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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 email info@thcvs.org.uk.

Local

Tower Hamlets Homes

Inspiring Communities Fund

The Inspiring Communities Fund will offer grants of between £100 to £5,000 for Tower Hamlets Home residents and local community groups. The fund aims to improve neighbourhoods through:

  • social activities that bring people in Tower Hamlets Home together
  • local events, projects, and events
  • community food garden
  • exercise classes to benefit others.

Round 3 will open on 2 January 2023, 9am

The deadline for applications is 27 January 2023 at 5pm

Canary Wharf Group

Community Grants Programme

The Community Grants programme aims to support local community initiatives.  The programme is centred around three key themes:

  • Education- supporting children and young people to fulfil their educational potential through curricular and extra- curricular support and training to boost confidence and career aspirations
  • Skills and Employment- delivering skills and employment opportunities for local people, those who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or long term unemployed,
  • Wellbeing and Biodiversity- programmes creating a healthier community through interventions related to physical activity, mental health and those addressing the impact of poverty, this includes programmes that provide more green spaces and access to water which will increase the area’s biodiversity.

The Grants programme is for not-for-profit organisations, operating and benefitting the residents in the borough.

Grants of £500 and £10,000 is available.

The Grants programme will be open over four quarters. Here are the following deadlines:

  • Applications will open for Quarter 2 cycle on 1 February 2023 and close on 28 February 2023

  • Applications will open for Quarter 3 cycle on 1 May 2023 and close on 31 May 2023

  • Applications will open for Quarter 4 cycle on 1 August 2023 and close on 31 August 2023

Tower Hamlets Coronation Celebration events

Coronation Celebration Events

The Tower Hamlets Council Coronation Celebration Events fund is being managed by East End Community Foundation (EECF). The Coronation Celebration Events fund, from the Small Grants Fund is now available. Grants of up to £500 to organisations delivering events and street parties to celebrate the upcoming Coronation.

The Coronation Celebration events fund focusses on community cohesion and reconnecting communities.

Events must take place over the bank holiday weekend (between Friday 5 May and Monday 8 May 2023).

The total amount of funding available is £10,000.  Organisations can apply for grants between £350 to £500.  A drop-in workshop will be held on the 17 January 2023 at 10am.  Book your free place free place.

The deadline for application is 6 February 2023

Easter Holiday Activities and food programme fund

Easter Holiday Activities and food programme fund

The Department for Education is providing funding to Tower Hamlets Council to coordinate a holiday programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to benefit Free School Meals recipients during the Easter Holiday.

Activities should last for a minimum of four hours per day and for a maximum of eight days over the Easter holiday between Monday 3 April 2023 – Monday 14 April 2023.

Healthy meals must also be provided. Online drop-in session will take place on Monday 30 January 2023 at 10am, please register for the drop-in session.

The deadline for application is 13 February 2023 at 4pm

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

London Plus

Community Resilience Fund

London Plus is working with the Greater London Authority to deliver this fund where grants to community and voluntary sector infrastructure organisations can be awarded.  The funding will help organisations work with local authorities and borough resilience forums to:

  • Create or improve partnerships between community groups, the local authority and other statutory partners
  • Increase community preparedness through new or improved planning
  • Strengthen community resilience practice through creating or improving communication channels, use of data and insight and/or use of exercising scenarios.

A total of £55,000 is available to support up to 12 projects across London. Small grants up to £5,000 are available for community and voluntary sector organisations.

The deadline is 25 January 2023 at 5pm

Trust for London

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 & 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.

The deadline for application is Spring 2023.

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 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.

Energy Bill Relief Scheme

Energy Bill Relief Scheme

Cutting energy bills for UK businesses, charities, and public sector organisations. The government has outlined plans to help cut energy bills for businesses.

The support scheme will see energy prices for non-domestic energy customers such as businesses, charities and public sector organisations cut- protecting them from rising energy costs.

The government will work with suppliers to reduce wholesale energy costs.

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 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

Climate Action Fund

The National Lottery Community, Climate Action Fund aims to help communities across the UK to address climate change.

The Community fund is looking for projects that focus on the link between nature and climate.  The fund aims to bring projects and other important social and economic benefits, like the creation of strong, resilient, and healthy communities or the development of “green” skills and jobs.

Grants between £300,000 and £500,000 is available, grants of £50,000 to £150,000 over 12 to 18 months is also available to Constituted group or club, Voluntary or community organisation, registered charity, CIO, SCIO, CIC and more.

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.

BBC Children in Need

Core Costs

Core Costs support essential organisational and administrative spending. These are the key expenses required to keep an organisation running. These might include:

  • Management and administration
  • HR and payroll
  • General office expenses
  • Accountancy and audit
  • Communications and outreach
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning
  • Governance, regulatory and compliance costs

Applicants to this programme can apply for grants for up to three years, awarded as restricted funding. Applications over £15,000 per year from organisations who have registered with the appropriate regulatory body will be considered, these include the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Scottish Charity Register.

Company limited Guarantee registered through Companies House will also be considered.

The deadline for application 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.

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:

  • 29 January 2023 for decisions in April 2023
  • 30 April 2023 for decisions in July 2023
  • 30 July 2023 for decisions in October 202

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

Synergi

Small Grants Fund

Synergi is offering grants between £2,000 to £3,000 for groups led by Black, Asian, Multi-ethnic (BAME) for the BAME communities with lived experience of mental-ill health, distress, or trauma.

The funding aims to reach those in extreme forms of discrimination or injustice, including state violence. The funding aims to help to build the community.

Applications from the following groups are encouraged:

  • Groups led by and for people from Muslim communities
  • Groups led and for trans and non-binary communities
  • Groups led by and for refugees and/or people seeking asylum
  • Groups whose work engages with an abolitionist framework
  • Groups with a yearly project income of under £25,000
  • Groups with non-traditional structures (including those that are unregistered)

The funding can support delivery of support and activities, campaigning such as direct action, relevant research, organisational development, including training, development, tech subscriptions, equipment, reflective practice, coaching, business planning, anything needed to help better support the community.

The deadline for application is 29 January 2023 at 11.59pm.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Asda Foundation

Asda Foundation has several grants supporting local community groups:

Cost of Living Grant: The Cost-of-Living Grant is available to local community groups who are experiencing difficulties with rent, utility bill, food costs, etc.  There are two options for this grant.  There are:

  • increased rent and utility bill support
  • increased food costs support

Grants of £500 to £2,000 is available.  Applications will remain open until the budget cap has been reached.  Funds can be spent from September 2022 to February 2023. 

The deadline for applications is February 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.

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

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.