Funding and grant opportunities for charitable organisations and community groups

Funding opportunities

Below is a list of the latest grant and general funding opportunities available in the UK. This valuable resource provides information for community groups and other charitable organisations, with the latest funding opportunities and grants. These cover a broad range of activities including education, health improvement and community building.

Opportunities with approaching deadlines are listed towards the top of the page; those with no deadline are further down the page.

UK funding opportunities

Woodward Charitable Trust
Funding available: small grants scheme – up to £5000; large grants scheme – over £5000
Application deadline: 31 May 2011
The Woodward Charitable Trust, which is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, is inviting applications from UK registered charities working with or in the areas of: social and ethnic minority groups; prisoners and ex-offenders; homelessness; violence and abuse; arts outreach; disability; and the environment. Every year, the Trust makes about 50 grants through its small grants programme and around 5 awards through its large grants programme.

BBC Children in Need
Funding available:
small grants – less than £10,000 per year for three years; main grants – more than £10,000 per year for three years
Application deadline:
15 July 2011
BBC Children in Need are inviting not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people 18 years and under, living in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, to apply for grants. BBC Children in Need can only fund projects that focus on the differences made (outcomes) to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

Big Voice Competition
Funding available: £1,000
Application deadline: Summer 2011 half term
The Big Voice Competition is open to groups of between five and eight students working together to develop innovative yet practical ideas on diversity and inclusion in the UK. Big Voice will provide a film crew, and then will show the film on giant screens in city centres around the UK as part of the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. All winning proposals will receive the same support: 3 days of shooting with a small crew equipped to a professional standard, plus 30 hours of post-production services. Each film will be given a budget of £1,000.

Hilton in the Community Foundation Grants
Funding available:
Up to £30,000 per year
Application deadline: 2 August 2011, 18 October 2011
Hilton in the Community wants to really make a difference to disadvantaged children’s lives. They support efforts in four key areas of need: disabled children; children in hospital; homelessness and life-limited children in hospices.

The Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity
Funding available: £500 – £1,000
Application deadline:
mid March and mid September
Small charities and not for profit organisations working in the areas of disability, local heritage, local community and performing and visual arts can apply for funding through the Lady Neville Charity grants programme. Eligible organisations can apply for grants for items of non-recurring expenditure (eg equipment, an event, a particular element of capital building works). Grant making committees are held in May and November each year. Applications need to be received six weeks prior to the meeting date, therefore mid-March and mid-September should be treated as deadlines.

The Archer Trust
Funding available: £250 to £3,000
Application deadline: No deadline specified, although trustees meet twice a year, usually in March and September.
Funding for groups who provide aid or support to a defined group of needy or deserving people, for instance those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged.

The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust
Funding available:
Not specified
Application deadline: Apply at any time
The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust (AFMT) supports projects that allow disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. The Trust usually supports programmes that are run by schools or youth groups, but welcomes applications from individuals. These must have a referee.

Live UnLtd
Funding available:
up to £5,000
Application deadline: Apply at any time
UnLtd, the charity for social entrepreneurs, is inviting young people between the age of 11 and 21, who have a passion and talent to change the world around them, to apply through Live UnLtd for a grant to start up their own business, sports teams, recreational groups and host events. Live UnLtd will also offer support to help with the running of the project.

Barclays Community Sport Award
Funding available:
There is a monthly award of £1000, and an end-of-season prize of a further £5000
Application deadline: monthly
A new monthly award to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups that use sport to benefit communities across the UK. Each award winner will receive £1,000 for their group or organisation, a limited edition trophy and will be entered into the end of season award to win a further £5,000. Nominations can be made for any individual, group of individuals or not-for-profit organisation.

Young Roots
Funding available: £5,000 – £25,000
Application deadline: any time
The scheme aims to involve 13-20 year-olds in finding out about their heritage, developing skills, building confidence and promoting community involvement. Projects must show how young people are managing and participating in the project. Projects should develop partnerships between youth organisations and heritage organisations, and should promote social inclusion and equal opportunities by involving a wide range of young people of different abilities and cultural backgrounds.

Nationwide Foundation Small Grants Programme
Funding available: Up to £5000
Application deadline: any time
For charities that support groups from deprived areas. Priorities currently include: to support older people who face financial exclusion in order to help them achieve improved quality of life; to support survivors of domestic abuse to build their financial capability in order to help them live independently and achieve improved quality of life; to support survivors of domestic abuse to live independently and achieve improved quality of life; to support older people with their housing needs.

