The Changing Minds Initiative
Changing Minds is an initiative of a group of independent funders, established in 2010.
Our broad goals are:
- to ensure accuracy and depth in the debate on national identity, integration, and immigration;
- to promote an effective and humane immigration system that treats people with dignity and respect, is fair to both migrants and established residents, and which has public confidence and consent;
- to encourage a thriving society where all people, including immigrants, are treated fairly, participate and make a contribution in their community, prosper and succeed and create economic, social and cultural benefits for the UK
Individual grants by the funders involved in the Changing Minds Initiative may be directed to supporting some or all of the broad goals or may be complementary to them.
Funders meet on a regular basis to exchange information. There is no application process. Decisions on funding applications are made by individual foundations. Grant seekers should approach foundations separately and consult the funding criteria and guidelines for each foundation. Changing Minds is not a pooled fund, and its members do not take funding decisions collectively.
For a guide to the type of work foundations are interested in supporting in this area, it is worth looking at some of the grants that have been made by Changing Minds’ member organisations, in order to further one or more of the group’s stated aims. This includes grants to the Migration Observatory, British Future, Migrants Rights Network, the University of Manchester and Women for Refugee Women.
Charitable foundations involved include the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Migration Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Trust for London, and Unbound Philanthropy. The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund was also involved until its closure.