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Funding for voluntary and community organisations

The council recognises the incredible contribution made by local Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (VCS) in helping people during the coronavirus pandemic. We know that demand on local VCS organisations is high, leading to immense 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. We will also continue to fund VCS partners, including organisations whose grants are due to come to an end, and will contact organisations that might qualify for a three-month rent holiday.

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

Covid Community Fund

Covid Community FundTower Hamlets Council has launched a Covid Community Fund. For a limited period, VCS organisations in Tower Hamlets will be able to apply for funding and organisational support as detailed as follows:

  • Covid organisational support Fund – Up to £5,000 available for VCS organisations that need to restructure, either to incorporate the current social distancing and other restrictions, or to respond to Covid-19 more generally. This includes organisations delivering frontline or direct contact services to residents who will need to restructure their organisation to reflect the current climate. 
  • Covid re-purposing fund – Up to £5,000 available for VCS organisations, either to deliver services differently to residents and beneficiaries, such as adapting services to remote delivery. Also where Covid-19 has meant that there is good reason for the organisation to deliver different kinds of services. Funding could be provided to cover the up-front costs of changing the way services are delivered, for example new equipment or training, or continuing to deliver these services in new ways, such as increasing the reach and capacity of re-purposed services.
  • Wider support – Alongside the award of funding, council officers and Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service (THCVS) will engage with organisations on the issues they face arising from or impacted by Covid-19. They will work with them to develop a detailed organisational transition plan and agree support measures. The elements of support that could be provided include:
    • repurposing delivery models, including implementing social distancing measures and working in different ways
    • finances and funding, including bid writing
    • business planning and business continuity
    • governance, strategy and policy
    • training and skills
    • matters relating to staffing or volunteers
    • communications and engagement including social media
    • Digital.

Tower Hamlets Small Grants Fund

Small Grants Fund is designed to support voluntary and community sector activity across Tower Hamlets that will make a positive difference to the lives of residents.

The Small Grants Fund is being administered by East End Community Foundation and will award grants of up to £5,000 to support projects delivering activities under the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Innovation - To encourage innovation or pilot something new, especially where there is a gap in provision.

  • Theme 2: Prevention -To promote grassroots activity to reduce the need for statutory services.

  • Theme 3: Neighbourhood Action - To promote local neighbourhood initiatives.

  • Theme 4: Community Cohesion - To develop community resilience, promote cultural opportunities and reduce social isolation.

  • Theme 5: Partnership - Making the sector more effective through closer partnership working within the sector and across sectors.

  • Theme 6: Access & Participation - Establishing access and participation schemes to provide referral gateways for people from BAME communities.

 Grants of between £200 and £5,000 are available. The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 19 July 2021.

Spacehive

Coronavirus: Let’s pull together Campaign

Spacehive is engaging with national funders to support community projects around the coronavirus outbreak.

All projects under this campaign will have the Spacehive fee waived. Spacehive has also relaxed its criteria by allowing organisations that it works with on crowdfunding to raise money purely for running costs, as well as tangible projects.

Regional

London Community Response

London Community Response With the capital in another lockdown and our communities facing even more difficult times ahead, London’s funders have once again come together to provide new funding for civil society organisations.

The London Community Response is launching two new waves of funding. There will be a crisis response programme of grants of up to £10k - with a quick turnaround to ensure that urgent needs are met. And there will also be a programme of larger, longer-term 'Renewal' grants which will focus on supporting the needs of civil society in the year ahead.

Mayor of London

Make London – The Mayor of London has created Make London, a new £500,000 programme to support communities to come together and create new and impactful projects that help their neighbourhoods recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are two tiers of funding available with up to £5,000 available for smaller projects and up to £50,000 available for larger and more ambitious projects. 

For this year’s programme the Mayor is calling for actions that aid London’s recovery and neighbourhood resilience by bringing people together, improving public spaces, and supporting community hubs and high streets. Pitches are encouraged for projects which: 

  • address social isolation, poor mental health and support food resilience 
  • protect ‘culture at risk’
  • give an unused space a new lease of life.

For more information about criteria, who can take part, and how the Mayor decides who to pledge to, visit the Make London website.

