Funding opportunities

On this page you will find external sources of funding, as well as specialist support and other opportunities from across a range of sectors.

We hope you'll be interested in these opportunities. Please let us know if you submit an application or receive funding, as this will help us to evaluate the impact of Fellowships and to identify further relevant opportunities in future.

Acumen Academy UK Fellows Programme
Nuffield Foundation - Strategic Fund and seed corn funding
Hospice UK: Widening Access to Dementia Care and Mental Health Support in Hospice Settings 2020
Calor Rural Community Fund
Nesta - Arts & Culture Impact Fund
The Baring Foundation - Strengthening Civil Society Programme
Aviva Community Fund
The Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship 2020

Paul Hamlyn Foundation- Youth Fund
The Wilderness Awards
The Yapp Charitable Trust
The Fore
Daiwa Foundation - Small Grants
The Burdett Trust for Nursing- Small Grants
Open Wing Trust
Crowdfunder - Connected Communities

Coop Foundation - Community Spaces

Nesta - Cultural Impact and Development Fund
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Heritage Project Grants
Blue Spark Foundation Grants
Social Investment Group - First Steps Enterprise Fund
National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - STEM Funding

 

Acumen Academy UK Fellows Programme

What is the funding for?

Each year, the Programme brings together 20 extraordinary individuals who are tackling our most pressing social issues – and equips them with the knowledge, skills and community to accelerate and sustain their impact. Fellows come from all walks of life and are embedded within a broad range of disciplines; they are championing neglected causes, catalysing social entrepreneurship, pioneering inclusive business, reimagining public policy and building bold movements. Over the course of a year Fellows immerse themselves in a series of week-long residentials and virtual seminars, designed to increase their capacity to work across lines of difference, create collective action and build solutions for interconnected challenges. Fellows join Acumen’s global community of social innovators – connected to lifelong learning, collaboration and accompaniment as they drive change.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

5 April 2020.

 

Nuffield Foundation - Strategic Fund and Seed Corn funding

What is the funding for?

The Fund encourages applications from universities, research institutes, think tanks and voluntary organisations. Priorities are for multidisciplinary projects with the potential for lasting and significant impact. The Foundation encourages applications relating to a number of broad themes. These themes include the impact of digital technologies and the fourth industrial revolution, the future of education in a digitally-driven society, and interventions that might promote opportunity and reduce adversity at different life stages and between generations. Listed themes are not exhaustive, and applications on other themes that align with the Foundation's mission to advance social well-being are welcome.

The Fund aims to give opportunities to a new generation of the best research talent, to encourage innovative methods and involvement with people outside academic research in policy, frontline service delivery, and the voluntary sector.

Applications opened on 1 October 2019 and funding will be phased over two years, with applications accepted at any point during that time.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

20 April 2020.

 

Hospice UK: Widening Access to Dementia Care and Mental Health Support in Hospice Settings 2020

What is the funding for?

Capital grants are available for projects that improve the physical environment within which hospices deliver care. The programme aim is to support patients with dementia or a mental health condition and their families. It is primarily to support capital expenditure to improve service user experience, however revenue costs that help deliver the capital activity can be included but must not be the primary expense.

It is important that projects should demonstrate a direct benefit to patients with dementia or a mental health condition and their families. Grants of up to £40,000 are available to support projects running over a period of 12 months.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

20 April 2020.

 

Calor Rural Community Fund

What is the funding for?

From the buzz of a beehive fully equipped for over 80 beekeepers, to the calming hues of a refurbished living room for those living with Alzhemier’s and Dementia, Calor’s Rural Community Fund has met the needs of hundreds of people across the UK. They're offering grants of up to £5,000 for projects that will provide an on-going service for rural communities. The funding will make a positive difference to your rural community; benefitting the wider community and not just one individual, or a one off event. Projects must be connected with a community organisation or charity and be not-for-profit.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

9 April 2020.

 

Nesta - Arts & Culture Impact Fund

What is the funding for?

