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Community grants and resources

Funding for voluntary and community organisations

The council recognises the incredible contribution made by local Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (VCS) in responding to help people during the coronavirus pandemic.

We know that demand on local VCS organisations is high, leading to pressure on both finances and staff resource.

The council is helping VCS organisations with free access to volunteers through our volunteering hub with Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets.

Financial support is also available through local, regional, and national grant schemes, which can help organisations in Tower Hamlets with unexpected costs, loss of income or new projects.

This page outlines some of the funding and grant opportunities available for VCS organisations in Tower Hamlets.

Please contact Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service (THCVS) for any advice and support.

THCVS is offering its member organisations free half hour funding searches to help them to identify suitable funders to apply to for grant funding.

Groups providing services and support to Tower Hamlets residents can book a half hour slot with a THCVS staff member on Tuesday’s between 10.30am and 12pm, or on Thursdays between 2pm and 3.30pm by emailing info@thcvs.org.uk.

Local

Tower Hamlets Island Community Network (THICN)

Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF)

Grants of between £1000 and £5000 for youth-led activity on the Isle of Dogs. THICN Youth Opportunities Fund is aimed at supporting young people on the Isle of Dogs area to thrive, and keep young people safe from violence.

Strong applications will have the voice of young people in the centre of their projects. Successful projects will be chosen by a panel of young people from the Isle of Dogs.

Groups who want to apply can join an online session on Thursday 27 May from 2pm, or Wednesday 8 June from 4pm. Projects to be completed by December 2022.

The deadline for applications is:

  • Round 1 - 7 June 2022
  • Round 2 – 30 June 2022

Peabody Housing and Consortium of Housing Associations

Life Chances Housing Association Consortium (LCHAC) Fund

A consortium of Housing Associations has been formed as part of a pilot to support East End Community Foundation’s (EECF’s) Life Chances Campaign.

Led by Peabody Housing, the consortium is currently focused on Tower Hamlets but with potential to extend to other boroughs.

Current Housing Associations involved in the consortium are Clarion, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, One Housing, Peabody and Poplar HARCA.

Grants are available to community organisations supporting residents in Tower Hamlets and specifically around the housing estates managed by the above Housing Associations in the consortium. The Fund is open to organisations based in/delivering projects in the following wards in the borough of Tower Hamlets:

  • Canary Wharf, Cubitt Town and Millwall
  • Stepney
  • Bow East & Bow West
  • Aldgate
  • Whitechapel

Please read full guidelines for details of funding priorities.

Drop-in Session: The Grants Team will be hosting an online webinar on this Fund for applicants to go over the guidelines and answer any questions on Tuesday 31 May 10-11am.

Register for the event.

The deadline for application is 20 June 2022 at 12noon.

Tower Hamlets Council 

Tower Hamlets Council Small Grants Fund

The Tower Hamlets Council Small Grants fund is being managed by East End Community Foundation (EECF). Grants are available under a number of themes

Themes 1-5

Funding is designed to support voluntary and community sector activity across the borough that will make a positive difference to the lives of local residents.

Grants of £200 to £5,000 will be available to support local organisations with an annual income of less than £250k.

Applications should be made under one of the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Innovation
  • Theme 2: Prevention
  • Theme 3: Neighbourhood Action
  • Theme 4: Community Cohesion
  • Theme 5: Partnership

The deadline for application is 20 June 2022 at 12noon

Theme 6: Loneliness

Grant funding of up to £1,000 and £5,000 is available to local organisation, with an annual turnover of less than £250,000, to reduce the impact of loneliness and social isolation on the residents of the borough.

The council is seeking to fund activities that will help ensure Tower Hamlets is a welcoming and friendly place, where people of all ages and backgrounds can connect with each other, enjoy, and have fun.

The deadline for application is 20 June 2022 at 12noon

Theme 7: Community Support Services for Older People

Funding is being provided to support community services for older people and promote well-being and a longer healthy life by reducing social isolation, increasing physical activity and increasing independence in older age.

This small grant theme is focussed on supporting community-based services run by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led community groups.

Grants of up to £15,000 for organisations of an annual turnover of less than £250,000 are available, with priority given to organisations with an annual turnover of less than £100,000. 

The deadline for application is 20 June 2022 at 12noon.

Theme 9: Cohesion Events

Grant funding is being provided to support community events (indoor, outdoor, or virtual) to focus on community cohesion and re-connect communities who have been most affected by the pandemic.

Grants of up to £500 are available for street party events or small-scale events and grants of up to £3,000 are available for larger scale events.

Black History Month Event applications are welcome through this fund.

The deadline for application is 20 June 2022 at 12noon.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Carbon Reduction Community Grants Programme

The Carbon Reduction Community Grants Programme is open to any Community Group, Community Interest Company and Charity in Tower Hamlets.

