What We Fund

What We Fund

We only offer grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 who are undertaking work with our priority groups:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 – 25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

We will not fund work that does not focus on one of the above priority groups.

We only make grants for core funding.  We define core funding as the costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year.  We can not fund new projects, extra services or additional delivery costs. This includes creating a paid post for work that is currently undertaken on a voluntary basis or rent for premises that are currently cost free.

We can only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally established for a minimum of three years.   Newly registered charities may apply but the organisation must have appointed a management committee and adopted a governing document at least 3 years ago.

We prioritise:

Work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders
Services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people
Applicants that can demonstrate an effective use of volunteers
Charities that seek to be preventive and aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, education and campaigning
Applicants that can demonstrate (where feasible) an element of self sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees to service users

Applications that don't address at least two of the above are unlikely to receive a grant.

Timesavers - our £3,600 grant (over 3 years) is helping towards the core costs of supporting adults with learning difficulties or disabilities in Lancashire to gain work experience.

Adur Special Needs Project - our grant of £9,000 (over 3 years) is helping towards the core costs of delivering fortnightly weekend play sessions for children and young people in West Sussex with a diverse range of special needs.

OK Foundation - our £9,000 grant (over 3 years) is helping towards volunteer costs associated with delivering programmes and activities that are aimed at reducing the level of homelessness in north east London.