The Mark Leonard Trust
Funding available:
not specified
Application deadline:
any time
Not for profit organisations and organisations with a charitable purpose can apply for funding through the Mark Leonard Trust. The Mark Leonard Trust is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and focuses on environmental education in the UK. In particular the Trust seeks to support projects that focus on: finding practical ways of involving children and young adults; sustainable agriculture and bio-diversity; sustainable transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy; and youth work that supports the rehabilitation of young people involved in anti-social or criminal activities.

Westhill Endowment
Funding available: £1,000 – £20,000
Application deadline:
any time
Westhill Endowment offers grants to support community-transforming projects with strong underlying Christian values that transform people’s lives, foster empathy between communities and build bridges between people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Westhill Endowment’s objectives are the promotion of education in the manner which reflects the principles of the Christian religion and the tradition of the historic free churches and the promotion of dialogue and educational interchange between the Christian Church and other living faiths.

Gregg Foundation Grants
Funding available: up to £2,000
Application deadline: any time
Local not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants through the Greggs Foundation regional grants programme. The regional grants programme is administered by committees of volunteers from Gregg shops, bakeries and offices who are based in England, Scotland and Wales. They use their knowledge of the local area to make small grants to local organisations, in particular those that make a difference to people in need in the heart of Greggs’ local communities. The Greggs Foundation prioritises local organisations that help people in need in their local area.

Cash 4 Clubs
Funding available: up to £1,000
Application deadline: any time
Sports clubs that are registered with their sport’s national governing body or local authority can apply for grants. Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme which gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club. There are three tiers of grants at £250, £500 and £1,000. 

O2 Programme for Young People
Funding available:
£300, with opportunity to apply for further £2500
Application deadline: any time
The O2 programme supports projects by young people (13 – 25) that have a positive impact upon their community. The new programme Think Big will offer young people grants as well as training, support and mentoring from a number of youth charities. These include the National Youth Agency and UK Youth. Examples of projects that could be supported could include fighting knife crime, starting local youth groups, teaching skills to other young people or renovating community spaces. Eligible projects should be run by young people for young people.

Comic Relief Grants
Funding available: On average, between £25,000 and £40,000
Application deadline: Not specified
Comic Relief provides both capital and revenue and can pay for up to 100% of project costs but they encourage applicants to get some of their funding from other sources. Grants are available to not for profit organisations such as: constituted voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, faith organisations and community interest companies.

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation
Funding available: Not specified
Application deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.
The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is a charitable family foundation established in 1999 to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society. The trustees are interested in lasting social change, and in forming long-term partnerships with the organisations the Foundation supports. Grants in the past have ranged from several hundred pounds to grants of up to £2 million.

Asda Foundation
Funding available:
Not specified
Application deadline:
Applications are accepted throughout the year and applications will be assessed at the quarterly trustee meeting.
The ASDA Foundation is set up to assist any charity in the UK as well as people and projects who require financial assistance. They support requests which have the direct support and involvement from local colleagues. Please contact your local store or depot to see if this is something they are able to support.

Co-operative Community Fund
Funding available:
£100 to £2,000
Community groups can apply for grants for projects which carry out positive work in the community and which address a community issue; provide a good long-term benefit to the community; support co-operative values and principles and which is ideally be innovative in its approach.

ACT Foundation
Funding available:
Not specified. Previous grants have ranged from £100 to £4 million
Application deadline: You can apply for grants at any time.
Grants for individuals in need and charities that work to enhance the quality of life for people in need, (specifically the mentally and physically disabled).

Football Foundation – Facilities Scheme
Funding available:
Up to £1 million.
The facilities scheme gives grants for projects that improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities; sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability; help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation
Funding available:
£1,000 to £10,000
Providing grants to charitable organisations for new projects relating to education, music composition and performances, disability, the assistance of the elderly and farming.

The Dulverton Trust
Funding available:
Small grant scheme – Up to £3,500; Large grants – Over £3,500
Support for registered charities for activities in the following categories: youth and education and general welfare.

The MacRobert Trust
Funding available:
£5,000 to £10,000
The major categories under which the Trustees consider support are science and technology, youth, services and sea, education, disabled and handicapped, community welfare. Grants are open to all UK charities although preference is given to charities in Scotland.

