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- Aviva with RSPB & WWF £1 million Match Fund to Protect & Restore Nature – Link
- Aviva Innovative Community Projects Link to Information
- Barchester Charitable Foundation Grants of up to £2,000 for Projects Tackling Loneliness Amongst Older People and Adults with a Disability Further Information
- B&Q Funding Up to £5000 to Improve Homes and Community Spaces Further Information
- BBC Children In Need Project Grants Link to BBC Children in Need
- Central Social & Recreational Trust (CSRT) – Recreational Funding Up to £1,000 for Disadvantaged Young People – Link to CSRT
- Community Organisations Cost of Living Funding £10,000 up to £75,000 Link
- Charles Hayward Funding of Up to £7,000 to Improve the Quality of Life of Older People Link
- Clothworkers Foundation Capital Project Grants Link
- Cosaraf Charitable Foundation – Hardship Grants Up to £2000 Link
- Developing Neighbourhood Plan Grants Link to Information
- ECVYS Violence & Vulnerability Grants Open Until 29th September – Details
- Enovert Community Trust Deadline 8th September for meeting on Tue 17th October 2023 Link
- European Youth Foundation Special Call for Activities to Support Young People from Ukraine – Link to information
- Finnis Scott Foundation Grants Supporting Horticulture, Plant Science, Fine Art & History Open Until 15th September Link to Information
- Ford Britain Trust Grants – Small programme up to £250 and large programme £250-£3,000 Link
- GSK IMPACT Awards & new GSK Health Inequalities programme – core funding and free training for health charities Link
- HDH Wills Small Grants Programme Up to £2000 Link
- Hedley Foundation – Grants to Improve the Quality of Life for Disadvantaged & Vulnerable People – Applications to be received 6 weeks before 8th November Meeting Link
- Hubbub Time After Time Fund to Tackle the Digital Divide and E-Waste Link
- Help the Homeless Grants Up to £5,000 Closes 15th September 2023 Link
- Jack Petchey New Internship Programme Launched to help Young People gain Experience in the Youth Sector Open Until 8th September Info
- Learning Through Landscapes Funding Round 3 Up to £500 for Outdoor Learning Open Until 8th September Link
- Lloyds Bank Foundation Launches Programme to Promote Local Collaborations Link
- Parkinson’s UK – Funding to Help People with Parkinson’s to Become & Stay Active Open Until 30th November Link
- Magic Little Grants of Up to £500 Open Until 31st October Link to Information
- Matthew Good Foundation Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People, or the Environment Apply 15th September for October Meeting – Further Information
- Mid & South Essex Mental Health Inequalities Funding Link to Guidance and Criteria
- National Lottery UK Fund Launches Up to £5Million to Foster Stronger Community Connections Link
- Paul Hamlyn Foundation Shared Ground Fund £30,000-£400,000 to Address Structural Inequalities Within the UK Immigration System Link
- Royal British Legion Cost of Living Grants – Link
- Social Investment Business Grants for Social Organisations Link to Information
- Sports England Funds Open – Small Grants & Active Together Link to Information
- Tesco Stronger Starts Community Grants – Grants of up to £1,500 available to fund activities that focus on providing food to children Link
- Thomas Wall Trust Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Increase Employment Opportunities for Disadvantaged Adults Link
- Thrive Together Fund Launched to Provide Access to Finance to Charitable Organisations Link
- UnLtd – Grants of up to £15,000 available to Social Entrepreneurs Next Round Closing 30th September for decision in December 2023 Link to Information
- Veolia Environmental Trust Grants Opens 31st August Until 5th October at Midday Link
- Weavers’ Company Grants to Support Disadvantaged Young People and Offenders Open Until 16th November Link
- Anchor Foundation Funding for Christian Charities Promoting Social Inclusion Open Until 31st July Link
- CLA Charitable Trust Grants to Help Disabled & Disadvantaged People Connect with Nature – Open Until 31st August for October Meeting Link
- Cycling UK – Big Bike Revival Programme Grants Up to £2000 Open Until 31st July Link
- GSK Health Inequalities Funding Closes 14th August Link
- National Lottery Community Grants of up to £10,000 Available for Projects in Kursaal; Milton; Prittlewell; Shoeburyness; Southchurch and Victoria Wards Benefiting Young People During the Summer Holidays Closes 14th August Link
- Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme, and the Protective Security for Mosques Scheme Closes 15th August Link
- Screwfix Foundation Open for Applications Up to £5000 Until 10th August for 30th September Link
- Toy Trust- Funding to Support Disabled & Disadvantaged Children Accepting Applications Until Mid August Link
- 7stars Foundation Grants Up to £2,500 for Young people under 16 Open from 1st July Until 31st August for October funding review Details
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.
New – Arts Funding – Enabling Arts Projects (groups and freelancers) to Enhance Health and Wellbeing in Southend
We have ring-fenced £30,000 to support arts based projects that will enhance the health and wellbeing of Southend residents. Applications can be from organisations, groups of independent artists and/or individual freelancers for up to £10,000 to be spent within 1 year.
Additional Funds – Active Southend – Enabling Southend Residents to get Active
In conjunction with Active Southend the we are administering an additional £10,000 which groups can apply to for up to £1,000 towards enabling Southend residents to get active. You might hold a series of sessions, encourage people to attend activities already running, whatever it is this fund could really provide a boost. Previous applicants and current grant holders can re-apply. Visit https://savs-southend.org/cib/ to find out more.
City Celebration Events Fund – Enabling Residents to Celebrate Southend
The CIB have ring-fenced £20,000 to which groups planning an event in Southend for local residents can apply for up to £2,000 from. Events need to take place before 31 March 2024 and be held in Southend. To find out more click here.
Small Sparks Fund Up to £100 – Milton, Shoebury & Victoria Wards
South East Business Boost
If you are a small or medium enterprise looking to grow in East Sussex, Essex, Kent or Medway, you could be eligible for free in-depth business support and access to exclusive growth grant funding to help you on the way.
The South East Business Boost (SEBB) programme provides free support to start ups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) within the South East Local Enterprise Partnership area so that they can expand. https://www.sebusinessboost.org.uk/
Southend City 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
ECVYS Violence & Vulnerability Grants Open Until 29th September
The 2024-2025 V&V Community Grant round is for local ‘not-for-profit’ voluntary or community clubs or organisations based in, and therefore delivering in, Essex, Southend and Thurrock only.
Looking to fund projects working with children/families/young people and young adults (Families must include work with children, young people or young adults aged 0-24 years), that meet the stated aims of the V & V Partnership and can run during April 2024 to 31st December 2025, commencing no later than 1st September 2024.
Projects MUST also evidence they are meeting specific needs as highlighted on an area by area basis by young people in our Listening Project 2022-23. It is essential that you read and reference the Listening Project report as we are keen that the interventions are based on what local young people are telling us they need. https://ecvys.files.wordpress.com/2023/07/vvu-youth-voices-report-2022-2023-final-pdf.pdf
We would especially like to see some applications for creative work around risk taking behaviours.
Applications open: 17th July 2023
Applications close: 12 noon on 29th September 2023
For more information and to apply see https://ecvys.org.uk/funding-news/
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 email@example.com.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,
Fowler, Smith and Jones Trust
If you would like to discuss a potential application, please email and we will call you back.
How to Apply
The Trust will only consider applications for charitable purposes within the geographical area covered by Southend on Sea, Rochford and Castle Point local authorities.
