The Foundation has launched a major new capital grants programme to fund projects supporting vulnerable people across the West Midlands – and applicants are now invited to bid for up to £1.35 million.

The Building Better Lives programme has launched following an anonymous donation of £4 million in December last year.

The programme will support a maximum of three major initiatives providing accommodation solutions for vulnerable people.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for projects which will upgrade, extend or develop existing accommodation to provide additional capacity.

The approach has been taken in a move to help organisations expand and develop their services to support a range of client groups experiencing disadvantage.

Stage one of the two-stage application process is now open, with organisations invited to make their submissions until midday on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Organisations can bid for a minimum of £500,000 and a maximum of £1.35 million, and applicants must operate within Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire and have an annual turnover of less than £15 million.

The Building Better Lives programme will see the Foundation distribute its largest ever grants to date.

Tina Costello, Chief Executive of Heart of England Community Foundation, said:

“We are very excited to launch the Building Better Lives programme and can’t wait to see the variety of proposals from local organisations.


“This programme has a real potential to make a massive difference to vulnerable people and provides a unique opportunity for existing organisations to expand their work and increase their impact in the community.”

For more details about how to apply, visit

Please note, the grants team will not be answering any queries on this programme.

All queries should be emailed to the project manager, Carole Hodson, at