Sigrid Rausing Trust: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Sigrid Rausing Trust prioritizes human rights. This funder is primarily interested in supporting operating costs rather than funding specific projects.

IP TAKE: The trust gives to smaller, newer organizations, and will consider multi-year funding if first-year grants are successful. 

PROFILE: Based in the United Kingdom, the Sigrid Rausing Trust (SRT) supports all forms of human rights organizations that work on a wide array of issues, from torture to LGBT rights. The trust's Women's Rights program awards organizations that address gender-based violence (including domestic abuse), female genital mutilation, sexual violence in conflict, the rights of women to control their own bodies, and other initiatives related to female oppression and empowerment.

At the SRT, grantseekers have a variety of human rights-related issues from which to choose: Free Expression, Transitional Justice, Human Rights Defenders, LGBT RightsXenophobia and Intolerance, Detention, Torture and the Death Penalty. 

Most of SRT's awards bolster operating support and are not earmarked for specific projects. The trust emphasizes small and growing organizations in its grantmaking. In other words, it seeks to fund worthy, but underfunded causes. SRT gives initial grants in one-year increments with the intent of forming lasting partnerships and fostering some level of funding security for its grantees.

Sigrid Rausing does not accept unsolicited proposals, but continues to identify new organizations to fund. Groups that believe their work is aligned with its priorities should reach out to the foundation to see what opportunities are available. Grantseekers are welcome to email Sigrid Rausing directly (research@srtrust.org) with a brief description of their organization. The foundation's trustees meet monthly to make decisions about grant allocations.

PEOPLE:

  • Beth Fernandez, Deputy Director
  • Stephanie Schlitt, Program Officer, Women's Rights
  • Maha Abushama, Program Officer, Human Rights
  • Radha Wickremasinghe, Program Officer, Human Rights
  • Nathalie Losekoot, Program Officer, Human Rights,
  • Tim Cahill, Program Officer, Human Rights

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