Funders Spotlight - Lloyds Bank Foundation: regional priorities

Lloyds Bank Foundation is now open for applications for funding and support, with unrestricted grants of £50k over two years plus additional support to develop your charity. There is no deadline for applications. The Foundation has introduced regional priorities - this article covers what is available in the North East.

Please note: this does not apply to the foundation's Racial Equity strand and the priorities have since been reviewed with some changes. To check your eligibility it is best to visit the website.

In 2021, the Foundation is looking to award grants to around 15 small and medium sized charities in the North East and Cumbria. To manage demand for its grants, it is continuing its policy of setting out ‘regional priorities’ to make sure that its portfolio of grants is equitably distributed across its 11 complex social issue priority areas so that charities don't spend time in applying if they stand little chance of being awarded funding. Whether your charity can apply to the foundation this year depends on which local authority you do the majority of your work in, and the complex social issue you are working to address. The foundation will be reviewing its regional priorities towards the end of this year.

In the North East and Cumbria, these are the following issues and local authority areas the foundation is NOT funding at the moment:

  • Refugees and asylum seekers (except from charities in South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland where it is open for applications).
  • Domestic abuse (except from charities in North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland, Co. Durham, and Darlington where it is open for applications)
  • Homelessness in Co. Durham, Darlington, Redcar & Cleveland (it is open to all other local authority areas in the region)
  • Mental health in Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Barrow in Furness (it is open to all other local authority areas in the region).

The other seven complex social issue areas - addiction and dependency; care leavers; learning disability; offending; sexual abuse and exploitation; trafficking; young parents – are open for applications across the region.