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New funding sources following the Covid-19 outbreak

This is an A-Z list of funding sources made available during the Covid-19 pandemic. It includes both emergency funding opportunities and ongoing funding programmes. At some point, we will stop updating this list. You can sign up for ongoing funding updates through our existing funding portal here

Funders are understanding and, in most cases, flexible to the ongoing challenges you face. Over 100 funders pledged to support the charity sector during the coronavirus crisis, which you can read here. This year, over 40 UK funders have committed to being more open, flexible and trusting with grantees, as part of a new #FlexibleFunders pledge, launched by IVAR. We advise talking to your existing funders about your situation.

Funds that cover core and running costs are marked with #core Funds which can be used over multiple years are marked #multiyear

If you need any support with making an application Macc can help – just get in touch on 0333 321 3021 or email: info@mcrcommunitycentral.org

Updated 01.07.2022

Funding available now

AB Charitable Trust
UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants of up to £20,000. Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; criminal justice and penal reform; human rights and access to justice. Deadlines: 31 July 2022, 30 October 2022, 29 January 2023.

Adamson Trust
The funding aims to support organisations and registered charities that provide assistance with the cost of holidays or respite breaks for disabled children (aged 3 to 17 years) with physical, mental, or emotional impairments. Applications are accepted from individual families and on behalf of groups of children, registered charities and other organisations. Grant amounts are discretionary. Deadlines: Applications must be received by 30 September for the November meeting.

The Alec Dickson Trust
Grants supporting young people who want to use volunteering or community service to do brilliant things in their communities. The Trust provides grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under. Four deadlines per year; January, April, July and October.

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
The Trust is accepting applications in response to the current pandemic and for projects looking to deliver longer terms results. Themes include education, international friendship and understanding, and the promotion of world peace and development. Applicants must be registered as a charity with the UK Charity Commission. Grants are awarded on a matching funding basis only. Applications up to £50,000 considered monthly and over £50,000 bi-monthly.

Allchurches Trust – Hope Beyond
Grants of up to £50,000 to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities as the longer-term impact of the coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis becomes clearer. Applications considered on a rolling basis.

Allen Lane Foundation – Social Cohesion Programme
Allen Lane Foundation award funding for charitable purposes across the UK. The focus is on funding ‘unpopular causes’ and grants are currently made towards seven specific beneficiary groups. The overall aims are to: make a lasting difference to people’s lives; reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination; and to encourage or enable unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community. Email Tim Cutts: tim@allenlane.org.uk for further details.

Alpkit
Alpkit welcome any applications from individuals or organisations serving those affected by coronavirus, across the country. Examples include:

  • Being active in your local community to help elderly or vulnerable people
  • Minimising the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines or social care
  • Supporting foodbanks and increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly
  • Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation

Grants of £500 are available.

The Anchor Foundation
Grants available for Christian charities who are working to address social exclusion with a particular interest in charities working within healing and the arts. Registered charities only. Grants between £500 and £10,000. Applications are considered at twice yearly trustees meetings in April and October and need to be received by 31 January and 31 July each year.

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust
The trust provides a great opportunity for smaller organisations to gain funding towards their ideas and plans to support disadvantaged young people in pursuing their existing interest in outdoor activities and sports. Individuals or small groups, exclusively within the UK are usually supported.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
In addition to working with existing grant holders, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust have launched some emergency funding to support highly vulnerable veterans. Grants up to £20,000 available through the Veterans Should Not be Forgotten scheme, up to £20,000 from the Force for Change programme and up to £70,000 for Tackling Loneliness.

Ashley Family Foundation
Funding is available for small-scale projects in Arts, Community and/or Charity Entrepreneurs. No limit but preference for projects under £10,000.

Ashworth Charitable Trust
The Ashworth Charitable Trust is a small grant-making charity to support humanitarian causes operating locally, nationally and internationally, as opposed to animal or utilitarian projects. For the most part, the Trust looks to fund projects and not core funding. Applications can be submitted twice a year at the end of February and the end of August.

Aurelius Charitable Trust
Funding available for charitable organisations; amounts at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have ranged between £1,000 and £10,000. The scheme is intended to support the conservation of culture inherited from the past and the dissemination of knowledge, particularly in the humanities field. Applications can be submitted at any time. The Trustees meet twice per year to consider applications. For more information contact 01737 842 186 or email: philip.haynes@tiscali.co.uk

B&Q Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities who support people experiencing poor quality housing and homelessness or are looking for help with a project to improve homes and community spaces. Applicants are required to submit expressions of interest.

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
Grants are available to voluntary organisations, charities and schools in the UK to assist with the care and relief of children, young people and adults with learning disabilities in the UK. The Fund operates two general grant funding streams, a General Grant Programme for appeals over £10,000 and a Small Grant Programme for appeals up to £5,000. Deadline: Small grant applications are accepted at any time and will be considered monthly.

