What do we fund

What do we fund

Our focus is

To fund discrete projects offering great value for money that will have a lasting impact.
To make single payments meeting one-off project expenditure but where appropriate the grant may be spread over the life of the project. Multi-year proposals may be considered in exceptional cases.

Our Priorities are

To focus grant resources in the following current priorities areas:
• Helping People in Need – relief of those in need, by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
• Tackling Poverty – prevention or relief of poverty
• Saving Lives & Improving Health – advancement of health or the saving of lives

Who we help

Quality charities that are well run with great leadership, clear objectives and proven track records.
Grants will be made predominantly to registered charities but there may be cases when an acceptable proposal is from an exempt status charity or a not for profit organisation.
Grants will be awarded mainly to organisations operating in the UK. Some grants may be made to organisations in Africa although these will be limited to charities that we have built up a relationship with over a number of years.
For maximum impact grants are likely to be awarded to small and medium sized charities with focused aims and a great record of success.
We are unlikely to support charities with main grants that have a national or international footprint.
We will only deal directly with organisations and not through intermediaries or third parties

We do not make grants to
• support individuals directly
• meet charity overheads
• establish or add to a charity’s endowment fund
• charities with high levels of uncommitted cash and/or investments
• support animal charities
• support charities concerned with the efficiency of the armed forces of the Crown, or the efficiency of the police, fire and rescue services or ambulance services
• religious charities to further or foster religious belief
• support charities focused on citizenship or community development
• fund projects that would normally have been covered by statutory bodies
• support human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation or the promotion of religious or racial harmony or equality and diversity focused charities
• retrospectively fund completed projects
• support environmental protection or improvement charities

We do not support general appeals or respond to mail shots and letters/emails requesting donations not honed to our grant criteria.

We will rarely make grants to support

• general funding – although this may be considered under the Small Grant Pot budget
• arts, culture, heritage or science charities
• amateur sport charities