Applying for PBE support 

Each year we identify a small number of charities/interventions for detailed study. These normally fall within our four focus areas of education, mental health and resilience, employment and poverty. PBE work with these charities to identify the key activities and deliverables for their specific project. However, typically our work falls into 3 different categories: 

  1. Advice: This project would involve a deep dive review of an organisation's evidence base, providing recommendations for improvements, and guidance on how to prepare for an economic analysis, including logic model design.   
  2. Analysis: PBE Economic Analysis is typically a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) or Break Even Analysis. CBA is a method of evaluating the extent to which the benefits of a project, programme or intervention exceed its costs. 
  3. Advocacy: This project helps review the existing evidence to examine the scale of a national issue, such as the cost of low adult numeracy for National Numeracy. The evidence and arguments produced through a literature review or policy analysis can be used to support an organisation’s cause or position. 

The process we use to filter enquiries is as follows: 

  • Please submit an expression of interest via our simple website form. 
  • We regularly review all current charity applications against our eligibility criteria below.  
  • When there is a project fit, the PBE team arrange a call to learn more about the organisation, the proposed project, and tell you about PBE’s way of working. Sometimes your idea might not be ready for a project but we’ll always do our best to add value to your work. 
  • We commonly receive far more applications than we can support, so we will assess your application against our strategic priorities and eligibility criteria. This includes allowing sufficient CEO/Senior Management and staff time for the project. If we see that your project or organisation does not fit our criteria, we will let you know as soon as possible. 

Eligibility Criteria 

We assess project applications against our selection criteria, which look at both project fit and organisational readiness to engage in a project.  

To be eligible for a project, an organisation should normally: 

  • Be headquartered in the UK  
  • Be a charity or social enterprise 
  • Have a turnover of between £100k - £10 million (for larger organisations we may ask for a contribution towards core costs) 
  • Have at least 2 months’ financial reserves (preferably 3 months) 

Work in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Education 
  • Employment 
  • Mental health and resilience 
  • Addressing complex needs; multiple deprivation, financial inclusion, poverty, homelessness and substance misuse