Jo Cox Memorial Fund


About the Jo Cox Memorial Grants

On Tuesday 6 March 2018, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) paid tribute to MP Jo Cox and announced a new £10 million funding opportunity in her memory, the Jo Cox Memorial Grants.

Funding round status

The Jo Cox Memorial grants launched in March 2018 and closed in June 2018.

Funding process

The grants were funded by UK Aid Direct and there were two types:

  • Network – grants for of up to £1 million for medium-sized organisations (with an average annual income of up to £10 million)
  • Strengthening – grants for up to £100,000 for small organisations (with an average annual income of up to £500,000).

The grants supported projects working across two themes that Jo Cox was passionate about and dedicated her life to:

  • Theme one focused on supporting and improving women’s social, economic and political empowerment; and
  • Theme two focused on strengthening civil society capacity for the early prediction of identity-based violence and conflict prevention.

To be eligible, organisations proposed projects to support the most marginalised in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or countries FCDO considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

When applying for a Jo Cox Memorial Network grant, applicants were required to submit an initial concept note through the online portal. If successful, they were invited to submit a full application.

The Jo Cox Memorial Strengthening grant application process was a one-staged process with all applications submitted online via the online portal.

After the closing date, applications were scored and reviewed by an independent technical panel who assessed both the technical approach of the proposed project and the fiduciary risk of the organisation.

A moderation and shortlisting process was then conducted with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

Feedback was provided to all grant applicants (successful and unsuccessful).

Due diligence was conducted on shortlisted organisations. 

Grant awards were confirmed following the findings of the due diligence process and organisations were supported to finalise the project design and budget.