - check website for details

Type of funder

Charitable trust or foundation

Who can apply

The Trust funds individuals or groups based in the UK to undertake work at a national level. This means work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries - England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

Under some of the programmes, they make a small number of grants for work at a pan-European level, in relation to international institutions, or to replicate or amplify local work in the UK with wider significance.


The Trust will not fund:

larger, older national charities which have an established constituency of supporters and substantial levels of reserves
statutory bodies
for-profit organisations
medical research
academic research, except as an integral part of policy and campaigning work that is central to our areas of interest
building, buying or repairing buildings
business development or job creation schemes
service provision, including providing care, support or training services, such as for elderly people, children and young people, people with learning difficulties, people with physical disabilities, mental health service users, refugees or asylum seekers
housing and homelessness
the arts, except where a project is specifically concerned with issues of interest to the Trust.
general appeals
work which we believe should be funded from statutory sources, or which has been in the recent past
work which has already been undertaken
work outside the UK.

Each programme also has specific exclusions – see website for details.

Funding Type

  1. Capital expenditure
  2. One-off
  3. Project
  4. Regular
  5. Running costs

Grant details

Grants of all sizes, depending on the funding programme. Recent grants have ranged from £5,000 to over £100,000.

They award grants for core costs as well as project funding.

Size of grant

  1. Large (£50,000 and up)
  2. Medium (£10,000 - £50,000)
  3. Small (£1 - £10,000)

Application details

You'll need to complete the registration form and send it by email along with a proposal and other required documents - check website for instructions.

You should hear within 6 weeks whether or not they want to take your application further. At this stage they may request more information or arrange a meeting with you.

Contact Details


The Garden House
Water End

YO30 6WQ

Telephone Number

+44 (0)1904 627810


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