Transform is a one-off grants programme launched in 2016 that offered grants worth up to £100,000 over two years, aimed at stimulating innovation and improvements in the domestic and sexual abuse sectors.


As part of our National Programme on Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Transform opened for applications in 2016 with funding decisions made in 2017. Grants are not aimed at general service delivery costs but for projects that bring wider benefits to the sector and meet one of the following objectives:

  • Influencing policy at either a local, regional or national level
  • Building the evidence base (through research and analysis) around needs and identification of effective interventions
  • Developing and sharing models to help small and medium-sized specialist providers grow and replicate
  • Developing and supporting effective partnerships within and across sectors. 

What will Transform achieve?

Specialist charities are at the heart of delivering domestic and sexual abuse services in local communities and the Foundation has a long and successful history of supporting these charities through our grants programmes. Yet growing funding pressures have hit smaller, specialist charities hard, limiting their scope and opportunity to innovate, conduct research, inform policy or develop new models of service for people experiencing abuse.

Transform is aimed at investing in those charities that have the potential to shape and influence the wider domestic and sexual abuse sectors and lead to greater long-term impact.

17 charities have been awarded grants totalling over £1.6million.  A diverse range of projects are being funded including those that focus on the specific needs BME, LBGT, migrant communities and disabled people have when accessing support for domestic and sexual abuse, as well as wider research and new collaborative partnerships.

Alongside the grants made, the Foundation will continue to support this cohort of charities funded, providing a clear space for them to collaborate with each other, share best practice and create a stronger voice for specialist charities to influence wider policy and practice.