Evan Cornish Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: This funder's global development grantmaking focuses on food security, “root causes” of social and economic inequality, sustainable livelihoods, and gender equality.

IP TAKE: Cornish tends to award its global development grants to local and grassroots groups, but large organizations also make their way onto this funder’s roster each year.   

PROFILE: Established in 2002, the Evan Cornish Foundation was founded by his late wife Ethel Cornish and their daughters. The foundation strives for "equality and justice for all by supporting the most marginalized and promoting human rights." It prioritizes human rights, social and economic inequality, education, health, the criminal justice system, the elderly, refugees and asylum seekers, and homelessness.

Although this funder is located in the United Kingdom, it supports global development work in both the UK and overseas. In order to be eligible for Cornish grants, grantseekers must have an office registered in the UK. Cornish's grants are limited to £5,000, which it often awards through its Social and Economic Inequality program. This program stresses that projects must:

  • work towards food sovereignty
  • address the "root causes of social and economic inequality and advocate for policy change"
  • reach the most marginalized in order to empower people and communities
  • support sustainable livelihoods
  • address gender inequality

In the past, Cornish has supported organizations like Afghanaid, Concern Worldwide, and War on Want. Cornish appears to support more community and grassroots groups than large international organizations—although large groups receive funding as well. To learn more about the types of rights groups backed by Cornish, explore its Current Overseas Projects page.

Organizations working outside of the UK must apply to the foundation’s Overseas program. Grantseekers should note that the foundation often applies specific areas of focus pertaining to each grant round.

The foundation generally accepts unsolicited requests for funding between November and December each year, and makes its funding decisions in February or March. These dates are subject to change, so grantseekers should keep a close watch on the foundation’s website to stay abreast of any changes.


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