Funding Insight



BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme (UK)

The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 1st September 2017.

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • And / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

Examples of projects that recently received funding include:

St Joseph’s School and Community Steering Group, which received a grant of £61,480 to provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people living in Workington in physical and healthy living activity.

Stepping Stones Pre School Portslade, which received a grant of £ £9,397 to provide additional 1-1 support to children who display emotional/behavioural/communication difficulties to develop coping strategies, social communication skills and help them to overcome anxiety.

Cumbria Law Centre which received a grant of £88,263 to provide a full time worker for a young people’s drop in centre, offering specialist social welfare advice to young people and vulnerable parents.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme (UK)

Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 for projects that help children and young people experiencing:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • And deprivation.

Projects supported in the past include:

Trewirgie Junior School which received a grant of £9,760 to provide after school sailing sessions to disadvantage children aged 7-11.

The Midlothian Association of Play which received a grant of £9,996 to run holiday playschemes with trips and activities for young people living in low income areas.

The closing date for applications is the 1st September 2017.

Funding for Young People to Develop Social Enterprises (UK)

UnLtd, in partnership with Sports Relief and the Spirit of 2012, has announced that young people who want to start, grow or build their social enterprise idea can apply for funding of up to £15,000.  Young people can apply for a Test it Award of up to £500 or a Build it Award of up to £15,000.

Awards can be applied for by an individual or small group of up to four people aged 11-30.  Test it Awards provide young people with the chance to unlock their potential and make a positive difference in the community. The Test it Awards are available to 200 young people to run their own projects. There is a one stage application process for Test It Awards. All applicants need to do is fill out the application which can be found at here. UnLtd will also scale up successful projects by providing Awards of £15,000 to 10 young people who are ready to build their ideas into sustainable social.

There is a two stage application process for the Build It Awards.  Applicants initially will need to submit an expression of interest and if they meet the criteria then UnLtd will send an application form to apply, more details can be found at here.

M&S Energy Community Energy Fund Opens for Applications (UK)

The M&S Energy Community Fund has announced that not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding for renewable energy projects that can demonstrate they have the support of their local community.

A total of £300,000 is available and the maximum available for each project is £12,500. Applicants can include:

  • Parish or Town Councils
  • Community groups, Colleges and School; etc.

Applicants will need to submit their application form by the 23rd June 2017.

Projects that are then shortlisted, will need to organise support from their community to vote for their project on the competition website. The projects with the most validated votes per region be awarded funding.

Previous projects funded include:

The Arcola Theatre Production Company which was determined to become the first carbon neutral theatre by installing a sustainable heating system.

Carrington School which wanted to install solar panels to enable generate revenue to help the school continuously improve its educational facilities.

Grants to Support Creative and Artistic Achievement (UK)

The next deadline for the Philip Bates Trust Arts Grants is 30th September 2017.

The Trust provides grants of up to £500 to charitable and not for profit organisations for the provision of creative and artistic projects and workshops for young people up to the age of 25. The Trust also supports individuals with grants of £100 to £250 and sponsors awards to encourage young people in their pursuit of creative and artistic achievement. Applications UK wide are invited, however those from within the West Midlands or from organisations undertaking activities in this area are particularly welcome.

Dulverton Trust Grant (UK)

UK registered charities can now apply for funding of up to £35,000 from The Dulverton Trust.

The Trust prefers to support medium sized charities (with an income of £200,000 to £5million) where their grant can make a difference and will also consider applications from newly registered charities.

The trust currently supports a wide range of activities in the following categories:

  • Youth Opportunities
  • General Welfare
  • Conservation and Preservation.

Priority will be given to projects which are open to all members of the community. Trustees meet three times a year to consider grant proposals: in February, June and October. Applications can however be submitted at any time. The Trust also operates a Minor grants programme, providing funding of up to £5,000 for locally operating charities with an income below £200,000.

This programme is administered by selected Community Foundations.

Community Business Fund Due to Re-Open for Applications (England)

Power to Change, which supports community businesses, has announced that its £10 million Community Business Fund will re-open for applications on the 7th June 2017.

Power to Change will be awarding grants between £50,000- £300,000 to support and develop local community businesses in England that work for the benefit of the local community. To be eligible for funding applicants need to be incorporated (rather than as a collection of individuals) and funding will be available for both capital and revenue costs.