The Banister Charitable Trust
The Banister Charitable Trust offers £5,000 - £50,000 funding to charitable organisations whose work meets the Trust's objectives, which are to:

  • Promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in the UK
  • Further such other purpose or purposes which are exclusively charitable according to the law of England and Wales in such manner as the Trustees may in their absolute discretion think fit

Ongoing deadlines. Telephone: 0345 304 2424 for more information.

Barchester Healthcare Foundation
Grants to help reduce isolation and loneliness, promote group activities and generally improve people’s mobility and quality of life, that will help people lead more fulfilled lives and reach their full potential.

Barclays Community Football Fund
Grants of £500 are available for groups wishing to start offering football, those keen to expand their existing provision to new audiences or those already delivering football to under-represented young people. Alongside the grants, the programme will be offering training and support resources to groups to help reduce inequalities in the participation of football. The programme will focus on including girls and young people from lower socio-economic and under-represented groups: including racially diverse communities, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQ+ community. Applications can be made at any time up to December 2024.

BBC Children in Need
Two grant programmes for UK projects supporting children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing disadvantage through one of the following ways: illness, distress, abuse or neglect, any kind of disability, Behavioural or psychological difficulties, and/or Living in poverty or situations of deprivation:
Main grants programme

  • Grants of over £10,000 per year for up to three years
  • Grants given will not usually total more than £100,000 over the three year period
  • Quarterly Deadlines throughout the year
  • Decisions are usually made within 3 months of the application deadline date

Small grants programme

  • Grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to three years
  • Quarterly Deadlines throughout the year

Benefact Trust – Brighter Lives *New 01.07.22*
Running throughout 2022 aimed at Christian organisations to respond to the long-term impact throughout society of Covid-19 on people’s mental health – whatever their faith, or none. Project, revenue (staffing) and capital costs supported, but not running costs. Open to Churches, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and there is no fixed deadline while funds for the programme are still available.

Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation
Small grants of between £100-£1,000 are available to registered charities with an annual income of under £1million. The Fund is being administered by the Small Charities Coalition with £50,000 is available to award. Organisations must have been established for at least one year, and must be able to produce either independently examined or management accounts. Priority for care in the community, disabilities, end of life, education, interfaith and medial projects. Rolling programme with deadline on the 20th of each month. Completed forms to be submitted to: grants@smallcharities.org.uk

The Big Life group Manchester Social Prescribing Development Fund
Funding available to support new and established groups and organisations to build capacity and deliver projects to support social prescribing to Be Well clients in improving or help with managing their health and wellbeing. Micro grants (up to £1,000), Medium grants (up to £10,000), and Exceptional grants (over £10,000) available.

Big Society Capital
Additional routes to loans for social enterprises and charities. Initially for the first year on a no fee, no interest basis. Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund. Managed by Social Investment Business (SIB), to enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to affected social enterprises and charities without requiring personal guarantees and charging no fees or interest for 12 months.
Smaller emergency loans will also be made available to smaller organisations in deprived areas.

Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) – Covid-19 Response Capacity Building Project
BTEG is offering capacity building support for BAME organisations with an income less than £150,000 that have been directly impacted by the virus so that they can ‘think differently and act strategically’. Groups will have up to 3.5 hours of free expert consultancy support and/or coaching specific to their organisational needs, as well as access to up to 20 organisational and leadership development workshops. No grant funding is available through this programme.

BlueSpark Foundation
The BlueSpark Foundation’s objective is 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. The funding is for relatively small-scale projects, which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark. Grants of up to £5,000.

Box Power Community Interest Company
Founded in 2014, Box Power is the UK’s first not-for-profit energy consultants for business, with profits going back into communities and supporting good causes. The social enterprise has announced it is looking to donate £1,000,000 to charities of all sizes within the North West who can apply for funding up to £20,000. To apply, complete the application form and in no more than 500 words state what the monies will be used for.

Central Social and Recreational Trust
Grants of £1,000 are available for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children who are under the age of 21 years. Ongoing deadlines.

The Charity Service Grant Fund #Core #MultiYear
Applications for grant funding are invited from registered charities, community groups and voluntary organisations working to assist individuals who are disadvantaged, sick, have a disability and/or living in poverty within Greater Manchester. The priorities are:

  • Preventing homelessness
  • Reducing social isolation
  • Support for vulnerable families and children

More information here

Charles Hayward Foundation
Up to £7,000 grants for Older People’s projects that are preventative and early intervention programmes delivered locally that allow older people to stay in their own homes and remain independent. The Foundation is particularly interested in seeking out programmes which show some creativity in improving the quality of life of older people. Ongoing deadlines.

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.

Clothworkers’ Foundation
Although the Emergency Capital Programme is now closed, the Clothworkers’ Foundation has reopened its Open Grants Scheme, which makes grants towards capital projects (i.e. purchase of fittings, fixtures, equipment, vehicles, buildings, and construction/renovation/refurbishment of buildings).