The Arts & Culture Impact Fund is a new £20 million impact investment fund for the UK’s arts, culture and heritage social enterprises. The fund offers loans between £150,000 and £1 million repayable over a period of up to ten years. The Fund sets out to achieve several objectives for the arts, cultural and heritage sectors:
- Provide organisations with appropriate and bespoke repayable finance
- Develop the financial resilience of borrowers
- Support organisations to better monitor, evaluate and communicate their social impact
- Attract additional investment into the sector to help organisations thrive
- Promote the wider positive impact the arts, culture and heritage have on society and support more organisations to benefit individuals and communities through their work.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Investment window of 2020 to 2023.

 

The Baring Foundation - Strengthening Civil Society Programme

What is the funding for?

The programme aims to boost engagement and to support organisations within broader civil society to embrace law and human rights based approaches as effective tools for achieving change for individuals and communities. It also aims to build sustainable collaborations, partnerships and networks that leverage existing expertise within the sector to ensure the use of these approaches is as effective as possible.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Aviva Community Fund

What is the funding for?

This is a fund for small charities with forward-thinking ideas. Every three months, £250,000 will be shared equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000 and Aviva employees will decide how the funding is distributed. Aviva wants to support forward-thinking causes that are helping push communities forward, so your submitted project must:
• fall within one of their two key funding areas:
  Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent.
  Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities.
• be raising funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group within the UK.
• if submitted in connection with a religious organisation, have an outcome that is accessible to persons of any religious beliefs

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

5 May 2020.

 

The Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship 2020

What is the funding for?

The Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship is an annual award. It is a development opportunity, for a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor who is committed to developing person-centred cultures of care. This scholarship is open to practitioners who are working clinically in any health or social care setting UK-wide, and is targeting, in particular, those at ward sister level or equivalent.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

6 April 2020, 5pm.

 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation- Youth Fund

What is the funding for?

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is to help young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood. Support is concentrated on those experiencing the most challenging circumstances: young people who are socially excluded or marginalised, whose experiences are often hidden or less well known, and whose voices are often erased or ignored.
Organisations must meet the following criteria:
- Work in the UK
- Work at either local, regional or national levels, or at more than one level
- Support young people aged 14-25
- Not-for-profit
- Provide direct services or second-tier support
- Income between £25,000 to £5 million

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Wilderness Award

What is the funding for?

The Wilderness Award is a cash award made to a UK resident over the age of 18 who intends to travel overseas, returning before 31st January of the following year, to undertake an unusual and adventurous objective in a geographically remote wilderness area.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a combination of enthusiasm and imagination. He or she will be expected to deliver a lecture in the Wilderness Lectures series in Bristol in the spring following their expedition (and should therefore expect to be able to support this lecture with appropriate photographic material).

The application will be expected to show clearly an idea with achievable objectives, good research, careful planning, minimal environmental impact and a commitment to follow the plan through.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

30 November 2020.

 

The Yapp Charitable Trust

What is the funding for?

The Trust offers grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 who are undertaking work with:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 - 25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children).

They can only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally established for a minimum of 3 years. Newly registered charities may apply but the organisation must have appointed a management committee and adopted a governing document at least 3 years ago.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Trustees meet 3 times per year to consider applications and a decision time can take up to 5 months from the date of submission.

 

The Fore

What is the funding for?

The Fore enables UK-based small charities and social enterprises to unlock sustainability, efficiency, scale and impact. The Fore’s grants programme is designed to be ‘charity-led’, from the moment of application onward. Charities, CIOs, CICs, and CBSs can request up to £30,000 (spread over 1-3 years) for whatever they need most to transform their organisation. Applicants can work in any location or sector, and grantees are free to set their own KPIs.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

The Fore runs three twelve-week funding rounds each year in line with the academic calendar – Spring, Summer and Autumn. Registration is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so please register early. Registration for the Summer 2020 Funding Round will open at 10am on the 6 April 2020.

 

Daiwa Foundation - Small Grants

What is the funding for?

Grants of £2,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

There are two application deadlines each year, 31 March (for a decision by 31 May) and 30 September (for a decision by 30 November). However, the Foundation encourages applicants to submit their application as early as possible.

 

The Burdett Trust for Nursing- Small Grants

What is the funding for?

This programme provides small grants to projects that are nurse-led and focussed on supporting the nursing contribution to healthcare and focussed on improving care for patients. Projects may involve clinical care, environment of care, social care, leadership or education.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Open Wing Trust

What is the funding for?

