Exclusions - What We Don't Fund

We can't fund all the work that fits our funding priorities, so we have to make choices.
 
We don’t fund work that is commonly delivered, does not set out to have a wider benefit, or only deals with consequences, not causes.

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General exclusions apply to all sectors. They are listed below followed by sector specific exclusions:


General exclusions
  1. Organisations with a regular annual turnover of less than £50,000

  2. Organisations without at least three non-executive trustees or directors

  3. *Work that is not legally charitable

  4. Work that does not have a direct benefit in the UK

  5. Grants to individuals, including student grants or bursaries

  6. *Capital costs including building work, renovations, and equipment (grants only, we may make social investments for these)

  7. *Work that is common to many parts of the UK such as:

    • 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, ESOL courses and activities to increase self confidence

    • 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

    • General information and advice work

  8. Research. The Foundation does not fund academic research unless the applicant can demonstrate real potential for practical outcomes

  9. Healthcare with a clinical basis and work which mainly deals with people's physical health, including medical research, hospices, advocacy, counselling and therapy, arts-therapy, education about and treatment for drug and alcohol misuse

  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 promotion of religion

  13. Animal welfare, zoos, captive breeding and animal rescue centres      

*these exclusions do not apply to 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.

Arts exclusions
  • Individual theatre/dance productions (or tours), concerts or exhibitions
  • Festivals (we can support year-round work connected to a festival)
  • Art therapy (clinical)
  • Small local community art centres or dance/drama/choir groups

Children and Young People exclusions
  • Individual schools, youth clubs, after-school clubs, playgroups, early years settings, sports associations, playgroups and schemes, out of school clubs, supplementary schools.
  • Work with children in and leaving care that does not match our Young People Leaving Care funding stream priorities
  • Delivery of curriculum and other statutory responsibilities in schools
  • The independent education sector
  • Recreational activities including outward bound courses and adventure experiences
  • Short term approaches with no clear progression routes
  • Commonly delivered work such as counselling, employability skills and volunteering

Environment exclusions
  • Academic research
  • Work focused on a single species
  • Work on most UK mammals, apex predators, or species that already have dedicated NGO representation, such as whales and dolphins.
  • Small-scale or local conservation work unless the work meets one or more of our funding priorities in Social Change, Children and Young People or the Arts.
  • Energy efficiency or waste reduction schemes such as recycling or renewable energy schemes unless they have exceptional social benefits (grants only, we may make social investments for these)
  • Animal welfare, zoos, captive breeding and animal rescue centres

Social Change exclusions
  • Commonly delivered work such as:
     - Courses and activities to increase self confidence
     - General information and advice work
     - ESOL support
     - Employability skills training
     - 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
  • 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
  • Healthcare with a clinical basis and work which mainly deals with people's physical health, including medical research, hospices, advocacy, counselling and therapy, arts-therapy, education about and treatment for drug and alcohol misuse

Food exclusions
  • Food-related work that is well supported from other sources
  • Work that takes place primarily in individual schools
  • Routine local growing schemes
  • Work that has primarily health-related outcomes
  • Other work that is routine or well-proven elsewhere, for example:
     - Core work of city and demonstration farms
     - Healthy eating projects
     - Gastronomic societies and clubs
     - The routine work of farmers markets
     - Mainstream work of individual allotment associations
     - Therapeutic farming and horticulture projects
     - Community based work of entirely local impact with no prospect of wider replication
     - Community Cafés
     - Individual food banks
     - Weight loss organisations and other specialist diet groups
     - Work that provides a commercial advantage to individual suppliers