Our Fidelity Strategic Grants Fund prioritises grants which enable strong charitable organisations to reach new levels of achievement, efficiency and sustainability. The Fund aims to strengthen charities and enable them to increase their potential impact through grants which:
- Facilitate an improvement or expansion of services
- Develop long-term financial sustainability
Applicants must be a registered charity that has been in existence for at least 3 years, with a strong track record and in robust financial health.
Grants can range between £5,000 to £20,000 and these will be one-off investments.
Applications will typically be considered for:
- Capital Expenditure – including equipment, new construction, renovation, and expansion which are critical to sustainability and achieving mission.
- Strategic IT Projects – including investments in hardware/software which will enable expansion or efficiency in service delivery. (The standalone replacement of dated office IT equipment will not be considered).
- Strategic Organisational Developments – including mergers and planning initiatives which use expert consultants to determine new, transformational paths.
Examples of funded Strategic Projects:
Home Start Surrey – £10,000
Home Start recruits and trains volunteers to support vulnerable families in their own homes, offering practical and emotional support to families experiencing difficulties, where there is at least one child under five.
Funding supported an investment in IT, which created a time-saving of half a day per month per scheme or 50 days per year staff hours spent on administration, that can be redirected to support families.
As a result, the number of people accessing support services increased from 664 to 720, and the number of people accessing support services for the first time increased from 379 to 563.
The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities – £16,800
The Grange helps adults with learning disabilities and other secondary disabilities to realise their full potential and live independent and fulfilling lives. Services include Residential Care, Supported Living, Skills Training, and mini enterprises.
The grant supported a one-off capital project to make the Victorian House a fully accessible building, enabling access by disabled people to a range of Skills & Activities in the newly created facilities.
The Grange is now fully accessible to people with restricted mobility and 38 new Skills and Activities sessions are now available. These figures will increase as the full capacity of the space is used. The Grange reports that the project has significantly raised their profile and they have been able to approach new sources of funding from Trusts and Foundations and organisations previously unaware of the work of The Grange.
Windle Valley Youth Project – £12,813
The charity supports young people aged 11-18 “to become all that they can be”, via three integrated streams of work: Community youth work, One-to-One support and mentoring, and Youth Social Action.
The grant supported costs associated with a merger between WVYP and Eikon resulting in a stronger, more efficient and sustainable merged organisation delivering clear cost savings from reduced duplication of work and freed up key staff to develop an Innovation and Development (ID) team. The ID team is helping the new merged charity “Eikon” to find new ways to meet increased demand and create services which enable the charity to have more impact.