Trafficking and Modern Slavery

We support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a strong track record of working with people who have been trafficked or forced against their will into labour or marriage. We also fund project-based work supporting people who have been affected by modern slavery. We offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change.

What to expect when applying for funding

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Learn about the type of work we fund

Start by selecting the complex social issue your charity mainly focuses on

Start by selecting the complex social issue your charity mainly focuses on

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Check your eligibility in five minutes

Enter the local authority where you carry out your work

Enter the local authority where you carry out your work

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We'll send you a link to a short application form

Tell us about your charity, the difference you make and your development needs

Tell us about your charity, the difference you make and your development needs

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Your application will be reviewed by one of our Grants Officers

We’ll look at how your charity fits with our criteria, and arrange to call you to find out more

We’ll look at how your charity fits with our criteria, and arrange to call you to find out more

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Have a virtual meeting with one of our managers

We will advise whether or not you will progress to the Grants Panel for a final decision

We will advise whether or not you will progress to the Grants Panel for a final decision

There is no closing date for applications. When we receive your application we'll aim to give you a decision within four months.

What We Fund

What do we mean by Trafficking and Modern Slavery

People who have been trafficked or forced against their will into labour or marriage.

Modern Slavery is an umbrella term, which covers several human rights issues, of which human trafficking is one. It encompasses slavery, human trafficking, servitude and forced or compulsory labour. Examples of exploitation into which people can be trafficked and held in slavery include labour exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, forced criminality, organ harvesting and/or sexual exploitation

In practice, the terms modern slavery and human trafficking are often used interchangeably.

The charity will need to have a full understanding of National Modern Slavery policy, local partnerships and other providers and seek to complement existing services

Questions your Grant Officer will ask may include:

  • For those individuals coming to your service via means other than the National Referral Mechanism, how do you determine whether they’re a potential victim of trafficking?
  • How do you work with the relevant National Referral Mechanism organisations?

You can download our full eligibility criteria here.

How we manage Regional Priorities

We recognise that there are many charities out there who would like and would benefit from our support but, like any funder, we have a limit to the resources we have available. In fact, between now and the end of 2021, we will only be able to make around 190 new grants to small charities in England and Wales, and we know there are many more than that who would be eligible to apply.


We also want to be open and transparent with charities and make best use of their time by being clear in advance which charities and areas we are more likely to fund at any time. Therefore, we have introduced ‘regional priorities’.


Regional Priorities consider local need, the prevalence of eligible small and medium sized charities, the nature of the region and the level of investment the Foundation has given to each complex social issue in that area, including our portfolio of live grants.


Whether your charity can apply to us this year depends on which Local Authority you do the majority of your work in, and the Complex Social Issue you are working to address. We review and update these regional priorities every six months.

What do we mean by

In-depth

We fund charities which work with people over a prolonged period (a minimum of 12-weeks). As a result, we do not fund work that is primarily one-off advice or signposting.

Holistic and person-centred

We expect the charity to use a 'person centred approach'. The individual will have been assessed and their needs identified with a plan of support put in place. Where your charity cannot meet all of an individual’s identified needs, you will need to tell us how you are working in partnership with others to address them.

Targeted

We do not support work that is purely reactive, or for the benefit of an entire geographic community. The charity will have identified a specific group of beneficiaries, will understand their needs and pro-actively seek to support them.

Supporting a journey of change

We expect the charity to be able to monitor and measure positive, outcome-based changes. These may not always be ‘hard’ outcomes, but we need to see evidence that the charity is supporting its service users to develop new skills, confidence, independence, security and/or agency.

Core cost funding

We apply few restrictions to the grants we make, instead we trust charities to spend their money how they see fit. Therefore, we do not ask for a budget, or how the money will be spent.

Developmental Support

We are able to offer charities a range of tailored developmental support to help build organisational capacity, improve resilience and sustainability. Whether it’s support to embed a new database, one of our expert consultants to help with your governance or fundraising, or even guidance on a particular finance or HR issue. We know the impact this support can have, so we are particularly keen to work with charities that can demonstrate an understanding of their own organisational development issues, and an appetite to address these. 

Unrestricted funding

This is an unrestricted grant programme which means you can use the grant for any purpose that furthers your charity’s aims. For example, your Board might decide to build reserves or choose to pay for extra capacity to engage with organisational development.  We do not ask for a budget or how the money will be spent.

Our Racial Equity funding stream

To ensure this funding is distributed equitably, at least 25% of the £9.5 million awarded in grants this year will be ringfenced for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. On April 20, we will also be launching our Racial Equity funding stream for charities that are led by and for members of minoritised communities.

To receive a notification once funding is live, sign up here.

Watch our Core Funding Webinar and Q&A

Learn more about the fund, application process and eligibility for our core funding in this webinar with the Grants Team.

 

Still have questions? Download our eligibility criteria.

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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 Trafficking and Modern Slavery in 2020

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new grants helping people facing trafficking or modern slavery in 2019

6

small charity partners supporting people who have been trafficked or forced into labour or marriage against their will

£299,133

total new grants awarded