London Growth Hub

London Growth Hub - Grants and  Access to Specialist Support Eligible SMEs will have access to grants between £1,000 – £5,000. This will help them access things like legal and financial advice services. They can also use it to fund new equipment that will help them get back on track.

London Catalyst - Partners for Health

London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund have come together to launch a new round of ‘Partners for Health’ for 2021.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for social action projects tackling health inequalities in London.

‘Partners for Health’ is open to charities that have understanding and expertise and are developing a response to social or health care needs.

This should involve joint working with an expert health partner. The closing date is Thursday 3 June 2021. Find out more.

Mayor of London – Designing London's recovery programme

Designing London’s Recovery Programme The Mayor of London has launched, in partnership with the Design Council, a new open innovation programme that places design-led innovation at the heart of London's recovery from Covid-19.

Public bodies, charities, businesses, social enterprises and educational institutions can apply for a share of £500,000 from the Designing London’s Recovery programme to help them respond to three key challenges.

These are Helping Londoners into good work; Building strong communities; Green New Deal and High Streets for All.

The programme is funded by the London Economic Action Partnership and delivered in partnership with the London Office for Technology and the Design Council.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by midday on the 15 June 2021.

London LEP

London LEP – In response to the impact of Covid-19 on the London economy and on disadvantaged and marginalised communities, the UK government is seeking to fund projects that support individuals to re-engage with education, training, or employment.

This call for proposals seeks to support projects in the London LEP area that address the impacts of Covid-19 on the groups most adversely affected. For example women, over 50’s, those with health problems, long term unemployed and BAME communities.

Funding of approximately £27 million is made available by the European Social Fund. The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on the 4 June 2021.

Trust for London

Connected Communities - Trust for London believes that small community groups can contribute to improving the lives of people and communities in London.

They can do this by providing support for people to access services, to speak out about issues that directly affect them, and/or organise activities which help promote a sense of belonging.

Grants of up to £60k are available for organisations with an annual income under £100,000. Funding can be used for projects that strengthen voice and for advice work.

The average grant size is expected to be £25,000. The next deadline is Tuesday 1 June 2021.

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 Business Support section of Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance and support on government website.

  • HM Treasury
    Businesses in England that are required to shut because of local Covid-19 lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks.

    Payments will be triggered by a national decision to close businesses in a high incidence area. The largest businesses will receive £1,500 every three weeks they are required to close.

    Smaller businesses that have an annual rent or mortgage bill below £51,000 and pay less business rates will receive £1,000.

    Each new three-week lockdown period will trigger an additional payment. The funding is available to provide a further safety net to protect jobs and will be administered by Local authorities.

National Lottery Community Fund

Mainstream 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.

National Lottery Community Fund

Reaching Communities – Large grants of up to £10,000 (grants of over £10,000 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.

Applications are accepted at any time.

National Lottery Community Fund

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.

Applications are accepted at any time.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

National Lottery Grants for Heritage – Grants of between £3,000 and £100,000 for organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis.

The funding is intended to help the UK’s heritage sector respond to the impacts of coronavirus/Covid-19 and to adapt and thrive again.

This funding is designed to focus on organisational resilience or on projects that deliver inclusion in heritage. Applications are accepted at any time.

National Lottery Awards 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.

Applications are accepted at any time.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Applications for National Lottery Grants for Heritage have re-opened for applications.

The focus for 2021 – 22 will be to support projects that will strengthen the recovery of the Heritage sector from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund will award grants of between £3,000 and £5 million to not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK.

Priority will now be given to heritage projects that:

  • boost the local economy
  • encourage skills development and job creation
  • support wellbeing
  • create better places to live, work and visit
  • improve the resilience of heritage organisations.

Applications should fully reflect the changed circumstances brought about by pandemic. Applications can be made at any time.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Green Recovery Challenge FundThe second round of the UK government’s £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund has opened to applications in a bid to support environmental renewal whilst supporting thousands of jobs in England.

Environmental charities and their partners can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £2 million from the fund in a bid to restore nature, tackle climate change and build the economy back from the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisations applying for grants over £250,000 are required to contribute a minimum of 5 per cent partnership funding and should submit expressions of interest by 12 noon on the 22 March 2021.

The deadline for applications under £250,000 is 12 noon on the 14 April 2021.

Big Society Capital

Resilience and Recovery 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.

