18 Nov Funding Information as of 18th November 2021
18th November 2021 – The following have been added or have approaching deadlines
- AllChurches Trust Emergency Grants Programme to Support Afghan Evacuees (Closing date 15th December)
- Arnold Clark Funding up to £1,000 to Support Local Communities During the Winter Months (Closes 31st December)
- Arts Council Funding to Increase Volunteering Opportunities in the Arts and Cultural Sectors (Expressions of Interest from 22nd November until 7th December)
- Asda Foundation -Grants of up to £25,000 Available to Improve Community Buildings & Outdoor Spaces
- Buttle UK – Up to £2,000 to Improve the Lives of Vulnerable Young People
- Community Investment Fund: Improving Young People’s Mental Health (Open until 26th November)
- DPD Eco Funding for Green Projects Up to £2,000
- Essex Community Foundation – Funding available to help improve charities digital services
- Help the Homeless Grants up to £5,000 (Closes 15th December 2021)
- Heritage Crafts – Training Bursaries to Support Heritage Craft Skills Amongst Black & Ethnically Diverse Groups (Closing date 13th December)
- National Lottery Community Fund – Financial Support for Social Enterprises Impacted by Covid-19 Opening 25th November
- National Lottery Platinum Jubilee Fund – Application deadline: 15 December 2021 at 5pm or once 700 applications are received – whichever comes first
- Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund – Funding Scheme to Attract Private Sector Investment in Environmental Projects
- Nineveh Charitable Trust – Funding for Projects that Promote a Better Understanding of the Environment and Countryside
- Ragdoll Foundation Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children (Open until 7th January 2022
- Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust – Ann Ryland Small Donations Grants up to £2,500 (Closing date 30th November)
- Thomas Wall Trust Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Increase Employment Opportunities for Disadvantaged Adults (Closing date 10th January 2022)
- Tree Council Branching Out Funds Up to £1,500
- UnLtd – Grants of up to £15,000 available to Social Entrepreneurs – Next Closing date 31st December
- Veolia Grants for Community and Environmental Projects Open Until 6th January 2022 for Decision 8th March
- Volant Trust – Covid 19 Response Fund – Applications Open until 31st December for Decision in April 2022
- Warm Homes Fund – Bids Open Until 21st January 2022
- Woodward Charitable Trust (Closing date 17th December)
- Woodland Trust Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools for Planting in March 2022
- Arts Council – Funding for Artists to Develop their Artistic Practice £2-£10,000 (Closing date 7th December)
- Ernest Cook Outdoor Learning Officer Grant Scheme Open for Applications until 22nd November
- Essex Community Foundation — High Sheriff Fund Open for Applications Until 1st December
- Little Lives Grants of up to £1,500 Available to Support Disadvantaged and Disabled Children (Closing date 30th November)
- Power to Change – Digital Support Programme to Help Community Businesses Develop & Grow (Closing date 13th December)
Charity Excellence Framework
The Charity Excellence Framework is a free, online toolkit that helps charities assess their work. The framework is focused on how organisations can increase their impact, financial resources and performance. It consists of 8 questionnaires and has links to other resources including a funding database.
Good Finance Covid-19 Resource page for Charities & Social Enterprises
This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19.
Grants Online Covid-19
No login details required to access this information. A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Below you will find a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available. https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html
Linkedin Charity Funding appeals and information
Southend Borough Council – Eligible Southend businesses advised to apply for grants through new single form
Southend Borough Council Business Grants to support 30% of costs for Business Growth Initiatives
The South East Business Boost (SEBB) programme has secured further funding to extend the delivery of business grants to Small Medium Enterprises(SME’s). These grants are non repayable and cover 30% of the costs incurred by a business to implement business developments that will generate business growth and employment. Applications must be made and approved before costs can be incurred.
From 15th June 2020, the popular 30% Growth Grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 can be accessed by Essex SMEs who have not received any other type of support from the SEBB programme to date.
- WHAT IS THE GROWTH GRANT?
- A 30% Grant for eligible Essex SMEs who are in the position to or are planning to carry out a Growth project.
- WHO CAN ACCESS THE GROWTH GRANT?
- The Growth Grant is available to support eligible small to medium enterprises and trading sole traders whohave not previously received support via the SEBB programme and require funding for their specific eligible Growth project.
- HOW MUCH GROWTH GRANT FUNDING CAN ELIGIBLE SMEs ACCESS?
- The total Growth Projectcost must be between a minimum of £3,333 and a maximum of £35,000. The SME would self-fund 70% of the project cost and the Growth Grant would fund the remaining 30% from a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £10,000.
- HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE GRANT APPROVED?
- Approximately as little as 8 weeks.
- NEXT STEPS – TELL ME MORE!
- If you would like more information in relation to this Growth Grant, please email email@example.com:
o your name
o business name and address
o confirmation that your business is registered or that you can provide trading evidence (for sole traders this would be business bank account details/HMRC number)
o phone number
o confirmation that you have not received any support previously via the SEBB programme.
The Grants Officers look forward to hearing from you and will endeavour to contact you within 5 working days of receipt of your email.
Southend Borough Council – Essential Living Fund – School Uniform Grant
You can now claim for a grant towards school uniform under our Essential Living Fund Scheme
To be eligible for this support the following conditions apply:-
- you are a parent or guardian of a child who is the following school years reception Year 1 to Year 11
- you must be in receipt of one of the following:-
- Income Support
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, with an annual income of less than £16,190
- The Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit
- Universal Credit, with an annual income of £7400 or below
You meet one of the below Exceptional Circumstances:-
- you have been made homeless and supported by the Local Council and placed into temporary accommodation and had to change schools
- you have been placed into a refuge and had to change schools
- you have lost school uniform in a fire or flood
For further information, copy of the policy and access to the online claim form please visit the main Essential Living Page
Essex Community Foundation
Essex Community Foundation – Funding available to help improve charities digital services
Voluntary and community organisations in Essex are invited to apply for funding to develop and improve their digital services.
The Digital Grants Programme, which is managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF), helps voluntary organisations to make use of digital technology and improve the experience their beneficiaries have.
The Programme has now reopened for its second round of applications and will not only provide vital funding, but also create a network of organisations in Essex that have an interest in developing their digital skills for the benefit of the wider community.
Examples of grants previously awarded:
- £4,000 to Teen Talk (Harwich) to develop a new website and improve their social media presence to better represent a charity supporting young people in Tendring.
- £5,180 to Peaceful Place to buy a CRM system to help the Basildon-based organisation support people with young onset dementia.
- £10,000 to YMCA Essex to upgrade their WiFi network and improve internet connection at a YMCA housing facility for young people in Colchester.
- £9,265 to Essex Blind Charity towards the redevelopment of their mobile IT infrastructure and CRM system. were involved in the Programme last year.
- The average grant from this Programme is £9,500, however, there is no maximum grant limit.ECF are keen for organisations involved to collaborate with others that have received funding, and will host events where they can share their learning and hear from digital experts.How to apply: Please call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018 to discuss your ideas in advance of applying. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.There is no deadline, but please be aware that funding decisions may take up to two months.For more information on eligibility and to complete our online application form,
Essex Community Foundation – High Sheriff Fund Open to Applications Until 1st December
Local charities and voluntary organisations are invited to apply for a grant from the High Sheriffs’ Fund to support projects that address crime reduction, community safety and anti-social behaviour across the County.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the High Sheriffs’ Fund and other community safety focused funds managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF).
Projects that have received grants previously include outreach work in Clacton for young people at risk of involvement with the County Lines drug culture, advocacy and help for elderly victims of financial abuse in Basildon, Rochford and Rayleigh and support for children of mothers who have experienced domestic abuse.
The deadline date for applications is Tuesday 1 December, so now is the time for organisations to apply for a grant to support their work. https://www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk/high-sheriffs-fund/
Fowler, Smith and Jones Trust –
The Trustees meet three times a year, to consider applications. The meetings take place in February, May and September.
Applications are divided into the following categories:
The Trust does not fund:
Direct replacement of statutory funding or activities that are primarily the responsibility of local or central government are not considered to be qualifying areas for awards by the Trustees. The Trust provides grants to institutions which are in the main UK based charities, and whose objectives comply with the Trust’s criteria. It is noted that the recipients themselves are thus regulated to ensure they operate for the public benefit.
If you would like to discuss a potential application, please email and we will call you back.
Alix Mason email@example.com
Penny Langran firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Grant Scheme
We aim to help organisations that are either non-profit making or charitable, and allow groups to apply for a grant of up to £500 once a year. This could be for any community initiative which benefits residents, the grant can also be awarded as a bursary for room hire at Leigh Community Centre.
There are two rounds of applications each year, the closing dates for applications are always the 31st March and 30th September. Applications are then considered at the next Full Council meeting.
If you are interested in applying for the next round of funding, please visit www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk/grant-scheme for more information. Applications are due by 31st March 2022.
A Better Start Southend Engagement Fund Extension
£1,000 funding available to Voluntary sector groups supporting families of 0-4s living in ABSS wards in Southend.
During the pandemic, A Better Start Southend have extended their ‘Engagement Fund’ to enable Voluntary Sector groups to support families of 0-4s and help to improve their wellbeing during these difficult times. The ‘Engagement Fund’ has historically been used to engage new families into the programme, but after generous additional funding provided through the National Lottery, this has now been extended to groups to be able to more widely provide much needed support.
The funding is available to organisations with a turnover of less than £750,000 who are based in one of the six ABSS Wards (Kursaal, Milton, Westborough, Shoebury, West Shoebury and Victoria). The maximum that will be awarded in a single application is £1,000, however groups can apply twice.
All ideas are welcome, with previous funded projects including support packages to SEND families, additional 1:1 support for families arriving into the UK and an arts competition. Ideas must directly support ABSS beneficiaries (expectant parents, parents and children up to their third birthday) in response to Covid.
The application process is simple and straightforward. Applicants are being supported by SAVS, and those interested are welcome to contact Roger Savage for more information by emailing email@example.com.
A Better Start Community Ideas and Development Fund
At A Better Start Southend we know local people can make great things happen. We are investing over ten years to improve the lives of Southend’s very youngest residents; and we’re working with local people every step of the way.
Our Community, Ideas and Development Fund (CID Fund) enables community-led change. It helps support community groups, organisations and individuals who have a great idea about how to make lives better for Southend’s young children and their families.
With the excellent expertise from SAVS supporting you all the way through the application process, and regular reviews with the A Better Start Southend team to aid your success, your project could be a fantastic addition to the local offer for families around Southend.
Take a look at the details below, and for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A B Charitable Trust Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights (Closing date 31st October)
UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants of usually between £10,000 and £20,000 through the A B Charitable Trust. The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT) was set up in 1990 and supports unpopular causes that champion human dignity and to focus on small and medium-sized charities working close to the ground.
Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support:
- migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
- criminal justice and penal reform
- human rights, particularly access to justice
The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links.
The next closing date for applications is the 31st October for decision in January 2022. http://abcharitabletrust.org.uk/application.htm
Active Essex – Essex Find Your Active Fund (July 2021 – March 2022)
The Find Your Active Fund is a simple and short application process. This new fund focuses on awards that can support organisations and ambassadors to take immediate action to engage people who are less active because of the pandemic. Applications can only be made online and the decision of your application will be made within 2 weeks of applying.
About the fund:
The fund is provided by Active Essex and Essex County Council, and supported by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Thurrock Council, to respond to the immediate challenges of engaging people who have become less physically active due to the pandemic. Any organisation from Essex can apply. The money can be used to start up new activities or increasing the numbers attending existing activities.
