Our Grants

Overview of our grant-making

Type of Grant?

We make grants for general running costs, core costs, or specific project costs. We can also offer funding for start-up costs.

Examples of types of grants we make could be

  • Volunteers’ or participants’ expenses
  • Venue hire
  • Part-time or sessional staffing costs
  • Work aimed at strengthening the organisation such as trustee or staff training


Activities funded?

Here are some examples of the kind of activities which might be suitable for funding. For some case studies of grants we have made recently click here.

  • Provision of advice or information
  • Advocacy
  • Arts activities where the primary purpose is therapeutic or social
  • Befriending or mentoring
  • Mediation or conflict resolution
  • Practical work, such as gardening or recycling, which benefits both the provider and the recipient
  • Self-help groups
  • Social activities or drop-in centres
  • Strengthening the rights of particular groups and enabling their views and experiences to be heard by policy-makers
  • Research and education aimed at changing public attitudes or policy
  • Work aimed at combating stigma or discrimination
  • Work developing practical alternatives to violence

Size of grant?

Our grants are relatively modest. The average award is around £5,000-£6,000. You can apply for funding to a maximum of £15,000 – but this is generally only offered to larger organisations.    

Length of grant?

The Foundation makes single grants, or grants split over two or three years.      

Had a grant before?

If you have received a grant from us previously, you will need to wait at least 12 months following the end of the grant period before applying to us again.

Applied for a grant before and been turned down?

If you have been refused a grant in the past, please check to make sure you are eligible to apply. If you feel you fit our criteria, we ask that you leave a 12 month gap before applying to us again after a refusal. We aim to spread our funding as widely as possible to ensure all applicants stand a fair chance.

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