Funding Alert: 25th June


PRS for Music Foundation – Funding for Organisations and Groups

Grants are available to organisations and groups in the UK working in any genre of new music.

Amount: £ 5,000

Deadline: 20 July


John Ellerman Foundation – Regional Museums and Galleries Fund

Funding is available to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.


Money Advice Trust – Innovation Grants Programme

Grants are available for innovative projects helping individuals and micro businesses across the UK to tackle their debts and manage their money wisely.

Amount: £30,000


The Alec Dickson

The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants to help young people of up to 30, or small groups of young people, run a volunteering project in their local area.The fund seeks to support projects that enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society, such as people with disabilities and the homeless.

Amount: up to £500.00

Telephone: 020 7278 6601



Ambition for Excellence

Funding to support organisations and partnerships, including private sector arts companies, community and charitable arts organisations, museums with production, commissioning or creative projects that have potential for significant impact on the development of talent and leadership, and the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure in England

Amount:  £ 750,000


Ernest Cook Trust

Grant for UK-based educational projects in the fields of the countryside and environment, environmental research and the arts, crafts and architecture.The Trust operates the following grants programmes:

  • Small grants programme: £1,000 to £1,500.
  • Large grants programme: £4,000 to £10,000.

Telephone: 01285 712492



Persimmon Community Champions

One-off grants are available for local community organisations and charities that have already secured matched funding for local community initiatives across England, Scotland and Wales.

Amount:  up to £1,000

Social Business Trust

Grants are available to social enterprises across all sectors in the UK to help them grow and to achieve greater social impact.Registered charities or organisations which demonstrate a clear charitable purpose and that are based  in the UK are eligible to apply. Organisations should exhibit the following:

  • A robust business model.
  • A proven track record.
  • Ambitious growth plans.
  • A willingness to change.
  • A well-defined need for the support offered.

Telephone: 0203 011 0770




Big Lottery Fund’s New £48.5m Initiative to Benefit Women and Girls

The Big Lottery Fund has launched a £45 million grants programme for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations in England whose primary purpose is to support women and girls. The Big Lottery Fund is offering the Women and Girls initiative because it is aware that the women’s sector has been disproportionately affected by recent cuts in public sector spending, at a time when the issues the sector deals with have never been so prominent. Click here for more information

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Opens with New UK Grants Strategy

One of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations has launched its new strategic plan which will run from 2015 to 2021 and increased its funding by £5 million per year.The Foundation’s work in the UK (it also works in India) will focus on achieving the following six strategic priorities:

  • Supporting imaginative people to nurture exciting ideas.
  • Widening access and participation in the arts.
  • Improving people’s education and learning through the arts.
  • Showing that the arts make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Supporting the development and growth of organisations investing in young people and positive change.
  • Improving support for young people who migrate, and strengthen integration so that communities can live well together.

Click here for more information


Writing winning bids training

2nd July 9.00am-4.30pm


This practical workshop will show you how to write focused bids, increase success rates and win new contracts for your organisation, helping you to get ahead of the competition in these challenging times.Topics including:

  • How procurement works
  • When to bid, and when not to bid
  • Writing strong, high quality responses
  • Engaging providers to secure your place in supply chains
  • Anticipating and preparing for changes in the marketplace

Click here to book your place

Social Investment Webinar

6 July 15.00 -15.45

This webinar is for senior managers, trustees or leaders of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that want to use repayable finance to help them increase their impact on society. This free webinar will provide voluntary organisations with information and advice on social investment, as one of the ways to develop new or existing activities that generate income. As lots of charities and social enterprises continue to work hard to deliver their mission and reach their beneficiaries, while facing the challenge of reduced resources, an increasing number of them are looking for alternative sources of finance.This will be an interactive webinar, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. It will include practical examples of where social investment has already been used to increase organisations’ impact and sustainability.

Register  for the webinar

How To Get Grant Funding For Your Campaign

Tuesday 17th November 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Venue: Raindance Film Centre

Whether you are a grassroots campaign or a large charity, getting grant funding for your campaign has a different set of challenges to getting other kinds of funding. It can involve providing a theory of change and monitoring and evaluation metrics, to assure funders that your campaign is highly focused. This half day workshop will take you through what you need to do to make a compelling case for a grantmaking trust to fund your campaign.It will also look at who the main grantmaking trusts and foundations for funding campaigns in the UK are.