The grant helps to support carbon reductions through building retrofit projects or community engagement activities.

The following grants are available, although match funding for the project is favourable:

  • Gas boiler replacements and renewable energy installations: Organisations can apply for up to £30,000 as part of the Gas boiler replacement and renewable energy installation grant. This is if organisations are replacing a gas boiler with a form of electric hearing (such as a heat pump) or installing a renewable energy technology (such as Solar Panels)

  • Energy retrofit projects:  This is for all other energy retrofit projects, such as lighting and replacement equipment.  Organisations can apply for up to £15,000

  • Learning and behaviour change projects: Grants of up to £10,000 to carry out learning and behavioural change projects that improve learning and encourage behaviour change of local residents and groups on energy and carbon reduction. The aim is that this will result in evidenced carbon reductions.

The deadline for applications is 27 May 2022

Regional

The Mayor of London

Shared Endeavour Fund

Groundwork is working with the Mayor of London to offer grants of up to £45,000 for projects which identify opportunities to counter violent extremism in London.

The Shared Endeavour Fund welcomes applications from groups that can demonstrate that the project addresses one or more of the four priority themes:

  • awareness raising
  • building psychosocial resilience
  • encouraging prosocial behaviours
  • stakeholder capacity building

The fund is open for registered UK charities, charitable Incorporated Organisation, Companies limited by Guarantee, Not for Profit registered Community Interest Company, Constituted Community Groups, Voluntary Sector Organisation.

It is in the intention of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime that projects should be completed by the end of March 2023.

The deadline for application is 20 June 2022 at 9am.

Little Lives UK

Children's Community Support Programme - in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Little Lives UK are making grants of up to £1,500 available to support London based organisations working with underprivileged children who are in need of support during the crisis.

Charitable children’s groups and organisations, such as play groups or sports classes, can apply for funding from the Children's Community Support Programme to provide a range of initiatives which allow children to access free services and support.

Funding could also be used for the purchase of equipment such as sports equipment or to help groups remain sustainable during the crisis. Little Lives UK will also promote successful applicants on their social media and website. Applications from start-up projects are also encouraged.

The deadline for applications is the first of each month.

The 7Stars Foundation

Project Funding

The 7Stars Foundation is offering project grants of up to £2,500 to organisations with a turnover of under £1.5 million supporting young people ages 16 years and under.

The 7Stars project grants aim to fund projects that have a direct impact and respond to (one/multiple):

  • Abuse
  • Addiction,
  • Homelessness,
  • Child Carers.

Shine Bright Funding

Shine Bright Funding

The Shine Bright grants are to provide relief, respite and happiness at a time of anxiety and worry.

The grants are awarded to regional charity partners to purchase educational and art materials, such as toys, books and emotional support for young people aged 16 and under who have been challenged by abuse, addiction, homelessness, or those who are child carers.

The fund is only for charitable organisations with a turnover below £1.5million.

Star Start Funding

As part of the Star Start funding, breakfast clubs can receive grants between £1,000 to £15,000 per partner.

The grant is to tackle child food poverty escalated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applicant organisations must be based in London and have a turnover of below £500,000.

Applications for all three of the above 7Stars Foundation funds will be open for applications between:

  • 1 March 2022 to 30 April 2022 for June funding review
  • 1 June 2022 to 31 July 2022 for September funding review
  • 1September 2022 to 30 October 2022 for December funding review
  • 1 December 2022 to 31 January 2022 for February funding review

National

Central government

The government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption. Find out more on the Business Support government website.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund – Public sector organisations, charities, voluntary groups, and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for a share of £40 million in funding to protect nationally important heritage which is at risk due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund will allocate £20 million in funding to safeguard nationally important heritage assets within England such as works of fine and decorative art, museum collections, archives, and historic buildings.

This funding has been made available by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport through the Cultural Assets Fund to distribute alongside the NHMF’s own commitment of £20 million to applicants across the UK.

Funding is available until the end of April 2023 and applications can be made at any time.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Dynamic Collections Campaign

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has launched its Dynamic Collections fund to support the heritage sector to build resilience in its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Museums, archives, historic libraries and community organisations which hold collections across the UK can apply for grants of up to £250,000. 

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2023

National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Community FundMainstream National Lottery Community Fund's priorities for funding are projects and organisations supporting communities through the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding will be prioritised for organisations who are:

  • supporting people who are at high risk of Covid-19
  • supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of Covid-19
  • support communities with the direct and indirect impact of Covid-19.

The deadline for applications is ongoing

National Lottery Community Fund

Reaching Communities – Large grants over £10,000 (grants are available for up to five years) are available to voluntary and community organisations in England for projects that make positive changes in their communities. The aim of the programme is to support communities to thrive by funding projects that:

  • 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.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Partnerships – Grants of at least £10,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations in England which work together with a shared set of goals and values to help their community thrive.

