The MSE Charity gives grants to UK not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

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18th June 2020 - Grant Applications Update

Due to the exceptional circumstances this year, we are currently reviewing our grant making criteria for the next two grant rounds.

We will be sharing in mid July updated guidance for our forthcoming September grant round. A link to the online application form will be available from this page on Tuesday 1st September 2020.

Please review our Funding Frequently Asked Questions for further info, if you still have a query, please do not hesitate to contact us.

4th June 2020

Money Saving Expert has collaborated with the Open University to provide a free online adult financial education course, MSE’s Academy of Money If you are looking for more personal finance resources, check out our updated Useful Links page.

1st April 2020 - Coronavirus Support - Useful Links

One of our current grantees Clean Slate who run Quids In Centres has responded to the crisis by providing an online Corona-Finance guide to help and support low income households.

Surviving Economic Abuse, another of our current grantees has written a new resource on spotting the signs of economic abuse (a type of domestic abuse) during the coronavirus outbreak.

Money Saving Expert's team are updating daily their Coronavirus Finance & Bills page which can provide help during these uncertain times.

26th March 2020

If you have applied to Martin Lewis's Coronavirus Poverty Relief fund, the contact email address is coronaviruscharityhelp@gmail.com. Please note this is NOT being administered by the MSE Charity.

If you need more help in sourcing funding during this difficult time, please review Ian McLintock's article which includes national, regional and global funders.

25th March 2020 - Coronavirus Update

Current Grantees

We want to reassure organisations we fund that we will continue to support you through this uncertain time, and that our funding is flexible and intended to help you deal with challenges.

Our grants are for specific projects, if you are concerned about anything around your grant, or want to make changes or have any queries please email us a succinct outline of your proposed changes and we will aim to respond to you promptly.

We have signed up to the Coronavirus funder statement published in full here.

Living with Long Term Challenges Grant Round

It is with great regret due to the exceptional circumstances that we have had to suspend this grant round. All applicants have been advised. We are operating in an environment that is alien to all of us and you our potential grantees are at the sharp end of this. By definition, much of the work we fund is face to face in nature, a methodology that is not appropriate in these challenging times. We do appreciate the time, effort and work that has been undertaken by applicants and we will keep you posted as to when we are able to re-start grant-making. Please check this page periodically for further updates.

23rd March 2020

Martin Lewis, our patron is releasing £1 million from his personal charity fund to support urgent small-charity coronavirus poverty relief.

The aim is to provide grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. Examples could include foodbanks, charities engaged in community aid, financial advice help and more. The hope is to get the money distributed within the next couple of weeks, and they are looking for projects that are up and running, or are in the process of being set up –they want to deliver help at speed.

The current deadline is Wednesday 25th March, click here for further details. Please note this is NOT being administered by the MSE Charity.

If you need more help in sourcing funding during this difficult time, please review Ian McLintock's article which includes national, regional and global funders.

28th February 2020

Our Grant round is now closed. Applicants will be advised of the outcome by Thursday 9th April 2020. If you have not heard from us by this date please get in touch.

January 2020

Our next grant round, Living with Long Term Challenges opens on Monday 3rd February 2020 at 9am. Not sure if your organisation can apply? Take our quick Eligibility Quiz now, and review our Funding FAQs.

Application Form Process Updated for 2020

We no longer require you to submit a separate Funding Proposal - all relevant information will be asked as questions in the online application form. You can review the new application questions here.

Please note there are now specified maximum word limits on answers to questions.

The application form CANNOT be saved and returned to, so please make sure you have your answers prepared in advance so that you can complete the application in one sitting.

December 2019

Our next grant round, Living with Long Term Challenges opens on Monday 3rd February 2020. Check out projects we have previously funded under this category.

Not sure if your organisation can apply? Take our quick Eligibility Quiz now, and review our Funding FAQs.

November 2019

7 project grants approved from our September themed round, Life Changing Transitions.

