Funding Opportunities

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

LOCAL: MILTON KEYNES

Milton Keynes Community Foundation – Recovery Fund

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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:

Arnold Clark Community Fund: The Arnold Clark Community Fund will offer grants of up to £1,000 to UK registered charities and local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic by means of a monthly draw. 500 grants will be made each month, with unsuccessful applications kept in the draw for the following month. Deadline 31st May 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.

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. 

Calor Rural Community Fund: The Calor Rural Community Fund has the ambition to support projects in rural communities, turning big ideas into a reality. As well as an £85,000 funding pot, Calor is working with Crowdfunder to offer a platform to raise awareness of the work you’re doing for your local area. You’ll have more tools to generate support and raise donations, to help get your community projects off to a flying start! Deadline: 21st April 2021

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.

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.

The Fore: From Spring 2021, The Fore is returning to its standard offer of grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply. Deadline: 3rd May 2021

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.

The Global Majority Fund: for organisations that work with communities facing racial inequality within the UK. UK Registered Charities or Community Interest Companies (CIC) working within the UK and with an annual income under £500,000 can apply. Organisations should be working under one or more of the following themes:

  • health including mental health
  • vulnerable people
  • food poverty
  • domestic abuse
  • education
  • poverty
  • supporting refugee and asylum-seeker communities

Organisations can apply for project or core costs for up to £10,000. Deadline: 30th April

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: The Foundation’s priority is to reach those charities tackling one of 11 complex social issues such as homelessness, trafficking and domestic abuse, with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change in their local communities.

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.

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. 

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.

Standard Life Foundation: Grants between £10,000 and £200,000 for strategic work, including policy work, campaigning and research which has the potential to improve financial wellbeing at a national scale. Deadline: 3rd June 2021.

Third House Trust: Grants are made to UK-registered charities for the advancement of the education and training and the promotion of the moral and spiritual wellbeing of prisoners. Deadline: 30th May 2021.

UK Community Renewal Fund: This fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. Deadline 14th May.

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

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.

Baring Foundation – Arts and Mental Health Programme: This new fund is designed to support activity to redress the under-representation of participatory artists from ethnically diverse communities in arts and mental health. Grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 are available to arts organisations. Deadline: 21st April 2021.

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

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

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.

Sports England – Return to Play: Community Asset Fund: Capital awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 will help clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces, so that sport and physical activity can happen during the pandemic. Priority will be given to projects located in areas of high deprivation, including rural , organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus. Deadline: 30th April 2021.

Sport England – Return to Play Fund for Flood Damaged Facilities: Emergency flood relief funding is available for community sports clubs and not-for-profit organisations to help them restore flood-damaged sport and physical activity facilities in the areas worst affected by the recent flooding caused by Storm Christoph. Deadline: 30th April 2021.

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.

Children and Young People

BlueSpark Foundation: Grants of up to £5,000 for schools, community groups, clubs, societies and other not-for-profit organisations to fund or part-fund projects that aim to improve the education and development of children and young people by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities.

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 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.

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund – Development Grants: The Triangle Trust run two grant rounds each year – one for work supporting young carers/young adult carers and one for work supporting young offenders. Deadline: 11th May 2021.

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.

Worshipful Company of Weavers Benevolent Fund: Grants of up to £15,000 are available. The Worshipful Company of Weavers Benevolent Fund provides grants for registered charities working with those listed below. Deadline: 30th April 

  • young offenders
  • prisoners and ex-prisoners
  • young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement

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.

Concertina: Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. This not only brightens up their lives, but also provides a therapeutic benefit to their health and well-being. Deadline: 30th April 2021.

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.

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 …

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.