The Foundation has made grants to the following organisations:
The Bridge Institute was formerly part of the Aziz Foundation’s Residency Programme. It is a non-profit think tank producing in-depth research and analysis on Muslims in Britain and issues that affect them. It aims to develop discourses that better reflect the realities with regards to British Muslims. It seeks thereby to provide a more informed basis for policy interpretations and their impact upon Muslim Communities.
The Berakah Project is a brand new inter-faith music initiative dedicated to enabling young people to develop greater confidence for multi-faith dialogue. The Aziz Foundation provided partial seed funding for this innovative drive to help future generations cross the boundaries of race, religion and culture.
Chickpea Press is an independent publishing house which focuses on producing books and digital apps inspired by the great spiritual traditions of the world. The Aziz Foundation is funding the research and publication of a new book by children’s author and illustrator Daniel Dyer, on the topic of divine names.
The Foundation is part-funding research led by Coventry University to document how the statutory duty requiring education establishments to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” is being implemented, and its implications for teachers, students, parents and wider communities.
Developing Artists is a theatre-based company working to support the arts in post-conflict nations and deprived communities. The Aziz Foundation supported a UK-wide tour of the company’s highly acclaimed play, Queens of Syria, featuring the stories of 14 Syrian women residing in the refugee camps of Jordan.
Durham University is a 600-year old collegiate public research institution and recognised as a world top 100 university. The Aziz Foundation will be supporting a new research project looking at policy and grant-making initiatives supporting the social inclusion of Muslim communities.
Football Beyond Borders (FBB) uses football to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds develop new skills and confidence. The Aziz Foundation is supporting the FBB’s TV initiative: a digital media channel which provides young people with the opportunities to produce their own media stories.
Ipsos MORI is a global market and opinion research specialist organisation. The Foundation is funding a pilot study on the attitudes and opinions of British Muslim citizens on a range of socially debated issues using survey and polling data.
The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. The Aziz Foundation supported the Lyric’s new theatre-based storytelling and confidence-building programme delivered for the benefit of young Muslim women aged 16-25, which included a one-off live performance at the Lyric by all participants.
Maslaha creates new ways of tackling issues affecting Muslim communities in the fields of education, criminal justice, health and gender. The Foundation is supporting Maslaha’s Book of Travels: an Ottoman shadow puppetry show exploring Muslim identity and ‘radicalism’ in the modern world.
Media Diversified was formerly part of the Aziz Foundation’s Residency Programme. It is a social enterprise working to enrich, engage and improve the UK’s media landscape. Their progressive media platform features comment and opinion on subjects ranging from politics, media, culture, lifestyle, and the arts. To support and drive wider progress towards representation and inclusivity in the media and creative industries, they also offer dedicated training, workshops and partnership opportunities.
This landmark project will renovate 65 acres of disused fields for the creation of a self-sustainable sports enterprise. The Aziz Foundation will be supporting the development which will include 4 new football pitches; 2 rugby pitches; 2 cricket pitches, and a Pavilion which will house a swimming pool and café.
Founded by Prince Charles, Mosaic aims to inspire young people from deprived communities to recognise their own talents and potential. The Aziz Foundation is supporting Mosaic’s ‘Futures Primary School Mentoring Project’ which will link young girls with mentors and role models from professional backgrounds. .
The MUJU Crew provides new platforms for Muslim-Jewish creative collaboration. The Aziz Foundation part-funded MUJU’s 3-day Creative Link project to engage Year 9 students with storytelling, theatre and visual arts. We are also funding the filming of MUJU sketches and supporting their Glass Half Full project which facilitates discussion, networking and performances by artists from Muslim and Jewish communities.
The Muslim Institute (MI) is a fellowship society seeking to support and inspire open debate within and between Muslim communities and wider society. The Aziz Foundation will be part-funding the MI’s quarterly journal, Critical Muslim: a new platform for intellectuals to rethink Islam for contemporary times.
The Muslim Youth Helpline is an award-winning free and confidential helpline service. The Aziz Foundation is working to support MYH through the provision of a Patrons grant as well as funding a new training initiative to educate 600 teachers in 50 schools on the topics of addiction, bullying and mental health.
