Funding opportunities and other support

We encourage Fellows to apply for funding opportunities and hope you'll be interested in those we have included here. The page is updated regularly with opportunities across sectors, so do keep checking back. 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.

There are a number of leadership programmes and Fellowships in the UK that will be of interest to Churchill Fellows. You can find some of them in our Fellowships, scholarships and leadership programmes section.

You'll also find information on other support which could be useful for you or your organisation. This includes external guidance documents and electronic resources to support activities such as marketing and fundraising.

Funding opportunities - summary

 A full list of the opportunities included on this page. To view more details, click on the opportunity.

 

Arts, culture and heritage

 

Children and young people

 

Communities, charities and organisational funding 

UK wide:

England:

Northern Ireland:

Scotland:

Wales:

Regional:

 

Education and learning

 

 Enterprise and innovation

 

Environment, sustainability and food

 

Health

 

Governance and public provision

 

 Human rights, law and civil society

 

Science and technology

 

Sport and physical activity

 

Fellowships, scholarships and leadership programmes - summary

Here you'll find a list of programmes that may be of interest. To view more details, click on the opportunity.

 

 

Other support - summary

This is a summary of the resources included on this page. To view more details, click on the opportunity.

 

Press, communications and marketing

 

Finance and operations

 

Grants and fundraising

 

Funding opportunities - in detail

Here you'll find information on the opportunities, including deadlines and how to apply.

Creative Scotland - Sustaining Creative Development

What is the funding for?

Creative Scotland is committed to ensuring that people are supported to develop excellence and experimentation in a wide range of arts and creative activity, reflecting Scotland’s diverse and dynamic cultures. They have launched their Open Fund in a difficult context. The disruption of COVID-19 is a situation without precedent and the creative sector is facing significant challenge. 

This fund is designed to support you to sustain your practice in a changing world. They are asking you to tell them what you want to do, and how it will help you and/or others in the months and years to come. The fund aims to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Funding is available for between £1k and £50k and the fund is open all year round, with no deadlines and can support activity for up to 12 months.

Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland can apply for projects supporting the development of their practice. Organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries are also eligible.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Open Fund - no deadline currently.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Association of Independent Music - Crisis Fund

What is the funding for?

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund starts with assets of £500,000 committed by AIM and its members, and further contributions are urgently invited from all sectors of the music industry and beyond. The target is to distribute £1000 to each of 1000 workers within two months.

The AIM fund is open to any contractors due to work with new and developing artists currently signed to AIM member labels who have lost committed income because of cancelled artist projects. This critical part of the music industry ecosystem includes tour crews, studio producers, mixing engineers, radio pluggers, graphic designers, stylists, publicists and others who do not qualify for other hardship funds on offer. AIM member labels will invite signed artists and their managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

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 Wolfson Foundation - Capital Funding

What is the funding for?

The Foundation's main grants programme provides support for places. These grants are for capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment. They fund a broad range of organisations working across the fields of education, science & medicine, health & disability and arts & humanities.

Places eligible for this funding:

  • Charities working with disability funding
  • Charities working in mental health funding
  • Charities working with older people funding
  • Historic buildings & landscapes funding
  • Hospices & palliative care organisations funding
  • Places of worship funding
  • Libraries & archives funding
  • Museums & galleries funding
  • Performing arts organisations funding
  • Public engagement with science organisations funding
  • Secondary schools & sixth form colleges funding
  • Special needs schools & colleges funding
  • Universities & research institutions funding

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Ragdoll Foundation (for organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media)

The Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Their vision is to support quality arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. All applications are expected to contribute to the Ragdoll Foundation’s primary purpose.

The Main Grants Programme is for new, larger projects, or a significant development in the scope or scale of an existing programme, project or pilot. The majority of grants made are in the region of £5k to £20k, however they accept applications of up to £50k for multi-year projects from organisations with appropriate experience.

Who should apply?

Organisations that can demonstrate a sound track-record of project delivery and financial management, including those that receive core support. Minimum 20% match-funding is required.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Aberlour Children's Charity - urgent assistance fund (Scotland)

What is the funding for?

Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund can provide cash grants to help families with children cope with the impact of the Coronavirus.

Applications must be endorsed and submitted by a sponsor, acting in their professional capacity. Examples of eligible sponsors include social workers, health care professionals, teachers, clergy and third sector organisations. Applications from individuals cannot be accepted.

The Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund awards cash grants to assist children and young people (aged 21 and under) across Scotland, and their families, who are suffering extreme hardship. This support is usually via cash grants to assist with a range of needs, such as food, prepay power cards, clothing, bedding or other essentials.

To qualify for cash grants from the Trust:

  • There must be a child in the family who is 21 or under.
  • That child must be suffering extreme hardship.
  • A family can receive one grant per financial year.
  • Grants are made at the discretion of the Trust.
  • A sponsor must submit a fully completed and legible application on an official application form

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

David Ross Foundation - children and young people

What is the funding for?

The foundation's firm belief is that every child and young person has passions and talents. The foundation aims to help them discover their strengths by offering them a wide range of world class educational opportunities. Their primary interests are in the arts, community, education, music and sport and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society. To date the David Ross Foundation has given approximately £20m to charitable causes.

All applications are considered by The Board of Trustees.
In assessing applications they are looking for:
An outline of your project – it’s purpose and activities
Financials – total budget, fundraising strategy and the level of funding you are seeking from DRF
Who will benefit? - Community support
Sustainability and legacy of your project

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

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 for further information.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) - Transforming Places Through Heritage

This programme supports projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres in England helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper. It is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones. Together, these programmes form part of the Future High Streets Fund, administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The programme is for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership. The Fund will support charities and social enterprises to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.

The AHF can provide grants to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to help fund development costs or to match funds raised through Crowdfunding and Community Shares. They will also provide a small number of capital (delivery) grants for Transformational Projects.

Who should apply?

Not-for-private-profit organisations. Please see the AHF's website for specifics.

Deadline

Deadlines for submission of applications to be considered at Grants Panel are:

  • 30 April 2021 for a decision in June
  • 31 July 2021 for a decision in September
  • 30 September 2021 for a decision in November

 

Heritage Fund - Local Places for Nature

Local Places for Nature is a capital grant scheme intended to enable communities in Wales to restore and enhance nature.

The Fund is offering grants of £10,000–£50,000. They are particularly looking for projects that can be seen "from your doorstep". This means where people live, work, access public services, travel (including roadside verges and roundabouts) and spend their leisure time (including public open spaces).

The Local Places for Nature scheme will offer up to one year of grant funding for nature projects worth up to £50,000.

Who should apply?

Not-for-profit organisations (statutory and third sector) in Wales with a bank account and a constitution.

Deadline

No deadline currently. Decisions to be made within eight weeks of application.

 

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.

