About the Grand Ideas Fund

Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund offers up to £1,000 for projects which aim to make a difference to the lives of our residents and their communities. The fund is open to charities, residents’ groups and voluntary organisations.

Our Funding Priorities

Projects will fit with one of Sanctuary's five priority themes, as outlined in our Community Investment Strategy (PDF 2MB). Successful projects will meet at least one of these themes:

  1. Employment, Education, Skills and Training

    We aim to support residents in developing skills and accessing training opportunities in order to enter into, and sustain, employment.  We are particularly interested in projects which aim to increase employability, gain qualifications and help people progress into work.

  2. Health and Wellbeing

    We aim to support residents to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, with access to the care and support services they need.  We are particularly interested in projects which aim to reduce isolation, build connections and friendships.

  3. Community safety and infrastructure

    We aim to ensure that our communities are safe places to live and are equipped with the infrastructure they need to shape their aims and aspirations.  We are particularly interested in projects which aim to make our communities feel safer and increase a sense of belonging and pride in a neighbourhood.

  4. Environment

    We aim to make our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner places to live and to assist our residents to live more sustainable lifestyles.  We are particularly interested in projects which actively engage people in improving spaces or places as well as projects which support greener lifestyle choices.

  5. Financial inclusion

    We aim to ensure that everyone is able to access the basic financial services products that are needed to participate in a modern society.  We are particularly interested in projects which increase the confidence of people to manage their money.

Your project should also demonstrate that it will measure one of the impacts contained in the impact framework. Details are available on our impact framework document (PDF 245KB).

How to apply

You will hear whether you have been successful within two weeks of your application. If successful, you will be given a named contact in our Community Investment team for guidance and advice.

If your proposal is not successful, we will let you know by email.

Find out more

If you want to talk your idea through with someone, or ask a question about the Grand Ideas Fund, please call us on 01905 335 411 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk