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Using all the tools in our toolbox

Participatory City

We use all our tools to unlock change

We want to play an active role ourselves in responding to the critical issues facing our society. As a funder we have a range of tools – including grants and investments - we can use to effect change.

We will now use all our tools to broker alliances, use our influence and remove barriers to achieve our impact goals.

PLEASE NOTE: We are making some key changes to our strategy in one of our aims, A Fairer Future. Because of this we will temporarily close to new applications in funding priorities for A Fairer Future until autumn 2022, when we will share our revised strategy.

We remain open to applications in Our Natural World and Creative, Confident Communities.

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    Funding Plus

    We offer a range of capacity building support to organisations we fund to help them achieve greater impact.

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    Convening and connecting

    We connect people and organisations to foster dialogue, share learning, create joint opportunities and develop new, collective approaches. We also work in partnership ourselves.

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    Insights and learning

    We share insights from our work along with research and evaluation we've commissioned, and key publications from work we fund.

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Research and evidence building

We are not a research funder, but we will commission research and build evidence where it can help us to achieve our impact goals. We share this under insights and learning.

New ideas

We support new ideas which contribute to our impact goals as well as those which work across our aims to unblock barriers, test new approaches or build movements for change.

Influencing and co-design

We back the work we care about: co-designing initiatives, making links, and amplifying impact through our communications. We push for change on issues that are key to our impact goals. We recognise the expertise of others, through the Involving Young People Collective, and Our Natural World Advisory Panel.

Data and digital

We value the role that data and digital play in both our own strategy and those we fund. We publish our funding as open data, and embrace opportunities brought by tech innovation and are open to experimenting with new technologies that support our aims.

Infrastructure and intermediaries

We support key infrastructure organisations and intermediaries, which contribute to our impact goals and work across our aims to ensure the independence, capacity and integrity of the charity sector.

Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Strategy

We are exploring how we might better use our role as an asset owner in support of our impact goals. We have also signed up to the funder commitment on climate change.

Impact Investing

We are testing the potential in achieving market-like returns by investing into impact funds which align to our impact goals and which generate a measurable impact. This work will be used to inform our longer-term investment strategy. Learn more about our approach to impact investing.

Endowment

We aim to align our investments with our charitable objectives, whilst maintaining a consistent real value for the endowment over the longer term. This ensures we can keep working to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK for decades to come.

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