Coalfields Regeneration Trust – Coalfields Community Grants (England)
The Coalfields Community Grants programme in England is aimed at organisations, community groups and social enterprises that can make a positive difference in their communities. They have a variety of programmes and funding opportunities in England focused on improving health and wellbeing, employment and skills.

Community Justice Fund
Currently closed, but re-opening in April. Focused on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations, grants can be used flexibly to meet the needs of the organisation. Grants from £25,000 to £75,000 depending on size of your organisation and the project. Applicants should be registered charities with a track record of delivering advice at specialist level and carrying out end-to-end casework for clients.

Community Ownership Fund *New 01.07.22* #ShortDeadline
The current round of this £150 million fund to help communities take ownership of assets at risk of closure. VCSE organisations can apply for up to £250,000, which needs to be matched by existing or planned funding. The type of asset can include – but is not limited to - community centres, sporting and leisure facilities, pubs, cultural buildings and heritage buildings. Applications should show how they will help to deliver the Fund’s three outcomes:

  • Protect a community asset that is at risk and preserve its community value
  • Develop a sustainable operating model to secure the long-term future of the community asset in community ownership
  • Safeguard the use of community assets

Deadline: 19 August 2022

The Concertina Charitable Trust
£250 grants available for registered charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. Annual deadlines: 30 April and 31 October.

Co-operative Bank Customer Donation Fund
The Co-operative Bank offer all their Community Directplus account holders the opportunity to apply for up to £1,000 from the Customer Donation Fund to support special projects and fundraising activities. Deadlines: March and September.

Crowdfunder and the National Emergencies Trust
£20,000 match funding available to help voluntary or community organisations overcome the effects of the pandemic. This exciting new opportunity aims to support long-term sustainability and open up new avenues of income for brilliant local groups who are making a real difference to the people in their communities. You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply. Successful applicants will each run a campaign to raise money from the crowd on Crowdfunder. The National Emergencies Trust will match any donations they receive pound for pound, up to a total of £20,000, using funds from its Coronavirus Appeal.

David Wilson Homes North West – Our Space Your Place Grants
Grants of up to £1,000 to help improve and enhance local communities in the North West of England. Eligible projects could include providing a charitable service, enhancing the local environment or offering educational facilities.

Didymus
Grants of up to £5,000 for registered charities for work based in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Africa or Central and South America with an annual income of less than £2 million. Projects must fulfil one of Didymus’ five goals:

  • To encourage social inclusion
  • To advance education
  • To develop the arts
  • To advance equality and diversity by creating opportunities for women
  • To promote religious understanding

Deadlines: 31 August 2022, 12pm / 31 December 2022, 12pm / 30 April 2023, 12pm.

Dollond Charitable Trust
Grants around £10,000 are available for projects focused on health, education and religious activities within Jewish communities. Ongoing deadlines. Applications in writing to the trustees: Dollond Charitable Trust, 3rd Floor Hathaway House, Popes Drive, Finchley, London, N3 1QF. Call 0208 346 6446 for more information.

DPD Eco Fund
Anyone can apply for up to £2,000 funding, although they particularly encourage schools and educational facilities across the UK working on green projects with their students and start-up companies working on developing environmentally friendly products to apply. Ongoing deadlines.

Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund
Grants of £250 – £1,000 to registered charities. Applications considered quarterly. The Greater Manchester Trustees are interested in:

  • Causes with which the Duchy has historical association such as Church livings, Estates etc. and purposes which will benefit the community
  • Organisations which provide care and support for the elderly, inform and disadvantaged members of society
  • Community Associations that benefit local people
  • Organisations for young people e.g. Scouts, Guides, Cadets, Youth Organisations etc.
  • Support for educational initiatives that will have beneficial results for the local community

Dulverton Trust
Funding for registered charities or CIOs with income between £200,000 and £10m operating at a county or regional level. Priority areas are youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation and preservation. Single year grants between £25,000 and £35,000 for charities which are well-placed to deliver vital services to vulnerable communities or charities with which Dulverton have an existing relationship.

The DWF Foundation
DWF Charitable Foundation makes single-year grants of up to £5,000 for project costs only (i.e. they will not fund core salaries and everyday running costs) for registered charities working in the following areas:

  • Homelessness
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Employability
  • Education
  • Environment and Sustainability

Grants are given to initiatives that develop and improve local communities by:

  • Tackling a specific community issue
  • Helping voluntary and community groups become more effective and efficient
  • Encouraging the involvement in the community of those too often excluded
  • Enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community

Deadline: 31 July 2022

Edward Gostling Foundation
Emergency funding has now ended but Edward Gostling Foundation have reverted to their normal grants programmes. Funding is available for organisations with an annual income of £5million or less and operating front line services to support people living with mental and / or physical disability or long-term illness. Applicants should be registered charities with at least 3 years of filed accounts. Applications should meet one of their grant themes: Health and wellbeing; Independent living at home; Respite; Transition. New maximum of £5,000 for their small grants programme.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund
Funding available for local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. Funds can be spent on any worthwhile community project that meets the following criteria:

  • Contributes to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks
  • Prevents crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message
  • Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities
  • Encourages reporting of loan sharks

Expanded Additional Restrictions Grant
Grants for businesses in Manchester with Business Rates liability or fixed property costs who have been significantly impacted self-employed company director or sole trader of a small business without fixed business property related costs in hospitality, entertainment, leisure and culture sectors.

