The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales wants charities to apply for £2.5m of funding that it is yet to award from its Enable programme.
The programme, which makes short-term development grants of up to £15,000 over a maximum of two years, was opened for applications last August and will close in July. A spokeswoman for the foundation said not enough charities had applied so far.
Enable was created to help small and medium-sized charities affected by cuts and changes to government funding and commissioning. Grants can be used to cover core costs and support charities to develop their back-office functions.
The spokeswoman said that grants were available for another 160 charities and would be awarded by November. She said that just over £367,000 had been allocated so far and the average grant size was £13,000.
Charities are eligible to apply if they have an income of between £25,000 and £1m and work with people who are experiencing "multiple disadvantage". The foundation’s eligibility guidance says these could be ex-offenders, the long-term unemployed and asylum seekers who are also at critical points in their lives – being released from prison or becoming homeless, for example.
Grants are available to support activities such as business development, the development of monitoring systems, independent examinations, organisational mergers and shared services, consultancy support and quality standards.
Applicants must also be registered charities or charitable incorporated organisations with at least one year of accounts, a one-year track record of direct service delivery and free reserves equalling less than a year’s expenditure. They must have an active board of at least three trustees and operate mainly in England and Wales.