Jo Cox Memorial Grants – impact and reflections

Categories: Event, Jo Cox Memorial Fund, Learning, Peacebuilding, Project impact, Women
16 June 2021


Five years ago, on 16 June 2016, Jo Cox MP was brutally murdered in her constituency of Batley and Spen, West Yorkshire and the Jo Cox Foundation (JCF) was set up in her name.

On 7 March 2018, the Department for International Development (DFID) – now the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) – paid tribute to MP Jo Cox and launched the Jo Cox Memorial Grants in partnership with the JCF, to support grassroots organisations in developing countries working on issues that were close to Jo’s heart.

Impact and reflections

Over £10 million has now been distributed through the Jo Cox Memorial Grant Fund to support projects that advocate for the prevention of atrocities and support women’s social, economic and political empowerment. To date: 35,720 women across the world have benefitted from these grants, including

  • 1,223 women who have been helped into politics and
  • 558 women in leadership positions who are receiving assistance and training.

21 projects in total were funded, through Strengthening grants – for up to £100,000 for small organisations – and Network grants – for of up to £1 million for medium-sized organisations -, with 17 currently active. You can see the full list of organisations in our where we work page.

These projects have supported / continue to support work in 14 countries listed in the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) and countries the UK Government considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

On the Jo Cox Memorial Grants, Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab said:

“The UK Government is proud to support The Jo Cox Foundation to continue its vital work. The Foundation ensures Jo’s memory lives on through their work to improve the lives of women around the globe, from supporting girls education and women’s empowerment to preventing gender-based violence. Over the last year thousands of women across Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda have benefitted from their grants, giving them support and training they need to enter politics or secure leadership positions. By working together, we can help make the difference that Jo Cox wanted to see in the world.”

Learn more about individual projects

You can read more on the impact of the Jo Cox Memorial grants in our latest case studies:

About The Jo Cox Foundation

The Jo Cox Foundation was established in 2016 by the friends and family of the late Jo Cox MP. Find out more about the work of The Jo Cox Foundation on The Jo Cox Foundation’s website.

Group of happy looking girls jumping outside school building
Photo credit: MEMPROW, who have a Jo Cox Memorial (Strengthening) Grant to deliver a women’s empowerment project in Uganda, entitled: Strengthening feminist consciousness and agency to disrupt patriarchal norms and practices/mindsets.