The aim of the migration programme is to promote an immigration system that is fair to both migrants and established residents as well as a policy and public debate on migration based on shared values as well as evidence.

The  programme maintains a strong focus on policy, campaigning and communications. This involves supporting campaigners, policy researchers and other civil society groups working mainly at national level, both individually and in coalitions.

The programme also aims to support work that highlights the differential impacts of policy and practice on different groups, as well as considering how characteristics such as race, gender, and immigration status intersect. In line with the Trust’s longstanding commitment to racial and gender justice, addressing racism, prejudice and extremism as they relate to migration and integration is also a focus of the programme.

To date we have:

  • Worked with others to contribute towards a growing awareness that public attitudes are more nuanced in the UK than is often presented.
  • Supported campaigners and NGOs working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers as well as promotiong work to bring communities together around shared values,  common interests and concerns.
  • Worked with a range of independent research institutions and think tanks from across the political spectrum to develop workable solutions to a range of policy areas and on broader questions such as how mainstream politicians should respond to populism and extremism.

Our current objectives are:

  • To inform public policy, promote workable policies in relation to immigration and integration and promote the fair and dignified treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
  •  To broaden and deepen the public debate on migration and integration and ensure that it draws on shared values as well as evidence.
  •  To promote greater understanding within communities, with a focus on extremism, prejudice and discrimination as they affect asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

We are particularly interested in the following areas: 

  • Supporting migrant organisations, campaigners and others to advocate for changes to policies that will make the system fairer and more humane. The main focus of this is national, but a smaller number of organisations will be funded in Birmingham and the Black Country. We do not fund local work outside Birmingham and the Black Country.
  • Ensuring that a broad range of voices are heard in the debate, particularly those directly affected by injustice.
  • Work which deepens understanding of public attitudes and concerns about immigration and integration, and develop appropriate responses.
  • Work to promote integration and positive interaction between different groups in order to counter xenophobia, racism and anti-Muslim prejudice as they affect migration and integration debates. This is likely to be at policy level or promoting successful strategies rather than funding direct service delivery.
  • Supporting increased capacity and co-ordination within the refugee and migrant sector, including communications.
  • Funding research and policy work on specific areas of public policy with a view to developing workable solutions. The Trust tends to work with others to identify emerging issues and policy challenges. For example, we are interested in how to respond to the changing nature of populism, extremism and racism in as far as it affects migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as work on technology and its potentially discriminatory impacts.

The Barrow Cadbury Trust has strong historic links to Birmingham.  If your work is based in Birmingham or the Black Country, in addition to the priorities above we tend to support work there with the following focus:  

  • Projects that build networks across sectors and communities in Birmingham to strengthen the voice of local people on issues relating to migration and integration;

Please note:

We do not fund individuals and we rarely fund university research projects.  Where we do, it is either (a) work we commission ourselves as part of building our evidence base for social change, or (b) is in partnership with a voluntary sector or social change organisation where the research is part of a long-term programme of work aiming at the systems change our programme seeks to achieve.

Making an application

Please note:

The Trust is not in a position to fund all the applications we receive, even if they fall within the programme’s criteria.

If you think your work fits our migration programme objectives and criteria, or if you would like to find out if it is eligible, please complete an enquiry form.  We will aim to respond within 10 working days

Please only fill in an application form if you have already discussed your project with us and we have asked you to.

Any other questions please email [email protected]










Key Contacts

Ayesha Saran

Ayesha Saran

Migration Programme Manager
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