LankellyChase Foundation – Local People, Local Places Grant
Funding available: Up to £50,000
Grants to help local organisations to find long term solutions to local issues and engaging the skills and talents of individuals to transform communities for the benefit of all.

The Clothworkers’ Foundation
Funding available: Up to £10,000 (small grant fund); over £10,000 (Main grant fund)
Application deadline: Not specified
Funding to improve the quality of life, particularly for people and communities facing disadvantage, particularly in the following areas: Encouragement of Young People, Social Inclusion, Disability, Visual impairment.

The Hedley Foundation
Funding available: Up to £5,000
Application deadline: The trustees meet six times per year.
Charitable foundation which supports young people, the disabled and the terminally ill.

Ernest Cook Trust
Funding available: Small grant scheme – Up to £4,000; Large grant scheme – £4,000 to £10,000
As well as offering a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people, the Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.

Tesco Community Grants
Funding available: £500 to £4,000
Application deadlines: Children’s education and welfare grants – 31 January and 30 June; Elderly people and children with disability grants – 31 March and 30 September
Grants to fund practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit children, the elderly and adults and children with disabilities, living in the local communities around Tesco stores in the UK.

Henry Smith Charity
Funding available: Small grants – £500 to £20,000; Main grants – Over £20,000
Application deadline: Not specified. Trustee meetings take place in March, June, September and December.
Grant funding to organisations in the United Kingdom, with priority given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation.

Dulverton Trust – Minor Grants
Funding available: Up to £3,500
Application deadline: Not specified
The Dulverton Trust awards grant funding to charitable organisations in the UK working in the following areas: Youth and Education, General Welfare, Conservation.

Garfield Weston Foundation Grant Programme
Over the past fifty years The Garfield Weston Foundation has supported a wide range of organisations with grants of varying sizes. Recent funding has supported projects in the following categories: arts, community, education, welfare, medical, religion, youth and environment.

J Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust
Funding available: Small grants – Up to £5,000; Large grants – £10,000 to £250,000
Application deadline: No closing dates
The trust supports a range of work to alleviate poverty and overcome disadvantage.

The Fair Share Trust
Funding available: £5,000 to £250,000
Application deadline: Rolling deadlines. See local agent website for specific deadlines.
Grants for groups in areas who have not received their fair share of lottery funding, to build capacity, increase social capital and improve ‘liveability’.

Community Cash Awards
Grants available: Up to £1,000 is available for 14-16 year olds; up to £5,000 is available for those aged 16-25
Community Cash Awards are grants of up to £5,000 to help young people set up a project that will benefit their community.
Visit the Prince’s Trust website for more information.

Cash 4 Clubs
Funding available: £250, £500 or £1000
Application deadline: Applications are judged quarterly.
Grants to help community sports clubs.

UnLtd Sport Relief Awards
Funding available: Up to £10,000
Application deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.
UnLtd Sport Relief provides awards to young people who want to use sport or the arts to
address a social problem or conflict within their community.

Tudor Trust
Funding available: There is no maximum or minimum grant amount.
Application deadline: No deadline.
The Tudor Trust supports people and organisations working to achieve lasting change in their communities.

UnLtd
Funding available:
£500 to £5,000
The aim of the Awards is to support individuals or informal groups of people who have an idea which will change society for the better, and want help getting it off the ground.

Drinkaware
Funding available: £250 to £100,000
Application deadline: No application deadline, however you should apply for the grant at least two months before the start of your project.
The Drinkaware grants scheme aims to change the UK’s drinking culture for the better. They work to positively influence public behaviour and find innovative ways to raise awareness about the effects of alcohol, to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Young Roots
Funding available: £3,000 to £25,000
Application deadline: Young Roots is a rolling programme with no deadlines for applications
The Young Roots Programme aims to involve 13 to 25 year-olds in finding out about their heritage, developing skills, building confidence and promoting community involvement.
Visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website for more information.

Britannia Building Society Foundation
Funding available: £1,000 to £25,000
Application deadline: Applications to the Community Fund can be submitted at any time.
Grants for registered charities and schools, working within education, who are seeking funding specifically for numeracy and/or financial literacy projects.

Britannia Building Society Foundation – Community Fund
Funding available: Up to £1,000
Application deadline: Applications to the Community Fund can be submitted at any time.
Grants for voluntary groups, charities and schools who are seeking funding specifically for numeracy and/or financial literacy projects. The Fund also supports individual members wishing to achieve personal development goals that support the fund’s key priorities with a donation of up to £100.
Visit the Britannia Foundation website for more information.

