Strengthening the Criminal Justice Sector

We already partner with approximately 50 charities across England and Wales which help people in the criminal justice system, through core funding and organisational development. Our Criminal Justice National Programme is in addition to this existing support and is focused on influencing positive change in policy and practice.

We want to have a particular impact around:

  • supporting the specialist voluntary sector to operate, become stronger and to speak up within the current very difficult prisons and probation environment;

  • improving the policy and operating environment for smaller charities, particularly by seeking to influence the new probation system;

  • influencing work further “upstream” in the criminal justice system to help divert and reduce people entering prison in the first place;

  • influencing support for specific demographic groups within the criminal justice system.

Funding available

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for influencing activity which:

  • Aims to meet one of the objectives above, with a clearly defined influencing goal
  • Seeks to have a positive impact on the sector (either at a local, regional or national level) within 1-5 years
  • Adopts one of the following approaches:
    • Growing networks and partnerships
    • Building the evidence base and increasing knowledge
    • Promoting change through communications and policy work
    • Influencing the practice of others in the criminal justice system


And from organisations which:

  • Have an income under £2m*
  • Are committed to measuring impact and adaptive learning, reflecting on progress and adapting projects in real time as necessary
  • Are willing to work with a highly engaged funder and within a cohort of grant holders.


You can find out more about the funding available, funding parameters and how to submit an expression of interest in our programme brief.


Reducing the number of women arrested

Under our Criminal Justice National Programme we are supporting the Howard League for Penal Reform to work with police to reduce the number of women arrested. Building on their work to reduce child arrests, the charity will be working with police and other agencies to prevent women from ending up in the criminal justice system or in prison when it is unnecessary. You can find out more about this work on the Howard League website.


*Partnerships and consortia are eligible to submit an expression of interest where the lead partner has an income under £2m. All partnership funding will be directed through the lead partner which will also be responsible for any grant requirements and reporting.