Grant Making Review 2019

This review covers our grant making in 2019, the second full year of our new strategy. It focuses on our Main Grant programmes Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities, which accounted for £28m of our £32.3m of grant making. 

It provides information about the type and size of grants we made, the social issues our new grant holders address, where they work and how many people they support. It also explains the reasons why grant applicants were unsuccessful. We want to be transparent about this to help potential applicants understand what we fund and whether they are eligible to apply.

For example, in 2019 under our Main Grant programmes:
  • We made 225 grants – 194 Improving Lives, 31 Strengthening Communities
  • The average grant size was £126,000 (over three years)
  • We made the most grants to organisations concerned with Disadvantaged Communities, Children and Young People, Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Family Services, Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • More than half our grants went to organisations based in the most deprived 20% of the UK
  • Applicants had an 18% chance of being successful. The main reasons they were unsuccessful were lack of information about outcomes and lack of information about service(s) delivered.

The review can be downloaded from the Downloads section on the right hand side of this page or by clicking on the image below.

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