Bromley Trust: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The London-based Bromley trust focuses its human rights grantmaking on combating human trafficking, slavery, persecution, torture, abuse, and cruel and unusual punishment in prison populations. 

IP TAKE: Bromley only awards grants to registered UK charities, but the fact that it prefers to make unrestricted grants may be worth jumping through some regulatory hoops.

PROFILE: The London based Bromley Trust was established by Toby Bromley in 1989 to “[o]ffset man’s humanity against man.” The trust focuses its grantmaking on three programs: Human Rights, Prison Reform, and the Environment.

In the human rights space, the trust intends to "[p]rotect and embed human rights, paying attention to the least powerful, refugees from oppression, those that are discriminated against and persecuted, and women whose rights are routinely and systemically violated." The trust's human rights grantmaking supports organizations working in three areas: trafficking and slavery, torture and abuse, and persecution. 

Bromley Trust grants typically range from £5,000 to £20,000. Most human rights grants tend to fall on the higher end of that scale, from £10,000 to £20,000. To learn more about the human rights groups that the trust has supported in the past, and at what level, browse its grants awarded list.  

Bromley's strategy toward grantmaking tends to "[p]rovide unrestricted funding" to organizations that fall within its grantmaking range. It believes that "[b]y supporting the core costs of an organization [it] can allow the charity to undertake their work to the best of their abilities." It makes relatively small grants, ranging from approximately £5,000 to £20,000 per year, and seeks to develop "close relationships" with grantees, "[i]n order to best support their work. Fortunately, the trust posts its criteria guidelines. 

Unfortunately, Bromley can only make grants to UK-registered charities. However, the good news here is that it prefers to award unrestricted grants. Note that organizations that have previously applied to Bromley, whether they received funding or not, cannot reapply for four years.

The trust accepts unsolicited applications on a rolling basis, and does not have application deadlines. Bromley awards grants to groups working in the UK, as well as internationally.


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