Evan Cornish Foundation: Grants for Refugees

OVERVIEW: The U.K.-based Cornish Foundation funds projects and programs that support vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant populations.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers must have a registered UK office to be eligible for funding from the Cornish Foundation.

PROFILE: Evan Cornish’s late wife Ethel and their daughters established the British Evan Cornish Foundation (ECF) in 2002. The trustees now operate the foundation in honor of Evan and Ethel Cornish. ECF supports organizations that work for “[e]quality and justice for all by supporting the most marginalised and promoting human rights.” ECFs main grantmaking programs include Homelessness, Criminal Justice (women’s projects only), Refugees & Asylum Seekers, Elderly People (Lincolnshire and Yorkshire only), and Food Sovereignty.

The foundation’s Refugee & Asylum Seekers program awards grants to projects that advocate for refugees and asylum seekers, improve the quality of life for vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, and promote community cohesion.

The Cornish Foundation limits its grants to £5,000. Past grantees include Manuel Bravo, which received a grant for its work providing legal support to asylum seekers; and Safe Passage, which received a grant for its Arrival Support Program. To learn more about the types of rights groups backed by Cornish, explore its Organizations Supported page. Organizations working outside of the UK must apply to the foundation’s Overseas program. The foundation often applies specific areas of focus pertaining to each grant round.

The Cornish Foundation generally accepts unsolicited requests for funding between November and December each year, with funding decisions made around February or March.


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