Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has opened applications to the final round of its Enable grants programme, with £1.9m remaining to allocate.
The £1.9m will go to charities with an income of £25,000 to £1m for individual sums up to £15,000.
Funding is offered to smaller charities to improve systems or pilot new projects to make them more effective long term in dealing with social issues across England and Wales.
Paul Streets, chief executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation said “We know small and local charities are under real pressure, fighting to keep core services going, and are often less able to focus on their own development.
“By allocating funding specifically for this purpose, we are committed to making charities stronger and more sustainable for the long-term, affording them the headspace to evolve, try new things and cultivate effective and inspirational leaders across the sector.”
New LBFEW funding programmes from autumn
The Enable programme closes as part of wider changes within the foundation’s grant-making processes, following its 2018-2022 strategy, Reaching Further.
LBFEW, an independent charitable trust funded by Lloyds Banking Group, plans to launch its reconfigured funding programmes in the autumn of 2019.
The strategy commits LBFEW to provide increased amounts in funding for charities, for longer periods and with fewer restrictions on how they are spent.
Previous grants through the Enable programme have gone towards business planning, support with governance, trustee recruitment and marketing projects.
Charities that receive an LBFEW Enable grant also gain a Lloyds Banking Group Charity mentor through the foundation’s Enhance programme, who will help on specific organisational challenges.
Charity successes with LBFEW funding
Dan Green, director, Bridges for Communities, which received a £15,000 grant to develop a new fundraising strategy and piloting a new project said: “It’s given us the ability to grow in really exciting and strategic ways this year.
“Thanks to Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Enable funding we’ve developed our Refulingua Project pilot and are now successfully facilitating 12 refugee tutors teaching Arabic across Bristol.
“We’ve also been able to bring in a professional Arabic teacher to provide teaching expertise and the project is really going from strength to strength.”
Vicki Hook, business director, Acacia Family Support that received a £11,675 grant said: “Our grant had a huge impact on the sustainability of young parents’ mental health project.
“The project’s funding was coming to an end but we used our Enable grant to produce an external evaluation of the work so far and development of a short film to showcase its success.
“We were quickly able to use the evaluation and the film to support new funding bids and have now successfully secured funding for the project for the next two years.”
More information is available on LBFEW's website.