Previous projects supported include:

Bristol Ferry Boats who were awarded £247,875. Bristol Ferry Boats are a Community Benefit Company with 900 shareholders. As well as running commercial trips for commuters and parties boat trips are used to support the curriculum for local schools and share Bristol’s history. The funding will help purchase a new environmentally friendly boat and support a series of trainee/staff pilots from the community and discounted fares for older and vulnerable residents.

The closing date for applications will be midday on the 5th July 2017.

Funding for Summer Playscheme Grants Programme (UK)

Registered charities and community groups that want to run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 16 can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000.

The funding is made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust which supports about 35 playschemes each year that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays. Preference is given to:

  • Small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities
  • Schemes that involve a large number of children
  • Schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability
  • Schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race
  • Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers.

Grants can only be paid to registered charities. Organisations that are not a registered charity can still apply but need the agreement of a registered charity to accept the grant on their behalf.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the Summer Playschemes is the 31st July 2017.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People (UK)

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 31st July 2017.

The Fund also aims to help young people (aged 15 – 30) at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, the Weaver’s Company will not fund large organisations. Grants are normally awarded to registered charities or organisations in the process of applying for registration. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year.

Funding for Community Facilities (England & Scotland)

The next application deadline for funding from the Suez Communities Trust (formerly the Sita Trust) is the 24th July 2017. The Suez Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to improve amenities that is available for leisure and recreation use by the general public. This could include:

  • Community cafes
  • Theatres
  • Play areas
  • Skate parks
  • Youth centres; etc.

Through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) the Trust can offer grants of up to £20,000 through its Smaller Projects Fund and grants of up to £50,000 through its Primary Fund. To be eligible, applicants needs to be a not – for profit organisations located within three miles of a qualifying SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK waste processing site. N.B. due to the rural nature of the Aberdeenshire funding zone this zone has a 10-mile radius. Additionally, in order to qualify for LCF funding project sites must fall within 10 miles of a landfill site.

For information on projects previously funded by the Trust, please click here.

Veolia Environmental Trust Grants (UK)

The Veolia Environmental Trust, has announced that the next closing date for stage 1 applications is the 31st August 2017.

Constituted, not-for-profit groups within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site, can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 towards community buildings; parks and paths, play and recreational facilities; nature reserves and biodiversity projects. To qualify for funding, projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs).

There is a two-stage application process and applicants successful at stage 1 must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.

The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust Grants (UK)

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, but these must have a referee. The AFMT support a wide range of projects, but are unlikely to support foreign trips.

Projects the fund has supported in the past include:

A £300 grant of a Youth Forum in Lancashire to support a programme of outdoor activities.

£500 grant for a group of young people from Bradford to go on a residential outdoor activities course in Scotland.

Postcode Community Trust (England, Scotland and Wales)

Postcode Community Trust will re-open for applications to its grants programme on the 1st August 2017.

Through its grants programme, the Trust will provide grants of £500 – £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts and recreation programmes and healthy living initiatives that improve a community’s physical and mental health. Funding is available to registered charities, voluntary organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises. Please note that only registered charities can apply for grants above £2,000.

Previous projects supported include:

Adel Pre-School in Leeds which received a grant of £20,000 to construct an outdoor play area with specific focus on sensory elements.

Blantyre Soccer Academy which received a grant of £13,070 to purchase new training equipment and other items allowing them to expand their youth outreach programmes.

The closing date for submitting Expressions will be the 18th August 2017.

Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants (England & Wales)

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding to the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Community Support Grants Scheme.

Funding is available for projects to tackle financial hardship; improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and wellbeing; provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people; and tackle social exclusion and disadvantage. Charities can apply for large grants of £5,000 and above or for small grants of between £500 – £5,000.

The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is the 16th June 2017.

For large grants programme it is 3rd July 2017. If applying for a Large Grant, applicants must first submit a Grant Enquiry Form at least two weeks prior to the large grant application deadline.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Announces Next Funding Round for its “Invest” Programme (England & Wales)

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, which provides funding to charities for projects to help people break their cycle of disadvantage, has announced that its “Invest” grants programme re-opened for applications on the 22nd May 2017 and will close on the 16th June 2017.

“Invest” is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Invest grants are from £10,000 up to maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total. Invest grants fund core running costs such as rent, heating, lighting and management costs etc, as well as project delivery costs such as salaries, recruitment, volunteer expense and training, etc.

The Foundation also runs a smaller “Enable” programme which provides grants of up to £15,000 for up to 2 years for activities relating to organisational development such as leadership and governance, improved systems and demonstrating outcomes.

Applications to the “Enable” programme can be made at any time.

