The Fore Announces its Summer 2022 Grantees

July 19, 2022

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The Fore is proud to announce the completion of its Summer 2022 Funding Round and its second South West Hub Funding Round. Through these two programmes, the Fore has provided grants of up to £30,000 to nine small charities and social enterprises. The Fore provides critically needed unrestricted funding alongside skills support, enabling small, highly impactful organisations to adapt their business models, drive greater impact and increase their sustainability for the longer term.

This summer The Fore has worked with local partners to provide grants specifically targeted at organisations in Cornwall.  The South West Hub is providing support to three innovative local organisations working on a range of issues including support for survivors of domestic violence, outdoor education for young people, and community building for women from diverse backgrounds.

The Fore continues to encourage micro-organisations (those with incomes under £100,000) to apply for funding, with the aim of reaching charities and social enterprises led by and working with marginalised groups. Across the summer funding rounds, 66% of grantees were micro-organisations. 

The Fore provides each successful applicant with up to £30,000 in unrestricted grant funding, alongside access to strategic advice, and pro bono support and training over one to three years to help organisations as they navigate opportunities and challenges related to building evidence and impact.

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

Our inclusive, sector-agnostic approach to funding has yielded a vibrant new cohort of grantees, some examples include:

  • Organisation of Young Africans (OYA), based in London has provided holistic support to young people and their families of African and African-Caribbean heritage since 2000. They offer a range of services from academic training in core subjects to traineeships for over 16s as well as support with motivation and confidence. OYA is using The Fore’s grant to employ a Programme Manager who will implement more efficient, less labour intensive and sustainable systems so the charity can meet the ever-increasing demand for its services.
  • Refuge4Pets is a pioneering, young organisation that aims to enable freedom from domestic abuse for victim-survivors in Devon and Cornwall by providing a specialist fostering service for their animals and resettlement outreach services to aid mental and physical recovery. R4P’s services are in high demand and it is now using The Fore’s funding to increase operational capacity and efficiency, enabling the leadership to focus on developing the charity’s financial resilience and grow their presence.  
  • The Association of Accessible Employers supports employers to understand the issues that individuals who live with disability face in the working world. Its interactive, immersive training is shaped and delivered by people with lived experience of disabilities and learning differences and supports businesses to find high impact, low-cost accessibility solutions. To reach the growing demand for experiential training delivered by disabled trainers, the organisation is using The Fore’s Funding to hire a Business Development Officer to hone its offering, bring in new clients and generate a sustainable revenue model.

 The Summer 2022 Funding Round Grantees
Curious School of the WildRefuge4PetsInspiring Women Network
ErsiliaSkilz AcademyOrganisation of Young Africans
Glasgow Artists’ Moving Image StudiosAssociation of Accessible EmployersFamily Compass

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’s mission is to find, empower and accelerate innovative young charities and social enterprises with exceptional leadership that have the potential to transform society. Offering grants of up to £30,000 and wraparound skills support, The Fore brings together the highest-potential small charities and social enterprises with businesses, donors and experts to ensure they have the networks, funds and skills needed to flourish. 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.

Our grantees are developing fresh ideas for mental health support, preventing environmental damage, reducing education inequality and improving racial justice. Since our inception in 2017 we have made 457 grants, distributing £6.4 million in funding and enabled 9,000hrs of skill-sharing from our pro bono partners. The Fore works with a wide range of partners including BlackRock, Moody’s, Rothschild & Co., UBS, LGT Wealth Management, Golden Bottle Trust, Postcode Local Trust, The Four Acre Trust, Garfield Weston, The National Lottery Community Fund, Power to Change, The Lovington Foundation, The Mumme-Ackford Charitable Trust, Bridget Barton, and other family trusts and individuals.

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

For more information, please see The Fore’s website: https://www.thefore.org and Twitter feed: @theforetrust.


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

Association of Accessible Employers

The Association of Accessible Employers supports employers to understand the issues that individuals who live with disability face in the working world. Its interactive, immersive training is shaped and delivered by people with lived experience of disabilities and learning differences and supports businesses to find high impact, low-cost accessibility solutions. To meet the growing demand for experiential training delivered by disabled trainers, the organisation is using The Fore’s funding to hire a Business Development Officer to hone its offering, bring in new clients and generate a sustainable revenue model.  