The Fat Beehive Foundation
Grants up to £2,500 for small UK registered charities with an income less than £1million, for the costs of websites and digital products. Rolling deadlines.

The FCC Community Action Fund
Grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Only applications for projects sited within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility can be accepted. Deadlines: 2022-3 Round opens 22 June 2022 and closes on 7 September 2022, 5pm; 2022-4 Round opens 21 September 2022 and closes on 7 December 2022, 5pm

The Fitton Trust Grant
Grants intended to support general charitable purposes. Most grants are for between £150 and £350, although grants of up to £1,000 are available. Application process is ongoing.

Football Foundation – Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund
Grants of up to £2,500 are available for grassroots football organisations in England to sustain football pitches already at a 'good' level and to enhance pitches that are either considered 'poor' or 'basic'. Ongoing deadlines.

Forever Manchester and Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme
Grants of up to £1,000 to schools in the UK to set up Breakfast clubs for those children in most need. Priority will be given to schools that have 35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding and / or eligible for free school meals or that are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. Only one grant per school in each academic year will be available.

The Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Fund #core
Registered charities with an annual income of no more than £150,000 can apply for grants of up to £10,000 towards core costs or essential equipment to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services.

Friends Provident Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants towards projects that seek to get to the root causes of inequality, poverty and climate breakdown and work on changing the economic systems and structures that cause these problems. The Foundation makes two types of grants:

  • Systems Change: supporting projects that work to inform change to economic systems, policy and regulation, demonstrating an ability to effectively change statutory and corporate behaviour
  • Local Economies: supporting projects that work to test different approaches to economic systems at a local level, involving genuine local engagement and leadership and demonstrating scalability

The Foundation makes grants of up to £200,000 (although most are for smaller amounts) which can be spread over up to 5 years – most grants are for periods of 1-2 years. There is a 2-stage application process, stage 1 applications open 1 August 2022 and closes 5 October 2022.

Future Workforce Fund Grants Programme
Grants to support pilot programmes of work with young people (up to age 25) across Greater Manchester city region facing barriers to engagement with education, employment or training. Grants up to £25,000 available.

The Gamesys Foundation
Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations with an income of more than £50,000 who support individuals suffering from mental health issues. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount and applications can be made at any time.

Garfield Weston Foundation #core
Still open for grants to its usual programmes, but will look to speed up applications decisions. Regular grants programme for grants up to £100,000 and major grants for grants £100,000+ to cover capital, core and project costs.

GMCVO Resonance Community Developers Fund
Resonance are developing a network of local partnerships to support community groups who would like to access £1 million+ investment through the Fund, to primarily develop community-led projects that include: Housing Sports and leisure Renewable energy generation.

GM Police Giving Back fund
Funds up to £1,000 available to invest in local groups or neighbourhood activities, for example planning community meetings, purchase much needed equipment for youth engagement or to assist in transforming your street, local community projects and any other projects in the community. The goal is to help bring down Anti-Social Behaviour in your community by working together.

Government support – business and employer support
This page lists the general business support available, many of which apply generically to all employers regardless of the sector they operate in. Some of the rates reliefs may also apply to VCSE organisations.

Government support – summary from Office for Civil Society
This page offers a summary of the many funding streams available from government sources. Many of these are listed elsewhere in this update, but this a useful summary.

Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Trust
Funding up to £3,500 to promote for the public benefit in and around the Greater Manchester area a safer and increased quality of life through the prevention of crime and the protection of people and property from criminal acts; and to secure the advancement of education, for the public benefit in all matters relating to alcohol, drug and other solvent abuse.

Greater Manchester Mental Wellbeing Grants *Updated 01.07.22*
GMCVO have launched the third year of a grants programme to support people from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester (including Glossop), that may struggle to achieve high levels of mental wellbeing. The first stage, a rolling micro-grants round of £100 - £750 exclusively for faith organisations, in now open for applications. The second stage, a rolling micro grants round of £100 - £750 open to VCSE organisations with an annual income under £50,000, launched in mid-May 2022. The fund wants to reach:

  • Carers
  • People from BAME communities
  • People living with long term physical or mental health conditions
  • People who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Disabled people
  • Military veterans
  • People who are unemployed
  • Socially isolated older people

Greater Manchester Technology Fund
Launched by Andy Burnham, the Technology Fund aims to provide learners at risk of digital isolation with a ‘digital kit bundle’: the technology and connectivity needed to continue their learning at home while schools and colleges remain closed.

