Funding Opportunities

Newly Added

Magic Little Grants: Magic Little Grants Fund provides charities and community groups that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250k, the opportunity to apply for a £500 grant. The scheme supports the following themes:
– Improving mental wellbeing
– Enabling community participation in the arts
– Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
– Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
– Improving biodiversity and green spaces
– Enabling participation in physical activity
– Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability Increasing community access to outdoor space.
The scheme is being run by Localgiving, so you will need to register with them and then the application is a short online form. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Applications are open until 31st October.

the7stars foundation: Funding to support the most challenged young people (under 16) in the United Kingdom: those challenged by abuse; addiction; those who are young carers; and those without a safe place to call home. Funding streams include: Project grants of up to £2,500 to charities aligned to the funding priorities and age range. Shine Bright funding for regional charities during COVID-19 pandemic to purchase wellbeing, emotional and mental health support items or educational, creative resources for young people they support to promote happiness in a time of worry and anxiety. Deadline: 31st July

The Hedley Foundation: Grants of up to £5,000 are made to projects of small to mid-sized UK registered charities that broaden the horizons of young people through sport, adventurous activities, education, the arts, training or sustainable employment. These might include youth engagement initiatives that help counter anti-social behaviours within their communities and activities that help to keep young people away from the Criminal Justice System. Applications must not be for salaries, building construction, general running costs, transport, financial deficits , overseas projects, churches, museums, individuals or an exclusive group of people. Deadline: 30th June 2021.

The Ragdoll Foundation Open Grants Scheme: The scheme provides grants that support arts, cultural and youth-focused organisations working with children and young people through the arts, artists and creative media. There are two strands:
Small Grants Programme for applications of up to £1,500 for innovative arts-based small projects (up to six month duration) or research and development to form a new project. Next deadline 2 July for project start 1 September.
Main Grants Programme for applications in the range of £5,000 and £20,000 for longer term (up to 3 years) new projects or those representing a significant development in scope or scale of an existing project. Apply anytime – two stage process can take up to seven months. Apply by end of July for project delivery at start of January 2022.

Please see below the local and UK wide sources of funding and resources.

Local

Milton Keynes Community Foundation – Recovery Fund: During the emergency phase of their Covid-19 grant programme, Milton Keynes Community Foundation has supported local community groups with a total of 102  grants to the value of almost £500,000 for a range local Covid-19 emergency response  projects. The emergency appeal moving into the next phase and grants will now be available through the Recovery Fund. Read more.

National:

General:

B&Q Foundation: B&Q Foundation provides grants to registered charities who support people experiencing poor quality housing and homelessness or looking for help with a project to improve homes and community spaces. Grants of up to £5000 are available up to the end of the year. 

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation – England & Wales: The aim of the trustees is to help raise the quality of life in the UK, particularly for those who are young, disadvantaged or elderly.

Black and Minoritised Communities: The Ubele Initiative is the national partner for this sector. They can help to explain the programme, support you with applications to join it, and will have a key role in helping successful applicants to progress their ideas and grow their enterprise activity. Deadline: 29th June 2021.

Black Funding Network: Launched on the 10th November, BFN aims to help galvanise Black giving in order to contribute to self-sufficiency for Britain’s Black communities. The initiative aims to help Black-led non-profit organisations access a generous community of donors.

Boost Choose Now Change Lives programme: Community grants to support a range of community groups and organisations including community sports clubs, community action groups, youth work, music groups and food banks. Running throughout 2021.

Bringing People Together Fund: The National Lottery Community Fund has launched their Bringing People Together Fund which will support projects that will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections. They said that they recognise that most community-led projects will bring communities together in some way. However, in this programme, they are specifically interested in funding projects that meet at least one of the priorities listed in ‘What we’re hoping to fund’.

Community Ownership Fund: Funding from government was announced in the budget to help community groups buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost, to run as community-owned businesses. The fund should open by June 2021. A full bidding prospectus will be published to set out detailed advice on how to structure a bid, what activity to undertake to support this, what information to include, and the criteria by which bids will be assessed.

Church Urban Fund – Mustard Seed Programme: Grants of up to £5,000 to enable churches and faith-based organisations, working in very deprived communities, to engage in social action through supporting them to initiate or develop community work. This will then enable groups to either undertake larger pieces of work or significantly improve the existing provision. 

