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Funding opportunities

Below you will find a list of year-round funding opportunities. 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Education and Learning Programme
The programme has a number of aims including the development of partnerships between mainstream and supplementary schools.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Social Justice Programme
The programme aims to help marginalised individuals and communities, and support young people up to the age of 30 who are in transition, or established communities in refugee dispersal areas.

Yapp Charitable Trust  
Grants for activities that improve the education and lives of the disadvantaged.

Awards for All
Up to £10,000 annually to start up new community projects. Awards are open to the whole of the UK, but application processes vary between countries.

Porticus UK
Grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 for community projects focused on education or the vulnerable, particularly those projects that support Roman Catholic values.

BIG: Reaching Communities 
Between £10,000 and £500,000 for projects that help those most in need and improve the quality of life in communities across England. You can apply for the funding if you are a registered charity, a voluntary or community group, a statutory body (including schools), a charitable or not-for-profit company, or a social enterprise.

The Monica Rabagliati Charitable Trust
Grants supporting organisations that tackle child suffering and deprivation, prioritising small and medium organisations where possible. Trustees assess grant applications twice a year.

The Wates Foundation
Up to £30,000 through four grant programmes which include support for early years transitions, families and children in school years. South East and central England only.

The Altajir Trust   
Grants to support the promotion of Islamic culture and create positive relations between Muslims and Christians. Grants may be used for exhibitions, publications and educational programmes.

Barclays Community Sport Award
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.

Nationwide Foundation Small Grants Programme
Up to £5,000 for charities that support groups from deprived areas. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Comic Relief Grants
On average, grants of between £25,000 and £40,000 are available for voluntary and community groups.

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation
The foundation looks at five categories: education, civil society, research, human rights and the arts. Grants in the past have ranged from several hundred pounds to £2 million. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Refugees into Teaching small grants scheme
If you are a refugee involved in teaching, register with Refugees into Teaching and you could be eligible for a grant of up to £300 to support your education, training and employment goals.

Breaks 4 Kids
The Youth Hostel Association’s charitable fund supports under-privileged young people under 18 who are travelling as part of an organised group such as a school trip or youth club trip. They offer grants for up to 50% of the cost of accommodation and food. They also offer packages of activities. Applications for funding must be made at least 8 weeks before the trip begins. England and Wales only.


Ten steps to fundraising

1 Sort out your fundraising strategy

How much money do you need to survive? How much is generated through fees? What is the shortfall? Where will the extra income come from?
2 Keep the facts at your fingertips

What was your income last year? Are your accounts up to date? Who is on the Management Committee? Are your policies up to date?
3 Build your credibility

Funders need to have confidence in your organisation – if you’ve been awarded money before and managed a grant it builds your credibility. If this is your first grant go for a smaller amount to prove you can manage money.
4 Research and identify likely grant prospects

Look in to the different funders, such as what they have supported before, and build up a list of possible funders. Keep up to date with any changes in their grant programmes and funding deadlines. Use the funding search tools below.
5 Manage the application process

Grant applications take time, share the burden with other colleagues. Make sure each person knows what they are responsible for eg finances and costings, collecting evidence etc
6 Develop grant winning ideas

Look at other successful projects, especially what makes them stand out. Back up what you are saying with evidence. Think of the ‘So what’ factor. How will you evidence the change your project will achieve?
7 Write a good proposal

Take time to write your bid, and let someone not connected to your organisation read through it. Does it make sense to them, can they understand what you are trying to achieve?
8 Say ‘thank you’

Let the funder know that you appreciate their support. Send them a thank you card made by the children, and send them pictures of classes in progress. (Don’t forget to get parents permission.)
9 Go back to the funder

If a funder has supported you once, then see if they will fund you again. Many funders are likely to continue supporting projects they know make a difference.
10 Keep in touch

Ask them to visit your project. Even if they don’t fund you a second time, keep in touch and let them know how the project is progressing. It is worth investing a little time to build supportive relationships with funders.


Search for Funding

Funding Central
Funder Finder
J4B Funding 


Big Lottery
Awards for All
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Community Foundations 

Resources, help and guidance

ContinYou study support funding opportunities
Full Cost Recovery
Fit 4 Funding have a number of resources:

Downloads (for members only)

Excel imageFinancial forecast example (15 KB)

Word imageQuality on a shoestring (43 KB)

Word imageMatch Funding – What is it? (168 KB)

Funding advice

Also check the main funding pages for help and advice about how to apply for funding.

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