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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

Covid Community Fund

Covid Community Fund – Tower 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, 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.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Spacehive

Spacehive is a crowdfunding platform that combines funding from across society to get grassroots projects funded fast.

It is waiving its 5 per cent fee for all projects created during lockdown and relaxing its criteria in order that organisations that it supports can raise money purely for running costs, as well as tangible projects.

Spacehive is working with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the Our Tower Hamlets Funding Programme which is open again for Autumn 2021 projects.

The deadline for the next funding round is the 15 September 2021.

Regional

Grow Back Greener Fund 2021Applications for the Grow Back Greener Fund 2021 are now open. This year's grants programme is co-funded by the Mayor of London and Thames Water. Covid-19 has demonstrated just how important our city's green spaces are for Londoners' quality of life.

We're looking for community projects across the capital that will improve access to green space and help us adapt to climate change.

A total of £1.2m is available in this funding round, across two themes:

  • access to green space
  • climate adaptation and water.

Applications are open until 5pm on Monday 13 September.

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 we site.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – this page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible and how to apply.

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.

The deadline for applications 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

Culture Recovery Fund

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – Culture Recovery FundIn response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched the third and final round of the Culture Recovery Fund to help the cultural, heritage and creative sectors move towards reopening at full capacity.

Approximately £220 million in funding will be available via two funding streams: the Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support programme will help organisations that have already received funding from the Culture Recovery Fund and Emergency Resource Support programme will provide support to organisations which haven’t received funding and are at imminent risk of failure.

Funding will be distributed by Arm’s Length Bodies, including the Arts Council England. Guidance for each funding stream will be published shortly.

The deadline for applications is ongoing

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.

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 

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.

The deadline for applications is ongoing

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.

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.

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:

  • a £15m Return to Play: Small Grant Fund  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 £2.5m Return to Play: 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. 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.

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 immediate challenges of returning 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 end of 2021.

Arts Council England

Community Fund Arts Council Project Grants – offering grants to respond to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. Both small grants (under £15,000) and large grants (over £15,000) are available.

The deadline is Tuesday 31 August 2021.

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.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

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.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

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 day 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

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.

Association of Mental Health Providers

Small grants fund – this fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support the sustainability of mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise provider organisations, with a turnover of £0-250k. We are looking at funding costs that can positively impact the sustainability of an organisation – specifically those that are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19; with a focus on organisations that are led by and/or are supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities.

The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 13 August 2021.

Barclays

Barclays 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief ProgrammeUK charities can apply for one of 50 grants of £100,000 each to support vulnerable people and communities impacted by Covid-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. The funding is being made available through the Barclays 100x100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Programme.

o be eligible for the grants UK charities will need to have an income of at least £1 million per year. The funding can be used to:

  • help for people experiencing physical and mental health issues
  • assist for people facing financial hardshi
  • support for ethnically diverse communities disproportionately impacted by the crisis
  • enhance digital accessibility.

The closing date for applications is 6pm on the 6 August 2021.

Visit Britain

Domestic Support FundA new fund supporting the recovery of the UK business events industry from the Covid-19 pandemic will provide financial support to not-for-profit organisations hosting domestic events up to the 17 December 2021.

Visit Britain’s Domestic Support Fund provides funding to not-for-profit organisations, including associations and charities, holding meetings or conferences of between one hundred and five hundred people to a maximum value of £15,000.

Support is based on the number of delegates attending a live event, or the live component of a hybrid event.

Approved applications will receive financial support after the event has taken place, and after the submission of evidence to support the total number of attendees.

There is no deadline for applications.

PH Holt Foundation

Resilience FundThe PH Holt Foundation has opened a new £250,000 Resilience Fund which aims to address the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic upon charities already supporting vulnerable or disadvantaged communities in Merseyside.

This is a one-off grant fund available to eligible organisations with a track record of delivering successful and effective programmes, and who can demonstrate how the funding will make a difference

New and previous applicants can apply for grants starting at £5,000 up to around £10,000.

Grant requests above £10,000 and up to a maximum of £20,000 are only considered in exceptional cases Charities should already be working with people in one of the following priority areas: Children and young people; Mental health support; Victims of domestic abuse.

The deadline for applications is 6 October.

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.

The deadline for applications is ongoing

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Force for Change Programme – Grants of up to £10,000 are available for community projects supporting Armed Forces communities.

In particular, funding is available to support Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area, and to support needs that have arisen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation must be an established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities; an Armed Forces unit or base; a local authority; or a school.

The funding is being made available through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Force for Change programme.

The deadline for applications is the 2 August 2021.

Theatres Trust

Small Grants ProgrammeThe Theatres Trust has launched a £100,000 small grants programme for not-for-profit theatres across the UK to carry out essential works, particularly improvements to buildings that protect theatre use and remove barriers to participation and attendance.

The Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, will provide grants of up to £5,000 to support small projects that make a big impact to a theatre's resilience, sustainability, or accessibility.

