Through our partnerships funding, we make grants over £10,000 for organisations who share responsibility and influence with others, who have a shared set of goals and values, and achieve their mission by starting with the bigger picture rather than just what their organisation can do on its own. We call this generous leadership.
Grants are awarded for up to five years and we can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.
We’re really interested in hearing your ideas. Whether they’re big or small, tell us what you think will improve your community.
What kind of partnerships?
Partnerships funding is specifically designed to support generous leadership and increased collaborative working, which starts with shared goals and values between different organisations and an understanding of the bigger picture.
We can support you to develop and grow existing partnerships and also to encourage new types of partnership which build on your different skills and strengths.
Our funding can support many different types of partnership, including:
- cross-sector partnerships
- local place-based collaboration
- local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.
You can contact us if you are interested in setting up a new partnership - or if you already have an established partnership.
Our funding priorities
We support ideas that meet our three funding priorities.
Show us how you plan to:
bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
What we want to see
You developed your idea by involving the people who will benefit
We want to see that you’ve spoken to people and listened to what they have to say.
You’ll support what’s already working well
Use your knowledge of the skills and experience people already have and explore how you can build on it.
You can test new approaches
We’re interested in your original and creative ideas for achieving your mission, and are keen to share what you learn with others.
You understand the existing activities and services that do similar work
Have you spoken to other groups? What can you learn from them, and how can you contribute to what they already do?
You’re committed to equalities and the environment
We’ll want to know about your equalities policy and your environmental policy if we’re interested in your idea.
You’re people led, strengths based and connected
Through all our funding, we’re interested in supporting organisations that are:
people led - meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity
strengths based - making the most of the skills that already exist in communities
connected - understanding what other relevant organisations are doing and developing good working relationships.