Big Lottery Fund - Safeguarding Training Fund

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 13th January 2019


Funding for an experienced voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisation or partnership to improve access to training, support and advice for charities across England.

Value Notes

There is a total of £1.14 million over two phases.

There is £570,000 available for Phase 1.

It is expected that there will be only one grant recipient for Phase 1.

Extended Description

The £1.14 million Safeguarding Training Fund is a joint funded programme between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Big Lottery Fund, and it is part of the wider Government strategy to improve safeguarding practice across the voluntary sector in England. The money is intended to improve access to training, support and advice.

The funding will be delivered in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Safeguarding resources for England, will provide funding to one organisation or a partnership of organisations to develop high quality resources which will be freely available to the voluntary sector to improve safeguarding practice.
  • Phase 2: Safeguarding training and development will provide funding to a small number of organisations or partnership(s) to share the resources developed during Phase 1 and support grassroots charities and community organisations to improve their safeguarding practice.

The overall objective of the Safeguarding Training Fund:

  • To improve awareness of good safeguarding practice through the delivery of a national and generic safeguarding training package, which will improve access to safeguarding training and support to protect both children and adults at risk, and promote a safe culture within charities.
  • To extend the reach of existing resources around safeguarding, and support innovative mechanisms to deliver safeguarding training which reaches both small and large organisations.
  • To provide an insight into the impact of the safeguarding training, which helps to build a long-term legacy for this work and embed good safeguarding practice and awareness into the sector.

Latest Information

The deadline for Phase 1 expressions of interest is Sunday 13 January 2019 (11:59pm)           

Key Criteria

Applications will be accepted from voluntary and community sector led partnerships or organisations, which includes:

  • A registered charity
  • A community benefit society registered as an industrial and provident society
  • A community interest company
  • An organisation of another type not listed above if they operate as a social enterprise and principally reinvest surpluses for social benefit.

Applicants will be:

  • Recognised as having specialist knowledge and experience in the field of safeguarding, and safe culture.
  • Skilled and respected in producing online training and support materials for charities which are simple to use and easy to access, and can demonstrate they have been developed through user research and designed with data.
  • Able to develop online tools or have existing partners or suppliers who can do this work without the need for capital funding.
  • Able to bring together existing materials, identify gaps and develop a comprehensive training resource that offers a standard level of safeguarding training to the sector.
  • Able to spend 75% of funds within the first three months and have experience of delivering within short timescales. Please bear this in mind when calculating project costs.
  • Able to demonstrate realistic plans to complete all programme activity by September 2019 and to adhere to the deadline for grant drawdown by this date.
  • Able to commit to hosting and responding to feedback on the platform until 2022, and advise of ongoing costs within the budget. This will enable applicants in Phase 2 to distribute the resources and contribute learning about the effectiveness of the national safeguarding package.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for an organisation or a partnership to co-ordinate a national and generic safeguarding package of resources, which will help the VCSE sector to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of safeguarding and safe culture.
  • Improve safeguarding practice and safe culture by developing the right organisational culture and strong leadership.
  • Support good decision making in reporting safeguarding and safe culture issues.

The funding can be used for a number of different things, including, but not limited to:

  • Staff salaries
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Management costs
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Overheads
  • Legal fees
  • General project costs


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Sole traders.
  • Organisations based outside of England and Wales.
  • Organisations where the grant represents over 50% of their annual income.
  • Anyone applying on behalf of another organisation.
  • Organisations without at least two unconnected people on the board or committee.
  • Companies that are aimed at generating profits for private distribution.
  • Capital costs.
  • Activities where a profit will be distributed for private gain.
  • Activity that replaces or duplicates existing government funding.
  • Retrospective costs.
  • Loan repayments.

Application Procedure

An expression of interest form and guidelines can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Three organisations will be asked to submit a full application.

The decision on the grant recipient will be made in March 2019.

Contact the Big Lottery Fund for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
Big Lottery Fund 
1 Plough Place 
0345 4 10 20 30