The majority of the Trust’s grants are single grants over a one-year period. Occasionally longer-term grants (usually up to 3 years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding.

At present, the Trust makes grants which are usually in the range £500 - £5,000 and there are three grantmaking meetings held annually which usually take place in March, July and November. 

Who should apply?

Applicants must be UK Registered Charities, operating in the UK for the benefit of UK residents, and the organisation’s annual returns to the Charity Commission, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland must be up-to-date.

Deadline

The next grantmaking meeting will be held on 21 July and the outcome will be notified to all applicants shortly thereafter. The deadline for applications for this meeting is 16 June.

 

National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22

Applications are now open for National Lottery Grants for Heritage from £3,000 to £5million. The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means the funder has revised their approach to what they will fund.

In short, they will prioritise heritage projects that will:

  • 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

Every project will need to achieve their inclusion outcome, ‘a wider range of people will be involved in heritage’.

They will also expect all projects to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability into their plans, as appropriate.

Who should apply?

Not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Youth Music Network

Grants of £30,001 to £150,000 (or up to £200,000 in rare circumstances and with permission from the Youth Music team) are available.

The fund is designed to support:

  • Music-making and music-making related activities for children and young people (aged 0-25) facing barriers, and/or
  • Workforce and organisational development to promote a relevant, diverse, and inclusive music offer for all children and young people.

This a two-stage process. The first stage is a short expression of interest form. Around 60-70% of applicants will then be invited to complete a full application form, where they will be asked to provide more detailed information about their proposed programme

To be eligible for the funding, your programme:

  • Offers a music-related programme for children or young people facing barriers in England
  • Meets one or more of Youth Music's priority areas
  • Has partner organisations to add value to the work
  • Includes workforce development activities
  • Is co-designed by children/young people and has a young person on the team (paid or volunteer)
  • Doesn’t include ineligible activities
  • For a school-based programme and or from a Music Education Hub lead organisation – meets the additional requirements
  • Meets the budget criteria 

Who should apply?

UK-based organisations which have been legally constituted and providing activity for one year and have a set of accounts. Your organisation should be committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the organisation (this includes youth voice and participation) and has an equality, diversity and inclusion policy that is regularly reflected on and updated. Full eligibility criteria can be found on the funder's website.

Deadline

Round 14:
Expression of Interest deadline: Friday 07 May 2021
Notification of decision: Friday 11 June 2021
Full application deadline: Friday 09 July 2021
Notification of decision: Friday 01 October 2021

Round 15:
Expression of Interest deadline: Friday 01 October 2021
Notification of decision: Friday 05 November 2021
Full application deadline: Monday 06 December 2021
Notification of decision: Friday 18 February 2022

 

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.

 

Garfield Weston Foundation - Grants for projects, revenue and capital

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 60 years. From small community groups to large national institutions, the Trustees’ aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.

The Foundation awards grants for Capital, Project and Revenue costs.

Who should apply?

The Foundation accepts applications from organisations working in the areas of Welfare, Youth, Community, Arts, Faith, Environment, Education, Health and Museums & Heritage.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

John Lyon's Charity - Covid-19 School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF)

The Fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays.  This includes all half-term breaks, Easter, Christmas and the summer holidays.

The Fund will pay for the running costs of holiday programmes that are delivered during school holidays which provide young people with activities in accordance with Government guidelines.  Please note that the maximum grant allowance is £4,000.

Funding will be provided for activities that are additional to current delivery such as:

  • Sessional staffing costs 
  • Transport for children with special needs and/or disabilities only  
  • Additional sessions 
  • Digital delivery  
  • Other direct project costs such as equipment (not IT equipment) 
  • Food, within the context of activity taking place. 

Who should apply?

Applications to the School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF) can be made by registered charities or mainstream state schools that are based in the Beneficial Area.

You cannot apply if you received a SHAF grant during the summer.

Deadline

Applications to the School Holiday Activity Fund can be submitted at any time, but must be submitted by the following deadlines:

May half-term – 25 April
Summer holiday –  1 June
October half-term – 21 September
Christmas holiday – 16 November

 

The Ironmongers’ Company - disadvantaged children and young people

The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

The Company is looking for projects that deliver clearly defined educational benefits to a specific group of children or young people. Items of equipment will be considered only where a full explanation is given of how they will support this activity.

The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs, address behavioural problems or promote citizenship, parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.

Grants range from a few hundred pounds up to around £10,000. The average grant awarded is £4,000.

Who should apply?

Grants are only given to registered charities. Projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
  • Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
  • Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
  • Are within the UK

Deadline

15 December and 31 July, annually.

 

BBC Children in Need - COVID-19 Funding Streams

Children in Need offers small and large grants to organisations who can tell them why they are best placed to deliver their work. This means applicants must be able to tell them about:

  • Their well-established links with young people
  • The skills and expertise they have for the work they are requesting funding for
  • Their track record delivering the work they are requesting funding for. This is especially important for applicants for the Main Grants Programme
  • How they work alongside other organisations in their local community

They give grants for children and young people aged 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  2. Any kind of disability.
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

The work they fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Funded organisations achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Who should apply?

Not-for-profit organisations based within the UK.

Deadline

12th April, 11:30am

 

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.

 

 

 

Community Foundations - Coronavirus Appeal

What is the funding for?

There are 46 accredited Community Foundations in the UK, covering all of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England.

National Emergencies Trust have launched a Coronavirus Appeal to support grassroots charities and groups who’ll be supporting some of society’s most vulnerable people throughout the outbreak. If you are an organisation looking for funding you can seek support through your local community foundation.

How to apply

Visit this page to find your local community foundation.

 

Coronavirus Future Fund - government loans to UK-based companies

What is the funding for?

The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

You’re eligible if your business:

  • is based in the UK
  • can attract the equivalent match funding from third-party private investors and institutions
  • has previously raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third-party investors in the last 5 years

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

 

 

The Morrisons Foundation - Local Community Grants

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. Grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000.

Who should apply?

Charities that have been registered with the Charity Commission or OSCR for a minimum of one year, for projects which would support people in a local community in England, Scotland or Wales.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

National Lottery Community Fund - Awards For All (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)

What is the funding for?

This is a UK-wide funding programme for voluntary, public sector or community organisations for awards of £300 to £10,000.

The fund remains open to all applications, but applications that are COVID-19 related will be prioritised for six months. (From March 2020)

The funder will prioritise applications from organisations that will support people at high risk, will see an increased demand in this period, or that have high potential to support communities with the impact of COVID-19.

Costs which are eligible include:

  • equipment
  • one-off events
  • small land or building projects 
  • staff costs
  • training costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Watch this NCVO/CFG webinar for helpful tips on applying to the fund. (England only)

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Foyle Foundation - small grants scheme

What is the funding for?

