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.

Alongside our open grant programme we also make strategic grants. These are invitation only opportunities where we will identify an organisation that we would like to work with to help us achieve our overall strategy goals. These grants will usually be focused on trying to achieve some kind of lasting system change or provide an opportunity to capitalise on a current situation or event. Recent examples of this support can be found here.

We have been supporting work in the criminal justice sector for many years and our most recent funding has focused on projects aimed at helping young people with criminal convictions to secure paid employment and work that uses a Sport 4 Development approach.

Our strategy has a goal of reducing reoffending rates for young people caught in the criminal justice systems and reducing first offences for young people at high risk of offending. This year, our funding opportunities will focus on young women and girls who have been in the criminal justice system or who are at a high risk of entering it.

In 2024 we will support work with young women and girls who already have a history of offending or who are at a high risk of registering a first offence. Projects will need to demonstrate age, gender, trauma, and culturally responsive approaches to working with young women and girls. We are particularly interested in projects that provide peer support from women with lived experience and projects that have been co-designed with the voices of young women and girls.

Grants between £10,000 and £80,000 over 12 months to two years are available.

A maximum of £40,000 per year can be requested.

Planting at Weirs credit Malachy McCrudden
Credit: Malachy McCrudden

Credit: WAITS

Our Strategy – Theory of Change  

Sectors we support

Community and voluntary organisations who can demonstrate a track record of working with young people caught in the criminal justice system or who are at a high risk of entering it. Whilst your organisation might work with a wider group of young people, our funding can only be used to support a project aimed specifically at young people caught in the criminal justice system or at a high risk of entering it. Projects aimed at young people that simply include these groups are not eligible.

In 2024, our focus is on supporting work with young women and girls so you will need to show that you have expertise in delivering programmes that support the wellbeing and welfare of women and girls. Only organisations led by and for women and girls will be eligible to apply in the first funding round.

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 led by and for women and girls
  • 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 that have more than one year’s worth of unrestricted reserves
  • Organisations asking for a grant that is higher than their annual income

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