How we fund

We try to address the needs of individuals by supporting organisations (usually charities). The work we fund ranges from front-line service delivery, through to policy influencing and narrative change.

Strengthening organisations

We recognise the challenges facing many organisations working in our priority areas.

In particular we understand the complexity of their operating environment, and that organisations working in these sectors are often underfunded and overstretched. So we look to help build capacity – at the sector level, the organisation level, and the individual professional level – as well as work with partner granters and other funders to identify gaps and opportunities.

We appreciate the importance of small to medium sized charities in reaching hard to reach people and delivering change. Therefore, most of our funding goes to charities with a turnover of between £150,000 and £1.5 million.

Our funding streams

The open programme

This programme aims to support small to medium sized charities in our three priority areas.

We usually fund single focus organisations working solely in our priority areas. For these organisations, we generally give core funding (unrestricted grants).

Special Initiatives

This programme aims to identify and address gaps and opportunities in our priority areas.

These grants are often larger than those made in the open programme and usually involve working closely with partner grantees and other funders.

Applications are by invitation only.

The anchor programme

This programme aims to provide core support to organisations that are key to their sector.

Anchors’ either provide infrastructure support or are lead specialists in their field or both. They contribute to a stronger more resilient sector. Funding is intended to be long term.

Applications are by invitation only.