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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 12.04.2021

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: 25 April 2021, 31 July 2021, 31 October 2021. More information here

AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme *New 09.04.21 #shortdeadline*

  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns
  • Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work
  • Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs
  • Transformational Project Grants: up to £350,000, for transformational capital projects
  • Community Shares Booster Grants: development grants up to £10,000 and equity investments up to £50,000 for Community Benefit Societies and Cooperatives. This grant programme is being managed by Co-Operatives UK on behalf of AHF

Deadline: 30 April 2021. More information here

The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust #2021
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. More information here

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. More information here

Allen Lane Foundation – Social Cohesion Programme #2021
This is a new funding programme that will fund projects that aim to proactively break down barriers and tensions between different groups of people, and build a more cohesive and inclusive community for all. The Foundation is seeking applications from community-led grassroots groups and organisations which have a focus of work being at a very local/community level, which could be a housing estate or distinct community. Email Tim Cutts: tim@allenlane.org.uk for further details. More information here

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. More information here

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. Deadline: 31 July 2021. More information here

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. More information here

Arnold Clark Community Fund *New 09.04.21 #shortdeadline*
The £1,000 fund aims to help UK charities and local community groups continue their important work which may be at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic. The grants are awarded by a monthly draw. Deadline: 30 April 2021. More information here

Arts Council National Lottery project grants
The Arts Council National Lottery Project grants has reopened for applications for grants of £1,000 to £100,000 for arts, museums and libraries projects. Priority is for smaller independent organisations and individual creative practitioners and freelancers. The deadline has been extended to April 2021. More information here

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. More information here

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. Deadline: 31 August 2021. More information here

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
Grant round 2 (£5,000) is available for projects that support people who are homeless. Grant Rounds 3 (£1,000) and 4 (£5,000) are for projects that support refugees and asylum seekers. Application deadlines: Round 2: 30 April, Round 3: 31 July and Round 4: 30 September 2021. Applications that help BAME communities are prioritised. More information here

Aviva Community Fund
Groups with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, resilient communities; and give people the tools to become more financially independent. Every three months, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Applications are open on a continuous basis. Deadline: 6 July 2021. More information here

B&Q Foundation #2021
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. More information here

The Banister Charitable Trust *New 09.04.21*
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. More information here

The Baring Foundation’s Arts Programme
Grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 are available to support projects that promote the use of art to address mental health problems in people from ethnically diverse backgrounds. The type of work funded might include shadowing, internships or apprenticeships, or mentoring or free training opportunities. Deadline: 21 April 2021. More information here

BBC Children in Need Get Grants
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

More information here

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 Download the application form here 

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. Express interest and find out more here

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. More information here

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. More information here

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. More information here

The Boost Choose Now Change Lives programme
Community grants of up to £20,000 to support a range of community groups and organisations, including: sports clubs, community action groups, youth work, music groups and food banks. The initiative is open throughout 2021. More information here

Central Social and Recreational Trust *New 09.04.21*
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. More information here

The Charity Service Grant Fund
Applications for funding are invited from registered charities, CICs and voluntary organisations which work with disadvantaged people for any reason, sick, infirm or living in poverty within the Greater Manchester area. Applications are welcomed from all organisations however the priority at the moment is to support organisations that have experience, and a proven track record, of delivering projects dealing with homelessness, reducing social isolation, improving access to employment and providing emergency support to vulnerable families/children. Grants applications will be assessed on the community impact, sustainability, outcomes and budgetary detail. The average grant award is £1,000, in exceptional circumstances larger grants, up to a maximum of £3,000, may be considered. The Charity Service would not normally fund an organisation that has been registered for less than 3 years. More information here or contact Pete Yarwood on 0793 691 7679

Charles Hayward Foundation *New 09.04.21*
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. More information here

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. More information here

Clinks – Covid-19 Response Fund
Funds to assist organisations working in the criminal justice system during the pandemic. The funding is available to organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS with under £500,000 annual income who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community. More information here

Clothworkers’ Foundation
Emergency Capital Programme now closed to applications, but organisations with incomes of up to £1 million can apply for small grants through their normal open grants programmes. More information here

