Big Lottery Fund Launches First Ever UK Homeshare Scheme

The BIG Lottery Fund, in collaboration with The Lloyds Bank Foundation, has established the UK’s first ever Homeshare Programme. The three-year, £2 million investment initiative aims to tackle two of society’s most prevalent issues – the lack of affordable housing for young people and the growing number of older people who are lonely or isolated – by matching young people seeking affordable accommodation with older people who have a spare room. Typically, the younger party would pledge approximately 10 hours of companionship and light domestic help (not including personal care) to their host in return, and both parties would contribute an affordable monthly fee to cover the cost of the scheme and to ensure that the service remains sustainable.  The BIG Lottery Fund is keen to support a number of additional Homeshare pilot developments throughout the UK, and is currently inviting applications.Further information on the scheme is available from the BIG Lottery Fund’s website. Initial Expressions of Interest are due by 2 July 2015 (midday).

Kaleidoscope Investments Offers Funding and Mentoring for Disabled Entrepreneurs (UK)

Kaleidoscope Investments was formed by a group of venture capitalists and is aimed at giving financial backing to help disabled entrepreneurs in the UK start their own business. Kaleidoscope mentors will offer advice and guidance specifically tailored to an applicant’s health problems and their business in order to ensure they achieve success. Anyone who has a disability or special need who wishes to start up in business, and those who have a business directly linked to the disability or special need sector in the UK may apply. Applications for assistance may be submitted at any time. Click here for more information

Digital Heroes Awards 2015 Open for Applications

The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, in association with Citizens Online and The Mirror and backed by Go ON UK, are inviting applications for their 2015 awards. The Awards reward 10 individuals based and working in the UK who are doing outstanding work using digital technology to bring about positive social change and improve the lives of people in their local communities.  The winner of each Digital Hero category will be awarded £5,000 while the overall Digital Hero – as selected by a panel of judges – will receive £10,000. The prize money will be used to fund both new and existing digital projects. Additionally, the Next Generation Digital Hero Award congratulates a young person that has the potential to be a technology star of the future. Not only will they win £4,000 for their chosen charity, they will also receive a MacBook Air.

The deadline for entries is 24 July, click here for more information


Morrisons Foundation

The funding is for new projects that groups would like to get off the ground but for which they have no funding.The projects should benefit the local community and can cover a wide range of areas including young people, older people, health and wellbeing and improving the local environment.

Amount: £5,000 to £20,000.

Telephone: 0845 611 4449


Creative People and Places Fund

Funding is available to projects that encourage collaboration between local communities, arts organisations, museums, libraries and local authorities.

Amount: £ 1,000,000

Deadline: 30th June


Spirit of 2012 – Get Out Get Active (GOGA)

Funding is available for a UK wide physical activity initiative designed to increase participation. It will especially highlight fun and inclusive physical activity in which disabled and non-disabled people, their families and friends can take part together on equal terms.

Amount: up to £ 4,500,000

Deadline: 30th June


Philip Bates Trust Arts Grant

Grant for individuals and voluntary and community organisations undertaking projects that encourage and develop artistic interests in young people in the UK

Amount: £ 500

Deadline: 30th June


Wolfson Foundation

The Foundation aims to support excellence in the UK, generally through the funding of capital infrastructure in the fields of science and technology, arts and humanities, education, and health and disability

Deadline: 1st July


Nuffield Foundation – Open Door Grant Programme

Financial assistance to UK projects of exceptional merit which do not fall under one of the areas of special interest funded by the Nuffield Foundation, but which are based on the idea of the advancement of social well-being, or which span more than one area of interest. Grants are mainly for research but are also made for practical developments or innovation.

Amount:  £ 150,000

Deadline: 2nd July


Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) – Community Fund

Support for environmental and community-based projects in areas of England and Wales close to Waste Recycling Group landfill sites.  Projects must provide, maintain or improve a public park or other public amenity.

Amount: £ 50,000

Deadline: 8th July


Social Enterprise Awards

UK-wide competition to recognise and reward the performance and achievement of social enterprises.

Deadline: 10th July


SITA Trust Enhancing Communities Programme – Primary Fund

Grants are available to non-profit making organisations in qualifying areas of England, Scotland and Wales for improvements to local community facilities, historic buildings and structures, sport and recreation facilities.

Amount: up to £50,000

Deadline: 27th July

Telephone: 01454 262910



Comic Relief – International Grants Programme

Grants are available to UK-registered organisations working in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly for projects in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Grants are available for work under the following themes: better futures; healthier finances; safer lives; stronger communities; and fairer society.

Deadline: 22 July 2015

Telephone: 020 7820 2000