What We Fund

We support projects in the following areas:

    Social benefits:

    • Initiatives that support hard-to-reach members of the community improving diversity and inclusion
    • 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
    • Initiatives which achieve improved educational attainment through building confidence and self-esteem of children and young people
    • Education projects especially those that upskill young people with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) skills
    • Activities that promote or support health and wellbeing in the local community, for example addressing energy efficiency

    Economic benefits

    • Initiatives that support employment either through a work placement or retraining schemes which increase the employability of people from lower income communities back into the workplace
    • 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 conservation projects that have a direct and positive environmental impact or awareness raising projects that improve environmental behaviour or understanding from recycling to water resource management
    • Improvement of the energy efficiency of community facilities
    • Initiatives which help people to manage their energy usage and access affordable tariffs

    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
    • Works which would be a statutory responsibility