Deadline: 4 December
Do you have an idea that could help to solve poverty and disadvantage in York?

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s York Committee makes grants to organisations to help improve the quality of life in York, with particular regard for those who are experiencing or affected by poverty and disadvantage.

Who can apply?

The York Committee makes grants in response to applications from charities and other voluntary and not-for-profit organisations.

When considering applications for grants, the York Committee gives priority to applications which fit within our main areas of interest. Our purpose is to build and develop strong and empowered communities without poverty or isolation. Our definition of ‘poverty’ is “when a person’s resources are well below their minimum needs, including the need to take part in society”. In line with JRF’s ‘We can solve poverty in the UK’ strategy we want to encourage voluntary and community organisations to make solving poverty an explicit goal. We therefore welcome applications that demonstrate how they can contribute to solving poverty in York.

In particular, our local research in York identified two specific areas of need:

  1. to increase and better co-ordinate access to benefits advice, debt advice, support with developing financial capability, and information and advocacy for those in or at risk of poverty;
  2. to increase local community-based activity to prevent and reduce isolation where poverty is a contributing factor or barrier

Grants are not normally given to:

  • Animal welfare groups
  • Archaeological work
  • Individuals
  • Routine maintenance or construction of buildings
  • Research, including medical research
  • Political campaigning
  • Overseas visits

For more information about the application process and to apply, visit: