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Coronavirus pandemic – fast track applications for research, policy and campaigning work

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Fund Information

Funding body:

Standard Life Foundation

Maximum value:

£ 50,000

Application deadline:

None specified


The Standard Life Foundation is an independent charitable foundation focussing on tackling financial problems and improving living standards, especially for people on low to middle incomes.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended to support policy, research and campaigns working on issues relating to the financial consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-10) pandemic.

Value Notes

It is likely that grants will be made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount that organisations can apply for.

Who Can Apply

Applications are open to all organisations undertaking charitable work (including those not registered as charities).

Organisations that are already receiving funding from the Foundation can apply, as can organisations that have already been considered by the Foundation for their regular grants programme.


United Kingdom

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation’s grantmaking is focussed on three areas that influence financial well-being:

  • Income:
    • Wages

    • Social Security

    • Pensions

    • Taxation

  • Spending:
    • Cost of living

    • Consumer spending

    • Problem gambling

    • Borrowing

    • Payment problems

  • Assets:
    • General saving

    • Retirement saving

    • Housing

    • Taxation

The grants can be used for a range of strategic work. This strategic work:

  • Must benefit more than individuals and must have the potential to benefit large numbers of people within the UK.

  • Must aim to create a step change in policy, practice, attitudes and/or behaviour.

  • Includes policy work, campaigning, research, public attitudinal work, and improving practice and design.

Organisations should consult the funding guidelines available on the Foundation’s website for further information about the Foundation’s approach and the types of activities it generally funds.

For the Coronavirus Funding stream, the Foundation will consider funding the following (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Rapid analysis of key issues, for example, self-employed workers, the food and hospitality or social care sectors.

  • Modelling of new proposals such as enhanced sick pay, help with utilities, high cost credit payments, and changes to pensions.

  • Recording of impacts on low-to-middle income groups, so that this can be utilised now as well as later on to improve this group’s ability to weather financial shocks.

  • Specific advocacy and policy work on a range of issues related to income, spending and assets.

As this is a rapidly changing landscape, projects need to be timely and adapt and should be ready to get started in the next few weeks. Organisations applying need to be mindful of the activities and processes they will utilise, for example the inability to undertake face-to-face work.

The Foundation will consider funding projects that may last only a few weeks or months but also longer ones.

How To Apply

There is no fixed deadline for applications, however, the Foundation will close this open call when it has funded a number of projects which it believes can make a difference.

Applicants should submit a one-page document via email to [email protected], outlining their idea (and if the proposal is for research, some detail on the methodology).

The Foundation will contact applicants for further details if it is interested in taking the proposal forward.

Guidelines are available on the website of the Standard Life Foundation.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Standard Life Foundation
    Level 5
    6 St Andrew Square
    EH2 2AH
    Tel: 020 7618 1626
    Email: [email protected]

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