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 2020 Deadlines

Deadlines for applicants
Deadline Date Notification of Decision
2.00pm on Wednesday 11 March 2020 During w/c 4 May 2020
2.00pm on Wednesday 24 June 2020 During w/c 7 September 2020

York Committee Community Grants

Who can apply?

The York Committee makes grants in response to applications from charities and other voluntary and not-for-profit organisations.

 When considering applications for grants, the York Committee gives priority to applications which fit within our main areas of interest. Our purpose is to build and develop strong and empowered communities without poverty or isolation. Our definition of ‘poverty’ is “when a person’s resources are well below their minimum needs, including the need to take part in society”. In line with JRF’s ‘We can solve poverty in the UK’ strategy we want to encourage voluntary and community organisations to make solving poverty an explicit goal. We therefore welcome applications that demonstrate how they can contribute to solving poverty in York.

In particular, our local research in York identified two specific areas of need:

  1. to increase and better co-ordinate access to benefits advice, debt advice, support with developing financial capability, and information and advocacy for those in or at risk of poverty;
  2. to increase local community-based activity to prevent and reduce isolation where poverty is a contributing factor or barrier

Grants are not normally given to:

  • Animal welfare groups.
  • Archaeological works.
  • Individuals.
  • Routine maintenance or construction of buildings.
  • Research, including medical research.
  • Political campaigning.
  • Overseas visits

Additional information

For additional information, read our privacy notice for York Committee grant applicants.

Application forms and guidelines

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