York Committee

The 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.

York Committee Deadlines 2018

Deadlines for applications
Deadline Date Notification Of Decision
2.00pm on Wednesday 13 December 2017 During w/c 19 February 2018
2.00pm on Wednesday 21 March 2018 During w/c 14 May 2018
2.00pm on Wednesday 4 July 2018 During w/c 3 September 2018

York Committee community grants

Who can apply?

The York Committee of Joseph Rowntree Foundation 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. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s purpose is to realise our vision of a prosperous, poverty-free UK. JRF’s 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

Strategic Grants

We are not currently taking applications for strategic grants.

Application form and guidelines

Previously awarded grants

JRF is committed to being an open and transparent funder and we are currently working with the 360Giving Initiative to publish our grant data. 

The 360 Giving Initiative aims to help UK grant makers to publish their data openly online, to an agreed data standard. Publishing information about our grants in an open format on our own website, and through 360Giving, means that it can be shared and compared more easily.

Over time, the intention is that this information will help inform both grant makers and those looking for funding and will contribute to more effective grant making.