Find out more about these organisations and what the MSE Charity is funding them to do.

26th September 2019

September GRANT ROUND IS NOW CLOSED.

Our next grant round, Living with Long Term Challenges opens Monday 3rd February 2020.

2nd September 2019

Our Grant round is now open. If you have successfully taken our Eligibility Quiz, prepared your project proposal, please complete our online Application Form.

Please remember we ONLY accept applications electronically. The grant round closes on Friday 27th September at 5pm or earlier if we have already accepted 40 applications. If we have closed the grant round early the application form will NOT be accessible for you to complete.

August 2019

Our next grant round, Life Changing Transitions opens on Monday 2nd September at 9am. Check out projects we have previously funded under this category.

Not sure if your organisation can apply? Take our quick Eligibility Quiz now, and review our Funding FAQs.

June 2019

The MSE Charity is sad to announce that Geoff Hill one of our Grant Advisory Panel members has died. We are very appreciative of the valuable contribution Geoff has made to the Charity over the last five years. We will miss his wise insight around voluntary sector organisations gained over many years and his cheerful persona which made for lively discussions at our Panel meetings.

May 2019

The MSE Charity is delighted to announce that Marcus Herbert, the Editor-in-Chief of MoneySavingExpert.com has joined our Board of Trustees.

April 2019

10 project grants approved from our February themed round, Raising the Next Generation. Find out more about these organisations and what the MSE Charity is funding them to do.

1st March 2019

February GRANT ROUND IS NOW CLOSED.

Our next grant round, Life Changing Transitions opens of Monday 2nd September 2019.

28th February 2019

Our grant round closes tomorrow Friday 1st March, applications that are in progress have until 5pm tomorrow to be completed. Any applications received after this time will be automatically rejected. The online application form is NOT accepting any new applications for this grant round.

Our next grant round opens on Monday 2nd September 2019.

4th February 2019

Our Grant round is now open. If you have successfully taken our Eligibility Quiz, prepared your project proposal, please complete our online Application Form. Please remember we only accept applications electronically. The grant round closes on Friday 1st March 5pm or earlier if we have already accepted 40 applications. If we have closed the grant round early the application form will NOT be accessible for you to complete.

1st February 2019

Our next Grant round opens on Monday 4th February at 8.30am. If you have successfully taken our Eligibility Quiz, prepared your project proposal, then get ready to complete our online application form. The grant round closes on Friday 1st March 5pm or earlier if we have already accepted 40 applications. If we have closed the grant round early the application form will NOT be accessible for you to complete.

January 2019

Our next grant round, Raising the Next Generation opens on Monday 4th February, check out projects we have previously funded under this theme.

Not sure if your organisation can apply? Take our quick Eligibility Quiz now, and review our Funding FAQs.

December 2018

9 project grants approved from the September Building & Developing Resilience grant round. Find out more about these groups and what the MSE Charity is funding them to do.

27th September 2018

GRANT ROUND CLOSED - We have received and accepted 40 applications we are now closed until Monday 4th February 2019.

3rd September 2018

Our Grant round is now open. If you have successfully taken our Eligibility Quiz, prepared your project proposal, please complete our online application form. Please remember we only accept applications electronically via the application form. The grant round closes on Friday 28th September 5pm or earlier if we have already accepted 40 applications. If we have closed the grant round early the application form will NOT be accessible for you to complete.

August 2018

Our September grant round, Building and Developing Resilience opens on Monday 3rd September, check out projects we have previously funded under this theme.

June 2018

Are you eligible to apply to the MSE Charity in our September 2018 grant round? Take our quick Eligibility Quiz now to see if your organisation is eligible.

May 2018

8 project grants approved from the February Living with Long Term Challenges grants round. Find out more about these groups and what the MSE Charity is funding them to do.

November 2017

14 project grants approved from the September Life Changing Transitions grant round. Find out more about these groups and what the MSE Charity is funding them to do.