The purpose of Open Wing Trust is to enable the enablers. The Trust offers financial and other support to individuals who are in a process of inner change and who are changing the focus of their work towards working with others in need.

The Trust expects to fund up to three small one-off grants a year, with an individual maximum of £2,000 (total available each year is £4,000). Applications are invited from individuals over 18 living in England and Wales. No grants will be given to organisations or for project costs. Applications made on behalf of others will not be accepted, except when there is an obvious reason.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Next deadline TBC.

 

Crowdfunder - Connected Communities

What is the funding for?

Supporting organisations based and working in outer London to deliver projects tackling poverty and inequality. You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding, and will be undertaking charitable work that:

  • Provides practical solutions to support people on low incomes.
  • Addresses local problems in creative ways.
  • Are led by communities that will benefit from the work.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit your idea in no more than 100 words.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Coop Foundation - Community spaces are everybody's business

What is the funding for?

The coop foundation is offering interest-free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces.

  • Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 towards viable business ideas that will benefit the whole community – particularly those facing greater challenges.
  • No repayments for the first year, while your trading activities are developing

If you are based in a more deprived area, or your work mainly benefits more disadvantaged members of the community, we might also be able to offer some grant funding alongside a loan.

How to apply

If you think that this funding could help your community organisation to become more sustainable, you can fill out an expression of interest here. If you have any questions about this funding, you can get in touch with us at [email protected].  

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Nesta - Cultural Impact and Development Fund

What is the funding for?

This £3.7 million fund provides small-scale repayable finance to socially-driven arts and cultural organisations. The Fund is supported by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment through the Growth Fund programme, with finance being provided by its partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

The aims of the fund are to:

  • Enable risk-taking, ambitious organisations in the arts and cultural sector to take on small-scale repayable finance in order to achieve social outcomes;
  • Increase the capability of arts and cultural organisations to articulate, achieve, monitor and evaluate their intended social impact.

The Fund offers unsecured loans (and revenue participation agreements, where appropriate) between £25,000 and £150,000 with repayment terms of one to five years and interest rates ranging between 5.5% and 8.5%.

How to apply

For the criteria of the fund and details of the application process visit their website.

Deadline

The Investment window is between September 2018 and August 2021.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund

What is the funding for?

The Heritage Fund awards projects which focus on heritage. National Lottery Heritage Fund states that heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. As a guide, this could include:

  • oral history
  • cultural traditions
  • nature
  • natural and designed landscapes
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

How to apply

Different grant bands have different criteria and the amounts available depend on the type of organisation applying as follows:

  • Non-profits and partnerships led by non-profit organisations: £3,000 to £5million
  • Private owners of heritage: up to £100,000
  • Partnerships led by commercial organisations (for the purposes of achieving economic growth): £250,000 - £5m

Deadline

There is no deadline currently.

 

Blue Spark Foundation Grants

What is the funding for?

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to Blue Spark Foundation for a wide range of projects. The Foundation value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

Projects which could be supported include drama, music, sport, art and design, debating, public speaking, academic education, vocational training, community projects, enterprise projects and educational excursions. This list is illustrative and not exclusive as to the types of project that the Foundation support.

How to apply

Applications with an application form online.

Deadline

There is no deadline currently.

 

Social Investment Group - First Steps Enterprise Fund

What is the funding for?

First Steps Enterprise Fund (FSEF) is a £300,000 pilot fund to support community organisations managed by Social Investment Group on behalf of the ASDA Foundation. Funding packages of up to £30,000* are available (90% loan and 10% grant). The loan element is charged at 5% (fixed) to be repaid over a period of 4 years with an optional capital holiday for the first year.

Community organisations (charities and social enterprises) based in England that are looking to take on their first loan to help them grow and become more sustainable.

Particular preference is given to organisations that work in the following areas:

  • Older people
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Employment for young people

How to apply

Details for how to apply can be found on their website.

Deadline

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

 

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - STEM Funding

For anyone looking for funding to support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) public engagement activities, the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement website has links to a range of funding opportunities.

The website also contains a wealth of support features for all public engagement professionals.