Please note that grants over £3,000 will be an exception. Most of the grants will be for projects that can start quickly, requiring money for coaches, instructors, venue hire, equipment, and promotion. We cannot fund major capital projects such as facilities, floodlighting, gyms, or multi-use games areas. We can fund equipment which will be used to enable deconditioned people to become active.
The fund is for organisations who are willing and able to take immediate action to reach people who have become less physically active since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. All activities will need to be completed by March 31st, 2022 or earlier. Applications that are focused on the key funding priorities below are more likely to receive an award.
We will prioritise applications that target people who have become physically deconditioned because of the pandemic. Key groups have been affected more than others by the pandemic, and we will prioritise applications that engage older people, children and young people, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions, women, ethnically diverse communities and people from lower socio-economic groups.
Who and what we will fund:
We can fund any organisation that can offer appropriate physical activity and sport activities for people who are now less active due to the pandemic.
We can fund a wide range of costs including instructors, premises, equipment, marketing and promotion.
Every organisation receiving an award will need to use the Find Your Active branding, collect simple information about the participants using the participant data form and complete an end of project partner survey on our online Impact Tool. We welcome at any time inspirational stories about people who are benefitting from the fund.
All funded activities will need to be completed by March 31st 2022.
AllChurches Trust Funding to Extend the Reach of Christian Organisations
Funding is available for Christian organisations to significantly extend their reach to a greater number of people who will benefit from their work.
Allchurches Trust’s Transformational Grants Programme provides funding for major, multi-year capital projects and equipment. This year the Trust will also fund salaries and other revenue costs.
In addition to meeting the Trust’s core criteria for the award of a grant, applicants must demonstrate how their project will achieve as many as possible, and ideally all, of the following criteria:
- Significantly extend the organisation’s reach to a greater number of people and/or over a wider geographical area, and increase the scope of its work
- Make a vital difference in enabling the organisation to realise its overall vision and strategic aims
- Lead to a significant step-change or growth for the organisation – numerically and spiritually
- Benefit not only the immediate organisation but other similar organisations and/or the wider community as well
Churches, cathedrals, Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply and are encouraged to explore partnerships and shared learnings that will benefit the Christian sector. There is no maximum grant, but only a limited number of grants are awarded each year. Applications can be made at any time.
AllChurches Trust Emergency Grants Programme to Support Afghan Evacuees (Closing date 15th December)
Allchurches Trust is offering grants to churches and Christian charities which are supporting Afghan evacuees who are resettling in the UK from Afghanistan.
The Afghan Evacuees Emergency Grants Programme will help Christian organisations to cover associated costs. This could include costs such as personal items, accommodation and furniture, language support, volunteer expenses, rental costs of church halls/buildings, and help with integrating and settling such as befriending groups and drop-in sessions.
Organisations are eligible to apply for funding even if they have had another grant from the Trust within the last two years.
The deadline for applications is the 15th December 2021.
For any questions call Iain Hearn on 01452 873189, or e-mail email@example.com
Allen Lane Funding for Community Cohesion Projects
The Allen Lane Foundation’s Social Cohesion Programme, provides funding to support local communities in breaking down barriers and reduce tensions between different groups of people, and help to build a more cohesive and inclusive community. The aim of the funding is to:
- Proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area
- Proactively promote the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals in the life of the local community
- Fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”.
The Foundation is seeking applications from community-led grassroots groups and organisations which have a focus of work being at a very local/community level, which could be a housing estate or distinct community. The Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently.
Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively and the Foundation is keen to support communities in coming up with their own solutions to local issues of division. New initiatives, those that may have been tried before or are on-going, are considered as long as the work has lasting benefits for those people the projects are aimed at.
No minimum or maximum grant levels are published. In 2018, of the 153 grants awarded 112 were single grants with the remainder being for two or three years. The majority ranged from £750 to £15,000 with recipients including:
- Shelley Over 60’s Club – £4,000
- South Tyneside Prison Matters – £1,000
- Manchester Refuge Support network – £9,935
Trustees meet to discuss grant applications three times a year, generally in February, June and October.
Potential applicants need to check their eligibility. Once this has been confirmed they will be directed to the application form. http://allenlane.org.uk/social-cohesion-programme/
Alpkit Foundation Funding to Support Grassroots Organisations During the Coronavirus
In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis.
Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak. Funding can provide support for activities which might include
- helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating,
- supporting the homeless,
- providing access to food, medicines or social care,
- supporting foodbanks,
- increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries,
- bringing exercise indoors.
Applications up to £500 can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis.
Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a new £6 million programme to provide short-term support for existing charitable projects supporting Armed Forces communities in the UK.
The Sustaining Support to Armed Forces Communities programme will award one-year grants of up to £100,000 to Armed Forces charities and charities with an existing track record of supporting Armed Forces communities.
Two funding tracks are available:
Project Funding Track
- Grants of up to £50,000 or up to £100,000
- For existing projects only that are well used by people from Armed Forces communities.
- Will fund up to 2 Full Time Equivalent staff to deliver your project or activity for a year; plus other reasonable costs.
Core Funding Track
- For Armed Forces Charities only
- Grants of up to £50,000 or up to £100,000
- Will fund up to two Full Time Equivalent core staff where that enables your organisation to keep delivering services.
- Can also apply for help for transformational costs to help your charity be in a stronger position to deliver services and support in future.
The application deadline for round 2 of the programme is midday on the 9th September 2021.
Anchor Foundation Funding for Christian Charities Promoting Social Inclusion
The Anchor Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 per year to Christian Charities that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts. Funding can be awarded for up to three years.
The Foundation will consider applications for either capital or revenue funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will grants be given for building work.
Previously funded projects include:
- The Karis Neighbour Scheme which received a grant of £700 for revenue costs at a drop-in centre for women refugees in Birmingham.
- Discovery Camps which received a grant of £1,500 to subsidise holidays for children arranged by churches in and around Dundee.
- Scargill House which received a grant of £5,000 to facilitate cross cultural engagement and understanding amongst children using arts based residential courses in Yorkshire.
The next deadline for applications is the 31st January 2022. http://www.theanchorfoundation.org.uk/
Arnold Clark Community Fund – Funding Up to £1,000 to Support Local Communities During the Winter Months (Closing date 31st December)
Charities, community and voluntary groups, CICs, CIOs, and social enterprises across the UK that have been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for funding of up to £1,000 to support local communities during the winter months.
The Arnold Clark Community Fund will accept applications from organisations working to support:
- food banks,
- toy banks,
- poverty relief,
- and housing and accommodation.
Only one application will be accepted per organisation and applicants will be randomly selected at the end of each month to receive funding. Applications that are unsuccessful one month will be kept in the draw for the following month.
The final deadline for applications is the 31st December 2021.
Arts Council – Funding for Artists to Develop their Artistic Practice £2-£10,000 (Closing date 7th December)
Arts Council England has announced that its Developing your Creative Practice programme is open for applications.
Arts Council England is looking for exciting, ambitious proposals that allow applicants to take that important next step in the way they make their work. Applicants are encouraged to consider their long-term needs and proposals can cover creative research and development or building skills through international exchange. Examples might include:
- Creative media and the wider creative industries e.g. film or audio, design or gaming
- Technology, including digital technology e.g. virtual reality or live-streaming
- Other non-arts organisations or settings e.g. residential-care providers, or a science organisation
- Other non-arts cultural forms or sectors e.g. health and wellbeing, social inclusion, heritage or sport
This fund is only open to individuals over the age of 18 years who:
- Are living and working in England
- Have three years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context
- Are working in Arts Council England’s supported disciplines i.e. they will be dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.
Organisations can not apply.
Awards of £2, 000 – £10,000 are made through quarterly funding rounds. Funded project activities can last up to one year.
The closing date for applications will be 12 pm on the 7th December 2021.
Arts Council Funding to Increase Volunteering Opportunities in the Arts and Cultural Sectors
Arts Council England is making a total of £4.7 million in funding available to enable people to get involved in volunteering activities.
Volunteering Futures will award grants of £100,001 and over to organisations to support high quality volunteering opportunities for young people and those that experience loneliness and barriers to getting involved in volunteering across the arts, heritage, museums, libraries, sport, youth and other community settings in England.
Applications are encouraged from consortia led by arts or cultural organisations, partnerships or networks.
Funding is made available through National Lottery Project Grants, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Expressions of interest can be submitted between the 22nd November 2021 and the 7th December 2021.
Asda Foundation Launched New Grants Programme
The Asda Foundation has launched a new grant to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness, and support groups as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease across the UK during July, August and September.
Through the Bringing Communities Back Together fund, grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available to either get activities back on track such as gardening clubs, lunch clubs and recreational activities; hold a get-together event such as a welcome back party or community celebration; or a combination of the two. :
Applications forms are available from Asda stores.
The types of groups that can apply include PTAs, local community groups, charity, Community Interest Group, sports group, not-for-profit, elderly clubs, lunch clubs, arts and crafts groups, other hobbyist clubs, council-run groups and parish councils.
Registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, CICs, and unincorporated clubs or associations have until the 16th August 2021 to submit their applications instore to an Asda Community Champion.
Asda Foundation Grants of up to £25,000 Available to Improve Community Buildings & Outdoor Spaces
The Asda Foundation has launched a new grants programme to help small grassroots organisations improve local community spaces and places across the UK.
The Investing in Spaces and Places Grant will provide funding of between £5,000 and £25,000 to help with building repairs, building improvement/development, and/or outdoor improvement/development for properties which the community organisations either own or lease.
Costs could include materials, tradespeople, and equipment purchases/rental. Funding will be awarded on a regional basis, with 50% match funding required.
Groups should contact their local Asda store’s Community Champion to discuss their project.
Nominations will be made by each local Champion by the 9th January 2022. Criteria and Guidance
Aviva Community Fund Grants of up to £50,000 Available for Community Projects
Aviva has launched the next round of its Community Fund. Aviva has teamed up with the fundraising platform Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community. Every three months from January 2020 onwards, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most.
Aviva wants to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in two key areas:
- Climate Action: Promoting healthy, thriving communities by preventing, preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change.
- Financial Wellbeing: Helping people to take control of their wellbeing by giving them the tools to be more financially resilient and independent.
To take part the project must also be raising funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group. All beneficiaries must be in the UK.
Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to. Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.
The next closing date for applications is the 1st February 2022.
Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund Funding for Projects that Address Severe Learning Disabilities
The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of severe learning difficulties, including autism for both children and adults.
General grants are made to cover capital projects and core costs to include staff costs, general running and office costs at charitable organisations, schools and centres.
Projects funded include:
- Capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools
- Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
- Play schemes and play therapy schemes
- Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
- Support for families, including respite schemes
- Independent living schemes
- Support in the community schemes
- Snoezelen rooms.
Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Funding in the past has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.
The deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is 1st December 2021 to be considered in March 2022.
Applications for £10,000 and below are considered under the Small Grants procedure and can be submitted at any time.
Barchester Charitable Foundation Grants to Help Older People or Adults with Disabilities Lead More Fulfilling Lives
Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a grant giving charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales to lead more fulfilled lives and reach their full potential.
The Foundation’s focus is on connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community, helping combat isolation and loneliness and enabling people to be active and engaged.
Funding of between £100 and £5,000 is available for individuals and small community groups to help improve people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. Individual applications must be completed by a third-party sponsor such as a health care professional, social worker or charity/support group representative.
Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, with funds allocated to those who demonstrate greatest need.
