Our programmes


Enable grants are awarded to charities which have identified clear development needs, and provide a great opportunity to strengthen charities to 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. These developments put charities in a stronger position to better deliver services and attract funding.

Applications for Enable grants are accepted on an ongoing basis, and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within six months of the application being received.

What Enable Grants Fund

Enable grants are awarded to charities that meet our eligibility criteria and have also identified clear development areas which will support their growth. Enable grants are not awarded for costs which are considered to be for the core running of a charity and the costs of the work must be additional to those you would be incurring anyway.  Please consider applying for an Invest grant to support your core or direct delivery costs. 

Enable can fund a range of activity related to the development and improvement of the capability of your organisation, for example:

  • Business and service developments and plans
  • Development of monitoring systems
  • Investigation of mergers, partnerships, shared services, contract diversification
  • Consultancy support
  • Quality standards (please note that if you already hold a quality mark you CANNOT apply for renewal costs under the Enable programme) 
  • Development of new income streams and enterprise

Monitoring the Outcomes of an Enable Grant

Enable grant applicants must identify specific organisational development, have a clear plan of activities and an idea of what they hope to achieve. As a result of their grant funding, they must meet one or more of the five outcomes we have identified. These are:

  1. Improved activities and services
    Including pilots, assessment of needs, user satisfaction, service reviews, project planning, collaboration with others

  2. Improved leadership/governance
    Including review of board/committee policy and practice, Trustee training, involving users, change management, social entrepreneurship

  3. Improved strategic planning/policy
    Including business planning, fundraising strategies, income generation, policy and procedure reviews

  4. Improved structures/systems
    Including financial controls, human resources, management of volunteers, risk management, monitoring frameworks, impact assessment

  5. Improved communications
    Including marketing and communications, website development, reaching new audiences, recruiting volunteers

Download a sample Enable End of Grant Report to understand what is required in a final report on grant funding.

How to Apply for an Enable Grant

Applications for Enable grants are a single stage application process, and are accepted on an ongoing basis. Eligible Applicants are required to submit an Initial Application online, and will then be visited by our Grant Manager if they are invited to proceed to assessment stage.

Visit our How To Apply page to assess your eligibility and begin the application process.

Re-applying for an Enable Grant

If you have previously received an Enable grant from the Foundation, you may only apply for an additional Enable grant once the original grant has been completed and an End of Grant Report has been submitted. You will then be able to consider applying for an Enable grant immediately, or an Invest grant in the next available grant round, provided your organisation still meets our eligibility criteria.

If you hold a current Invest grant, you cannot apply for an Enable grant until your Invest Grant has come to an end and your End of Grant Report has been submitted. However, If your Enable grant will be completing during our next Invest grant round, your charity may apply for an Invest grant before the grant is complete. If your application is successful, funding would only be awarded once the Enable grant was complete and the final report had been submitted. 

Additional ‘Enhance’ Support

Enhance is a 'grants plus' programme, which provides non-financial support to our grant recipients. The Foundation works with our Invest and Enable grantees to identify whether they would benefit from additional support through our Enhance programme, to complement their grant funding.

Enhance support is not a condition of any grant award and if agreed, will be tailored to the specific needs of the charity. Our Grant Managers will work with a charity to identify whether there is any additional support that would help the charity operate more effectively and/or respond to any challenges it faces.

There are three primary sources of this ‘in kind’ support: the Foundation itself, Lloyds Banking Group and a selection of external suppliers or consultants.

Find out more about our Enhance programme.