Jephcott Charitable Trust: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Jephcott Charitable Trust awards global development grants out of its population control, education, and health programs.

IP TAKE: Jephcott prefers to support newer organizations just getting started with their work in one or more of the trust's funding priority areas. Grantseekers should note that the trust will only fund projects that have not yet taken place.

PROFILE: The Jephcott Charitable Trust is a UK-based funder established in 1965 by “pharmaceutical chemist and industrialist,” Sir Harry Jephcott. Its grantmaking seeks to "make a difference," and prioritizes "[c]harities or projects which are having difficulty getting started, or raising funds from other sources." As a result, this means the trust often funds capital projects for equipment or materials rather than running costs. Grants are made to charities all over the world. The trust’s grantmaking programs include Population Control, Natural Environment, Education and Health.

Preserving the natural environment certainly plays a part in the global development landscape, especially when it comes to the protection of indigenous peoples' land and livelihoods; however, grantseekers should, for the most part, stick to Jephcott’s three other grantmaking priorities when applying for funding.  

The trust’s Population Control program backs educational projects that relate to controlling “[e]xcessive growth in population.” Its education-related grantmaking centers on supporting access to education and vocational programs that help increase people’s chances of finding jobs. Finally, the trust’s Health programs awards grants to a “[v]ery wide range of healthcare projects.”

Jephcott does not specify whether it focuses on projects that benefit people living in developing countries. However, its list grantee list suggests the fund’s proclivity for supporting projects in some of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. The trust does not list specific geographic restrictions in its grantmaking.

Jephcott grants are relatively modest and range from £2,000 to £10,000 (around $2,500 to $12,700 USD.) In some exceptional cases, the trust awards grants of up to £20,000. To learn more about the projects Jephcott supports and at what level, explore its list of current and past projects.

Organizations located outside the UK are not excluded from funding eligibility. However, applying organizations must be registered as a charitable organization with their respective governing bodies.

Unsolicited grant applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed by the Jephcott’s trustees in April and October.


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