Eligible projects include small capital works, the installation of key plant and machinery and works that make theatre buildings digital-ready. Applications are also welcome for projects that help theatres reopen as Covid-secure.

The deadline for applications in this round is 5pm on the 8 November 2021.

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 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.

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.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Community Ownership Fund – The £150m prospectus is now available for voluntary and community groups. Organisations can bid for match funding to acquire important assets and run them for the benefit of the local community.

Part of the government's 'levelling up' strategy, our members Locality and NPC have raised concerns that the design of the fund means that charities in the poorest parts of the country risked losing out on grants, and urged the government to rethink its approach in future rounds. 

The deadline for applications is the 13 August 2021.

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.

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 eight areas:

  1. improving mental wellbeing
  2. enabling community participation in the arts
  3. preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  4. supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  5. improving biodiversity and green spaces
  6. enabling participation in physical activity
  7. responding to the climate emergency
  8. increasing community access to outdoor spaces.

Applications can be made at any time until the deadline of 31 October 2021. They will be reviewed as and when they are received.

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 Chapman Charitable Trust

The Chapman Charitable Trust

Grants are usually for £1,000 or £2,000, although larger grants will be awarded at the discretion of the Trustees in exceptional circumstances.

Preference will be given to charities which address the root causes of problems and applications for research projects are welcomed.

Funding is available for projects that promote physical and mental wellbeing, help to conserve the natural environment, or increase the accessibility of the arts for young people.

The next deadline for applications is midnight on 31 August 2021.

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Development Grants – Triangle Trust's Development Grant scheme enables organisations supporting young carers or the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders to undertake a progressive development to improve future resilience.

This might be a short piece of work requiring investment over a few months or a more significant programme of work requiring dedicated support for up to three years.

Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of six months to three years.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Clothworkers' Foundation

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Wakeham Trust

The Wakeham Trust

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

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

Apply at TheWakehamTrust@icloud.com.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Wooden Spoon Charity 

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Percy Bilton Charity

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Alpkit Foundation

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Lloyds Bank Foundation 

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

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Lloyds Bank

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Help The Homeless

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

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

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

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

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

The Hedley Foundation

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

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

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

Please check website for the latest meeting dates for Foundation’s trustees to review grant applications. The next meeting date is 27 October 2021.

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

Bringing Communities Back Together FundThe Asda Foundation has launched a new grant to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness, and support groups as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease across the UK during July, August and September.

Through the Bringing Communities Back Together fund, grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available to either get activities back on track such as

  • gardening clubs
  • lunch clubs and recreational activities
  • hold a get-together event such as a welcome back party or community celebration or a combination of the two.

The types of groups that can apply include PTAs, local community groups, charity, Community Interest Group, sports group, not-for-profit, elderly clubs, lunch clubs, arts and crafts groups, other hobbyist clubs, council-run groups, and parish councils.

Applications forms are available from Asda stores.

Registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, CICs, and unincorporated clubs or associations have until the 16 August 2021 to submit their applications instore to an Asda Community Champion.

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.

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, with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

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.

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva Community Fund – For groups which fall within one of three key funding areas: building back from the pandemic, climate champions and financial empowerment.

Organisations should be raising funds to help develop a new approach, product, or technology, implement pilot schemes, expand, or adapt services. All beneficiaries must be based in the UK. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000.

The deadline for applications is 5 October.

The Santander Foundation

Financial and Digital Empowerment Fund – This fund is focused on helping people in the UK to become digitally and financially empowered. They will be awarding £1.8 million over three years to 12 UK charities or Community Interest Companies. To apply for a Santander Foundation Financial and Digital Empowerment Fund, your organisation must be based and working in the UK on initiatives that support financial and digital empowerment and be a UK registered charity or Community Interest Company.

The deadline for applications is 13 August.

People's Health Trust

Active Communities Fund – Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age.

Projects need to:

  • Be designed and led by local people
  • Create stronger connections between people by supporting them to meet up regularly (weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for at least one year)
  • Be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country 

The fund is open between 11 August and 8 September 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.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

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

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

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Tesco

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

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

It can be used to purchase sports kit, litter pickers, camping equipment; improvements to buildings; the development of outdoor spaces such as a play areas or woodland; running community events, or supporting seasonal activities. A public vote determines which groups will receive a grant. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £1,000.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Marsh Christian Trust 

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Green Giving

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

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Development Grants – Triangle Trust's Development Grant scheme enables organisations supporting young carers or the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders to undertake a progressive development to improve future resilience.

This might be a short piece of work requiring investment over a few months or a more significant programme of work requiring dedicated support for up to three years.

Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of six months to three years.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Hilden Charitable Fund

Hilden Charitable Fund

The main interests of the Trustees of the Hilden Charitable Fund are asylum seekers and refugees, community-based initiatives for young people aged 16-25, homelessness, penal affairs, and overseas countries.

Grants are rarely given to well-funded national charities. Fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at a community level.

The next closing date is August 31 2021.

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.