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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: [email protected]
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: 30 April 2023, 30 July 2023.
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: The Trust reviews applications at four meetings annually. Applications must be received by 31 December for the February meeting, by 31 March for the May meeting, by 30 June for the August meeting, and 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.
Allen Lane Foundation
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: [email protected] for further details.
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: [email protected]
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.
Barratt and David Wilson Community Fund
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.
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
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: [email protected]
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.
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
The average annual grant award is £1,000 however the fund will consider grant applications up to a maximum of £3,000 for one year and multi-year grant applications. The fund focuses their support on organisations that are working within one of the priority areas and:
- Are embedded within the local community
- Encourage community participation
- Involve volunteers
- Have been registered or active for a period of at least 3 years
- Have a track record of delivery
- Have an annual expenditure of no more than £1m
The Charity Service – Chronicle Cinderella Fund
Funding from the Chronicle Cinderella Home Fund is available for individuals or organisations to support the costs of respite care and support (including but not limited to the provision of holidays) for the benefit of children and young people under the age of 25 who are sick, convalescent, have special educational needs or are disadvantaged for any other reason. The respite care and support should provide a positive experience for the young person and/or provide a beneficial short period of rest for the young person’s carers and family.
- The maximum amount of funding available for an Individual application is £1,000
- The maximum amount of funding for a Group application is £3,000 (although our average grant tends to be around £1,000).
Please note: Individual applications must be completed, and submitted, by a Sponsor such as a Social Worker, GP, Teacher or other professional person who knows the individual, the family and their circumstances well enough to complete the application on their behalf. The fund will normally only fund respite care and support where the family lacks the resources to pay for the respite care and support themselves, or where the local authority is unable to make such provision.
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.
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
The fund is 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.
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.
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.
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 January / 30 April / 31 July / 31 October each year
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
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:
- Health and wellbeing
- 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 January / 30 April / 31 July / 31 October each year
Edward Gostling Foundation
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
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: 2023-1 Round opens 21 December 2022 and closes 8 March 2023, 5pm / 2023-2 Round opens 22 March 2023 and closes 7 June 2023, 5pm / 2023-3 Round opens 21 June 2023 and closes 6 September 2023, 5pm / 2023-4 Round opens 20 September 2023 and closes 6 December 2023, 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. Contact the Fitton Trust for further information; Secretary, Fitton Trust, Po Box 289, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 0DZ.
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.
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.
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.
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: 25 January 2023; 26 April 2023; 12 July 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.
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:
- 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:
- Building up the capacity and commitment of local communities to champion the conservation and enhancement of their own local historic environments
- Promoting best-practice standards and skills for the conservation, documentation, interpretation and sustainable management of the resources of England's historic environment
- 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.
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
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.
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
The Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust is a grant making charity based in Manchester, which makes donations to a wide variety of community based organisations in the Greater Manchester area. Most grants awarded are up to £3,500. Appeals will be considered from registered charities and other community organisations, which provide charitable benefits for communities within Greater Manchester. The trustees are particularly interested in assisting the following:
- Organisations for young people e.g. scouts, guides, youth organisations
- Organisations which support sick and disabled people
- Groups providing for the elderly and disadvantaged members of society
- Educational initiatives by arts organisations, particularly children and young people
- Community associations
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.
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.
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
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 Awards for All England
The Awards for All programme is a quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. You can apply for funding to deliver a new or existing activity or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges. In order to support communities, the National Lottery fund projects and organisations which aim to:
- Build strong relationships in and across communities
- Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
In addition to meeting one or more of the above funding priorities the National Lottery are also able to fund projects that: support people, communities and organisations that are facing increased demands and challenges as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis.
National Lottery Reaching Communities England
This programme offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work with their community, whether that is for people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences. The fund is to support communities with the things that are important to them, including mitigating the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and supporting them as they seek to recover, rebuild and grow following the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to support communities, the National Lottery fund projects and organisations which aim to:
- Build strong relationships in and across communities
- Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
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.
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. Deadline: 30 June 2023.
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.
The Schroder Charity Trust
The Schroder Charity Trust is an independent grant-making family trust which supports a wide range of charitable activities. Grants of up to £5,000 for a range of causes.
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
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: [email protected]
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.
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
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.
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:
- Alleviating poverty
- 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: 331 March, 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.
A fundraising platform which has agreed to waive some fees for new organisations joining to run a fundraising campaign.
This is now 100% free for community organisations responding to the Coronavirus crisis.
People of the Streets are also offering to support with ‘crowdsourcing’ items that charities need. Email: [email protected]