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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 Council Small Grants Fund

Theme 8: Covid-19 Test and Trace Outreach and Engagement – Tower Hamlets Council is seeking to support projects that take a culturally sensitive and responsive approach to enable communities to proactively engage with NHS Test and Trace.

We want to encourage local actions that support sharing key messages around Test and Trace to a number of priority communities. The priority communities are:

  • Young people
  • Carers
  • Homeless people
  • New migrants
  • Students
  • People experiencing domestic violence
  • People experiencing digital exclusion and/or digital poverty

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to un-constituted groups of residents and grants of up to £3,000 are available to constituted not-for-profit organisations. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and you will be notified of the outcome of your application within four weeks of submission.

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.

The Span trust

The Span Trust– Grants are available to London-based charities for projects that alleviate poverty, disability, age or ill health.

They must promote urban regeneration through the improvement of the built environment. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available.

The closing date for applications is 29 January 2021.

Trust for London

Trust for LondonTrust for London is offering small charities grants to help fight poverty and inequality in the capital.

There are seven funding programmes:

  • good homes and neighbourhoods
  • better work
  • decent living standards
  • shared wealth
  • pathways to settlement
  • stronger voices
  • connected communities.

Applications close 2 February 2021.

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.

Civil Society Roots Incubator

Civil Society Roots Incubator – The Civil Society Roots Incubator programme will offer a capacity building incubator alongside micro awards of up to £5,000.

Also have growth awards of up to £15,000 for collaborations and/or partnerships of two or more organisations that meet one of the following objectives of the Building Stronger Communities Mission, which are:

  • Raising unheard Londoners voices to ensure they can participate more fully in all aspects of community life, lead London’s renewal and bring about change
  • Increasing feelings of belonging and/or address social isolation and loneliness
  • Increasing access to support, services and mutual aid.

The deadline for applications is 26 January 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 Local Connection Fund

National Lottery Local Connections FundThe Local Connections Fund is a new £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.

This will be used to fund 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.

The Local Connections Fund will be split into two equal rounds of funding. DCMS will provide the first £2 million round of funding - which will be distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

This first round will close on 26 January 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.

UK Aid Direct

Small Charities Challenge Fund – grants of up to £50,000 available to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations working with the most vulnerable people in countries that are ranked in the bottom 50 of the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or if it is considered of high or moderate fragility by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Up to two years funding is on offer for organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less.

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, DFID will be prioritising applications that can demonstrate that they are responding to longer term impacts of Covid-19. The fund remains open for applications addressing a wide range of Global Goals in a variety of contexts.

However, DFID will expect all applicants to be able to explain how their project will address anticipated longer-term impacts of the virus and outline how the risks of Covid-19 to project delivery could be mitigated as part of their application. The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) will remain open and all applications will be reviewed on a 6-monthly basis. The closing date for the next review of proposals is 5pm on the 25 March 2021.

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.

Social Investment Business

Resilience and Recovery Loan FundThe Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a £25 million fund for social enterprises and charities 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.

This fund is only for social sector organisations: charities and social enterprises.

The deadline for applications has been extended to the 31 January 2021.

Power to Change

Community Business CrowdmatchPower 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 which help local people experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the crisis, by match-funding each £1 raised, to a maximum of £10,000.

Power to Change are keen to support new and existing projects in deprived areas, and to 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.

Applications can be made at any time until all the funding has been awarded.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – JRCT is keen to support work that responds to the dual harms of the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic racism.

They wish to encourage work that scrutinises the responses and policies of powerful institutions and actors. Building support for transformative social change based on justice, peace and sustainability.

The average grant is £50,000. The closing date for applications is 22 March 2021.

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 for projects that address severe learning disabilities (UK)

Funding for projects that address severe learning disabilities (UK) Schools, voluntary organisations and charities can apply for grants to help both children and adults suffering from severe learning difficulties.

The funding is being made available through the Baily Thomas General grants programme. It can be used to

  • purchase equipment
  • support capital works
  • cover project and core costs such as
    • staff costs
    • general running
    • office costs.

Previous grants have been used to support capital works for

  • residential, nursing and respite care
  • schools
  • employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
  • play schemes and play therapy schemes
  • day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
  • support for families including respite schemes
  • independent living schemes
  • support in the community schemes
  • Snoezelen rooms.

The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1 March 2021. Applications for £10,000 and below can be submitted at any time.

Grants for Tree Planting (UK)

Grants for Tree Planting (UK) - Schools and Community groups in the UK can apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people involved in tree and hedge planting and care this winter.

The funding is being made available through the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund. Applications will be considered as they are received and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within four weeks.

There is no deadline for applications but applicants must ensure that they can plan and execute their project, and claim the funding upon completion, by the end of March 2021.

Funding to encourage young people to study science subjects (UK)

Funding to encourage young people to study science subjects (UK) - Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support initiatives that encourage young people to study science subjects at school and go on to pursue STEM-related further education or vocational training, particularly in the area of Materials Science.