The Clubs in Crisis Fund Grassroots Sports Club Crisis Funding *New 09.04.21*
The Clubs in Crisis Fund aims to support eligible grassroots sports clubs and organisations in the UK that have been impacted negatively by the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, either operationally or financially. The fund offers £2,021 until the deadline: 12 May 2021. More information here

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. More information here

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. More information here

The Concertina Charitable Trust *New 09.04.21*
£250 grants available for registered charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. Deadlines: 30 April 2021 and 31 October 2021. More information here

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. Deadline: 30 September 2021. More information here

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. More information here

Discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme
The Government has provided an additional discretionary fund to Local Authorities to support businesses that are not eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant. You only need to apply once, your application will be assessed to make sure you receive all of the grant payments you are eligible for. More information here

Dollond Charitable Trust *New 09.04.21*
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.

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Registered charities in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement can apply for one-year grants of up to £5,000. Deadline: 16 June 2021. More information here

DPD Eco Fund *New 09.04.21*
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. More information here

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

More information here

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. More information here

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. More information here

ESF Community Step Ahead Grants Round *New 09.04.21 #shortdeadline *
The Step Ahead round seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of Covid-19, working both remotely and within social distancing requirements, once restrictions are eased. Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across Greater Manchester to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector. Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience. Activities should develop progression routes into employment, Further Education and training for participants. All project activity must be within the current government Covid-19 restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months. Deadline: 26 April 2021. More information here

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. More information here

The Fair Education Alliance Innovation Award 2021
This is a year-long programme of support including a £15,000 salary contribution for up to five individuals working to make education fair. The Alliance is looking for applicants with any background, who have a great idea to improve the education system. This could be a programme, product, partnership, or service – as long as it has the potential for making education fair. The Award is open until 18 May 2021. More information here

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. More information here

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: Round 2 opens on 17 March 2021 and closes on 2 June 2021, 5pm. Round 3 opens on 16 June 2021 and closes on 1 September 2021, 5pm. Round 4 opens on 15 September 2021 and closes on 1 December 2021, 5pm. More information here

Football Foundation – Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund *New 09.04.21*
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. More information here

The Fore
From Spring 2021, The Fore is returning to its standard offer of grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. They make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation, including helping organisations become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind. The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.  Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply. More information here

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. More information here

The Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Fund #2021 #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. More information here

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. More information here

The Gamesys Foundation #2021
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. More information here

Garfield Weston Foundation
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+. More information here

The Global Majority Fund by Comic Relief *New 09.04.21*
This fund offers grants of up to £10,000 for work in the UK that relieves the emergency needs of communities facing racial inequality and impacted by the effects of Covid-19. Deadline: 30 April 2021, 5pm. More information here

GMCVO Emergency Investment Fund
Loans available for Social Enterprises, Charities and Community Businesses who are in urgent need of capital caused by Covid-19. This Emergency Investment Fund helps organisations by providing loans ranging from £50,000 to £250,000. There is a repayment and interest free period of up to 2 years at the start of the investment and then a 3 year repayment period. Deadline extended to: 16 May 2021. More information here

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. More information here

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. More information and application form here

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. More information here

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. More information here

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. Register your school’s or college’s requirements or find more information here

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. Deadline: 30 June 2021. More information here

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. Deadlines: 15 June 2021 / 15 September 2021 / 15 December 2021. More information here

The Henry Smith Charity - Christian Projects *New 09.04.21*
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. More information here

Henry Smith – Improving Lives Programme #2021 #core
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. More information here

The Home Instead Bring Joy Foundation *New 09.04.21*
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. More information here

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: 31 July 2021. More information here

Jewish Child's Day *New 09.04.21 #shortdeadline*
Between £500 and £5,000 to organisations to support disabled, disadvantaged, neglected or abused Jewish children worldwide. Grants are provided towards the purchase of small or medium sized equipment to directly benefit children (up to 18 years). Deadline: 29 April 2021. More information here

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Rights and Justice Programme *New 09.04.21*
Discretionary grants for individuals and VSCE groups for:

  • Protection and promotion of equality and human rights and their enforcement in the UK
  • Promoting rights and justice for minorities who face the most severe forms of racism
  • Promotion of rights and justice for refugees and other migrants by identifying and tackling structures and systems that may deny them their rights
  • Responding to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systemic racism

Deadline: 31 August 2021. More information here

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. Deadline: 1 September 2021. More information here

