Welcome to your weekly funding update, a mix of grant information and general funding news. If you would like a 1:1 funding support visit and funding searches specifically for your organisation please drop me a line.


The Ironmongers Company: grants to support disadvantaged children and young people

The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential. .

Amount: £200 – £10,000.

Deadline: 31st December 2015


War Memorials Trust

Grants  are available to repair war memorials, covering:

  • conservation
  • like-for-like repair
  • structural repair/stabilisation
  • reinstatement of lost elements that form an integral part of the design
  • addition of names where they can be accommodated on the memorial
  • professional condition surveys and structural reports

They will cover no more than 75% of the cost. Applications can come from individuals or organisations, including councils.

Amount: up to £30,000

Deadline: 31st December


Commonwealth Foundation
 The Commonwealth Foundation awards grants up to £30,000 a year to help civil society organisations in Commonwealth countries get their ideas across to policy makers.

Deadline: 5th January 2016


Scott Bader Commonwealth Global Charity Fund

Funds are available to support international and local projects which support young or disadvantaged people and minority communities worldwide.

Amount: up to £25,000

Deadline: 8th January 2016


Volant Trust

The Trust 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 2016.


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: 11th January 2016


Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Access and Participation Fund

Grants are available to support organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts.

Amount: £ 600,000

Deadline: 15th January 2016


Elephant Trust

The Trust awards grants to artists, small organisations and galleries within the United Kingdom to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds.

Amount: £ 2,000

Deadline: 18th January 2016


Royal British Legion External Grant

The Legion gives grants  for projects supporting former and current service personnel and their families, covering the following:

  • employment and training
  • family support
  • homelessness and outreach
  • supporting the elderly.

Amount: £50,000

Deadline: 26th February 2016



Epic Awards

The Epic Awards are designed to draw attention to the work taking place within the voluntary and amateur arts and crafts sector in the UK and Ireland. There are four categories: Engagement, Partnerships, Innovation and Creativity.

Amount: £ 250

Deadline: 31st December


 Get Creative. 

We are looking for imaginative ideas that raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants using visual art or music, poetry and dance. Winning applicants will receive £500 to produce their creative artwork or to record their audio performance, plus the chance to exhibit or perform it outdoors at a high profile UK summer event.

Applications are open under two categories:

Visual art – to produce a large piece of art to be displayed outdoors. It can have a three-dimensional element, though we must be able to hang the artwork flat on a wall. In your application you will need to describe what you want to do, your inspiration and how your idea demonstrates the importance of UK native wild flowers and wild spaces.

Audio/performance – to produce a piece of music, dance or spoken word to a performance standard. In your application you will need to describe the inspiration behind your creative idea and say how your performance will demonstrate the importance of UK native wild flowers and wild spaces.

Entries for this competition are invited under two age categories 12 to 17 years and 18 to 25 years.

Click here to view application form.

Deadline: 25 January 2016.


Government Offers Fundraising Training to Small Charities in England

The Cabinet Office is offering a five-month fundraising training programme that is designed to help small charities in England raise more funds.Small charities with an income of up to £1 million are invited to take part in the Small Charities Fundraising Programme which will take place between February and June 2016 and offer face-to-face training, intensive one-to-one advice sessions, skilled volunteering matches and webinars.These will cover the topics such as crowdfunding; developing a fundraising strategy; fundraising from trusts and foundations; and developing corporate relationships. Click here for more information.

 Consultation on fundraising by charities

There’s been a focus in the press recently about how large charities,  fundraise.The Charity Commission is consulting on new guidance on this, if you want to tell them what you think, you have until 11th February 2016. Click here for draft documents.

 Free Flower Seed Kits and Community Project Funding

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have teamed up with Lemos&Crane to help community groups around the country transform their local spaces into beautiful, inspiring and colourful wild flower havens.  Registration for Grow Wild’s free wild flower seed kits is open until 14 February 2016.


Essentials of Social Enterprise

9:15 to 12:30 on 21st January 2016

Social Enterprises play a growing role in the social economy and are seen by many policymakers as combining the best parts of the traditional voluntary sector and of private enterprises.Voluntary Action Sheffield are running a session to help people decide whether this route is suitable for their organisation.

This course will help you to:

  • appreciate the legal, financial governance and delivery models open to social enterprises
  • know the risks and opportunities that social enterprises commonly face
  • decide whether this model is appropriate for your organisation, and reflect on a transition process

It is aimed at people who are thinking of starting a social enterprise from scratch, and also for those from existing voluntary sector organisations who want to know about alternative models.



Acknowledgement: SYFAB, NCVYS, Funding Central