The Improving Lives programme provides grants of £20,000 to £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The charity supports established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries; services that can demonstrate a track record of success and evidence the effectiveness of the work.
Applications must meet at least one of the following priorities:
- Help at a critical moment – helping people to rebuild their lives following a crisis, critical moment, trauma or abusive situation
- Positive choices – helping people, whose actions or behaviours have led to negative consequences for themselves and others, to make positive choices
- Accommodation/housing support – enabling people to work towards or maintain accommodation
- Employment and training – supporting people to move towards employment
- Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements – supporting people to address their financial problems and ensure they are able to claim their rights and entitlements
- Support networks and family – working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships.
Decisions are usually made within six months.