Available funding for Voluntary Sector organisations will be listed here. This is specifically nor non-Covid related funding. 

For funding around Covid-19, please see our Coronavirus page: here.


 

 


Ashley Family Foundation

Grants are available for projects in England and Wales that fit with the Foundation's ethos of protecting rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts.

The Foundation provide grants to support community museums, farms, gardens, schools and other charitable organisations in England and Wales with small-scale arts and community projects. They want to use their funding to develop strong communities, social welfare and creative arts, with a particular emphasis on supporting rural communities.

There is no set limit on the amount that can be awarded; however, preference is given to requests that are below £10,000.

Applications can be made at any time and funding awards are made three times per year following the meeting of the Board of Trustees.

https://www.ashleyfamilyfoundation.org.uk/

 


 

BlueSpark Foundation

Grants are available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.

The funding is for relatively small-scale projects, which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark.

The Foundation aims to help children and young people reach their full potential by supporting projects that have the following objectives:

  • Encouraging independence
  • Developing team working skills
  • Enhancing self confidence
  • Promoting creativity and individuality
  • Encouraging aspiration
  • Enhancing educational achievement
  • Widening educational horizons

Schools, community groups, clubs, societies and other not-for-profit organisations based and working in England can apply, as can individuals. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Some grants awarded are under £2,000 and almost all are under £5,000.

http://bluesparkfoundation.org.uk/


 

Boost Charitable Trust

Small grants are available to charities and non-profit making organisations with a focus on helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals in the UK to participate in sport.

The Trust aims to give opportunities to those who wish to fulfil their sporting ambitions, at any level, and provides grants to organisations that support disabled or disadvantaged people to overcome obstacles and take part in sporting activities in the UK.

Charities and non-profit making organisations in the UK that have a focus on sport are eligible to apply.

Small grants of up to £750 are available. This is a rolling programme. Applications may be submitted at any time and there is no formal application form.

Eligible applicants must submit their bid, no more than two sides of A4, detailing:

  • Name of organisation, what the organisation does and list of beneficiaries.
  • Reason for seeking funding, details of the project and approximate funding requirements.

Applications can be submitted by email or by post.

https://www.boostct.org/


City Bridge Trust – Connecting the Capital 

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations that are working for the benefit of London inhabitants and which make London’s communities stronger, more resilient and thriving.

The scheme aims to benefit people living in Greater London by tackling social and financial inequality, leading to stronger, more resilient communities where local people have more access to facilities and more involvement in the way their communities are run.

Grants can be used for capital or revenue costs, but not both.

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the Trust will only be accepting applications for small grants at this time. These are valued at between £1,000 and £10,000 and are only open to organisations with an annual income of less than £100,000.

https://www.citybridgetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/grant-making/what-we-fund/connecting-the-capital/


Chapman Charitable Trust 

Grants are available for charities that support wellbeing, the natural environment and the arts through activities in London.

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 application for research projects are welcomed. Grants for care and counselling are normally awarded to organisations which seek to address underlying problems.

The deadline for applications is the 28th February 2021.

https://www.chapmancharitabletrust.org.uk/


Charles Hayward Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charities for projects in the following categories: Heritage and Conservation; Social and Criminal Justice; and Older People.

The Foundation offers the following:

  • Small grants of up to £7,000.
  • Main grants for Social & Criminal Justice for £10,000 to £25,000 per annum (for one to three years) are considered. Up to £25,000 may be available for a pilot project, if it addresses complex problems in an innovative way and may lead to replication if proven effective. One-off Heritage & Conservations projects will be awarded between £20,000 and £50,000.

UK registered charities or exempt charities may apply to the Main Grants Programme if they have an income exceeding £350,000 or the Small Grants Programme of they have an income of less than £350,000.

The Foundation values projects that develop, expand and replicate a tried and tested approach as well as supporting creative solutions to problems which seem to be entrenched and elude resolution.

http://www.charleshaywardfoundation.org.uk/?doing_wp_cron=1597077651.5898289680480957031250

 


City Bridge Trust – Connecting the Capital 

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations that are working for the benefit of London inhabitants and which make London’s communities stronger, more resilient and thriving.

