How to Apply

We know grant applications can take some time, so we’ve tried to be as open as possible about which charities we fund and the work we support.

Before applying, make sure you meet all our Eligibility Criteria and that you have read our guidance for applicants.

Answer the questions below to assess your eligibility and proceed to the application. Click on the help icons for more information.

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We only fund charities registered with the Charity Commission
Your charity must have its own bank account to be eligible for our funding
We fund charities working on these complex social issues:
  • Addiction and dependency on alcohol, drugs, substances and/or gambling
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Care leavers
  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Homelessness/vulnerably housed
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents
Our grants are focused on adults. You need to be working with people aged 17 and over – see the Guidelines for your funding programme on our Notes for Applicants page for exceptions.
You must be able to show you have been delivering face-to-face services to people living with the complex social issues we fund.
The accounts must show as ‘received’ on the Charity Commission website. If you have recently merged, then you will need to have one year of published accounts as a merged organisation.
This is the total income and includes any unusual one-off payments. We use your most recent accounts, which are published on the Charity Commission website at the time of your application, to determine your income. If your charity has recently merged, these figures apply to all entities within your accounts.
Free reserves means cash that is available and not already designated. You must not have free reserves of greater than your most recent 12 months’ expenditure - as shown in your last set of accounts published on the Charity Commission website at the time of your application.
These Trustees should not be related – if Trustees are related, we will consider the relationship, conflicts of interest and the total number of Trustees.
Do your charity’s current activities match the charitable objectives you have listed on the Charity Commission register?
Is most of your charity’s time and money spent on activities in England and/or Wales, and helping disadvantaged people living in England and Wales?