The Barclays Foundation – COVID-19 Community Aid Package
The Barclays Foundation have announced a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package – The package consists of two strands. £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees’ personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK. barclayscovid-19-community-aid-package/
BBC Children In Need Main Grants – Currently Closed
Grants of over £10,000 per project for up to three years are available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme for projects that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
The grants are available to:
- Community interest companies (CIC) limited by guarantee
- Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) including social enterprises
- Housing associations
- Registered charities
- Religious institution
- Special schools
In the case of special schools this must not be for work that they have a duty to fund.
The grants can be used for:
- Project delivery (Including staffing and salary costs)
- Creative solutions to deliver much needed services
- Organisational costs to support stability and adaptation. (Including the day-to-day running costs of an organisation as opposed to specific project costs)
All applications will have to show how this funding will make a difference to children and young people’s lives during this crisis.
Applications are not limited to one specific project and a request can be made for organisational running costs.
The maximum grant per year is £40,000. BBC Children in Need make very few grants over £100,000 over a three year period.
For any questions, please contact us on 0345 609 0015 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
BBC Children in Need also have a small grants programme for grants of up to £10,000. This opened on 6th August 2021.
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme
The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme which supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family is currently open for applications from referral organisations that will be able to apply for grants on behalf of families or young people.
The fund will cover the purchase of critical items such as:
- Gas or electric cookers
- Essential household items
- Furniture and kitchen equipment
- Children’s beds and bedding
- Washing machines
- Fridges and freezers
- Baby equipment
- Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations.
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme can no longer award grants for laptops, iPads and toys & games. The temporary funding for these items has now been fully allocated.
Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs. The referrer’s organisation should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on behalf of the BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme.
The Emergency Essentials Programme is currently operating as normal and we aim to process applications within 10 working days. https://www.familyfundservices.co.uk/emergency-essentials/
Bluespark Foundation – Funding for Projects that Support the Education and Development of Children and Young People
Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to BlueSpark Foundation to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. BlueSpark is particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many of the grants the Foundation make are under £2000 and none are more than £5000.
Funding provided by BlueSpark for a project must be crucial to the project rather than marginally incremental to its funding. The funding available can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (such as theatre visits). These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive as to the funding which BlueSpark may provide to support projects.
Applications can be submitted at any time and must be made online on BlueSpark Foundation’s online Application Form.
Boost Drinks community grants scheme – Currently Closed
Boost Drinks has launched the Choose Now, Change Lives community grants scheme to help groups benefit their local area.
The scheme is inviting charities, community groups, local authorities, health authorities, social housing, and other not-for-profit organisations to nominate themselves for a share of the £20,000 grant fund. This could include community sports clubs, community action groups, youth work, music groups and food banks, etc.
Nominations will be shortlisted three times throughout the year in May, July and September. Following each shortlist taking place organisations will be notified and the public will cast their votes for the organisation that they would like to receive a grant.
Three organisations will be shortlisted to receive a grant of between £1,000 and £10,000.
Buttle UK – Up to £2,000 to Improve the Lives of Vulnerable Young People
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support the needs of vulnerable children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or change in life that has had a significant impact on their social and emotional wellbeing and their education.
The funding is being made available through the Buttle UK’s Chances for Children Grants. Support might include items and activities to support learning and development such as laptops, books, wi-fi, educational toys, tuition, etc; clothing and school uniforms; and social, sporting and leisure activities; and items for children/young people’s bedrooms.
Buttle UK will only accept applications from frontline professionals (from a registered charity, housing association or public sector organisation):
- who are working directly with the children/young person
- ideally, have carried out at least one home visit
- and have made a full assessment of the children’s or young person’s needs
Applications can be made at any time. https://buttleuk.org/apply-for-a-grant/chances-for-children-grants/
Cadent Foundation – Applications now Closed
Canoe Foundation Grants to Support Canoeing and Inland Waterway Conservation – Closed until 2022
The Canoe Foundation has announced that they have paused new applications until 2022.
The main purpose of the Canoe Foundation is to “support all to enjoy and benefit from the experience of paddling on our water in a sustainable manner”. The Foundation does this through grant making that facilitates improvements to suitable landing and launching points and by promoting the conservation of inland waterways for the benefit of all sectors of the community.
The current focus of the Foundation’s awards are on:
- Increasing and protecting public access points to water for recreational users.
- Creation of sustainable launching and landing sites, to and alongside water, for all sectors of the community and abilities.
- Protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
The Foundation invites applications for grants ranging from £500 to £10,000; although grants typically range between £2,500 and £5,000. Exceptional projects over £10,000 will be considered.
Funding applications are welcome from clubs, community groups, Parish Councils, Local Authorities or anyone in the UK with an active interest in improving access to water for recreational users and protecting the environment.
Cavell Nurses – Grants designed to help nursing and midwifery professionals support their living costs like rent and utility bills
Childs Charitable Trust
The Childs Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust, supporting Christian UK registered and excepted charities and organisations both in the UK and overseas. During 2017 the Trust awarded grants to 81 different organisations all based in the UK but operating in more than 100 different countries worldwide.
Please note: The Trustees do not currently accept funding requests for:
- New builds, repair, refurbishment, renovation projects, or fixtures & fittings.
- Salary costs for Youth workers.
- Street Pastors/Wardens
- GAP Year projects.
Projects will be considered that fall into the following categories:
- Youth – the trust looks to support projects working in schools and with vulnerable and disengaged young people in the UK. Supported activities may include RE Lessons; School Assemblies; Lunchtime/After school clubs; Evangelism; Personal Development Programmes; Homelessness Prevention.
- Outreach – the trust works to share the gospel of Christ by supporting all aspects of Christian outreach both in the UK and overseas and can fund, for example, Church Plants; Overseas Mission; Training in Evangelism; Chaplaincy.
- Society – the trust believes people of faith bring a valuable contribution to social action and justice and support initiatives that have a positive impact in their society. Grants could support, for example: Counselling; night shelters; alcohol/drug rehabilitation; homelessness; or prison/ex-offenders work.
- Education – the trust supports initiatives involved in all areas of Christian education including Bible Translation; Media Initiatives; Bible Colleges; Literature; Apologetics.
The primary focus for grants allocated in 2021 will be on those organisations who actively share the Christian gospel in their work.
Please note that in view of the present Coronavirus pandemic and international financial instability, the trustees are having to critically review all applications with regard to the financial viability of both the organisation and project. Applications for funding should not be made if the project in question has been postponed or is likely to be cancelled.
- Applications received in September, October and November will be considered for the January trustees’ meeting
- Applications received in December, January and February will be considered for the April trustees’ meeting
- Applications received in March, April and May will be considered for the July trustees’ meeting
- Applications received in June, July and August will be considered for the October trustees’ meeting
The Clothworkers Foundation Grants Available for Capital Projects Benefiting Disadvantaged People
The Clothworkers Foundation awards grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools).
Grants are awarded towards capital projects and may cover the cost of:
- Buildings: Purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment.
- Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment: Including (but is not limited to) office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment.
- Vehicles: Including a minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, or 4X4 (new vehicles are unlikely to be funded).
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the work of the organisation fits within one or more of the Foundations programme areas which are:
- Alcohol & substance misuse
- Disadvantaged minority communities
- Disadvantaged young people
- Domestic & sexual abuse
- Older people
- People with disabilities
- Prisoners & ex-offenders
- Visual impairment
Applications can be made at any time. The Foundation aim to make a decision within eight weeks for grants and projects less than £10,000 or within six months for grants over £10,000. https://www.clothworkersfoundation.org.uk/what-we-fund/#open
Clubs in Crisis (Made by Sport) Panel Meeting 24th September
We have teamed up with Made By Sport and UKCF to offer local sports clubs and organisations the opportunity to apply for grants that help support young people develop skills and community through sport or physical activity.
The fund will support clubs and projects that use sport or physical activity to develop young people’s skills and improve their life chances. We welcome applications from both sports clubs and other clubs working with young people aged 5 to 25. These can include: Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, youth clubs, community centres, etc.
The term ‘physical activity’ is broad-ranging for this fund and may include any type of sport or activity that keeps young people active and meets one of the development outcomes below. It could be yoga, dancing, skateboarding, hiking, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award…
The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on young people across the UK, and thanks to Made By Sport, we can offer this chance for sports clubs and organisations to access vital funding which can help them to continue bringing sport and physical activity into young people’s lives.
Grants of £2,021 are available.
For this particular fund, we are distributing funds in Essex as well as Cambridgeshire. Organisations should continue to contact Essex Community Foundation directly for any/all other funding needs.
Note to applicants: Made By Sport is offering the opportunity thanks to support from the Cash4Clubs scheme. The Cash4Clubs scheme is funded by Flutter Entertainment Ltd. The donation being made by Flutter is the amount it benefitted from as a result of business rates relief, which was put in place from March 2020 to March 2021 for its shops in England. All applicants should be aware of this before applying for funding.
Some of the money that is raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline of the response to the Coronavirus, who are able to reach some of the most vulnerable people, likely to be affected. If you are one of Comic Relief’s funded partners, please do get in touch with your contact person to talk through how this is affecting your work and your teams. We really want to see how we can support you at this very difficult time.
Community Investment Fund: Improving Young People’s Mental Health
Hosted by SAVS, the Community Investment Fund is managed and delivered by the Community Investment Board, made up of local residents who have volunteered their time to make investments that will enable Southend residents to improve their lives. They are seeking to enable communities and individuals to improve their health and wellbeing, and realise and reach their own aspirations. The Board have received £30,000 (over and above the £1.5m from Southend Borough Council) from Southend Education Trust to invest over three years to enable young people living in Southend to improve their mental health.
The board are keen to receive proposals that will build young people’s resilience to manage and maintain positive wellbeing beginning in early 2022. The fund is open to any not-for-profit group with an idea. You might be a group of individuals with a great idea, a faith group, registered charity, CIC, school, small constituted group or something else.
This is the first of three years that the Board will invest £10,000 annually (2021, 2022 & 2023) from the £30,000 available. Successful applicants will be asked to report on their activities at the end of 2022. Your proposal could need the full £10,000 available or far less.
Community Ownership Fund Launched by Government – Round 2 Will Open in December
The UK government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help communities across the UK take ownership of local facilities, community assets and amenities such as:
- sporting and leisure facilities
- cinemas and theatres
- music venues
- post office buildings
The move is part of the UK Government’s strategy to build back better from the pandemic and to foster a sense of community.
The first bidding round closed on 13th August 2021 with another seven bidding rounds expected to take place over the next four years. The priorities for the first round are to invest in projects which are ready to access capital funding and complete their projects within 6 months and will be most suitable for community groups who have done preliminary work and have a viable business plan to take ownership of the local asset or amenity at risk.
Matched capital grants of up to £250,000 will be available for most projects. In exceptional cases, up to £1 million matched capital grants will be available to help establish a community-owned sports club or help buy a sports club or sporting facilities at risk of being lost.
The Community Ownership Fund will provide up to 50% of total capital costs, matching other funds and resources raised by the applicant. Applicants will need to demonstrate they have raised other funds to cover the total capital costs of their project.
Revenue grants of up to £50,000 (up to 20% of projects costs) are also available and these do not need to be matched.
The next round of bids will open in December 2021.
Concertina Music Grants for Older People
The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies that provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 31st October 2021.
The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. Some of the charities that have received grants from Concertina include:
- Theatre Chipping Norton to help fund high calibre music recitals in six Care Homes in the area.
- Sue Ryder Care, Lancashire to fund access to music therapy workshops at Birchley Hall near Wigan and St Helen’s.
