Launch of two open pilot funds by Baring Foundation to strengthen the voluntary sector


The Baring Foundation has opened two new funds under its Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme. These Pilot funds for 2015 have been designed to support registered UK charities to use the law and human rights based approaches effectively in their work. The programme is a collaboration with the Legal Education Foundation.

Funding is available through the following two funding streams.

Training, Education and Capacity Building
Seed funding grants of up to £30,000 are available over a 6 month – 2 year period 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.
  • capacity building for collaborations and partnerships.
  • training and education.

The deadline for applications to the Training, Education and Capacity Building Fund stream is 18 December 2015 (midday).

Applied Projects
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 by: creating new opportunities to use the law or human rights based approaches to address a particular form of discrimination or disadvantage; harnessing existing, or developing 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 by: developing legal or human rights based approaches to support the independence of the voluntary sector; applying the law or a human rights based approach to support organisations to scrutinise public sector decision making or develop and enhance advocacy and campaigns.

The deadline for the Applied Projects Fund stream is 13 November 2015 (midday).

For more information and to apply, visit the Baring Foundation website