Lloyds Bank Foundation meet the funder workshop – 10 October 2019

Thursday 10 October 2019

The Lloyds Bank Foundation will be re-opening its funding programme in September 2019 to offer funding between 10,000 to £100,000, delivered across three years. There is also the opportunity for continuation funding, so your charity could be funded for up to six years in total. This funding stream will fund core costs as well as project costs.

RVA is hosting a ‘Meet the Funder’ workshop with Marie Hale, the Funding Officer from Lloyds for the South region. This session will enable you to hear more about the funding programme, ask questions to help you identify whether this funding stream is a good fit for the work your charity is doing, and to feedback to the funder on barriers that you may be facing to making an application so that these can be overcome where possible.

As the funding is quite niche (see details below), and in order to gain the maximum benefit from the session, there are places for up to 6 organisations in Reading who match the specialisms and edibility criteria below. We will aim to schedule a further workshop if there is more demand.

What they will fund

Your charity needs to be working with people who are experiencing at least one of the following Complex Social Issues (CSIs) and you will need to select the main one under which you are applying. These are:

  • Domestic abuse: primarily work to support people who have experienced abuse. They will also consider work with perpetrators. For perpetrator work, they would expect you to hold or work towards the Respect accreditation.
  • Sexual abuse and exploitation: people who have experienced sexual abuse and exploitation including sex work, sexual violence, honour-based violence, FGM, exploitation online, grooming or adults experiencing trauma from exploitation during their childhood.
  • Mental health: people who are experiencing a significant disruption to everyday living or in recovery from an episode of such problems occurring in the last two years. It is likely that individuals supported are experiencing enduring conditions and have received a clinical diagnosis. They will not fund work supporting neurological conditions e.g. dementia or acquired brain injuries. They do not support general ‘wellbeing’ projects but more targeted, acute work.
  • Homelessness or vulnerably housed: people with no accommodation, living in temporary overcrowded accommodation, or who are vulnerably housed with a high risk of becoming homeless. They do not generally fund short-term emergency accommodation e.g. shelters unless the proposal includes ongoing support.
  • Offending, prison, community service: people with a history of offending which significantly impacts on everyday life. This includes rehabilitation and prevention of reoffending for people with a custodial or community service sentence. Please note that they are less likely to support work with people where there are no convictions, such as anti-social behaviour related or youth work with hard-to-reach groups.
  • Care leavers: people who are currently managing their move from having spent time in care as a child. This may involve foster, residential or other arrangements.
  • Learning disability: people who have a learning disability that significantly impacts their daily lives. Individuals may be affected by any one other complex social issue e.g. mental health. They also look to support proposals that help those managing a move from family or residential care into a more independent setting. They will not fund social activities.
  • Dependency on alcohol, drugs, substances and/or gambling: people whose lives are significantly affected by their dependency. Support would be for the individual and/or their family.
  • Trafficking and modern slavery: people who have been trafficked or forced against their will into labour or marriage.
  • Young parents: parents under the age of 21 whose lives are significantly adversely affected e.g. their health, education, finances and/or opportunities by becoming a parent.
  • Asylum seekers and refugees: people who are asylum seekers or have been granted refugee status in the last 2 years.
Eligibility criteria
  • In order to qualify for a Lloyds Bank Foundation grant, your charity will need to meet some eligibility criteria. You can find more information and a quick checklist here: eligibility criteria.
  • Please check this first before booking onto this session.
Key characteristics of your work
  • You are a specialist provider or have a strong track record of delivery, with evidence of reporting positive results. For example, your objectives may indicate your specialism and your annual report or impact report may evidence your results.
  • Your work is not preventative: although they acknowledge the relevance of preventative work, they tend not to focus on this. In most cases your beneficiaries will have clear identified needs which would define their complex social issue (see above).
  • You work with those in acute need: they are more likely to fund those who work with individuals at the more the serious/severe end of the spectrum of need.
  • You work with people facing significant impact/disruption: in the majority of cases you will be working with individuals that experience major disruption(s) to their daily life as a result of their complex social issue.

The work/intervention undertaken has the following features:

  1. It is in depth, that is, working over a prolonged period with the individual (minimum of 12 weeks). As a result we do not prioritise work that is primarily one-off advice, based online, or ‘signposting’.
  2. It is holistic in nature and based upon a person-centred approach. The individual will have been assessed and their needs identified, with a plan of support put in place. Where your charity cannot meet all their needs, you will show evidence that you are working in partnership with others to address their needs.
  3. It is targeted. That is, it is not reactive. You know who the beneficiaries are, and you proactively seek to support them.
  4. Finally, you will support individuals through their journey of change and be able to monitor and measure positive, outcome-based changes.
Booking onto the workshop

If your organisation is providing services for any of the above Complex Social Issues in Reading, you meet the eligibility criteria, and you match the key characteristics in the way you work, then please book onto this session. This session would be best attended by somebody within the organisation who has a strategic focus, such as the CEO/Manager or Trustee.

  • Places will be limited to one place per organisation.
  • Please book through the link below.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Herjeet Randhawa, RVA Advice Worker, on 0118 9372273


Type of event
Event theme
Voluntary sector
Event date
10 October 2019
Start time
End time
0118 937 2273
Address line 1
RVA Training Room, Community Place,
Line 2
3rd Floor, Reading Central Library
Line 3
Abbey Square
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified