What We Fund

We support projects in the following areas:

    Social benefits:

    • Initiatives that support hard-to-reach members of the community improving inclusion and diversity
    • Initiatives that support community safety – from gas or electricity safety to protecting at-risk members of society including the elderly and those with special needs
    • Education projects especially those that support the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) skills
    • Activities that promote or support health and wellbeing in the local community, for example addressing fuel poverty

    Economic benefits

    • Initiatives that support economic regeneration or prosperity (for example the development of a social enterprise)
    • Initiatives that support a work placement or retraining scheme which increases employability of people disadvantaged in the workplace and helps get people back to work
    • Initiatives that support capacity building for community, charity or voluntary groups to help them improve their services, whether it be reaching more users or extending the hours that the service is available

    Environmental benefits

    • Initiatives such as renewable energy or conservation projects that have a direct and positive environmental impact
    • Awareness-raising projects that improve environmental behaviour or understanding, from recycling to water resource management

    We do not fund:

    • The advancement of religion.  We will fund faith based organisations to undertake secular activities
    • Political parties or causes
    • Medical research
    • Core running costs
    • Individuals
    • People taking part in treks or expeditions
    • Statutory organisations such as local government, schools, the NHS or local councils, including parish councils irrespective of whether they have charitable status
    • Retrospective funding - money which has already been spent
    • Improvements to land or building over which the applicant does not have tenure