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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 Council Holiday and Food Activities (HAF Fund)- Christmas

The Tower Hamlets Holiday and Food Activities Fund is being managed by East End Community Foundation (EECF).

School holidays can be pressure points for some families, especially with increased costs of food and childcare.

The Department for Education is providing funding for holiday programmes that provide healthy food and enriching activities to benefit those entitled to Free School Meal recipients during the Christmas Holiday. 

Holiday programmes must take place between 21-31 December 2022.

Organisations will not be funded for delivery taking place on the 25 or the 26 December or outside the scope of the delivery dates.

Applicants can apply to deliver a minimum of four days or a maximum of eight days. Grants are available depending on the number of places available each day.

The maximum funding an applicant can apply for is limited to 75 places per day. More information is available on the East End CF website.

Online drop-in session will be run by EECF to answer questions on 29 September 2022 at 10am.

The deadline for application is 12 October 2022 at 12noon

Tower Hamlets Council Small Grants Fund

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 several 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 16 January 2023 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 16 January 2023 at 12noon

Theme 7:  Access and Participation

Funding under this theme aims to provide support, referral, and informal advocacy services, connecting residents to the relevant services that might best meet their needs and provide wider intelligence on the needs of their community.

The Access and Participation theme will only support organisations that show at least 50 per cent of their trustees/committee/board members are from Black, Asian and multi-ethnic (BAME) communities.

Funding of up to £5,000 is available to local organisations with an annual turnover of less than £250,000 per annum, with priority given to organisations with a turnover of less than £50,000 per annum.

The deadline for application is 16 January 2023 at 12noon

Isle of Dogs Grant Chest

Isle of Dogs Grant Chest & Millwall Park Endowment Fund

EECF have two funding streams available:

  • Isle of Dogs Grant Chest
  • Millwall Park Endowment Fund

Both funds are available to support community activities across their areas of benefit.  Grants of up to £10,000 is available through both streams.

The deadline for application is ongoing

The Wakefield & Tetley Trust

Grant Programme 2022

The Wakefield & Tetley Trust is offering small grants to charities and constituted community groups with a turnover of less than £300,000. The Trust is offering Grants of £500 to £5,000 to:

  • Support urgent work with marginalised individuals and communities most affected by the effects of the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis

  • Funding core activities and services to enable organisations working with vulnerable communities to adapt or maintain their work to adjust to the ongoing pandemic.  We are unlikely to support new projects or work where there is no track record of delivery

  • Making a practical difference to the work/ people at the organisation.

Many people are affected by the pandemic and the costs of living crisis, the Trust is willing to support those who are most likely to need support including:

  • Carers
  • Disabled people
  • People from Black, Asian, and Multi-Ethnic communities
  • Refugees
  • people with no recourse to public funds
  • people in manual or insecure work
  • families affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • people experiencing poor mental health
  • people living alone and isolated.

The Trust has limited funds for so will make a small number of grants by invitation only. The grants will be announced on the website.

The deadline is ongoing

Regional

Mayor of London

Grow Back Greener Fund 2022

The 2022 Grow Back Greener Fund aims to support London’s communities to plant trees to provide shade, create and enhance green space and increase climate resilience.

The fund will prioritise projects in areas of the city with low tree canopy cover, where Londoners live further than a 10-minute walk from green space and at high climate risk.

Registered charities, formally constituted community groups, social and not-for-profit businesses, including Community Interest companies and social enterprises, can apply, including community benefit societies, housing associations and many more.

Grants between £10,000- £50,000 are available for both themes:

  • Theme 1: Green spaces and waterways
  • Theme 2:  Tree Planting).

There will be an optional application information support session on:

Tuesday 13 September
1.30-3pm.  

The deadline for applications is 26 September 2022 at 5pm

The Mayor of London - Untold stories

Untold Stories: Grants by the Commission for Diversity in Public Realm

The Mayor of London is offering community-led organisations funding and support to make a change in public spaces, offering grants from £1,000 to £25,000.

Untold Stories provides organisations with an opportunity to test, develop, grow, and create projects which shares the communities’ stories with the city, the fund aims to support projects:

  • Create new objects (such as murals, artworks, plaques, benches, gardens, play areas) that increase diversity and representation in London’s public spaces,
  • Projects that provide context, insight or draw attention to invisible, contested, or absent diverse heritage in London’s public spaces.

There are two types of funding available:

  • Test and Nurture fund: Grants of £1,000 to £5,000 (plus up to £1,000 for additional access costs),
  • Grow and Make Happen fund:  Grants of £5,000 to £25,000 (plus up to £2,000 for additional access costs),

The deadline for application is 5 October 2022

Trust for London - Funding programme

Funding programme

Trust for London is offering seven funding programmes which tackles poverty and inequality in the Capital.