Morrisons 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.

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. There is a rolling deadline for applications.

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 for core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services. There is a rolling deadline for applications.

Sport England

Active Together Programme – commitment of £1 million to combat the impact of Covid-19 on sports clubs and community activity groups, in the form of match funding through Crowdfunder.

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.

Comic Relief

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. There is a rolling deadline for applications.

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 and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers.

National Emergencies Trust

LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme – a £350,000 fund to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funding is available to any UK based non-profit groups, organisations or projects that work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans and (LGBT+) people. The funding is being made available through the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme and is financially supported by the National Emergencies Trust. There are no deadlines for this fund.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021. There is a rolling deadline for applications.

Sports 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, is made up of three parts.

A £10m small grants which will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment

A £5m Community Asset Fund that will provide grants ranging in value from £10,001 to £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely

Finally a £1.5m Active Together fund which is a crowdfunding initiative, will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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.  There is a rolling deadline for applications. 

Peter Cruddas Foundation

Peter Cruddas Foundation – The Foundation gives priority to programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the 14-30 age range to pursue pathways to education, training and employment. The ultimate aim is to help them become financially independent.

Past grants have been in the range of £2,000 to £20,000.

Arts Council Project Grants

Arts Council Project Grants – The Arts Council is offering grants to respond to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. Small grants of under £15,000 are available, as well as large grants over £15,000.

Emsee 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.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Arts Council England

Culture Recovery FundThe UK government has announced an additional £400 million will be awarded to arts, culture and heritage organisations across England in the form of grants and loans from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Funding, which was held back in previous rounds, will be available for cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of collapse.

£300 million in grants and £100 million in loans will be offered to support organisations’ transition back to their usual means of operating from April 2021.

The fund will be administered by the Arts Council England. Further details will be released in due course.

Funding project that support disadvantaged young people (UK)

Funding for projects that support disadvantaged Young People (UK)Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and special schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through

  • illness
  • distress
  • abuse or neglect
  • any kind of disability
  • behavioural or psychological difficulties and/or
  • living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Special schools can also apply for funding, but the project must be in addition to their statutory duties. The funding is being made available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme.

Prior to applying organisations and schools will need to register with BBC Children in Need.

The next deadline is 4 May 2021.

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.

Tackle loneliness

Government announces £7.5 Million to tackle loneliness – The UK Government has announced £7 million of funding to tackle loneliness this winter and will be aimed at those most at risk of loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding will be targeted at sectors that are well-known for having the power to bring people and communities together such as the arts, libraries, charities and radio.

It will also support cultural organisations, charities and local community groups who are delivering much-needed work to ensure no one feels isolated in their local community.

The funding will be distributed via a number of existing schemes such as Arts Council England; the Government’s Loneliness Fund; the Audio Content Fund and the Community Radio Fund.

Volant Trust

Covid-19 Response FundThe Volant Trust has announced that its Covid-19 Response Fund has opened for applications.

The Trust is accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Funding is available to support running and core costs as well as for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.

There are no funding levels indicated at the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees. The closing date for applications is the 31 July 2021.

Resilience and recovery loan fund

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund Social Investment Business has announced that their Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will close to new applications at 11.59pm on the 31 March 2021.

The £25 million fund provides emergency loans of between £100,000 to £1,500,000 with no fees or interest for the first twelve months to social enterprises and charities which are facing financial difficulty and disruption to their trading due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund is intended to provide working capital until normal business can resume for organisations that are improving people’s lives across the UK.

Loans, which are backed by the government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, could be used to cover delays in trade payments, or for business modification to meet increase in service demand.

Applicants will be considered on a first come first served basis. 

Windrush Community Fund

Voice4Change England (V4CE) are pleased to announce the Windrush Community Fund.

This fund is open to community and grassroots groups and organisations to bid for financial assistance from a £500,000 fund.

This will help ensure that community groups can give support to those of the Windrush generation who may have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status or 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. This will ensure all people affected by Windrush are aware of the support available and are not missing out on the schemes or latest information.

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. This is 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 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
  • projects set up by those who are socially excluded.

They favour small projects but not always. They try to break the vicious circle where you have to be established to get funding from major charities but you have to get funding to get established.

Applications can be submitted at any time. 

Apply by emailing the Wakeham Trust Team.

Grimple Green Grants

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 Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

The Return to Play: Community Asset FundSports clubs, local authorities, schools and community organisations can apply for grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help clubs and community groups through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to return to play.

The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund provides capital funding, to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely.

The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play.

Priority will be given to projects located in areas of high deprivation and to organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Wooden Sport Charity

Projects must fall within the 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.

Applications any time on their website.

Return to play

Sport England – Return to Play: Small Grants FundSport and activity groups, clubs and organisations in England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to respond to the challenges of the new lockdown measures and to return to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

The funding which is being made available through the Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants Fund and can cover costs such as minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and training courses for clubs in areas of high deprivation. The fund will now also support ongoing running costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time until the 30 June 2021.

Funding for innovative mental health initiatives

Funding for innovative mental health initiatives – Seed funding grants of up to £2,500 are available for UK based charities and other not-for-profit groups and organisations to trial new and innovative ways to support people in the UK who are suffering with poor mental health.

The deadline is ongoing.

Hilden Charitable Fund

Hilden Charitable Fund – Grants of up to £5,000 for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).

The deadline is 16 April.

The Percy Bilton Charity

The Percy Bilton Charity - UK – 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 grant is ongoing.

Sport England

Sport England  £10.1 million of funding is being made available to enable schools in England to open their sports and swimming facilities outside of the school day to encourage pupils to be more physically active once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

The funding, which will be distributed through Sport England and Active Partnerships, who will distribute the funding in areas and schools who need it most, especially those with high inactivity among children.

This new funding will help Active Partnerships support their local schools to open their facilities in a Covid-secure manner and could include helping them to buy new equipment for sports and activities, as well as arranging additional cleaning and clear signage to help maintain social distancing.

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.

Applications can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust – Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK registered charities to support people who are homeless. Priority to applications that help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, a group which has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funding is being made through the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and is available to UK registered charities with a minimum income and expenditure of £1,000,000.

The next funding round will run from the first to the 30 April 2021.

ASDA Foundation

Asda Foundation - Covid-19 Grants - 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.

Sport England - Return to Play

Sport England - Return to Play: Small Grants Fund – Sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations in England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to respond to the challenges of the new lockdown measures and to return to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

The funding, which is being made available through the Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants Fund, can cover costs such as minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and training courses for clubs in areas of high deprivation.

The Fund will now also support ongoing running costs. Applications can be submitted at any time until Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Comic Relief

Comic Relief – We are inviting proposals from organisations in England led ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised women and providing frontline services responding to violence against women and girls.

To be eligible for this fund, your organisation must demonstrate alignment with all four elements:

  • Mission: You promote the rights of Black and minoritised women and girls as your primary mission.
  • Approach: Your approach reflects an understanding of the ways in which sexism and racism (and possibly also class discrimination, heterosexism, ableism) interact to minoritise women and girls. Your activities are likely to call on shared theoretical frameworks, such as Black Feminism.
  • Leadership: Your organisation is led and managed by Black and minoritised women: they must represent at least 75 per cent of the senior management team and trustees. You recognise the value of lived experience of VAWG in the staff team and it is included across the organisation. 
  • Change: You are committed to structural change to achieve social justice.  Your work to affect structural change will be visible both within your own organisation and your external influencing.

We expect to make up to approximately 15 investments of £30,000 to £250,000 in frontline service provision.

Funding can be used to cover specific project activities and core costs that can be evidenced as directly related to the proposed project.

Lloyd 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.

Thomas Wall Trust grants

Thomas Wall Trust Grants – The Thomas Wall Trust’s Grants for Registered Charities scheme awards funding of up to £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects. 

The deadline is Friday 30 April 2021 (Expression of Interest)

Help the Homeless

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

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

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

A copy of the latest available audited accounts is also required. For grant applications each year deadlines are: 15 March / 15 June / 15 September / 15 December.

Hedley Foundation 

Hedley FoundationThe 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 Formis available to download from the website.

Completed forms with any supporting documentation should be posted to the address below. The Trustees meet four times per year to review grant applications which should be received at least 28 days before the review meeting. 

Youth Endowment Fund

Youth Endowment Fund – The Youth Endowment Fund exists to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence.

We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice.

Opens in April, with grant round workshops taking place march and April 2021.

Baring Foundation

Baring Foundation - Arts and Mental Health Programme – Grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 are available to arts organisations in the UK for projects that promote the role of creativity in the lives of people with mental health problems from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

The deadline is 21 April 2021.

Ragdoll Foundation

Ragdoll Foundation – Grants of up to £20,0000 are available to support arts, cultural and youth-focused organisations working with children and young people in the UK through the arts, artists and creative media.

The deadline is 7 May 2021.

Feminist Review Trust

Feminist Review TrustGrant applications of up to £15,000 are available for projects supporting women from the Feminist Review Trust.

They're particularly welcome from organisations campaigning for lesbian and transgender rights, disabled women and girls, and refugee women and girls. The deadline is 30 April 2021.

Hidden Charitable Fund

Hilden Charitable Fund for Community-Based ProjectsCharities working locally can apply for grants of around £5,000 for projects finding difficulty raising funding from other sources.

The Fund's focus is on adult homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers, refugees, and community-based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16-25. The deadline is 16 April 2021

The Foyle Foundation: Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation: Small Grants SchemeThe Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grassroots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis.

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.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services.

Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Little Lives UK

Children's Community Support ProgrammeIn 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 is the first of each month.

Made by Sport

#ClubsInCrisis Fund In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Made by Sport, in partnership with the Cash4Clubs scheme, has launched a new Covid-response fund to enable grassroots community sports clubs across the UK to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people affected by the pandemic.

The #ClubsInCrisis Fund will provide grants of up to £2,021 to local sports clubs and third sector organisations using sport to help young people develop life skills, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, improve employability skills, or tackle mental health issues.

Match funding is encouraged. Funding will be made available through the UK Community Foundations from the 12 April 2021, in line with the opening up of grassroots sport in the UK.

Sport England

Community Leisure Recovery Fund Sport England has launched a new £5 million fund to help with the reopening and recovery of community-run leisure centres when lockdown ends.

Grants of up to £50,000 will be available through the Community Leisure Recovery Fund to support leisure centres who provide a general leisure offer such as swimming, sports hall, fitness, and health and wellbeing facilities.

Funding will support the difference between income and expenditure during April to September 2021 and will include a bespoke support package.

Priority will be given to organisations supporting disadvantage and minoritized groups including people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions, and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Applications can be submitted between 6 April and 29 April 2021.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust - Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK registered charities to support people who are homeless. Priority to applications that help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, a group which has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is being made through the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and is available to UK registered charities with an income and expenditure of £1,000,000 and over. The closing date for applications is 30th April 2021.

Sport England Return to Play

The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund - Sports clubs, charities and not for organisations can apply for grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help clubs and community groups through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to return to play.

The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund provides capital funding, to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely.

The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play.

Priority will be given to projects located in areas of high deprivation and to organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus.

Applications will be paused for applications on the 30 April 2021.

Armed Force Covenant Fund

Sustaining Support to Armed Forces Communities Programme - In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a new £6 million programme to provide short-term support for existing charitable projects supporting Armed Forces communities in the UK.

The Sustaining Support to Armed Forces Communities programme will award grants of up to £100,000 to Armed Forces charities and charities with an existing track record of supporting Armed Forces communities.

Two funding tracks are available: the first will provide project funding to support the costs of existing activities that are well used by the Forces community; the second track is for Armed Forces charities only and will support core costs.

The programme will also fund up to two full-time equivalent staff to support service delivery.

The deadline for applications is midday on the 4 June 2021.

Local Giving

Magic Little Grants - Two thousand grants of £500 are available to small charities and community groups.

Funding can be used for projects in 8 areas:

  • improving mental wellbeing
  • enabling community participation in the arts
  • preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • enabling participation in physical activity
  • responding to the climate emergency
  • increasing community access to outdoor spaces.

Applications are short, simple and can be made at any time until the deadline of 31 October 2021.

They will be reviewed as and when they are received.

Tesco Bags of Help

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

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

It can be used to purchase

  • sports kit
  • litter pickers
  • camping equipment
  • improvements to buildings - the development of outdoor spaces such as a play areas or woodland; running community event or supporting seasonal activities.

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