The scheme aims to benefit people living in Greater London by tackling social and financial inequality, leading to stronger, more resilient communities where local people have more access to facilities and more involvement in the way their communities are run.

Grants can be used for capital or revenue costs, but not both.

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the Trust will only be accepting applications for small grants at this time. These are valued at between £1,000 and £10,000 and are only open to organisations with an annual income of less than £100,000.

https://www.citybridgetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/grant-making/what-we-fund/connecting-the-capital/


Comic Relief Community Fund - Capacity Building Grant

Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to become stronger and more robust and better able to deliver projects that bring about lasting change.

The Fund aims to deliver long-lasting community-driven change by awarding Capacity Building grants to organisations in England whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes: Children Survive and Thrive, Fighting for Gender Justice, A Safe Place to Be and Mental Health Matters.

Capacity Building grants of up to £1,000 are available.

Applications will be considered from grassroots community organisations and charities with an income of less than £250,000. Organisations should be based in and deliver services in a local area and have local people involved in the running of the organisation.

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/


Comic Relief Community Fund – Capacity Building Grant

Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to become stronger and more robust and better able to deliver projects that bring about lasting change. Grants of up to £1,000 are available and applicants should have an annual income of less than £250,000.

This is a rolling fund and there is no deadline to the funding.

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/


 

Community Land Trust Fund – Social Investment Fund 

The Community Land Trust aims to assist the development of community-led affordable housing projects in England and Wales which will help to build sustainable communities.

The fund offers the following:

  • Preplanning stage: loans for up to £150,000, depending of the number of homes and the level of risk. The finance is repayable only if planning is received. A one-off legal fee of £750 is required.
  • Development finance: loans from £200,000 to £400,000 are available for schemes that have planning permission and are ready to build homes. The finance is repayable with interest and there is a £75 legal fee and a 1% commitment fee. 

Applications are invited from community land trusts in England and Wales that are at least 50% housing and that are defined as a corporate body. Applications are accepted at any time.

http://www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk/


Drapers’ Charitable Fund

Grants are available for UK registered charities working to help improve the quality of life for people and their communities in Greater London by targeting the disadvantaged and socially excluded in the fields of social welfare; education and young people; and textiles and heritage.

Grants of up to £15,000 are normally awarded, but larger grants may be made. Charities must have a total income of less than £5 million per annum. The main focus of grant making is in areas of disadvantage areas of Greater London. Applications can be submitted at any time.

https://www.thedrapers.co.uk/Charities/Applying-For-A-Grant/List-of-Grants/DCF.aspx


 

Earthshot Prize

An annual, global prize for individuals and organisations to respond to challenges that can help restore the world’s natural environment.

This programme will initially be run by the Royal Foundation – a philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Earthshot Prize will become its own entity by the end of 2021.

The Prize will be awarded to five winners every year, until 2030, which is the deadline for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Funds are expected to be allocated by philanthropists, NGOs, businesses and the Royal Family.

Applicants will need to demonstrate the ability of their project, concept or innovation to provide a scalable way of tackling the planet’s biggest environmental challenges.

The five Earthshots are:

  • Protect and restore nature
  • Clean our air
  • Revive our oceans
  • Build a waste-free world
  • Fix our climate

The Prize will be awarded to 'the most outstanding efforts' to meet each challenge.

The Prize will be open individuals, businesses and communities from across the world, across all sectors of industry and society, not just technology. The prizes could be awarded to a range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, leaders, governments, banks, schools, businesses, cities, and countries – anyone who is making a substantial development or outstanding contribution to solving the world’s environmental challenges.

https://earthshotprize.org/awards/nominations-selections/


Family Fund Trust

Grants are available to help families, or groups applying on their behalf, in the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 years or younger.

The Trust will look at any grant request that relates to the needs of a disabled or seriously ill child, young person and their family.

The grants can be used for a wide range of essential items such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, clothing and computers/tablets.

For applicants in Wales, funding will cover the following:

  • Support families to take a break as a family.
  • Support parents and carers to take a break from their caring responsibilities.
  • Support families with items that help to ease some of the daily pressures they face.

Applications may be made at any time.

