York Committee


The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust operates a small community grants scheme in York called the York Committee, which supports voluntary, community and other not-for-profit organisations to develop strong, empowered communities without poverty or isolation.

York Committee Community Grants

This unsettling and turbulent time in our history is highlighting how much we all rely on each other in our society. While most of us will face some kind of change to our way of life during the coronavirus pandemic, we are not all in the same boat – people who were already struggling to stay afloat every day face being swept further and deeper into poverty.

We have been listening to people, communities and organisations in the places where we work. We’ve heard that the coronavirus pandemic is increasing the risk of being pulled into poverty for many of us – and we’ve heard how vital the work of the community and voluntary sector is in keeping us all supported and connected.

In York, we know that the response across the city has been remarkable, but that many community organisations are worried for their futures, and for the people they support. Through its grant making and 'funder plus' model, the JRHT York Committee is committed to supporting local community organisations which help people in the city from being swept further and deeper into poverty.

York Committee funding deadlines 2022

Please note there are no current funding deadlines for the remainder of 2022. Details of the funding deadlines for 2023 will be published later this year.

If you are interested in finding out more about the funding available through the JRHT York Committee please contact Helen Watson, Community Grants Support Officer, on 07736 977061 or via [email protected]. It’s always really good to find out more about the work you are doing and whether there is a potential link to our funding priorities.

To help with your search for funding you could access free funding advice and support from Jane Granville, York CVS’ Funding and Development Officer. Please visit York CVS’ Funding and Development webpage for information on how to contact Jane.

How to apply

For information on how to apply please read our funding guidelines below. We also welcome discussions about potential applications and encourage applicants to contact Helen Watson, Community Grants Support Officer, via [email protected] or on 07736 977061 before applying.


Learning from the work supported through our grants

We trust the groups we fund and aim to build open and straightforward relationships with the groups we support. The York Committee is very interested in learning from the work of its grant recipients. It helps us to understand what has worked and where organisations may have encountered barriers or challenges in delivering projects. Upon completion of a grant, we will contact you to ask you to complete an end of grant report form to tell us how the funds have been spent and what you have achieved. The end of grant report form template can be accessed below:


Previously awarded grants

You can download spreadsheets giving full details of grants made by JRHT's York Committee since 2016 via the following links:

In November 2017 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Housing Trust signed up to the 360Giving Initiative, which aims to help UK grant makers to publish their data openly online, to an agreed data standard. Publishing information about our grants in an open format on our own website, and through 360Giving, means that it can be shared and compared more easily.

Over time, the intention is that this information will help inform both grant makers and those who are looking for funding and will contribute to more effective grant making.


This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This means that the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust