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Grant programmes

Sources of funding

Clarion Futures runs one of the UK’s biggest social investment programmes. In 2021-22 we spent £14m on helping transform the lives of people and their communities.

Our community grants support projects that:

  • help people into work or training
  • tackle digital inclusion
  • support people in dealing with financial problems
  • encourage community activities and promote health and wellbeing.

Examples of what our funding supports:

  • digital skills workshops
  • money guidance
  • intergenerational activities
  • connecting communities
  • developing young people's resilience. 

Our community grants are separate to the ones available to individual residents


Helping communities

Find out about the social impact of our grants on people and organisations who benefited during the pandemic.

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Our funding priorities

We’re interested in applications that can demonstrate an understanding of what is already going on in the community, and how the grant funded activity will:

  • Make the most of existing provision in an area and add value. This could be by reaching new participants, those that may be missing out or are hard to reach.
  • Address gaps in local provision - where there is no similar/existing offer in the area.
  • Make the best use of other local services, partnerships or networks.
Woman at a Women’s Inclusive Team foodbank

“The funding we received from Clarion Futures went a long way in enabling us to quickly respond to the sudden hardships women, their families and vulnerable people from Black and ethnic minority communities faced during the Covid-19 crisis.”

Safia Jama, founder and chief executive of Women’s Inclusive Team
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Eligibility for our grants

Our individual grants have their own criteria, but in general, applications must meet these requirements:

  • Organisations should be not-for-profit with an annual income of less than £500,000.
  • Projects should aim to support residents in communities where we have homes.
  • Projects must have a clear plan for engaging residents and the wider community.
  • Organisations must have a record of income and expenditure or set of accounts.
  • Organisations must have the relevant insurance in place before delivering activities.

Please get in touch with us to find out more about our grants and how you can apply.

Grant programmes

Our grants in 2020-21

We gave more than £611,031 in grants to 246 organisations. This helped to fund projects across the country:

  • 59 projects providing critical local services
  • 42 projects providing food for vulnerable people 
  • 56 groups to provide crisis support during lockdown in winter 2021
  • 23 digital inclusion projects helping people who weren’t online during lockdown 

Impact of our grants

Our funding makes a real difference to the lives of the people and communities we support each year.

During the pandemic we ran a Covid-19 response grant programme. This enabled food banks, local charities and other community organisations to continue. It helped 14,000 households suffering from food poverty. We also supported almost 900 households with grants for household goods such as fridges and cookers. Some residents received vouchers for free gas or electricity, to give them a financial ‘breathing space.’