Please see here for information on the charities and work that we have funded in the past
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.
For us, a good charity:
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.
Largest grant 2019/20
Average grant 2019/20
Smallest grant 2019/20
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).
c. A copy of your governing document/ constitution, and your safeguarding policy.
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.
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.
All decisions are made at the absolute discretion of the Trustees.
Our Grants Committee meets four times a year to assess and decide upon grant applications. The application deadlines for the Trustee Meetings in 2021/22 are as follows:
Decisions in October 2021
Decisions in January 2022
Decisions in April 2022
Decisions in July 2022