The Trust supports a wide range of organisations covering social welfare and the local community; the elderly; disadvantaged; disabled; ethnic groups; asylum seekers; refugees and young people. The Trust will not consider other worthy causes outside these groups or applications from individuals.
The ROSCA Trust does not make ongoing support commitments and prefers to support specific projects or equipment needs. It will make contributions to capital projects, refurbishments or adaptations to meet specific needs such as for the disabled. However, requests for administration and salary costs are of a lower priority.
The Trustees meet three times a year – January, May and September.
For applications to be considered at this meeting, they will need to be received by post by the end of the previous month. Applications received after this date will be held over to the next meeting.
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.
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.
ABSS CID Fund Guidance
Action for Race Equality Funding for Organisations Providing Support for the Windrush Generation
Funding is available to support small civil society groups and organisations providing advocacy support to victims of the Windrush scandal across England and Wales.
The funding is made available by Action Race Equality through the Windrush Justice Programme, to support organisations working directly with people affected by the scandal, to regularise their status and apply for compensation.
It could, for example, be used to help organisations pay caseworkers; cover admin costs; signpost applicants to other organisations offering support; and enable organisations to mobilise more case workers or volunteers to reach more people to support.
The Windrush Justice programme will run for up to three years. and no application deadline is given.
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Allen Lane Funding
The Allen Lane Foundation funds small registered charities, voluntary groups, and charitable organisations.
We fund charities and organisations that work with six particular beneficiary groups – please click on the links below:
A new programme is soon to be launched, focussing on Young People.
Over a typical year, we make around 150 grants, to a total value of between £750,000 and £800,000.
Our maximum grant is £15,000 and the average grant size is around £5,000-£6,000.
While recognising (and being willing to support) on-going, tried and tested projects, we are also particularly interested in unusual, imaginative or pioneering projects which have perhaps not yet caught the public imagination. http://allenlane.org.uk/
Alpkit Foundation Funding to Support Grassroots Organisations
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.
Trustees meet every 2 months to consider applications. There’s no limit to the number of times you can receive an award. If possible, please apply at least 3 months before the start of a project so that the trustees have time to consider it at their next meeting.
We particularly like to support projects that:
- Encourage responsible outdoor activity
- Have longlasting benefits Introduce new people to get outdoors
- Demonstrate value for money
Yes, we love to support
- Diversity and Inclusion Projects that engage individual and groups from a diverse range of backgrounds
- Environmental Projects that seek to support, conserve, or generate understanding of our environment and wild places
- Health Projects enabling people to gain physical and mental wellbeing from the Great Outdoors
- Education Projects such as First Aid, D of E, Forest Schools and Mountain Leader
- Participation Projects that get more people experiencing the Great Outdoors
No, we will not support
- Charity challenges
- Commercially led travel Expeditions that are not focused the Great Outdoors (e.g. rebuilding schools, overseas medicine)
- Scout Jamborees – due to the large number of participants involved in Scout Jamborees, this is not something we are able to support. We do support the Scout Association through our Youth in Adventure Fund
- Retrospective applications – make sure you get your application in on time!
Anchor Foundation Funding for Christian Charities Promoting Social Inclusion
The Anchor Foundation provides grants of up to £12,000 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 July 2023.
Examples of Projects Funded
Asda Foundation Grants
Asda have a number of grants through their Community champions.
Aviva Community Fund Grants of up to £50,000 Available for Community Projects
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 £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.
Meetings take place quarterly. Aviva employees distribute £250,000 every quarter, each individually picking projects that matter to them. You can also reach out to your supporters and the public to raise your target amount by sharing links through social media and more.
If crowdfunding on an ‘All or nothing’ basis, you will receive the funds if you’ve reached your target. If crowdfunding on a ‘Keep what you raise’ basis, you will receive whatever funds you’ve attracted after the end date. Then it’s time to get to work.
Aviva with RSPB & WWF £1 Million Match Fund to Protect & Restore Nature
Aviva, in partnership with the RSPB and WWF, has launched a new £1 million fund to support community groups across the UK to protect and restore nature in their local area.
The Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund is a crowdfunding initiative that will give £2 for every £1 raised by each project. The matching applies to each individual donation up to £250, with a total of £5,000 in match funding available per community project.
A wide range of nature projects can be supported, from creating community gardens and replanting wildlife meadows, to protecting wildlife and promoting community connection to nature.
Applications can be made at any time until all funding has been allocated. Link to further information
B&Q Funding Up to £5000 to Improve Homes & Community Spaces
UK registered charities can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to improve homes and community spaces for those most in need. The funding is made available by the B&Q Foundation to decorate, renovate, or create spaces, both indoors and outdoors, where people can feel at home and have a sense of belonging. This includes individuals experiencing homelessness, financial hardship, poor health, disability, or other disadvantage or distress.
Projects that may be eligible for funding include creating community gardens, redecorating properties, installing new boilers, and creating new buildings or rooms. Larger funding amounts may also be awarded depending on the strength of the application and the project.
The application process is open, and interested charities are encouraged to submit an expression of interest in the first instance. https://bqfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/
BA Community Fund
At British Airways, we’re on a journey to create a better, more sustainable future. We call it BA Better World. It means we’re putting sustainability at the heart of our business. From creating a great place for people to work to reducing our emissions and waste and contributing to the communities we serve, we’re building a thriving, resilient, responsible business.
For more than 30 years, British Airways has supported community initiatives across the UK and around the world. Now, with BA Better World Community Fund, we’re creating more life-changing opportunities and generating more positive impact in the communities we serve by offering up to £50,000 in extra funding to eligible projects that crowdfund.
Barclays & Sported – Funding to Make Playing Football More Accessible at Grassroots Level
Barclays, in partnership with Sported – a UK wide charity promoting fairness and equity for young people through grassroots sport and physical activity – has launched a new fund to make playing football more accessible at grassroots level and deliver football to under-represented young people.
Through the Barclays Community Football Fund, 5,550 community groups across the UK wishing to start offering football or expand their existing provision, will receive grants of up to £500 and additional support to develop inclusive football activities.
The fund will primarily support girls and young people in deprived or underrepresented areas through local organisations to reduce inequalities in the participation of sport and physical activity. This includes culturally diverse communities, young people with disabilities, and young people from the LGBTQ+ community.
Applications can be made at any time up until the 31st December 2024.
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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.
Barchester Charitable Foundation Grants of up to £2,000 for Projects Tackling Loneliness Amongst Older People and Adults with a Disability
Small community groups, local charities and individuals can apply for grants of between £100 and £2,000 for equipment and to support projects that tackle loneliness amongst older people (65+) and adults with a disability (18+).
The funding which is being made available through the Barchester’s Charitable Foundation supports actions that combat loneliness bey connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community.
The types of activities supported can include
- Activity projects
- Equipment and materials for use by members
- Member transport
- Day trips, outings and group holidays in the UK
The Foundation also makes grants of between £100 and £600 to help individuals, but please note that all applications for named individuals must be completed by a third party who knows the individual in a professional or community-based capacity such as general practitioners, occupational therapists, nurses and social workers or charity or support group representatives.
The grants can help individuals with:
- Manual and powered wheelchairs
- Mobility scooters
- Specialised trikes / ebikes / bikes
- Car adaptations
There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
BBC Children In Need Project Grants
As part of its new grant-making strategy, BBC Children in Need is awarding grants of up to £40,000 per year for up to three years to support the projects costs of registered charities and not-for-profit organisations (including Special Schools) working with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years or under living in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
The funding will support the delivery of a specific piece of work (project) and could be spent on project staff costs, trips and outings, volunteer expenses and/or moveable equipment.