Laing Family Trusts *New 09.04.21*
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. More information here

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. More information here

Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme *New 09.04.21 #shortdeadline*
Up to £7,000 funding and support scheme providing comprehensive assistance to those social entrepreneurs in the UK who wish to establish a new project or boost an existing project that will have a social impact. Deadline: 16 April 2021. More information here

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund
Government published guidance for local authorities on 13 May. This outlines the criteria by which local authorities can award grants of up to £25,000 to small businesses – including charities. This discretionary fund is available to businesses which were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund. More information here

Local Restrictions Support Grants
You can apply for this grant if your business has a business rates account and has been required to close by government due to local or national Covid-19 restrictions. More information here

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. More information here

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

Manchester Adult Education Service Community Learning Fund *New 09.04.21*
The main purpose of the Community Learning Fund (CLF) is to reach disadvantaged communities and individuals, to enable them to participate in learning and to progress towards further learning and/or sustainable employment. Deadline: 7 May 2021. More information here

Manchester City Council Restart Grant Scheme *New 09.04.21*
The Government's new Restart Grant Scheme, set up to help businesses prepare for re-opening following the recent national lockdown, is now open for applications from eligible businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors. Eligible businesses may be entitled to grants of between £2,667 and £18,000. Businesses will need to make a new application online. More information here

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. More information here

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. More information here

The Manchester Wellbeing Fund
Grants of between £250 and £3,000 are available. The Manchester Wellbeing Fund wants to support groups which are developing new ways of keeping in touch with the most vulnerable in our communities. The main objectives of the Fund are to develop community support around people's mental health needs; to promote mental health and wellbeing; and to challenge the stigma around mental illness. The fund is a rolling programme and locality groups meet monthly. Complete and Expression of Interest and find more information here

Marsh Christian Trust #2021 #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. More information here

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. Deadline: 15 June 2021. More information here

MCS Charitable Foundation *New 09.04.21*
The aim of the Foundation is to increase public confidence, awareness and access to renewable energy and low carbon solutions across the UK. The Foundation supports education and engagement programmes, funds research and facilitates innovative solutions to drive widespread adoption. Between £5,000 and £50,000 for public and not-for-profit organisations across the UK. Deadline: 19 July 2021. More information here

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. More information here

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

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. More information here

The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund
Grants from £50,000 – £250,000 for environmental charities and their partners that can create and retain jobs while delivering projects across England to restore nature, tackle climate change and connect people with nature. Deadline: 14 April 2021, 12pm. More information here

The NOMA Fund Forever Manchester *New 09.04.21 #shortdeadline*
The NOMA Fund is offering grants of up to £1,000 to grassroots community groups with a turnover of less than £100,000 working with children and young people aged 11 and 25 years old within the boundary of the M60 motorway. Deadline: 16 April 2021, 12pm. More information here

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

More information here

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts Access and Participation Fund *New 09.04.21*
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. More information here

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. More information here

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. More information here

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

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. Deadline: 1 September 2021. More information here

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. More information here

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. More information here

The Prince’s Trust Sustainable Futures Fund *New 09.04.21 #shortdeadline*
Funds available between £50,000 and £80,000 for locality specific projects that can deliver targeted pre-employment courses for groups of under-represented young people. Projects will act as a pathway into a job or apprenticeship within a growth or foundational sector. Deadline: 27 April 2021. More information here

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. More information here

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. More information here

Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund *New 09.04.21*
Grants between £10,000 - £20,000 to support council-wide projects, which prevent, reuse, or recycle household waste, and reduce contamination, promote sustainable use of waste and resources, and generate wider social benefits for the communities of Greater Manchester. Deadline: 31 May 2021. More information here

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. More information here

The Savannah Wisdom Foundation’s Cultural Hardship Fund for Freelancers
The Savannah Wisdom Foundation has created a discretionary fund to support freelancers based in Manchester working in the creative and cultural sectors who are facing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. The charity is making grants of £1,500 to individual freelancers. More information here

School Grants Scheme – Institute of Physics
Schools, colleges and home school groups based in the UK and Ireland can apply for a school grant of up to £600 for projects, events and activities that promote a greater interest in physics and engineering in young people aged 5-19. Deadline: 1 June 2021, 1 November 2021. More information here