Curious School of the Wild

Through its free, creative outdoor experiences and events for all ages, Curious School of The Wild aims to overcome the barriers for marginalised groups and those on low incomes in Bodmin to engage in outdoor learning and recreation. In the last 12 months, the organisation has run 38 community sessions including walking groups, youth groups and skills workshops. As demand from the community and referring practitioners increases, the social enterprise is using The Fore’s grant to fund additional staff capacity so it can expand its vital services and free senior leadership to focus on developing sustainability plans and impact assessment.

Ersilia Open Source Initiative

Ersilia Open Source Initiative aims to create a world with more equitable access to healthcare by equipping universities and clinics in low-income countries with artificial intelligence (AI) tools for infectious and neglected disease research. Focusing on Southern Africa, the organisation’s accessible AI and capacity building initiatives strengthen local universities and institutions’ ability to tackle the health needs of their own people. The charity is using The Fore’s grant to fund a salaried CEO in order to transform the organisation from a ‘start-up’ to a sustainable charity able to deliver at scale and reach its potential.    

Family Compass

Family Compass delivers creative and family-focused therapies, high-quality mentoring and therapeutic group sessions to children and their families in Barnstaple, North Devon. The organisation partners closely with local authorities and communities to support families and fill crucial gaps in mental health services. The Fore’s grant will fund the renovation of new, larger premises which will drive the organisation’s expansion. This opportunity will also put the charity on a path to financial sustainability by creating bespoke therapy space which can be rented by local therapists to increase service capacity in the area.  

Glasgow Artists’ Moving Image Studios

Located in Scotland’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood, GAMIS partner with residents and artists to promote accessible cinema in Govanhill, Glasgow. GAMIS’s work explores the role of cinema in local communities for swapping stories, the representation of marginalised communities and learning about new cultures. The Fore’s grant will fund the opening of a microcinema to be used as an arts hub providing space and technical film skills to facilitate community-led screenings and creative projects. This major step change will enable the organisation to establish a more permanent and approachable presence in the local area.   

Inspiring Women Network

Inspiring Women Network is a grassroots, multi-cultural community group in Truro that connects and empowers women to achieve their full potential by creating an inclusive space for all communities to belong. The organisation’s 200 regular members are offered a programme of wellbeing and creative workshops, peer support, coaching and advocacy with a focus on ensuring opportunities are culturally sensitive and diverse. The organisation is using The Fore’s grant for the opening of a new hub which will be a critical step towards its strategic development. The space will enable the charity to offer its full programme of events on a more regular basis and help them expand reach with increased visibility and accessibility in a central location.   

Organisation of Young Africans

Based in London, Organisation of Young Africans (OYA) has provided holistic support to young people and their families of African and African-Caribbean heritage since 2000. They offer a range of services from academic training in core subjects to traineeships for over 16s as well as support with motivation and confidence. 200 young people aged between 9 and 19 spend up to 200 hours each per annum benefitting from these activities. OYA is using The Fore’s grant to employ a Programme Manager who will implement more efficient, less labour intensive and sustainable systems so the charity can meet the ever-increasing demand for its services.  

Refuge4Pets

Refuge4Pets is a pioneering, young organisation that aims to enable freedom from domestic abuse for victim-survivors in Devon and Cornwall by providing a specialist fostering service for their animals and resettlement outreach services to aid mental and physical recovery. The organsiation is fast becoming a national voice in this area and provides training to animal welfare agencies and organisations across the UK. R4P’s services are in high demand and it is now using The Fore’s funding to increase operational capacity and efficiency. This will enable leadership to focus on developing the charity’s financial resilience and managing organisational rebranding initiatives. 

Skilz Academy

Based in Arbroath, Angus, Skilz Academy works to improve the lives of those experiencing poverty, mental health issues and social isolation. The charity delivers creative projects, community sport, walking groups for the elderly, digital skills programmes and runs a community café. Its series of user-involved working groups ensures services reflect the needs of the community. The Fore’s funding will catalyse the opening of a new AstroTurf pitch which will meet significant local need for an outdoor space and improve the organisation’s financial sustainability by providing an additional income stream.