Groups requesting £15,000 or less will receive a quicker decision.
Expressions of interest should be submitted in the first instance.
Applications can be made at any time.
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/
Benefact Trust (Previously AllChurches Trust)
Betsy Foundation – Up to £30,000 to help overcome poverty, abuse and homelessness for the younger members of our society –
Betsy Foundation is a family run initiative giving grants to small and medium sized charities which make the world a better place for those in need.
Our mission is to assist the organisations which provide this deeply needed support to young people in our communities.
We support a broad spectrum of organisations, focusing on the most vulnerable people in our communities. We feel passionately that those who are struggling should have the best chance of accessing the resources they need.
We normally provide financial grants of up to £30,000 to UK-based charities that operate in London and the South-East to help them overcome poverty, abuse and homelessness for the younger members of our society.
We are interested to hear from you if a grant from the Betsy Foundation could unlock your potential to deliver a vital project. These criteria would need to apply:
- The beneficiaries are primarily under 30 years old and are currently living in London and the South-East of England.
The grant of up to £30,000 can have a significant impact as a one-off grant or over a two-year period [Betsy Foundation only makes multiple grants for a maximum of two years]
The impact of the grant will help to alleviate the effects of poverty, abuse and homelessness as well as help recipients to overcome the causes e.g. to help them into more sustainable, safe and economically secure lives.
We understand that for any individual or group, poverty, abuse and homelessness are caused by complicated situations, including poor health and mental health, poor education, lack of opportunities including access to employment, stigma and racism, family and relationship breakdown. With this in mind, the Betsy Foundation provides grants to charities that are focused on addressing both the end results of such circumstances, or the situations that have led to them. The impact of the current pandemic have also increased insecurity for many people and exacerbated disadvantages across society, which is why we feel now it is more important than ever to attempt to relieve some of the financial burden so that those supporting people in need can continue their crucial work.
We believe that if we work together, we can make a big difference in the world to make it a better, gentler place for us all.
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.
Online Application Form
British & Foreign School Society Displacement Education Fund
The British & Foreign School Society has launched a new £1 million fund to address the specific challenges that children and young people who have been displaced by conflict face in accessing quality education both internationally and in the UK.
The Displacement Education Fund will awards grants of up to £60,000 to registered charities, schools and educational establishments, and grants of up to £20,000 to other not-for-profit community organisations for projects that support displaced children and young people living in the UK.
Grants of up to £60,000 are also available to registered charities for international projects.
Support includes providing a safe space to learn, a trusted adult presence, being able to learn in their own language, and receiving post-trauma support.
Applications may be submitted at any time. https://www.bfss.org.uk/grant-giving/displacement-education-fund/
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/
Central Social & Recreational Trust (CSRT) – Recreational Funding Up to £1,000 for Disadvantaged Young People
Grants of up to £1,000 are available for affiliated sports clubs and organisations in England to provide recreational facilities for disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 21.
The funding, which is made available by the Central Social and Recreational Trust, can be used to purchase equipment, and maintain gymnasiums or buildings to be used for recreational or other leisure time occupations by children who would otherwise be unable to access these types of facilities.
Only clubs/organisations affiliated to their governing body i.e. Amateur Boxing Association of England; National Association of Clubs for Young People; Football Association etc. will be considered for a grant.
The Trust will consider applications for larger amounts in exceptional circumstances.
Applications may be submitted at any time. https://www.csrt.info/how-to-apply/
Charles Hayward Funding of Up to £7,000 to Improve the Quality of Life of Older People
UK registered charities can apply for grants of up to £7,000 for projects that improve the quality of life of older people.
The funding, which is made available through the Charles Hayward Foundation’s Small Grants programme, will support preventative and early intervention programmes that help older people to stay in their own homes and remain independent.
Projects could include informal day care, or social, physical and recreational activities to reduce isolation and depression, practical assistance and support for those living at home, emotional and practical support for older caregivers, and programmes tailored to the needs of people with dementia.
The funding is available to charities with an annual income of less than £350,000.
Applications can be made at any time and will be considered on a quarterly basis.
Click here for further information.
Cherry Family Foundation Grants Supporting Young People Under 30 Closed Until 1st August 2023
The Cherry Family Foundation awards grants to charities in London and the South East of England to help young people advance in life. The Foundation was set up in 2021 by two brothers, Graham and Richard Cherry, to give back to the communities where they have grown up, live and work.
We give grants to help young people aged up to 30 who come from difficult circumstances to help them lead healthy, happy, successful lives. We support a wide range of small grass roots charities to help advance the lives of young people in anyway that they need it. This includes projects that develop skills, advance education, relieve unemployment, support mental and physical health, provide recreational activities and create opportunities.
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 2023 will be on those organisations who actively share the Christian gospel in their work.
- 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
CLA Charitable Trust Grants to Help Disabled & Disadvantaged People Connect with Nature – Open Until 31st August for October Meeting
Applications are invited from charities and not-for-profit organisations in England and Wales for projects that help disabled or disadvantaged people connect with nature and the countryside.
The funding, which is made available through the CLA Charitable Trust, supports projects that improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of people who are disabled or disadvantaged by helping them to visit and participate in recreational and educational opportunities in the countryside.
Applications are particularly welcomed for projects for children and young people, disadvantaged financially, physically, mentally, or from areas of deprivation.
Funding can be used to support projects, capital works and running costs. No maximum or minimum funding amounts are given.
Apply by 31st August for the October meeting. Click here for more information
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
At least 50% of service users benefiting from the capital project must be from one or more of these groups. Application Guidance and a list of exclusions can be found on the website.
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
Community Organisations Cost of Living Funding £10,000 up to £75,000
The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) are administering £76m of this funding on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund (CCLF) will support organisations across England to deliver critical front-line services. Organisations will be able to apply for funding to maintain or expand critical cost of living services from now until the end of March 2024.
To apply your organisation must already run critical services around at least one of the following:
- food and emergency supplies – like food and baby banks or the provision of hot meals, clothes or toiletries
- emergency shelter – like night shelters or other accommodation for people experiencing homelessness
- safe spaces – like domestic abuse services and youth services
- warmth – like warm rooms and spaces
- financial and housing advice – like giving people advice because of the increased cost of living.
Your organisation must also be facing both
- increased demand for these critical services
- increased costs of delivering these critical services
Find out more here.
Community Shares Booster Programme
The Booster Fund has relaunched to support new and existing community businesses in England that are at all stages of a community share issue.
This includes the very early stages of exploring whether it’s the right choice, through planning a community share issue to being ready to launch, or in exceptional cases, recently launched.
What funding is available?
How to apply?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis:
Read the Booster Fund application guidance to understand who can apply and what support is available
Complete the Booster Fund Expression of Interest form
- For Expression of Interest applications we aim to get back to you within two weeks if you will be invited to make a full application
- For full applications, grant and investment decisions made within eight to twelve weeks of application.
Cosaraf Charitable Foundation – Hardship Grants Up to £2000
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charities, housing associations, schools and social services providing support for individuals and families across the UK who are in financial need.
The Cosaraf Charitable Foundation’s Hardship Grants will support individuals and families who have exhausted all other sources of funding and are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, work- or education-related expenses, or rent arrears.
Priority will be given to:
- the most financially excluded people
- families over individuals
- those with caring responsibilities
- items that will make the most difference to the individual/family’s long-term future
Other than in exceptional cases, Hardship Grants will only be made available for:
- Household items (white goods and occasionally other items i.e. sofas, wardrobes etc.)
