Grants Criteria

Find out whether your project, fund or organisations is eligible for one of our grants.


What we DO fund


  • Applications that develop ideas and actions towards a 4D economy.
  • Projects that consider the needs of those most likely to be affected by changes to the economy.
  • Ideas that get to the root causes of problems in the current economy.
  • Projects that can be replicated and widened.

What we DON’T fund


  • Activities outside of the UK.
  • Funding for individuals, general appeals, and employability/training programmes.
  • Promotion of religion.
  • Pure research (unless commissioned by us) or the rollout of existing ideas.
  • Service delivery, such as new community centers, and activities directly benefiting employers or industry.

Why we Say No

Projects may be theoretically eligible for funding but may be rejected due to quality concerns or other reasons outlined here.

Are we the right funder for you? Take the quiz below to get a sense of whether or not your idea is eligible is funding.

Our focus areas

Movement building


We want to foster a new kind of economic thinking in the UK.


A growing number of creative and imaginative organisations are pushing for the changes we need to create a better economic system. This movement has been burgeoning across Europe, and the UK has been named “a primary hotspot of new economic thinking.”


Over the past 10 years, Friends Provident Foundation has helped to fund this eco-system of organisations and we want to continue to support it to diversify and mature.


We want to work with organisations that are challenging the neo-liberal story of how an economy can (and should) work; people who are actively shaping a new economic system that aligns with our vision of a fair and sustainable economy.


But we are also aware that this movement doesn’t yet give enough credit or space to people from marginalised communities, who have much to contribute. That’s why we’re particularly keen to support organisations led by people from marginalised groups and foster a movement that puts diverse voices at the centre.


What this might look like:

  • Providing core funding (grants) to organisations driving significant changes in the way the UK economy operates.
  • Offering project funding (grants) to support the infrastructure of the new economy movement, such as training and collaboration.
  • Social investments in organisations and projects that are part of the movement for a new economy, e.g. via pioneering new business models and economic participation.
  • Collaborating with other foundations to promote new economic models and challenge traditional philanthropy practices.
  • Working with our grantholders and investees to promote inclusivity, peer support, and movement-building to disrupt the existing UK economy.
  • Leveraging our influence to convene and communicate our passion, projects, and share insights from our grant recipients and investors.


Supporting a fair transition


Moving to a 4D economy will require many changes, but it’s of vital importance that these changes do not cause undue disruption; particularly to marginalised geographies, groups and communities.


The shift towards a 4D economy will involve various transitions, driven by factors such as decarbonisation, demographic changes, or technological shifts. Our intention is to support initiatives that adapt to these changes thoughtfully, with the goal of developing a 4D economy equitably.


What this might look like:

  • Prioritising projects from grant-seekers who have not previously engaged in economic debate or policy development.
  • Using our influence to push for a fair transition (for example, at companies in our mainstream portfolio).
  • Harnessing our communications channels to inform, campaign and advocate for the transition to the 4d economy, through learning from our grantholders and investees.


Transforming financial systems


We need to change the way our financial systems operate in order to achieve a 4D economy. Friends Provident Foundation will promote these changes in the following three ways: challenging corporate behaviour, advocating for supportive policy and regulation, and addressing issues in the way capital markets function.


What this might look like:


  • Exerting our influence as asset owners to encourage asset managers and capital markets to promote behavioural and systemic changes.
  • Using our influence as a shareholder at financial companies to promote corporate behaviour change.
  • Commissioning research to direct our ongoing practices and investment decisions.
  • Using our voice and the voices of others to inspire the changes needed to achieve a 4D economy.


Applicant success rates

Friends Provident Foundation is a small funder, with limited resources. We have to be confident that every grant we award will be used in the service of delivering a more equitable economy. Last year only 14% of stage one applications were invited to stage two, and at stage two just under 45% were funded, so please ensure you meet our criteria before applying.


FAQs about our grants

If you have any questions about our grants and core funding, including the application process, you may find the answers on our FAQs page.