The Aziz Foundation, a family charitable foundation established in 2015, is an independent grant-making body seeking to support the most disadvantaged communities in Britain. It aims to do this through supporting community empowerment, leadership development and greater public engagement by them in wider society. The Foundation seeks to support individuals and projects, strengthen organisations and networks, and help incubate innovative ideas that will ultimately improve the conditions in and for these sections of our society.
The Aziz Foundation ‘delivers a dynamic programme of philanthropic work that includes scholarships, research grants, grants for individuals and projects, and organisational development for charities’.
Starting in 2018, the priorities for funding ‘over the next few years’ will be around:
- Community Development – To identify needs, raise awareness and strengthen capacity for self-help in disadvantaged communities. In addition, to invest in and develop the leadership capacity and human capital of disadvantaged communities, so that they may better address their needs.
- Public Engagement – To strengthen the representation, visibility and voice of disadvantaged communities in policy, media and public discourse, and arts and culture.
Grants are awarded to those charitable activities which meet our three core aims, and usually to registered charities or charitable community groups. However, in exceptional circumstances, bodies or individuals working outside of a registered organization may be supported as and when authorised by the Board of Trustees. All funds are allocated in accordance to a robust assessment and monitoring process and all policies must be adhered to by recipients.