Small specialist charities invited to apply for £5.5m in funding

Applications have opened for £5.5m in funding being made available from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales to help charities who specialise in supporting people with complex needs.

The funding is open to specialist charities, with an income of between £25,000 and £50,000 a year, who support people with complex needs including homelessness, domestic abuse, and addiction.

Three-year unrestricted grants of up to £75,000 are being made available as well as long-term funding and development support. Around 70 charities will benefit from the funding.

Other issues it is focused on supporting include exploitation, trafficking, modern slavery, leaving care, offending and support for refugees and asylum seekers.

Applications close on 3 March, 2023.

“Small and local charities play a vital role in helping people overcome complex issues and barriers, like homelessness and domestic abuse and particularly in these challenging times,” said Lloyds Bank Foundation chief executive Paul Streets

He added: “All of our funding for this programme is unrestricted, so charities can use it as they think best. By providing unrestricted funding as well as access to a range of capacity building support, we help small charities be more impactful in their mission to support people overcome complex issues."

Among small specialist charities already supported by the Foundation is Newport, Wales, based Amazing Grace Spaces, which works with people impacted by homelessness and addition. It received a two-year grant of £50,000.

“Whilst the funding gave us the breathing space to plan, it was the fantastic non-financial support that gave us the skills to understand what we needed to consider and how to evaluate it – and it has completely transformed where we are as an organisation,” said Amazing Graces Spaces director Caroline Johnson.

The specialist small charities funding is part of a revamped focus of its funding, which also includes supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic community led charities as well those run by people with disabilities. Two additional funding programmes for these charities will open next year.

In total £11m is being made available to charities in 2023 by the Foundation.

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