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The Sigrid Rausing Trust

Category: International

Founded in 1995 in London, the Trustís mission is to support the international human rights movement. Grants are awarded in four programs: civil and political rights, womenís rights, minority rights, and social and environmental justice. Civil and political rights grants address access to justice, freedom of expression, torture and the death penalty, and conflict and arms trade. Womenís rights grants address female genital mutilation, gender-based violence, religious fundamentalism, and sexual and reproductive health. Minority rights grants address ethnic and religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights; people with disabilities; refugees and migrants. Social and environmental justice grants support environmental justice programs, labor rights, and transparency and accountability. The Trustís guiding principles recognize the essential role of core funding; look for good and effective leadership; are flexible and responsive to needs and opportunities; value clarity and brevity in applications and reports; and establish long-term relationships with grantees. The Trust awards two types of grants: main and small. Trustees decide on main grants three times a year in February, June, and October. Small grants are considered throughout the year. Letters of inquiry are required and are submitted through the Web site. Proposals are by invitation only.

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