Exclusions - What We Don't Fund

More detail on work we don’t fund because it is commonly delivered, does not set out to have a wider benefit, or only deals with consequences, not causes, can be found on each sector page, in our Guidance for Applicants and in our Quiz.


  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 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

  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.