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. The Foundation's focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

Their priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible. At present, it will not a priority to consider building projects unless these are for essential repairs or re-equipping, in order for you to carry out your work more efficiently or cost effectively and where you can demonstrate why there is an immediate need to carry out these works.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. Charities can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Leathersellers’ Company - Small Grants Programme

This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants (up to maximum of £3,000).

This programme will consider applications from UK registered charities (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC)) that are:

  • currently supporting vulnerable people;
  • working in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK); and
  • have an annual income under £200,000

Who should apply?

To be eligible to apply for a small grant from the Leathersellers’ Fund in 2020-2021 you must:

  • be applying for £3,000 or less
  • be a UK registered charity (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC))
  • be currently supporting vulnerable people in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK)
  • have an annual income under £200,000

They do not typically fund:

Medical research
Hospices
Capital restoration projects

Deadline

Submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a number of rounds for applications, please see the website for further instructions.

 

Thomas Wall Trust – Grants for Registered Charities (skills development for employment prospects)

This programme aims to support people with an emphasis on building confidence, knowledge and skills, and therefore increasing prospects of employment.

The Trust offer grants up to £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects. The Trust recognises that the future of the labour market will become increasingly competitive, with employers placing greater emphasis on transferable skills.

They prioritise:

  • Match funded projects
  • Charities that can provide compelling evidence of impact
  • Charities working with collaborative networks
  • Self-sustainable projects, with a view to becoming less reliant on grants in the future

Who should apply?

UK charities that have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 3 years with an annual turnover that does not exceed £500,000.

Deadline

30th April.

 

The Small Charities Coalition/Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation - Small grants for small charities

Small grants of between £100-£1,000 are available to small charities who are temporarily struggling but otherwise viable.

The guidance can be read here.

Particular areas of interest:

  • Care of those suffering from disease
  • Caring in the community for disabled and people on the margin
  • End of life
  • Education
  • Interfaith projects with a focus engendering tolerance and breaking down prejudice
  • Medical projects

Who should apply?

  • Grants are made to organisations that are primarily UK-based, and when overseas only through UK-based charities.
  • Funding is only available to registered charities.
  • Organisations must have been established for at least one year and must be able to produce either independently examined or management accounts.
  • The definition of a small charity is any organisation with an income of under £1 million.

Deadline

This is a rolling programme – the deadline for applications is the 20th of each month.

 

Matthew Good Foundation - Grants for Good

Every three months, the Foundation will share £10,000 between 5 shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.

Charities and projects are welcome to apply all year round, and your application will be considered in the next funding round. Funding will be awarded every three months, in April, July, October and January, with an application deadline of the 15th of the month before. Eg. for the April round, applications will close on the 15th March.

Who should apply?

Your application must be on behalf of a local community group, charity, voluntary group or social enterprise that has a positive impact on communities, people or the environment and has an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

The Foundation want to make it easy for very small charities or new community interest companies to apply, so organisations/groups do not need to be a registered charity, however, you will need to have a bank account in your organisation’s/project’s name such as a community bank account.

Deadline

Charities and projects are welcome to apply all year round, and your application will be considered in the next funding round. Funding will be awarded every three months, in April, July, October and January, with an application deadline of the 15th of the month before. Eg. for the April round, applications will close on the 15th March.

 

UnLtd - Starting Up

UnLtd provides specialist support for social entrepreneurs at the start of the journey to help them grow as social leaders. They combine cash and coaching to help nurture ideas and grow impact.

It doesn't matter what stage of development your social venture is at. It can be an idea on paper. Or a social venture in practice already. They can offer you awards from £500 to £15,000 across three separate startup packages.

  • Try it awards support social entrepreneurs to test their hunches and ideas
  • Do it awards provide funding and support to help you get started and create a clear social impact
  • Grow it awards help social entrepreneurs already thriving to grow their impact and build a sustainable financial model

Who should apply?

Those who work to improve their community and tackle the problems they care about. Applicants must be:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Living in the UK
  • Willing to participate in a learning experience
  • Working for the benefit of others in the UK

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

RSA - Catalyst Awards (for RSA Fellows only)

The Catalyst Awards programme offers seed and scaling grants for RSA Fellows to test and grow their ideas to achieve social impact.

Each year the RSA awards £100,000 to fund initiatives from their global Fellowship community, investing in the potential to drive measurable social impact in resolving the challenges of our times.

We currently face interconnected and escalating crises: environmental, global public health, economic, systemic racism, to name a few.

Catalyst Awards are the RSA's way of offering Fellows tangible support to test needed innovations and help promising projects scale their social impact.

There are two levels of Catalyst Awards:

  • £2,000 seed grants 
  • £10,000 scaling grants

Who should apply?

RSA Fellows. Applicants should demonstrate a clear strategy for growth, including a clearly identified market, reasons why this audience will use and benefit from the project, service or product, and a clear understanding of the activities required to bring the project to its next stage. More information on eligibility criteria can be found here.

Deadline

1 April.

 

Cambridge Social Innovation Prize

The Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation and Trinity Hall, one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge, have partnered to celebrate and support extraordinary social innovators.

This prize, awarded for the first time in 2019, rewards achievement and ambition in social innovation. It celebrates social impact through business across the UK, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. We are looking for extraordinary business leaders whose work creates social change, whether that’s in a local community or on a national level.

Up to four winners will receive £10,000 each to develop the skills, resources and networks they need to scale the impact of their work, develop a new project, or pursue new possibilities. An expert business advisor will support the winners for six to 12 months to develop their own leadership capacity, make connections into Cambridge networks, and think through strategic challenges. You will also join a community of outstanding social innovators: a platform for collaboration and new ideas, an opportunity to connect with experts and deepen your social impact.

The prize money is a flexible award which can be used to support your growth as a CEO and the growth of your business. It is not intended as seed or pilot funding, but rather is to enable outstanding people to learn and develop as leaders. Some examples include:

  • professional development, short courses or further study
  • specialist consulting
  • travel in search of new partnerships or new inspiration
  • sabbatical/research leave
  • childcare/carer’s support to enable you to engage in learning and personal development.

The prize cannot be used for salary support or general business funding.

The money will be awarded in September following an initial meeting with a business adviser in the summer. Together you will create a plan to best use the prize money, which must be approved by the prize team before being paid.

Who should apply?

This prize rewards achievement and ambition in social innovation. Candidates will be considered on their previous work and their future plans. Characteristics they are looking out for include vision, ambition and compelling leadership.

Deadline

8 April, 11pm

 

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

The next meeting to consider applications is on 18 September 2021. Please note that the Trust is not able to consider grant applications before then.

 

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland - small and medium grants

The Foundation is committed to supporting underfunded, grassroots charities that enable people, especially disabled and disadvantaged people, to play a fuller role in society. Applications are accepted from organisations with recognised charitable status, which fit within the published grant-giving criteria. The Foundation aims to support those who are disadvantaged and/or with additional needs in the community.

