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.

Our grants programme for 2023 supports work with young people with criminal convictions or high-risk young people on the edge of the criminal justice system. Projects will need to be using a sport for development approach to their work with these young people.

We have been funding work in the criminal justice sector for many years and for the past two years have been funding work that has aimed to help young people with criminal convictions to secure paid employment.

Our new strategy has a goal of reducing reoffending rates for young offenders and reducing first offences for young people at high risk of offending. Our first funding opportunity will focus on young people who already have a criminal conviction and in September our second funding opportunity will focus on high-risk young people on the edge of the criminal justice system.

Grants of up to £80,000 over two years are available

A maximum of £40,000 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 who can demonstrate a track record of working with young offenders. Whilst your organisation might work with a wider group of young people than young people with criminal convictions, our funding can only be used to support a project aimed specifically at young offenders. Projects aimed at young people that include young offenders are not eligible.

In 2023 our focus is on supporting work that uses a sport for development approach, so you will also need to show us how you have expertise in delivering these kinds of programmes with young offenders.

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

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund.

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 that have more than one year’s worth of unrestricted reserves
  • Organisations asking for a grant that is higher than their annual income
  • Organisations who have made an unsuccessful application to the Trust in the previous year

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