The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced £10 million of new funding to be distributed through the Jo Cox Memorial Fund which will open to applications on 4 April.
The funding is intended to support the Jo Cox Memorial Fund in its work to strengthen civil society organisations, to prevent and protect civilians from mass atrocities.
Once the Jo Cox Memorial Grants fund opens on 4 April, organisations will be able to apply for either Strengthening grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 or Network grants of up to £1 million, of which it is expected there will be four awards.
The grants will be made across two thematic areas ‘that were close to Jo Cox’s heart’:
- Theme 1: Women’s social, economic and political empowerment through supporting women-led civil society organisations. This thematic area aims to encourage civil society to take an integrated approach to gender equality and empowerment – to tackle the combined and simultaneous disadvantages girls and women experience. This will include contexts where space for these civic actors is closing or at risk.
- Theme 2: Strengthening civil society capacity for the early prediction of identity-based violence including mass atrocities; and amplifying and supporting responses to early warnings in order to prompt timely and effective interventions that prevent escalation and better protect populations from the threat of violence.
There are two different funds:
- Jo Cox Memorial Strengthening grant applications will be considered from smaller organisations registered in the UK, one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI, or in a country considered to be of high or moderate fragility. Organisations must have an annual income below £500,000.
- Jo Cox Memorial Network grant applications will be considered from medium-sized organisations registered in the UK, one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI, or in a country considered to be of high or moderate fragility. Organisations must an annual income between £500,001 and £10 million.
Jo Cox, the British Labour Party Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, was murdered in June 2016.
Commenting on the funds, Jo Cox’s sister Kim Leadbeater said:
“Jo spent 20 years working in the voluntary sector and working overseas. These grants are a reminder of that and a reminder of her passion and her determination to hopefully inspire others with similar desires. Jo would be over the moon.”
Applications can be submitted from 4 April 2018.
Full details can be found on the UK Aid Direct website.
Source: DFID, 07/03/2018