- Basic Living Expenses (Utilities or food)
- Work- or education-related expenses (interview clothes, school uniforms, laptops)
- Rent arrears and Council tax arrears, but only where there is a clear and obvious risk of homelessness (for rent arrears involving a social landlord please outline what support has already been offered to your tenant)
- Contribution to immigration-related costs, where the current immigration status directly causes financial hardship to the applicant
Applications can be made at any time and are assessed every six weeks.
Link to Information
Cycling UK – Big Bike Revival Programme Grants Up to £2000 Open Until 31st July
Cycling UK is inviting volunteer led-groups, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations to deliver cycling events in an effort to get people back on their bikes.
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support organisations across England to deliver the Big Bike Revival Programme in the form of local events until the end of September 2023.
The aim is to encourage people who do not currently cycle to consider either starting or returning to cycling, especially people experiencing social, economic and health deprivation, people from diverse backgrounds, and those facing multiple challenges.
The funding, which is made available by the Department for Transport, could be spent on equipment to expand delivery, venue hire for learning events, or instructors to lead bike rides.
Applications can be made at any time until the 31st July 2023. Link to Details
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/
Developing Neighbourhood Plan Grants
Local communities in England can now apply for grants of up to £18,000 and technical support to help them develop neighbourhood plans. The grants are being provided by Locality, a national charity that supports community-led regeneration. Neighbourhood plans are documents that set out planning policies for a specific area. They can be used to protect local green spaces, encourage better designed places, and bring forward housing that genuinely meets local needs. The grants are available to any community that is working on a neighbourhood plan. To be eligible, the community must have a clear project plan and a commitment to engaging with local residents. Applications can be submitted at any time and any grants awarded must be spent by the 31 March 2024.
Click here for information
Enovert Community Trust
Enovert Community Trust (formerly Cory Environmental Trust in Britain) is an Environmental body which supports community and environmental projects. The Trust awards grants under the terms of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), providing funding to a broad range of projects that have a positive impact on local communities. The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects across the UK. These include improving community halls, the creation of new play areas and skate parks, and restoring green spaces. Fundraising by applicants is looked upon favourably by the Trustees. Applicants will need to secure a 10% third party contribution which will be payable to Enovert Limited prior to the project commencing.
Enovert Community Trust does not have a maximum grant award, but a figure of £50,000 is given as a guide. Fundraising by applicants is looked upon favourably by the Trustees. You will need to secure a 10% third party contribution which will be payable to Enovert Limited prior to the project commencing.
Projects on school sites are subject to ‘proportional registration’, whereby the Trust can only fund a proportion of any project, which is equivalent to the amount of general public access to the site
Who Can Apply
Not for profit organisations with projects within 10 miles of an Enovert landfill site.
The deadline for applications is 8th September for meeting on Tues 17th October
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.
European Youth Foundation Special Call for Activities to Support Young People from Ukraine
The European Youth Foundation (EYF) has launched a special call to support young people from Ukraine affected by the war. Non-governmental youth organisations in the UK and other Council of Europe member states can apply for grants of up to €15,000 to cover the costs of a pilot activity.
Activities must be designed for, support and involve young people, and could include peer to peer learning and support, training and workshops, information and counselling, youth workers and youth leaders, and meetings of young people from Ukraine.
Project applications will be assessed based on the EYF criteria for pilot projects. A successful project will:
- be a youth activity prepared, run and managed by a local, regional or national non-governmental youth organisation and involving young people from Ukraine.
- be an activity that supports young people from Ukraine affected by the war in their daily life, rights, and to navigate their challenges and access their rights.
- be an activity related to a local need and that brings an added value to the lives of young people from Ukraine.
- follow the basic principles of youth work, in particular the promotion of intercultural dialogue and understanding and the promotion and protection of human rights and democracy.
- be in line with the values of the Council of Europe and its priorities in the field of youth.
Applications to this call for EYF Pilot Activity Grants can be submitted at any time until the 31st October 2023, or until the funds are exhausted. Click here for further information
Fareshare Funding Available to Redistribute Surplus Food
FareShare’s Surplus with Purpose Fund provides funding of up to £50,000 to food businesses in the UK to offset the costs of sending good quality surplus food to good causes, helping the people most in need.
The fund is open to companies seeking to unlock new or hard to reach surplus (or ‘waste’) food, as well as those that haven’t previously worked with FareShare.
The type of stock eligible for support includes:
- Packaging / labelling errors
- Stock that’s become surplus due to forecasting errors
- Stock below MLOR (48 hours minimum life on receipt by FareShare)
- Fruit & veg past BBE
- Stock past BBE (subject to manufacturer’s extension letter)
- Quality rejections – ‘out of spec’
- Unfinished products
- Bulk ingredients for manufacturing
- Lines no longer being retailed
- Samples and NPD’s
- Foreign label stock
- Seasonal stock
- Retailer branded food.
The funding can be used to cover the additional staff costs needed for packing and sorting edible surplus food, or in building, implementing and managing new processes. It could also cover packaging and transportation costs, or lost income from the sale of surplus to animal feed or anaerobic digestion.
Funding applications can be submitted at any time. https://fareshare.org.uk/giving-food/
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 normally held in April, July, October, and January.
Finnis Scott Foundation Grants Supporting Horticulture, Plant Science, Fine Art & History Open Until 15th September
UK charities and charitable organisations, including schools and colleges, are eligible to apply for grants to support projects in the areas of horticulture, plant sciences as well as the study, exhibition and conservation of fine art. The Finnis Scott Foundation is especially interested in supporting horticultural training through bursaries and apprenticeships. Applications should be made by the sponsoring institution: individuals may not apply. The Foundation will consider applications for one-off grants up to £10,000, but because of the high demand, most grants are currently £5,000 or less. Exceptionally, when funds permit, grants of as much as £60,000 are made, payable over several years. The next closing date for applications is 4pm on the 15th September 2023.
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 up to £250
Applications for small grants from 1st April to 30th June for review in July 2023.
Large grants for amounts over £250 and up to a maximum of £3000
Applications for large grants from 1st March to 31st July for consideration in September/October 2023.
The Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support small, grass-roots and local charities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community across the UK.
The funding, which is being made available through Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme, can be used to cover projects, core costs, building projects, or essential equipment to enable ongoing service provision for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services.
Competition for funding is expected to be strong.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Foyle Foundation Re-opens its Main Grants Programme
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 £400 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 authorities, housing associations, community organisations, Information, Advice and Guidance providers and social services representatives.
Applications can be made at any time.
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/
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/
GSK IMPACT Awards & new GSK Health Inequalities programme – core funding and free training for health charities
The GSK IMPACT Awards are for charities with total annual income between £150,000 and £3 million. They are funded by GSK and provide core funding and free training for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 15 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500. Closing date Friday 1 September 2023.
The new GSK Health Inequalities Programme supports small charities with total annual income between £20,000 and £150,000. Up to 15 charities will receive up to £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus access to free training and development valued at £2,700. Closing date Monday 14 August 2023.
GSK and The King’s Fund actively encourage organisations to apply that are led by and support people from under-represented backgrounds, people from ethnic minority communities, people with disabilities and people from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge as we recognise that diversity makes us stronger.
To apply and find out more go to: www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards
HDH Wills Small Grants Programme Up to £2000
Grants of usually up to £2k are available for general charities (£250 – £500) and for charities that focus on the conservation of wildlife and the environment (typically £1,000 – £2,000).