In order for organisations to be eligible to apply for grant programmes, they must have an income of less than £1 million in the previous 12 months. For registered charities with a Headquarters based outside Northern Ireland, the income of their Northern Ireland operation will be the figure used to assess eligibility. Small grants of up to £2,500 and medium grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Consortium - LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund

Thanks to the National Emergencies Trust, a total funding pot of £350,000 is available to LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects. The funding is available 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.

There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded.

As the grants are awarded for immediate responses and support to organisations, individuals and communities in need as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.

Who should apply?

Non-profit groups, organisations or projects based in Wales or Northern Ireland that work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) people.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Volunteering Wales Grants

Volunteering Wales Grants is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to promote and improve volunteering in Wales. The scheme is administered by WCVA and is designed to deliver the Welsh Government’s commitment to identifying opportunities for more people to volunteer.

Volunteering has an immediate and long-term positive impact on the individual and community. Nationally, volunteers are vital for the delivery of voluntary/third sector organisations’ missions and values. The Volunteering Wales grants for 2021/22 will support volunteering projects that contribute towards ‘A Wales of Vibrant Culture & Thriving Welsh Language’ and 2 other, self-selected, Well-being of Future Generation Act (2015) goals.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • Increase volunteer engagement and satisfaction by removing barriers to volunteering for people of all ages and from all parts of society.
  • Support the creation and development of high quality and positive volunteering opportunities in Wales.
  • Promote changes in beneficiary organisations to embed volunteering into their culture e.g. obtaining the Investing in Volunteers Award.

Projects can start from 1 June 2021. All projects must end by 31 March 2022 and be up to the value of £20,000.

Volunteering by young people is encouraged and supported through this grant scheme and 30% of the funding available has been ring fenced to support projects that exclusively recruit young volunteers aged 11 – 25.

Who should apply?

Organisations must be voluntary/third sector organisations, not including political organisations, County Voluntary Councils or Volunteer centres.

Deadline

12 April

 

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - Third Sector Resilience Fund

What is the funding for?

SCVO's Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) will provide emergency support for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisiations working in Scotland. This fund supports organisations which already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulty as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of this fund it to support third sector organisations, and to help provide finance to help stabilise and manage cash flow during these challenging times.

The fund is to be delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and the Corra foundation who will deliver grants between £5,000 and £100,000. In addition, there will be a further £5 million available as fully flexible, 0% interest loans. Loans from this additional fund will start from £50,000. Specialist business advice, provided by Just Enterprise, will complement the fund to help grant recipients maximise the impact of the financial support they receive.

For your organisation to be eligible you must be:

  • A charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation based in Scotland and/or primarily delivering services/activities in Scottish communities;
  • Already delivering those products or services prior to March 2020;
  • And needing funding to stabilise cashflows directly as a result of the impact of COVID-19, as opposed to pre-existing financial difficulties.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Foundation Scotland - Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, the Foundation is providing funding to support charities and consitituted community groups that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Whilst the first phase of funding focussed on meeting communities most immediate needs, the fund is now focussing on Recovery. As some lockdown restrictions are lifted this phase of funding will support organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations in addition to providing emergency support for those who need it most.

Who should apply?

Organisations with an annual income of no more than £250,000 in most recent financial year.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

 

Moondance Covid-19 Relief Fund

The Moondance Foundation is keen to help Welsh charities continue their operations during the Covid-19 crisis.

They understand that these are challenging and uncertain times for the third sector with activities and services disrupted, new ways of working required, increased costs and sources of revenue diminished.

They will consider applications for any of the following:

  1. Staff retention

  2. Current activities and services in jeopardy

  3. Evolution of services to adapt to the current crisis

Grants are available to registered charities, charities based and working in Wales and charities based outside Wales for work which takes place in Wales only.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Wales Council for Voluntary Action - Voluntary Services Emergency Fund (Wales)

What is the funding for?

The voluntary sector across Wales is playing a pivotal role in supporting those in need across Welsh communities. In this time of national emergency, funding needs to reach those working directly with communities quickly, to meet a huge increase in need.

The purpose of this fund is to enable those providing vital support to groups such as: people in isolation, the elderly, carers, people struggling to access food etc so that they can be supported during this time.

WCVA will administer a grants scheme, in a fast and robust way to enable the sector to continue and expand their work, especially with volunteers, in supporting people in Welsh communities most at need during this time. Grants will support not for profit organisations working at a community scale up to a national level in Wales and can be between £10,000 – £100,000.

The grant will support organisations to:

  • Maintain or increase activities that support the vulnerable during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
  • Ensure third/voluntary sector organisations have the resources needed to deliver vital services for their communities.
  • Encourage stringent health and safety protocols during all activities that safeguard third/voluntary sector staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Wales Council for Voluntary Action - Voluntary Services Recovery Fund

This is a new fund to focus on reducing inequalities across society which have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure a fair and just recovery. Charities and other voluntary sector organisations in Wales can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to enable them to continue to deliver essential services to communities, to adapt to meet new needs and respond to new challenges, for example relating to mental health and social well-being. Funding is being made available by the Welsh Government and is primarily focused on revenue funding, however, requests can be made for purchases of smaller capital equipment such as PPE, screens etc.

Who should apply?

Wales based third sector (not-for-profit) organisations, independent of government, private and public sectors. All funding requests must be solely for activity in Wales.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales 

What is the funding for?

Charities and voluntary organisations in Wales are facing challenging and uncertain times during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Sadly, as demand soars for their services, many voluntary organisations are under threat due to income streams drying up across the board. Fundraising is severely reduced as many marathons, charity concerts, and bake sales have been cancelled. Other income generators such as community centres, retail and hospitality services are also no longer possible.

To help voluntary organisations stay in business, working with Welsh Government we’ve introduced the Third sector resilience fund for Wales to provide cash flow support to help organisations through the current crisis.

This is a Wales-wide support fund for those affected by COVID19 and specifically tailored for the voluntary sector, to complement the various other schemes already announced here and UK-wide

  • It is designed to ensure that voluntary sector organisations stay in business – it is an aid to survival
  • It is not intended to duplicate provision offered elsewhere and applicants will be required to confirm that there is no ‘double funding’ taking place
  • It is not about replacing lost income – it is about providing sufficient funds to cover essential expenditure not covered by any residual income or by other supportive interventions. ‘The funding of last resort’

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Mayor of London - Back to Business Fund

The Mayor’s £1m Back to Business Fund offers up to £5,000 in match funding to small and independent businesses through the Pay It Forward London crowdfunding platform.

