Rosa opens Round one of the Justice and Equality Fund

4 July 2018

The Justice and Equality Fund is managed by Rosa, the only UK-wide fund for women and girls. It aims to "make workplaces and other contexts just, safe and equitable for all and ensure that anyone who has been subjected to harassment and abuse, including sexual violence at work, is better able to access support and justice."

Three new grant programmes are available but only one, "Now's the Time" will fund local projects.

All activities must be delivered solely by women’s organisations (which are led by, and work predominantly for and with, women and/or girls), or led by women’s organisations, in partnership with others.

Funds for organisations working nationally

  • "Advice and Support" - Deadline for expressions of interest, 30 July 2018. Local advice projects cannot be funded.
  • "Changing the Conversation" - Deadline for expressions of interest, 30 July 2018. Local services cannot be funded.

Funds for local projects/ organisations

The "Now's the Time" programme will award up to £1 million through a Challenge Fund which asks: “What would you do toward ending sexual harassment?”

"We want to hear your ideas, your solutions, your best next steps. We want to support:

  • Prevention work (including education and other initiatives)
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Grass-roots activism
  • Influencing
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse, to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Innovative uses of tech/arts/sports/etc
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

"We are particularly keen to see cross-sector partnerships where the expertise of specialist voluntary sector organisations at the forefront of this work is shared with others, to help drive broader change.

"We expect to support work happening in different communities across the UK.

The funder expects to make grants mostly for revenue costs for new work or an extension, or continuation, of existing work.

  • For grants of £5,000 to £25,000 over one year, the programme opens for applications on 3 August 2018.
  • For grants of £25,000 to £100,000 over one to three years, the programme opens for applications on 24 September 2018.


Please read the guidance. This document contains answers to frequently asked questions.

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