Coalfields Regeneration Trust: We have a variety of programmes and funding opportunities in England focused on improving our three key themes; health & wellbeing, employment and skills.

Commercial Education Trust – UK: The Trust funds projects which in todays global economy give individuals and organisations information, training and the intellectual, moral and social tools to be able to trade profitably in a socially and ethically responsible manner.

Community Business ReBoost Fund: Grant funding and matched equity investment are available for existing community business, with charitable purpose, that are based in England to prepare a community share offer to support their recovery from coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Dulverton Trust: The Dulverton Trust operate within the following main areas of activity: Youth and Education, General Welfare, Conservation, Preservation, Peace and Humanitarian Support, Africa.

The Fat Beehive Foundation: Improving your digital presence can be transformational, but it’s really tough to secure funding in this area. The Fat Beehive Foundation exists to change that, offering small grants of up to £2,500 to charities with a turnover of less than £1 million.

Garfield Weston Foundation: UK charities can apply for an unrestricted grant for core and project costs. The Foundation supports projects across Arts, Education, Youth, Health, Museums & Heritage, Community, Environment, Faith and Welfare, particularly to those in need, and in regions of economic disadvantage.

Grassroots Support Now – Alpkit Foundation: small grants of £500 available for organisations that are serving those most affected by the Covid19 outbreak.

Lloyds Bank Foundation unrestricted funding: A reminder that up to £50,000 over two years, in unrestricted funding, can be applied for by small and local charities helping people to overcome complex social issues. Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has identified 11 complex social issues and invites applications for each of those areas according to local needs. At least 25% of all funding this year will be allocated to charities led by and for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities. There are no deadlines.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Racial Equity fund: Lloyds Bank Foundation opens its Racial Equity funding. Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is to launch its Racial Equity funding for small and local charities that are led by and that support Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities. This funding strand will open on 20th April, when charities can apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside development support.

Morrisons Foundation: The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000.

National Lottery Community Fund UK Portfolio – Growing Great Ideas Programme: Funding for not-for-profit organisations working together to test new ideas, new approaches that experiment with how to do things differently with a focus on supporting transformational and longer-term change.

Nationwide’s Community Grants programme: The fund aims to tackle local housing issues by giving grants for programmes that prevent people from losing their home, help people into a home or support people to thrive within the home environment. It is open to registered charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives which have been established for at least three years with an average annual income of at least £25,000. There will be a cap on the number of applicants at 40 per region so that around one quarter are successful, to minimise disappointment for unsuccessful applicants. Grants of £10,000 to £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 2 years. Deadline: 21st June 2021.

Percy Bilton Charity: Organisations assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants towards capital expenditure. Social workers may apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment and clothing. 

Reach Fund: The Reach Fund is a two year grant programme that is testing a new model for investment readiness support.

The Schroder Charity Trust: Grants up to £5,000 to support UK charities with core and project costs. No deadline but trustees meet around June and November.

St Modwen Environmental Trust: The St. Modwen Environmental Trust has been established to provide support to the communities in which the company operates by offering grants to groups seeking to improve their local environment.

UK Community Renewal Fund:The fund will provide an opportunity to continue the investment in skills, businesses, communities and people after funding from the EU Structural Fund dries up in 2023. The funding will be awarded through local government bids with 100 priority places having been identified of which Bedfordshire is not one. All three local unitary authorities fall into the ‘other places’ from which a shortlist of projects can additionally form a bid. Deadline: 18th June 2021

Volant Charitable Trust – COVID-19 Response Fund: Grants (no minimum or maximum amount is specified) are available to UK charities and social enterprises that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The grant can be for project and administrative costs, as the Trust does not usually fund capital expenditure. However, applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE may be considered.
Deadline: 31st July 2021.

The Wakeham Trust: The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though it never support individuals. They aim to refresh the parts that other funding sources can’t reach, especially new ideas and unpopular causes. 

Wilkinsons – Helping Hands: Helping Hands is a community initiative where each local store has a budget to distribute to projects and schemes within the stores local community.

