The Lipman-Miliband Trust – funding for socialist education projects (application deadline: 31st May 2024)

THE LIPMAN-MILIBAND TRUST GRANT PROGRAMME – small grants of up to £2,000 are available to organisations and individuals across the UK for the study and research into socialist ideas and educational activities that raise public awareness and understanding of struggles and movements for peace, human rights and co-operation.

Next deadline for applications is Friday 31st May 2024.

In 1974, socialist businessman Michael Lipman established The Lipman Trust, a progressive charity whose mission was to help support the practice and dissemination of socialist education and research, an area routinely discriminated against by other charities or official sources.

The Trust’s first director was socialist intellectual and leading architect of the New Left, Professor Ralph Miliband, who chaired the Trust until his death in 1994. Ralph Miliband’s sons are David Miliband, the president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee and a British Labour Party former politician, and Ed Miliband, the Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero.

The Lipman-Miliband Trust invites applications for its grant program that help support:

o The study and research into socialist ideas and practice and other allied fields and the dissemination of the results thereof to the public, and
o Educational activities that raise public awareness and understanding of struggles and movements for peace, human rights and co-operation and a more equal, diverse, cooperative and democratic society.

The Trust has previously funded a range of projects, including:

o Archives: the Trust wants to preserve working class and socialist histories that are often ignored. The Trust is looking for those projects that aim to engage with the widest audiences, perhaps via a website, and that inspire for the future as well as preserving the past.
o Art Installations: the Trust has funded street art and exhibitions where artists want to get a political message across and reach a wide audience.
o Conferences: the Trust has supported conferences that have aimed to generate new ideas or engage with new audiences. The Trust wants conferences to be open and politically dynamic, and will sometimes fund travel expenses to enable people to attend.
o Educational Events: the Trust has supported a number of organisations putting on workshops and facilitating seminars.
o Film & Video: the Trust has supported campaigning groups and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) seeking to reach a wider audience through films or wanting to work with communities in making their own videos.
o Publications: the Trust has funded all sorts of print and digital publications including books and podcasts, magazines and zines.
o Research Projects: the Trust is looking for projects that bring new ideas or reinvigorate long-standing socialist discussions. The Trust like to see research that is participative and has a good strategy for dissemination. University-based projects should show how they engage with those beyond the institution’s walls.
o Theatre Productions: the Trust has funded a number of theatre productions, small and large, local and national. The Trust likes to support productions that actively engage with their audiences and are keen to see spin-offs like podcasts or education packs, and
o Websites: the Trust has supported groups building, rebuilding or expanding their websites, and making them more easily accessible.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available with no matched funding requirement. The Trust isn’t a large funder. During the year ended 5 April 2023, it awarded grants totalling just £53,879 (2022: £45,346; 2021: £49,371.

The Lipman-Miliband Trust meets 3 times a year to consider applications. The annual deadlines for applications are:

o 31st January.
o 31st May, and
o 30th September.

Applicants are usually informed of the outcome of their application within 8 weeks following the deadline date.

Further information, guidance and an application form is available on the Trust’s website.

The Trust prefers to be contacted via the ‘Contact Us’ form on its website.