Fund for Social Justice

Origins

The Jesuit Fund for Social Justice (JFSJ) was established in 1992 by the then Provincial of the British Jesuits. He intended the Fund to be at the disposal of Jesuits working in Britain in social justice ministry, and to enable other Jesuits to become involved in new social justice works. JFSJ has supported Jesuits in many varied projects: refugee work, homelessness, reconciliation, and much more.

Today the social justice work of the Society of Jesus in Britain involves more than Jesuits. Many lay men and women, employed and volunteers, based in our social projects, our schools, our parishes, our volunteering schemes and so on, play a full part in the social justice work of the Jesuits in this country.

The Fund is administered by a committee of Jesuits and co-workers, all of whom share a passion for social justice in the Church, which meets three times each year to review applications and make small grant awards.

Aims of the Fund

The fundamental aim of JFSJ is to facilitate and encourage social action projects and initiatives directed to addressing the pressing issues of poverty, injustice and discrimination in Britain today.

JSFJ is inspired by the Catholic Church's social teaching and the commitment to social justice made by the Society of Jesus, and projects supported by JFSJ must be linked with the social mission of the Catholic Church.  The fund has special concern for projects supporting those living on the margins and the peripheries of society.

Who Can Apply?

JFSJ is available to anyone who is connected with the Society of Jesus in Britain today, either Jesuits themselves or those who work with the Society through schools, parishes, retreat centres, volunteering, etc.

JFSJ is also interested in supporting projects that seek to live out a faith that does justice in Britain – this could be in association with other religious orders, university chaplaincies, diocesan initiatives, etc. – but may not have a direct link with the Society of Jesus.

If you are a Jesuit, a student, parishioner or worker in a Jesuit institution, or are involved in volunteering through a Jesuit organisation in Britain, perhaps the Fund for Social Justice is for you!

What is available?

JFSJ makes small grants of up to £5,000, and often less than that. Only very occasionally do we give more. We do not therefore normally fund salaries or core organisational costs. It is intended to help develop modest new projects and initiatives in works where the applicant is already involved. These may be one-off, such as a field trip, computer equipment, flyer publication, etc., or they may be long term, such as establishment of a play scheme for refugee children.

The majority of grants awarded will be one-off for a single year. Occasionally JFSJ will consider multiple-year grants, up to a maximum of three years.

The Fund can be involved as a part-funder if more substantial funds are required. All eligible applications are considered.

How Do I Apply?

Please first read the Fund Criteria, which are available for download here:

Fund criteria

An Application Form is available for download here 

Application form

Please e-mail completed applications to: jfsj@jesuit.org.uk

Applications are considered three times a year. Closing dates are 1st February, 1st June and 1st October.

 

Membership of the Committee

The committee is made up of Jesuits and lay collaborators, each of whom has a passion for social justice and brings experience of different areas of church and justice.

James Conway SJ

Julian Filochowski (Chair)

Paul Fletcher SJ

Megan Knowles

Debbie Reynolds (Secretary)

John Twist SJ

 

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