Our Strategy

We’re an independent charitable trust funded by Lloyds Banking Group. We partner with small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. Their size and understanding of the people and local communities they work with means they’re able to make life-changing impact where others can’t. But these charities are under-funded, under pressure and too often ignored.

A group of guests converse at a Foundation event

We have committed to funding at least 700 charities at any one time, for longer, more flexibly and with more money. We will provide a wide range of developmental support, including training, consultancy and mentoring alongside our funding to strengthen charities. We’ll also champion the work of small and local charities and raise awareness of the challenges they face and the root cause and consequences of complex social issues, pushing for changes to policy and practice.

That’s why we’re more than just a funder. In our five-year strategy, Reaching Further, we have outlined our commitments to working in partnership with the charities we fund and others who share our vision.

Read Reaching Further: Our Strategy 2018 - 2022

 

Through independent research, we captured in-depth evidence about the distinctive contribution and value of smaller and local charities based on who they serve, what they do how they do it and the role they play in a wider ecosystem. This creates real value for individuals, the economy and added value for communities in ways that larger providers don’t. Yet despite these benefits smaller charities face real challenges

Chris Dayson, Sheffield Hallam University lead Researcher on the Value of Small

In Reaching Further we've redefined how we work with charities to three distinct strands.

  1. We Fund - Every year we’ll make grants to hundreds of small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. 
  2. We Develop - We’ll provide a wide range of developmental support, including training, consultancy and mentoring alongside our funding to strengthen charities.
  3. We Influence - We’ll champion the work of small and local charities and raise awareness of the challenges they face with influencers and policy makers.