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:

Arkan Creative have produced comic books featuring a trio of Abrahamic superheroes – Christian, Muslim and Jewish, who collectively fight against social injustice. The Foundation’s grant will support the delivery of workshops in schools to promote inter-religious respect by means of these comic books.

Interfaith Music Group

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.

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.

The Divine Names

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.

Citizens UK is currently running a high-level Commission into the barriers to participation in public life for British Muslims. They will also be organising a major grassroots campaigning and capacity building initiative to develop greater civic participation.

Coventry University
Research: Anti-Terrorism Laws

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.

Queens of Syria

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.

Research and Policy Grant

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.

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.

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.

Your Story, Our Story

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.

Book of Travels

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.

Sports Enterprise

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.

Futures Mentoring Project

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. .

Creative Links

The MUJU Crew provides new platforms for Muslim-Jewish creative collaboration. The Aziz Foundation part-funded MUJU’s 3-day Creative Link project for Year 9 girls stemming from the Muslim community. Engaging with storytelling, theatre and visual arts, participants explored the concepts of faith, identity and social action.

Critical Muslim Journal

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.

Mental Health Training

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.

Another World

The National Theatre (NT) is one of the UK’s foremost theatre spaces, dedicated to nurturing innovative work and emerging talent. The Aziz Foundation enabled the NT’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.

Student Scholarship Fund

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.

A Marketplace of Ideas

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.

Interfaith Iftars 2016

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.

Red Rag Productions
Docu-Film

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.”

Sadaqa Day
Day of Action

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.

Feeding the Homeless Project

In a bid to aid and assist the increasing number of men and women that make up London’s homeless population, 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.

One Million Mentors

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Prisoners Rehabilitation

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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