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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation funds and works in partnership with a range of organisations, collectives and individuals in pursuit of our mission.

Our current approach to funding

JRF’s external grants are largely tied to specific projects under our three pathways of change. More information on the type of projects we fund can be found in the topic pages of our website.

However, 2023 is also the first year of our new strategy and the first year of a two-year learning cycle as we shape and refine our work. As part of this strategy, we expect to make more unrestricted grants. 

We are already putting more money behind the new strategy and will continue to do so in 2024. From 2025 we want to go further – putting an additional £50 million - £100 million behind our mission-focused work over the coming 5-10 years. 

Most of our funding is by invitation but we occasionally issue calls for proposals in this section of the website. 

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