Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme

Supporting effective use of the law and human rights based approaches to tackle discrimination and disadvantage

 Funding Round 2016

The Baring Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a second round of funding in two open funds under our Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme launched in 2015.

This programme supports effective use of the law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom to tackle discrimination and disadvantage. It is a collaboration with The Legal Education Foundation and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It focuses on activity in all countries of the United Kingdom. It does not support international work.

Funding is available through two open pilot funds:

  • training, education and capacity building – seed funding grants of up to £30,000 over six months to two years that support organisations to understand how their objectives can be achieved through use of the law or human rights based approaches

Applications to the training, education and capacity building fund can be made through this link to our online portal. 

To regain access to an application you have started please use this link (you will be asked for your e-mail address and password).

The deadline for applications is 23 January 2017 at 5pm.

  • applied projects – grants of up to £150,000 over approximately three years to create new capacity for work that addresses specific discrimination or disadvantage and safeguards the freedom of purpose, action and voice of the sector, linking the skills of ‘non-legal’ and ‘legal’ organisations to enhance and complement campaigns for social change. Organisations will be expected to demonstrate innovative approaches to using these tools and evidence of how they will collaborate to support a shared agenda.

Applications to the applied projects fund can be made through this link to our online portal. 

To regain access to an application you have started please use this link (you will be asked for your e-mail address and password).

The deadline for applications is 23 January 2017 at 5pm.

The application requirements for the two funds are different. Please ensure you use the correct process to apply.

The guidelines for each fund give full details of how to apply.

In advance of making any application you will need to read the following:

Frequently asked questions are answered here FAQS.

We hosted a webinar providing further information on the funding round 2016 and answering questions on 16 November 2016.  The slides for this webinar are available here and answers to the questions asked by participants are available here.

A further webinar will be held on 13 December 2016 at 9.30am.

To register for this webinar, please e-mail baring.foundation@uk.ing.com  stating your name and organisation. Please include “STVS Webinar” in the subject line.  The deadline for registrations for the webinar is 8 December 2017 at 4pm.