Funding priorities

Funding priorities

JRCT is a responsive grant-making trust. Trustees have agreed on the following priority areas and welcome applications for funds under each of these headings.

We anticipate that the majority of our funding will fall under one of the five priority areas specified above.  However, if you judge that your application directly relates to more than one area, and are able to clearly demonstrate this in your proposal, we will consider a cross-cutting application. For example, if your application is for work that “scrutinises and challenges the economic drivers of war, especially the arms trade” (Peace and Security) and which “develops and promotes mechanisms which increase the corporate accountability and responsiveness of companies” (Power and Accountability) you may wish to make a cross-cutting application to both programmes. If you are considering a cross-cutting application of this kind, we recommend that you telephone us first to discuss your proposal. Please note that applications proposing work of any kind in Northern Ireland will be considered through the Northern Ireland programme only.  

The cross-cutting route is simply a mechanism to allow the Trust to consider applications that relate to more than one programme area. It does not confer any greater opportunity to secure funds. Applications are allocated to the most appropriate grant committee and are dealt with through our normal grant procedures.

While trustees are open to funding a range of different organisations and approaches, the Trust generally funds work that is about addressing the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs. We recognise that change can take many years to achieve. We are willing to take the long view, and to take risks.

JRCT is keen to support work that responds to the dual harms of the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic racism. Specifically, we wish to encourage work within or across our existing programme areas that scrutinises the responses and policies of powerful institutions and actors, and which envisions and builds support for transformative social change based on justice, peace and sustainability. Please see our grants policies above for further details.

If you are considering making an application, please read the grant programme information carefully, note our general exclusions, our application deadline dates and then follow the instructions in the Application process section. If you are making a cross-cutting application, you will be able to select 'cross-cutting' when submitting your application and you will be asked to explain the relevance of the planned work to two or more programmes. Please note that there is a specific deadline for cross-cutting applications.

You can see examples of work that we have recently funded and a database of recent grants in the Our grantees section.