Changing the Conversation


What we want to achieve

Our goal to end the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity is ambitious. We recognise that robust data and compelling stories from the grants we make are part of what is needed, as well as increased capacity and skills within existing specialist organisations. We also need innovative communications techniques to both to ‘shift the dial’ and challenge assumptions around what is acceptable behaviour in different contexts in the UK.


The work we want to fund

Based on lessons from what has worked in other fields, we will resource and coordinate a network of communications professionals, embedded within several women’s organisations already active in this area. These may be a new part-time post, or a contribution towards an existing post, with additional responsibilities related to a new Strategic Communications Network. Grants and training for those involved in the Network will be centrally co-ordinated by Rosa using specialist communications support, and Network members will work collaboratively towards change.

We are allocating up to £250K for this work in year one, to support expanded communications capacity in up to eight specialist organisations.

Initially, we are seeking Expressions of Interest from organisations to participate in the development phase of the Network.


The sort of grants we want to make

Applicant organisations must meet the key organisation criteria (page 2 above). In addition, we ask you to respond to the following 5 questions:

  1. What experience do you have of educating public opinion on an issue related to sexual harassment and abuse, including any work with the media?
  2. What do you understand by ‘the power of a story’?
  3. What are the key things you considered in your approach to educating public opinion?
  4. What has worked in your relationships with the media, what hasn’t, and what would you do differently?
  5. Describe an example of collaboration with other women’s organisations that you have been part of.

We want to ensure that the JEF funds work in all four countries of the UK. If you apply for work in a single country, we will expect you to demonstrate that you can reach people right across that country. If you apply for work in two or more countries, we will expect you to demonstrate that you (or your partners) can really reach people across all the countries you identify.


Application process

We will ask you to submit an on-line Expression of Interest, demonstrating how you meet the criteria, and including your response to the 5 questions above, by 30th July 2018. We will work with potential partners during a development phase over the summer – a small amount of development funding may also be available at this stage. We will then invite applications for grants to resource the communications roles in individual organisations in autumn 2018. We expect to resource up to eight embedded posts, ensuring coverage across the UK. We will let you know if you have been successful by early December 2018.


Please ensure you read the application guidance and our tips for expressions of interest before applying.