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Grants are available to UK charitable organisations promoting access to justice, equality of opportunity or sustainability.

Objectives of Fund

Funding is intended to promote access to justice (particularly for people trying to get support for their basic needs), equality of opportunity or a sustainable environment.

Value Notes

Two levels of funding are available:

  • One-off grants of up to £5,000.
  • Grants of up to £3,000 a year for three years.

Who Can Apply

UK organisations with charitable status may apply.

In exceptional circumstances, applications may be considered from organisations that are established for “charitable purposes” and are recognised by HMRC as an exempt charity.

Overseas charities may be eligible for funding if they can demonstrate that their organisation complies with UK charity law.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • General or core expenditure.
  • International travel.
  • Construction works or building materials.
  • Activities that would be considered statutory responsibility.

Eligible Expenditure

Activities must promote:

  • Access to justice.
  • Equality of opportunity.
  • A sustainable environment.

The funders are particularly keen to hear from applicants working with vulnerable groups, including:

  • Prisoners
  • Asylum seekers
  • People with mental health difficulties
  • People (particularly children) with disabilities
  • Women in refuges

Funding may only cover identifiable items or activities such as:

  • Publications
  • Staff/volunteer training
  • Publicity
  • Events and equipment which can benefit many people in the long-term.

Publication costs will only be funded when there is a justifiable need for the materials to be printed rather than provided electronically, for example, for information to be distributed to prisoners.

In exceptional circumstances, salary costs may be funded for distinct projects where applicants demonstrate a clear need and the project is separate from day-to-day activities which are covered by core funding.

How To Apply

Applications are considered at quarterly meetings each year.

The next deadline is 11 April 2022 (5pm), for consideration at the 21 April 2022 meeting.

An online application form and full guidance notes can be found on the Matrix Law website HERE