Funding for communities affected by loan sharks (deadline 30th June 2018)

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), hosted by Birmingham City Council, awards grants of up to £5,000 to local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England for projects that raise awareness on the issues of illegal money lending in their community. The funding has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders.

For the 2018 round of funding, new projects and initiatives that will leave a legacy in the communities they are delivered in are actively encourage. Projects should meet the following criteria:


  • Has this been done before?
  • What makes this project different?

Community Engagement

  • Who will this project reach?
  • How many people will be involved?


  • How will it effect and influence people reached?
  • How will it change their actions and understanding?


  • What will it leave behind?
  • How is it sustainable?

Funds can be spent on any worthwhile community project that:

  • contributes to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks;
  • prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message;
  • promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities; and
  • encourages reporting of loan sharks.

Projects must be delivered by the 31 March 2019.

Deadline: Saturday 30 June 2018

For more information and how to apply please contact please click here.


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