The Fore Announces its Spring 2022 Grantees

April 14, 2022

The Fore is proud to announce the completion of its Spring 2022 Funding Round. Through its core funding programme, The Fore has provided unrestricted grants to 15 small charities and social enterprises. The Fore provides critically needed seed funding, enabling small high-impact organisations to adapt their business models, drive greater impact, and increase sustainability.  

For this round, The Fore continued its outreach to micro-organisations (organisations with incomes under £100,000) with the aim of reaching charities and social enterprises led by and working with marginalised groups. Micro-organisations submitted 52% of applications in this funding round, suggesting that The Fore has tapped into an area where demand is not currently being met.  

The Fore is proud of the regional distribution of applications for its funding; this funding round 84% of applications were from organisations from outside London, the second highest proportion since the Fore’s inception. This proportion validates the effort The Fore has invested in engaging communities throughout the UK, increasing awareness of its work to support and resource small organisations. 87% of new grantees from this round are based outside of London. 

The Fore will provide each successful applicant with up to £15,000 in unrestricted grant funding over six to 18 months, alongside access to strategic advice and pro bono support. All grantees are also offered free places on The Fore’s impact measurement courses in partnership with the FSI, to support them in building evidence of the effectiveness of their work. 

The Fore’s trained consultant grant assessors, each of whom has at least 15 years of professional experience, conducted extensive due diligence on applications over a two month period, ultimately selecting a shortlist to present to funding panels, composed of representatives from The Fore’s business partners, senior representatives from our grantee organisations, and other supporters. The inclusion of grantee leaders on The Fore’s funding panels ensures decisions are charity-driven and reflect the insights of community organisations. 

The Fore’s inclusive, sector-agnostic approach to funding has yielded a vibrant new cohort of grantees; examples include: 

  • Amma Birth Companions is a Glasgow-based charity that provides essential, 1:1 support to vulnerable birthing people and parents who need additional care, information, or advocacy.  They partner with a network of support agencies to ensure their clients complex needs are met and can confidently care for themselves and their babies.  
  • Since 1972, The Agnes Smith Advice Centre has been providing specialist, confidential advice to those experiencing issues with debt, welfare benefits and housing in the Blackbird Leys Estate, Oxford. The impact of the organisation is remarkable: in 2021 alone, they helped 1,200 people claim over £1.3 million in entitlements and write off debts of £400,000.  
  • Safe Soulmates is a young and dynamic social enterprise that aims to end loneliness for adults with additional needs including learning disabilities, autism, anxiety, and other health conditions that make finding friendships and relationships difficult. Its membership-based service provides in-person and Zoom social events, chaperoning for friendship/date matches and guidance for members on building safe and healthy relationships.  
  • Hope Counselling Dundee are a not-for-profit counselling and psychotherapy service working with adults, young people, and couples in the Tayside area to fill crucial gaps in mental health services. Their pay-what-you-can model ensures all members of the community can access effective counselling.  
  • Mindspace Stamford is a volunteer-led mental health and well-being charity that aims to increase, knowledge and understanding of mental health in the local town and community. By providing a ‘safe space’ for free and easily accessible wellbeing activities, the charity encourages conversations around mental health in a non-judgmental atmosphere.  

 The Spring 2022 Funding Round Grantees
Amma Birth CompanionsThe Agnes Smith Advice CentreSafe Soulmates
Hope Counselling Dundee Mindspace StamfordA Fairer Chance
Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation In2Change South Yorkshire Cambridge Community Arts 
CRADLE Red Hen Project MN Well Child Support 
TalkFIRSTWAM (We All Matter) Youth 

We would like to congratulate all the successful organisations and thank our grant assessors for their hard work, which made this Funding Round possible. 

For more information, email info@thefore.org

About The Fore

The Fore is a ground-breaking funder in the UK charity sector catalysing fresh solutions to pressing social issues. The Fore’s venture capital-style approach to grant-funding and skills support has opened up access to finance and professional expertise for hundreds of innovative small charities and social enterprises. The Fore’s charity-led approach aims to treat applicants as experts in social change, challenging the power imbalance of many traditional funding models and enabling organisations to apply for what they need most.  

