How to apply

Follow these three steps to begin your grant application.

Then what happens? Full Application and Assessment.

Once you have completed your Initial Application Form, we’ll review it for eligibility. If your application is ineligible we will let you know as soon as possible.

For Invest and Enable applicants

Eligible applicants will be contacted soon after the application deadline and will be advised if their application will be taken forward. If it is, the local Grant Manager will be in touch to discuss the application and will usually arrange a visit to better understand the work of the charity.

The Grant Manager will then advise whether the application will proceed further. If you have applied for an Invest grant, the Grant Manager will invite the charity to complete a full application. No additional application information is required for Enable grants. The decision to award each charity with a grant is made by our grants panel. 

For Transform applicants

Initial applications will be assessed by a team at the Foundation. The team will shortlist select up to 20 applications. Shortlisted charities will be contacted in due course regarding the process and requirements for the full application. 

Step 1: Decide which grant to apply for  

Read the brief descriptions below on our grant programmes, Invest, Enable and Transform. Before deciding which grant to apply for, visit our InvestEnable and Transform pages to get a full understanding of each programme and its requirements.

For Invest and Enable 

Charities can apply for both an Invest and Enable grant at the same time, but can only be in receipt of one grant at any one time. Charities can be in receipt of a Transform grant at the same time as either an Invest or Enable grant. 


Grants are available for between £10,000 and £25,000 per year, for two or three years

Invest grants provide longer term core or direct delivery funding for eligible charities that are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work. These grants are from £10,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total. Applications for Invest grants are accepted in three annual rounds.

Find out more about the type of work our Invest grants fund.


Grants are available up to a total of £15,000 over one or two years

Enable grants provide a great opportunity to strengthen eligible charities so they can deliver more effectively.  Enable grants are up to a total of £15,000 over one or two years, and can reinvigorate charities through funding organisational improvements, development of areas such as leadership and governance, improved systems and demonstrating outcomes. Enable grants can be applied for on an ongoing basis.

Find out more about the type of work our Enable grants fund.

Any questions?

Read our FAQs about Invest and Enable.

For Transform

Remember - Transform is only for domestic and sexual abuse charities and it doesn't cover service delivery

Transform grants are for up to £100,000, to be spent over 1-2 years and are aimed at supporting the domestic and sexual abuse sectors as a whole. Funded projects will influence change beyond the individual charity receiving funding. This is a one-off grants programme running from August 2016 with final decisions in early 2017. Domestic and sexual abuse charities seeking funding for service delivery or individual organisational development should still apply to the Invest and Enable programmes.

Any questions?

Read our FAQs about Transform.

Proceed: Invest or Enable Proceed: Transform