Evolve fund | Communities Fund | Growth Fund | Grant changes guidance | Booster Fund | Internal grants | Beyond funding 


The Hyde Charitable Trust (HCT) focuses on our residents and communities. Its grant-making activities support the aims and objectives of Hyde's Community Investment team, by supporting its Advice and Advocacy work and Communities programme.

Evolve Fund 

Our Evolve Fund is an open-access fund and is open to organisations that haven’t been funded by HCT before, or in the past five years.

The key priority for this fund is to test new approaches to working with Hyde residents, teams and networks.

Communities Fund

Our Communities Fund is currently open for invited organisations only and we don’t accept unsolicited funding requests.

The key priority for this fund is to support our community partners to continue delivering existing work that is meeting an identified need and to ensure the sustainability of their provision beyond the grant period.

Growth Fund

Our Growth Fund is currently open for invited organisations only and we don’t accept unsolicited funding requests.

The key priority for this fund is to support our community partners to develop and deliver new provision, or add value to existing provision in Hyde communities.

Grant changes guidance

We understand there may be occasions when our community partners cannot deliver their programme as described in the grant application. For those instances, we’ve written a guidance that explains the process of requesting and approving such change.

Booster Fund (closed)

This fund, launched in December 2022 to support community partners through the cost-of-living crisis.

Internal grants

The following funds allow Hyde staff to apply for funding on behalf of residents:

  • Hardship Fund – supports Hyde residents who are experiencing financial hardship by addressing a temporary difficult situation
  • Energy Fund – supports Hyde residents with low-level energy debts, who are struggling to pay their bills or top up their pre-payment meter
  • Resident Assistance Budget Fund – helps to address challenges faced by Hyde customers who would otherwise face enforcement action or complaints if left unresolved
  • Domestic Abuse Fund – supports victims of domestic abuse and their children in need of financial assistance

Beyond funding

We focus on building long-term relationships with our funded partners and various stakeholders in the Hyde communities. Our team of experienced Project and Partnership Managers play an active role in various local and regional networks and acts as an important link between the HCT and Hyde communities.

We're committed to learning from our partners and constantly reviewing what we do and how we do it. Our decisions and funding priorities are shaped by the data we collect through monitoring forms. We're also committed to adopting more open and trusting practices – that’s why we joined the community of open and trusting grant-makers in November 2022.

We work closely with our funded partners and offer them additional support where possible. This support includes help with fundraising, organisational development, evaluation and communications. Where beneficial, we’ll also try to tap into the resources within the Hyde Group and link our partners with highly-skilled staff through our volunteering leave.