The funding is being made available through the Ironmongers’ Foundation with priority given to projects engaging young people between the ages of 12 and 18 from disadvantaged backgrounds with a preference for urban areas outside London and particularly areas in the north and midlands with a manufacturing presence.

Grants are made to registered or exempt charities only. Applications will not be accepted from schools. Projects involving corporate partners must have charitable purposes and be for public benefit, not private gain.

The deadline is 1 April 2021.

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.

DISRUPT 2021

DISRUPT 2021 – Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to communities, community organisations, researchers, creatives, artists, charities and arts organisations in the UK to premiere or showcase their work at DISRUPT 2021.

DISRUPT 2021 is a digital festival that aims to explore how the performing arts have supported communities during the pandemic and how a year of uncertainty and change has encouraged new and radical ways of working.

This could be new and experimental performance-based projects created with, by and for communities during the pandemic. With tools and tactics to build skills on new or different ways of working in the performing arts, including practical steps on how communities, artists and organisations can collaborate; and / or projects that explore alternative and more democratic futures for the performing arts.

Applications must be co-written by a community partner and a creative partner.

The closing date for applications is noon on the 30 January 2021.

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.

Tech for Good Digital Development Fund

Tech for Good Digital Development Fund – Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for grants of up to £70,000 to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services during the Covid-19 crisis.

Over £1 million will be available to individual not for profit organisations or those working in partnership to define, test and develop user-centred digital solutions to create more impact for the people they work with.

Applications that aim to adapt or re-purpose existing technology are also eligible for funding.

The programme aims to fund a portfolio of digital projects at different stages of development and will support a range of digital interventions.

The funding is being made available through the Tech for Good digital development fund 'Build' programme which is being supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief.

The closing date for applications is the 12 February 2021.

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 A B Charitable Trust

Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights – UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants of up to £20,000.

Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Deadline: 31st January 2021.

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.

Community Business Renewal Fund

Community Business Renewal FundCommunity businesses in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis can soon apply for grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 to adapt and evolve to the changing circumstances, and to remain financially viable. There are no restrictions on the grants; and they can be used to cover core staffing costs, contribute to meeting capital costs of adapting community businesses and ensuring that they can continue to provide the vital support to local people. Funding is being made available through the new Power to Change Community Business Renewal Fund and priority will be given to applications from areas of England facing high levels of deprivation, organisations supporting and led by disabled people and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses. There is a very short applications windows (3 hours) as high demand is anticipated.

The fund will open for applications from 10am on the 12th January 2021 until 4pm on the 19th January 2021.

Culture Recovery Fund

Culture Recovery FundArts Council England has announced that the 2nd round of the Culture Recovery Fund is now open for applications. The fund aims to support cultural organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model during April-June 2021. The fund is open to both not for profit and for profit organisations and will provide grants of between £25,000 and £3 million. To be eligible, applicants need to be based in England or can demonstrate that the majority of their work takes place in England.

The closing date for applications is midday on the 26th January 2021.

Woodward Charitable Trust

Woodward Charitable Trust  - The Woodward Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust. The Trust primarily funds charitable organisations in the UK. Woodward favours charities which make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate. 

Deadline: 28/01/2021

Golsoncott Foundation

Golsoncott Foundation – The Golsoncott Foundation aims to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and in particular the fine arts and music. This includes providing access to the arts for young people and developing new audiences. 

Deadline: 31/01/2021

Standard Life Foundation

Standard Life Foundation – Standard Life Foundation is an independent charitable foundation. Their mission is to contribute towards strategic change which improves financial well-being in the UK. They want everyone to have a decent standard of living and have more control over their finances. 

Deadline: 04/02/2021

Food Britain Trust

Ford Britain Trust (England and Wales) – The Ford Britain Trust has announced that its large grants programme is now open for applications. Grants of up to £3,000 are available to charities, Schools/PTA’s and other non-profit organisations for work that focuses on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities.

Priority will be given to projects in locations where Ford Motor Company Limited / FCE Bank plc operate.

The closing date for applications is the 31st January 2021.

The Trust also operates a small grants programme for amounts up to £250.

Deadline for small grants programme is the 28th February 2021

Women Make Music Grants Programme (UK)

Women Make Music Grants Programme (UK) – Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support the development of outstanding women, trans and non-binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career.

The funding is available to support touring, recording, promotion and marketing, community projects involving high-quality music creators, music creator residencies and live performances featuring new UK music. The funding is being made available through the PRS for Music Foundation’s Woman make Music Grants Programme.

Deadline: 12th February 2021

Funding for Not for Profit Organisations to Develop Digital Services (UK)

Funding for Not for Profit Organisations to Develop Digital Services (UK) – Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for grants of up to £70,000 to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services during the Covid-19 crisis. Over £1 million will be available to individual not for profit organisations or those working in partnership to define, test and develop user-centred digital solutions to create more impact for the people they work with.

Applications that aim to adapt or re-purpose existing technology are also eligible for funding. The programme aims to fund a portfolio of digital projects at different stages of development and will support a range of digital interventions. The funding is being made available through the Tech for Good digital development fund 'Build' programme which is being supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief.

Deadline: 12th February 2021

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.