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:

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.

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.

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.

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 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 focusing 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.

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 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.

The Muslim Voices Communications Project aims to conduct research in to the public view on Muslims and identifies the messages, messengers and media sources who influence opinion. The research culminates in an accessible communication strategy that identifies ways in which different communicators can most effectively shift the dial to create greater disconnect between ‘Muslim’ and ‘Terrorism/Extremism’.

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.

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

Sadaqa Day was formerly part of the Aziz Foundation’s Residency Programme. It brings together individuals, community groups, mosques, women’s groups, schools, and families by promoting, co-ordinating and facilitating volunteering in furtherance of charitable purposes, for the benefit of the public in the UK and abroad.

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

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