The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK in four areas of special interest.

Our areas of special interest are:

  • Young people’s improved mental health;
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change;
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people;
  • Better opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers.

As an independent funder, an important part of our role is to support work which is untried, tests new approaches and has clear objectives. We favour work which could change the way issues are tackled in our society and which could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.

Grants typically range from £10,000 to £20,000 per year for up to three years.

Charitable and not-for-profit organisations based and working in the UK can apply. The foundation prefers to fund work which brings clear and direct benefits to vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Organisations should:

  • Be able to demonstrate an awareness of what is going on in their field nationally, how their work complements what else is available, and why they are best placed to deliver the proposed activity.
  • Have real expertise and sector knowledge and a good understanding of the needs of their client groups and how to support people to bring about change.
  • Show commitment to demonstrating results and sharing learning (ie, be able to explain why they believe their activities will lead to positive change for users and how they will gather evidence to demonstrate this).
  • Demonstrate a strong leadership, management and track record.

Large, national organisations or ‘household-name charities’ are unlikely to receive a grant unless they are the only organisation in a position to tackle a particular problem. Front-line organisations are most likely to be funded; second-tier or research organisations will only be funded for projects that have a demonstrable benefit to end users.

Organisations with more than nine months’ running costs in unrestricted reserves are less likely to receive support. At the same time, organisations with tiny reserves or an overall deficit will need to convince the Foundation that their organisation is viable and they are taking action to increase reserves.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Foundation receives far more applications than it can fund and for this reason has a two-stage application process.  Applicants must first complete the application form that can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website. Successful first-stage applicants will then be invited to complete a second-stage application.

Applications should be submitted by email to

Applicants can normally expect to receive a decision within three to four months although it is a good idea to allow six months for a decision. Click here to see their website.

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