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.

Inequality Grant | MK Council: MK Council are offering grants of between 250 and £5,000 for local groups, companies or organisations who have projects aimed at increasing vaccine uptake. The funding hopes to tackle vaccine inequality and encourages all minority groups, age, geographical areas and vulnerable groups.


National

Ada Foundation Empowering Local Communities: Grants of £500 – £1,500 are available to not-for-profit organisations supporting a broad range of activities which contribute towards transforming communities and improving lives. The grant is open to groups which address the rising cost of living and its impact on communities, and to those supporting refugees arriving to the UK. Grants are made under the four themes of: building resilient communities; active lives; seasonal celebrations / festivals of leading healthier lives. Deadline 19 August 2022.

Barchester’s Charitable Fund: Small community groups, local charities and individuals can apply for grants of between £100 and £5,000 for equipment and to support projects that tackle loneliness amongst older people and adults with a disability. The funding can be used for day trips, outings and group holidays in the UK, activities, transport as well as equipment and materials. Grants can be submitted at any time.

Christmas Challenge | Big Give: The Big Give match funding campaign is now open for registration. Deadline for stage 1: 1st July 2022

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.

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. 

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.

Community Fund | OPCC: The Community Fund (previously Police Property Act Fund) is aimed at supporting voluntary & community groups working to prevent crime and ensure safety in the community. The Community Fund will launch on 22nd August and applications will close on 12th September 2022.

EA Funds – Animal Welfare Fund: EA Funds offer funding for projects primarily focused on the welfare of non-human animals, particularly farmed animals.
Equality & Human Rights Commission – Legal Fund to Tackle Race Discrimination: EHRC have launched a landmark fund to tackle race discrimination and help victims seek justice. The Race Legal Support Fund sees the regulator dedicate one of its biggest ever funds to legal work to fight race discrimination. Open for a minimum of two years, the fund will see up to £250,000 allocated this year to tackling race discrimination, harassment, and victimisation, with more available in future years.

Fund for Displaced Refugees | The Open University: The OU have announced a new initiative – The Open Futures Sanctuary Scholarship Programme, launching for the first time in academic year 2022/23, will provide the opportunity for new, UK-resident students who have been displaced from their homeland or place of residence for political, economic, ethnic, environmental, or human rights pressures, to study for free with The Open University.12 scholarships will be available and the deadline for applicants is 22 July 2022.

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. Applications open 1st July 2022.

The Hilden Charitable Fund: The Hilden Charitable Trust are offering grants for groups with an income of less than £250,000. There are two priority areas: Asylum Seekers & Penal Affairs (where organisations are working on projects in prisons).

Home Office: Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme: The UK Home Office have reopened their funding scheme aimed at protecting Places of Worship from crime.

Jigsaw Foundation: A share of a £450,000 community fund is now available for local residents, groups and charities to deliver community based projects.

Laughology Happiness Fund: £2500 in funding is available for grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects throughout the UK. Deadline for applications: 1st October 2022.

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.

Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good: The Matthew Good Foundation have recently launched the next round of Grants for Good Fund, supporting small charities, non-profit groups and social entreupeneurs helping to make a difference. The Foundation are hoping to fund some well established cprojects & charities as well as hear from people with innovative ideas looking for funding for upcoming projects. To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months. The next deadline for applications is the 15th September 2022.

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

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.

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.

Sky & Black Equity Organisation in partnership with the Black Equity Organisation, Sky is making £1 million in funding available over three years to support Black entrepreneurs to launch and grow their own businesses in the UK.The Future 100 Growth Fund will support young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 30 of Black African, Black Caribbean, Black British and/or Mixed-race descent who are looking to bring a business concept to life, scale up a fledgling business, or have the beginnings of a thriving business.The fund will provide grants of up to £15,000 along with strategic business advice, supply chain access, coaching and mentoring. The fund opens to applications on the 1st July 2022 and closes on the 20th August 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.

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund: Women’s Reproductive Wellbeing in the Workplace: Funding of between £200,000 to £600,000 per applicant is available over a period of three financial years to expand or develop projects or programmes in areas outlined in the information pack. Applications with a commitment secured for additional funding will be prioritised but all applications will be considered. The closing date for applications is 9:00 Friday 5 August.

VocTech Seed Grant Fund 2022: Ufi VocTech has a fund for projects that are at an early stage, helping to prototype ideas and work out the next steps on the journey to long term success. Groups can apply for grants of between £15000 – £50000 for projects lasting 3-12 months. Applications open: 15th June – 13th July 2022 5pm GMT.

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. 

Women & Girl’s Match Fund | Big Give: Thanks to funding from DCM’s Tampon Tax, the Big Give are offering extra support to organisations supporting women and girls.Deadline: Throughout 2022.

The Woodland Trust: Free trees available to school and communities.


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