TRiBE is a UK-wide organisation that provides personal development and leadership programmes that encourage and empower black women. The Foundation is supporting the development of their mentor portal and will allow young black women to select and make contact with potential mentors.
The Aziz Foundation supported the National Theatre’s acclaimed piece ‘Another World: Losing Our Children to I.S.’ to be showcased at Mulberry School for Girls (London) in a one-off special. The Foundation are also funding Zhangal (Jungle) a co-production with Young Vic Theatre exploring experiences of refugees and migrants at the Calais “Jungle” refugee camp.
The National Zakat Foundation aims to utilise zakat (donation) funds collected in the United Kingdom for the benefit of local vulnerable communities, including widows, orphans and the homeless. The Aziz foundation will be supporting the NZF to create a new income generation stream for student scholarships.
New Horizons engages in critical discussions around Muslim identity, tradition and reform to provide a positive, contextual vision of what it means to be Muslim today. The Aziz Foundation contributed funding towards New Horizons’ annual ‘British Islam Conference: A Marketplace of Ideas’: a weekend-long event to encourage the development of British Muslim thought, identity and culture.
The Patchwork Foundation was formerly part of the Aziz Foundation’s Residency Programme. Patchwork Foundation works to encourage positive integration of minority, disadvantaged and under-represented communities into British political society. Through facilitating opportunities for interaction between such communities, MPs and policy makers and shapers, it empowers citizens to play a more active role on the issues that impact them.
Ramadan Tent (RT) is an award winning community-led initiative fostering interfaith dialogue and social change. The Aziz Foundation supported the RT’s ‘Open Iftar 2016’, which brought together Muslim, non-Muslim and homeless communities across the UK every evening during the month of Ramadan for the sharing of food, stories, and cultural exchange.
Reclaim run programmes to increase the confidence, resilience and leadership skills of young people. The Foundation will support a three-day workshop for Year 8 Muslim students on developing critical thinking skills.
Red Rag Productions is an independent production company dedicated to making films on contemporary issues affecting minority communities in European societies. The Aziz Foundation is supporting its production of a documentary about the lives of four Muslim women in four European cities and the tensions they face in “asserting their Muslim identities.”
RightsInfo builds knowledge and support for human rights in the UK by producing engaging, accessible and beautifully-presented award-winning infographics, stories, videos and explainers. The Foundation is funding its work with Muslim organisations t produce content to combat prejudice and correct misinformation.
Runnymede is a race equality think tank. Twenty years after Runnymede’s original report on Islamophobia, the Aziz Foundation is supporting the publication of a report revisiting the findings in today’s context.
The Foundation will part-fund Sadaqa Day 2016, a day of Muslim-led social action aimed at Muslim families, institutions, youth groups and community groups. It is open to all and one of its main objectives is to bring people together from different backgrounds who have not worked together or met each other before.
To assist the increasing number of homeless people in London, the Aziz Foundation will be supporting St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, in providing hot meals on a weekly basis to those sleeping rough in and around central London.
The Somali Creativity Hub provides a platform to inspire, train and launch UK Somali artists and showcase their work. They will be working on a 6-week exhibition at P21 Gallery in London called Mogadishu 2030.
The Tricycle Theatre is known for its British premieres, production of new writing and its engagement with the local community. The Aziz Foundation is supporting the pre-production process required for an ambitious stage play that will champion diversity on the London stage.
UpRising is a youth leadership initiative working to equip young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with new opportunities to fulfil their leadership potential. The Aziz Foundation is supporting its ‘One Million Mentors” initiative which aims to connect one million mentors with one million young people with a view to developing new talent.
West London Mission serves the homeless and marginalised in London. The Foundation is supporting their Eat & Heat project which will give homeless people the opportunity to access food, warmth and hygiene facilities.
You Press supports young writers and poets to bring their work to wider audiences. They are part-funded by the Foundation and are working with Park Theatre on Voices of The Movement, a project that pairs migrants and refugees with artists to build confidence, creativity, leadership and skills.
The Zahid Mubarek trust (ZMT) was founded to challenge discriminations and inequalities within the UK criminal justice system. The Aziz Foundation is supporting the ZMT in the delivery of a lifelong learning programme to 60 young prisoners from BAME backgrounds to help improve their rehabilitation and resettlement outcomes.