The aim of the programme is to encourage organisations to work in partnership to help their communities thrive by focusing on the bigger picture, rather than just what their organisation can do on its own. The funding can support different types of partnership, including:

  • cross-sector partnerships.
  • local place-based collaboration.
  • local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Grants of between £10,000 and £250,000 - In response to the CovidOVID-19 pandemic funding will be prioritised for heritage projects that:

  • promote inclusion and involve a wider range of people (a mandatory outcome)
  • boost the local economy 
  • encourage skills development and job creation 
  • support wellbeing 
  • create better places to live, work and visit   
  • improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

National Lottery Award for All

National Lottery Awards for All – Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools, and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community. The aim of the grants programme is to support communities to thrive by funding projects that:

  • 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.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Community Grants

Nationwide is offering grants of up to £50,000 to charity organisations with solutions to the housing crisis. Proposed projects should one of Nationwide’s following three aims:

  • Helping people into a home
  • Preventing people from losing their home
  • Supporting people to thrive at home

The deadline for applications is when a set number of applications have been received.

Co-operative ReBoost Fund and Shares Booster Programme

Community businesses in disadvantaged and under-represented communities in England that want to issue shares to their community to support their recovery from COVID-19 can apply for financial support through the Community Shares ReBoost fund; and the Community Shares Booster Programme. Both programmes provide development grants to prepare a community share offer as well as match equity investment. The funding is delivered by Co-operatives UK and funded by Power to Change and the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Power to Change

Community Business Crowdmatch - Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Community Business Crowdmatch to support new or existing community businesses responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

The scheme will help community businesses, providing services or activities that help local people disproportionately affected due to the crisis, by match-funding each £1 raised, to a maximum of £10,000.

Power to Change is keen to support new and existing projects in deprived areas and work with Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across England.

Funding could be used to support new ideas to help local neighbourhoods, help meet increased demand, save a community space or bridge a funding gap.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Big Society Capital Loan Fund

A new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme,  Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Morrison’s Foundation 

Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund – recognising that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 the Foundation, has pledged £500,000 towards its Homeless Support Fund to support charities working with homeless people.

Areas of funding include outreach and support for rough sleepers, delivery of services in hostels and shelters and information and advice.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Foyle Foundation

Small Grants Scheme – support for smaller, grass roots and local charities, with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community, either directly or through online support, can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.

This can be used for core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial sustainability.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Sport England

Return to Play FundSport England has launched a new fund that will support groups, clubs and organisations that have been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle Covid-19. The Return to Play Fund includes:

  • an additional £5million has been made available to continue the Return to Play: Active Together fund which is a crowdfunding initiative that will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis. Sports England is matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis. Programme is open to sports clubs and also to charity, community, voluntary or social enterprise organisations that deliver sports or physical activity in the community, but are not solely or primarily sports organisations.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Sport England

Together Fund – Sport England are making a further £20 million in funding available to help tackle inequalities in physical activity levels as the country continues its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Together Fund will help community organisations to recover and grow and enable them to reach and engage communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic to become active or get more active.

This includes lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities, disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.

Sport England will work with a network of 42 Active Partnerships and more than 30 national partners to award funding locally.

Community organisations wishing to engage in the Together Fund should make contact with their local Active Partnership.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Capacity Building Grant

Grants of up to £1,000 to support small community organisations to become stronger and more robust and improve their ability to deliver, both during and after the Covid-19 crisis.

BBC Children in Need

Emergency Essentials ProgrammeIn response to the Covid-19 pandemic, BBC Children in Need are expanding their Emergency Essentials programme to include a broader range of basic essentials to support children and young people living with severe poverty across the UK.

The fund supports families with children who are living with financial, health and social difficulties, by providing items that meet children’s most basic needs such as kitchen appliances, furniture, baby equipment, beds, clothing, and other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing.

Applications must come through a registered referral agency that is supporting the family or young person. The programme is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Non-Covid-19 specific

The following funding opportunities are not specifically linked to the impact of nor recovery process from the Covid-19 pandemic but provide important sources of funding for the voluntary sector.

The Sir Halley Stewart Trust

Main Grant & Small Grant

The Sir Halley Stewart Trust is offering:

  • Main Grants:  Between £5,001 and £60,000 in total over one, two or three years with a maximum of £30,000 per annum,
  • Small Grants: One off funding of up to £5,000 for projects.

The Trust is looking to fund projects within the priority areas (Medical, Social, and religious with Education being a central theme that runs across all three):

  • Innovative research projects: which explore and test new ideas, methods and approaches, interventions and/or devices,
  • Pioneering/ ground-breaking development projects:  Original and represent the first of their kind and/or lay the foundations for further developments.

