Funding Opportunities

Newly Added

Thomas Wall Trust: Smaller registered charities can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects. There is a focus on applications that target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups facing major hurdles to employment, such as women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers. Deadline: 1st Stage – 27th September 2021

SEMLEP Community Grants programme: offers grants of between £10,000 to £20,000 to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations supporting unemployed and economically inactive people to move closer to the labour market by improving their skills and removing barriers to work in Milton Keynes, Northampton, Corby, Kettering, Daventry, South Northamptonshire, Cherwell, Aylesbury Vale, Bedford and/or Luton. You are strongly advised to book onto the information webinar. 3pm to 4.30pm on Tuesday 14 September. Deadline: 30th September 2021.

Black & Minoritised Women’s Fund: This fund from Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) grants up to £10,000 for organisations led-by and for Black and minoritised women working to support those women and girls to deal with the impact of COVID-19. The funding is intended for core costs – you don’t have to think up a project. Deadline: 1st October, 3pm.

National Lottery Community Fund, Together for Our Planet: Grants are available of £1,000 to £10,000 to take action on climate change. They are particularly interested to hear from people starting to think about taking action on climate change in their communities. Projects should reflect what matters to your community, for example food, transport, energy, waste and consumption or the natural environment, and can be small in scale. Organisations do not need to be an expert in any of these areas to apply. Book the information webinar on Tuesday 21 September at 11am to find out more. Deadline: 18th November, 5pm.

UK Community Tree Planting Programme: this supports grassroots community engagement in tree planting. The International Tree Foundation (ITF) is now seeking to continue and expand this work with a new round of UK tree-planting projects in 2021, focused on community-led initiatives across the UK. Grants of up to £6,000 are available. Deadline: 16th December 2021.

Football Foundation – Premier League Defibrillator Fund: Grassroots football facilities can apply to the Football Foundation to install a defibrillator and storage cabinet on their premises aimed at helping save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. The fund is likely to support around 2000 clubs and the allocation of funds will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

People’s Health Trust’s Active Communities Programme: this fund is open for applications throughout Bedfordshire. Charities, CICs and CBSs with an income below £350,000 per year can apply for between £5,000 and £40,000 for small, local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. For full eligibility criteria, check the website Please check the map, which will go live after 1pm on 8 September for the specific areas that the funding is targeted at. Deadline: 6th October 2021

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

Local

MK Community Foundation – Strategic Recovery Fund: Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic MK Community Foundation launched an emergency appeal to support the local Voluntary, Community and Cultural sector (VCCS) to respond and support the most vulnerable people in our society especially those adversely effected by the virus. During the emergency phase of the grant programme, the Community Foundation has supported grants to the value of over £1,000,000. It is now essential that MK Community Foundation provides sustainable funding through the COVID-19 MK Recovery Fund to support the future sustainability of organisations and adapting to new ways of providing services.

National:

General:

Ashley Family Foundation: Funding of up to £10,000 is available, primarily for revenue costs. Their main themes are: rural arts, community, small charities. Funding applications can be submitted any time and are considered three times a year.

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 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.

Black & Minoritised Women’s Fund: eligible organisations can apply for a £10,000 grant to help them support Black & minoritised women and girls, dealing with the impact of COVID-19. Grants are made towards the general running costs of your organisation/group, most often referred to as Core Costs. Applications will open in September.

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’.

Comic Relief & Walkers: Smiles Fund: The Smiles Fund is the result of a partnership between Comic Relief and Walkers to improve wellbeing and tackle disadvantage in the UK. Grants between £10,000 and £1 million are available to not-for-profit organisations using participation in the arts and comedy to promote positive mental wellbeing in the United Kingdom. Deadline: 15th September 2021, 11am

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.

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.

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.

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.

