What Works Fund

The What Works Fund was set up in 2016 to help establish the most effective methods of improving financial capability across the UK.

It provides financial support for projects which are focused on building evidence of the types of interventions that can make a measurable difference to people’s financial capability. Through this evidence the sector is developing an understanding of what works, and just as crucially: what doesn’t.

Ultimately, the aim is to scale up the most effective projects in order to improve the levels of financial capability for millions of people.

The below projects have received part of the £10 million What Works Fund. A full list of the projects funded in the first round of funding in 2016/17 is available here

For any further information about the Fund, contact what.works@moneyadviceservice.org.uk

1625 Independent People

A2 Dominion Housing

Advice NI

Advising London

Affinity Sutton Community Foundation

Age Concern Tyneside South

Age Cymru: Swansea Bay

Age UK

Age Scotland

Anglia Care Trust

Auriga Services

Birmingham Settlement

CAB Basingstoke

CAB Merton & Lambeth

CAB North Liverpool

CAB Southwark

Campaign for Learning

Carers UK

Centre for Responsible Credit

Centrepoint Soho

Changing Lives

Church Urban Fund

Citizens Advice

Community Housing Aid

Community Links

Cornwall Rural Community Charity

Fife Council, Falkirk Council and West Lothian Council


Good Things Foundation

Groundwork West Midlands

Institute for Employment Studies

Just Finance Foundation

Learning and Work Institute

Move On


National Numeracy

National Skills Academy for Financial Services

National Youth Agency

Queen's University Belfast

Royal Society for Blind Children

School of Hard Knocks

Shelter Scotland

Tenovus Cancer Care

The Open University

The Mix

The Money Charity

The Children's Society

The Royal Leicestershire, Rutland, Wycliffe Society for the Blind

The Wales Co-Operative Centre


Toynbee Hall

Wakefield Council

West Kent Housing Association

Young Enterprise

Young Scot

Youth Access

Youth Cymru

Learnings from the What Works Fund

As the fund progresses, we will be sharing key learnings for practitioners from the 65 What Works projects. Anticipated themes include: how to get people to engage with your project; tips for overcoming key monitoring and evaluation challenges; and tips and strategies for using and disseminating your findings.  

Click here for our first webinar on engagement: Learnings from the What Works Fund