02 – It’s Your Community Initiative
Grants available:
£100 to £1,000
Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time
Awards of up to £1,000 are available to local groups and individuals, for anything that you can show will benefit your community.

Wakeham Trust
Funding available:
£75 to £750
Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time.
The Wakeham Trust provide grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded.
They also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching.

HBOS Foundation: Community Action Programme
Funding available: Up to £10,000
Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time.
HBOS Foundation donations must fit within the two key themes of money advice and financial literacy or developing and improving local communities. You must be a registered charity, or a not for profit local community group.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Education and Learning Open Grants Scheme
Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time
Grants available: There is no minimum or maximum grant size.
The Education and Learning Open Grants Scheme is currently accepting applications for innovation and change concerned with supplementary schooling and tackling school exclusion and truancy.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales
Every year the Lloyds TSB Foundation funds thousands of charities working to tackle disadvantage across England and Wales. Their focus is on supporting small and medium under-funded charities that can make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people by helping them to play a fuller role in the communities of their choice.

The Links Foundation
Funding available: Average spend per project is currently about £20,000.
Application deadline: The Board meets every four months. The closing date for applications is four weeks before the Board meeting.
The Links Foundation was launched in 2003 as a charitable trust to distribute funds to communities that needed help.

Heinz Charitable Trust
Heinz Charitable Trust promotes community health and well-being and offers funding to registered charities in the UK.
Visit the Heinz website for more information.

Healthy Heart Grants
Funding available: Up to £10,000
Application deadline: Applications are only accepted during January and February for the May round of grants and July and August for grants awarded in November, each year.
Grants are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Funding available: Up to £10,000 (small grants programme), £10,000 to £30,000 (large grants programme)
Application deadline: The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications at the beginning of February, May, July and November. Applications must be received at least eight weeks prior to a meeting.
The Foundation provides grants for projects within the following three areas: health care and disability, community support, and education and the arts.

The Mohammad Ibrahim Foundation
Funding available: The grants range from £500 – £10,000. Extraordinary projects may receive grants up to £50,000.
Application deadline: Grants are awarded twice a year
The Mohammed Ibrahim Foundation makes grants to organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK, both now and in the future. They are particularly interested in supporting community building, strengthening non-profit organisations, and supporting families.

The Classical Association Grants
Funding available: £50,000
Application deadline: Decisions on grant applications are normally made by Council which meets at the start of April and in mid-November each year.
The Classical Association awards grants to classical projects, such as institutions offering extra-mural courses in Greek, Latin and classical civilisation; and support of regional Greek or Roman days or of school conferences.
Visit the Classical Association website for more information.

Yapp Charitable Trust Grants – England and Wales only
Funding available: Up to £3,000 per year for up to three years
Application deadline: Applications are processed continuously.
The Yapp Charitable Trust makes small grants, for running costs and salaries, to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work.

The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust Grants Programme
Funding available: Not specified
Application deadline: Applications are considered on a continuing basis.
The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust supports charitable organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK.

The Rayne Foundation
Funding available: Not specified
The Rayne Foundation helps and encourages inspiring individuals and organisations who can help build bridges within society. They give grants within four sectors: Arts, Education, Health & Medicine, and Social Welfare & Development.

Steel Charitable Trust
Funding available: £1,000 to £25,000
Application deadline: No deadline
The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes within the following areas: health and medical research, social services environment, culture.

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation (England and Wales only)
Funding available: From less than £1,000 to £250,000
Application deadline: Not specified
The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation aims to improve the quality of life particularly of those in need. Funding can be for education, arts, religion, community, children and youth, health, social welfare, environment and amateur sport.

For more information, please email office@sunleyfoundation.com.

Youth Music (England and Wales only)
Funding available:
£5,000 to £30,000
Grants will be available to support projects that provide structured, regular and progressive music-making activities for children and young people.

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme
Funding available: £1,000 to £10,000
Grant assistance available to small UK charities for projects that will make a significant impact on their work.

Equitable Charitable Trust
Funding available:
2,500 to £30,000
The Trust is an education charity which makes grants towards projects for children and young people under the age of 25 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or disabled.

Specific regional funding

You can also view regional funding opportunities on the following pages:

More funding

More funding alerts and information about grants and awards can be found on the Learning Exchange website.