Learning Disabilities

We support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million which are inclusive, user-led and who help people with learning disabilities access appropriate care, address social isolation and achieve their goals. We offer both long-term funding, including core costs, and tailored development support to help your charity be more effective.

What to expect when applying for funding

1

Check the type of work we fund

Read our approach to funding below

Read our approach to funding below

2

Check your eligibility in five minutes

Start further down by selecting the area your work mainly focuses on

Start further down by selecting the area your work mainly focuses on

3

Complete a brief expression of interest

If you’re eligible we’ll send you a short form

If you’re eligible we’ll send you a short form

4

A call will be scheduled with one of our advisors within two weeks

They’ll assess how well your charity fits our criteria

They’ll assess how well your charity fits our criteria

5

Have a face to face meeting with one of our managers

We’ll support you with producing a proposal

We’ll support you with producing a proposal

We aim to give you a decision within five months.

What We Fund

We offer both long term and core cost funding and tailored development support to help your charity be more effective. We offer this funding to charities which meet our criteria. Please read this section before beginning your application.

Visit our We Fund page or download our full eligibility criteria.

What do we mean by Learning Disabilities

We have adopted Mencap’s definition of learning disability:

“A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example, household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.”

People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people. 

What type of work we do and don’t fund

We believe the three greatest needs at present for individuals with a learning disability are:

  1. Addressing social isolation and loneliness
  2. Accessing appropriate health and social care (lack of) and the need for advocacy support to achieve this
  3. That everyone (with a learning disability) should 'have an opportunity to achieve' and to 'aspire to be the best that they can'. This can include employment or accommodation related achievements, but these are not exclusive goals.

We are keen to support charities which achieve the above in an in-depth and holistic way. Causes which only address social isolation (for example a regular club night) are unlikely to obtain funding.

We receive many applications from charities established to support people with autism and ASD. We acknowledge that many individuals with a learning disability have also been diagnosed with autism. However, our primary focus is on supporting individuals with a learning disability and not autism in isolation.

The types of work and organisations we will fund under this issue will be:

  • Sustainable, in terms of building upon an individual’s abilities, and have a lasting impact
  • Inclusive
  • Co-produced and user-led
  • Able to evidence working with existing infrastructure or communities to ensure long term benefits and inclusion – it should not be a silo
  • Able to produce effective evidence such as changes in outcomes linked to activity (not end goal) or distance travelled

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If you are still experiencing issues give our support team a call on 0370 411 1223 or email us at enquiries@lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk.

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Success stories

Our Impact on Learning Disabilities in 2018

4

new grants to charities helping people with learning disabilities

158

of our charity partners support people with learning disabilities to improve their independence and wellbeing

£633,000

total new grants awarded