Staples Trust: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, Staples' human rights grantmaking supports gender issues, indigenous rights, and general defense of human rights and civil liberties.

IP TAKE: Staples seeks projects and programs that have the potential to be replicated and are self-sustaining. So this may not be the best fit for organizations seeking to fund one-time projects. 

PROFILE: The Staples Trust is one of 17 nonprofits that operate as separate legal entities under the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts umbrella. Based in the United Kingdom, Staples focuses human rights grantmaking on gender issues, rights of indigenous people, and the defense of human rights and civil liberties.

The trust's grantmaking in gender issues typically revolves around women’s rights, going most often to specific projects. For instance, the Orchid Project, which works to combat female genital cutting and mutilation, is a past grantee. As is Refuge Media Productions, which received a grant for its “drama therapy work with Syrian refugee women.”

Staples' support of groups fighting for the rights of indigenous people focuses not only on human rights, but also on income generation activities in disadvantaged communities, sustainable agriculture and forestry. 

While the foundation names human rights and civil liberties as funding priorities, it does not appear to award many grants to widespread and generalized projects. Most grants range from £5,000 to £10,000. To learn more about Staples Trust grantees, explore its latest annual report

Staples does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding with the exception of its Frankopan Fund, which exclusively supports Croatian students in their education.

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