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Global Grants Programme

The Allen & Overy Foundation makes donations to charitable causes around the world.

The Foundation is funded by contributions from A&O partners worldwide and, through the Global Grants Programme, supports:

  • Our global charity partnership
  • Disaster relief efforts
  • Charities that address our core themes of access to justice, education and employment 

There is no open application process for disaster relief grants. For information about the Global Charity Partnership please check this page.

Three charities will be awarded grants of approximately GBP50,000 every year. Grantees will also be given an allocation of up to 100 volunteering hours of pro bono and / or community investment time, subject to capacity and agreement with the pro bono and community investment team. 

Making an application to the Allen & Overy Foundation

To apply, charities should submit a letter of no more than two pages, demonstrating: 

  • how the project is aligned to A&O’s key themes of access to justice, education and employment (the project does not need to address all themes)
  • the project to be funded and its anticipated impact and achievements, including what will happen to the project after our funding finishes, and / or its sustainability how A&O’s support will result in the organisational development  / capacity-building of the charity to enable the charity to deliver long-term impact 
  • opportunities for A&O staff involvement, including legal pro bono or other professional skills volunteering. Please note that staff fundraising and / or visits to see the project on the ground are not included in this. Applications which have strong existing or potential pro bono and community volunteering opportunities will be given preference. 

Charities must also include details of:

  • the amount requested and a basic overview of how the grant will be spent
  • the organisation’s legal status and whether it is incorporated as a charity
  • annual income and total number of staff
  • the name of an Allen & Overy partner or staff member supporting the application, who knows and supports your work. This person will be responsible for championing your work within A&O – for example, by carrying out or helping source volunteers for pro bono work undertaken for you (where appropriate), promoting your work within the firm, supporting any events you may organise

Applicants should demonstrate that the project will be delivered in an area or community of considerable need, (for example countries described as “developing” in UNDP’s Multidimensional Poverty Index).

The A&O Foundation is open to supporting innovative projects that will enable the charity to pilot a new approach. It is also open to supporting projects where the charity is the only organisation using this methodology to bring about social change. The Foundation will also consider providing support for existing successful projects. 

The Allen & Overy Foundation will accept applications for one, two or three years of successive funding (i.e. a maximum of GBP150,000 over three years).

The Foundation will accept applications from charities previously supported with a one-year grant. Charities that have received two or three-year grants must wait two or three years respectively after the last year of the grant period before applying again.

In recognition of the amount of funding available, the Foundation will consider part-funding projects.

Charities may ring-fence 20% of the grant for core funding (not necessarily related to the project funded).

Please note that the Global Grants Programme only supports organisations and is unable to support applications from individuals.

We are not accepting applications for the Global Grants Programme at the moment. If you would like us to email you when we open, please contact

The image shown above is from our Global Charity Partner, Street Child.

Contact details

Daisy Wakefield
Daisy Wakefield

Global Charities & Comms Manager


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