How to apply

This section explains how to make an application to our open programme (other funding programmes are by invitation only).

Open programme grants are usually between £10,000 to £20,000 and awarded annually.

Applications in 2019/20


Total applications


Eligible applications


Grants awarded

Application deadlines

Our Grants Committee meets four times a year to decide upon grant applications. The application deadlines for meetings in 2020/21 are as follows:

The next application deadline is:

31st July 2020

Application deadlines for 2020/21

31st July 2020

Decisions in October 2020

31st October 2020

Decisions in January 2021

31st January 2021

Decisions in April 2021

25th April 2021

Decisions in July 2021

The Application Process

We currently fund charities working in three priority areas.

Applications are made through an online form and you can download a PDF to view the questions in advance of submitting your application.

Making an Application
Please select which priority you would like to apply under below. You will then be taken through a four-step process to help you determine your eligibility, find out in detail what we are looking to fund and what is involved in making an application.

If you feel your application is eligible you can go directly to the application form available here. We advise that you go through the full application process first to ensure your work is eligible.

Migrants and refugees

Criminal justice and penal reform

Human rights, particularly access to justice