Our Grantees-2017

“We are not here to replicate or compete, but to strengthen and enhance organisations already working with those communities we seek to support.”

The Foundation has made grants to the following organisations:

The Advocacy Academy is a transformational eight-month social leadership programme for teenagers in South London. The Foundation will support the expansion of the Academy’s work across London.

Afrotech Fest was created in response to the underrepresentation of black people in the technology industry – especially those who are marginalised in additional ways – as well as tech conferences and festivals being too expensive for many to attend. Its aim is to create a festival that is intentionally diverse and inclusive of those often excluded. The Foundation part funded the Afro Tech Fest 2018 at London’s Rich Mix.

Amin & Yasmin create resources for deaf children. The Foundation is supporting their deaf awareness campaign and sponsoring the production of a book on Islamic Sign Language.

Approachable Parenting draws on Islamic principles to provide guidance and skills to people raising children. The Foundation is supporting the development of their online resources.

Arkan Creative is an arts organisation specialising in stories within the Islamic world.The Foundation’s grant will support the delivery of workshops in schools to promote inter-religious respect by means of these comic books.

Arts in the Yard is a membership organisation and local forum based in Birmingham. The Foundation is funding an art installation around the theme of migration and the facilitation of discussion in Birmingham around the prejudice and discrimination faced by migrants.

Basaira Elderly Centre provides support to the elderly members of the BAME community of Lambeth. The Foundations is supporting the centre in its efforts to encourage the elderly to gather and socialise in a supportive environment via regular luncheons and events.

Byline Festival, a weekend of discussions around the theme of ethical, investigative journalism, features comedy, music and theatre. We are supporting a cohort of young people to attend and experience a bespoke programme over two days that will inspire and encourage them to explore journalism as a career.

Cambridge Muslim College is an education, research and training facility for Muslim academics and faith practitioners. Along with Ebrahim College, Cambridge Muslim College is delivery partner on our Muslim Leadership Development Programme.

Cannon Street Memorial Baptist Church (CSMBC) provide opportunities for young, elderly, isolated and disadvantaged people from the local community to engage in a wide range of sports, recreational, artistic, cultural and educational activities, aimed at significantly improving their health wellbeing, self-esteem, education and confidence and promoting racial and ethnic integration.

The Centre for Islam and Medicine facilitates research and knowledge sharing around questions at the intersection of religion and science. The Foundation is supporting a series of workshops to help faith and medical practitioners understand the relationship between Islam and legal, ethical, practical perspectives on medicine and health.

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.

Drum Roll HQ is a developer of learning games that encourage children to code and engage with STEM subjects. The Foundation support their Erase All Kittens Coding Club which teaches girls aged 8-13 coding skills and encourages creativity via ‘hackathons’ and mini ‘game jams’ in a real world context.

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.

Elders Voice supports older people and older people with dementia. The Foundation will be supporting their Yoga Connects: Battling Dementia Project which will improve the mental and physical health of elderly people in Brent.

The Equality and Diversity Forum is a national network of organisations committed to equal opportunities and social justice. They will increase coordinated efforts to tackle hate crimes by looking at prevention strategies, responses by public authorities, action by transport authorities and internet providers on different types of hate crimes.

Everyday Muslim’s aim is to collect and document the presence and contribution of Muslims through images, interviews and documents; to provide a comprehensive and unmediated portrayal of Muslim life in Britain. The Foundation is funding a series of short films that will capture and share authentic narratives about the Black Muslim experience in British history.

The Aziz Foundation is supporting Goldsmith’s University to scope, devise, pilot and disseminate a Religion and Belief Equality Index as a tool to help workplaces and service providers engage religion and belief effectively.

The Grenfell Muslim Response Unit was set up by independent volunteers in response to the Grenfell Fire of 2017. The Foundation is supporting the GRMU’s work in serving the medium and long-term needs of those impacted by the fire, in particular to support them with funerals, counselling and legal advice.

Hope for Justice is a global non-profit organisation which aims to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The Foundation is funding work that will tackle homelessness and destitution amongst survivors of modern slavery in UK communities through the provision of specialist advocacy, welfare assistance, and access to legal advice.

Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre provides support services to Asian women and their families, raising their awareness of important issues, enhancing opportunity and influencing mainstream policy and practice. The Foundation is funding a scheme that supports isolated older Bangladeshi women by matching them with befrienders who share similar interests and location.

Inter Madrassah Organisation use peer support and expert advice to help Muslim communities solve problems related to education, employability, health and wellbeing. The Foundation is supporting a project specifically to help reduce isolation and counter stigma around mental health for perinatal women

The Islamic Society of Britain is a community based charity and not-for-profit company. Established in 1990, they were one of the first organisations that sought to evolve a uniquely British flavour to Islam. The Aziz Foundation is funding their Muslim Youth Empowerment programme to support empowerment of Muslim youth through a multifaceted, contemporary and engaging interaction.

Liberty is the UK’s leading domestic human rights NGO. It is a multi-disciplinary organisation with strong membership base and close contacts across the political spectrum. The organisation will carry out strategic litigation, public campaigns and targeted policy work to draw attention to and counter policies designed to bring border control in-county so that migrants, refugees and asylum seekers face difficulty accessing health and education provisions.

The Foundation is supporting London Gypsies and Travellers to deliver a research project to chart the heritage, presence in public life and the inequalities faced by Gypsies and Travellers in the UK.

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.

Manchester Museum is the UK’s leading university museum. The Aziz Foundation is supporting their Memories of Partition exhibition which documents the collective memory of those affected by the 1947 Partition of India.

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.

The Migration Museum Project is shining a light on the many ways that the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are –as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. The Foundation is funding the ‘No Turning Back: Seven migration moments that changed Britain interactive exhibition.

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.

Notre Dame Refugee Centre offers an advice and support service for refugees and asylum seekers. The Foundation is part funding the centre’s core services and a telephone immigration advice line.

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.

Olmec aims to improve the life opportunities of people living in the most disadvantaged communities. They do this by bringing about positive and lasting change in the lives of people living in areas of disadvantage and deprivation. Olmec is a charitable company. The Foundation is funding their Black on Board leadership initiative to train people for governing board positions.

One Roof Leicester supports individuals who have experienced, are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. The Foundation is supporting their Winter Night Shelter which facilitates interfaith collaboration to provide food and shelter.

Operation Black Vote campaigns for racial justice and equality. The Foundation is funding a parliamentary shadowing scheme to nurture a new generation of political and civic leaders from BME backgrounds.

Platform London combines art, activism, education and research in its approach to raise awareness about social and ecological justice. The Foundation is supporting its project to train 50 young BME Londoners to lead creative responses to youth-related violence.

Race Equality First is an independent charity working in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to promote equality. It offers a range of services including free, confidential advice and support to victims of discrimination/harassment. The Foundation is funding a support group for asylum seekers and refugees where they can meet, socialise and get support.

Red Rag Productions

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.”

Refuge Action provides practical support and guidance for refugees. The Foundation is supporting their Families United project which supports children who are reunited with family members in the UK

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.

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.

Save the Children’s “Communities Project” works with families in Hackney to provide after-school services to children. The Foundation is part funding its expansion into other UK cities.

Spare Tyre is a participatory arts-based charity. The Aziz Foundation is supporting their multi-sensory training sessions for carers of people with dementia.

Sufra NW London addresses both the causes and consequences of extreme poverty, homelessness and social isolation in the community. The Foundation is funding a programme to support disadvantaged families suffering food poverty in the local area.

Theatre Royal Stratford is an award-winning theatre in the heart of East London. The Foundation is funding its ‘Spoken Word: Hidden Voices’ programme of weekly creative writing, performance and mentoring skills workshops to refugee and migrant girls aged 13-18.

The Traveller Movement seeks to raise the profile of Travellers, Gypsies and Roma in Britain and increase their say in decision making forums. The Foundation is part funding a leadership programme for Gypsy Roma Traveller Women.

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.

Vallance Community Sports Association aims to improve physical and emotional health and wellbeing in children and young people. They will be creating a sports festival for disabled people and growing their sports coaching provisions

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.

The Foundation is supporting the London College of Communication, UAL Refugee Journalism Project. This project delivers industry training, mentoring and publishing opportunities to 170 refugees with journalistic backgrounds, who currently face significant barriers to employment.

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