The Hedley Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 to smaller charities operating across the spectrum of social need including improving lives and lifting people’s aspirations. Deadlines: Applications should be received 6 weeks before the meeting dates: 27 July 2022; 2 November 2023.

Help the Homeless
Grants up to £5,000 with projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance. Applicable only to small and medium-sized charities with an annual turnover of under £1m. The quarterly deadlines for applications for funding each year are: 15 March / 15 June / 15 September / 15 December.

The Henry Smith Charity Christian Projects
A minimum £10,000 funding for up to 3 years is available for projects that address at least one of the fund's three priorities:

  • Meeting the spiritual needs of older people, including those with dementia
  • Reaching out to the unchurched – especially young people and young families – by nurturing spiritual interest and wellbeing
  • Projects that support and care for Anglican clergy at times of acute need.

Ongoing deadlines.

Henry Smith – Improving Lives Programme
The Improving Lives large grants programme awards £20,000 – £60,000 per year for up to 3 years to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. Organisations with an annual income of £50,000 – £3million are eligible. Decisions will be made within 6 months.

Henry Smith Strengthening Communities Fund
The grant programme aims to support and strengthen the most disadvantaged and deprived communities across the UK and is only open to organisations with an annual income of between £20,000 - £500,000 that are working in areas within the bottom 10% most deprived areas for England and Scotland. No deadline.

Hilden Charitable Fund
This charitable fund makes grants towards projects in the UK working in the following areas:

  • Homelessness
  • Penal affairs
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16-25

The trust also makes grants to overseas projects in developing countries working on community development, education and health. The average grant is £5,000, and Hilden is open to applications for funding over multiple years. Applications can be made at any time.

Historic England – Regional Capacity Building Programme
Funding support for third sector organisations that aim to maintain, manage and develop the historic environment whether regionally or locally in England. To be eligible, activities and projects must help to avoid risk to the historic environment through at least one of the following targets:

  1. Building up the capacity and commitment of local communities to champion the conservation and enhancement of their own local historic environments
  2. Promoting best-practice standards and skills for the conservation, documentation, interpretation and sustainable management of the resources of England's historic environment
  3. Meeting regional-based information needs

No minimum or maximum grant levels are specified. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Home Instead Bring Joy Foundation
The foundation is providing up to £1,500 to registered charities and community groups to bring happiness and joy into the lives of our ageing population through improving and maintaining mental well-being and addressing loneliness and isolation. Ongoing deadlines.

The Ironmonger’s company
Support to registered charities providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people, under the age of 25, to fulfil their potential. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that will deliver clearly defined, educational benefits and develop learning, motivation and skills. The average grant awarded is £4,000. Deadline: The Appeals Committee meets twice a year at the end of March and October. The deadlines for receipt of applications are 15 December and 31 July respectively.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
At this time of crisis, JRCT is keen to support work that responds to the dual harms of the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic racism. Specifically, JRCT wish to encourage work within or across their existing programme areas that scrutinises the responses and policies of powerful institutions and actors, and which envisions and builds support for transformative social change based on justice, peace and sustainability. Deadline: 30 August 2022

The Kelly Family Charitable Trust #core #capital
Funding available for up to £5,000 for registered charities whose activities involve the whole family in initiatives that seek to tackle problems that face one or more of its members. For example, mediation and counselling for abuse, and support for Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment. Grants are awarded twice a year. Applications must be submitted by 1 March and 1 September.

Laing Family Trusts
The Laing Family Trusts are a group of four individual grant-making trusts that share the overall objectives of promoting Christian faith and values, caring for those in need, and encouraging young people to realise their potential (especially, but not exclusively, in the field of science and engineering and through Christian youth activities). Up to £25,000 for registered charities and churches with exempt status in the UK. Ongoing deadlines.

The Leathersellers Company Small Grants Programme 2021-22
The programme is seeking applications from small charities who are providing vital services for vulnerable people in deprived communities across the UK. They will award grants of up to £3,000 to organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000. Partnerships are encouraged. 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.

Lloyds Bank Foundation #core #unrestricted
Small and local charities in England and Wales helping people overcome complex social issues can now apply for two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000, as well as access to a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs. Priority for 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. The funding will be open year-round, meaning charities can apply at a time that suits them and will not be restricted by deadlines.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Racial Equity Funding
Two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change for charities where more than half of their Trustee Board self-identify as belonging to a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community and with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues.

Local Trust has released additional funding to Big Local areas
Big Local areas can now apply to the Local Trust for additional funding to help with their response to Coronavirus.

