Sigrid Rausing Trust: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The U.K.-based Sigrid Rausing Trust supports organizations combating the oppression of women.

IP TAKE: This funder supports work in countries known for egregious rights violations.

PROFILE: Billionaire Sigrid Rausing established the Sigrid Rausing Trust (SR Trust) in 1995 to support and advance human rights work around the world. Based in the United Kingdom, SR Trust awards grants to rights organizations all over the globe, including the United States. The trust currently operates 11 grantmaking programs.

The SR Trust’s Women’s Rights program supports organizations “working on the social and cultural oppression of women, particularly in countries characterized by serious and systematic violations of human rights.” The fund is particularly interested in funding organizations combating gender-based violence.

There are no maximum grant limits across all of the trust’s programs. However, it does limit its giving to 25 percent of an organization's budget or 25 percent of a project's budget. The majority of Women’s Rights program grants fall in the £50,000 to £250,000 range. To learn more about the types of organizations the trust supports, explore its past and current grantees lists.

SR Trust does not accept unsolicited applications and instead identifies new potential grantees through networking, recommendations and fieldwork. All new grantees are eligible for an initial one-year grant. Upon approval and review at the end of that initial grant cycle, previous grantees are eligible for grants for up to three years.

PEOPLE:

  • Poonam Joshi, Executive Director
  • Beth Fernandez, Director of Programs
  • Radha Wickremasinghe, Senior Program Officer, Women’s Rights
  • Jo Baker, Program Officer, Women’s Rights

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