Evan Cornish Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The UK-based Cornish Foundation invests in women’s organizations around the world.

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 Evan Cornish Foundation (ECF) n 2002. The trustees now operate the foundation in honor of Evan and Ethel Cornish. ECF supports organizations fighting for “[e]quality and justice for all by supporting the most marginalised and promoting human rights.” The foundation encourages projects that prioritize women and gender equality in their work.

The foundation currently awards grants to organizations working with women in the criminal justice system. Areas of focus include promoting prisoners’ well-being, developing creative and innovative programs to help prisoners build new skills, helping at risk women and young people, and helping women transition from prison.

In addition to its criminal justice grants, Cornish awards grants related to reducing maternal and child death, increasing women’s agricultural rights and skills, and promoting the rights and livelihoods of women and girls.

The Cornish Foundation limits its grants to £5,000. In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must have a registered UK office. In the past, the foundation has awarded grants to organizations such as. 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.


  • Barbara Ward, Trustee
  • Sally Cornish, Trustee
  • Rachel Cornish, Trustee
  • Nat Loftus, Charity Administrator