Over the last few months, we have been sharing several reports that expand our understanding of severe and multiple disadvantage – in different places and contexts – as a series called ‘Connected.’

This work builds on Hard Edges, published in 2015 with Heriot-Watt University. It was the first statistical profile of severe and multiple disadvantage and showed that there were 58,000 people in England in simultaneous contact with homelessness, substance misuse and criminal justice services. This has been influential in drawing attention to the ways in which social harms reinforce one another and cluster around many of the same people, and we are keen to take this analysis further forward and consider more perspectives which both broaden and deepen the scope of our conversations.

Recently we have published:

Gender Matters – a new profile highlighting the gendered nature of social harm

People not Problems – politicians respond to five different experiences of severe and multiple disadvantage

Culture, Connection and Belonging – a study of addiction and recovery in Nottingham’s BAME community

Telling a different story – understanding news media coverage of severe and multiple disadvantage

Rather than being competing analyses, we want to consider their findings and implications together, as part of an interconnected whole.

Grants programme


**UPDATE: due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, this programme has been paused. We will be in touch with those who have applied so far, and hope to relaunch at a more appropriate time.**


We are offering small grants (£1,500 – £3,000) for charities, community groups, networks, relevant statutory organisations, educational institutions or partnerships who want to use the new reports as the starting point of a new conversation in their own sector or local area, or who think they will add clout to conversations they are already having about severe and multiple disadvantage.

We do have our own thoughts about the key findings from the reports, the relationships between them, and some conversations we’d like to see springing up next. These are outlined here and we’d love to hear your thoughts too. We recognise that our view is only partial and we are trying to promote a sense of collective ownership and action. We think the most exciting insights and potential will come from people finding resonance in their own work, building up conversations from the ground about the findings and implications, and making connections across traditional sector boundaries.

What activities are being funded?

Our vision is a series of independent events and discussions which take on, pick apart and explore the new resources under the heading Connected: new conversations about severe and multiple disadvantage.

We don’t want to be too prescriptive about how the reports are used. However, we do encourage you to facilitate new conversations in creative, open and inclusive ways like interactive events, workshops, mini launches, open space forums, exhibitions, debates etc.

We are particularly interested in conversations which bring together insights from different reports in the ‘connected’ series, and are also providing a financial incentive for local partners to team up in planning and delivery (see below).

We are not offering funding for service delivery, or for projects arising from the issues discussed in the reports.

Who can apply?

There are no restrictions on who can take part: the programme is open to different setups including charities, community groups, networks, relevant statutory organisations, educational institutions, individuals and partnerships who want to use the reports as the starting point of a new conversation about the nature and extent of severe and multiple disadvantage.

Budget details

£1,500 is available for individual organisations planning to run an event, workshop or similar. For events planned and delivered in partnership, a small financial incentive takes the amount available up to £3,000.

There will only be a single grant-holder and we expect partnering organisations to agree their shares as appropriate.

The grant is intended to cover any costs incurred in organising and running an activity or event – such as venue hire, catering, materials, and staff capacity. It is intended to give organisations freedom to act independently, and our capacity to provide further non-financial resources (eg staff time, promotional support, extra training etc) is limited. We cannot guarantee the availability of individual report authors or Lankelly Chase colleagues, so plans should not centre on their input.

Communications and feedback

We ask that partners let us know what is happening and when, to share any creative outputs with us (pictures, video, social media etc), and to produce some kind of review material like a blog or short paper. We will also ask for a follow-up conversation about what you learnt and any interesting results. After the distributed launch programme has concluded, we may arrange a learning event to gather different partners together for a collective view on the work undertaken.


There will be an initial cut-off point on Thursday 9th April 2020 and we may not be able to inform people about decisions until after then.

We would like activities and events to take place over Spring and Summer 2020.

Application instructions

A summary of potential conversation themes to get started is here; this is just our own starting point and we’re keen to hear other ideas.

There is a simple online application form with a few questions asking for your thoughts on the reports and your ideas for a new conversation.

If you would rather apply using a word document then download it here and email your response to communications@lankellychase.org.uk. You can also answer the same questions on (short) video or audio and email it to the same address.

We hope to support as many conversations as budget allows and will work on the initial assumption that everyone who applies is capable. In the event of oversubscription, we will use the compass of:

  • Our mission: to change the systems which perpetuate severe and multiple disadvantage
  • Our system behaviours: the things we think need to be modelled more widely
  • The theme of interconnection between the different reports and issues discussed.

We are hoping to reach people outside of our usual networks. Existing grant partners are welcome to submit proposals but we may prioritise those which take conversations into new arenas and audiences.

In the event of obvious crossover/duplication between different proposals we will aim to resolve this on a case-by-case basis.

We reserve the right to undertake light-touch due diligence should this be necessary/appropriate.


If you have any questions feel free to call us on 020 3747 9930 or email communications@lankellychase.org.uk