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Human rights, particularly access to justice

Eligibility

To be eligible for our open programme, an applicant charity will:

  • Work in one of ABCT’s priority areas
  • Be registered as a UK charity, delivering work in the UK
  • Usually have an annual income between £150k and £1.5m
  • Have operated for at least a year and be able to provide a full year’s audited or independently examined accounts

Exclusions:

Individuals

  • The promotion of religion
  • Capital appeals
  • Academic research
  • Charities with large national links

Please see here for information on the charities and work that we have funded in the past

The A B Charitable Trust works with charities which do any or all of the following:

  • Provide specialist legal advice and representation
  • Work to influence policy through e.g. strategic litigation or public law challenges
  • Strengthens the sector and supports charities delivering work in this area

We usually fund single-focus organisations working solely within this priority area. For these organisations, core funding (unrestricted grants) or project funding (restricted grants) are both available. Please apply for the type of grant which would most benefit your organisation at the current time.

On occasion we also accept restricted grant applications from charities working more broadly, where the project is particularly focused, forms a significant strand, and the charity can show it is best placed to deliver the work.

ABCT also sometimes funds charities that are not specifically about legal advice but are concerned with the principles of human rights and the rule of law.

What we look for in partner grantees

For us, a good charity:

  • Delivers effective work and can demonstrate the difference it makes
  • Listens to the people it seeks to support about their needs, and amends its work accordingly
  • Is well run, makes best use of resources and follows best practice (e.g. in governance, financial management, safeguarding)
  • Works well with others in the geographical or policy area (is happy to combine knowledge and resources where helpful and avoids duplication)
  • Shares knowledge where possible (e.g. with colleagues in the sector, or to influence attitudes to an issue or to influence policy)
  • Would make best use of a grant (i.e. where the grant would make a positive difference)

This is not a checklist but reflects our wish to work with partners who aim to follow best practice and achieve real impact. We are likely to be most interested in applications from organisations who are achieving or consciously making steps towards the above.

Visit our grantees page for information on the charities and work that we have funded in the past.

Statistics

Application breakdown 2019/20

Total applications

0

Eligible applications

0

Grants awarded

0

Grant amounts

£20,000

Largest grant 2019/20

£16,500

Average grant 2019/20

£10,000

Smallest grant 2019/20

Information we require

During the online application process, we ask you to provide:

1. Application form

Basic information about your organisation, finances and your request for funding through a four-page application form (the questions in the form can be reviewed here).

2. Other documents

a. 2-page document which summarises your organisation and activities. This should include, for example, background, aims and objectives, activities and achievements. If you are applying for a restricted project you should include a budget. If your proposal is for a Special Initiative or Anchor by invitation, you may exceed the two-page maximum for your proposal.

b. Financial information including most recent audited/ examined financial accounts, current financial year figures, and projection (if your financial year is ending within the next 4 months).

Please note we only accept complete applications submitted through our online application form.

Following your application, we will contact you directly if we require any further information, which may include a phone call as part of the assessment.

Making the application

When you are ready to make an application, this will be through an online portal accessed via our eligibility form.

The form does not have to be completed within one session. If you choose to ‘save and resume later’, then you will be provided with a link so you can return to the page within 30 days. The attachments will not be saved between sessions, and so should be attached in your final session, before you submit (and a copy saved locally). If you have any difficulties submitting large files, please contact us directly.

We are proud to be working with 360Giving to share information about our grant making. Please note that if we offer you a grant, we will publish as open data information relating to the grant and your organisation.

Decision making

All decisions on AB Charitable Trust grants are made at the absolute discretion of the Trustees during their Trustee Meetings and communicated by letter as soon as possible following the decision. AB Charitable Trust Trustees meet four times a year to assess and decide upon grant applications.

The application deadlines for Trustee meetings in 2020/21 are as follows:

31st October 2020

Decisions in January 2021

31st January 2021

Decisions in April 2021

25th April 2021

Decisions in July 2021