Windrush Community Fund: The Windrush Community Fund is up to £500,000 of financial support available to charity, community or grassroots organisations across the UK to fund projects which raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both. Deadline: 30th June 2021

Wolfson Foundation: The Wolfson Foundation is an independent, grant-making charity, based in central London but funding across the UK. They have a wide range of funding programmes and activities. Their fundamental aim, however, is to improve the civic health of society mainly through education and research. Deadline: 1st July 2021

The Yapp Charitable Trust: The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing. Grant fund open – for details on how to apply please visit their website.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation: The Charitable Foundation has two priority areas: Alleviating poverty, and Improving health / saving lives. It supports these priorities by making donations of up to £2,000 to UK registered charities, recommended by the Society’s members and colleagues. Deadline: 30th June 2021

Arts and Heritage:

Aurelius Charitable Trust: Grants are available for charitable organisations involved with conservation of culture inherited from the past and the dissemination of knowledge, particularly in the humanities field.

English Heritage – Repair Grants for Heritage at Risk: Grants are available towards the repair and conservation of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and registered parks and gardens. This includes project development actions which enable repair or improved future management.

Historical Buildings, Monuments and Designed Landscapes: Grants are available for the repair and conservation of historic buildings, monuments and designed landscapes in England.

Old Possums Practical Trust: The trust makes a number of grants each year to further the aims of the Trust: – to increase knowledge and appreciation of any matters of historic, artistic, architectural, aesthetic, literary, musical or theatrical interest.

Ragdoll Foundation – Open Grants Scheme: Supports high quality, innovative arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. There are two strands:
Small Grants Programme – for applications of up to £1,500 for innovative arts-based small projects (up to six month duration) or research and development to form a new project. Deadline: 2nd July 2021
Main Grants Programme – for applications in the range of £5,000 and £20,000 for longer term (up to 3 years) new projects or those representing a significant development in scope or scale of an existing project. Apply anytime – two stage process can take up to seven months. Apply by end of July for project delivery at start of January 2022.

Reimagine grants – Art fund: These new project grants aim to help organisations as they reimagine their activities following the pandemic. They offer support to build expertise, capacity and connections within and outside the sector. Deadline: 5th July 2021

The Elephant Trust: The Trust was set up to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and institutions that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities. Deadline: 27th June 2021.

Health

Barchester Healthcare Foundation: The Barchester Healthcare Foundation is a registered charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland and Wales. They hope that their grants will help people lead more fulfilled lives and reach their full potential.

CLA Charitable Trust: The Trust aims to help to provide facilities for the disabled to take part in country sports and recreation, and training in agriculture and horticulture.

Sport

Boshier – Hinton Foundation – UK: The Boshier-Hinton Foundation exists to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, by the awarding of grants.

Hargreaves Foundation: Grants are available for charities and educational institutions that support those under the age of 18 years, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability or growing up in poverty through the mediums of sport and education.

The Queen’s Club Foundation: Grants of between £300 and £500 are available for organisations or individual players within the sports; Tennis, Rackets, and Real Tennis.
Deadline: 28th June. 

Sport England Return to Play Fund – Small Grants Programme: Grants are available to not-for-profit community organisations for projects addressing the challenges coronavirus/COVID-19 has posed to people taking part in sport and physical activity in England.

The Torch Trophy Trust: The Torch Trophy Trust is a charitable organisation, whose main aim is to encourage voluntary work in sport and other related outdoor activities within local communities across the U.K.

Toyota Parasport Fund: Round two of this fund has been launched in the lead up to the Paralympic Games, releasing £200,000 of funding in grants of between £1000 and £5000. The emphasis is on a return to previously run activities and sports for disabled people, or on enabling previous projects to adapt to resume delivery, following the impact of COVID-19. Activities must be registered with an opportunity on the Parasport website, which will then provide a URL that must be copied into page five of the application form. Please include Toyota Parasport 2021 in the title of the project

Children and Young People

Blue Spark Foundation: Supports a wide range of projects (with some exclusions, such as holiday clubs, counselling services, and life skill mentoring services) initiated by both organisations and individuals for the benefit of children or young people aged 5 – 22. “We value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but we are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.” Most grants awarded are under £2000, all are under £5000. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis approximately every 8 weeks.

British and Foreign School Society (BFSS): The BFSS supports charitable organisations running UK and International projects to improve access to education or the quality of education for vulnerable or deprived children and young people under the age of 25. Deadline: 13th July 2021

Central Social and Recreational Trust: Grants of up to £1,000 are available for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children under 21 years old.

