Improving Lives

Organisations awarded a grant through the Improving Lives grant programme will be allocated a Grants Manager to be their named contact throughout the grant.

We are interested to hear about your challenges as well as your successes and we appreciate things don’t always go to plan. Please call or email your Grants Manager if you would like to discuss any areas of your grant, if any unexpected challenges arise, or if you need to make any changes to the agreed activities. Any changes to the project or to the focus of the work we have agreed to support must be discussed with your Grants Manager.

Please quote your grant reference number in any correspondence and have it to hand when you call.

Progress reports

This is a new grant programme, and we are still working to finalise the progress report forms and guidance. We will update this page when the new reporting materials become available.

Annual reports and accounts

During your grant a copy of your organisation’s audited or independently examined accounts must be sent to us each year. Please post them to us as soon as they are approved by your Trustees, no later than nine months after your organisation’s year end. Future grant payments may be delayed if we do not receive your accounts.

Acknowledging our grant

If you receive a grant from us, you do not have to formally acknowledge our support in publications or on your website, unless this is a special condition of your grant.

You must, however, ensure that our grant is appropriately acknowledged in your accounts.

Our logo

Please visit the Request Our Logo page in this section for more information. You can ask us for a copy of our logo by for use in marketing materials or on your website by completing and submitting the form at the bottom of the Request Our Logo page.

Marketing and publicity

If you want to announce or acknowledge our funding in a press release, on social media or any other type of publicity, you must wait until you have received our formal offer letter and have accepted any terms and conditions relating to the grant. Please send any press releases to your Grants Manager for approval before their release.

Continuation funding

If you wish to apply for continuation funding at the end of your grant please contact your Grants Manager.

Applications for continuation funding can be submitted once organisations are in the last six months of their current grant and have submitted their final Progress Report.

We are able to consider applications for continuation funding from organisations, up until the point at which they have received nine years of consecutive support.