Creative England – New Ideas Fund
Creative England has reopened their New Ideas Fund to applications from individuals and small to medium sized enterprises working on screen-based storytelling including film, television, animation, games, immersive media or technology that supports these industries.
Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are available to support the development of new and innovative ideas to help business growth in the English regions outside of London.
Applications for funding of between £10,000 and £25,000 can only be made by registered limited companies.
Examples of ideas that could be funded include:
- developing/prototyping new technology for storytelling;
- building new storytelling platforms;
- testing new markets;
- and experimenting with new formats of content creation.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and considered at a regular panel meeting held at least once a month.
DPD Eco Funding up to £2,000 Available for Green Projects
Delivery company DPD has announced that grants of up to £2,000 are available through its Eco Fund. The fund is open to anyone but schools and educational facilities across the UK working on green projects with their students and start-up companies working on developing environmentally friendly products are particularly encouraged to apply.
Previous projects supported include:
- Hinckley Academy, which received £1,000 to purchase seven recycling bins for the school canteen area. The bins in the canteen area allowed pupils to segregate waste, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
- Pitmaston Primary School has received £1,700 funding to redevelop its forest school facility and plant hedgerows creating an environment for wildlife to thrive.
Applications are reviewed monthly and there are no application deadlines. https://green.dpd.co.uk/
Edge Foundation £300,000 Fund to Encourage Fresh Thinking & Innovation in Education
The Edge Foundation has launched a new fund designed to encourage fresh thinking and innovation in education. A total of £300,000 in funding is available for projects which challenge the current education system and are disruptive and innovative in their thinking and approach.
The aim is to enable organisations to create proof of concept of new and innovative approaches to make education relevant and address the need for a broad and balanced curriculum containing both vocational and academic learning.
Schools, colleges and other educational and not-for-profit institutions across the UK can apply for funding of between £20,000 and £100,000 from the Edge Innovation Fund at any time until the end of 2021 or until all funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.
What is the Edge Innovation Fund looking for?
The EIF is now open and looking for projects which are disruptive and innovative in their thinking and approach, challenging the current education system approach.
All potential projects must meet the following criteria. They must:
- Be innovative
- Be disruptive and challenging to the current education system approach
- Address the need for a broad and balanced curriculum containing both vocational and academic learning
- Address Edge’s strategic priorities – namely:
- support making education relevant – empowering young people to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviour needed for success as adults, workers and citizens to play a role in society and address challenging global issues; supporting employers to feel that young people have the qualities they are looking for in a changing economy.
- support a broad, flexible and engaging education
- support high quality, respected professional and vocational education
- support education being connected to employers and the community
At least 20% match funding is required.
The application form is available on the Edge Foundation website
Ernest Cook Trust – Outdoor Learning Officer Grant Scheme Open for Applications Until 22nd November
The Ernest Cook Trust has announced that it is accepting applications for funding through its Outdoor Learning Officer Grant scheme. The Trust believes that inspirational educators and mentors are key to engaging people with the environment.
The scheme provides funding to charities and not for profit organisations that want to employ learning officers/outdoor educators. The Trust will provide up to £15,000 per year (estimated as 50% of a full-time salary including on costs) for up to three years.
Priority will be given to applications from urban and rural deprived areas and applications that include disadvantaged members of society.
The closing date for applications is the 22nd November 2021. http://ernestcooktrust.org.uk/outdoor-learning-officer/
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Strategy
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is launching a new strategy, which will focus on three interdependent aims:
- Improving the natural world:
- Tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future;
- Creative, confident communities.
Under the new strategy, the Foundation will be providing larger and longer-term grants of over £30,000, as well as social investments of between £100,000 and £2 million to charities or initiatives with ideas working towards these aims. The new strategy is supported by the need to tackle structural inequality, racism and the causes and impacts of climate change.
Funding can be used to cover core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. Collaborative approaches are encouraged.
Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time.
Essex County Council – New Fund for Projects Tackling Climate Change
Essex County Council is making grants of up to £20,000 available to support voluntary and community organisations and schools delivering activities tackling climate change in the county.
A total of £500,000 in funding is available through the Climate Action Challenge Fund to support community activities that embeds behavioural change in residents around key climate issues. This could include activity such as community gardening projects, projects promoting and enabling sustainable travel (e.g. cycling and walking schemes), and projects making use of green space for community activity.
Applications can be made at any time until the 31st March 2023 or until funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.
Fat Beehive Foundation – Funding to Improve Online Digital Presence for Small Charities
UK charities can apply for funding of up to £2,500 to help them improve their online digital presence. The Fat Beehive Foundation awards small grants to charities with an average income of less than £1 million a year to support hard-to-fund digital expenditure that other funders will often not cover.
Funding will help organisations to build websites and apps, digitise services, and purchase digital products. Priority will be given to projects which focus on
- environmental protection or climate change mitigation,
- human rights,
- international development,
- equality and diversity,
- social justice / refugees / housing,
- art and culture,
- health and wellbeing,
- prisoner rehabilitation.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis at quarterly trustee meetings. Closing date for the next round of applications is in January 2022.
Football Foundation Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund Grants to Improve the Quality of Grass Football Pitches
To prevent the cancellation of thousands of football matches in England each year, the Football Foundation has launched a new £14 million fund to improve and maintain the quality of grass pitches.
The Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund will provide eligible grassroots clubs, leagues, charities and National League System Clubs (Step 1-6) with a tapered six-year grant of £2,500 to enhance pitches that are considered ‘poor’ or ‘basic’, or £750 to help them sustain pitches already at a ‘good’ level.
All applicants must have the required security of tenure and have a pitch inspection before an application can be submitted. Funding can be used to carry out maintenance recommendations provided by the Foundation which can include contractor works, and the purchase of materials and equipment.
Applications will be accepted until the fund has been used. The fund is allocated on a first come first-served basis.
Ford Britain Trust
The Ford Britain Trust’s large and small grants programmes are currently open for applications. Through the large grants programme registered charities, Schools/PTAs (Non-fee paying, state sector schools only) and non-profit organisations can apply for grants of between £250 and £3,000 and for grants of up to £250 through the small grants programme.
Projects must meet the following criteria
- Benefit the local community/environment;
- Work with young people/children;
- Promote education/schools (mainstream) as well as special school
- Promotes the teaching of Engineering
- Support special educational needs and people with disabilities.
Grant applications will be considered for projects being undertaken/expenditure being made in all UK postcodes however locations near Ford Motor Company Limited / FCE Bank plc UK operations are given a higher weighting.
- Essex (including East London)
- Bridgend (South Wales)
Exceptions may be made for initiatives in which Ford Motor Company Limited employees and retirees are involved. Grants made by the Trust are usually one-off donations for a specific capital project or part of a project, typically items of furniture and equipment.
There are two types of grants to apply for:
Small grants for amounts up to £250.
We will be accepting applications for small grants from 1st July to 31st October 2021 for review in November 2021.
Large grants for amounts over £250 and up to a maximum of £3,000.
We will be accepting applications for large grants from 1st September 2021 to 31st January 2022 for review by the Board of Trustees in March 2022.
The Fore Transformational Grants for Small Charities and Not for Profit Organisations
Registration for the Spring 2022 funding round will open early 2022, date still to be confirmed.
The Fore will be making grants of up to £30,000 to support small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.
The Fore makes unrestricted grants for up to three years that have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. Transformational impact includes helping an organisations become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind.
Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.
To apply for funding, organisations must first register some basic contact details at the start of each funding round. The number of registrations accepted for each round is capped and registrations are run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so please register early (Registrations open at 10am).
In previous years the cap has been reached within 24 hours of the funding round opening for applications.
The Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme
COVID-19 UPDATE – 31 August 2021
The Trustees of the Foundation are keeping its grant making policy under constant review in the light of social and economic developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please refer to our website regularly as we expect to refine our approach, depending on the length and impact of the pandemic as they affect the sectors we support.
We have reopened all our grant schemes with revised criteria for support. Please refer to the relevant guidelines for further information.
Foyle Foundation Re-opens its Main Grants Programme
COVID-19 UPDATE – 31 August 2021
The Trustees of the Foundation are keeping its grant making policy under constant review in the light of social and economic developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please refer to our website regularly as we expect to refine our approach, depending on the length and impact of the pandemic as they affect the sectors we support.
We have reopened all our grant schemes with revised criteria for support. Please refer to the relevant guidelines for further information.
The Foyle Foundation, which is one of the UK’s largest grant making charity, has announced that its Main Grants Programme has re-opened for applications to support charities with a core remit of the Arts or Learning.
Within the Arts programme, the Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. The Foundations seeks to support organisations to stabilize and recover from the impact of Coronavirus.
Within the Learning programme, the Foundation will support projects which facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and learning and which have a long-term strategic impact. Key areas for support are libraries, museums and archives; special educational needs; projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue. This might include environmental improvements to save energy and lower carbon emissions where a cost benefit can be demonstrated; projects and activities which increase access and widen the diversity of attenders/visitors.
In light of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Foundation has revised its criteria and will change to make one-year grants only (no multi-year grants) to charities that can demonstrate ongoing financial stability for the next 12 months from the date of their application. In addition, more grants will be available to cover core costs, favouring those charities with no, or without significant, public funding.
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available and applications can be submitted at any time. There are no application deadlines. http://www.foylefoundation.org.uk/how-to-apply/
Friends of the Elderly – Grants for Older People on Low Incomes
Small grants of up to £500 are available to support vulnerable older people living on low incomes in England and Wales.
Friends of the Elderly currently have four grant streams open for older people who are of/over state pension age, have savings of less than £4,000, and who do not fit the criteria for other funders:
- Home Essentials to help with the cost of replacing everyday items, small home repairs and mobility adaptations;
- Digital Connection to help older people get online;
- Financial Support to help with unexpected bills;
- Essential Living Costs including clothing, food, medicines and books.
Applications must be made via a third-party Referral Agent such as charities, local authority and social services representatives.
Applications can be made at any time, but resources are limited. https://www.fote.org.uk/our-charity-work/grants-2/
Gamesys Foundation Funding to Alleviate Mental Health Issues
The Gamesys Foundation is a newly formed charity, set up by the Gamesys Group to alleviate Mental Health Issues. Funding is available to charities and other not-for-profit organisations with an income of more than £50,000 who support individuals suffering from mental health issues, as well as those who focus on research in the mental health field. The Foundation will also consider funding for other types of organisation so long as they can be proven to have an impact with regard to mental health, support, and treatment. Funding comes from both corporate contributions and employee initiatives.
There is no minimum or maximum grant amount and applications can be made at any time. https://gamesysfoundation.org/
Green Root Technology – IT Equipment for Charities
The Green-Root Tech charity program is designed to support UK charities by providing free refurbished computers, IT hardware, and software services. Our vision is a society where everyone has equal access to IT and the power that gives people.
To ensure our equipment goes to the right people, we conduct background checks on our new charity partners.
The equipment we provide to charities is all:
- 100% Free
- Fully tested.
- Comes with a one-year warranty.
- Is replaced as soon as possible, if faulty.
Our charity program works like this.
- We collect the equipment and categorize it for reuse, recycling, or disposal.
- All data is securely erased before we reuse, recycle, or dispose of any IT equipment. This process is fully GDPR-compliant.
- We repair and refurbish the reusable computers and IT equipment and thoroughly test them.
- Any equipment that is categorized for reuse gets sent to the right charity
This process ensures we support charities with fully functional, safe, and compliant equipment. https://green-root.tech/charities/
Greggs Foundation – Local Community Projects Fund Currently Closed
Funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other support to schools and community hubs. Give As You Live – cancels donation fees for food banks.