Funding is open to UK charitable organisations, open to CIC’s (Community Interest Companies).

The deadline for application is 24 June 2022

Loughborough University

Loughborough London Open Fund

Loughborough University London is offering an Open fund to support the social, educational, cultural, and physical wellbeing of people living close to the Olympic Park.

Organisations must be based within the borough of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, or Waltham Forest. The maximum bid for the fund is £1,000.

The deadline for application is 31 May 2022

The Span Trust

The Span Trust

The Span Trust is awarding grants between £5,000 and £20,000 that will alleviate poverty, disability, age or ill health, and advance urban regeneration through the improvement of the built environment.

Grants are available to both registered and exempt charities.

The deadline for application is 24 June 2022

The Ulverscroft Foundation

The Ulverscroft Foundation

The Ulverscroft Foundation supports projects that help those with visual impairment. Applications for grants of up to £10,000 can be considered from any source, UK or overseas, charities, CIC or social group.  

The deadline for application is 15 June 2022

The Henry Smith Charity

Holiday Grants

The Henry Smith Charity is offering grants that provide access to recreational trips or holidays for children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities.

The charity is interested in contributing to trips that would not take place without the funding (short holidays and recreational trips).

Grants of £500 to £2,500 is available to small charities, schools and not-for profit organisations. Priority will be given to the 20 per cent most deprived areas.

The deadline for application is dependent on the dates of trips/ holidays.

  • Trips/ Holidays between 4 April 2022- 3 July 2022 - Applications accepted 14 Feb 2022 - 2 May 2022
  • Trips/ Holidays between 4 July 2022- 4 September 2022- Applications accepted 3 May 2022 - 30 June 2022
  • Trips / Holidays between 5 September 202231 December 2022 – Applications accepted 1 July 2022- 30 September 2022

Prince of Wales small grants programme

The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund is opening the small grants programme, offering single or multi-year grants to a maximum value of £5,000 (average award of £1,500) to UK registered non-profit organisations who meet the following criteria:

  • have an income of up to £1 million
  • have completed at least two years of activity
  • are able to submit accounts or income and expenditure statements

The Fund is keen to support organisations and projects that are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion principles or aim to support diverse communities. 

The small grant programme is supporting grassroot projects in diverse and deprived communities, it aims to support community projects that complement the work of The Prince of Wales’s core charities. Funding themes include:

  • Heritage and Conservation
  • Education
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Inclusion
  • Environment, Countryside

The deadline for application is ongoing

Allen Lane Foundation

Asylum Seekers and Refugees Grant

The Allen Lane Foundation is interested in funding work that promotes the inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees, their integration and settling into life in the UK.

The fund work with refugees, asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers, including those held in detention.

Grants between £5,000 and £15,000 are available. The Allen Lane Foundation funds organisations that work with asylum seekers and refugees regardless of where they originate from, it does not fund refugee community organisations (that work with single nationalities).

The deadline for application is ongoing

AB Charitable Trust (ABCT)

Migrants and Refugees

AB Charitable Trust is offering core and project funding to organisations focussing on:

  • Delivering services directly targeting migrant communities and people who are refugees or seeking asylum,
  • Influence policy and/or counter negative narrative,
  • Strengthen the voluntary sector and support organisations delivering work in this area.

Human Rights, Particularly Access to Justice

AB Charitable Trust is also offering organisations that work in one of ABCT’s priority areas. Organisations must be a registered UK charity, delivering work in the UK with an annual income between £150,000 to £1.5million.

The organisation also needs to have been operating for at least a year and be able to provide evidence.  The Trust is looking to fund organisations core or project funding:

  • That provide specialist legal advice and representation,
  • Work to influence law, policy and practice through e.g. strategic litigation or public law challenges,
  • Strengthen the sector and supports organisations delivering work in the area,
  • Deliver activities to protect the principles of human rights and the rule of law, including campaigning, advocacy, and narrative change work.

Both core (unrestricted grants) and project (restricted grants) funding are available of £10,000 to £20,000

Deadline for applications are:

  • 30 April 2022 for decisions in July 2022
  • 31 July 2022 for decisions in October 2022
  • 30 October 2022 for decisions in January 2023
  • 29 January 2023 for decisions in April 2023
  • 30 April 2023 for decisions in July 2023
  • 30 July 2023 for decisions in October 2023

The Weavers’ Company

Benevolent Fund

The Weavers’ Company is offering grants of up to £15,000 per annum to small UK registered charities working with young offenders, prisoners and ex-prisoners, young, disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement.

The deadline for application is 31 July 2022 and 30 November 2022.

Laughology

The Happiness Fund is offering four quarterly funds of £2,500 per quarter, allowing up to four different projects per year to apply.

