Lots of interesting funding opportunities in this week’s update including lots for projects working with children and young people, some interesting arts-based outcomes as well as environmental issues, community projects and some good ol’ general purpose funds! If you would like help with finding funds, or support through the application process, please do get in touch!


Woodward Charitable Trust – Main Grants

The Trust awards grant funding to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: children and young people; minority groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers; prisoners and ex-offenders; disability; homelessness; arts outreach; and environmental projects

Deadline: 30th November


Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund

Grants for organisations undertaking projects involving young people who are vulnerable or may become involved in crime in the UK.

Amount: £ 15,000
Deadline: 1st December

The Hilden Charitable Fund

The Hilden Charitable Fund provides grants to small organisations to support community based activities for young people aged 16 to 25.

Amount: £5,000

Deadline: 16th December


The Finnis Scott Foundation

Funding is provided for UK charities working in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as art and art history.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 23rd December


Gerald Micklem Charitable Trust

UK-wide, this funding programme supports a wide range of activities under the ‘umbrella’ of general charitable purposes.

Deadline: 31st December


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: 31st December


Volant Trust: Various causes

The Trust, set up by the author J K Rowling, has two broad areas of funding, one being Charities and projects, whether national or community-based at home or abroad that alleviate social deprivation, with a particular emphasis on women’s and children’s issues.

Deadline:8th January


 The Oak Foundation: issues of global social and environmental concern

The Oak Foundation is a global grant maker that funds programmes addressing social and environmental concerns.  Some grants are available to organisations based in the UK and addressing UK issues such as housing and homelessness, and issues affecting women.


First World War Community Projects

Explore the heritage of the First World War with grants of for youth groups.  Young people have the chance to discover more about the war and mark the Centenary through this special grant programme for community projects.

Amount: £3,000–£10,000



Measuring Social Impact

 There’s interest in this area, as more funders what to know what effect their money had rather than what activities it provided. Several useful links in this Guardian article.

Lessons learned from Building Better Opportunities

The Big Lottery Fund’s Building Better Opportunities programme, which is supporting the next round of European Social Fund, has published some useful information about the first round of applications.

It gives an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of applications. For example, they were looking for intense support for clients, so felt that bids aiming to support a large number of people weren’t realistic. You can read it here.

Community Covenant Small Grants – Update

The Community Covenant small grants scheme gives grants up to £20,000 supporting links between armed forces personnel and the community.The priorities are:
  1. Community integration
  2. The coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community
  3. Former service personnel in the criminal justice system
The current deadline is 17 December 2015.Click here and follow the links in the text to guidance and the application form.

Acknowledgement: SYFAB and Funding Central