Grants may be made towards revenue, capital or project expenditure. It is important that the charity will be small enough in size or be applying for support for a modest project, such that the grant will have a meaningful impact.
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 6 weeks before the next review meeting on the 8th November 2023. http://www.hedleyfoundation.org.uk/apply-now
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.
Help the Homeless Grants Up to £5,000 Closes 15th September 2023
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.
The closing date for the next round of funding is the 15th Setpember 2023.
The application form is available on the Help the Homeless website http://www.help-the-homeless.org.uk/applying-for-funding/
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.
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/
Hubbub Time After Time Fund to Tackle the Digital Divide and E-Waste
Hubbub and Virgin Media O2 have announced a new £500,000 Time After Time fund to support innovative solutions that address the digital divide and reduce electronic waste. This grant fund aims to connect the 1.5 million digitally disconnected households in the UK, who have limited access to devices or the internet, while promoting circularity in technology.
The fund seeks to bridge this gap by supporting innovative approaches to digital inclusion that make use of e-waste such as unused smartphones, tablets and laptops, etc. The goal of the fund is to ensure that technology can be utilised by those who need it, time after time.
The fund will provide grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 to support various projects. These projects can include research initiatives, campaigns for device redistribution, repair projects to increase device availability, or projects addressing the root causes of these problems.
Funding is expected to support 6-8 projects of varying grant sizes. The focus will be on digital inclusion projects utilising smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
Projects must demonstrate measurable impact and leave a lasting legacy. All learnings and results from funded projects will be openly shared to allow others to build upon and amplify the impact, while respecting intellectual property and patents.
The deadline for expressing interest in the funding opportunity is Friday, October 20, 2023.
Idlewild Trust – Arts Grants
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.
We run two grant programmes:
- Arts: Nurturing Early-Stage Professionals Grants to improve opportunities for professionals working creatively within the arts at an early stage in their career.
- Conservation: Objects and Works of Art Grants to support the conservation of historic or artistically important objects and works of art in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds.
Round 2 Opens 1st June until 5th September for decision in November.
International Tree Foundation – UK Community Tree Planting Programme
Schools, community groups and non-governmental organisations within the UK can apply for grants of up to £10,000 for community-led tree-planting projects.
Through the UK Community Tree Planting Programme, the International Tree Foundation aims to conserve, restore and protect the UK’s native species whilst raising community awareness of the importance of trees and forests to both the environment and human well-being.
There are two tiers of funding available:
- Small scale: A maximum of £1,000 is available for projects of up to 1 year in duration. This could be small community woodland, orchards, hedging projects, etc.
- Larger scale: Projects to range from 1000 – 10,000 trees, with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50/tree (inclusive of tree protection). Most suitable for community woodland or hedging projects
Trees must be planted in public / publicly accessible spaces: sites that are readily accessible to the public, including schools, parks, rights of way, and sites managed by community groups.
Ironmongers Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential
Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme.
Projects must meet all of 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 Appeals Committee meets twice a year at the end of March and October. The deadlines for receipt of applications are 15 December and 31 July respectively. Please note that applications are not accepted by email.
“I’ve got an Idea” Fund
“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…..
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.
Jack Petchey New Internship Programme Launched to help Young People gain Experience in the Youth Sector Open Until 8th September
The Jack Petchey Foundation, a leading charity that works to inspire and motivate young people across London and Essex, has re-opened its internship programme to help young people gain valuable experience in the youth sector. The programme will provide funding for year-long internships at youth organisations in London and Essex, with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000.
The grant is designed to give young people a flying start in their careers and to help youth organisations increase the support they provide for young people. It is also intended to support dynamic young individuals on their first step towards being the sector’s future leaders.
Eligible organisations can apply for a grant of £15,000 to help fund a paid intern at their organisation for twelve months. The grant can be used to cover the cost of the intern’s salary, as well as other related expenses such as travel and training.
The closing date for applications is Friday 8th September 2023. For more information, please visit the Jack Petchey Foundation website (link below)
Jean Sainsbury Grants to Support Animal Welfare Charities
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 deadlines for receipt of applications are: 10th January (for Spring meeting) 1st May (for Summer meeting) 1st September (for Winter meeting).
Kelly Family Charitable Trust Funding of up to £5,000 Available to Tackle Problems within Families (Closing date 1st September 2023)
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.
Grants are awarded twice a year. Applications must be submitted by 1st March and 1st September. The trustees will ask for more details from those charities that pass the initial screening and may visit them.
The next closing date for applications is the 1st September 2023.
Kennel Club Grants
Learning Through Landscapes Funding Round 3 Up to £500 for Outdoor Learning Open Until 8th September
Infant, Primary and Secondary schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training to deliver outdoor learning and play.
The funding is being made available through the charity Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grant Programme and is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
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 which will support a total of 900 schools.
The next closing date for applications is the 8th September 2023. Further information
Lloyds Bank Foundation Launches Programme to Promote Local Collaborations
Lloyds Bank Foundation has launched the Local Collaborations Programme, a grant initiative designed to support small charities leading collaborations aimed at driving local or regional change. This programme specifically targets three critical areas:
- improving the functionality of the social security system for those facing the greatest challenges,
- ensuring access to suitable accommodation for individuals dealing with complex issues,
- enhancing support and services for asylum seekers and refugees.
Small local charities can make a substantial difference in communities and this programme aims to enhance their work by promoting partnerships with other charities, grassroots organisations, community groups, and local entities to support those facing formidable barriers and challenges.
Grant applications are open to collaborations seeking £100,000 in funding over a two-year period, with the possibility of extending for an additional year and an extra £50,000.
It is important to note that the grant funding cannot be utilised for direct service delivery but is exclusively designated to support partnerships focused on local and regional influence.
To provide further details on the programme’s criteria and application requirements, Lloyds Bank Foundation will host a webinar on Thursday, 13 July, from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm. Interested parties can register for the webinar here or on the official website.
The closing date for grant applications is 5 pm on 22nd September 2023.
Magic Little Grants Up to £500 Open Until end of October
Magic Little Grants 2023 Is Now Open For Applications!
After successfully distributing £500 grants to 2,650 charitable organisations in 2022, we’re incredibly excited to announce that 2023 is going to be even bigger and better than ever before… you won’t want to miss out!
Applications are now open and will be until 31st October 2023.
With a simple 20-minute application process for a £500 grant and an outcome within six weeks, the Magic Little Grants fund reduces the work required for grass-roots organisations to access the funding they need to launch or strengthen their services. The following criteria apply:
- Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000.
- Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.
- Organisations and the projects for which they apply must be located within England, Scotland, or Wales,
This year we will be funding more organisations than we ever have before and we will still be spreading this funding out far and wide across the country. Applicants may apply for funding for projects under one of the following themes
- Providing support to improve mental health.
- Enabling participation in physical activity.
- Enabling participation in the arts.
- Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty.
- Supporting marginalised groups and tackling inequality.
- Improving biodiversity and responding to the climate emergency.
- Improving green spaces and increasing access to the outdoors.
Please note that schools are eligible to apply if they are a registered charity. Groups may only apply once in 2023 for a grant. https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/
Marsh Charitable Trust Grants to Cover Running Costs for Small Charities
The Trust 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.
Our funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for such costs, as we understand that many of the organisations we support depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs.
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.marshcharitabletrust.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.
