Exclusions – what we don’t fund

  1. Work that does not have a direct benefit in the UK
  2. General appeals or circulars
  3. Grants to individuals or to causes that will benefit only one person, including student grants or bursaries
  4. *Work that is common to many parts of the UK such as:
    • Mainstream or core activities of local organisations which are part of a wider network of others doing similar work (e.g. YMCA, MIND groups, Age UK), even if they are constituted as separate organisations
    • Services that are provided in similar ways in many locations such as refuges, hostels, night shelters and standard services for homeless people, sports associations, playgroups, play schemes, out of school clubs, supplementary schools, playgroups, youth clubs and general capacity building/ professional development
    • Standard work to improve employability skills such as training on CV writing, interview skills, literacy, numeracy, communication, ESOL courses and activities to increase self confidence
    • General information and advice work
  5. Recreational activities including outward bound courses and adventure experiences
  6. *Capital costs including building work, renovations, and equipment (grants only, we may make social investments for these)
  7. *Energy efficiency or waste reduction schemes such as recycling or renewable energy schemes unless they have exceptional social benefits
  8. Healthcare which has a clinical basis or related work such as medical research, complementary medicine, hospices, counselling and therapy, arts therapy, education about and treatment for drug and alcohol misuse
  9. *Work with children in and leaving care that does not match our Young People Leaving Care funding stream priorities
  10. *Work that is primarily the responsibility of statutory authorities. This includes residential, respite and day care, housing provision, individual schools, nurseries and colleges or a consortium of any of these, and vocational training
  11. *We will not normally replace or subsidise statutory income although we will make rare exceptions where the level of performance has been exceptional and where the potential impact of the work is substantial
  12. The independent education sector
  13. Animal welfare, zoos, captive breeding and animal rescue centres
  14. The promotion of religion
  15. Retrospective funding, meaning support for work that has already taken place
  16. *Work that is not legally charitable

We very rarely fund research.

Please note: food-related work has additional exclusions. Read more about our food funding priorities and exclusions here.

*these exclusions do not apply for social investments. If you are considering investment instead of a grant please review the social investment information and contact us if you have a question.