Grocery Aid – School Essentials Grant
Our non-repayable School Essentials Grant is designed to help low income families with the cost of school uniform and equipment for the start of the new school year.
Parents employed in grocery for at least six months can apply to receive £150 per school-aged child (maximum of three children for payment). The School Essentials Grant is a limited fund and it will close when it has been spent.
You can apply online for a School Essentials Grant if:
- You are currently working in the grocery industry and have been employed for the last six months employment with the same company
- You have a school age child , aged 4-18 by September 2021 for whom you receive Child Benefit
- You receive either Universal Credit, breakdown shows child element or Child Tax Credits
- Household savings are below £4,000
What you need to apply
To apply you will need to upload supporting documents to the online application form to evidence the following:
- Your last full month’s bank statements showing the grocery employer salary crediting or your last pay slip
- Your bank statement showing Child Benefit crediting or a copy of your Child Benefit statement award
- Your Universal Credit statement breakdown (available online) which shows your child element or your last full month’s bank statement showing Child Tax Credit crediting
If you cannot provide all of the above at the point you apply we will be unable to progress your application.
You can only apply for this grant through our online application form, we are unable to provide a paper application
If you have any questions please email email@example.com due to the high number of applications we are unable to discuss your application by telephone. Providing your online application contains the supporting evidence requested you will hear from us within six weeks. https://www.groceryaid.org.uk/get-help/school-essentials-grant/
Groundwork & One Stop Support the Elderly
Groundwork and One Stop Stores have teamed up to deliver the One Stop Community Partnership Programme to support groups and organisations who are working to tackle food poverty or supporting the elderly within the local community.
One Stop convenience stores will create partnerships with local community groups or charities across England, Wales and Scotland to provide support for local good causes which could include funding, volunteering, fundraising and awareness raising.
Applicants are encouraged to visit their local One Stop store for more information. https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/one-stop-community-partnership/
Hedley Foundation – Grants to Improve the Quality of Life for Disadvantaged & Vulnerable People
The Hedley Foundation are inviting applications from small-to-mid-size registered charities helping to improve the quality of life of people in the UK, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.
The Foundation typically makes around 250 awards of up to £5,000 each year for initiatives that benefit the lives of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers. Occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved.
Applications should be received at least 28 days before the next review meeting on the 27th October 2021. http://www.hedleyfoundation.org.uk/apply-now
Help the Homeless Grants up to £5,000 (Closes 15th December 2021)
Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium-sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1 million) whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.
Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people.
The grants are available for capital costs and examples of previously supported projects include:
- The Booth Centre, an advice and activity centre for homeless people in Manchester, where people undertake education and training courses as well as receiving advice and food, received a grant of £1,500 to transform the centre with new lighting, a new water heater and new decoration.
- A grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.
DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS
The quarterly deadlines for applications for funding each year are: 15th March / 15th June/ 15th September/ 15th December. You will be informed of the trustees’ decision within six weeks of each deadline.
The closing date for the next round of funding is the 15th December 2021. http://www.help-the-homeless.org.uk/applying-for-funding/
Help Musicians Fusion Fund – Development Grant for Emerging Artists
Musicians can apply for up to £5,000 to undertake a UK-based collaboration between themselves and another non-music artists, for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists etc.
There should be tangible results of the collaboration, such as a body of work created for an upcoming recording or a new performance.
Eligible musicians will be over 18 based primarily in the UK and be in financial need and without significant backing. Solo instrumentalists, conductors, composers, vocalists, singer songwriters or multidisciplinary artists are amongst those eligible to apply. Bands or ensembles with six members or less can also be supported.
The funding is being made available through the Help Musicians Fusion Fund.
No application deadline has been indicated.
Henry Smith Charity – Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives
The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations (charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises) that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
The charity has six funding priorities that describe the work they support and how they want to bring about change for the most disadvantaged people in the greatest need. These are:
- Help at a critical moment – Helping people to rebuild their lives following a crisis, critical moment, trauma or abuse.
- Positive choices – Helping people, whose actions or behaviours have led to negative consequences for themselves and others, to make positive choices.
- Accommodation / housing support – Enabling people to work towards or maintain accommodation.
- Employment and training – Supporting people to move towards or gain employment.
- Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements – Supporting people to overcome their financial problems and ensure that they are able to claim their rights and entitlements.
- Support networks and family – Working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships
Grants can cover running costs, salaries and project costs for organisations that can demonstrate a track record of success and evidence the effectiveness of their work. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 – £2 million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5 million).
Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.
Henry Smith Strengthening Communities
The Strengthening Communities grant programme (up to £20,000 per year for a maximum of three years) is designed to support small community-led charitable organisations (with an income between £20,000 – £500,000) working at grassroots level. Through this grant programme The Henry Smith Charity wants to make sure that their funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty.
The Henry Smith Charity funds established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for organisations that are embedded within their communities and are addressing local needs.
The Strengthening Communities grant programme funds work that enables:
- People from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
- People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
- A stronger, active, more engaged community.
Deadline: Continuous rolling basis – reviewed within six months.
For more information and how to apply please click here.
Heritage Craft Training Bursaries to Support Heritage Craft Skills Amongst Black & Ethnically Diverse Groups (Closing date 13th December)
Grants of up to £4,000 are available for under-represented Black and ethnically diverse groups across the UK to support the development of heritage craft skills.
The Heritage Crafts Association’s Training Bursary for Black and Ethnically Diverse Makers seeks to support those who may be starting out on their journey in craft or at the point where they want to turn a hobby into a career, or where they are already a maker who is looking to further develop their heritage craft skills.
The programme could support costs such as training with a craftsperson, specialist training courses, living costs while training with a craftsperson, specialist tools or materials, and books and study materials.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 13th December 2021.
Hilden Charitable Fund – Funding for Community Based Projects
The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants of an average of £5,000 to causes working at community level in the UK and developing countries which are less likely to be able to raise funds from public subscriptions.
Current UK funding priorities are:
- Penal Affairs,
- Asylum Seekers and Refugees,
- Community-Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25.
Overseas, Hilden concentrates on projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health and particularly welcomes those that address the needs and potential of girls and women.
Only applications submitted on the form supplied on the website will be considered.
Hilden accepts applications at any time. http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/
Home Instead Bring Joy Foundation – Funding for Activities to Improve the Lives of the Elderly
The Home Instead Bring Joy Foundation makes donations to charities, small grassroots organisations, and other not-for-profit groups that can demonstrate their commitment to creating activities designed to improve the lives of the elderly across the UK.
Small grassroots organisation can apply for funding up to £500 and small local registered charities can apply for funding of up to £1,500. Larger grants can be considered for exceptional projects. The funding is available for events, activities or pastimes that prevent social isolation and loneliness amongst adults over the age of 55 years. For example, a day care centre organising a trip to the seaside.
Donation requests of more than £5,000 will be considered for exceptional projects.
This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
Hope for the Young
The Grants and Advocacy Programme supports young people with insecure immigration status in the UK to access and complete higher and further education through the provision of small bursaries and tailored advocacy support.
Our youth-led approach to grant-making puts those with lived experience at the heart of our decision-making processes. All awards are made in collaboration with previous grant holders, thereby providing space for young people to utilise their skills and experiences to support others to pursue their dreams, regardless of their status. https://hopefortheyoung.org.uk/grants-and-advocacy/
Idlewild Trust – Funding for Professionals in the Arts (2021 Funding Now Closed.)
The Idlewild Trust has closed its 2021 funding rounds.
The Idlewild Trust supports charities that improve opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.
The Trust awards around £130,000 each year in grants. During 2020 the average grant was £3,880.
There are two deadlines for application in 2022:
- Apply by 15 March 2022 at midday for a decision by the end of May 2022.
- Apply by 7 September 2022 at midday for a decision by the end of November 2022.
For the March 2022 deadline, the application forms will be available from early January 2022.
For the September 2022 deadline, the application forms will be available from early July 2022.
Ironmongers Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (Deadline 15th December)
Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme.
Projects must meet all the following criteria:
- For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
- Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
- Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
- Are within the UK
The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Projects could, for example:
- support special educational needs,
- address behavioural problems
- promote citizenship, parenting or life skills.
Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.
The next deadline for applications is the 15th December 2021.
“I’ve got an Idea” Fund Reopened 5th July 2021 – Currently Open.
This Fund reopened on 5th July. “I’ve got an idea” is a micro fund for individuals (or small groups or organisations) who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out.
We are looking for ideas…..
- That are based on a novel technical idea.
- That would deliver a social or environmental benefit.
That are intriguing, inventive and have an element of fun.
The fund offers grants ranging from £250 to £5k. Once the fund’s allocation has been used, it will be closed for applications until the funding pot has refilled. It is not our normal practice to provide part funding to larger projects.
This is a doing fund. We only fund the costs of making and/or testing the idea itself. We do not cover payment for people’s time or marketing/promotion costs.
Applicants must be resident in the UK.
Jean Sainsbury Grants to Support Animal Welfare Charities (Closing date 3rd January 2022)
Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply for a grants of up to £35,000 through the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust.
Organisations involved with the conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding supports general running costs or capital purchases.
The Trust encourages repeat applications from charities when further financial support might be given if funds allow.
The next deadline to apply is the 3rd January 2022.
John Lewis new community support fund
A £1m Community Support Fund will be available to communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.
Kelly Family Charitable Trust Funding of up to £5,000 Available to Tackle Problems within Families (Closing date 1st March 2022)
Registered charities whose activities support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 (but trustees will consider requests for higher amounts) through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust. The trust has decided to prioritise its funding in favour of charities whose activities involve all or most family members where possible, in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members. The objective is to reinforce the benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other.
The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.
The three areas of activity that the charity wishes to support are:
- Interventions that support families and help them in ways that prevent the fracture of the family unit, eg practical family support, relationship counselling, mediation.
- Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drug abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit.
- Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment.
The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.
Projects supported in the past include:
- “Mosac”, a voluntary organisation that supports all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused.
- Westminster Befriend a Family, which recruits, trains and supports volunteers to befriend individual families under stress and visit them regularly in their homes. The charity’s volunteers can help families where a parent is disabled or has mental health problems, or a child has special needs.
The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2022.
Kennel Club Grants
KFC Foundation – Funding For Projects That Assist Disadvantaged Young People (Currently closed until Spring 2022)
Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available for projects which empower disadvantaged young people in the UK to fulfill their potential.
The funding is being made available through the KFC Foundation and is available to local charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs and associations that have a turnover of less than £300,000 which have a local KFC restaurant in their community.
The KFC Foundation welcomes funding applications from organisations which:
- Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
- Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
- Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
- Are local to a KFC restaurant? (Find Your Local KFC)
- Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of our funding being received.
Expressions of interest must be submitted via a two-minute video and a short expression of interest form.
Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19 Closed
The Consortium for stronger LGBT+ Communities has announced that due to an overwhelming demand, the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme is now closed for applications, except those organisations based in Wales or Northern Ireland. https://www.consortium.lgbt/NETFund/
Learning Through Landscapes – Up to £500 for Schools
Schools in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training to help children connect with nature, become more active, and learn outdoors. Schools can choose from hundreds of different products to deliver outdoor learning and play.
The funding is being made available through phase five of the charity Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grant scheme, and is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
This year, funding will also be open to Early Year’s settings which have their own building and more than five staff.
There will be four funding rounds throughout the year. The closing date for applications for round 4 of the scheme is the 12th November 2021.
Leche Trust – Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Support the Performing Arts and the Conservation of Historic Objects (Closes 28th January 2022)
The Leche Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 28th January 2022.
