Lloyds Bank Foundation today announced that it has committed a further £3,210,588* worth of grants to 51 small and medium-sized charities tackling disadvantage in communities across England and Wales in the final of its three Invest grant rounds for 2016. The Foundation, one of the UK’s leading community grant makers, made a total of 281 grants worth £12.3m last year.

The top five areas of funding include: domestic and sexual abuse (15%), homelessness (15%), the criminal justice system (15%), exploitation and trafficking (13%) and mental health (11%). Grants awarded through the Foundation’s Invest programme will fund charities’ core organisational and programme delivery costs, helping them to continue to provide, expand or establish vital services to people and communities most in need.

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said:

“Cuts to public funding and changes to commissioning mean specialist local charities are struggling to stay afloat despite increasing demand for their services. Funding from grant makers, such as Lloyds Bank Foundation, can be a lifeline for many such small charities. We are pleased to get this new year off to a great start by supporting an additional 51 local charities whose work in their community is invaluable and will be working even more closely with these charities in 2017 to make sure their voices are heard.”

Small and medium-sized charities play a critical but often unseen role, offering specialist support to those facing the greatest disadvantage in a way that that bigger charities, businesses and the public sector often cannot. Funding from independent grant making organisations, such as Lloyds Bank Foundation, are vital to the survival of many specialist local charities who have previously relied on income from government and councils. Research shows that despite three in four charities reporting a continued increase in demand for their services, 60% say they know of one or more local groups that have been forced to close in the last year alone[1]. As well as cuts to public funding, our Commissioning in Crisis report, published last month (December 2016), reveals a broken public commissioning system which excludes small charities from bidding for and winning contracts.

Charities from across England and Wales receiving new grants from the Foundation include: 

Devon charity Encompass Southwest will be able to help more people facing homelessness, thanks to a £67,000 three year grant.

Phil Davey, Chief Executive of Encompass, said: “Increasing levels of hardship and crisis among the individuals and communities we serve makes this grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation particularly timely and welcome. The grant will increase the charity’s financial stability during a period of challenging operating conditions, increasing our ability to maintain and develop effective, locally relevant homelessness services. Homelessness shatters and fragments the lives of those it touches, often locking people into a destructive cycle of poverty, exclusion and poor health. However, early, effective and well-judged interventions can help arrest and break this cycle. The services provided by Encompass are carefully configured to do just that.”

Middlesbrough charity Arch North East will be doing more to help local survivors of rape and sexual abuse thanks to a £49,927 two year grant.

Arch North East team take part in a 10K run

Nicky Harkin, CEO of Arch North East, said: “We delighted to have received this grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation. It will ensure that victims of sexual violence and their families can access valuable support through our specialist counselling service as well as criminal justice advocacy to help them if they are thinking about or have reported their experience to the police. The grant will make a huge difference in people’s recovery from sexual violence, helping them to make sense of their thoughts and feelings and move forward with their lives”  

Welsh charity Advance Brighter Futures will be able to support more hospital inpatients coping with severe mental illness thanks to a £75,000 three year grant.

Lorrisa Roberts, Chief Officer of Advance Brighter Futures, said: ‘The Invest grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation will enable us to engage with people at their most vulnerable. More recovery support is needed for mental illness inpatients and this grant has helps us put in place such a project, something we have been looking to do for some time. We will support inpatients to improve their mental health and wellbeing so that they are able to return to the community and build meaningful and satisfying lives.’

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is the largest corporate foundation by spend in the UK and an independent charity funded by Lloyds Banking Group as part of its Helping Britain Prosper Plan. Charities interested in applying for the next round of funding should visit our website.

*This figure includes extensions to three existing grants totalling £79,000

[1] Local Giving, Local Charity & Community Group Sustainability Report 2016, https://localgiving.org/reports/Local_Charity_Community_Group_Sustainability_Report_2016.pdf