The Joseph Rowntree Foundation funds and works in partnership with other organisations to unlock the UK from poverty.

Our work is designed around our outcomes, these are the changes we want to see in our communities and across the UK:

  • More people want to solve poverty, understand it and take action.
  • More people find a route out of poverty through work.
  • More people find a route out of poverty through a better system of social security.
  • More people live in a decent, affordable home.

We work to a social change model where we use our resources to fund strategic activity as part of outcome plans designed with JRF. These are long-term plans aimed at tackling the root causes of UK poverty.

Solve Poverty

Projects funded under the Solve Poverty Outcome, 2020
Organisation Project Name
Citizens UK Citizens UK Partnership with JRF on Grassroots Strategy
Comic Relief Picture Britain Exhibition – Marketing Strategy
Frameworks Institute Frameworks Support: March 2020 – October 2020
Goodwin and Heath Low-Income Voters in the 2019 General Election
LemLem Media Ltd Coastal Poverty Project
On Road Media Talking About Poverty in the Media
Penny Haslam Penny Haslam Consultancy Contract March-August 2020
Seven Counties Media Photography Ltd Coastal Poverty Project
Thrive Teesside Poverty2Solutions: Implementing a legal duty to put the voice and experience of lived experience of socio-economic disadvantage at the heart of policy making
Volunteer Training Company UK Poverty 2020 – Participatory Advisory Group
YouGov Cliff Edge Polling
YouGov Scotland Financial Security Polling
The Runnymede Trust Runnymede Trust in the North of England - Scoping Work
Faith in Community Scotland Poverty Truth Scotland (Extension)


Projects funded under the Housing Outcome, 2020
Organisation Project Name
Centre for Policy Studies Welfare to Support Low Income Homeowners
Design Council Designing High Quality Bridging Homeless Accommodation
Nationwide Foundation Reframing Housing in the UK

Social Security

Projects funded under the Social Security Outcome, 2020
Organisation Project Name
Opinium Research Polling for Child Element Uplift Campaign


Projects funded under the Work Outcome, 2020
Organisation Project Name

Centre for Progressive Policy

Inclusive Growth Knowhow Network
Citizens UK Living Wage Commission 2020-21
Citizens UK Living Wage and Living Hours for Key Workers
Institute for Employment Studies

Real Time Vacancy Analysis: Reporting on the Labour Market Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis

London Unemployed Strategies CIC London Unemployed Strategies Partnership Agreement 2020-22
RE:generate Trust Harnessing Business to Tackle Society’s Greatest Challenges
Social Market Foundation Job Switching and Wage Growth for Low-Income Workers Roundtable
Resolution Foundation Workertech Programme Grant
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