Mid & South Essex Mental Health Inequalities Funding
Essex Community Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the Mid and South Essex Mental Health Inequalities Programme. The Fund, established by NHS Mid and South Essex, aims to address health inequalities for individuals with mental health problems, specifically targeting marginalised communities. Essex Community Foundation manages the fund. It is for the benefit of residents of the following areas: Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Maldon, Rochford, Southend-On-Sea, and Thurrock.
Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to not-for-profit groups and organisations working in Mid and South Essex. Applications from these areas must be for work that:
- Focuses on historically underserved communities
- Helps us learn how to improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of mental health support for people experiencing mental health inequalities
- Offers innovation and originality in supporting these groups of people to achieve their goals Programme Details:
- Applications open on 27th June 2023
- Rolling basis with regular panel meetings
For any questions, feel free to contact the Grants Team at 01245 355947.
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MOBO Help Musicians Fund Up to £3,000
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to support the careers of talented artists and groups working in music of black origin. The funding is available for recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world.
The funding is being made available through the MOBO Help Musicians Fund.
As well as the funding the scheme also offers one-to-one business advice and one-to-one health consultation covering all aspects of a musician’s health, including physical and mental health needs and specialist referrals where required.
Any solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genre can apply but preference may be given to; R&B, Afrobeat, Soul, Hip Hop, Grime, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae and African music.
Eligible applicants will be:
- Aged 18 or over
- Based primarily in the UK and eligible to work here
- A resident in the UK for at least the last 3 consecutive years
- In financial need and without significant backing from labels, music publishing companies or management
- A track record of regularly performing, writing and releasing music for at least 12 months
No application deadline has been indicated.
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.
Motability Funding to Develop, Expand & Improve Active Travel Options for Disabled People
UK charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply to a new funding programme from the national disability transport charity, Motability, to develop, expand and improve active travel options for disabled people.
Grants of between £100,000 and £4 million are available over three years to help charities and organisations, including universities, to ensure disabled people have equal opportunity to make decisions about how they travel in the UK by providing access to quality and affordable active travel equipment and journeys – whether by walking, cycling, push scooters, or use of wheelchairs and other mobility aids.
The funding is made available through the Active Travel Grant Programme which is open to applications at any time until March 2025.
Motability Research Grants to Help Make Transport More Inclusive
UK charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a new funding programme to undertake research into the problems that disabled people face in the transport system and how they can be solved.
Grants of between £50,000 and £1 million are available over three years to help organisations produce free, accessible data and findings to help make transport more inclusive.
The funding is made available through the national disability transport charity, Motability’s Research Grant Programme
Examples of areas where Motability are focussing their grant making include but are not limited to:
- Grant funding for research into barriers and challenges faced by disabled people when accessing or using transport.
- Grant funding for transport related research that identifies good practice and evaluates solutions.
- Grant funding to conduct research to inform and improve new or existing transport related programmes and product design.
Applications can be submitted at any time until March 2025.
Motability Wheelchair Funding
Motability, which is a national charity that supports the transport needs of disabled people has announced the launch of its Wheelchair Sector Grant Programme. Charities and organisations can apply for grants of between £100,000 and £4 million to improve and expand access to good quality affordable wheelchairs. Grants are available to:
- Fill current gaps in provision for groups of people who are excluded from receiving help from existing sources/providers.
- Enable charities and organisations to help individuals by topping up self-funding.
- Raise awareness of the challenges faced by disabled people in obtaining suitable, quality and affordable wheelchairs.
- Help fund high quality and affordable equipment.
- Fund schemes, programmes and initiatives that already exist, and who provide best practice solutions, but need further support to remain operational or scale up the service they can provide to help more disabled people.
Please note, that these grants are for charities and organisations only. Individuals cannot apply for help with wheelchair funding through this grant programme.
Applications can be made to the programme at any time until March 2025.
MSE Funding – Next grant round, Life Changing Transitions opens on Monday 4th September 2023.
National Lottery Climate Action Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that the £100 million Climate Action Fund has re-opened for applications. Up to £8 million is available to community projects across the UK that are focusing on the link between nature and climate.
Groups can apply for National Lottery funding of up to £1.5 million over two to five years to support place based and UK-wide partnerships that use nature to encourage more community-led climate action and help communities tackle climate change. The National Lottery Community Fund expects most projects to be funded between £300,000 and £500,000.
Development grants of £50,000 to £150,000 over 12 to 18 months are also available for those communities wanting to develop initial ideas.
National Lottery Community Fund is interested in projects that can do at least one of the following:
- show how creating a deeper connection with nature will lead to changing people’s behaviours and greater care for the environment
- show how by bringing nature back into the places we live and work, we can help communities to reduce or adapt to the impacts of climate change.
It is anticipated that 12 – 15 projects will be funded.
Applications will be accepted from:
- local partnerships
- UK-wide partnerships which are delivered across at least two UK countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).
Community partnerships can be led by one of the following types of organisation:
- constituted group or club
- voluntary or community organisation
- registered charity
- charitable incorporated organisation (SCIO/CIO)
- community interest company (CIC)
- not-for-profit company limited by guarantee – applicants must be a registered charity or have a not-for-profit ‘asset lock’ clause in your articles of association
- school, college, university (providing the project benefits and involves the wider local communities)
- statutory body (including, town, parish and community council)
- community benefit society.
There is no deadline and applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.
National Lottery Community Fund
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
National Lottery Community Grants of up to £10,000 Available for Projects Benefiting Young People During the Summer Holidays Closes 14th August
The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that it is making up to £3 million available this summer through its Awards for All Programme to support projects benefiting young people, primarily aged 11 to 18 (and up to 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities).
This is the first phase of funding of the Million Hours Fund, which totals £11 million up to March 2025.
Grants ranging from £300 to £10,000 are available, and the funding should be used to provide positive activities for young people. The projects should be led by trusted adults, such as qualified youth workers, youth support workers, or experienced volunteers. The funding is intended to be spent over the 2023 summer holidays.
To be eligible for the funding, projects must take place in eligible wards in England with high reported incidents of antisocial behaviour. The projects must offer additional youth provision, start during or before the 2023 school summer holidays, primarily benefit young people aged 11 to 18 (up to 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities), and effectively engage with young people at risk of antisocial behaviour.
Eligible organisations include voluntary or community organisations, groups or clubs, registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), not-for-profit companies, community interest companies (CICs), schools (if the project involves the surrounding communities), statutory bodies (including local authorities, town, parish, and community councils), and community benefit societies.
Applications can be submitted at any time until 12 noon on the 14th August 2023.
Only specific Wards within Southend are eligible to apply – Kursaal; Milton; Prittlewell; Shoeburyness; Southchurch and Victoria. The full list of Wards in the country can be found here
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.
National Lottery Grants Up to £10,000 to Celebrate Important National Events
The National Lottery has announced that this year, funding will also be available through the Awards for All England scheme to help communities celebrate important national events. Applications can include 75th anniversary of Windrush.
Awards for All will also continue to make grants of between £300 and £10,000 for up to one year to local community and voluntary organisations for existing or new projects, events, and activities that aim to build strong relationships, improve community spaces, support personal potential, and assist with challenges caused by the cost-of-living crisis and the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
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National Lottery Heritage Fund
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:
Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. We provide funding for heritage projects from £3,000 up to millions of pounds.
Take a look at our various funding programmes and decide which one might be right for you.
Applications can be made at any time. https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding
National Lottery UK Fund Launches Up to £5Million to Foster Stronger Community Connections
The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has announced the launch of the UK Fund, a new grant scheme that will provide funding for organisations that want to help communities come together and make the UK a better-connected society.