Screwfix Foundation: Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support projects that fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund – Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage: £40m of funding available for the two strands (1. Emergency Resource Support – for organisations that are in severe need and have not yet received support from the Culture Recovery Fund; 2. Continuity Support – for organisations that are in need and have already received support from the Culture Recovery Fund.) – based on the level of demand. Grants between £10,000 – £1million. Deadline: 30th September 2021.

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.

Theatres Trust Small Grants Scheme: Small Grants Programme supported by The Linbury Trust. Grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future.

Environment:

Ecosurety Exploration Fund: Funding (Individual grants of up to £150,000 are available for a single project) is available for projects that aim to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries or EEE through innovation or research in the UK.The funding is aimed at projects that offer tangible solutions to the negative effects that packaging, batteries and electronic waste have on the environment. Deadline: 24th August 2021, 4pm.

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.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation funds frontline programmes that help to alleviate the pain – whether physical, emotional or financial – of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS, and to continue the fight against this worldwide pandemic so that no one is left behind.

The 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards: open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income between £120,000 and £3 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials. Deadline: 20 September. 

GSK Grow Programme: open to registered charities that are at least a year old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £20,000 and £120,000. Up to 10 charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus training and development valued at £3,200. Up to five runner-up charities will receive £1,000.’
Deadline: 20 September.

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.

Dickie Bird Foundation. The Foundation is to assist young people under 16 years of age to participate, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity and to ensure that, in doing so, they improve their chances both inside and outside sport. Please note that Grants are payable to disadvantaged children aged under 16 for essential sports equipment. Travel or coaching are not payable. Payment is for individuals therefore teams/groups should not apply.

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.

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

BBC Children In Need: Small Grants Programme: Provides funding for organisations that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through: illness, distress, abuse or neglect, any kind of disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties, living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Grants of up to £10,000 are available per year for up to three years. Deadline: 6th October 2021, 11.30am.

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.

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.

Funding for Organisations supporting disadvantaged young people: The Tweed Family Charitable Foundation aims to support community and educational projects that inspire socially disadvantaged young people to achieve their full potential. They offer grants (typically up to £10,000 pa for up to 3 years) to smaller charities and not-for-profit organisations that meet their objectives promoting life enhancing opportunities to disadvantaged young people under the age of 25. Such opportunities should be educational or vocational and should provide experiences with a lasting impact that would otherwise be inaccessible to the young people concerned. Deadline: 30th September 2021.

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.

True Colours Trust: The trust provides grants of up to £10,000 to support organisations and projects that work with: disabled children and young people; children and young people with life-limiting conditions; and their families. The programme is open to applications at any time.

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.

Youth Endowment Fund: A supportive home – helping families to overcome challenges: This themed grant round will open on 27 September, in partnership with Comic Relief. Around 5-10 programmes will benefit between them to the tune of £6 to £10 million. Focus will be on four main areas: parenting programmes family therapy interventions programmes to reduce parental conflict domestic abuse intervensions Find out more about the fund – introductory workshops will run on: Monday 20 September, 11:00 – 12:00pm and Thursday 23 September, 12:00- 1:00pm Find out more about the application process – workshop will run on: Wednesday 29 September, 2:00 – 3:00pm. Deadline: 1st December 2021.

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.

Energy Saving Trust: £400,000 eCargo Bike Grant Fund.. This programme is funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and administered by the Energy Saving Trust. Organisations across all sectors can access grants towards the purchase of eCargo bikes for their delivery staff in England.  Grant funding will be 40% of the gross cost (total amount including VAT) of each ecargo bike, up to a maximum of £2,500 for two-wheel models and £4,500 for three-wheel models. Applications will be capped at five bikes per organisation. Larger applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Read more and apply hereDeadline: 14th December 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.

Prince’s Countryside Fund – the fund, established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, exists to support thriving rural communities with farming at their heart. In the last decade, the Fund has awarded over £10 million to more than 350 projects across the UK. It is now open for Autumn 2021 Round. Deadline: 17 September 2021 (midday)

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.

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.

To request a funding search to be run for your group or organisations, please complete this short form.