Pay It Forward London enables businesses to raise vital funds and stay afloat, rebuild and recover from the impacts of Covid-19 through crowdfunding. Since its launch in April, over 5,000 Londoners have donated over £320,000 to support their favourite local businesses.

Through the Back to Business Fund, the Mayor will match every pound raised by a business up to a maximum of £5,000 - or 50% of their campaign target - to help them expand their operation online, invest in their future and adapt to safe, socially distant trading.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding.

Who should apply?

Small to medium sized business, (less than 250 employees) based in London, who have been adversely affected by Covid-19.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Trust for London - grants for tackling poverty and inequality in the capital

The Trust funds work which tackles poverty and inequality in London. They support work providing greater insights into the root causes of London’s social problems and how they can be overcome; activities which help people improve their lives; and work empowering Londoners to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes.

They are particularly interested in new and imaginative ways of addressing the root causes of London’s social problems, especially where it has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes. They are willing to take risks by supporting unpopular causes and work which government is unlikely to fund. They also want to make sure we are able to respond to new issues and ideas and find creative ways of tackling deep-seated problems relating to poverty and inequality.

Who should apply?

Organisations undertaking charitable activities. You do not need to be a registered charity. The majority of funding is for revenue costs, though they can also fund small capital items.

Deadline

  • 1 June 2021, 1pm
  • 5 October 2021, 1pm

 

COVID In-kind Support - for voluntary and community sector organisations (London)

What is the support for?

Business offers to support voluntary and community sector organisations include:

  • Employee volunteers from companies including Citi Group, Jacobs Engineering Group and URW, owners of Westfield
  • Free use of fleet cars, transportation and delivery services, including offers from Jaguar Land Rover, Ola taxis and Mitie
  • A range of in-kind digital offers, including platforms, Apps and Amazon support
  • Free space for business operations or storage across London, with premises available in Shoreditch, the City, Shepherds Bush, Stratford and Vauxhall
  • Pro bono (in-kind) management consultancy support for charities and not-for-profit organisations

How to take up an offer

  • Click the link to browse the “top twenty” list (you can filter to select a category of support)
  • To request an offer, please complete the short form here.
  • Return the completed form by email to [email protected].

If an offer is not listed, and you have a specific ask of London’s business community, please email [email protected] specifying your requirements.

 

Technical Detail - free support with planning architectural build for charities

What is the funding for?

Is your charity planning a build? Did you have a project in progress that came to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Architectural Technologists Technical Detail are an experienced architecture firm who take clients through from idea to completion. They are pledging their time and skills to charities for free in light of the current pandemic. If your organisation is planning a build, are in the process of one or need simply need some advice, Technical Detail are offering their expertise.

How to apply

Visit this page for further information.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Quartet Community Foundation - Coronavirus Recovery and Stabilisation (Bristol)

This grant programme aims to support local charitable organisations to recover and/or stabilise following the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown restrictions.

This programme is supporting organisations whose purpose is at least one of the following:

  • building resilience and capacity within local communities, where there are challenges around deprivation and limited local services
  • early intervention and preventative work with people at risk of negative/harmful experiences
  • supporting people in crisis – e.g. helping them overcome a crisis, trauma or abuse

You can apply for a grant towards core costs and project costs for activities that will help your organisation stabilise and/or recover from a period of lockdown restrictions and responding to the crisis. The costs included in your application should be costs that cannot be supported from existing funds and must only cover a period up to 12 months.

Who should apply?

This programme is for voluntary and community groups with charitable aims, registered charities, Community Interest Companies, town and parish councils. Applicants must be based and working in Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. To be eligible to apply, the work of your organisation must be addressing specific needs and disadvantages within communities living in the West of England.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund

The Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund is a registered charity and was established to promote, enhance, improve and protect both the natural and built environment in the local community.

Each year Manchester Airports Group contributes £100,000 to the Fund; any fines levied at aircraft that have breached our stringent noise limits are also paid into the Fund. These funds are then used to support neighbourhood and community projects throughout the area. The Trustees award grants of a maximum of £3,000.

The Project should offer/be:

  • Improve, enhance, protect and conserve the natural and built environment; or offer heritage conservation;
  • or promote or advance social welfare;
  • or provide better appreciation of the natural and urban environment;
  • or create a safe habitat for flora and fauna.
  • Demonstrate lasting benefit to the community.
  • Benefit all members of the community regardless of race, gender or religion.
  • Be from an established group or charity able to demonstrate clear banking or financial records, and not an individual or commercial organisation working for profit.

Who should apply?

Organisations within a 10-mile radius of the Airport (see map on the page) who:

  • Carry out positive work in the community and be of charitable nature and be ‘Not for Profit’ status.
  • Be Community, Socially or Environmentally focused
  • Based within the area of benefit

Deadline

5 March, 5:00pm

 

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

The Trust was set up in 1998, to promote and support charities in the United Kingdom working in agriculture, rural development and insurance. Since then they've made a positive difference to education, research, social welfare and poverty relief.

The Trustees have achieved this by making one off donations and grants to charitable initiatives connected with agriculture, the countryside and the insurance industry.

Objectives:

  • Advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to agriculture
  • Advance the education of young people within rural areas
  • Relieve poverty within rural areas
  • Promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities by associating together with the inhabitants and local authorities, voluntary and other organisations to advance education and leisure
  • Promote research into agriculture associated activities
  • Advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to insurance provided that the charity may also promote, facilitate and support any such other purposes as are exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales

Applications for funding for projects and initiatives falling within the Objects of the Trust can be made in writing. 

Who should apply?

The Trust focuses on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

Deadline

The Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications received. These meetings are currently held in June and November.

Applications for the June meeting must be submitted by 28th May 2021 and for the November meeting they must be submitted by 29th October 2021.

 

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation - Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities

Small BAME-led charities, community groups, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations responding to the needs of their communities in Greater Manchester during the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. ‘Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities - Small Grants’ will provide funding for services and activities that support the health and wellbeing of members of vulnerable Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

This might include support for foodbanks and projects working to combat hardship, volunteer costs for organisations responding to the effect of the crisis, additional costs of working remotely and adapting services, and to provide support for organisations experiencing a loss of income and fundraising.

Who should apply?

For constituted Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations operating in Greater Manchester for the benefit of Greater Manchester residents. VCSE organisations that exist primarily to serve the BAME community, or a section of that community, with decision making led by members of that community.

Deadline

26 February, 4:00pm

 

European Social Fund (Coventry & Warwickshire, or West Yorkshire)

ESF Community Grants, funded by the European Social Fund, is a programme that aims to support small and voluntary organisations with grants of £5,000 - £20,000 for local initiatives that will move unemployed people towards employment, training or education.The programme opened in April 2019, and was originally scheduled to close to applications in September 2020. It has now been extended and will be open for applications until the funds available have all been allocated.