Sport England to Launch New Families Fund (England)

Sport England has announced that intends to launch a new £40 Families Fund on the 22nd June 2017.

The aim of the fund will be to offer new opportunities for families with children to do sport and physical activity together. A particular focus will be to support parents on low incomes with children aged 5-15 living in areas of high deprivation; and to make sure their children have positive experiences of sport and physical activity. Sport England will be seeking applications from organisations, both sporting and non-sporting, who understand children and families and have a proven track record of working with them. Potential examples include housing associations, family-focused charities, parent support organisations and outdoor activity providers.

The closing date for applications will be 3pm on the 17th August 2017.

Near Neighbours Small Grants Fund (England)

Local groups and organisations, who are working to bring together neighbours and develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities, have until 17th November 2017 to apply for grants of £250 to £5,000 from the Near Neighbours fund.

The fund which operates in East & West London, Luton, East Midlands, Birmingham, the Black Country, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire has two key objectives:

  • Social interaction – to develop positive relationships in multi-faith and multi-ethnic areas
  • Social action – to encourage people of different faiths and of no faith and of different ethnicities to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood.

Grants awarded in the past have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging social interaction and social action.

Funding Available to Help Young People Volunteer (UK)

The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants of up to £500 to help young people of up to 30 or small groups of young people run a volunteering or community service project in their local area.

The fund seeks to support projects that enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society such as the homeless; those with drug dependency problems; and people with disabilities; etc.  The Trustees particularly like to fund projects that involve lots of volunteers, and/or encourage these young people to stay engaged as volunteers in the long term. Trustees will meet four times a year to consider applications.

For further information on how to apply contact .

Isos Community Fund Opens for Applications (UK)

The My Community Fund from Isos Homes has grants of £50 to £1,000 available for projects that create places where people want to live and improve the wellbeing and quality of life of residents.

It is targeted mainly at UK community and voluntary organisations where a grant will directly benefit a community where Isos has homes. Projects must address one or more of the following Community Investment Strategy themes:

  • Setting up a new, or supporting an existing, social enterprise
  • Tackling unemployment and under employment
  • Helping young people
  • Community health provision
  • Rural transport; digital exclusion
  • Fuel poverty.

For small grants (up to £5000) projects must address at least one of the themes.

For larger grants (between £5000 and £10000) applicants must show how the project will have a positive impact on at least two of the strategic themes outlined above, as well as making a clear contribution to strengthening the community and supporting social inclusion.

The first step in the application process is to speak to the funding team to establish eligibility. The Tenant Option Budget also has £50,000 to fund improvements to the areas surrounding its houses. Any Isos tenant can suggest an improvement project and apply for funding to make it happen. Up to £5,000 is available for each project.

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)

Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. In particular, the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. 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. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London.

The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2017.

Greggs Foundation – Local Communities Projects Fund (England, Scotland & Wales)

The next application deadline for the Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is the 24th June 2017.

The foundation is a grant making trust which distributes around £1.8 million per year to organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to not for profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 a year who work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people. The Foundation are more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops.

Please use the shop locator on the Greggs website to find their nearest shop.









Educational Funding

Equipment Grants for Mentally & Physically Disadvantaged Children (UK)

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports mentally, physically disadvantaged children.

Through the programme funding is available for:

  • Buildings and extensions
  • Equipment & activity aids
  • Sensory rooms and gardens
  • Playgrounds and sports areas
  • Transport
  • Soft playrooms.

Since being founded in 1983, Wooden Spoon has made grants of over £20 million to more than 500 projects in the British Isles.

Projects funded in the past have included:

Ashmount School in Leicestershire, which received a grant of £13,500 towards a sensory room.

Enfield Heights Academy in London which received a grant of £23,000 to improve its play areas.

The Colehill &Wimborne Youth & Community Centre which received a grant of £8,000 towards a wheelchair lift.

Applications can be made at any time and applicants should contact their regional volunteer group. Subject to an application being approved by Wooden Spoon Trustees, the Society require a minimum of one Wooden Spoon membership to be taken out by a representative of the applicant organisation.

For more information on how to apply, please click on the link below.


Grants for Projects that Promote Inclusion and Diversity within the Chemical Sciences (UK)

The Royal Society of Chemistry believes that for chemistry and the chemical sciences to prosper; it must attract, develop and retain a diverse community of talented people.

