Grants are available to increase the independence of voluntary organisations that provide advice and advocacy services in the UK.
There is a total of £1 million available for this round.
Two levels of funding are available:
- Grants of up to £30,000 over six months - two years for training, education and capacity building.
- Grants of up to £150,000 over approximately three years for applied projects.
The Baring Foundation is an independent charitable foundation that aims to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people by making grants to strengthen voluntary sector support organisations.
The Foundation believes in the value of an independent voluntary sector, and through the experience gained from previous funding rounds, feels that organisations' independence is increasingly coming under pressure. Through their Strengthening the Voluntary Sector (STVS) programme, the Foundation aims to specifically fund the independence of advice and advocacy organisations, whose purpose is to support people in securing their legal rights and entitlements.
This programme supports effective use of the law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom. It is a collaboration with the Legal Education Foundation and this year with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Registered UK charities are eligible to apply.
The Foundation is willing to fund a piece of work in its entirety, or with a number of other funders.
Funding is available through two open pilot funds:
Training, Education and Capacity Building
Seed funding grants of up to £30,000 over a six month - two year period are available to support organisations to understand how their objectives can be achieved through use of the law or human rights based approaches.
Priority will be given to projects that provide:
- Capacity building for organisations to:
- Identify a clear purpose, explaining how an organisation plans to use these tools to address a particular form of discrimination and disadvantage.
- Consider how additional capacity for the organisation supports the work of related organisations in the voluntary sector.
- Explain how seed funding can translate into lasting change for the organisation and its ability to advance its mission.
- Capacity building for collaborations and partnerships to:
- Identify a clear purpose for the collaboration or partnership, including how it tackles discrimination and disadvantage.
- Demonstrate how joint working can have an impact.
- Connect organisations with legal or human rights expertise and organisations with little or no history of using these tools.
- Consider ongoing sustainability.
- Training and education to:
- Identify a clear purpose and/or need, either demonstrating how the law and/or human rights based approaches can address a particular form of discrimination or disadvantage or training voluntary sector organisations on specific aspects of the law or human rights based approaches.
- Be supplied by organisations with a clear track record of using these tools.
- Focus on supporting voluntary sector organisations with a limited history of using the law or human rights based approaches.
- Consider sustainability, particularly how technology can be used to make the training more widely available and longer lasting.
- Demonstrate how the project can increase the capability of organisations to use these tools.
Grants of up to £150,000 are available for projects that last for approximately three years.
Grants will be awarded for the following types of activity:
- Tackling discrimination and disadvantage directly:
- Create new opportunities to use the law or human rights based approaches to address a particular form of discrimination or disadvantage
- Harness existing or develop new legal capacity or human rights expertise on a specific area (eg homelessness or mental health) or using a place-based approach to build links with community organisations and front line providers, supporting organisations to recognise and tackle problems with legal or human rights based solutions.
- Safeguarding the freedom of purpose, action and voice of the sector:
- Develop legal or human rights based approaches to support the independence of the voluntary sector.
- Apply the law or a human rights based approach to support organisations to scrutinise public sector decision making or develop and enhance advocacy and campaigns.
Details of future rounds will be reported as they become available.
Each Fund has its own guidelines and terms and conditions. Guidance notes are available to download from the Baring Foundation's website and application forms are available to complete online.
The Foundation is running two webinar sessions during which potential applicants can ask questions. These sessions will be held on 16 November 2016 and 13 December 2016. Details of how to join these will be available on the Baring Foundation website from 3 November 2016.