The Leche Trust is a grant making charity that provides funding of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation.
The priorities for Performing Arts are:
- Excellence in professional performance;
- The production and performance of new work;
- The development of young, professional artists aged 18 or over.
Through the Conservation funding stream, the Trust will support projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier, i.e. pre-1830s. Projects may include acquisition costs (for objects) and conservation surveys as well as remedial work.
Trustees are inclined to give grants to smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where their contribution can make a greater impact. In the case of churches, Trustees will consider supporting the conservation of such features as monuments, wall paintings, stained glass, and historic furniture and fittings. http://www.lechetrust.org/
Little Lives Grants of up to £1,500 Available to Support Disadvantaged and Disabled Children (Applications Close 30th November)
Little Lives UK is offering grants of up to £1,500 through its Children’s Community Support Programme to provide services to disadvantaged and disabled children.
The programme is open to applications from children’s groups and organisations such as play groups or sports classes. The Children’s Community Support Programme is also open to applications from other projects, as long as their primary objective focuses on providing services to disadvantaged and disabled children.
There is no monetary minimum that groups can apply for, and Little Lives UK will additionally support the work of successful applicants through their social media channels and on our website.
Four or five grants are awarded on a monthly basis, and the next application deadline is the 30th November 2021. https://www.littlelives.org.uk/our-campaigns/childrens-community-support-programme/
Lloyds Foundation Fund
Small and local charities in England and Wales helping people overcome complex social issues can now apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales. At least 25% of all funding this year will be allocated to charities led by and for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities, building on the Foundation’s commitment to racial equity as outlined in its strategy. The funding will be open year-round, meaning charities can apply at a time that suits them and will not be restricted by deadlines.
For further information on the 2021 funding round please visit https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/we-fund
Lloyds Bank Foundation – Racial Equity Funding for Charities that Support Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority Communities
The Lloyds Bank Foundation has announced that its Racial Equity funding programme is open for applications. The programme supports charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million that are led by and support black, Asian, and ethnic minority (BAME) communities across England and Wales.
Two-year grants of £50,000 are available along with development support to help build organisational capacity, and improve resilience and sustainability. The funding will support initiatives which help people from BAME communities to overcome complex social issues such as:
- Addiction and dependency
- Asylum seekers and refugees
- Care leavers
- Domestic abuse
- Homelessness and vulnerably housed
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health
- Offending, prison or community service
- Sexual abuse and exploitation
- Trafficking and modern slavery
- Young parents
More than half of the trustee boards of those that apply must self-identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic. This can also include Jewish communities, Gypsy & Traveller communities and some migrant communities.
Applications can be made at any time.
Marsh Christian Trust Grants to Cover Running Costs for Small Charities
The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 with the sum of £75,000 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE. His aim was to create a sustainable way to give something back to society by supporting organisations and people who are making a difference.
The Trust supports around 300 charities every year and focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.
Applicants must be a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. This does not include Community Interest Companies (CICs). Charities will be working in the areas of:
- Arts and heritage
- Social welfare
- Environmental causes and animal welfare
- Education and training
Charities must have been established for more than one financial year and able to provide a full set of their most recent Annual Report and Accounts, or the equivalent financial information if their annual income is under £25,000.
Grants are unrestricted and range from £300 to £2,000 with new applications at the lower end of this scale.
Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.
Applications can be submitted at any time. https://www.marshchristiantrust.org/grants/
Matthew Good Foundation Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People, or the Environment
The Matthew Good Foundation has launched a Grants for Good Fund to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community, or the environment.
The Fund will share £10,000 between five shortlisted projects, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £1,000.
As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation are keen to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running.
To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.
Charities and projects are welcome to apply all year round, and your application will be considered in the next funding round. Funding will be awarded every three months, in April, July, October and January, with an application deadline of the 15th of the month before.
Morrison’s Foundation Grants up to £25,000 to Support Local Good Causes
The Morrison’s Foundation awards grants of up to £25,000 to community projects that improve people’s lives.
Applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change.
Grants may be applied for by any charity which is registered with the Charity Commission (England and Wales) or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (Scotland) . Applicants must also have raised some funding towards the project elsewhere.
Projects supported have ranged from support groups to children’s hospitals and homeless shelters to hospices across England, Scotland and Wales. In 2018, a total of £9,717,536 was distributed to 807 organisations which included:
- Groundwork London received a grant of £11,578 to run a series of activities for people at risk of social isolation.
- Friends of East Preston School received a grant of £5,000 to replace their old and dilapidated outdoor trim trail.
- Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice received a grant of £20,000 to buy a new minibus and run activity trips for young patients.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis can be submitted at any time.
MSE Funding Closed until February 2022
National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants for Churches
Churches can apply for grants of up to £500 (excl. VAT) towards the cost of building’s maintenance services. The grant will cover up to 50% of the cost of works.
Churches are only eligible to apply for a Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grant if they book one of the following services through the Maintenance Booker website:
- Rainwater goods maintenance;
- Lightning protection system repairs;
- Asbestos removal;
- Masonry repairs and high-level maintenance.
The National Churches Trust accepts applications from listed and unlisted churches, chapels and meeting houses of any age, as long as they are open for regular public worship and are located within an area covered by Maintenance Booker services.
The funding is being made available through the National Churches Maintenance Micro-Grant Programme and applications can be submitted at any time. There are no application deadlines. https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/preventative-maintenance-micro-grants-apply
The National Churches Trust’s Gateway Grant Programme Opens for Applications
Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK towards developing a church building project. This includes Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses. Funding can also be used for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects.
The National Churches Trust’s Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church trusts:
- To fund projects that support organisational development,
- To increase their capacity to support churches in their area.
- That deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area.
All grants will represent a maximum of 50% of the net project costs.
The deadline for applications is midnight on the 13th January 2022. https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/gatewaygrants
National Lottery Community Fund has Reopened
The National Lottery Community Fund has reopened its larger grants programme.
Larger grants are made through a variety of programmes that cover every nation within the United Kingdom. This kind of flexible, longer-term funding is aimed at organisations whose ambitions are shaped by the people they serve.
Applications are open to all organisations that meet their criteria.
And with the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, we’ll continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19.
Find out more here https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/over10k
National Lottery Community Partnership Fund
Not for profit organisations such as community organisations, charities, schools and social enterprises in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to the National Lottery Community Fund’s Partnership Fund. The aim of the fund is to help local organisations develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships with other organisations. This can involve area-based partnerships or communities of interest.
Funding is available to:
- build strong relationships in and across communities
- improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.
During the current Coronavirus crisis, The National Lottery Community Fund will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19. Support is available to:
- continue to deliver activity to existing users, responding to the immediate crisis or undertaking recovery activity
- change and adapt, becoming more resilient in order to respond to new and future challenges.
The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. A total of £40 million is available this year.
The Big Lottery Fund will support ideas that meet one or more of their three funding priorities:
- Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
- Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
Organisations eligible to apply include:
- Voluntary and community organisations
- Registered charities
- Social enterprises
- Groups of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
- Statutory bodies (including town, parish or community councils)
- Community interest companies (with two or more directors).
Applications can be submitted at any time. https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/partnerships-england#section-2
The National Lottery Community Fund – Bringing People Together Programme – Funding to Build Stronger Connections Across Communities
The National Lottery Community Fund is offering grants of up to £300,000 for community-led projects that brings communities across the UK together.
The Bringing People Together programme will support projects run by charities, voluntary and community organisations, CICs, CIOs and statutory bodies that build stronger connections across communities and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections.
This is funding is from the National Lottery Community Fund UK Portfolio. The UK Portfolio is where the National Lottery Community Fund explores new approaches, experiments with how to do things differently, and look to fund work that is more future focussed.
The Fund expects to make up to twenty awards over the next twelve months to enable organisations to deliver collaborative projects across at least two countries in the UK that focus on equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly amongst communities disproportionality affected by the pandemic such as people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, and asylum seekers or refugees.
Applications can be made at any time.
The National Lottery Community Fund – Growing Great Ideas Programme
The National Lottery Community Fund’s Growing Great Ideas Fund has £25 million available to fund projects that support long-term societal change. The Growing Great Ideas programme is part of the UK Portfolio. The UK Portfolio is where the National Lottery Community Fund explores new approaches, experiments with how to do things differently, and look to fund work that is more future focused.
The Growing Great Ideas Fund wants to invest in different combinations of people, communities, networks and organisations over the long term that demonstrate an ability to seed and grow alternative systems, develop, and test new ways of building a stronger civil society, and to learn and adapt as they go.
This could involve developing new ideas on how the economy could work or how society could be organised. Grants of up to £150,000 are available. Groups, networks, or partnerships, etc can apply for grants of up to £150,000.
Lead organisations need to be a:
- Registered charity
- Community interest company
- Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
- Community benefit society
- Co-operative society (if it has a not-for-profit clause)
- Voluntary or community organisation
- Statutory body (including town, parish and community councils) – They can be part of the initiative but not lead it
- Company limited by guarantee (if it has a not-for-profit clause).
The minimum length for projects is two years. Funding can be available for up to ten years in some circumstances.
Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis. https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/growing-great-ideas#section-1
National Lottery Community Fund – Financial Support for Social Enterprises Impacted by Covid-19 Opening 25th November
The National Lottery Community Fund has re-opened its Social Enterprise Support Fund to support social enterprises across England impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fund, delivered in partnership with five social enterprise support agencies, will award grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to help organisations rebuild and grow their income from trading, and help them to continue to support people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of the crisis.
The fund particularly welcomes applications from groups led by people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people, LGBTQIA+ communities, and leaders with lived experience.
The fund will be open to applications from 1pm on the 25th November 2021 until the 21st December 2021.
National Lottery Community Fund – Platinum Jubilee Fund Application deadline: 15 December 2021 at 5pm or once 700 applications are received – whichever comes first
Fund: The National Lottery Community Fund – The Platinum Jubille Fund
Suitable for small local voluntary or community organisations
Application deadline: 15 December 2021 at 5pm or once 700 applications are received – whichever comes first
The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign and to mark this occasion, The National Lottery (TNL) Community Fund will fund 70 projects across the UK.
This is a significant National moment, and TNL is looking for projects that go beyond simply celebrating but for those that create change for communities.
TNL wants to fund projects that create a greater legacy for our places and spaces, and support new opportunities, activities and build better relationships with one another, across generations, and with the natural world.
Funded projects will need to be up and running by Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend on 5 June 2022.
The three areas of focus are:
Across Generations – Strengthening relationships between generations and creating a legacy for future generations.
Community Renewal – Supporting new opportunities for people to develop skills and experiences in their local community, as well as opportunities to bring people together in new ways, and in new or different places and spaces.
Our Shared Natural World – Growing our care and action locally for the natural world.
Across the applications, we will be looking for and prioritising projects that:
draw on the creativity of the community
want to do something new and inventive
bring new opportunities
make use of sites of local significance
use multiple channels through which people can participate,
that will have an impact on more than one of the above areas of focus, and
we’re especially keen to see applications led by young people.
Read this blog for some examples of the types of projects we will and won’t fund.
National Lottery Heritage Fund Reopens for Applications
Applications for National Lottery Grants for Heritage have re-opened for applications. The focus for 2021 – 22 will be to support projects that will strengthen the recovery of the Heritage sector from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund will award grants of between £3,000 and £5 million to not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK.
Three levels of funding are available:
Priority will now be given to heritage projects that:
- boost the local economy;
- encourage skills development and job creation;
- support wellbeing;
- create better places to live, work and visit;
- and improve the resilience of heritage organisations.
