Rights and Justice

Rights and Justice


As part of the Quaker tradition, JRCT is committed to the creation of a world that guarantees equal treatment for all people.


We believe that human rights play a vital role in protecting the most vulnerable and in turn benefit the whole of society. We need to grow public support and empathy for the rights of racial and religious minorities, to hold governments to account and to strengthen the hand of those advocating with and for these communities.

The Trust is interested in supporting long-term work to achieve these changes, both incremental reform to effect policy and legislative change, and more transformational approaches to change the public debate. We articulate our policy in three strands but recognise and are interested in funding the overlapping nature of each of these.

At this time of crisis, JRCT is also keen to support work that responds to the dual harms of the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic racism. We have amended our funding policy below to reflect this.


Funding priorities 

1. Protection and promotion of human rights and their enforcement in the UK

JRCT welcomes applications for:

  • policy advocacy and campaigning to protect and promote the overarching framework of human rights for the most vulnerable
  • holding government and public bodies to account for their implementation of human rights commitments
  • work to build public support for human rights, particularly amongst more sceptical audiences and in communities disconnected from political power and influence
  • new voices in the human rights sphere and work to create connections between human rights and social justice issues.

We do not fund work on individual Convention rights, nor do we fund work to address discrimination or under-representation under the Equalities Act, except in the case of race, religion and belief.


 2. Promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism

JRCT welcomes applications from civil society organisations that tackle injustices faced by racial and religious minorities, in particular, by Muslim communities, Roma, Gypsies and Travellers, as well as broader anti-racist work. This includes:

  • monitoring and advocacy for legislation and policies to promote rights for these communities
  • activities to promote political empowerment, in particular, amongst and led by women within these communities
  • efforts to build solidarity amongst advocacy organisations and between advocacy organisations and wider civil society
  • work to challenge ideologies, attitudes and movements that encourage racism and xenophobia.
 3. Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights

JRCT welcomes applications to strengthen the ability of refugees and migrants to assert and defend their rights through:

  • support for alliance building and grassroots organisation, including engagement with non-traditional allies
  • advocacy and campaigning to prevent the abuse of rights
  • promoting access to justice through civil society organisations which spread knowledge of rights and judicial procedures and embed advances in the enforcement of rights.
4. Responding to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systemic racism

At this time of crisis, 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 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, including work which:

  • Collates evidence of lived experience of structural inequalities arising from the impact of or responses to Covid-19 for black and minority ethnic communities, refugee and other migrants;
  • Holds the government to account for systemic inequalities, injustices or abuses of power arising from its responses to Covid-19;
  • Builds the foundations for collective action, including resources for networks of activists to be effective, and the development and showcasing of long-term systemic alternatives.

Other factors

JRCT focuses on work at both a national and European level, although work at a European level is limited and must have direct relevance to communities living in the UK. Funding for European work related to asylum and migration is primarily channelled through the European Programme on Integration and Migration.

Whilst our focus is to support national advocacy and campaigning, the Trust is open to applications which aim to effect structural change at local and regional levels of policy-making, provided the applicant can demonstrate the wider significance of the work.  

Across the policy, JRCT places an emphasis on supporting those who have direct experience of racism and oppression.

Specific exclusions

In addition to the Trust’s general exclusions, JRCT will not fund:

  • work concerned with relationships between communities rather than tackling structural injustices
  • service provision or training projects.

Application deadlines

For further information see When to apply.