There is a limited amount of funding available and the fund will close once sufficient applications have been received which meet the funding criteria. ESF Community Grants are funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and are being managed by Groundwork in Coventry & Warwickshire and West Yorkshire. Grants will support a range of activities aimed at moving individuals towards the labour market by improving their access to local employment and skills provision. They will provide support to underrepresented
communities and individuals, especially those from deprived communities, to access employment, including self-employment, or further learning and training. Successful projects will run for up to 6 months, and will be required to collect and record specific information on the people they are working with, and the costs they are incurring.

Who should apply?

Applications can be made by Third Sector organisations, or by small organisations with fewer than 49 staff and a turnover of less than 10m Euros (currently £8.6m). Your organisation must be able to deliver your proposed project within Coventry & Warwickshire, or West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield).

Deadline

No deadline currently - apply early as the fund will close once sufficient applications have been received which meet the funding criteria.

 

Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme

Kellogg’s has teamed up with Forever Manchester to award grants of £1,000 to school Breakfast Clubs, to help them provide breakfast to those children who need it most.

You can apply for an award at any date and you will hear within one month if you have been successful. Please note the fund may close if oversubscribed.

• Your breakfast club must be based in a school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

• A limited number of grants are available so priority will be given to schools that have either:

35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding (for England) and eligible for free school meals (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), or

• schools that are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. You can find out if this applies to your school by following the instructions which you can find here.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

The Rank Foundation - Pebble Grants

This is the Foundation's small funding stream for UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £150,000. If you are raising money for a particular project for which the mainstay is capital costs (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short-term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) and have already raised a third of the total costs, you may be eligible for this.

Who should apply?

UK registered charities with an annual income of less than £500,000. You must have already raised a third of the total cost of the project. The programme is restricted to causes in the UK and must be for the benefit of UK residents.

The Foundation will not support projects that are for the benefit of only one ethnic or religious group; facilities must be open to the wider community.

Deadline

Any applications received after December 2020 will be seen at the April 2021 meeting.

 

LEAP: Small emergency loan programme

What is the funding for?

The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our globalised food system and our reliance on long, just in time supply chains. This has led to a big increase in demand for local food but many agroecological producers and community food businesses have had to stop taking on new customers due to lack of resources, staff and supply chain difficulties.

LEAP are offering the following funding for a period of 3 months from 1st April 2020:

Small unsecured loans from £5,000 to £20,000
3-month capital and interest holiday, followed by 12-month capital holiday
Interest rate: 5%
Term: 5 years and 3 months
Quick decision (they aim for funds to be paid to successful organisations within 14 days of application)
Arrangement fee: Waived while this offer is open.

The focus for this funding will be on established community food businesses and agroecological growers and it can be used for anything that helps them navigate this crisis. The investment could be used for working capital to develop new routes to market or to scale up production to meet growing demand. It can be used for recruiting more staff, investing in IT and delivery vehicles, new processing facilities and equipment.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Cavell Nurses’ Trust

What is the funding for?

The Trust helps registered nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. The money is available to help people in the following situations, for example:

A nurse, midwife or HCA being unable to work because they need to isolate themselves. This may lead to financial crisis if they don’t have access to occupational sick pay or benefits, perhaps because they are an agency worker or self-employed. They may also lose access to overtime, bank shifts or other enhancements. 

Also, a nurse, midwife or HCA who is facing financial hardship because their household or partner’s income has been affected due to Coronavirus, perhaps because they are self-employed or work in an industry adversely affected by Coronavirus.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

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.

 

The Edward Gostling Foundation - Small Grants and Capital Funding (Charities who support those with disabilities or long-term illness)

The Foundation operates 2 grant programmes:

Small Grants - this programme is aimed at charities needing urgent grant support of up to £5K to help maintain an existing service. Any grant awards made under this programme are unrestricted and may be used to meet the cost of any charitable activity, however the grant must be spent within 6 months of receipt.

Capital Grants - open to all charities with a gross annual income of £5M or less wishing to apply for a grant in excess of £5K towards the cost of funding a new project. Any grant awarded under this programme will be restricted and may only be used towards the cost of the project to be delivered. Day to day operational costs will not be funded.

Funds available for grant giving are limited and applications will be prioritised from smaller charities, operating at a local level, with an annual income of less than £1M and who are making a significant impact in their local community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising.

Who should apply?

UK registered charities with a gross annual income of £3M or less.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Cameron Grant Memorial Trust - Innovation in Mental Health

The objectives of the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust are to raise awareness of suicide, to urge all who are suffering in silence to speak up and ask for help, and to support people, especially young people, who are fighting to overcome poor mental health.

Applications to this programme for a grant of between £100 & £2,500 will be considered. The grant can be used to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or otherwise experiment in any way that supports the treatment mental health. The emphasis will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to reach out and effect change. Ideas should typically fit into one of the following categories:
• Destigmatising Mental Health
• Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care
• Improving Mental Well Being

Note the grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation. They will not be made to fund ongoing operational expenses or salaries. The innovation can involve technology though It doesn’t have to. 

Who should apply?

Individuals; Charities; Social Enterprises/CIC; Schools; Colleges; Universities; Pre-registration start-ups; Voluntary Groups; Community Groups and other not-for-profit entities are invited to apply. NB: The applicants and the project must be UK based.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Morrisons Foundation - COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

What is the funding for?

The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. Homelessness charities are raising concerns that if someone is sleeping rough or in a crowded night shelter, it’s impossible to self-isolate and maintain social distance so help is needed more than ever before.

In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply for support to cover three broad areas:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • Information and advice

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Help The Homeless Fund

What is the funding for?

Help The Homeless was founded in 1975 and shortly thereafter launched its first National Appeal chaired by Sir Robert Mark (the then Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police) which raised a substantial initial capital sum. Together with further donations and legacies since then, this capital has been carefully managed and invested to produce income which is distributed in the form of grants to charities and voluntary organisations throughout the UK. Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homelesss people in rebuilding their lives and finding their way successfully back into society.

Grants are made four times each year to assist in the purchase of capital equipment. Each application is considered on its merits by the Board of Trustees.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Your organisation must be a registered UK charity with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.

  • They are able to help only small and medium-sized charities with an annual turnover of under £1m and with ‘unrestricted reserves’ of under six months annual running costs based on their latest published annual accounts. 

  • They can only accept applications towards the funding of ‘capital’ projects. They are unable to accept applications towards running/core costs, computers and IT equipment.

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

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

The quarterly deadlines for applications for funding each year are: 15th March / 15th June/ 15th September/ 15th December.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Sport England - Return to Play: Small Grants

The fund seeks to support projects addressing the challenges coronavirus (Covid-19) has posed to people taking part in sport and physical activity.

A total of £10 million of National Lottery funding is available, with grants of between £300 and £10,000, to help not-for-profit community organisations create coronavirus-secure settings for community sport and physical activity to resume this winter.