Applications should fully reflect the changed circumstances brought about by pandemic.
Applications can be made at any time.
National Lottery / Ubele Initiative – New £50 Million Partnership to Boost Funding to Black & Minoritised Community-Led Charities
The National Lottery Community Fund and The Ubele Initiative, on behalf of the Phoenix Way Partners, has announced a new £50 million partnership to boost funding and support to black and minoritised community-led charities and grassroots groups across England.
The ‘Phoenix Way’ will create a series of national and regional panels from leaders from black and minoritised communities who will work with the National Lottery Fund to identify the challenges faced by those with lived experience of racism and racial dipartites, and award funding to charities and grassroots groups best placed to help their communities thrive.
The programme will be designed and developed over the summer, with the aim of awarding funding for the next five years from autumn 2021.
Groups that wish to register an interest in the programme should email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Zatak have 2 funds available.
• Apply to our Hardship Relief Fund for essentials such as food, clothing and small debts.
• Apply to our Housing Fund for help with rent or council tax arrears.
Natural Environment Invetment Readiness Funding Scheme to Attract Private Sector Investment in Environmental Projects
Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available to support the development of environmental projects in England.
The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund is open to help businesses, not-for-profit organisations, environmental groups and local authorities to develop nature projects to a point where they can attract private investment and bring their eco-friendly business ideas to market.
These could include projects that tackle climate change, create and restore natural habitats, or improve water quality.
The competitive grant scheme, which is being delivered by the Environment Agency on behalf of Defra, will help organisations get specialist advice, engage investors and build capacity to develop their project.
The deadline for applications is midday on the 3rd February 2022.
NatureSave Trust – Grants up to £2,500 to Support Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Improvements
The NatureSave Trust has announced that the next funding round will open from the 1st September 2021. Each year the Trust donates 10% of their income generated from Naturesave Insurance and uses these funds to support environmental projects across the UK.
This funding round will provide grants of between £500 to £2,500 to charities and voluntary and grassroots organisations for projects focused on nature conservation and biodiversity improvements.
Previous projects which have been funded include an initiative to reduce the amount of running gear that ends up in landfill, a wood recycling service, a batcam, an owl nest box scheme, and a new electric heating system for an eco-activity centre.
The deadline for applications will be the 31st December 2021. https://www.naturesave.co.uk/naturesave-trust/
Nineveh Charitable Trust – Funding for Projects that Promote a Better Understanding of the Environment and Countryside
UK based schools and not for profit organisations can apply for funding to the Nineveh Charitable Trust for a broad range of projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research. Whilst the Trust does not specify a minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for, an analysis of previous grants would suggest a maximum of £5,000 per year for up to three years.
Previous projects supported include:
- Busby Primary School which received a grant of £2,000 to build a ‘vertical garden’ for environment enhancement as well as the children’s educational value;
- a grant of £1,400 to Bickleigh-On-Exe Primary School to create an all-weather school and community gardening area with poly-tunnel and shed;
- Castlemilk Day Nursery which received a grant of £5,000 to build a multi-function shelter with provision for special needs teaching; and
- St Joseph’s Specialist School & College, which received a grant of £4,000 towards a community garden expansion.
Applications are usually discussed at the Trustees’ quarterly meetings and applications can be submitted at any time.
Ocado Foundation for Good (Closing date 31st December)
Ocado has launched the Ocado Foundation for Good with BizGive, to support charity and fundraising activities across the UK.
The programme will support ‘the many rather than the few’ by providing grants of up to £1,000 to charities, community organisations, community interest companies, academic institutions, and local authorities for community projects which focus their efforts on three core areas:
- skills for the future,
- natural resources
- responsible sourcing.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, for volunteering, only applications for digital volunteering will be accepted. Applications can be made at any time until the 31st December 2021.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Funding to Support Youth Organisations
Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of up to £90,000 spread over three years through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Funding to Support Youth Organisations (UK)
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging.
The funding is available for up to three years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation. Organisations may be planning to:
- Replicating a programme or service
- Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
- Spreading a technology or skill
- Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation
- Influencing attitudes
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Previous projects supported through the Youth Fund include:
The British Youth Council (BYC) which received a grant of £60,000 over 24 months. BYC is the national youth council for the UK. Each year it supports up to 2,000 young people to participate in local youth councils or national networks, such as the UK Youth Parliament and Make Your Mark referendum campaign. The funding was used to develop its income generation capability and enable BYC to offer participation training to frontline staff.
The London Youth Support Trust (LYST) received a grant of £60,000 over 24 months. LYST is a youth enterprise charity that aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to start their own businesses. Through this grant LYST plans to expand its business incubation and support programme nationally, opening two enterprise centres out of London, in locations where youth unemployment is an issue. Funding would enable the team to focus on fundraising, build relationships with potential partners, and research and formalise an appropriate structure moving forward.
Pet Rescue Funding to Support Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus
Pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support rescues throughout the short- and medium-term impact of the coronavirus. Through the Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme, charities and not-for-profit organisations which rescue and rehome pets or provide temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners can apply for funding of up to £10,000 or up to 30% of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount.
Funding must have a direct impact on animal welfare and can be used to cover vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries of animal care staff, utilities and consumables. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. https://www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/grant-programme/
Peter Cruddas Foundation – Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged and Disengaged Young People
The Peter Cruddas Foundation provides funding for projects that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales.
Priority is given to programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 16 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.
There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year. Priority is given to applicants able to demonstrate that they can manage the amount they have applied for and how they intend to continue (if appropriate) after the funding has been spent.
Please note that the Foundation is not accepting applications for Capital Projects.
Eligible applicants will be charities registered with the charity commission in England and Wales benefitting people living in England and Wales.
Projects previously supported include:
- The Enterprise Bootcamp programme. This funding helps Bootstrap deliver the programme to young people and connect them with the Bootstrap community. The latest programme culminated in a pitching event at the end of 2016 where 15 young entrepreneurs pitched for funding. Collectively they were awarded more than £23,500 to start their own businesses.
- The Challenge pilot scheme where young people were taken out of their “comfort zones” and challenged to devise viable and workable community projects for their community. The Challenge aims to put teams of diverse 16-year olds through a one-year training and community service scheme starting with a three-week summer camp and then 50 hours of social action to tackle local civic and youth-related issues.
The next closing date for applications is the 1st March 2022.
Power to Change – Digital Support Programme to Help Community Businesses Develop & Grow (Closing date 13th December)
Power to Change has launched its Powering Up Programme to support community businesses across England. Tailored support worth up to £20,000 will be awarded to up to twenty-five businesses looking to learn how digital skills could help them develop and grow.
The programme offers community business leaders access to professional expertise and financing to explore and implement new solutions to their digital problems. On offer is a mix of technical, professional & personal development, including health and wellbeing support.
Priority will be given to applications from areas of England facing high levels of deprivation, and organisations supporting or led by disabled people and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
The closing date for applications is the 13th December 2021.
Premier League Launches Defibrillator Fund for Grassroots Facilities
The Premier League has announced that it will provide funding for the implementation of more than two thousand defibrillators at grassroots football clubs and facilities in England.
Working in partnership with the Football Foundation and the FA, a first phase of the Premier League Defibrillator Fund will provide defibrillators in time for the start of the 2021/22 season to Football Foundation funded facilities that are currently without a life-saving device onsite.
In the second phase, which is expected in September, grassroots clubs that own their facilities will be able to apply for funding for a defibrillator.
The Football Foundation will contact previously funded facilities in the coming weeks, with further information to be provided shortly regarding the application process for the second phase.
Funding to train and learn – Our Development Awards can cover the cost of course fees, tools or equipment to help you achieve your goals.
Ragdoll Foundation Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation. The Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. A variety of art forms can be supported including dance, drama, ceramics, creative play, film, music, puppetry and storytelling. Supported projects need to support equality of opportunity, can include families and take place in rural or urban settings and may be delivered, for example, in children’s and community centres, nurseries, schools and hospitals.
Funding is available through two programmes:
- Main Grants Programme (formerly Open Grants Scheme) – Grants of £1,500 to £50,000 are available for new, larger or longer-term projects. Projects can last for up to three years. There is a two-stage application process. Stage1 applications to the main grants programme are assessed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.
- Small Grants Programme. Organisations can apply for up to £1,500 for small, one-off projects, pilot projects, or research and development projects lasting up to 6 months. The next deadline for applications is the 7th January 2022.
Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.
Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.
Examples of grants awarded include:
- Dance in Devon, £20,550 over 2 years to deliver ‘All Aboard’, a new inclusive dance project for very young disabled and non-disabled children and their families.
- Discover Story Centre, Stratford, £30,988 over 2 years to expand the scope and scale its work with children 0-3 years old by creating 8 original story productions.
- The Paper Birds Theatre Company, £21,102 over 1 year to develop ‘In the Red’, a performing arts project for up to 60 young people, ages 11-18 to take place across SW England, in collaboration with 3 regional theatres.
The applications forms can be downloaded via the Ragdoll Foundation website. http://www.ragdollfoundation.org.uk/portfolio/grant-giving
The Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants Reopened
The Rank Foundation has reopened applications for Pebble Grants which provide funding of between £250 and £4,000 to small UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £150,000.
The project must be for the benefit of UK residents, including but not limited to citizens, long-term residents and asylum seekers.
Funding can be used for either:
- capital costs, such as funding for fixed, one-time expenses incurred on the purchase of land, building work, refurbishment, and equipment;
- or short breaks where funding is targeted towards annual respite breaks for disadvantaged young people, and short-term activities or programmes.
Applicants must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and already raised a third of the total costs.
Rayne Foundation Grants
We will consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense, and those that cover social issues. Our focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential. Within these broad criteria, we have a number of areas of special interest:
- Young people’s improved mental health;
- Arts as a tool to achieve social change;
- Improved quality of life for carers and for older people.
We particularly welcome applications addressing these issues but will consider applications in other subjects which meet our broader criteria.
The Screwfix Foundation has re-opened for applications from charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve the properties and community facilities of those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage throughout the UK.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for all kinds of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.
Applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next closing date for applications is the February 2022.
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust – Ann Ryland Small Donations Grants up to £2,500 (Closing date 30th November)
Charities supporting sick and disadvantaged people across the UK can apply for grants of up to £2,500 from the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust – Ann Rylands Small Donations programme.
Funding supports projects of a humanitarian nature or supplement core funding, with priority given to organisations supporting the elderly, people with disabilities or living with serious illness, or those facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion, homelessness or other difficulties in their lives.
Previous projects funded include the Scotts Project Trust which supports adults with learning disabilities, SERVE which supports independent living, and Alive Activities which enriches the lives of older people in care and trains their carers.
The closing date for applications is the 30th November 2021.
The Society Foundation
The Foundation offers grants to programmes or organisations that are seeking to help people from the following groups move towards paid employment:
- the recently homeless or vulnerably housed;
- 16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training.
We typically offer micro-grants of up to £1,500 to small or growing organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000. We provide funding for capacity building activities, including IT infrastructure and equipment, staff training and development, and external consultancy/support. This sort of funding isn’t particularly ‘sexy’, but we believe that it can play a transformative role by increasing the sustainability and effectiveness of organisations that are doing really vital work.
Our funding is in line with a few clear principles:
- we aim to work in partnership with the organisations we support, setting mutually agreed goals with clear timescales;
- we aim to keep the grant application process ‘light touch’ and accessible;
- we try to foster a relationship of trust and honesty with the organisations we fund;
- we never commit to a project unless we’re sure we have the funds to see it through.