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. Applications will be considered in June 2021. More information here

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. More information here

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.” More information here

The Skelton Charity Fund *New 09.04.21*
Grants between £500 and £3,000 for registered charities across the North West working to provide greater opportunities and improve the lives of children, the elderly and the disabled and their carers. Deadline: 28 May 2021, 5pm. More information here

Skinners Company – Lady Neville Charity
One-off capital grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects with a total cost of less than £10,000. Grants for grassroots charitable organisations and registered charities with an annual income under £100,000 that are offering a diverse range of activities and interests within one of the Charity's areas of priority: local heritage, local community; and performing arts and visual arts. Deadline: 17 September 2021. More information here

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. More information and application form here

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

Sport England – Return to Play
The new £16.5 million Return to Play Fund will support local groups, clubs and grassroots organisations impacted by the disruptions caused by the pandemic with a particular focus on tackling inequalities. Priority for both the small grants and community asset programmes is for projects located in areas of high deprivation, with BAME communities and organisations with low reserves.
Small grants programme
£10 million is available in project grants to support local groups, clubs and grassroots organisations impacted by the disruptions caused by the pandemic with a focus on tackling inequalities. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to groups operating a single site in England. Applications ongoing – decisions within 3 weeks. More information here
Community Asset Fund
£5 million is available in capital grants to help local sports clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces so that sport and physical activity can happen during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Projects must be ready to start within six weeks. Small and medium scale investments of between £10,001 to £50,000 will be awarded to adapt place or spaces to enable a safe return to play. Projects must be for fixed permanent or semi-permanent, coronavirus-related capital works. Applications ongoing – decisions within 3 weeks. More information here

Standard Life Foundation
Funding grants of £10,000 - £200,000 for research, campaigning and policy work of registered charities, voluntary organisations, think tanks, campaigning groups, research bodies and universities. Deadline: 3 June 2021, 1pm. More information here

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. More information here

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

The Theatres Trust Theatre Improvement Scheme *New 09.04.21*
Grants of up to £20,000 to theatre improvement projects on a specific theme. The theme for the next three years is Improving Environmental Sustainability. Deadline: 6 September 2021. More information here

Thomas Wall Trust #2021 #core
Grants of up to £5,000 for project or running costs for charities that equip people (aged 11 and over) with the skills ready for employment. Applicants must have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years and have an annual income of under £500,000. Deadline: 30 April 20201. More information here

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund *New 09.04.21*
Applications are invited from not-for-profit organisations working with young carers and young adult carers across the UK for grants of up to £60,000 over 2 years. Deadline: 11 May 2021. More information here

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. More information here

The Tudor Trust #core # multiyear #2021
Tudor helps smaller, community-led groups which are supporting people at the margins of society. 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 deadline. More information here

VCSE Covid Recovery Fund
Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, Manchester City Council, One Manchester and Young Manchester are investing over £1million in a new fund, to support voluntary and community sector organisations to work together to help to strengthen their support to people across the city. The VCSE Covid Recovery Fund will reach out across the city and fund voluntary sector organisations to come together and use a range of activities such as training with partners to support accessing new funding, leadership development support, and collaboration that supports the development of shared systems and peer to peer work all of which will reach and benefit residents and communities. The fund will be open from May 2021. For more information email: enquiries@youngmanchester.org

Versus Arthritis and Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund
Grants of between £1,000 – £10,000 to support and encourage local sport and physical activity projects for people with long-term health conditions, Black, Asian minority ethnic groups and lower socio-economic groups. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the fund will close once all of the funds have been committed. More information here

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 2021. More information here

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. More information here

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. More information here

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

Windrush Community Fund
Funding across the UK from £2,500 - £25,000 for charity, community or grassroots organisations projects which raise awareness of the Windrush scheme. Deadline: 30 June 2021. More information here

The Woodward Charitable Trust #core
The Woodward Trust offers grants across the UK, but is prioritising: Children and young people, Disadvantaged families, Minorities and refugee families, Prisoners and ex-offenders. Grants between £1,000 - £3,000. Deadline: the next General Grant Round will open on 3 May 2021. More information here

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)

More information here

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. More information here

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. More information here

Online fundraising

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

This is now 100% free for community organisations responding to the Coronavirus crisis. Start a campaign now

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

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. More information here

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). More information here