Since its inception in 2017, The Fore has made over £6.25m in grants and offered over 8,000 hours of professional expertise to portfolio charities solving issues from knife crime to childhood obesity, to social isolation, food poverty and homelessness. The Fore works with a wide range of partners including BlackRock, Moody’s, Rothschild & Co., UBS, LGT Vestra, Golden Bottle Trust, Postcode Local Trust, The Four Acre Trust, Garfield Weston, The National Lottery Community Fund, Power to Change, The Lovington Foundation and other family trusts and individuals. The Fore’s collaborative model pools skills and resources to enable funding partners to efficiently find, fund and support innovative grassroots organisations. For more information, please see The Fore’s website: https://www.thefore.org and Twitter feed: @theforetrust.

The Fore is part of The Bulldog Trust, registered charity 1123081.

Please see below for more detailed information on our Spring 2022 grantees:

A Fairer Chance

A Fairer Chance works to reduce crime and its impact on communities by providing ex-offenders with intensive support to place them in sustainable employment. Led by an exceptionally knowledgeable CEO, the organisation partners closely with large employers such as Sainsbury’s to change perceptions of ex-offenders which can be a significant barrier to meaningful employment post-conviction. The charity is using funding from The Fore to employ a Business Development Officer to maximize the potential of relationships with a pipeline of potential new corporate partners.  

The Agnes Smith Advice Centre

Since 1972, The Agnes Smith Advice Centre has been providing specialist, confidential advice to those experiencing issues with debt, welfare benefits and housing in the Blackbird Leys Estate, Oxford. The impact of the organisation is remarkable: in 2021 alone, they helped 1,200 people claim over £1.3 million in entitlements and write off debts of £400,000. Given the rapidly growing demand for their centre’s services, the organisation is now merging with a neighbouring community advice centre to broaden their reach across South Oxford. The Fore’s grant will allow to the organisation to upskill staff and increase capacity, so the is team is well placed to steer the charity through this exciting period of growth.  

Amma Birth Companions

Amma Birth Companions is a Glasgow-based charity that provides essential, 1:1 support to vulnerable birthing people and parents who need additional care, information or advocacy.  They partner with a network of support agencies to ensure their clients’ complex needs are met so they can confidently care for themselves and their babies. As the organisation grows, they have identified expectant and new teenage parents as an underserved beneficiary group. Amma Birth Companions are using funding from The Fore to employ a Peer Support and Education Coordinator who will design and deliver the teen parent and pregnancy support so the charity can expand the vital services they offer.  

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation 

Established in 2013 by leading clinicians, the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation supports those affected by the debilitating condition of body dysmorphic disorder as well as advancing research, treatments and awareness. With services moving online during the pandemic, the organisation has made connections with a groundswell of isolated sufferers. At this critical time of growth in demand, the Foundation will be using The Fore’s funding to increase operational capacity. This will free leadership to secure CSR income from beauty and fashion industry corporates who are a natural fit for the organisation and a deep resource which the foundation hopes to grow once kick-started by The Fore’s investment.  

Cambridge Community Arts 

Through their accessible creative arts courses, Cambridge Community Arts helps to build connections and confidence for adults with mental and/or physical health conditions. Their work brings together individuals through a shared interest with creative learning enabling users to achieve and believe in themselves. Cambridge Community Arts is using funding from The Fore to develop and implement a database that will streamline data collection to better demonstrate their impact. By freeing staff capacity and increasing efficiency, this key infrastructure will allow the organisation to focus on expanding its services into new areas. 

CRADLE 

CRADLE Charity provides a range of support to individuals, couples, families, and surrogates who experience an early loss of pregnancy. Working closely with its charity peers in 40 hospitals across the UK, the organisation fills a critical gap in provision and to date have supported over 5,000 individuals through specialized loss counselling, peer networking and comfort packs. The Fore’s grant will allow the organisation to contract professional fundraising and marketing support so CRADLE can grow their income and promote their services to more individuals, and NHS trusts.  