The fund is to support the setting up of new groups and activities to build happy, strong, resilient communities.  The fund will support grassroots, not-for-profit projects that enable sustainable outcomes in:

  • Mental health wellbeing and happiness,
  • Inclusion,
  • Learning and skills development

Small businesses, based in the local community, not-profit, non-political, focused on longevity can apply. 

Applications will be open:

  • Q1: 1 Jan 2022 12pm – 18 March 2022, Funding will be announced on 8 April 2022
  • Q2: 1 April 2022 12pm – 17 June 2022  Funding will be announced on 8 July 2022
  • Q3: 1 July 2022 12pm – 16 Sept 2022  Funding will be announced on 7 Oct 2022
  • Q4: 1 Oct 2022 12pm – 6 Jan 2023  Funding will be announced on 6 Jan 2023

Visit The Happiness Fund

The Wolfson Foundation

Funding for charities working in Mental Health

The Wolfson Foundation is offering two Stages of Round two funding of £15,000 to £75,000 to improve the civic health of society, mainly through education and research.

The grants are for capital initiatives, such as buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment. A wide range of organisations from education, science, medicine, health and disability, heritage, humanities, and the arts can apply. 

The deadlines for applications are:

  • Stage 1: 1 July 2022
  • Stage 2: 1 September 2022

The Baring Foundation

Arts and Mental Health

Grants of £20,000 to £60,000 is available for Global Majority led Arts organisations to develop their work in mental health. Grants can fully or partially fund the work; the project should take over a minimum of two years and potentially longer.

The deadline for application is 26 July 2022

Youth Social Action Fund

BBC Children in Need, in partnership with #iwill Fund and The Hunter Foundation are delivering a £3 million fund to support organisations to embed youth social action across the UK.  The fund will help to build children and young people’s confidence and skills, empowering them to take an active and leading role in developing solutions to issues which affect their lives and their communities.

Registered not-for-organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000 over 18 months, while unregistered organisations can apply for up to £15,000 over 18 months or £10,000 over one year.

The deadline for application is 23 May 2022 at 11.30am

BBC Children in Need

We Move Fund:  Youth Social Action

We Move Fund, Youth Social Action aims to empower Black children and young people through Youth Social Action.

Social Action is defined as when children and young people use their voice to tackle subjects that matter to them. The fund aims to:

  • Reach Black children and young people with opportunities to have their voices heard.  It will empower young people to create change about issues that matter to them
  • Achieve positive Outcomes for Black children and young people through Youth Social Action
  • Learn about what Youth Social Action means to Black children and young people.

Applications can be made to grants of up to £15,000 for unregistered organisations and up to £50,000 for registered bodies. BBC Children in Need will fund grants of any length up to 18 months.

Deadline for application is 20 June 2022

The Leche Trust

Performing Arts and Conservation Grants

The Leche Trust is offering grants for Performing arts projects and Conservation projects.  The Trust is offering funding of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities, public authorities, or institutions. 

Priorities for Performing Arts projects include:

  • Excellent in professional performance,
  • The production and performance of new work,
  • The development of young, professional artists aged 18 or over.

Priorities for Conservation projects include

  • Historic objects, collections and features of buildings and designed landscapes which are pre-Victorian in date i.e. pre-1830s
  • In the case of churches, the Trust will consider supporting the conservation of items such as monuments, wall paintings, stained glass and historic furniture and fittings
  • Conservation surveys and preventive measures as well as remedial work.

Deadline for application is 23 September 2022.

Grants for theatre companies - The Royal Victoria Foundation

The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation is offering grants of £250- £2,000 based in London to theatre companies.  Theatre Companies do not have to be registered but it must have a bank account in its name and be able to provide its latest accounts for a full financial year, showing a detailed breakdown of income, expenditure and balance.

Deadline for application is 26 August 2022 at 5.30pm for the autumn round

John Coates Charitable Trust

The Trust is offering financial assistance to UK charities that work in Education, The Arts, Healthcare, Heritage and the Environment and societal and community cohesion. Grants of £5,000 and £10,000 are available.

The deadline is 27 May 2022

Visit John Coates Charitable Trust

The Architectural Heritage Fund

Grants Programmes

The Architectural Heritage Fund aims to support projects that contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres in England helping them become thriving places, strengthen local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper.

It is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones.

Together, these programmes form part of the Future High Streets Fund, administered by the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The fund aims to support charities and social enterprises to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres:

  • Project Viability Grants:  Grants of up to £15,000 for early viability and feasibility work,
  • Project Development Grants:  Up to £100,000 for capital project development costs,
  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants:  Up to £25,000 to match fund crowdfunding campaigns,
  • Transformational Projects Grants:  Up to £350,000 for transformational capital projects,

Deadline for applications is:

  • 30 April 2022 for a decision in June 2022
  • 31 July 2022 for a decision in September 2022
  • 18 October 2022 for a decision in December 2022
  • 9 January 2023 for a decision in March 2023

 

Arnold Clark

Community Fund.

