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Community grants and resources

Funding for voluntary and community organisations

The council recognises the incredible contribution made by local Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (VCS) in responding to help people during the coronavirus pandemic.

We know that demand on local VCS organisations is high, leading to pressure on both finances and staff resource.

The council is helping VCS organisations with free access to volunteers through our volunteering hub with Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets.

Financial support is also available through local, regional, and national grant schemes, which can help organisations in Tower Hamlets with unexpected costs, loss of income or new projects.

This page outlines some of the funding and grant opportunities available for VCS organisations in Tower Hamlets.

Please contact Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service (THCVS) for any advice and support.

THCVS is offering its member organisations free half hour funding searches to help them to identify suitable funders to apply to for grant funding.

Groups providing services and support to Tower Hamlets residents can book a half hour slot with a THCVS staff member on Tuesday’s between 10.30am and 12pm, or on Thursdays between 2pm and 3.30pm by emailing info@thcvs.org.uk.


Mayor's Covid Recovery Fund

Loneliness and Disability – The council will shortly be conducting to support coproduction work with disabled people to address loneliness and isolation exacerbated through the Covid-19 pandemic.

They are seeking expressions of interest (EoI) to be included in the procurement and the EoIs received will be short-listed to a maximum of six organisations that will be invited to submit a full application.

The aim of the project is to enable a short, coproduced programme of engagement and activities that offer the opportunity to test out and validate new and creative approaches to working with disabled people and others to improve connections that reduce the impacts of loneliness.

Funding of £100,000 is available through the Mayor's Covid Recovery Fund to support this over a twelve month period. 

Deadline for submission of expression of interest is 5pm, 30 November 2021. Email keith.williams@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

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.

Isle of Dogs Grants Chest & Millwall Park Endowment Fund

EECF has two funding streams available, the Isle of Dogs Grants Chest and the Millwall Park Endowment Fund. Both funds will award grants to support positive community activities across their geographic areas of benefit.

Through our grant making, we aim to fund high quality projects or services that will make a positive and long-lasting difference to local residents. Grants of up to £10,000 are available either through the Isle of Dogs Grants Chest or Millwall Park Endowment Fund to support community needs.

The deadline for applications is ongoing


Little Lives UK

Children's Community Support Programme - in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Little Lives UK are making grants of up to £1,500 available to support London based organisations working with underprivileged children who are in need of support during the crisis.

Charitable children’s groups and organisations, such as play groups or sports classes, can apply for funding from the Children's Community Support Programme to provide a range of initiatives which allow children to access free services and support.

Funding could also be used for the purchase of equipment such as sports equipment or to help groups remain sustainable during the crisis. Little Lives UK will also promote successful applicants on their social media and website. Applications from start-up projects are also encouraged.

The deadline for applications is the first of each month.


National Lottery Community Fund

Social Enterprise Support Fund - The National Lottery Community Fund has re-opened its Social Enterprise Support Fund to support social enterprises across England impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund, delivered in partnership with five social enterprise support agencies, will award grants of between £10,000 and £100,000.

This will help organisations rebuild and grow their income from trading, and help them to continue to support people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of the crisis.

The fund particularly welcomes applications from groups led by people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled people, LGBTQIA+ communities, and leaders with lived experience.

The fund will be open to applications until 21 December 2021.

Central government

The government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption. Find out more on the Business Support government website.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund Public sector organisations, charities, voluntary groups, and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for a share of £40 million in funding to protect nationally important heritage which is at risk due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) - Covid-19 Response Fund will allocate £20 million in funding to safeguard nationally important heritage assets within England such as works of fine and decorative art, museum collections, archives, and historic buildings.

This funding has been made available by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport through the Cultural Assets Fund to distribute alongside the NHMF’s own commitment of £20 million to applicants across the UK.

Funding is available until the end of April 2023 and applications can be made at any time.

National Lottery 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 Emerncies Trust (NET) UK

Local Action Fund – £1.2 million of match funding launched by NET, on the Crowdfunder platform, to support community and voluntary organisations affected by the pandemic. NET will match donations, pound for pound, up to a total of £10,000 per charity.

Eligible charities and groups will be able to use the funding in any way that enables their efforts, from covering core costs to launching new local services 

Deadline is 22 October 2021

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

Grants of between £10,000 and £250,000 - In response to the CovidOVID-19 pandemic funding will be prioritised for heritage projects that:

  • promote inclusion and involve a wider range of people (a mandatory outcome)
  • boost the local economy 
  • encourage skills development and job creation 
  • support wellbeing 
  • create better places to live, work and visit   
  • improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

National Lottery Award for All

National Lottery Awards for All – Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools, and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community. The aim of the grants programme is to support communities to thrive by funding projects that:

  • build strong relationships in and across communities.
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Association of Mental Health Providers

Helplines Fund

Association of Mental Health Providers has announced the launch of its third round of grants: a Helplines Fund with Bupa Foundation. The fund will open to applications on Monday 15 November.

