Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales - Transform

Status:Open to applications
Application Deadline:30 September 2016


One-off grants are available for domestic and sexual abuse charities in England and Wales that are taking a 'bold stance' on tackling domestic and sexual abuse.


Maximum Value:£ 100,000


Value Notes

The Foundation expects to award grants of up to £100,000 to up to 10 charities.

The activity can be funded for up to two years, starting from the date at which the grant is made.

Extended Description

Lloyds Foundation for England and Wales has launched a one-off £1 million Transform grants programme which is part of the Foundation's £3 million commitment over three years to strengthen the sectors and improve responses to domestic and sexual abuse.

The funding is for domestic and sexual abuse charities in England and Wales.

The Foundation is looking for projects which seek to improve the wider response to domestic and/or sexual abuse and/or the environment that domestic and sexual abuse charities work in. For example, this could be a campaign to change the way services are funded locally; or to support work with regional commissioners who are moving towards devolution; or making a difference to a specific cause or consequence of domestic and/or sexual abuse. Meeting this objective could involve a range of approaches. It is essential that it is looking to bring a change which could help individuals affected by domestic and/or sexual abuse and/or related charities across the region/country rather than within one organisation.


Latest Information

The deadline for initial applications is 30 September 2016 (5pm). Shortlisted charities will be notified by late October.

Key Criteria

Charities or Charitable Incorporated Organisations registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million.
  • Have core work focused on domestic or sexual abuse.
  • Have a proven track record of expertise in in domestic and sexual abuse.
  • Be proposing projects that will have a long-term, strategic impact.
  • Have achieved or be working towards relevant recognised quality marks.
  • Have at least one year of published accounts covering a 12 month operating period.
  • Have free reserves of less than 12 months’ expenditure in the last set of published accounts.
  • Have a bank account in the organisation's name.
  • Have an active board of at least three Trustees.
  • Be operating within the charity’s registered charitable objects.
  • Operate mainly in England and Wales.

Partnership bids are encouraged.


Eligible Expenditure

To be eligible, projects need to:

  • Meet Transform's objectives through one or a combination of:
    • Influencing policy and practice at either a local, national or regional level.
    • Building the evidence base (through research and analysis) around needs and identification of effective interventions.
    • Developing and sharing models that help and support small and medium-sized specialist providers.
    • Developing and supporting effective partnerships within and across sectors.
  • Be focused on a distinct project/activity/change that can be delivered over one/two years.
  • Have identified a demonstrable need with a clear set of objectives built upon meeting this need.
  • Demonstrate how they will achieve the objectives set.
  • Have a framework in place for monitoring progress against the objectives. Lloyds Bank Foundation will actively review and monitor this and put in place a framework for monitoring and evaluating the programme as a whole.
  • Be able to start quickly after being awarded funded, and certainly by April 2017, so that it could be completed within the two year funding period.

There is particular interest in proposals presenting innovative ways for small and specialist services to make greater impact.

Projects will be prioritised which show the greatest potential in sharing learning and have a clear plan to achieve it.

The funding can be used for all costs related to the proposed project to be covered. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Staff costs.
  • Activity costs.
  • Materials costs.
  • Evaluation costs.

Core costs will be covered but only where they are overheads clearly related to the proposed project.



The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Service delivery.
  • The development of individual organisations.
  • Projects which do not bring learning and support the wider sector.
  • Funding for general service delivery work or activity which strengthens a single organisation. (Charities should instead apply to the Foundation's Invest or Enable programmes.)
  • Projects which develop evidence but do not disseminate it.
  • New models that have already been developed elsewhere in the UK.
  • General awareness-raising activities.
  • Training focused on service delivery.
  • Mergers of charities or back office work.
  • Projects which are being funded by another organisation/person whether that is in cash or kind.
  • Costs incurred in advance of the grant being accepted.
  • Travel outside of the UK.
  • Funds to build up a reserve or surplus.
  • Loan repayments.
  • Contributions or general appeals.


Application Procedure

Applicants should review the Eligibility Guidelines before completing the initial application form which is to be completed and submitted online. A shortlist of up to 20 applications will be selected and invited to submit a full application.

Contact the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales for further information.


Addresses and contacts

Contact details:
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
Pentagon House
52-54 Southwark Street
Telephone:0370 411 1223