Hope Counselling Dundee

Hope Counselling Dundee are a not-for-profit, counselling and psychotherapy service working with adults, young people, and couples in the Tayside area.  They fill crucial gaps in mental health services and their pay-what-you-can model ensures all members of the community can access effective counselling. With the organisation at a critical stage of growth, they are using The Fore’s funding to increase operational capacity by employing a Programme Manager. This will free leadership to consolidate promising funding opportunities that will enable the organisation to expand its service delivery and meet the needs of more local people.

In2Change South Yorkshire

Based in Sheffield, In2Change South Yorkshire aim to prevent youth people and ex-offenders from becoming or remaining involved in criminal activities. Their targeted intervention, which is designed and delivered by those with lived experience, empowers young people to make informed choices and realise their potential. The Fore’s grant will fund additional staff capacity and allow senior leadership to focus on implementing organisational strategy, strengthening relationships with partners and ultimately scaling the charity’s reach into further local areas with high demand.

Mindspace Stamford

Mindspace Stamford is a volunteer-led mental health and well-being charity that aims to increase, knowledge and understanding of mental health in the local community. By providing a ‘safe space’ for free and easily accessible wellbeing activities, the charity encourages conversations around mental health in a non-judgmental atmosphere. The organisation will use The Fore’s grant to make a major step change by employing their first paid member of staff to coordinate the centre’s activities and increase operational capacity. The role will allow Mindspace Stamford to significantly grow its activities and address unmet needs.  

MN Well Child Support 

MN Well Child Support is a Lowestoft based organisation that provides critical care to children experiencing early stages of poor mental health who fall below the threshold for intervention from statutory services. Working directly with families, they offer 1:1 support at home for upwards of 6 months. The organisation’s model is designed to address gaps in statutory service provision, and their early intervention approach targets a neglected and hard to reach community of families. As demand from families and referring practitioners increases, the organisation is using The Fore’s grant to employ additional staff so it can expand the vital services they offer and free up senior leadership to develop new partnerships and ongoing sustainability plans.  

Safe Soulmates

Safe Soulmates is a young and dynamic social enterprise that aims to end loneliness for adults with additional needs including learning disabilities, autism, anxiety, and other health conditions that make finding friendships and relationships difficult. Its membership-based service provides in-person and Zoom social events, chaperoning for friendship/date matches and guidance for members on building safe and healthy relationships. They are using The Fore’s grant to fund a new Volunteer Coordinator role which will enable them to expand their volunteer team who are carefully selected, vetted and trained. As the organisation is developing an ambitious growth strategy, additional volunteer capacity free the leadership to expand the organisation’s reach and develop new streams of earned income.  

TalkFIRST

TalkFIRST supports vulnerable and disadvantaged families in Wigan experiencing family conflict through person-centred mediation, conflict resolution and guidance. Their early intervention service prevents further deterioration of relationships and increases resilience. The charity’s mediation services are in high demand: 294 beneficiaries have accessed the programme since 2020. TalkFIRST will use The Fore’s funding to employ and train an additional Family Mediator who will enable the organisation to take on more referrals and maximise the potential of their earned income streams which will allow them to offer more low-cost services. 

Red Hen Project 

For 23 years, Red Hen Project has supported children and their families to overcome barriers to learning by providing a link between home and school. The organisation has a powerful impact with 96% of parents/carers reporting increased confidence in their parenting and improvement of family life and 93% of children experiencing improved relationships with peers. The Fore’s grant will be used to employ a Grants and Fundraising Officer who will free senior leadership to make a success of promising new partnerships that that have the potential to expand the charity’s services and geographic reach.  

WAM (We All Matter) Youth 

WAM (We All Matter) Youth is based in Winchcombe, North Gloucestershire and offers a variety of youth services to help young people be more confident, reduce destructive behaviours and strengthen relationships with the community. They currently work with over 160 young people and deliver their groups, mentoring and after school clubs in the organisation’s woodland space. The Fore’s grant will catalyse the opening of a new youth centre by funding specialist advice across legal, business and accessibility related matters. The building will sustain the organisation’s growth and provide a consistent indoor space for young people and the wider community.