Edge Fund supports those taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world. We fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice. This could be our economic system, our political system, or any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background (e.g. class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, age or other factors).
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- It is important to read our values statement when considering whether to apply.
- We expect work addressing issues facing a particular community to be led by that community (e.g. a group working on issues around sex work should be led by people with direct lived experience of sex work).
- We currently only fund groups based in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. We don’t yet fund international groups or issues (groups that are targeting the UK for its role in an injustice outside the UK can apply, e.g. a campaign against a UK-based corporation for their operations overseas).
- We fund small groups that struggle to get funding elsewhere, particularly if other funders might consider them to be too radical. As a rough guide, we have not yet funded a group with an annual income over £25,000 and the average income of groups we fund is around £2,500. If you’ve received funding from mainstream sources, such as the Lottery or local council, or have several paid staff, we’re probably not the fund for you.
- We accept applications from individuals and all types of non-profit organisations, including groups that are not formally registered. However, we don’t tend to support registered charities as they often have more funding options than other types of groups (see below). If you are applying as an individual, please read the guidelines at the bottom of this page.
- We are looking for work that creates long-term change in society by addressing the causes of injustice and inequality. We do not fund traditional charity work that only aims to, for example, improve health and well-being, relieve financial hardship and unemployment, improve social inclusion and harmony, conserve the environment, advance education and training. More on charitable aims and support of charities and more on change vs charity
- We do not support political parties.
- Individuals and groups who have a religious purpose are welcome to apply but we don’t provide financial support for any activity, initiative or project where the primary aim is to promote religion.
If you think you meet the guidelines go to How to Apply.
If you’re unsure about whether you fit the guidelines above you might want to take a look at what we’ve funded before. You’re also welcome to contact us; either a few lines and a link to your website (if you have one) by email (info @ edgefund.org.uk – without the spaces) or call 0776 712 6915 or 0300 123 1965.
Many people have great ideas and perspectives and a real passion for justice, but face enormous challenges in taking action. This is because we live in an unequal society where some people are held back because of their personal circumstances and backgrounds. These challenges result in further inequality within the social justice movement, as individuals from more privileged backgrounds are more likely to have advantage over others, such as the time and resources that enable them to take part. This presents a barrier to building a diverse, inclusive movement; a movement which is representative of all the different people and communities in the UK and also reflects the society we strive towards. As a small step in addressing this we would like to offer grants of up to £1,000 to individuals who are faced with these challenges and can demonstrate a clear commitment to taking action.
We recognise that this is a complex issue and that there are a number of factors we need to keep in mind. In social movements around the world there is a concern about the ‘professionalisation’ of activists, where salaries from large charities and other organisations have diluted people’s politics and often distanced them from the grassroots. Giving funding to individuals can in itself create inequalities. Individuals are also much more likely to feel disheartened on being turned down for funding.
However, we feel it’s worth taking these risks and are committed to seeking feedback, reflecting, learning and reviewing this programme as long as we need to. We feel that providing funds to people whose circumstances prevent them from being active in social change could help to empower and widen the movement and to ensure the voices of those most directly affected by inequality and injustice are heard. We’d love to hear from you if you have any comments or ideas.