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

Local

Afghan Crisis Appeal: MK Community Foundation and Milton Keynes Council have partnered up to deliver an appeal aimed at helping the people who are starting new lives here in Milton Keynes under the refugee settlement programme to support the needs of our new community.

The 12 weekends of Christmas’ – LUSH MK: LUSH MK will be running a charity event called ‘The 12 Weekends of Christmas’. This will be launching in October and running through to December. LUSH has an amazing product called ‘Charity Pot’ which is a hand and body lotion made with fresh and moisturising ingredients. All the money made from sales of this product (minus tax) goes to different charities across the UK and globally. Over the festive period, LUSH MK would like to give back to the local community and are able to do so via our Charity Pot Party scheme. During ‘The 12 weekends of Christmas’ we are able to offer our shops sales of Charity Pot to more local charities and community projects. Spaces are filling up fast so apply ASAP. Please check the criteria to ensure you are eligable & weekends will be allocated based on those first approved.


National

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.

Armed Forces Day: The Ministry of Defence offers grants to cover up to half the cost of an Armed Forces Day event up to a maximum grant of £5,000. The next Armed Forces Day is on 25 June 2022. To apply, you must register your event on the Armed Forces Day website. Deadline: 2nd March 2022

Asda Foundation – Investing in Spaces and Places Grant: This grant is available for local grassroots organisations for the improvement of community spaces where the community can come together and thrive, this includes building repairs, building improvement/development or outdoor improvement/development. Grants between £5,000 and £25,000 are available, with matched funding required. Applications must be submitted to a Community Champion from an Asda superstore. Deadline: 9th January 2021.

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. 

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’.

The Circular Future Fund: Million Pound Challenge is a grant fund aiming to support trailblazing ideas and innovations that can accelerate the transition towards a more circular economy. Deadline: 9th January 2022

Comic Relief Community Fund: Grants are available (for not for profit organisations with an income of less than £250,000) to support projects that deliver against one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes. These are:
Children Survive and Thrive
Fighting for Gender Justice
A Safe Place to Be
Mental Health Matters
Grants are for a maximum of £10,000 to be split as follows: £1,000 to be spent on activities to strengthen areas of your organisation that you would like to improve. We call this Capacity Building. £9,000 for project delivery funding to help you deliver projects that fit with the programme’s four strategic themes. All applications must include a request for up to £1,000 to support Capacity Building. Round 1 application submissions close in November 2021 with further rounds up to January 2023. Groundwork UK administer this fund on behalf of Comic Relief.

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 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.

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.

Help the Homeless: Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to rebuild their lives. Deadline: 15th December.

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 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.

National Lottery Community Fund – Platinum Jubilee Fund: The Platinum Jubilee celebrates 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign and to mark this occasion, The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) will fund 70 projects across the UK. They ‘want to fund projects that create a greater legacy for our places and spaces, and that support new opportunities, activities and build better relationships with one another, across generations and with the natural world’. Grants of £30,000 to £50,000 are available. Deadline: 15th December 2021 or when 700 applications have been received.

The Powering Up Programme from Power to Change: This fund offers funding and support for “community businesses”. Paid access to support providers (up to £9,000) Professional development and wellbeing support (up to £3,000) An £8,000 unrestricted grant to support community business leaders, and their team, to engage in the required support of the programme. The first round is about digital skills to help the business develop and grow, but other support areas will be included in the next rounds over the coming four years. To apply, organisations must have been incorporated and trading for at least 12 months – check the information in the link for full eligibility criteria. Deadline: First round – 12th December 2021

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.

Rosa UK – Rise Fund: Rosa’s Rise Fund provides organisational development funding for Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations across the UK. Through this fund, we are offering two-year grants of up to £40,000 to Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations in the UK which have been established for three years or more, and which have an average income of less than £100,000 per year. Deadline: 10th January 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.

SEMLEP Resilience and Recovery Grants: The scheme offers match funding to businesses to invest in new technologies, plant equipment or machinery to help businesses create employment opportunities. The minimum grant amount that can applied for is £5000, and the maximum grant available is £50,000. The grants are designed to build resilience for businesses that have been affected by Covid-19 by supporting investment projects that will create a significant, positive impact on the business’s future

Standard Life Foundation – Financial Wellbeing Fund: Grants of between 10,000 and £200,000 for up to three years are available from the Financial Wellbeing Fund which aims to improve the lives of those living on low-to-middle incomes in the UK, who are struggling to make ends meet, and who are cycling in and out of hardship. Funding can be for relief or prevention of hardship through work involving: Income – wages, social security, pensions, taxation Spending – cost of living, consumer spending, problem gambling, borrowing, payment problems Assets – general saving, retirement saving, housing taxation The funder is particularly interested in regional work that looks at both structural and external factors as well as an individual’s capabilities and how these different elements interact and can be addressed. They prioritise work focussed on younger generations. Deadline: 4th February 2021.

Tudor Trust: Grants to support positive change in people’s lives. The trust are keen to work with organisations that have a real understanding of the challenges facing the communities they support. No deadline.

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. 

The Volunteering Futures Fund: the fund includes almost £6 million directly from the Government, and £1.15 million contributed by Pears Foundation and NHS Charities Together and aims to improve access to volunteering through more opportunities, improved training allocation and resourcing. The first of this funding to launch is Arts Council England which is open to expressions of interest for projects of £100,001 or more until 7 December. Applicants will then be invited to submit full applications in January 2022 and grants will be awarded by the end of March 2022, kicking off two years of activities.

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 Best Friend Fund: The Your Best Friend Fund are distributing £300,000 in grants to organisations and groups based in England and Wales to create their own ideas and projects that support Your Best Friend’s aims. They expect to give 30-40 small grants of £1,000 – £10,000 and 6-8 large grants between £10,000 and £25,000.


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