£100,000 to help break the vicious cycle of reoffending and addiction across England

We believe that people are capable of transformational change, no matter how chaotic their histories.

Therefore, in partnership with the Forward Trust, we have £100,000 in total available to support early-stage enterprises and charities that prioritise creating jobs for ex-offenders and people in recovery. Each eligible project can access up to £5,000 towards their Crowdfunder project.

Do you have an idea or early stage enterprise or charity that creates jobs for ex-offenders or people in recovery? If so, apply now below!

This programme is part of a wider initiative called the Forward Enterprise Fund which provides business support and repayable finance to organisations who share our mission. For more information about this fund, please follow: http://www.forwardenterprise.org.uk/

About the fund

Active Forward Enterprise Fund project fund
Forward Enterprise Fund
Get up to £5,000

Grant match funding and business support for start-up and early stage charities and social enterprises creating jobs for ex-offenders and people in recovery.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.


To apply for £5,000 match funding and possible business support, a project must be:

  • Registered and operating in England
  • An idea or established organisation with operations:
  • Working with ex-offenders or people in recovery from addiction, creating employment opportunities for people from these communities.


  • Led by ex-offenders or people in recovery from addiction.
  • Regulated organisations (e.g. charities, CICs or CBS which pursue charitable objectives), or unregulated social sector organisations (such as CLGs, CLS and IPS) with clear social purpose. To understand how we define social purpose see here.
  • Able to share our Commitment to Disclosure: To ensure The Forward Trust is meeting its purpose, we will sometimes ask applicants to evidence their backgrounds.

By asking people about their offending history or recovery journey, we can ensure our funds have the best impact. To read more about the Commitment to Disclosure follow this link.

In making decisions about applications we will consider areas like financial viability and growth, potential job creation and social impact, use of public funds, reputational risk and governance.

Read the full Forward Enterprise Fund terms & conditions.

How to apply for this fund

Start by setting up a crowdfunder project, if eligible you will be able to apply

Projects supported by Forward Enterprise

How crowdfunding works

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Add your idea to Crowdfunder

Create your unique page. Tell your story and explain your idea. Then set a target and how long you need to reach it.

Get the word out

Get the word out

Spread the word to friends, professional contacts and others in your community. Tell everyone you know about your project.

Get funded

Get funded

People who like your idea donate or pledge money in return for a reward they’ll receive once your project succeeds.

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