Erasmus+ – Youth Funding: Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Each year, UK youth organisations and young people can access Erasmus+ funding to support life-changing international opportunities.

Family Fund: Family Fund has received extra funding worth £10 million from the Department for Education to provide grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children in England this year.

The JJ Charitable Trust: Part of the Sainsbury Family Charity Trust the JJ Charity’s main areas of interest are Literacy, Environmental education in the UK and Environment projects overseas.

The Poundland Foundation: Support available for organisations working to transform communities and change lives across the UK. The first grant window is Kits 4 Kids, so if you’re a local sports club or organisation looking for support for your team you can apply for a grant of up to £750 to provide kit or equipment for your team.

The Pixel Fund: Grants are available for UK-based charities and community interest organisations to support projects that promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults.

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust (England and Wales) – Early years’ preventative work: small and medium-sized charities working with disadvantaged children aged 0-3yrs in England and Wales can apply for small grants to help them during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tesco Community Grants: Supporting local good causes that focus on helping children and families. Customers vote in store for nominated groups, who receive either £1,500, £1,000 or £500. To be nominated registered charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply directly or Tesco customers and staff members can nominate a cause that they would like to see supported and Tesco will contact the organisation to encourage them to apply.

Variety Club – Youth Club Grants: Variety Club Youth Club Grants in the region of £200 – £600 to part-fund equipment costing over £1000, for youth clubs that are affiliated to national bodies (but they don’t fund uniformed organisations).

Warburtons: Warburtons supports charities and the community in three ways: with financial support, product donations and the personal involvement of individual people – both Warburton family members and employees. Our main focus is on grass roots activities that have a positive effect on the aspirations, education, skills and employability of young people, as well as projects that are centred on family life, promoting healthier lifestyles and contributing to improvements in the local community.

Wooden Spoon Charity: Projects must fall within Wooden Spoons Vision Statement: Our aim is to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people through our commitment to quality charitable work.

Other

Allchurches Trust: Funding in support of churches, church establishments, religious charities, charities preserving UK heritage, theological colleges, schools promoting Christian religion, charities sponsored or recommended by the church, the local community and those concerned with the welfare of the disadvantaged and disabled.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme: Grants of up to £10,000 for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-COVID recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation. Deadline: 2nd August 2021

The Clore Duffield Foundation: The Foundation is a grant-making charity which supports cultural learning, the creation of learning spaces within arts and heritage organisations, leadership training, and enhancing Jewish life.

ENTRUST – Landfill Communities Fund: ENTRUST is the co-ordinating body for accredited Environmental Bodies (EBs) that distribute the Landfill Communities Fund.

Pets at Home Foundation – Pets Through People Grants: Grants are available for charities who provide temporary or ongoing assistance to ensure pets can remain with their owners, and/or change the lives of adults and children through the provision of animal-based activities.

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund: The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has funding available for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. The money available has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted loan sharks. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Deadline: 30th June 2021.

SUEZ Communities Trust: SUEZ Communities Trust is an ethical funding organisation dedicated to making lasting improvements to the natural environment and community life.

Support Adoption for Pets: The largest grant giving charity in the UK for animal welfare charities is providing an additional £400,000 to local animal sanctuaries suffering as a result of the covid-19 outbreak. Grants range from £1,000 – £180,000.

Tampon Tax Fund: The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Deadline: 4th July 2021.

For more information on Covid-19 related funding

Charity Bank: lists many COVID-19 emergency funding for charities and social sector organisations

Charity Excellence Framework: a free, COVID-19 funder database using search tools is now live. All you have to do is register to use. It’s free!

Covid 19 Funder Database: A free, online toolkit to increase impact and funding

Grants Online: launched a listing of foundations and organisations that have launched funding programmes in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Locality: a regularly updated page surrounding COVID-19 and sets out some of the funding being made available for charities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Small Charities Coalition: published resources, guidance and information centered around the COVID-19 crisis, as well as a list of fundraising tools to help small charities.

EXTERNAL FUNDING: Covid-19  Crisis Response: A comprehensive list of funders put together by Thames Valley Police. Various funding streams that have become available to tackle issues that have arisen during COVID-19.