The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Future funding – next deadline 31 August 2021

Article date
12 April 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The overall focus for this programme is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. They will support a range of actions to achieve these aims, recognising this might include defending current policies, frameworks and regulations. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust wishes to prioritise support for charitable work on the following issues:

  1. Better economics
  2. Beyond consumerism
  3. New voices
  4. Responding to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systemic racism
What might be funded under the specific priorities
Better economics – work that:
  • explores and promotes ways that well-being and sustainability, rather than traditional forms of economic growth, could be placed at the heart of public policy
  • explores and promotes mechanisms that could better align business and investor behaviour with environmental sustainability and the long-term public interest
  • researches and develops innovations and new practical models of enterprise that can be embedded within community practice
  • challenges future investment in, or subsidies for, fossil fuels.
Beyond consumerism – work that:
  • campaigns, initiatives and mechanisms which encourage radical, large scale shifts in behaviour and culture away from consumerism towards more sustainable ways of living and using resources
  • exploration of initiatives and models which promote positive alternatives to materialism for a more fulfilled life
  • work which engages people individually and collectively in holistic and value-led approaches to transformed behaviour and lifestyle, as an alternative to consumerism.
New voices – they would fund:
  • campaigns and movements that give marginalised or under-represented groups a voice on issues of environmental and economic justice
  • initiatives that encourage organisations from outside the traditional environmental field to get involved in environmental justice
  • networks that link and support local environmental justice groups
  • the replication of innovative local projects to involve New Voices regionally or nationally.
Responding to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systemic racism – work which:
  • Scrutinises economic responses to the pandemic through a climate justice lens, holding government to account for their policy decisions, including any corporate financial support.
  • Helps to build collective power and foster visions for more imaginative, just economies which prioritise the wellbeing of human beings and the natural world.
  • Explores the connections between the pandemic and the lived experiences of environmental racism and set out methods of addressing these harms.
Is there a deadline?
  • You must have an account for the grants management system in order to be able to make an application. If you don’t already have one, you must register for an account at least two weeks before the application deadline. Please do not register for an account if you are not eligible. 
  • The next account registration deadline is 13 August 2021
  • The application deadline is 31 August 2021
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