Small and local charities in England and Wales helping people overcome complex social issues can now apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.
At least 25 percent of all funding this year will be allocated to charities led by and for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities, building on the Foundation’s commitment to racial equity as outlined in its strategy. The funding will be open year-round, meaning charities can apply at a time that suits them and will not be restricted by deadlines.
The Foundation will award a total of £9.5 million in 2021 to 190 small charities with an income between £25,000 and £1 million across England and Wales. The Foundation’s priority is to reach those charities tackling one of the following 11 complex social issues:
- Addiction and dependency
- Asylum seekers and refugees
- Care leavers
- Domestic abuse
- The homeless and vulnerably housed
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health
- Offending, prison or community service
- Sexual abuse and exploitation
- Trafficking and modern slavery
- Young parents
Alongside unrestricted funding, successful charities will be supported by one of the Foundation’s regional managers, who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs.
The Foundation is also continuing its commitment to equitable funding, ringfencing at least 25 percent of its funding for charities led by members of minoritised communities. A separate funding strand for charities specifically working on racial equity will also open in the coming months to ensure that it can support those organisations and communities most in need.
Find out more about the grant programme and how to apply here.
A Q&A webinar with the members of the grants team will be held on Tuesday 30 March (2021), from 2pm-3.30pm. Interested applicants can register for the webinar here.