Please see below the general funding streams available to you and your organisation, both local and national opportunities.

Local

MK Community Foundation: MK Community Foundation’s grants and programmes provide several ways to help with funding your community group or project. They want to support you to grow and make Milton Keynes a great place to live. Grants include; micro, small and large, amongst many others.

Cranfield School of Management & Milton Keynes Council: The partnership have announced a new 18 week growth programme, offering funding to support businesses who want to scale up in a sustainable environment.


National

Grants | Alpkit 
Alpkit Grants are available to community groups, schools and other not-for-profit organisations for projects that champion education, participation, environment, diversity and health in the UK.

Arnold Clark Community Fund: Grants of up to £1,000 are available for charities, community groups and social enterprises that fall into the following categories: food banks, toy banks, housing and accommodation & poverty relief.

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. Deadline: 29th April 2022.

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. 

Biz Give| The Ocado Foundation
Charitable arm of Ocado Group, working for good in the community.  They focus mainly on three core areas: skills for the future, natural resources and responsible sourcing.

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’.

Capital Grants Programme | RLWC2021
The Capital Grants Programme, created by Rugby League World Cup 2021, opened for applications on 23 October 2018 with the aim of investing in projects that offer opportunities for people from all different backgrounds to be active in rugby league. Delivered by RLWC2021 in partnership with The National Lottery, Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the CreatedBy programme is a funding pot to support growth in participation in the sport

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.

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.

The Happiness Fund: The Happiness Fund is enabling and supporting projects which aim to improve mental health & wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities throughout the UK. The Fund will award up to £2,500 per quarter to support groups setting up and supporting new projects and activities. To be successful, applicants must demonstrate how the group/activity can be self-sustainable and attract further long-term funding from other sources.

Leathersellers Company Small Grants Programme: Grants up to £3,000 for small charities who are providing vital services for vulnerable people in deprived communities across the UK. The number of applications will be capped and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Committee will meet regularly to ensure charities receive a decision within a month of submitting their application.

LGBT+ Futures – Equity Fund: Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations led by and for under-represented groups within the LGBT+ community in England. Funding is intended to provide support to LGBT+ organisations which are intersectional in focus, with priority given to work being undertaken with under-represented communities. Deadline: 30th October 2022.

LGBT+ Futures | Equally Ours : LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund. Consortium and its Community Collaborators, working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, are delighted to announce the launch of the LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund. This Fund has been enabled thanks to National Lottery players.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the programme will close to new applications on 30th October 2022.

Lloyds Banking Foundation : The Foundation is still welcoming applications to their core funding programme and will continue to do so into 2022. You can check your eligibility in less than five minutes on their website by selecting one of 11 complex social issues. If the majority of your Board self-identifies as belonging to a Black, Asian or minority ethnic community, you can apply under our Racial Equity strand. Last year the foundation awarded unrestricted funding of £50,000 to 207 small but vital charities in England and Wales. They are committed to distributing 25% of our grants portfolio to charities led by and for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Since making this commitment last summer, 30% of their portfolio of new grants issued is made up of charities led by and which serve Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Deadline: ongoing throughout 2022.

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 Awards for All: Grants up to £10,000 for projects that build relationships, improve places and spaces in communities and support people to reach their potential. No deadline

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.

Net Solutions Wales – I.T. Grants: Net Solutions Wales can assist with I.T. Grants of up to £10,000 for community and charity Groups ICT Development across the UK.

Physical Activity Grant | Parkinsons UK: Parkinsons UK Physical Activity Grants Scheme helps people with Parkinson’s become and stay active. Grants are available for activity providers, communities, networks and organisations across the UK to develop new opportunities for people with Parkinson’s to become and stay active.
Deadline: 10th June 2022

Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund – Small Grants: The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund – Small Grants Fund has reopened. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for registered charities that benefit a diverse group or community, and projects in deprived communities. The current funding themes are: Heritage and conservation; Education; Health and wellbeing; Social inclusion; Environment; Countryside.

Reach Fund Grant Programme: The Foundation for Social Investment (Access) and Social Investment Business (SIB) have put a further £10million into the Reach Fund grant programme supporting charities and social enterprises to increase their resilience by taking on social investment. Funding can be accessed through social investors nominated as Access Points, who work with charities and social enterprises using small grants to provide support around issues such as business planning, financial modelling and forecasting. Average grant is around £13,000.

The Recovery Loan Fund: The Recovery Loan Fund provides loans to UK charities and social enterprises who have been impacted by Covid 19 and need funds to help them to survive, recover and grow. It has been established by Social Investment Business (SIB) to make an existing Government guarantee scheme, the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS – further information below), more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. Deadline: 20th May 2022.

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

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.

Seafarers UK: Seafarers UK is a leading provider of grants to maritime charities and charitable maritime projects, working to help serving and ex-serving seafarers and their families who are experiencing hardship.

Thomas Wall Trust: Grants are available for UK registered charities for specific projects or core activities that equip disadvantaged people aged 18 and over with the necessary communication skills for employment. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Deadline: 2nd May 2022.

Thrive – Further Funding: A further £7m to support training for school mental health leads has today been announced by the Department for Education. Local groups and schools can apply for a grant of £1,200 to support mental health services.

VS Group: The Voluntary Sector Communications Group offer discounted IT equipment to charity organisations and groups.

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.

Your Community, Your Fund | West Midlands Railway: Funding available for not-for-profit organisations and groups. The Fund supports projects across West Midlands Railway Network to help bring community schemes to life and inspire young people.
Deadline: 11th May 2022 (12 noon)


Please click on the links below to view the other funding streams available to you and your group.