Visit their website for details of fees and bursaries of  Fees & Bursaries

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Funding Alert: 17th June


Big Lottery Fund Launches First Ever UK Homeshare Scheme

The BIG Lottery Fund, in collaboration with The Lloyds Bank Foundation, has established the UK’s first ever Homeshare Programme. The three-year, £2 million investment initiative aims to tackle two of society’s most prevalent issues – the lack of affordable housing for young people and the growing number of older people who are lonely or isolated – by matching young people seeking affordable accommodation with older people who have a spare room. Typically, the younger party would pledge approximately 10 hours of companionship and light domestic help (not including personal care) to their host in return, and both parties would contribute an affordable monthly fee to cover the cost of the scheme and to ensure that the service remains sustainable.  The BIG Lottery Fund is keen to support a number of additional Homeshare pilot developments throughout the UK, and is currently inviting applications.Further information on the scheme is available from the BIG Lottery Fund’s website. Initial Expressions of Interest are due by 2 July 2015 (midday).

Kaleidoscope Investments Offers Funding and Mentoring for Disabled Entrepreneurs (UK)

Kaleidoscope Investments was formed by a group of venture capitalists and is aimed at giving financial backing to help disabled entrepreneurs in the UK start their own business. Kaleidoscope mentors will offer advice and guidance specifically tailored to an applicant’s health problems and their business in order to ensure they achieve success. Anyone who has a disability or special need who wishes to start up in business, and those who have a business directly linked to the disability or special need sector in the UK may apply. Applications for assistance may be submitted at any time. Click here for more information

Digital Heroes Awards 2015 Open for Applications

The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, in association with Citizens Online and The Mirror and backed by Go ON UK, are inviting applications for their 2015 awards. The Awards reward 10 individuals based and working in the UK who are doing outstanding work using digital technology to bring about positive social change and improve the lives of people in their local communities.  The winner of each Digital Hero category will be awarded £5,000 while the overall Digital Hero – as selected by a panel of judges – will receive £10,000. The prize money will be used to fund both new and existing digital projects. Additionally, the Next Generation Digital Hero Award congratulates a young person that has the potential to be a technology star of the future. Not only will they win £4,000 for their chosen charity, they will also receive a MacBook Air.

The deadline for entries is 24 July, click here for more information


Morrisons Foundation

The funding is for new projects that groups would like to get off the ground but for which they have no funding.The projects should benefit the local community and can cover a wide range of areas including young people, older people, health and wellbeing and improving the local environment.

Amount: £5,000 to £20,000.

Telephone: 0845 611 4449


Creative People and Places Fund

Funding is available to projects that encourage collaboration between local communities, arts organisations, museums, libraries and local authorities.

Amount: £ 1,000,000

Deadline: 30th June


Spirit of 2012 – Get Out Get Active (GOGA)

Funding is available for a UK wide physical activity initiative designed to increase participation. It will especially highlight fun and inclusive physical activity in which disabled and non-disabled people, their families and friends can take part together on equal terms.

Amount: up to £ 4,500,000

Deadline: 30th June


Philip Bates Trust Arts Grant

Grant for individuals and voluntary and community organisations undertaking projects that encourage and develop artistic interests in young people in the UK

Amount: £ 500

Deadline: 30th June


Wolfson Foundation

The Foundation aims to support excellence in the UK, generally through the funding of capital infrastructure in the fields of science and technology, arts and humanities, education, and health and disability

Deadline: 1st July


Nuffield Foundation – Open Door Grant Programme

Financial assistance to UK projects of exceptional merit which do not fall under one of the areas of special interest funded by the Nuffield Foundation, but which are based on the idea of the advancement of social well-being, or which span more than one area of interest. Grants are mainly for research but are also made for practical developments or innovation.

Amount:  £ 150,000

Deadline: 2nd July


Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) – Community Fund

Support for environmental and community-based projects in areas of England and Wales close to Waste Recycling Group landfill sites.  Projects must provide, maintain or improve a public park or other public amenity.

Amount: £ 50,000

Deadline: 8th July


Social Enterprise Awards

UK-wide competition to recognise and reward the performance and achievement of social enterprises.

Deadline: 10th July


SITA Trust Enhancing Communities Programme – Primary Fund

Grants are available to non-profit making organisations in qualifying areas of England, Scotland and Wales for improvements to local community facilities, historic buildings and structures, sport and recreation facilities.

Amount: up to £50,000

Deadline: 27th July

Telephone: 01454 262910



Comic Relief – International Grants Programme

Grants are available to UK-registered organisations working in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly for projects in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Grants are available for work under the following themes: better futures; healthier finances; safer lives; stronger communities; and fairer society.

Deadline: 22 July 2015

Telephone: 020 7820 2000



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Recycle & Reward – raise money for your Charity

Milton Keynes Council is looking for enthusiastic local charities to take part in a recycling project that could help raise over £100,000 for local good causes.

Local charities selected will be asked to use their existing base of members / supporters to encourage residents of MK to go online and show the Council how they sort their waste by playing a simple online game. The waste sorting game, which will take only a few minutes, will then allow residents to choose a local charity to be the recipient of a £1 donation. One entry will be accepted per property in Milton Keynes. You can also encourage residents to play the game at fundraising events if you take a tablet or smartphone with you.