Application forms are available to download from the Fund's website for first-time applicants. An online application form is available for those who have applied before.

https://www.familyfund.org.uk/


 

Forces in Mind Trust 

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to support ex-Service men or women and their families as they make the transition to civilian life within the UK. The funding is intended to support vulnerable ex-serving members of the Armed Forces and their families in their transition to civilian life in the UK. It funds targeted, conceptually sound, evidence generation and influencing activities that allow policymakers and services deliverers to help it achieve its goal.

https://www.fim-trust.org/


Garfield Weston Foundation 

Grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage.

The foundation offers two levels of funding, which can be used towards capital, revenue or project costs:

  • Regular grants of up to £100,000.
  • Major grants of £100,000 and above.

Applications for a regular grant may be made at any time and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

https://garfieldweston.org/


Greater London – Royal Victoria Hall Foundation 

Grants are available for smaller scale professional theatre companies to encourage and assist projects in the Greater London area with the performance and/or development of professional dramatic work. Between 20 and 30 grants are available and normally in the range of £250 to £2,000.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

https://rvhf.org/

 


 

Hampton Fund – Community Grants 

Grants are available for local charities, voluntary organisations and community groups in Richmond upon Thames for projects that tackle need and improve the quality of life for local residents. The broad objectives of the fund are as follows:

  • The relief of need, hardship or distress of those within the area of benefit
  • Support for those who are sick, convalescent, disabled or infirm
  • Promoting the education of children and young persons
  • Provision and support for recreation and other leisure-time occupations in order to improve the conditions of life in the interest of social welfare.

 https://www.hamptonfund.co.uk/grants.asp


Happy Days Children’s Charity

Funding for families with children aged 3-17 who are disabled, have a special need or have been abused in the UK.

Day Trips and Visiting Theatre
Applicants may apply for a day trip to a wide variety of destinations, for example, the seaside, a theme park, the 

theatre, or for a theatre workshop to visit the applicants' premises. Items that can be funded are tickets/passes and transport costs.

Group Activity Holidays
Applicants may apply for a group activity holiday to a wide variety of destinations such as outdoor activity centres, holiday camps and sailing breaks.

Family Respite Breaks
Applicants may apply for a short break family holiday by the seaside or in the countryside, usually in the United Kingdom. Other destinations will be considered according to cost. 

Applications may be submitted at any time. Application forms are available to download from the Charity's website.

https://www.happydayscharity.org/


 

Hargreaves Foundation 

Grants are available for charities and educational institutions that support those under the age of 18 years, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability or growing up in poverty through the medium of sports and education. The funding is intended for projects that give those under the age of 18, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential, improving wellbeing, self-esteem and independence.

https://www.thehargreavesfoundation.org/


Inter Faith Youth Trust Small Grants Programme 

Grants are available for organisations involved in inter faith projects for young people that take place in the UK during Inter Faith Week.

Grants of up to £800 are available and match-funding is expected.

https://www.interfaithweek.org/


London Catalyst Grants 

Project grants are available for new initiatives and service developments that are targeted at people disadvantaged as a result of long-term ill health, disability and poverty. Grants range from £1,000 to £5,000.

This is a rolling fund and applications are accepted throughout the year, to be decided on at grants committee meetings.

https://www.londoncatalyst.org.uk/grants/


Mayor’s Fund for London

An independent charity, the Mayor’s Fund makes investment opportunities available for work that supports young Londoners from low income backgrounds. They support business, funders and others to understand and take the actions that have the most impact on young Londoners life chances.

The Mayor’s Fund for London supports programmes such as Kitchen Social. Now that schools are closed and children are at home, Kitchen Social has stepped up to coordinate relief efforts with its own network of community organisations and other food charities to ensure food and supplies get to the children and families who need it most during the pandemic.

These organisations are working around the clock to provide packed lunches, hot food for collection and deliver fresh fruit and vegetable boxes to struggling families.  We are aiming to provide healthy food for London’s children via our Kitchen Social programme for however long the crisis lasts.

https://www.mayorsfundforlondon.org.uk/about-us/

https://www.mayorsfundforlondon.org.uk/kitchen-social/


Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme

 

Grants and technical support are available for town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England.