Lush Charitypot
Grants between £100 - £10,000 to support groups working in human rights (incl. social justice, peace and equality), animal protection and environment. No deadlines.

Mad Trust Hardship Fund
Small one-off crisis payments for theatres that are part of the MAD family. Grants of up to £200.

Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust
Emergency grants at this time where help specific to the Covid-19 crisis is being given. Usually up to £3,500. Short application form to be sent via email.

Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund
The Fund supports ambitious, talented, young people aged 16 to 25 years old to achieve their potential – by funding up to £2,000 for vital equipment, training and resources to help them take their next step in Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship or Training.

Marsh Christian Trust #core
Unrestricted grants of £300 to £2,000 are available to small registered charities to help them to pay for running and core costs. Themes include literature, arts and heritage; social welfare; environmental causes and animal welfare; education and training; and healthcare. No deadlines.

The Matthew Good Foundation’s Grants for Good Fund
Grants available between £1,000 - £10,000 to support small charities, groups and individuals who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment. The fund is open to brand new projects with innovative ideas as well as established charities whose average income is less than £50,000 per year. Funding will be awarded every three months, in April, July, October and January, with an application deadline of the 15th of the month before.

Morrisons Foundation
The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding of up to £25,000 for projects run by registered charities which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000.

Motability Community Transport Grants
This new grant programme aims to help charities and organisations to make an immediate impact for disabled people, by awarding funding to develop, expand and improve community transport options. The focus for this programme is on:

  • Funding support for staff or volunteer training and costs
  • Funding to increase the number of vehicles available in the community to help organisations support disabled people
  • Funding local, regional, or national initiatives to increase awareness of community transport and influence its inclusion in transport strategy and policy
  • Funding to schemes, programmes and initiatives that already exist, and who provide best practice solutions, but need further support to remain operational or scale up the service they can provide to help more disabled people

No deadlines.

Music for All Community Project Funding
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to give a helping hand to projects and initiatives across the UK that are seeking to bring music to their community. The funding is for UK-based groups, schools and organisations that are bringing music to their communities that need assistance to fulfil their potential in developing truly sustainable music programmes.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF)
Grants to save heritage assets at risk of loss due to the impact of Covid-19. Charities, not-for-profit and public sector organisations are welcome to apply over the next two years. To apply, you must first submit an Expression of Interest, and you are encouraged to contact NHMF beforehand. No deadlines.

National Lottery Community Fund
The Lottery have re-opened their usual Awards for All and Reaching Communities grants programmes.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Applications have reopened for grants of £3,000 – £5 million to support heritage sector organisations across the UK with a focus on projects that support local economies, places and communities.

Onward Community Fund
Organisations who are constituted and have their own bank account can apply for up to £5,000 towards local community projects. Projects should aim to address one or more of the following:

  • Support employment, skills and training
  • Promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing
  • Support the environment
  • Bring the community together

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts Access and Participation Fund
Between £30,000 and £400,000 to cover work that involves any of the following: crafts, dance, design, digital arts and media, film, literature (including creative writing and poetry), music, opera, photography, theatre, the visual arts, and cross-arts practices. Ongoing deadlines.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Ideas and Pioneers Fund
Grants of up to £15,000 to support people with a vision of a better society to explore their ideas for change. Particularly aimed at individuals, groups of up to three people and organisations with up to five employees, those applying for funding for the first time, and those aged 18-30.

The Percy Bilton Charity
Grants up to £5,000 are made to organisations and individuals in need throughout the UK. Organisations assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants towards capital expenditure.

Persimmon Community Champions
Each local office is giving away up to £2,000 per month to projects for the over 70’s.

Peter Cruddas Foundation
Registered charities can apply for funding for projects that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people aged 16 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent. There is no minimum or maximum amount. Applications should be submitted by 1 March and 1 September each year.

Peter Kershaw Memorial Bursary
Grants provided to combat social disadvantage in the Greater Manchester. Registered charities operating in Greater Manchester can apply. Grant amount: Up to £25,000 for year 1, £15,000 for year 2 and £10,000 for year 3. Deadlines annually and throughout the year.

The Pixel Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 available for UK charities and CIOs promoting mental health and wellbeing in children and young people. Charities with an annual income of under £10 million will be prioritised. Deadline: Ongoing.

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust – North of England #core
Grants of up to £20,000 for projects that make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and the planet and have a clear link to one of the Trust's themes. In 2022 funding rounds will open from February to October.

The Poundland Foundation
There are 250 grants of up to £750 available, with the first round called “Kits 4 Kids”, for local sports club or organisation looking for support for their team, transform communities and change lives across the UK. Use this application form to apply for a grant of up to £750 to provide kit or equipment for your team. Applications available throughout the month of June, but no deadline specified. Applicants are advised to first register their interest in applying by emailing the Poundland Foundation.