The fund will have flexible priorities, to be able to best respond to the frequently changing challenges posed to community sport.

These could include having to deliver sport and physical activity in smaller groups, having the correct sanitation and safety equipment, not having enough sports equipment to safely deliver activities and having the appropriate training for club volunteers to ensure you're meeting the current guidelines - more information on which can be found at the links below.

Funding could therefore be used for minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and training courses to help you deliver your activities safely.

Who should apply?

You don’t have to be a sports organisation to apply, however, sport should be an established and significant part of your core offer.

Your organisation can apply if you're:

  • a not-for-profit voluntary group or sports club
  • a not-for-profit community club or organisatoin
  • a registered charity
  • a not-for-profit company
  • a community interest company (CIC) or other social enterprise
  • a leisure operator, operating a single site.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Acumen Fellowship

Each year, the Acumen UK Fellowship brings together 20 extraordinary individuals tackling poverty and injustice in their communities - and equips them with the knowledge, skills and community to accelerate and sustain their impact.

The Fellowship begins with a year-long intensive leadership programme, where Fellows remain in their role while taking part in a series of week-long residentials and virtual seminars connected by group practice. This is where practical skills meet moral imagination - and the programme is designed to increase a Fellow’s capacity to bridge our divides and take on long standing problems of poverty and injustice.

After the first year, Fellows become part of Acumen’s global community of social innovators - committed to lifelong learning, collaboration and accompaniment as they drive change.

Who should apply?

Individuals based in the UK. Acumen are seeking extraordinary leaders who dare to embrace the difficult journey of social change.

Deadline

Applications for 2021 will open on 25th March.

 

The Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship (Foundation of Nursing Studies)

This opportunity includes:

  • Attendance at the 5-day residential international practice development school (11-16 July 2021), covering course fees, accommodation, food and travel expenses.
  • 12 months bespoke mentorship from FoNS to support an innovation in practice including face-to-face visits, and support via email and telephone, along with the opportunity to connect with regional and national nursing leaders
  • Opportunity to work towards publishing a paper in the International Practice Development Journal as a novice writer
  • An invitation to become part of the FoNS Alumni

Application process:

  • Complete the application form by 5pm, Tuesday 20th April 2021
  • After shortlisting, all applicants will be notified by 30th April 2021
  • Telephone/video conference interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held on 6th May 2021, the internal sponsor/line manager for shortlisted candidates will be expected to join part of the interview
  • Scholarships will be awarded at the FoNS Celebration Event in London (date to be confirmed)

Please note, organisational support is needed (a statement of support from both your line manager and someone at exec level).

Who should apply?

Nurses, midwifes or health visitors working clinically at ward sister level or equivalent in any health or social care setting UK-wide.

Deadline

20 April, 5pm

 

The Clore Fellowship (Cultural Leadership programme)

The Clore Fellowship is an individually tailored leadership development programme for the cultural sector. Participants learn through programmed leadership talks and workshops, a secondment, research, study visits, external courses and conferences. The Fellowships are supported by a range of funders, including Arts Councils, Trusts and Foundations.

Who should apply?

This adaptive programme is for leaders from across the cultural sector who are poised to take on a significant leadership challenge, to make a step change in their leadership careers and the cultural sector: perhaps you are about to take on a major project or executive leadership role, or are ready to develop your organisation. Whether working independently or as part of an institution, you will be able to demonstrate your aptitude and appetite for effecting significant change.

The Foundation aims to increase the diversity of leaders in arts and culture and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leaders and D/deaf and disabled leaders, who are currently under-represented in the sector.

Deadline

Applications are currently closed. The 2021 Fellowship will take place between March and September - check back in September 2021 for information on the 2022 Fellowship.

 

Clore Social Leadership - Experienced Leader 2021

The Experienced Leader Programme 2021 is designed for leaders in the social sector with over 6 years' experience who seek to build their leadership capabilities and make a lasting difference within the sector. During the programme, you can expect to be supported, challenged and inspired by a group of like-minded social sector leaders and learn through real-world challenges, while using a variety of techniques.

You will be guided to develop inspirational, empowering, courageous, focused, passionate and generous leadership capabilities - qualities essential to any effective leader. You will learn how and what these skills and behaviours look like in action, where your strengths and areas of improvement lie, and how you can develop and encourage them in yourselves and others.

Who should apply?

Individuals with 6+ years' experience (paid or voluntary) working for social purpose who are passionate about social change, and keen to develop.

Deadline

Applications for this programme will open in 2021, dates to be confirmed. Register your interest here.

 

Year Here (social innovation programme)

Year Here is for curious and creative people who are ambitious about making society better. It is about learning in the real world rather than in a lecture hall. Through three major projects in very different contexts, you’ll have multiple opportunities to build a smart, scalable response to some of society’s toughest challenges.

As a Fellow, you’ll leave the programme with a portfolio that is bursting full of projects, ideas and experiences – and go on to carve out an entrepreneurial career path.

They run two programmes per year, kicking off in Autumn and Spring.

Who should apply?

Fellows come from a range of backgrounds and industries. With an average of 7 years’ career experience, they bring an incredibly diverse set of professional skills and life experiences to the programme. What unites them is their brilliant personal qualities – like resourcefulness, humility and resilience – and their passion for social action.

To be eligible to apply to Year Here, you will need to satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Eligibility to work and volunteer in the EU
  • Ability to commit to the dates of the programme and live in London for the course duration
  • Willingness to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) check.

Deadline

Each year Year Here has two intakes, kicking off their Fellowship in February and August. They will begin recruiting for the 2021/22 intake in March 2021.

 

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programmes

This programme offers three strands to Social Entrepreneurs; Start up, Scale Up, and Trade up.

Start Up

Are you in the early stages of setting up a social enterprise, charity or social impact project?  This fully funded course is a transformational experience that will give you the confidence and skills to create the impact you’re aiming for.

Scale Up

You’ve set up an effective social enterprise, and you plan to significantly scale up its social impact. This programme will help you put those plans into place.

Trade Up

You’ve set up an effective social enterprise already, and plan to increase your income and impact in the year ahead.  Maybe your business and trading income has been affected by the pandemic?  They’ll get you back on track.

Who should apply?

You'll need to be UK-based and committed to attending the learning programme. See each opportunity for specific eligibility requirements.

Deadline

Applications will open in early 2021 - Register interest in the 2021-22 programme to receive an alert.

 

She Leads Change - A Brave New World

Join us on an expedition to navigate thoughtfully through this time of change. You will find space to reflect and make sense of this time and tools to explore a positive way forward. You will be supported, challenged and connected with fellow travellers.

Together, we will move from a reactive response to an unexpected situation; into generative, transformative action. This journey offers an opportunity to co-create shared positive behaviours, mindsets and outcomes that may be beneficial to us, those we care about – and also to our wider society.