It is keen to support work providing greater insight into the root causes of London’s social problems and how they can be overcome, activities which help people improve their lives, work empowering Londoners to influence and change policy, practice, and public attitudes.

The seven funding programmes include:

  • Good Homes and Neighbourhoods
  • Better work
  • Decent living standards
  • Shared wealth
  • Pathways to Settlement
  • Stronger voices
  • Connected Communities

The Trust is keen to fund organisations undertaking charitable activities, organisations do not need to be a registered charity.

The Trust primarily supports small and medium- sized organisations, usually within an expenditure of less than £2 million a year.

There is no minimum or maximum size in the request of funding, however the average grant will be around £80,000 in total.

The amount may be spread over one, two or three years. The funding guideline details all the relevant information and is available on the Funding programme page.

The deadline for application is October 2022

Trust for London

Disability Justice Fund

A £3million fund from Trust for London and City Bridge Trust, towards a strong, vibrant, diverse, and sustainable Disability justice movement.  The Disability Justice Fund aims to support:

  • Stronger foundations:  Contributing to the foundations of a social justice, movement for Disabled Londoners that is more effective, powerful, inclusive, influential, and sustainable,
  • Capabilities for change: Strengthening the capacity of Disabled People’s Organisations to engage in campaigning, policy, advocacy and generally mobilise for change,
  • Greater Diversity:  Contributing to growing, broadening, and diversifying the disability sector.

The deadline for application is 3 October 2022

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 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 2023 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.

ChangeX

UK Community Fund Play

ChangeX has launched the £145,000 UK Community Play Fund, supported by the LEGO Foundation as part of its Build a World of Play campaign.

The fund aims to enable communities across the UK to start proven learning through play projects and empower community groups, parents, and caregivers to create more playful experiences for children.  Funding ranges from £500 to £4,700 per new project.

The deadline for application is ongoing

The Steel Charitable Trust

Grant Making Policy Fund

The Steel Trust is offering grants where they believe will make a real difference, the five funding categories are:

  • Arts & Heritage
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social or Economic Disadvantage

Applications from charities, including CIO’s, registered in any part of the UK are welcome, with an annual turnover of over £50,000.

Minimum grant size of £10,000 is available, awards of more than £25,000 is rare. Grants are usually made as a single payment, however larger grants are awarded in instalments, which is payable over a period of years, on the basis of satisfactory progress reports.

The deadlines for application is:

  • 20 October 2022 for mid-December review

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 COVID-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.

Nationwide

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.

All Churches Trust

Hope Beyond Fund

grants of up to £50,000 to support churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to funding capital projects, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment, the programme will also fund project-related salaries such as training of staff and/or volunteers.

The deadline for applications is ongoing

UK Insurance and Long-term Savings Industry

Covid-19  Support Fund

The UK insurance and long-term savings industry has launched the Covid-19 Support Fund to help support some of the people hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

The Fund will work in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation, and a network of partners, including the National Emergencies Trust.

The key aim is to provide immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need.

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 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 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 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 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:

  • Q4: 1 Oct 2022 12pm – 6 Jan 2023  Funding will be announced on 6 Jan 2023

Visit The Happiness Fund

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.

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:

  • 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.

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.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2022

Applications must be received at least four weeks before the deadline.

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.

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.

Screwfix Foundation

Screwfix grants

The Screwfix Foundation is passionate about making a difference to communities across the UK.  Screwfix Foundation aims to support projects that improve, repair and maintain homes and community facilities used by those in need throughout the UK.

Screwfix Foundation is offering grants of up to the region of £5,000, it is reviewed on a quarterly basis - the review dates are in March, June, September and December.

Registered charity or not for profit organisations can apply. The types of projects Screwfix supports include:

  • To improve energy efficient lighting and heating
  • Installation of new kitchen, bathroom, etc
  • Installation of a sensory room
  • General painting and decorating
  • Improving safety and security of a building. 

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.

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 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

Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants is open to all registered charities and not for profit organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500.

Priority will be given to projects that provide food and support young people. The types of projects Tesco Community Grants aims to fund are:

  • Breakfast clubs
  • Holiday clubs
  • Food banks
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Equipment or non-statutory services for nurseries, schools, such as forest schools, library books
  • Equipment for Brownie, Guide or Scout groups, such as camping equipment, badges
  • Play areas
  • Counselling and support services for young people
  • Services or equipment to support children and young people’s health
  • Equipment/ kit for youth sports team. 

The deadline for application 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.