The following support is available:

  • A basic grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.
  • An additional grant of £8,000 is available for groups facing more complex issues.
  • Specific packages of technical support where needed.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

https://neighbourhoodplanning.org/


Oak Trust

Grants are available for registered UK charities that are supporting people who are disadvantaged, medical and environmental charities. The trust supports people who are disadvantaged in the widest sense. Grants of between £250 and £4,000 are available. Preference will be given to applicants with a turnover of less than £1million.

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered twice a year.

https://www.oaktrust.org.uk/


 

Persimmon Community Champions

One-off grants are available for local community organisations and charities that have already secured matched funding for local community initiatives across England, Scotland and Wales with a current focus on supporting 'the over-70s'.

Applications may be submitted at any time. Persimmon Homes select a winner for each of their regions at the end of every month.

The application form is available to complete online at the Persimmon website. https://www.persimmonhomes.com/


RYA Foundation

Grants are available for sailing clubs in the UK to promote participation in boating by those who are disadvantaged by reason of youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances.

Applications will be accepted from RYA-affiliated sailing clubs and centres, and other organisations in the UK that are seeking to develop their facilities for disadvantaged people.

This is a rolling fund and applications can be submitted at any time.

https://www.rya.org.uk/about-us/charities-foundations/Pages/rya-foundation.aspx


 

Said Foundation – Amal Grants Programme

Grants to support a variety of high-quality arts and cultural activities that aim to increase understanding of Britain’s Muslim communities among people of other faiths and none, and foster a stronger sense of belonging in the UK among its Muslim communities.

The programme aims to further the following dual interlinked objectives:

  • To increase understanding of Britain’s Muslim communities among people of other faiths and none.
  • To foster a stronger sense of belonging in the UK among its Muslim communities.

Applications will be considered from:

Registered UK charities which are:

  • Arts, cultural and educational organisations (eg, arts centres, museums, galleries, performing arts
  • spaces and companies, heritage organisations, etc.).
  • Established community groups.
  • Other not-for-profits.
  • Local authority cultural organisations.
  • Schools.
  • Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and potentially other kinds of company or partnership.

Funding is intended for project costs for high-quality arts and cultural activities which fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Meet one or both of Amal’s objectives and abide by the spirit of its values.
  • Take place in London, Birmingham and/or Bradford, or in multiple locations around the UK:o   In cases where projects involve the development of new creative content, proposals should clearly demonstrate how this content will be brought to audiences in London, Birmingham and/or Bradford, or multiple cities in the UK.
  • o   Funding for programming at major festivals that take place outside London, Birmingham or Bradford may be considered where programming is co-curated with Amal.
  • Engage audiences and/or participants that are significant in terms of numbers and/or profile.
  • Include a participatory and personal element to enhance the experience of “encounter” between and among artists, audiences and/or participants (such as question and answer sessions or workshops)."

There is a two-stage application process:

  • Stage One requires applicants to complete a short application form.

If successful in Stage One, applicants will be contacted to discuss their proposal further, and asked to complete a longer Stage Two application form if necessary.

http://amal.org.uk/grants/


 

Third Sector Investment Fund

Loans are available to UK based registered charities and social enterprises that are working in any social sector to improve the economic and social wellbeing of individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

The fund provides secured and unsecured loans, finance for payment-by-result (PBR) contracts and equity type investments that range from £250,000 to £3million to registered charities and social enterprises working to improve the economic and social wellbeing of individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged in the UK.

This is a rolling programme; applications can be made at any time.

https://www.socialandsustainable.com/third-sector-loan-fund


Woodroffe Benton Foundation 

Grants are available to smaller UK registered charities for relief of hardship, care for the elderly, environment and conservation. One-off grants are available of between £500 and £2,500. Applicants must have an annual income of less than £1million.

The fund operates on a rolling basis.

https://www.woodroffebenton.org.uk/


7 Stars Foundation - Charity Support fund

Opening in July, a support fund for charities working with young people on issues around abuse, addiction, homelessness and young carers. Grants of up to £2.5k are available for charities with a turnover under £1.5 million for core costs. The application is very simple.

https://the7starsfoundation.co.uk/