The Invest Programme provides longer term core or delivery funding for charities and CIOs in England and Wales which are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life. Organisations must be working with people aged 17 years and over who are experiencing at least one of the following:
- Have been abused or are at risk of abuse.
- Are victims of sexual exploitation.
- Are ex-offenders or those at risk of offending.
- Are long-term unemployed.
- Are leaving care.
- Are homeless.
- Have learning disabilities.
- Have mental health and wellbeing issues.
- Have addictions.
- Are isolated and vulnerable.
- Have severe financial difficulty as a compounding disadvantage.
The only exceptions are people aged under 17 years who are:
- Young parents.
- Looked after children and disabled young people moving into independent living.
Grants are available for up to £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period of up to six years in total. Funding is available for core organisational costs which are related to the day to day running of the charity as well as costs associated with the direct delivery of the charity's work.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)