Stronger voices

Civil society has a long tradition of advocating for social change, which has led to many significant improvements. We believe it is important to improve skills to influence government, other policy-makers, the media and the general public, if we are to tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality. The skills we want to focus on relate to campaigning, community organising, gathering evidence and strategic communications. A key component of this is amplifying the voices of those who are experiencing the problems first hand so they are central to work that tackles poverty and inequality. Development of strategic communications is also critical. Too often the messages we use do not connect with the audiences we are trying to reach. Sometimes they even damage the causes we are supporting. Better understanding of public attitudes on the issues outlined in our funding programmes is vital, and we are keen to improve skills in this field.

What we will fund

Work that enhances the capacity of civil society to influence policy and decision making in our other programme areas which include: Good Homes and Neighbourhoods, Better Work, Pathways to Settlement, Decent Living Standards and Shared Wealth. This would include:

Second tier and specialist organisations

proposing to improve the skills and practice of smaller or less experienced organisations.

Civil Society organisations

working alongside groups of individuals to increase their collective voice in campaigns to tackle the root causes of poverty.

In the following areas:

  • Campaigning: community organising and advocating for specific policy changes.
  • Strategic communications: improving the framing of narratives and messages to influence public attitudes.
  • Gathering evidence about poverty and inequality: collecting qualitative and/or quantitative data about the impact of poverty and inequality on different communities.
  • Voice: increasing the involvement and skills of people with first-hand experience of poverty and inequality in campaigning and leadership of organisations and movements.

How to apply

Please read the funding guidelines in full before filling in our funding application form. If, after reading the guidelines, you are in doubt as to whether your work fits then please telephone us so that we can discuss and answer any specific queries you may have, on 020 7606 6145.

Find out if your work is eligible by downloading our funding guidelines.

Funding guidelines - as of November 2020