What kind of organisations do we support?

The Tudor Trust wants to support smaller groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence. We are particularly interested in supporting work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships which make such an important contribution to the well-being and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities.

It is clear from the experience of the groups we support that austerity policies have put communities and the organisations working within them under huge pressure. Many organisations have seen their funding reduce as need and demand has increased. Our sense is that things are not going to get better any time soon so we are keen to support organisations that can demonstrate their ability to adapt to this new reality while also imagining new ways of doing things.

One of the crucial things we look for in the applications we receive is a strong focus on support for the most marginalised – on those individuals and communities who have limited access to resources and opportunities. We don’t work to a single definition or marginalisation: we rely on our applicants to share their understanding of marginalisation with us and we also assess this in realtion to the full range of applications we receive.

Tudor’s trustees are also particularly interested in supporting smaller, under-resourced organisations: in our experience smaller organisations are particularly well-placed to deliver positive change because they know their communities and can be highly responsive to need, providing an individualised and holistic response to the people they support. The best smaller-scale organisations also encourage participation and inclusion and contribute to the resilience of communities by offering opportunities for connection and engagement.

We are therefore much more likely to fund groups with an annual income of less than £1 million. In practice the majority of the organisations we support are much smaller than this: last year 77% of our grants went to groups with an annual income of less than £500,000. If you are from an organisation with an income of more than £1 million and want to discuss whether it is worth making an application please call the Information Team on 020 7727 8522 for advice.