J.A. Clark Charitable Trust: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The J.A. Clark Charitable Trust invests in girls and women across a variety of empowerment causes. 

IP TAKE: While this funder has awarded grants to organizations working in developing countries around the world, it currently focuses on organizations working in Africa and Asia.

PROFILE: John Anthony Clark established the U.K.-based J.A. Clark Charitable Trust in 1971 to “provide financial and other support to organizations and projects that help to make change for those in real need in the U.K. and the wider world.” The trust’s main grantmaking programs are its Women’s Empowerment and Youth programs.

The trust awards Women’s Empowerment program grants support “the empowerment of extremely poor, deprived and marginalized women in Africa and Asia.” Grantmaking priorities include women’s economic empowerment and women’s rights. The trust seeks to empower women on personal, economic, and political levels. The fund supports organizations with women’s education, business and skills training programs, as well as those connecting women with grantmaking and lending organizations. In the rights space, this funder seeks groups fighting for women’s right to live a life free of violence, servitude and discrimination.

Grant amounts can range anywhere from under £10,000 to around £200,000. Most grants, however, fall in the £10,000 to £50,000 range. Past grantees include the University of York’s Empowering Women Leaders in Developing World program and the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center for its Community Outreach for Social Transformation. To learn more about the types of organizations supported by the J.A. Clark Charitable Trust, examine its Current Projects page. 

The trust is not currently clear on whether it is accepting unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Grantseekers email staff for more information.


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