What we do
We fund a wide range of organisations working to support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities around the UK.
We’re currently closed to new applications so we can set aside time to re-think how the Trust operates in future. A key driver for this is the learning we have done around racial justice, and how we can embed this both internally and through our grant making.
We’ll also be looking at how we build all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion more fully into our work, and challenging ourselves around accessibility and power dynamics. We’ll also be spending time on practical work such as revisiting our funding guidelines and website and considering how best to give feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
While we have made a start on this, the day-to-day work of being a relational funder, particularly in these challenging times, has left little time for more in-depth, strategic work. Temporarily closing to new applicants will free up time for us to do the work we need to do to make us a better, more accountable funder.
Because it’s important to us not to disrupt our current funding relationships, our grants managers will still be providing our usual level of support to the 700+ organisations who have grants with us.
As we explore what this means together, we may be looking for opportunities to ‘devolve’ some of our grant making by providing funds to a number of partner or intermediary organisations for distribution. Our hope is that working in this way will also provide us with useful learning around different funding approaches, and ‘ways in’ to communities we may not have been good at supporting in the past. We will add updates to our website as our thinking develops.
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