This journey begins with 3 steps which will be the focus for our three sessions. These each help us rise above uncertainty, embrace change and create a positive shift:

  • Step 1: Manage the here and now – our first step encourages us to notice where we are, acknowledge our feelings and access our own resourcefulness.
  • Step 2: Grow perspective – this enables us to see new possibilities and embrace this time as a chance to change for better.
  • Step 3: Actively create a better future – from a different perspective, we can act differently and rethink our models, structures and systems. We can consciously and courageously take agency to extend positive lessons into the future we are co-creating.

Who should apply?

Individuals looking to be supported and challenged while making positive change.

Deadline

The programme is not currently open, however you can express interest for the future here.

 

Other support - in detail

Full information on each resource is provided here, with a link to the relevant website.

 

Lloyds Bank Foundation - Communications, press and influencing support

The Foundation's downloadable guides are designed to help you achieve strong, impactful communications with as little demand on your time as possible. This Communications, Press and Influencing toolkit provides a detailed overview of storytelling from a charity perspective and is designed for use by people of all levels of experience or prior knowledge.

The toolkit provides guidance and support on:

  • Defining your audiences, messages and channels
  • Building your brand
  • Approaching press
  • Designing events 
  • Creating video content
  • Succeeding on social media
  • Web design and content
  • Getting started with influencing
  • Useful resources

The guides can be accessed here.

 

Media Trust - Digital Marketing Strategy Webinar series

Digital Marketing Strategy Webinar series consists of three modules designed to help charities to effectively promote their work online, grow and engage audiences and increase their visibility. The webinars have been designed specifically for charities. 

The webinars have been broken down into three modules covering key areas for developing a digital marketing strategy including; Digital Marketing Strategy: The Basics, Content and Tactics and Digital Marketing Channels.

Access the webinars here.

 

On Road - How to support people with first-hand experience to do great media interviews

Across the UK, the voluntary sector and the media are seeing the power of people sharing their experiences and expertise in their own words. Done well, their voices aren’t just heard – they are able to change how the public understands and thinks about social issues.

With this guide, On Road have drawn on over 10 years of expertise in bringing people with personal experience of social issues together with journalists to collaborate on fresh, more nuanced content, in safe and strategic ways.

The guide can be accessed here.

 

Good Finance - COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities & Social Enterprises

This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19.

The support can be accessed here.

 

Information Commissioners' Office (ICO) - Working from home for organisations

Working from home can bring freedom and flexibility – but it can also come with its own challenges. If you’re transitioning to home or remote working, the ICO has developed some guidance to help you remain compliant with data protection laws. 

The guidance can be accessed here.

 

Year Here - Coronavirus Continuity Planning for Social Businesses and Charities

This is a crowdsourced collection of resources for Social Businesses and Charities created by ventures from the Year Here network. This guide is updated regularly by the community. It covers a variety of topics including webinars, HR, Legal & Governance, and Business Planning.

Access the resource here.

 

The Dragonfly Collective - Toolkit for social enterprise models that combine profit and impact

This toolkit explores how to build a social enterprise model in practice. It’s for the leaders of businesses that want to build purpose into their work, the leaders of charities that want to generate more sustainable sources of income, and the leaders of social enterprises that want to extend or strengthen their model.

It is based on the social enterprise toolkit developed in collaboration with Cass Business School in London. It draws on a review of 92 international journal articles on social enterprise models, and interviews with 18 leaders of social enterprise peak bodies in the UK that collectively support over ten thousand social enterprises.

Access the toolkit here.

 

Blume - Free support for Charities

Blume are offering 1,000 hours of free support to help Charities deal with the consequences of Coronavirus.  

Experienced Charity Accountants, HR professionals, Fundraisers, Copywriters, and Office Administrators are all on hand to support you with pressing tasks.

For example so far our Blumers have been asked to:

  • Reforecast cashflows and budgets
  • Manage the furlough process
  • Write fundraising bids
  • Put finance systems in place for handling new grants
  • Write impact reports for donors
  • Provide administrative support to fundraising efforts
  • Develop policies for working online

They are offering each charity up to 16 hours - or two days - of free support.

Access support here.

 

Getting On Board - How to Become a Charity Trustee: a practical guide

Getting on Board are on a mission to change the face of charity trusteeship.They support people to volunteer as charity trustees, particularly those who are currently under-represented on trustee boards. That means helping more women, people of colour, young people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI people, and so many others, to get on board with the causes they love.

They also support charities to recruit and retain diverse trustees, and help employers connect their employees with amazing volunteer opportunities. They run events from one-off workshops all the way through to supported recruitment programmes.

If you’re passionate about a cause and want to get on board as a charity trustee, Getting On Board can help.

Access the guide here.

 

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) - How to write a great grant application

Understanding how to put together a winning grant or funding application is essential – now more than ever. Succeed in your application and you could gain the funding you need for critical projects, however large-scale or focused they are.

But like any application, you'll be one of many. You'll not only need to nail the basics, you'll also need to stand out. And as charities face an increasingly difficult period, competition will be fierce.

Across three (transcripted) videos, Monica Brown, Head of Charity Advisory at CAF, addresses:

  • What makes a great grant application?
  • How should charities approach writing a grant application?
  • What are common grant application mistakes?

Access the videos here.

 

Nesta - Crowdfunding in a crisis

One striking feature of the COVID-19 crisis is the crucial role that local communities have played in responding quickly to local needs and mobilising much-needed resources.

Identifying which local causes need support and getting funds to them quickly is a common challenge.

This blog gives a short introduction to how crowdfunding can be a good way of raising funds in a crisis by connecting people to local worthy causes, fast.

Read more here.

 

Covid Tech Support - Free project support for those who need it

This is a community of over 1500 digital volunteers supporting non-profits and communities worldwide who are affected by or tackling COVID-19 efforts.

From organising tech teams and building websites or other COVID-19 projects, to arranging marketing and project support, they want to remove digital obstacles during this difficult time.

Access support here.

 

Arts Fundraising & Philianthropy - Fundraising at times of crisis

Fundraisers are being forced to adapt at an unprecedented rate, so Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy have dedicated a special issue of Now, New and Next to some of the key problems that they know arts fundraisers are facing, and ways to help.

Read more here.

 

UK Artist Grant Writing Support

UK Artist Grant Writing Support is a network of artists, curators and producers working in contemporary art organisations, who are coming together to provide in-kind support to artists requiring help with emergency grant applications. This network has been established in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its increasingly serious economic impact on artists.

It is recognised that artists encounter barriers in accessing grant support, and that the skills and experience generating applications for funders and stakeholders are often disproportionately held by producing staff within organisations. This is a callout for artists who feel that they need feedback on their application as part of the grant writing process.

Access support here.