Arnold Clark Community Fund of £1,000 is available for charities and community groups who deal with or address the following:

  • Food banks
  • Toy Banks
  • Poverty relief
  • Housing and accommodation

The deadline for application is ongoing

Consortium and Community Collaborators

LGBT+ Futures:  Equity Fund Consortium and it’s Community Collaborators, working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, have launched the LGBT+ Futures small grants.

The grant will be available for organisational running costs, projects and leadership development of £100 to £25,000 to LGBT+ groups and organisations who are delivering within the community.

The priority targeted areas are:

  • trans and Non-Binary people,
  • those facing racial injustice,
  • deaf and/or Disabled people,
  • older people
  • lesbian, Bisexual and Trans+ Women.

Application is on a rolling basis, the programme will close to new application on 30 October 2022.

The Woodward Charitable Trust

The Woodward Charitable Trust – The Trust is particularly looking to fund projects that help families and young people that are aiming to improve their life chances of the beneficiaries.

They like projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users.

Organisations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their operations or management are encouraged.

The trust only makes grants for core costs rather than specific projects as they recognise that smaller charities can find these hard to fund.

They hope that this will have a more direct impact on organisations that they choose to fund.

Grants of up to £3,000 is available.

The deadline for applications is 12pm, 29 July 2022.

London Catalyst

London Catalyst GrantsLondon Catalyst is seeking to make a difference by acting as a ‘catalyst’ for change.

This could be to develop a new project or improve existing services. It recognises that there are social determinants of ill-health, and that for change to be sustainable, beneficiaries must be active and informed participants. It aims to:

  • improve health and wellbeing
  • Help to remove people from poverty
  • Raise awareness of the work of organisations they support. 

Grants of £1000 to £5000 are available. It prioritises small and medium sized organisations; those with an annual income of £500,000.

There are several deadlines for applications in 2022:

  • second deadline: 3 May 2022
  • third deadline: 6 September 2022
  • fourth deadline: 15 November 2022.

Applications must be received at least four weeks before the above dates.

London Catalyst - Partners for Health 2022

London Catalyst is offering grants between £3,000 and £10,000 for projects that can demonstrate.
(You can find the document under '3 Partners for health 2021' and where '...details of the 2022 grants programme and contacts' can be found).

  • positive outcomes for people facing significant barriers to health
  • a new approach or thoughtful development of service
  • partnership between health and community organisations.

Applications are open to registered charities operating in London that support vulnerable people to improve their health.

Priority will be given to charities with an annual income of less than £500,000 and which have not previously received a Partners for Health Grant.

The deadline for applications is 2 June 2022 at 5pm.

The Connect Fund

Four Programmes – The Connect Fund has four programme areas. These include

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Post Covid-19 Recovery
  • Peer Networks and
  • Challenge Funds.

The funding strands for each area have been developed to align with Access’ strategic objectives and to respond to the current needs of the social investment market. The average grant size varies across the different funding strands.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The National Lottery Community Fund

Local Connections Fund Round 2 – The Local Connections Fund is a £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

The fund will be used to award hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

Round 2 will focus on activities that physically bring people together in a safe and secure way and remote activities when this is the best or only way for people to build connections.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Will Charitable Trust

2021/22 Grants Programme –The Trust is providing financial assistance to UK registered or exempt charities whose activities fall within the following three categories:

  • Care of and services for people who are blind, and the prevention and/or cure of blindness
  • long-term care of people with learning disabilities either: in a residential care or supported living environment in a way that provides a family environment and wide choice of activities and lifestyle; or: by providing long-term day/employment activities;
  • care of and services for people suffering from cancer and their families;

Grants vary in amount, but generally fall within the range of £3,000 to £30,000.

The deadline for applications for projects to support people who are blind  and people with learning disabilities is 31 January 2022 and the deadline for applications for projects focusing on cancer care is 31 August 2022.

Westfield East Bank

Creative Futures Fund is a five-year programme that aims to invest £10 million into the local communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

This project will provide new jobs, learning, training and educational programmes through the means of arts, culture, innovation, public realm and creative placemaking.

The programme aims to transform and catalyse the lives and careers of people in East London by putting funding, resources and support straight into local people’s hands.

Year 2 of the Fund has now opened. Year 2 has been designed with evaluation and feedback from Year 1 grantees to ensure that the process is accessible, transparent and allows applicants to make informed decisions, follow a simple applications process and gain additional support when needed.

  • Capital Grant Scheme has a pot of £100,000. Proposals will be accepted from £3,000 upwards from 30 September 2021. Deadline for applications is ongoing.