Sylvia Waddilove Foundation Main Fund Open
In addition to our regular funding streams, which have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, we’ve opened a £16.5m Return to Play Fund.
There are three parts to this new fund – Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding, which has been extended – with all three now focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.
They’ll do this by supporting groups and organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, people on lower incomes, those disproportionately affected financially as a result of the pandemic, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, and those experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities since the pandemic began. https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds
Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants Programme
The Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. For example, Sport England might provide a grant to a sports club to expand its age range by helping it to buy extra team kit or pay additional coaching fees. Or Sport England may help youth clubs work together with local sports clubs to get more young people playing sport. Not-for-profit clubs or associations, statutory bodies or educational establishments can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000.
Grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects not costing more than £50,000
Who Can Apply
Not-for-profit clubs or associations, statutory bodies or educational establishments
The Tabhair Trust
The Tabhair Trust is passionate about nurturing small to medium sized charities in their aspirations to change communities and restore broken lives through providing opportunities for education, training and personal advancement.
We welcome applications from charities that combine support services with enterprising mission to improve social wellbeing and employment opportunities in the lives of the disengaged and disadvantaged.
Tabhair makes grants to charitable organisations and primarily supports projects undertaken in the UK and Ireland.
Grants are given to charitable organisations registered and working in the UK or Ireland that make requests that fall within our criteria for giving. We do not give grants to individuals or make general charitable contributions to other organisations.
Applications can be made for individual projects or core costs. Where core costs are requested, the maximum commitment considered would be 3 years.
All grant giving is informed by Tabhair’s commitment to support the disadvantaged and promote education, training and community action.
The Trust is interested in funding local and national work within the UK/ Ireland region
The trustees meet twice a year to distribute the income of the charity. To process a successful application and make a grant usually takes between two and six months. http://www.tabhair.org.uk/
Tesco – £30 million support for local communities, including £25 million food donations programme. Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund grants of £500, including women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, social isolation groups, schools, charities supporting the elderly. https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/tesco-community-grants/
Tesco Community Grants Open
The Tesco Bags of Help Programme has been relaunched as the Tesco Community Grants programme to support local good causes that focus on helping children and families across the UK.
Registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, schools, parish/town councils and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of £500, £1,000 or £1,500. Three projects from each local area will be shortlisted to go to the public vote by Tesco customers every three months, with grants awarded depending on the number of votes their project receives.
Examples of eligible applications with a focus on supporting children and families could be;
- a local school needing food for a children’s breakfast club,
- a voluntary organisation working with families to run holiday clubs,
- a charity supporting young people with specialist advice to manage mental health,
- a brownie or scout group needing new tents,
- or a youth sports club needing new equipment,
- a family advice centre wanting to recruit more volunteers,
- or a local friends of a park group wanting to develop a new toddler area.
The fund will be administered by Groundwork and applications can be made at any time.
Support for Theatre professionals
Thomas Wall Trust Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Increase Employment Opportunities for Disadvantaged Adults (Closing date 10th January 2022)
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to support projects that equip people (18 or older in order) from disadvantaged groups with critical life skills necessary for employment.
Priority will be given to projects that target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups facing major hurdles to employment, especially; women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.
The funding is being made available through the Thomas Wall Trust. and to be eligible the applicants must:
- Be a UK charity that has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 3 years
- Be a project or running costs for a charity that equips people (aged 18 and over) with the skills ready for employment
- Have an annual turnover of less than £500,000
The deadline for stage 1 applications is the 10th January 2022. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.
Toy Trust – Funding to Support Disabled & Disadvantaged Children (Closing date 15th November)
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to fund equipment and services to support disabled and disadvantaged children under the age of 13 across the UK.
The Toy Trust fund:
- helps disadvantaged children and their families to alleviate suffering;
- supports children through awful experiences;
- encourages achievement through adversity;
- purchases vital equipment;
- provides care;
- bolsters existing initiatives;
- initiates brand new projects;
- and satisfies basic needs.
Groups that have carried out some form of effective fundraising by themselves are particularly encouraged to apply.
Trustees meet 4 times a year and we encourage applicants to note the following deadlines. Every effort is made to review all applications that meet our criteria but the Toy Trust reserves the right to review any funding applications received at future meetings should a higher volume than normal be received.
March meeting – mid February
July meeting – mid June
September meeting – mid August
December meeting – mid November
The next deadline to apply is February 2022.
Tree Council Branching Out Funds Up to £1,500
Schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and tree warden networks within the UK can apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in planting and caring for trees, hedges and orchards.
The funding is being made available through the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund and will cover the cost of trees, hedges and fruit trees, reasonable costs of non-plastic protection and supports, and other aids to establishment such as peat-free compost and/or soil improvers.
Ideally planting should take place within National Tree Week – 27 November to 5 December 2021 – but this is not essential.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 17th December 2021, but early applications are encouraged to ensure availability of stock.
All projects must be completed and payments claimed by 31 March 2021.
Trusthouse Grant Schemes for Projects Supporting those in areas of Extreme Deprivation
- Single year grants between £10,000 and £100,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs or
- Multi-year grants for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period, for core costs, salaries, running or project costs
Organisations should have a focus on Family Support
Single year grants between £2,000 and £10,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs
Projects must have a focus on Community Support
The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK.
Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. We particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. We want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards.
Our ability to be flexible can mean that we are well-placed to support organisations which are in transition, whether they are entering a period of growth and development or are responding creatively to challenging circumstances. https://tudortrust.org.uk/how-to-apply
UnLtd – Grants of up to £15,000 available to Social Entrepreneurs
Grants plus business support are available to social entrepreneurs that are looking to start or grow an existing social venture. The funding is being made available through the UnLtd the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in and around the UK.
The grants are being made available through two funding streams:
- Grants of up to £15,000 to grow an existing social enterprise
- Grants of up to £5,000 to start a new social enterprise.
UnLtd are committed to providing 50% of their awards to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs.
To be eligible applicants need to be:
- Aged 16 and over
- Living in the United Kingdom
- Willing to participate in a learning experience
- Working to benefit people living in the United Kingdom
- Have a real social impact
- Fulfil a clear need and demand
- Have clear outputs and goals
The closing date for this funding round is the 31st December 2021 for a decision in March 2022.
Veolia Environmental Trust Grants
The Veolia Environmental Trust is open for applications.
The Trust makes the following grants:
Community Grants: These grants are available to constituted not-for-profit organisations and local authorities. Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to create or improve buildings or outside spaces for the benefit of the community
Habitat and Biodiversity: Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available for projects that conserve, restore or enhance threatened habitats and/ or protect and increase biodiversity
Environmental Improvement Grants: over £75,000 are available to enable landscape scale improvement projects such as habitat creation/management, and/or species protection.
The closing date for applications will be 12 midday on the 6th January 2022.
Volant Trust Announces Launch of Covid-19 Response Fund (Opened 1st August)
The Volant Trust has opened its Covid-19 Response Fund. The Trust is accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Funding is available to support running and core costs as well as for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.
There are no funding levels indicated at the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees.
To receive a decision by April 2022 applications must be submitted between 1st August and 31st December 2021.
Warm Homes Fund – Bids Open Until 21st January 2022
National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions have announced that the latest round of the Warm Homes Fund is now open to applications.
The fund incentivises the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households with the aim of reducing bills, increasing comfort in non-gas fuel poor households, and improving health outcomes. This round is accepting bids from local authorities and registered social landlords working with other local partners across England, Wales and Scotland for low carbon first time central heating solutions, or energy efficiency and health related solutions.
Bids must be submitted by midday on the 21st January 2022. https://www.affordablewarmthsolutions.org.uk/warm-homes-fund/
Wolfson Foundation – Funding for Charities Working with Older People
Grants of between £15,000 and £75,000 are available to charitable organisations which provide care and services for older people, particularly if they have a neurodegenerative condition or are isolated.
The Wolfson Foundation will provide funding for new build, refurbishment or equipment projects which aim to:
- Increase access to services for new and existing users
- Improve the quality and range of services
- Improve the financial stability of the organisation
Match funding is required for projects costing more than £50,000.
When to apply
We run two funding rounds each year. The key dates are:
Open to Stage 1 applications: 20 November
Stage 1 application deadline: 5 January
Stage 2 application deadline: 1 March
Funding decision: June
Open to Stage 1 applications: 14 May
Stage 1 application deadline: 1 July
Stage 2 application deadline: 1 September
Funding decision: December
Woodland Trust Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools
We have two delivery periods per year, one in March and the other in November. We are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in MARCH 2022. If you can’t wait until then, or your application is unsuccessful, you can buy packs in our shop all year round.
The Woodland Trust has announced that it has thousands of free tree packs available to community groups and schools across the UK, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres. The trees are available for planting on an area that is accessible to the public so that it can be used and enjoyed by others.
Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year round colour, working wood, wild wood and urban trees.
If applying as a school, trees should be planted on either the school grounds, land the school has arranged regular access to or in an area that is publicly accessible.
Applications for a tree pack for a community group need to:
- State that the land is accessible to the public
- Make sure the local community is aware of the plans to plant and is happy for the project to go ahead
- Be applying for up to 420 trees in each application cycle or season.
There are two delivery periods per year in November and March, when the trees are dormant and perfect for planting.
Applications are currently being accepted for trees to be delivered in March 2022.
Woodward Charitable Trust
Charities, social enterprises, and community interest companies can apply for funding of up to £3,000 through the Woodward Charitable Trust. Priority is given to projects that make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate, ensure that funds awarded are being well used and fall within the following areas:
- Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour and projects to help those who have been in the care system. This also covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community;
- Disadvantaged families, this covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects;
- Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners’ families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.
Two types of grant are awarded:
- Small grants (under £3,000, but usually £1,000 or less;)
- Large grants (over £3,000) – these are usually given to charities known by the Trustees
The Woodward Charitable Trust only makes grants for core costs rather than specific projects as they recognise that smaller charities can find these hard to fund. The deadline for receipt of applications is noon on the 17th December 2021.
Yapp Charitable Trust
We offer grants only to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000.
Youth Music Network Funding – Funding for Young People in the Music Industry
Through our funding programmes we invest in music programmes for children and young people, and work that helps organisations to diversify and be more inclusive. Programmes funded by Youth Music work with children and young people of all ages, from babies and their families through to young adults up to the age of 25, using the power of music to support musical, personal and social development.
We support around 300 projects each year, reaching more than 80,000 children and young people and 4,000 people in the workforce.
Youth Music is funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and support from donors, partners and fundraisers.
7stars Foundation for Young people under 16
Grants of up to £2,500 are available to charitable organisations supporting challenged and vulnerable young people under the age of 16 in the UK.
The 7stars Foundation will provide funding for projects which support young living in areas of deprivation and socioeconomic disadvantage who are challenged by abuse or addiction, who are young carers, or who are homeless. Projects should address a lack of provision, and provide immediate support.
Example of support could include recreational trips, mentoring programmes, and counselling sessions.
The next closing date for applications is the 31st January 2022 for a March funding review.
7stars foundation supports those under 16 years old facing challenges due to the following priorities
- Child Carers
The7stars foundation offers grant funding across three streams:
- Project grants to charities aligned to our funding prioritises and age ranges.
- Shine Bright funding for regional charities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Direct grant funding to individuals supported by outreach/social/care workers or legal professionals (applications must be submitted by the supporting professional).
Our funding rounds this year are scheduled for the beginning of March; June; September; and December. You are welcome to apply at any time ahead of the deadlines for these rounds.