The fund is open to UK-based registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations, community benefit societies, co-operative societies, constituted voluntary or community organisations, statutory bodies, companies limited by guarantee, and partnerships of organisations.
Grants of £500,000 to £5 million are available, and projects can run for up to 10 years.
The fund is looking to support projects that:
- Strengthen relationships between people whose experiences of life have not been the same.
- Create connections between online and offline worlds.
- Help to ensure that people from all backgrounds can shape the future of their communities.
The funding can be used for:
- staff costs, including sessional workers
- development work (testing new ways of working, staff training and development, developing governance, tech or IT upgrades and purchases, sharing learning)
- utilities and running costs
- volunteer expenses
- learning and evaluation
- capital costs (we can consider funding capital costs but do not expect these costs to be a significant amount of the proposed budget)
- costs associated with delivering your project in other languages – for example, in Welsh.
Projects must demonstrate that they have the potential to benefit communities across the UK, scale their impact, and focus on equity.
There is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.
The UK Fund is one of the first significant commitments as part of the NLCF’s new strategy, “It starts with community.” The fund is part of the NLCF’s vision to help communities come together and create a more connected and equitable society.
National Zakat has funding to support Muslims.
- The Hardship Relief Fund gives grants for basic costs to vulnerable Muslims in the UK who are unable to pay for basic living costs.
- The Housing Fund gives grants to help Muslims in the UK who need support to live in affordable, liveable and safe accommodation.
- Work Fund for assistance with training course fees, certification & licence fees, qualification conversion fees, tools & equipment costs and specialist grants
- Education Fund – Grants for education and training inclusing vocational training and post graduate academic courses to help Muslims who demonstrate a high level of commitment to community service, to help them better serve Islam and Muslims in the UK
To provide additional help as the UK emerges from the Covid pandemic, the Housing Fund has increased support with Council Tax and Rent arrears, and has introduced rent top-up support so families can stay in their homes.
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 – Grants Up to £1000
The Ocado Foundation, the charitable arm of Ocado Group, is working with BizGive, to support community projects across the UK.
The Foundation will provide 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,
- and responsible sourcing.
For volunteering, only applications for digital volunteering will be accepted.
Applications can be made at any time until the 31st December 2023.
Parkinson’s UK – Funding to Help People with Parkinson’s to Become & Stay Active Open Until 30th November
Community groups and organisations across the UK can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to help people with Parkinson’s to become and stay active.
The Funding is for new activities that encourage people affected by Parkinson’s to participate in physical activity and sport, or increased participation in these areas. This could be anything fun and enjoyable that encourages people, particularly those from isolated and ethnic communities, to get moving such as a walking group, joining a Parkinson’s boxing class, or playing ball games.
The funding, which is made available through the Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity Grants Programme, can be used to cover costs such as equipment, facility hire, maintenance of equipment, coaching fees, and training.
The closing date for applications is 30th November 2023.
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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts Based Learning Fund
Not for profit organisations and charities that are working with schools, colleges and other formal education settings can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people through high quality arts-based learning activities.
The funding is being made available through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts-based Learning Fund.
The Foundation are particularly interested in applications with a focus on the following areas:
- support for pupils who experience systemic disadvantage to access and make progress in their learning
- creating more opportunities for high quality arts-based teaching and learning in education settings, especially in those which have not had this work in the past
- exploring the role of arts-based learning in addressing issues of inclusion, especially racism, in education
- effective practice in digital and blended arts-based teaching and learning
- enabling arts-based learning to be embedded in curricula and practice for the long-term.
Projects can last for two to three years.
All applicants must be working in partnership with schools or other formal education settings – i.e. primary and secondary schools, further education colleges, alternative provision, special schools and early years
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for further information
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Shared Ground Fund £30,000-£400,000 to Address Structural Inequalities Within the UK Immigration System
Grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK to address racism and structural inequalities within the immigration system. The grants are available for projects lasting between 12 months and 4 years with an option to extend for a further period.
The funding is being made available through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Shared Ground Fund and supports organisations working towards the following long-term objectives:
- Influencing migration system reform: helping to build a policy and legal framework based on the principles of fairness, accessibility, due process, efficiency and respect for human rights.
- Improving access to support services, to ensure systemic exclusion which forces individuals into poverty is addressed and the needs of people who migrate are met, so that they have the longer-term support they need to settle, integrate and thrive in the UK.
- Strengthening civic participation so that people who have migrated to the UK have a stronger voice and are represented and meaningfully involved in the structures and services that affect their lives.
- Informing public understanding and countering the polarisation of migration and integration narratives.
The Foundation also has a particular interest in the lives of young people who lack permanent status in the UK, including those who are undocumented.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation at email@example.com to discuss ideas before submitting applications related to this focus area.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
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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
Pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support rescues. 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.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. https://www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/grant-programme/
Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme, and the Protective Security for Mosques Scheme Closes 15th August
The UK Government is making £28 million in funding available to reduce the risk and impact of hate crime and terror attacks at places of worship and associated faith community centres in England and Wales.
The funding will be made available through the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme, and the Protective Security for Mosques Scheme for the free installation of protective security, such as CCTV, intruder alarms and secure fencing to help protect mosques, churches, temples, gurdwaras and other places of worship.
Mosques are also able to apply for security guarding services.
To apply for funding, applicants should submit evidence of their vulnerability and experience of hate crime.
The closing date for applications is the 15th August 2023.
Details can be found here
Power to Change Programmes & Funding for Community Businesses
Power to Change supports new or existing community businesses.
Applications can be made at any time. https://www.powertochange.org.uk/our-work/our-programmes/
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.
Prince of Wales Charitable Trust – Small Grants Up to £5,000
The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) has re-opened its Small Grants Programme to registered not-for-profit organisations supporting grassroots projects in diverse and deprived communities across the UK.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available (the average award is £1,500) to organisations with an income of up to £1 million to support a wide range of good causes within the PWCF’s core funding themes:
- Heritage & Conservation,
- Health & Wellbeing,
- Social Inclusion,
Multi-year small grants will be considered.
Priority will be given to organisations of which HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron.
The small grant programme is a rolling programme. Therefore, you may apply for a small grant at any time. However, applications submitted one month before the small grant committee meeting will be considered at the next meeting.
Please note that the Small Grant Committee considers applications in February, May, August and October.
Applications can be made at any time and will be considered by the Small Grant committee at their next quarterly meeting.
Funding to train and learn – Our Development Awards can cover the cost of course fees, tools or equipment to help you achieve your goals.
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
From 1st February 2023, the Rayne Foundation’s open grants programme is focused exclusively on the following four 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
- Better opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers
This more focused approach is the first step in the Foundation working towards becoming a more pro-active and engaged funder and reflects our desire to think more carefully and have greater impact on a smaller number of issues, over a longer period.
Applications from outside these four areas of interest will not be accepted.
Royal British Legion Cost of Living Grants
The Royal British Legion, the UK’s largest charity dedicated to supporting the armed forces community, has launched a grant scheme for veterans and their families who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The initiative will provide non-repayable emergency grants of up to £2,400 a year (£200 a month), and is available across the UK.
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.
Trustee Meetings take place in March, June, September and December. The dates below are dates for applications to be received followed by date of outcome.