There is no deadline — the scheme will be operating a first approached basis until the fund pool has expired. Funder is encouraging approaches to the Foundation to discuss applications for the Capital Stand.

Capital Grant Scheme

Capital Grant Scheme has a pot of £100,000. Proposals will be accepted from £3,000 upwards from 30 September 2021.

There is no deadline — the scheme will be operating a first approached basis until the fund pool has expired. Funder is encouraging approaches to the Foundation to discuss applications for the Capital Stand.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust – The Yapp Charitable Trust (YCT) only make grants for ongoing core funding. They define core funding as the costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year.

YCT cannot fund new projects, extra services or additional delivery costs. This includes creating a paid post for work that is currently undertaken on a voluntary basis or rent for premises that are currently cost free. They will cover costs for organisations working with:

  • 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).

Deadline: Trustees meet three times per year to consider applications and a decision time can take up to five months from the date of submission.

BlueSpark Foundation

Educational development

BlueSpark Foundation aims to support the education and the development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural sporting and other projects.

BlueSpark aim to support projects by many different organisations that enhance self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

The deadline is on a rolling basis at approximately eight week intervals

City Bridge Trust

Stepping Stones Fund is a grant-making, social investment readiness facility for charitable organisations in London, delivered in partnership with UBS.

It aims to provide grants to pilot new ways of creating improved social outcomes. The maximum grant amount can be up to £50,000.

Deadline for applications is ongoing.

City Bridge Trust

Small Grants for Green Projects is available for up to £10,000 per year, for a maximum of five years, for greening and growing projects which bring communities together and projects which enable disabled people and/or disadvantaged, older people to actively participate in wellbeing opportunities.

Deadline for application is ongoing.

Jack Petchey Foundation

Funding for Internship programmes for youth charities - Providing funding to Youth charities in London & Essex to hire young interns for a year.

Deadline for applications is ongoing

Merchant Taylor Company

Funding for organisations tackling disadvantage and supporting education - two streams within the Company’s Disadvantage strategy, which includes a Small Grants Scheme, are for community-based charities operating exclusively in the London boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

Charities applying for the above grants need to work with people who are in need on account of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or through some other form of disadvantage to be eligible.

 Deadline for applications is ongoing

Windrush Community Fund

Windrush Community Fund

This fund is open to community and grassroots groups and organisations to bid for financial assistance from a £500,000 fund to help ensure that community groups can give support to those of the Windrush generation who may have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status or who may have suffered losses because of this.

Charitable, community and grassroot organisations across the UK that work with affected communities can bid for an award from £2,500 up to £25,000, to ensure all people affected by Windrush are aware of the support available and are not missing out on the schemes or latest information.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Fishmongers' Company Charitable Trust 

Fishmongers' Company Charitable Trust – The Trust provides grants for projects relating to education in prisons, mental health and food and nutrition.  Applications will be considered for between £15,000 and £50,000, payable for up to three years (up to £150,000 in total spread over three years).

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Portal Trust (previously the Sir John Cass Foundation)

The Portal Trust (previously the Sir John Cass Foundation) – The aim of the Trust is to enable young people, particularly those from disadvantaged or low-income backgrounds, to experience life-enhancing educational opportunities.

There is no minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for. Sometimes projects are funded in their entirety while others require match funding.

Areas funded include widening access and participation in further and higher education, truancy, and prisoner education.

Applications can be made at any time and will be considered three times a year (usually in March, June, and October).

The Clothworkers' Foundation

Open Grant Programme – Grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools). Grants are awarded towards capital projects defined as:

  • Buildings: purchase, construction, renovation, or refurbishment.
  • Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment: this includes but is not limited to office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment. It does not include equipment for one-off use, or which will be given to service users for personal use on a permanent basis.
  • Vehicles: This includes a minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, or 4X4. We are unlikely to fund the total cost of a new vehicle and do not provide grants towards vehicle leasing.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Funding to Support Vulnerable Older People – Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply for grants of between £500 - £15,000 for projects lasting up to three years that support vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50. To be eligible the charity needs to have an annual income of below £500,000 per year.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Wakeham Trust

The Wakeham Trust

The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded.

They favour small projects - often, but not always, start-ups and they try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established.

Apply at TheWakehamTrust@icloud.com.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Wooden Spoon Charity 

Wooden Spoon Charity – Projects must fall within Wooden Spoons Vision Statement: Our aim is to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people through our commitment to quality charitable work.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Percy Bilton Charity

The Percy Bilton Charity – Organisations assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 available towards capital expenditure, such as furniture and equipment.

Social workers may apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment, and clothing.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Alpkit Foundation

Alpkit Foundation – In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis. Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak.