Power to Change’s Community Business ReBoost fund
Reopened grant, now on a monthly rolling basis to help all types of community businesses to prepare a community share offer, to support their recovery from Covid-19. Available funding:

  • Development grants – up to £5,000 to prepare a community share offer: financial planning, governance support, marketing costs and being awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark
  • Match equity investment – typically matching pound for pound up to £25,000 invested by the Booster Programme, providing that the minimum share offer target is achieved

The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund
The fund has re-opened its Small Grants Programme to registered not-for-profit organisations supporting grassroots projects in diverse and deprived communities across the UK. Grants of up to £5,000 are available (the average award is £1,500) to organisations with an income of up to £1 million to support a wide range of good causes. The multi-year grants to a maximum value of £5,000 and £15,000 respectively. Quarterly deadlines.

Prospectory Idea Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 for individuals, small groups, or organisations to deliver a novel idea that would deliver a social or environmental benefit, and have an element of fun. Deadline: Ongoing but apply before funding is all allocated.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
The fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding. Therefore, they want organisations to consider how they could work more collaboratively across their community, in order to make the biggest possible impact. They always have more applications than they’re able to fund and so their priority is to support projects working with people in disadvantaged communities.

The Ragdoll Foundation – Open Grants Scheme
The fund supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people across the UK. There are two types:

  • Small Grants Programme: Innovative, arts-based small projects, pilots, or research and development, grants up to £1,500
  • Main Grants Programme: Larger or longer-term new projects, or proposals that significantly develop the scope or scale of an existing programme, project or pilot, grants between £5,000 - £20,000

Five deadlines per year.

The Rank Foundation’s Pebble Grants
This funder makes grants of up to £4,000 to UK registered charities and churches with an annual income of under £500,000. To be eligible, your total project costs must be under £150,000, with at least one-third of the funding already in place, and the project must be for:

  • Capital costs – refurbishment or minor building work
  • Equipment costs – e.g. White goods
  • Short breaks for those in need

There are no deadlines – applications are assessed on a rolling basis and you should receive a decision within 3 months.

Said Foundation – Amal Grants Programme
Grants to support a diversity of arts projects and activities, including storytelling, visual arts, theatre, poetry, film, music and dance. The programme aims to further the following dual interlinked objectives:

  • To increase understanding of Britain’s Muslim communities among people of other faiths and none
  • To foster a stronger sense of belonging in the UK among its Muslim communities

Grants between £25,000 - £50,000 across 1-3 years.

The Schroder Charity Trust
The Schroder Charity Trust continues to accept applications from charities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of up to £5,000 for a range of causes.

Screwfix Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings in deprived areas or for those in need. Trustees meet to review applications in March, May, August and November.

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
Small grants up to £1,500 available through the Ann Rylands Small Donations programme. Registered charities only with annual income below £5million. “Some funds to be allocated to charities in response to appeals of a humanitarian nature.”

Southway Housing Trust’s Beautiful South Fund
The theme of the fund is neighbourliness. It is funding up to £2,500 for any group or individual with an idea focussed around community projects, whether they are big or small, that help improve and bring people together within your neighbourhood. Eligibility includes benefiting Southway communities – at least 50% of the beneficiaries of any grant must be Southway tenants.

Sport England and Crowdfunder
Matchfunding to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing crisis. Groups will need to have a crowdfunding project ongoing to apply for the additional funding. Additional funding up to £10,000 available. More information here

Stagecoach’s Giving For Good – Our Community Fund *New 01.07.22*
Stagecoach think it is important to support local charities in the communities they serve and have a monthly fund dedicated to providing one-off support to smaller, local charities. Applications for charity/community support by form. Deadline: last Friday of each month, and all requests for support will be reviewed by the Charity Committee on the first Wednesday of each month.

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants
Not for profit organisations and private law firms working with vulnerable young migrants can apply for grants of up to £30,000. Grants will enable the organisation to undertake strategic legal work to benefit young migrants (under the age of 25) living in poverty who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their (or their parents') migration status. Average grant size is around £12,000.

Stoller Charitable Trust
Funding available to charitable organisations in the Greater Manchester area. The funding is intended for charitable work in the Advancement of young people, Healthcare research and development, and Cancer relief. The Trust does not maintain a website. Contact the Stoller Charitable Trust for further information: enquiries@stollercharitabletrust.co.uk

Tesco Community Grants
Funding available for community groups and schools for projects which support children and families and food poverty. Examples include but aren’t limited to: breakfast clubs, holiday clubs, food banks, equipment or non-statutory services for nurseries or schools e.g. forest schools, library books, equipment for brownie, guide or scout groups e.g. camping equipment, badges, play areas, counselling and support services, activities to support mental health, equipment/kit for sports teams, services or equipment to support health issues such as cancer or dementia, and equipment for village/community halls. The funding available for grants will be £500, £1,000 and £1,500 depending on the group’s place in the store vote. More information here