11 February – 10 May for decision on 30 June
11 May – 10 August for decision on 30 September
11 August -10 November for decision on 30 December
Shared Space Boost Fund Grants of Up to £300
Every month a group of Shared Space volunteers from each shop decides where to give away grants of up to £300. Sometimes we split the money between several recipients. The decision is made by a panel of volunteers from the shop. They worked hard to raise the money and they give it away! The application form is very simple.
You could use the money from a Boost Fund Grant for a project or idea to help people. Perhaps you want to make them smile. You could help people to work together. It might help those who don’t win in life. It could be a campaign to change something bad.
Shared Space Boost Fund
Social Investment Business Grants for Social Organisations
Various grant funding streams available for social business organisations. Click here for further details
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.
Sports England Small Grants
This fund seeks to develop opportunities for communities to get more people physically active and we’ll support new projects through providing National Lottery funding of between £300 and £15,000.
Our priority is to support projects working with people in disadvantaged communities and the closing date for applications is 31 March 2024.
Link to Information
Sports England Active Together
Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £7.5m.
With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other coronavirus related needs.
Link to Information
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 Stronger Starts Grants Open
Tesco is introducing a £5m grant programme, in partnership with Groundwork UK, to give children across the UK a stronger start in life. The grants will help schools and children’s groups provide nutritious food and healthy activities that support young people’s physical health and mental wellbeing, such as breakfast clubs or snacks, and equipment for healthy activities.
The scheme, supported by UK community charity Groundwork, will replace the current Tesco Community Grants funding programme.
Schools and children’s groups will be able to apply via Groundwork for a grant of up to £1,500. Grants are for activities that focus on providing food to kids such as fruit for breakfast clubs or snacks to enjoy throughout the day, and for equipment for outdoor and indoor activities.
Successful applications will go to a customer vote in their local Tesco store. Two out of the three blue token voting boxes by the checkout will be dedicated to local schools with the third given over to local community projects nominated by each store’s colleagues. Customers can then choose which of the three projects they’d like to support by voting with a blue token.
Thomas Wall Trust Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Increase Employment Opportunities for Disadvantaged Adults
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 between £10,000 – £500,000
The deadline for stage 1 applications is the 18th September 2023. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.
Link to further information
Thrive Together Fund Launched to Provide Access to Finance to Charitable Organisations
A partnership comprising Social Investment Business, Co-operative and Community Finance, Fredericks Foundation, Groundwork, Homeless Link, and The Architectural Heritage Fund have launched a new fund to enhance access to finance for smaller charities and social enterprises in the UK.
The Thrive Together Fund aims to provide unrestricted funding to support the growth of small and medium-sized charitable organisations and social enterprises. Eligible applicants include incorporated voluntary, community, or social enterprise organisations based in England that are actively making a social or environmental impact.
The fund offers a funding package ranging from £25,000 to £100,000, combining grant funding with repayable finance, with the loan component comprising 75% and the grant component 25%. The total fund size is £6 million, and it intends to expand social investment opportunities for smaller organisations, particularly those in disadvantaged areas.
The Thrive Together Fund is supported by a £3.6 million contribution from Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, along with a £3 million investment from the Social Investment Business Foundation.
There is no closing date and applications can be submitted at any time.
Toy Trust – Funding to Support Disabled & Disadvantaged Children
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 August 2023.
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
Universal Music UK Sound Foundation (UMUKSF) Funding for School Musical Equipment CURRENTLY CLOSED
The Universal Music UK Sound Foundation (UMUKSF) has launched a new funding round to enable schools across the UK and Eire to apply for grants of up to £1,500 towards the cost of musical resources.
The UMUKSF School Awards will provide funding for schools teaching the national curriculum to improve their music department through the purchase or upgrade of musical instruments and equipment. To date, the Foundation has awarded grants to over 7,000 schools, individual students and teachers to improve their access to music.
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
In addition to the Awards, UnLtd has two focus areas where they think social entrepreneurs can make a big difference. UnLtd has dedicated teams and specialist support available to social entrepreneurs with ideas to help people in the areas of:
- Healthy Aging
- Access to Employment
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Veolia Environmental Trust Grants
The Veolia Environmental Trust, which provides grant for community and environmental projects, is now accepting applications through its funding programmes
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 next round opens 31st August with a closing date for applications 5th October 2023.
Community Grant Funding Criteria
Habitat and Biodiversity Grant Funding Criteria
Environmental Improvement Grant Funding Criteria
Weavers’ Company Grants to Support Disadvantaged Young People and Offenders
Grants are available to registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, and in exceptional circumstances Community Interest Companies working to support ex-offenders, young offenders, or young people at risk of offending, either locally or nationally.
The funding is being made available through the Weavers’ Company and in allocating funding, priory is given to projects that support offenders into work; and projects that work with less popular groups in society. A secondary priority is given to supporting projects that work with young people from disadvantaged and socio-economically challenged groups, such as immigrants, to ensure they are given every possible chance to realise their full potential and to participate fully in society.
The Company operates two funding streams:
- A Small Grants Programme that provides grant of up to £5,000
- A Main Grants programme which has no maximum grant limit
The funding is available for both project and core costs. Applicants must show they have investigated other sources of funding and made plans for future funding.
The next closing date for applications is the 16th November 2023.
Examples of Projects Funded
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 NOVEMBER 2023. 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 open for delivery in November 2023.
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.
General grants are usually allocated following Trustees’ meetings which will happen in February/March and October/November each year.
Yapp Charitable Trust
We offer grants only to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000.
We will not fund work that does not focus specifically on one of our priority groups.
We only fund running costs.
Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year and we will fund for up to three years.
Most of our grants are for more than one year because we like to fund ongoing needs.
Applicants that reflect our grant making policy have the best chance of success. https://yappcharitabletrust.org.uk/
Youth Hostel Association Residential Breaks for Disadvantaged Young People
Schools, registered charities, and community and voluntary organisations seeking to offer breaks for disadvantaged young people and families with the most challenging lives can apply for support for a residential stay in England and Wales.
Organisations can apply on behalf of any individual or group of young people who are experiencing disadvantage including homelessness, disability, long-term illness, bereavement, and other circumstances that limit children’s opportunities.
The funding is made available through the Youth Hostel Association’s Breaks Programme which will accept applications from school groups in the Alternative Provision sector of education, along with schools who are interested in taking pupils on a residential break from primary to secondary school; organisations who work with families; and groups who are seeking support for a residential stay.
No application deadline is given. https://www.yha.org.uk/support-programmes
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
Funding is available to registered charities across the UK working with children and young people aged under 16 to address issues such as abuse, addiction, young carers, and homelessness. The funding which is being made available through the 7Stars Foundation is offering grants of up to £2,500 for registered charities in the UK with an annual turnover of less than £1.5 million.
Funding is offered across the following streams:
- Project grants of up to £2,500 to cover the costs of projects that:
- Enable young people to have the best start in life and aim high
- Have a direct impact and respond to a need in an immediate manner
- Are hosted in geographical areas of deprivation and socioeconomic disadvantage
- Respond to one or more of the funding priorities of 7Stars Foundation
- Address a lack of provision (due to a lack of funding from alternative sources)
- Provide immediate support, not just in the short-term but with long-term benefits too
- Shine Bright grants of up to £1,500 for registered charities to purchase items and resources to protect and support the children they serve through the cost-of-living crisis.
- Direct grants to individuals affected by the Foundation’s themes, supported by outreach, social or care workers, or legal professionals. Applications must be submitted by the supporting professional/organisation.
For Child Carer projects, preference will be given to projects offering long-term impact and/or sustainable support (such as mentoring or outreach programmes) over recreational trips.
The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2023.