After a year there will also be a £1 bonus for the resident’s chosen charity for each of the following if they happen:

  •        The amount of quality recycling increases
  •        The amount of food and garden waste in green bins increases
  •        The amount of black sack waste decreases

In total, the selected charities can raise up to £4 per household that selects them, following completion of the waste sorting game. It’s as simple as that.

If your charity is registered with the Charity Commission, and serves the people or the place of Milton Keynes, then please fill in the simple online application form available at to register before 26 June 2015.

Milton Keynes Council is looking for a broad range of local charities to benefit from the funds granted by the Department for Communities and Local Government. So whatever your cause, please consider getting involved.

If you would like to make enquiries before you start, please call 01908 252109 or email

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Small Charity Week – Big Advice Day!

Day 2 of Small Charity Week 2015 is all about advice. Community Action: MK offer comprehensive free advice for charities and we have a wide range of information sheets available on our website at

If you can’t find what you need, have any trouble accessing the information or would like some 1:1 support, please contact us on or call 01908 661623 or we have a short online form you can fill in to request support.

If you’re looking for training for your charity, Know How Non Profit are offering a great opportunity to get a bursary to access their online training resources via StudyZone. The bursary is available for small charities with 1-10 paid staff and applications close on 30th November. The first winners will be announced in July. You can have a look at the online training library and apply here.

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Funding News

Feminist Review Trust

Grants are available for projects in the UK and internationally that transform the lives of women.

Amount: £ 15,000

Deadline: 31st May


Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

Grants are awarded to organisations in the United Kingdom for projects that tackle financial and consumer illiteracy.

Amount: £ 5,000

Deadline: 31st May


RAISE Challenge Fund

Grants are available to support voluntary and community groups in the South East of England to develop innovation, leadership, creative thinking, resourcefulness and inventive activities.

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 31st May


Thomas Wall Trust

Grants for registered charities undertaking educational and social welfare projects in the UK.

Amount: £ 1,000

Deadline: 31st May


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Grants are available to UK registered charities for a range of projects. The project area changes each year

Amount: £ 10,000

Deadline: 1st June


Lloyds Bank Foundations 2015 Charity Achievement Awards

Grant awards are available to small and medium-sized charities that are in receipt of an active grant from the Foundations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and that have done outstanding work

Amount: £ 2,000

Deadline: 1st June


Fidelio Charitable Trust

The Trust provides grant funding to help individuals and organisations of exceptional ability in the UK who would not otherwise be able to carry out an artistic project or activity without financial support.

Amount: £ 5,000

Deadline: 1st June


Hilden Charitable Fund

Funding is available to charities in the UK and non-governmental organisations in the developing world.  In the UK, the Fund supports projects concerned with: homelessness; asylum seekers and refugees; community-based initiatives for young people aged 16-25 years and penal reform.  In the developing world, the Fund supports projects concerned with: community development; education; and health.

Deadline: 10th June


Skipton Building Society – Grassroots Giving Opens for Third Year

This year, there are 162 pots of £500 to give away to voluntary groups, community organisations and sports clubs throughout the UK.Grants of £500 will be awarded to projects that create empowering opportunities and make life better for local communities. Priority will be given to projects which get very little support elsewhere.Local grassroots groups, such as community allotments, social groups for older people, and groups running activities for young people, from across the UK may apply. Following the application closing date of 31 July, a shortlist of organisations will be compiled and listed on the Grassroots Giving website. The public will then be free to vote for their favourite organisation Full details can be found on the Skipton Building Society website

Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust Funding Initiative

Provide small to medium sized charitable organisations with the chance to access funding without a complicated and time consuming application process. The funding is to enable charities to take a step forward in their development and do something they were not able to do before. The number of applications accepted for each round of funding is limited to 300 to ensure each one receives sufficient attention, so it is recommended that applications are sent in as close to the opening of the round as possible.

Amount:  £1,000 to £30,000

The Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity will fund work with: domestic and sexual violence, disability, drug,alcohol and substance misuse, ex service men and women, homelessness, LGBT, Older People and prisoners and ex offenders. Applications can be made to the Henry Smith Charity for revenue funding (projects, running costs) and capital expenditure (buildings, equipment).



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Funding: RAISE Challenge Fund

RAISE, a regional charity working to support the voluntary and community sector in the South East of England, in conjunction with local Community Foundations have launched the RAISE Challenge Fund across the South East to support aspirational thinking and initiative in voluntary sector activity.

This challenge fund aims to help groups and organisations to;

  • Grow
  • Develop
  • Overcome barriers.
  • Achieve greater results for their local communities

The Fund aims to support groups to develop innovation, leadership, creative thinking, resourcefulness and piloting activity. Support is available for all types of ideas, activity and organisations. Applications will be assessed on their creativity, reach and predicted benefits. Grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 will be awarded, although other amounts will be considered based on merit. For more information, click here.

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