Thomas Wall Trust
The Trust offer grants up to £5,000 to specific projects or core activities that develop critical life skills of empathy, listening, emotional intelligence, confidence, and clarity, amongst others for people from disadvantaged groups. Deadline: 19 September 2022

True Colours Trust
Funding for organisations working with disabled children, children with life limiting conditions and their families. Grants of up to £5,000 to help organisations to adapt their services to the new situation and to continue or resume supporting families safely.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Grants for UK-based charitable organisations working to combat rural or urban deprivation, working in:

  • Urban areas (defined as areas with a population of more than 10,000 people) in the 15% most deprived (as classified by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation)
  • Rural areas (defined as areas with less than 10,000 people in the village/town) in the 50% most deprived (as classified by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation)

Grantmaking is split into two programmes:

  • Small Grants: open to organisations with an annual income of under £250,000, whose focus is on Community Support. Makes single-year grants of £2,000 - £10,000
  • Major Grants: open to organisations with an annual income of up to £1 million, whose focus is on Family Support. Makes grants of up to £100,000 over up to 3 years

Rolling deadlines.

The Tudor Trust #core #multiyear
Tudor helps smaller, community-led groups which are supporting people at the margins of society, and are now also funding CICs. They run a flexible grants programme which include core and multi-year funding. Organisations with an income of less than £1 million are prioritised. There is no minimum or maximum grant but awards are mostly over £10,000 and average £50-70,000. Of those who apply, around 12% reach the second stage. Of these, over 90% are successful. No deadlines.

Vegetarian for Life Grants
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to support and enhance quality of life for older vegetarians and vegans. Grants are normally made to assist ‘independent living’, for example: to provide ramps, grab handles, minor kitchen/bathroom adaptations, stair lifts, mobility scooter or perhaps respite care. Charities and charitable organisations can apply on behalf of people who are:

  • Practising vegetarians and vegans
  • Over 60 years of age
  • In financial need

Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Volant Trust’s Covid-19 Response Fund
Funding to help charities in the UK and abroad to alleviate social deprivation, helping vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The activity must be specifically related to the Covid-19 pandemic and can be for project and administrative costs, as the Trust does not usually fund capital expenditure. UK registered charities, CICs, community organisations and social enterprises can apply. Deadline: 31 July 2022

Waitrose Community Support Fund
John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose are making £1m available to their local communities for support where it is needed locally. Apply to your local Waitrose for more details.

We love MCR Charity Stronger Communities Fund
Awards from £2,000 – £5,000 for community groups and individuals in Manchester with initiatives that will bring their communities together which have one or more of the following themes: early years, combating loneliness and social exclusion, protecting and improving our open spaces, and offering positive youth activities. Multiple deadlines throughout the year.

Westhill Endowment Trust
Grants between £500 - £20,000 available (larger grants may be considered for projects running over two years) for not-for-profit organisations, churches and cathedrals, hospitals and hospices, and higher and further education institutions both in the UK and overseas. The Trust provides grants for a wide range of projects for faith-motivated religious education and community transformation projects in the UK. The Trust has particular interests in activities involving formal and informal religious education, projects utilising the creative and performing arts, and projects facilitating interfaith activity. The Trust also consider grants that develop the capacity of organisations to better serve the needs of their beneficiaries, or service users, in the fields of religious education and faith-motivated community transformation. No deadlines.

Will Charitable Trust
Support is available for existing or previous grant-holders to apply for up to £5,000 emergency funding.

Yapp Charitable Trust
Support small registered charities (annual income less the £40,000) with grants for running costs. £3,000 grants with possibility of multi-year funding. Priorities are:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5-25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
Grants of up to £2,000 for specific projects covering two priority areas:

  1. Alleviating poverty
  2. Improving health / saving lives

The foundation will support beneficiaries such as children, those who are seriously ill, as well as elderly, homeless and disabled people. Deadlines: 30 June, 30 September and 31 December annually.

Youth Futures Development and Impact grants
Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. The foundation are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people. Available to not-for-profits or statutory organisations that have been operating for three and with a track record of working with NEET young people, annual turnover of £100,000 and not at risk of financial crisis. Development grants of £30,000 - £150,000; Impact grants £100,000 - £1.2million for 5 year Impact projects.


Online fundraising

Donate
A fundraising platform which has agreed to waive some fees for new organisations joining to run a fundraising campaign.

Crowdfunder
This is now 100% free for community organisations responding to the Coronavirus crisis.

Crowdfunding support
People of the Streets are also offering to support with ‘crowdsourcing’ items that charities need. Email: hello@peopleofthestreets.co.uk

Funraisin
Offering free support to groups to help them turn their cancelled live events into virtual ones, or to create socially integrated campaigns to help organisations replace lost fundraising income.

Virgin Money Giving
Removed their usual 2% platform fee for the time being (2.5% payment processing fee remains, but donors are given the option of paying this so that charities receive all the donated funds).