What we Fund

Our Purpose

The MSE Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups deliver financial life skills, which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave & manage their money.

Who we Fund

We prefer to fund small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution for example registered Charities, CICs, Credit Unions, excluding statutory organisations.

Organisations should have an annual income under £750,000 and have less than six months free reserves.

Take our quick Eligibility Quiz to see if we can fund your organisation.

How we Fund

Usually we invite organisations to apply if they have a great idea for a financial capability project, related to the current grant round theme. The grant round themes for September 2020 and February 2021 were modified due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the summer of 2022 - we responded to the urgent need of the Cost of Living Crisis which is impacting people across the UK. We updated our grant criteria and the timing of the grant round so that we could get emergency funding out to organisations in late September 2022.

Each round will focus on delivering financial life skills projects to organisations who assist and support defined groups. The group categories range from children, carers, older people, offenders, to those living with disabilities.

Applications are only invited online in January and in September. All grants are below £7,500.

Grant Round Themes & Dates

There are two themed grant rounds per year, there are four different themes which rotate through a two year cycle.

A grant round closes early if 40 applications have been accepted, so make sure you apply early in the month the grant round is open.

Applications Accepted - 3rd January - 31st January 2023

Decision Meeting - 7th March 2023

Applications Accepted - 4th September – 29th September 2023

Decision Meeting - 7th November 2023

Applications Accepted - 2nd January – 31st January 2024

Decision Meeting - 5th March 2024

Applications Accepted - 2nd September - 27th September 2024

Decision Meeting - 6th November 2024