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 helpline provider organisations. They must have been operational/registered for two years with a turnover of less than £250,000.

Helplines have always been an important part of mental health service provision by the VCSE sector. They are looking at funding costs that can positively impact the sustainability of a helpline organisation.

Specifically those that are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19.

There should be a focus on organisations that are led by and/or are supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities.

The fund will also be considering applications from organisations supporting other disadvantaged groups such as the homeless community, those in contact with the criminal justice system, children and young people, women and girls, victims of domestic violence etc.

Organisations can sign up to a FAQ webinar on Wednesday 17 November at 1pm. This is an opportunity to meet members of the programme team and ask any questions that are not covered by the FAQs.

The deadline is TBC but decisions will be communicated to all applications by late January 2022.

Arnold Clark

Community Fund – Charities, community and voluntary groups, Community Interest Companies, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, and social enterprises across the UK that have been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for funding of up to £1,000 to support local communities during the winter months.

The Arnold Clark Community Fund will accept applications from organisations working to support food banks, toy banks, poverty relief, and housing and accommodation.

Only one application will be accepted per organisation and applicants will be randomly selected at the end of each month to receive funding.

Applications that are unsuccessful one month will be kept in the draw for the following month.

The final deadline for applications is the 31 December 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.

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. Awards are to help with essential changes to services or facilities and for new projects responding to the need to offer alternatives as a result of the pandemic. Applications are particularly encouraged from organisations working with communities who have suffered worse health outcomes and the most significantly reduced activity levels as a result of the pandemic. Sports England’s insights currently show this to be girls and women, young people aged 16-24 and older people aged 70+.  Programme will remain open until the end of 2021
  • an additional £5million has been made available to continue the Return to Play: Active Together fund which is a crowdfunding initiative that will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis. Sports England is matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis. Programme is open to sports clubs and also to charity, community, voluntary or social enterprise organisations that deliver sports or physical activity in the community, but are not solely or primarily sports organisations.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Sport England

Together Fund – Sport England are making a further £20 million in funding available to help tackle inequalities in physical activity levels as the country continues its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Together Fund will help community organisations to recover and grow and enable them to reach and engage communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic to become active or get more active.

This includes lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities, disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.

Sport England will work with a network of 42 Active Partnerships and more than 30 national partners to award funding locally.

Community organisations wishing to engage in the Together Fund should make contact with their local Active Partnership.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

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.

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.

Volant Trust

Covid-19 Response Fund - The 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 as the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees.

The closing date for applications is the 31 December 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.


Covid-19 Partnership Fund – Voice4Change England has launched a second round of their Covid-19 Partnership Fund to help small BAME-led charities, voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises tackle the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in England.

The fund will provide organisations with grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to deal with emerging issues in the community, as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, the need for self-isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation.

Groups can apply for help with current costs to deliver Covid-19 services, including mental health and wellbeing services and sports activities.

The deadline for applications is 4 December 2021.

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

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.

Westfield East Bank

Creative Futures Fund is a five-year programme that aims to invest £10 million into the local communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

This project will provide new jobs, learning, training and educational programmes through the means of arts, culture, innovation, public realm and creative placemaking.

The programme aims to transform and catalyse the lives and careers of people in East London by putting funding, resources and support straight into local people’s hands.

Year 2 of the Fund has now opened. Year 2 has been designed with evaluation and feedback from Year 1 grantees to ensure that the process is accessible, transparent and allows applicants to make informed decisions, follow a simple applications process and gain additional support when needed.

  • Medium Grant Scheme has a pot of £330,000 and will award 20-24 grants. The deadline for applications is Friday 3 December 2021.

  • Large Grant Scheme has a pot of £390,000 and will award 5-8 grants. The deadline for applications is Friday 3 December 2021.

  • Capital Grant Scheme has a pot of £100,000. Proposals will be accepted from £3,000 upwards from 30 September 2021.

There is no deadline — the scheme will be operating a first approached basis until the fund pool has expired. Funder is encouraging approaches to the Foundation to discuss applications for the Capital Stand.

The Trust for London

Connected Communities Programme – Community organisations are invited to apply for funding to help tackle poverty and inequality in London.

The Trust for London’s Connected Communities Programme will provide funding for initiatives which help disadvantaged and underrepresented people to access their rights and entitlements, and to speak out about issues which directly affect them.

The average grant will be around £80,000 and can be spread over one to three years. Priority will be given to charities led by and for Black and minoritised groups and Deaf and Disabled people.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 February 2022.

City Bridge Trust

Stepping Stones Fund is a grant-making, social investment readiness facility for charitable organisations in London, delivered in partnership with UBS.

It aims to provide grants to pilot new ways of creating improved social outcomes. The maximum grant amount can be up to £50,000.

Deadline for applications is ongoing.

