Justice and Equality Fund – Now's the Time

Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 14 December 2018


Grants are available for women's organisations in the UK to amplify the voices of all those who are calling for an end to sexual harassment and abuse, in their workplaces and in their communities and those organisations who are seeking to establish what works in changing the culture of impunity and preventing future harassment and abuse.

Fund Value: £ 1,000,000
Maximum Value: £ 100,000
Minimum Value: £ 5,000

Value Notes

Up to £1 million will be awarded through this programme.

Two levels of grants are provided:

  • Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 for one year. (Women's organisations can apply by themselves or in partnership.)
  • Grants of £25,000 and £100,000 for over one to three years. (Women's organisations will need to apply in partnership with at least one other organisation.)

The funding is:

  • Mostly for revenue costs.
  • For new work or an extension, or continuation, of existing work.

Extended Description

The Justice and Equality Fund (JEF) aims to bring an end to the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity by resourcing an expert network of advice, support and advocacy organisations and projects.

Inspired by the campaigners of #metoo, TIME’s UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movements and others, a group of UK-based women from the entertainment industry have come together to challenge the culture that permits people in positions of power to sexually harass and abuse others. Funding for the JEF comes from donations from individuals.

The Justice and Equality Fund (the JEF) aims to make workplaces and other contexts just, safe and equitable for all and ensure that anyone who has been subjected to harassment and abuse, including sexual violence at work, is better able to access support and justice.

The JEF is hosted and administered by Rosa - the only UK-wide fund for women and girls. Rosa is a well-established and respected grant-making organisation which mobilises resources for women’s empowerment.

Within the Justice and Equality Fund there are three programmes:

  • Now's the Time - information provided in this report.
  • Advice and Support - information provided in a separate report.
  • Changing the Conversation - information provided in a separate report.

The Now's the Time programme will award up to £1 million through a Challenge Fund which asks:

  • 'What would you do toward ending sexual harassment?'

Latest Information

There are two deadlines:

  • The deadline for applications for grants of £5,000 to £25,000 is 28 September 2018.
  • The deadline for applications for larger grants of £25,000 to £100,000 is 14 December 2018.

Large grant applicants are ‘strongly advised’ to participate in one of Rosa’s webinars before applying:

  • Monday 15 October (10.30am – 11.30am)
  • Wednesday 14 November (2pm – 3pm)

Key Criteria

The JEF seeks to recognise the critical role played by specialist organisations, in both working with individuals affected by harassment and abuse, and in working to bring about wider change on these issues.

Activities and initiatives should be either:

  • Delivered solely by women’s organisations (which are led by, and work predominantly for and with, women and/or girls), or
  • Led by women’s organisations, in partnership with others.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a charitable organisation. Although it is not required to be a registered charity, the activities must be charitable and legal.
  • Have relevant experience in the approach they want to pursue with JEF funding.
  • Have a strong track-record in actively addressing issues of equality in their work and reaching out to those groups and individuals who face the greatest barriers.
  • Be well-connected and demonstrably collaborative in their approach.
  • Have the ability and ambition to mobilise other organisations / be effective influencers.
  • Be willing and able to take part in communication activity about their JEF-funded work.

Partnerships across sectors is encouraged, supporting specialist organisations to reach out to colleagues in businesses, unions, local councils, schools and colleges and other contexts, and work with them to drive long-term culture change.

Eligible Expenditure

The outcomes being working towards through the Now’s the Time programme include

  • Increased opportunities to understand what works in changing the culture around sexual harassment and abuse.
  • Increased opportunities to share learning between specialist organisations and colleagues in a wide range of other organisations and identify approaches that can be scaled up or replicated.

The Fund is looking for ideas, solutions, the best next steps to support the following:

  • Prevention work (including education and other initiatives)
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Grass-roots activism
  • Influencing
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse, to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Innovative uses of tech/arts/sports/etc
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

There is particular interest in cross-sector partnerships where the expertise of specialist voluntary sector organisations at the forefront of this work is shared with others, to help drive broader change.


Match Funding Restrictions


Match funding is not required; however, proposals will be strengthened when partners can contribute resources (either cash or in-kind) to the project.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • The purchase or upgrade of physical assets such as buildings or equipment .
  • Work that substitutes or overlaps with statutory service provision.
  • Work that should be provided by statutory organisations.
  • Party Political activities.
  • Activities promoting religious beliefs.
  • Overseas travel or work outside the UK.
  • Interest payment on loans.
  • One-off conferences or events unless they are part of a longer-term strategy.
  • Fundraising events.
  • Work that has already taken place.

Application Procedure

Now's the Time programme will open for applications at two different times:

  • Applications for grants of £5,000 to £25,000 will be accepted from 3 August 2018 to 27 September 2018 with decisions by early December 2018.
  • Applications for grants of £25,000 to £100,000 will be accepted from 24 September 2018 to 14 December 2018 with decisions by mid March 2019.

The guidelines and details of the application process can be found on the Rosa website.

Contact Rosa for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
United House 
4th Floor 
North Road 
N7 9DP
020 7697 3466