How we work

The Carnegie UK Trust seeks to improve the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK with particular regard to people who are disadvantaged.

To achieve this goal we aim to change minds through influencing public policy and change lives through innovative practice and partnerships.

We are an operating Trust that makes effective and active decisions about our work.  By investing in evidence-based policy development and translating our findings into real-world activities we build a coherent set of messages that influence decision-makers to change their behaviours and improve wellbeing.

We do not accept unsolicited grant applications but seek to build partnerships with other organisations for specific pieces of work.

Our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan  sets three Strategic Objectives for our work:

  1. Be a recognised leader in wellbeing and its links to public policy
  2. Be a champion for sharing learning between all jurisdictions of the UK and Ireland
  3. Make working across the public, private and voluntary sector more normal and valued

These objectives are embedded across all of our work and through our strategic category of Enabling Wellbeing.

We have selected three specific work areas in which to pursue our objectives. These are: Digital FuturesFlourishing TownsFulfilling Work

Click below to read about our projects in each theme


Our Strategic Plan


“The Trustees are committed to a regular review of the work of the organisation and planning its future work. They have chosen a five-year planning cycle. One of the strengths of the Trust is commitment to a thoughtful and proportionate planning process, while retaining the flexibility to respond to particular issues which may arise during the planning period. This flexibility, exercised by a review every five years of what should be the major activities of the Trust, is a salutary manifestation of vitality and of refusal to get ‘fossilised’. (Wolfenden 1976)…”

You can read the entire document by following this link and downloading / viewing our latest Strategic Plan.