How to apply

Follow these 3 steps to apply to the Foundation for a grant:

Then what happens? Full Application and Assessment.

Once you have completed your Initial Application Form, we’ll review it and let you know if for any reason it doesn't fit our eligibility criteria.

If it does fit, you'll be contacted soon after the application deadline and will be advised if your application will be taken forward. The local Grant Manager will then be in touch and will usually arrange a visit to better understand the work of the charity and discuss your application.

If the Grant Manager advises that your application should progress further, for Invest grants you'll be asked 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. 

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

The following pages will detail the Eligibility Criteria for our Invest and Enable grants. This is outlined to avoid disappointment at a later stage so please read it carefully. Throughout the following pages, where you see you can click the symbol for further information.

Note: even if you have been eligible for a grant from us in the past, you need to ensure you continue to meet our eligibility criteria.

Download a printable document containing our current eligibility criteria

Basic Criteria

  • You must be a Charity or Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission
  • Your charity must have an income between £25,000 and £1 million
  • The only exception to this is support to people aged under 17 that are:
    - Young parents
    - Looked after children and learning disabled young people moving into independent living
  • Your charity must be supporting people facing multiple disadvantage through one or more of our specified transition points, outlined below.

Supporting people facing multiple disadvantage at key ‘Transition Points’

Our grants fund charities that are working with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the following critical points in their life.

People experiencing multiple disadvantage have poor outcomes across a range of dimensions of life. The effects of several disadvantages acting together can be more difficult for people to overcome than just a single aspect of disadvantage.

To be eligible to apply, your charity must be supporting people facing multiple disadvantage through one or more of these transition points. Our grants do not support work on transition points that differ from the ones listed. 

Issue being faced by service user 

Transition Point 

  • On release or prior to release from prison
  •  At start of or completion of a community sentence
Children and young people leaving a care situation 
  • On leaving or preparing to leave care (residential or foster) to live independently
People moving from community based or institutional care for mental ill health 
  • On leaving institutional care
  • Moving on from or reduction in support from Community Mental Health Teams 
We receive many more applications for funding work to support employment than we are able to fund.  We will only support work that is targeted at people that experience multiple disadvantage and are farthest from the job market, that provides extensive support and is able to evidence success in placing beneficiaries into paid work.  We do not fund job clubs, general volunteering and employment support or basic skills unless these are elements of an overall package of support.
Homelessness/vulnerably housed 
  • From a position of having no accommodation (or being vulnerably housed) 
To independent living for those with a learning disability 
We are interested in supporting work that helps people with a learning disability to move into living independently outside of the family or residential home.  We do not fund work that helps support people to live more independently whilst remaining resident in these settings.
From dependency on alcohol, drugs, gambling 
  • At the point when an individual decides to break or reduce their dependency 
From an abusive or exploitative relationship – domestic violence 
  • When an individual decides to remove themselves from or assert themselves within an abusive/exploitative relationship 
From trafficking or sexual exploitation 
  • At the point an individual is able to remove themselves from a trafficked or exploited situation
  • At the point an individual decides they are able to address the impacts of being exploited or trafficked 
To UK settlement – refugees and asylum seekers 
  • From the point of arrival in the UK or on granting of refugee status 
To parenthood for young parents 
  • For young parents aged under 21 on becoming parents 
Those taking on caring responsibilities 
  • At the point of taking on the long term caring of a friend or relative
  • At the point of transition from a long term caring situation
  • A significant change in the circumstances of the carer or cared for person
For older people losing independence 
  • We will not consider requests for grants to fund single elements of support for older people losing independence, such as Lunch Clubs, Dial a Ride/Community Transport, Shopmobility, befriending and so on. The nature of the support must be person centred and holistic and consider all the support needs of the older person.
  • At the point of transition to residential care 

Pre-Eligibility Questions

Before continuing, please confirm that your answer the following questions is ‘Yes’:

1. Do you meet all of the 'basic criteria' outlined above?

2. Can you confirm that your charity's work fits with one of the 'transition points' listed?

If your answer is ‘No’ to either of these questions, we recommend you do not continue with this application.