Our Grantees

“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

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.

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.

Britain Thinks is an insight and strategy consultancy service. The Foundation is supporting their research into effective communication strategies for Muslim civil society organisations.

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.

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.

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.

Coventry University

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.

Ebrahim College is a traditional Islamic seminary designed to equip students with skills needed for the modern world. Along with Cambridge Muslim College, they are partners on our Muslim Leadership Development Programme.

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.

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.

The Forgotten Heroes 14-19 Foundation seeks to bring together previously unknown stories of the diversity in the First World War by uncovering unique documents in English, French, Urdu, Arabic and Farsi – including photographs, field reports, personal diaries, and letters that didn’t make it home. The Foundation is funding a book focussing on the human aspects of the global allied Muslim experience of the First World War.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Sadaqa Day

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.

Safe Passage helps unaccompanied child refugees and vulnerable adults to find safe and legal routes to the UK. Our grant will help recruit and train volunteer translators and interpreters to provide face-to-face guidance to refugees in their own language.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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