What we fund

Our main area of support is through our open grants programme.

We run two funding cycles every year and only accept applications that meet our programme criteria at these times.

Occasionally we award funding to organisations that we have invited to submit a proposal outside of these times if they are championing an issue within our areas of interest that we are especially keen to support. Or we may want to support an immediate need that falls outside of our current programme areas. Recent examples of this support can be found here.

Our grants programme for 2022 supports work in two specific areas – young carers and young offenders. We have been funding the criminal justice and unpaid carers sectors for a number of years through our Development Grants programme. We have now decided to focus our grant making in these two sectors on young people as we recognise that they will experience particular challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Grants of up to £60,000 over two years are available

A maximum of £30,000 per year can be requested

Planting at Weirs credit Malachy McCrudden
credit Malachy McCrudden

Our Strategy – Theory of Change  

Sectors we support

Community and voluntary organisations working solely with unpaid carers or exclusively with young carers (we will consider applications from non-specialist organisations if they hold a local statutory contract to provide support to young carers).

Community and voluntary organisations who can demonstrate a track record of working with young offenders (we will only fund organisations who have experience of running programmes aimed specifically at young offenders – projects aimed at young people that include young offenders are not eligible).

If you are interested in applying to us for funding please check our eligibility criteria (what we do and don’t fund) carefully to make sure your work fits our current focus.

Please note we receive far more applications than we are able to fund, so even if you meet the criteria this is not a guarantee we will be able to support your project as competition for funding is high.

We support not for profit organisations working anywhere within the UK, with a registered UK office.

We particularly welcome applications from organisations working in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

We work with 360giving to make data about our grants freely accessible. 360giving supports organisations to publish their data so that charities and funders can use the data to support their decision making and learning.

The data below shows our grants made since 2013. They are published to 360giving data standards.

Grants awarded since 2013

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What we fund

  • UK registered (or exempt) charities and organisations with charitable aims
  • Organisations with an annual turnover of between £50k to £1.5m
  • Faith based organisations will need to demonstrate in their application that their services are accessible to those of no or differing faiths
  • Work that takes place within the prison walls as well as through the gate
  • Well run organisations that work collaboratively with others

What We Don’t Fund  

  • Organisations that are not registered in the UK
  • Organisations working entirely outside of the UK
  • Individuals
  • General Appeals
  • Emergency funding – unless an advertised opportunity
  • Capital projects
  • Academic research
  • Promotion of religion
  • International development work
  • Disaster relief
  • Organisations which have more than one year’s worth of unrestricted reserves
  • Organisations who have made an unsuccessful application to the Trust in the last two years

You can find more detailed information in our Applicant FAQs section.