City Bridge Trust

Small Grants for Green Projects is available for up to £10,000 per year, for a maximum of five years, for greening and growing projects which bring communities together and projects which enable disabled people and/or disadvantaged, older people to actively participate in wellbeing opportunities.

Deadline for application is ongoing.

Jack Petchey Foundation

Funding for Internship programmes for youth charities - Providing funding to Youth charities in London & Essex to hire young interns for a year.

Deadline for applications is ongoing

Charity Governance Awards

National and local charities of all sizes can enter the Charity Governance Awards for free. Entrants must have been established before 31 December 2018 and be registered in the UK.

They can also submit a single entry into only one of a number of categories.

The winners of all five categories will each receive a £5,000 prize as an unrestricted grant. Runners-up will receive £1,000.

All shortlisted charities will also receive a paid one-year membership to the Association of Chairs for their board and a complimentary place on a Cause4 Trustee Leadership Programme for a new member of the board.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 26 January 2022.

The Edge Foundation

2021 Innovation Grant Fund – The Edge Innovation Fund (EIF) is now open and looking for projects which are innovative in their thinking and approach and challenging the current education system approach. Grant size between £20,000 and £100,000.

Deadline for applications is the end of 2021 or until the funds to grant are exhausted, whichever is the earliest.

Merchant Taylor Company

Funding for organisations tackling disadvantage and supporting education - two streams within the Company’s Disadvantage strategy, which includes a Small Grants Scheme, are for community-based charities operating exclusively in the London boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

Charities applying for the above grants need to work with people who are in need on account of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or through some other form of disadvantage to be eligible.

 Deadline for applications is ongoing

The 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.

Fishmongers' Company Charitable Trust 

Fishmongers' Company Charitable Trust – The Trust provides grants for projects relating to education in prisons, mental health and food and nutrition.  Applications will be considered for between £15,000 and £50,000, payable for up to three years (up to £150,000 in total spread over three years).

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Portal Trust (previously the Sir John Cass Foundation)

The Portal Trust (previously the Sir John Cass Foundation) – The aim of the Trust is to enable young people, particularly those from disadvantaged or low-income backgrounds, to experience life-enhancing educational opportunities.

There is no minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for. Sometimes projects are funded in their entirety while others require match funding. Areas funded include widening access and participation in further and higher education, truancy, and prisoner education.

Applications can be made at any time and will be considered three times a year (usually in March, June, and October).

The Clothworkers' Foundation

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

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 26 January 2022.

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation 

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation – The aim of this foundation is to help raise the quality of life in the UK, particularly for those who are young, disadvantaged, or elderly. Each year grants totalling about 2.5 million are made to a wide range of charities.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

True Colours Trust

UK Small Grants – The UK Small Grants programme supports local organisations and projects that work to improve the lives of disabled children and young people, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Grants of up to £10,000 are available, although many grants are smaller than this.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Asda Foundation

Healthy Holiday Grant – These grants are designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.

If social distancing hasn’t been relaxed, the Asda Foundation will provide grants for groups to deliver provisions to children at home. The maximum grant available is £500.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Arts & Culture Finance

Arts & Culture Impact Fund - open for applications until summer 2023, offering loans between £150,000 and £1 million for UK based arts, culture and heritage organisations that have a clear social mission.

To find out more please visit our fund pages, read our case studies or submit an enquiry. We'd love to hear from you!

The deadline for applications is summer 2023.

Cultural Impact Development Fund - open for applications until March 2023, offering small-scale repayable finance between £25,000 - £150,000 to socially driven arts and cultural organisations based in England. To find out more please visit our fund pages, read our case studies or submit an enquiry - we'd love to hear from you!

The deadline for applications is summer 2023.

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.

The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust   Supports organisations working in areas of high unemployment/deprivation and who make good use of volunteers. Funding of up to £4,000 is available.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Ideas & Pioneers Fund – Grants of up to £15,000 to support people with a vision of a better society to explore their ideas for change. Applicants can be individuals or groups of up to three people to charities, social enterprises or limited companies of up to five employees.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Funding for charities in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Family Fund

The Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Grants are provided for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

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

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

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.


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.

Youth Endowment Fund (in partnership with Comic Relief)

A supportive home - Helping families to overcome challenges - The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) is interested in funding and evaluating programmes where the evidence of positive impact on children is promising. In this round they are focusing funding on four main areas:

  • parenting programmes 
  • family therapy interventions
  • programmes to reduce parental conflict
  • domestic abuse interventions.

Deadline for applications is 1 December 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.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Green Giving

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

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

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

The deadline for applications is ongoing.

Support Adoption for Pets

Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support pet rescues throughout the short and medium-term impact of the coronavirus.

Organisations can apply for funding of up to £10,000, or up to 30 per cent of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount.

Funding must have a direct impact on animal welfare. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk.

The deadline for applications is ongoing.