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: 22nd July


Youth Music Programme

Financial assistance is available to increase the number of children and young people across England that have the opportunity to take part in high quality musical activities.

Amount: £ 200,000

Deadline: 23rd July


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

The Foundation aims to make a real difference to those most in need. It supports projects within the UK and Ireland that focus on Young People and Education, and Young People and Health.

Amount: up to £ 30,000

Deadline: 28th July


Ambition Giving

One-off grants programme for the clubs, projects and young people working with Ambition members to deliver activities to young people (aged under 24 years) within their community in England and Northern Ireland.

Amount: £ 2,000

Deadline: 31st July


Freemasons’ Grand Charity

The charity makes grants to Masonic and non-Masonic charities in England and Wales. Grants are broadly aimed at charitable work in the following fields: Youth Opportunities; Vulnerable People; Medical Research; and Hospices.

Amount: £ 50,000

Deadline: 31st July


Radcliffe Trust

Funding is available for UK registered charities working in music, and heritage and crafts.

Deadline: 31st July


Skipton Building Society – Grassroots Giving

Financial awards are available for local community groups in the UK who are passionate about making life better for others and who need a bit of help in getting their projects off the ground.

Amount: £ 500

Deadline: 31st July


The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust

The JRRT funds progressive campaigns which are too political for most other funders. They do not run formal grants programmes but have a long-standing interest in backing activists defending civil liberties and striving for positive political change and democratic reform.Their priority is to support overtly political causes that confront corrosive powers in our democracy and seek changes that rebalance power for the well-being of society.

Amount: Small grants – £7,500 or less

Larger grants – over £7,500

Deadline: 27th August


The Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust

The objectives of the Trust are to work for a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices. The Trust will prioritise groups or individuals that are ineligible for charitable funding because they are considered too political or radical to come within the Charity Commission’s guidelines. The Trust provides either specific project funding or start-up grants for a limited period to enable campaigns to get off the ground and attract alternative sources of finance.

Amount: £1,500 to £10,000.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts-based Learning Fund

Grants are available to encourage the development, use and sustainability of effective arts-based activities in education in order to have a positive effect on children’s lives and learning.

Amount: up to £ 400,000


Community Action MK: Funding Advice

Have we helped your group get funding in the past year? We regularly provide reviews and feedback on funding application and help with getting ‘fit for funding’ to charities and community groups in Milton Keynes. If your group has received funding partly as a result of our help, we’d love to hear from you so we can celebrate your success!

Please email us or call 01908 661623.

Social Enterprise Awards

UK-wide competition to recognise and reward the performance and achievement of social enterprises.The Social Enterprise Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector. The awards are open to social enterprises and include specific awards that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for. Click here for more information

Deadline: 10th July

Funds for the sector

The Local Sustainability Fund,  delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will help front line organisations change how they work to become more sustainable.It will give grants of around £70,000, and help groups access to a wider range of skills and support, with all grant recipients establishing a strong volunteering relationship with a local business. First stage is to complete an eligibility checker by 26th July. Click here for more information.

Advice on bidding

Big Lottery Fund have started a series of blogs to give people advice on various aspects of bidding to them.

Training and events
Budgeting Skills For Effective Fundraising

9th July 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Funders require all applicants to provide clear details of budgetary implications of a project proposal. It is therefore important for you to understand the purpose of this requirement. Funders need to ensure that their investment of grant funding yields value for money, and also that the targeted beneficiaries obtain the agreed services and expected outcomes in the most cost efficient manner possible. This webinar course will help you learn the tools and techniques used to quickly produce project budgets and manage budgets for effective financial management of funders’ grant resources. Click here for more details

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  1. Thanks Jeanette for sharing such a useful list of fund raising alters. This will mostly help to all interested donors as well as to the organizations.

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