The Early Action Neighbourhood Fund

The Early Action Neighbourhood Fund (EANF) is a pilot joint funding initiative between Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Big Lottery Fund, The Legal Education Foundation, and Barrow Cadbury Trust. The EANF will provide up to £5.3 million over five years to three local partnerships led by voluntary sector organisations, working with statutory agencies, to develop and implement early action initiatives in family support, young people’s wellbeing and legal advice.

Early action, also called early intervention, is work that prevents problems from occurring, rather than dealing with the consequences of those problems.

In 2011, the Early Action Task Force brought together charity, business and government leaders to make the case for a shift in spending towards prevention. In response, a group of funders formed the Early Action Funders Alliance, which aims to make the public case for early action, help funders to embed it in their work, and ultimately help the shift towards early action.

For further information visit the Early Action Neighbourhood Fund website.