Our strategy ‘Money Matters, Homes Matter, Families Matter’ ran from 2009 until 2013. Under this strategy, grants were given to charities which help people affected by financial exclusion, financial abuse, housing problems and debt. The grants were awarded to support vulnerable older people and survivors of domestic abuse.
Money Matters, Homes Matter, Families Matter’ strategy was independently evaluated by the Centre for Charitable Effectiveness at Cass Business School. Click here to read the evaluation’s executive summary of the findings.
Funding was provided through two grant programmes.
The Small Grants Programme made grants to organisations across the UK of up to £5,000. A total of £1.1 million was awarded to 242 organisations.
The Investor Programme made grants of around £300,000 over three years to nine charities. In addition to grant funding for projects, support was available to help build organisational resilience. The Investor Programme grantees were:
Age UK Camden
Supported older people primarily from the local Somali community to manage their finances.
Age UK Wirral
Helped sufferers of early onset dementia and their families to manage their housing and finance issues.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy
Provided older people in rural Somerset with help to access benefits and make their homes warmer.
The Haven Wolverhampton
Provided support to financially excluded women that had been affected by domestic abuse.
Money Advice Plus Services
Provided a telephone based debt advice service to survivors of domestic abuse.
Researched the financial needs of older black and minority ethnic groups to help understand the financial experiences of and concerns of the growing group.
Rural Media Company
Ran ‘Over the Hill’ – a campaign about the financial and housing related challenges of growing older in a rural area.