Fairer Systems

Fairer Systems

We have revised our Fairer Systems funding guidelines below to reflect our wider charitable objects.

Transparency, accountability and the protection of rights

We believe that how government institutions exercise power must be in the interests of communities and uphold fundamental rights and freedoms. Rapid changes have occurred in recent years following the UK’s exit from the EU and Covid emergency legislation, which risk undermining individual and collective interests. We fund charitable work that supports the sound development and administration of the law in a way which promotes transparency, accountability and the protection of fundamental rights. We are particularly interested in organisations having the opportunity to understand and influence how law is made and applied; and its impact on people and communities.

We can fund:

  1. Staff costs
  2. Direct costs such as travel, subsistence or events
  3. Overheads
  4. Small capital items such as IT equipment

We are interested in the outcomes you would like to achieve and a broad pathway to getting there, so the grants we make under this programme are flexible. We encourage organisations to include a reasonable overhead contribution.

We welcome applications based on collaboration between organisations. We also recognise the valuable role of second-tier organisations (which provide support to other organisations, rather than to individuals).

Work with policy-makers needs to operate within the Charity Commission guidance on campaigning and political activity by charities.

If you would like to apply for a grant, please use the buttons below to read about how we prioritise applications, what we will not fund, and the application process.

If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to arrange a time to speak to one of our grants team. Please contact us.

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