Funding can provide support for activities which might include helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating, supporting the homeless, providing access to food, medicines or social care, supporting foodbanks, increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries, and bringing exercise indoors.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Lloyds Bank Foundation 

Lloyds Bank FoundationSmall and local charities in England and Wales helping people overcome complex social issues can now apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

The funding will be open year-round, meaning charities can apply at a time that suits them and will not be restricted by deadlines.

Successful charities will also get support from a regional manager who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Lloyds Bank

Racial Equity Fund – Grant support to charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues. We offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Help The Homeless

Help the Homeless – Help The Homeless' main funding remit is the regular allocation of Small Grants (generally up to £5000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum).

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.

All applicants must use the official form downloadable from the website and clearly describe the aims and structure of their organisation, their future plans and specific details of how any grant money will be spent.

A copy of the latest available audited accounts is also required.

For grant applications each year deadlines are: 15 March / 15 June / 15 September / 15 December

The Hedley Foundation

Hedley Foundation – The Hedley Foundation awards grants to those charities that are able to demonstrate quantifiable outcomes to beneficiaries.

Typically, grants of up to £5,000 are regularly made and occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved. Similarly, smaller charities often benefit from smaller grants of £250 upwards.

Application Form is available to download from the website. The Trustees meet four times per year to review grant applications which should be received at least 28 days before the review meeting.

Please check website for the latest meeting dates for Foundation’s trustees to review grant applications. The next meeting date is 26 April 2022.

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation 

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation – The aim of this foundation is to help raise the quality of life in the UK, particularly for those who are young, disadvantaged, or elderly. Each year grants totalling about 2.5 million are made to a wide range of charities.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

True Colours Trust

UK Small Grants – The UK Small Grants programme supports local organisations and projects that work to improve the lives of disabled children and young people, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Grants of up to £10,000 are available, although many grants are smaller than this.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Asda Foundation

Healthy Holiday Grant – These grants are designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.

If social distancing hasn’t been relaxed, the Asda Foundation will provide grants for groups to deliver provisions to children at home. The maximum grant available is £500.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Arts & Culture Finance

Arts & Culture Impact Fund - open for applications until summer 2023, offering loans between £150,000 and £1 million for UK based arts, culture and heritage organisations that have a clear social mission.

To find out more please visit our fund pages, read our case studies or submit an enquiry. We'd love to hear from you!

The deadline for applications is summer 2023.

Cultural Impact Development Fund - open for applications until March 2023, offering small-scale repayable finance between £25,000 - £150,000 to socially driven arts and cultural organisations based in England. To find out more please visit our fund pages, read our case studies or submit an enquiry - we'd love to hear from you!

The deadline for applications is summer 2023.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – Applications are now open for projects that improve the natural world, secure a fairer future, and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.

Esmee's new strategy will focus on the following three interdependent aims: Improving our natural world; Tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future; Nurturing creative, confident communities.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust   Supports organisations working in areas of high unemployment/deprivation and who make good use of volunteers. Funding of up to £4,000 is available.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Ideas & Pioneers Fund – Grants of up to £15,000 to support people with a vision of a better society to explore their ideas for change. Applicants can be individuals or groups of up to three people to charities, social enterprises or limited companies of up to five employees.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Funding for charities in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Family Fund

The Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Grants are provided for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts – The Sainsbury family. It exists to provide economies of scale in the management of the trusts’ activities.

Each trust is an independent legal entity with its own separate and autonomous board of trustees, actively led by an individual member of the Sainsbury family.

Each trust’s charitable giving follows the family member’s own interests, priorities, and ways of working.

The trusts only fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. They do not make grants directly to individuals.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Tesco

Bags of Help 2021 – Community groups and schools can now apply for funding of up to £1,000 for projects in England, Wales and Scotland that benefit their local community.

The funding has been made available by the Tesco Bags of Help programme and can cover a broad range of projects.

It can be used to purchase sports kit, litter pickers, camping equipment; improvements to buildings; the development of outdoor spaces such as a play areas or woodland; running community events, or supporting seasonal activities.

A public vote determines which groups will receive a grant. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £1,000.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Marsh Christian Trust 

Marsh Christian Trust – The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings.

Areas include arts and heritage, education and training, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare, and social welfare. Grants of between £300 and £2,000 are available.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Green Giving

Grimple's Green Grants – They are looking for green projects across the United Kingdom that they can fund and help support environmentally friendly projects like yours.

They are offering grants of up to £1,000 for small projects and organisations.

They want you to overwhelm them with your applications, so get inspired and let them know about your green project idea!

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Support Adoption for Pets

Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support pet rescues throughout the short and medium-term impact of the coronavirus.

Organisations can apply for funding of up to £10,000, or up to 30 per cent of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount.

Funding must have a direct impact on animal welfare. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.