The Inclusion and Diversity fund has been created to provide financial support of up to £2,000 to members, professionals, network groups, volunteer groups, institutions and organisations to enable them to develop innovative products, activities and research projects which promote inclusion and diversity. The next round of funding is now open and interested applicants should contact the society for an initial discussion.

The closing date for applications is the 31st October 2017.


Building School Links with China (UK)

Hanban, China’s official public institution for Chinese Language, is offering a week’s professional development trip to China for UK head teachers and other senior education staff.

Up to 60 places are available, hosted in different areas of China nationally. Taking part in this trip will allow participants to network, establish a Chinese school link and inspire their school to learn Mandarin.

Applications are being accepted from:

  • Head teachers or deputy head teachers
  • Department heads of languages
  • Representatives from local authorities
  • Organisations that promote foreign language teaching or international education.

Accommodation and expenses in China will be covered by Hanban but schools must pay for their own flights and visas.

The closing date for applications is the 23rd June 2017 and visits will take place from 28th October to 5th December 2017.

Grants to Promote the Teaching of Greek (UK)

The Hellenic Society Schools Sub-Committee makes grants to schools to assist projects concerned with the teaching of Greek or Greek civilization.

Typically, grants are made for:

  • Books
  • The development of new courses in Greek
  • Teaching materials, classics days or conferences
  • Greek plays by schools; and summer schools for pupils; etc.

Applications from schools planning to start courses in Greek are especially welcome. Applications on behalf of individual pupils or teachers are not normally considered, but a grant may be made to an institution for use as bursaries to individuals at the discretion of that institution. Most grants are in the range £100-£500, but larger awards are occasionally made.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st October 2017.

Sport England Small Grants Programme (England)

Formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies such as schools, sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, and governing bodies of sport can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 through the Sport England Small Grants Programme.

The aim of the fund is to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. Priority will be given to projects that increase the number of adults participating in moderate intensity sports; and projects seeking to reduce the drop off rates for 16-19 year olds.

Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within ten weeks.

Looked after Children and Young Carers Programme (UK)

The British and Foreign School Society has launched a new programme dedicated to improving approaches to the educational attainment of ‘looked after children’ and young carers in the UK.

Government data shows that looked after children have significantly poorer educational outcomes than children not in care throughout primary and secondary school, with the gap widening as children get older. Young carers experience similarly poorer educational outcomes and studies suggest that almost a third of young carers experience educational problems, such as absenteeism, as a direct result of their caring role.

The programme offers funding and non- financial support and aims to pilot novel approaches to improving the educational attainment of these children and young carers which can be scaled up so that in time they are able to take advantage of opportunities afforded by tertiary education and employment. Funding of no more than £100,000 will be available over a 3-year period and match funding will be required.

Applications will be considered from educational or training institutions which have UK charitable status or, in the case of schools, colleges, universities and Churches, “exempt charity” status.

Applications can be submitted at any time.


New Schools Initiative to Help Young People Travel Abroad (UK)

The European Commission has launched a new initiative to help young people travel abroad.

The newly-launched Move2learn, Learn2Move initiative will fund the travel of at least 5,000 young people to other EU countries – individually or together with their school class.  The one-off initiative which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme for education and training, youth and sport is open to young people attending schools taking part in eTwinning, the online learning community for teachers in Europe. The young people must be aged 16 to 19 and the modes of transport used must be environmentally friendly.

The deadline for applications is the 30th June 2017.

The National Support Services which are implementing eTwinning in all 28 Member States will help the Commission in the selection of classes on the basis of specific criteria, including the quality of the project they have put forward under eTwinning for the school year 2016-2017, the extent to which social inclusion (e.g. of disadvantaged young people) has been taken into account in their project and whether the class has travelled abroad before.

Funding Available to Bring Fibre Broadband to Remote Communities with a School (UK)

As part of its commitment to make fibre broadband available throughout the UK, BT has made available a £2 million grants scheme for communities with a school.

The Community Fibre Partnerships programme is aimed at the final 5% of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. Through the programme communities can apply for a match-funded grant of up to £20,000 toward the cost of their new fibre infrastructure, if that new infrastructure could also serve their local school. To access the grant scheme, communities need to register their interest in having a community fibre partnership. The scheme will provide 50% towards the cost of installing fibre broadband. The community will need to raise the additional 50%. In order to achieve this BT has teamed up with the Crowdfunding website “Spacehive”, where communities can post their fibre broadband project to raise donations towards the costs involved.

Applications can be made at any time until the £2 million has been allocated.

Funding for Community Youth Projects (UK)

Telecoms provider O2 “Think Big with O2” youth programme is currently open for applications.

The programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to use digital technology to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. Projects need to be completed within six months.

The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as:

  • Materials & equipment
  • Cost of renting space
  • Transportation
  • Advertising, etc.

If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme –Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2500.

Connecting Classrooms Fund (UK)

The British Council’s Connecting Classrooms fund has opened up for applications. Grants of £3,000 are available to enable teachers (who have completed the British Council’s ‘Teaching Core Skills’ training programme) and a school leader to visit a partner school overseas. Each visit will involve participating in an event, arranged in country by the British Council.

The events will bring together schools from the UK, their partners and other local schools to share experiences and good practice of implementing core skills within the curriculum. Schools participating in the connecting classrooms programme will have to work with a schools based in one of the following countries:

  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Morocco
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Yemen
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Ethiopia
  • Malawi
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe.

To be eligible to apply, the UK will have identified a partner school in one of these countries.

The next closing date for applications is the 17th July 2017.


Funding for Cultural and Educational Links with Japan (UK)

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has announced that the next applications deadline for its grants making programme is the 31st August 2017.

Through its grant making programme cultural organisations, universities and schools; etc that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese schools are able to apply for funding. The Foundation’s grants average £1,500 to £2,000 and do not normally exceed £5,000-£6,000 for larger-scale projects. Grants are available to support the study of the Japanese language and culture, School, Education and Youth exchanges.

In the past the Foundation has made grants towards visits the between the UK and Japan between by teachers and young people and the teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural studies in schools. Organisations that have successfully applied to the Foundation include:

Hessle High School and Sixth Form College which received a grant of £3,000 to visit to Japan to create curriculum on Japan in Key Stage 3 Geography lessons.

Truro College which received a grant of £2,000 for a football exchange programme with Tokai Daigo High School in Japan.

Funding for Music Making Projects (England)

Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects, has announced new application deadlines for its grant making programmes.

Grants are available to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people up in challenging circumstances as well as projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector. Youth Making’s funding programme is made up of three separate funds. These are:

  • Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects
  • Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 – £100,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work
  • Fund C offers grants (£50,000 to £180,000) for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

The types of organisations that are eligible to apply include charities, not for profit organisations and schools. Schools will however have to justify how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding.

The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 18th August 2017, Fund B the 10th November 2017 and Fund C the 23rd June 2017.

General Funding Opportunities

Co-operative Pitches Opens for Applications (UK)

The deadline for this year’s Co-op Pitches Competition is 16th June 2017.

The Co-op invites existing co-operatives, or individuals/groups looking to set up a new co-operative initiative to put forward their ideas or innovative solutions in a bid to win a cash prize of up to £2,000. Alongside the cash prize, up to 4 days business support is on offer.

Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel at Congress on Saturday 1 July in front of an audience from across the co-operative sector. The runner-up will also win the business support package.

Previous entrants have included:

  • A programme for co-operative freelancers.
  • A new co-operative workspace in Luton.
  • A saver scheme for schoolchildren.
  • A capital investment-focused national student housing co-op body.

The competition is open to UK residents only and all entries must be submitted via the online application form with only one entry permitted per group, organisation or association.

Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2017 (UK)

Community groups in the UK have until 31st July 2017 to apply to Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving programme.  There are 164 pots of £500 to be given away in 2017.

To be in with a chance of receiving an award, groups must show a real commitment to their local community and demonstrate how they will make a difference and enhance lives in the neighbourhood.  Preference will be given to volunteer orientated groups, who are used to relying on minimal funds and the good will and generosity of members.  The judges are looking for projects with ‘the greatest chance to progress ideas and activities with a lasting impact’.  The application process includes a public vote.

Please note that this scheme is not open to registered charities.  To give you some ideas, click the link for a list of last year’s award winners.

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust (UK / International)

The next deadline for applications to the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is 1st September 2017.

Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply. The maximum funding available is £35,000 and to be eligible to apply the applicant organisations should:

  • Be a UK registered charity
  • Have independently examined up to date annual accounts
  • An active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care.

Organisations involved with conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases.

Funding for Projects that Gives a Voice to People Living with Dementia (UK / Europe)

The European Foundation’s Initiative on Dementia (EFID) has announced a new call for proposals on the theme of “Valuing the expertise of people living with dementia”.

Awards of up to €10,000 will be made to 10 initiatives that will create and promote a voice for people with dementia in order to value their expertise and to respect their autonomy and citizenship. Supported projects can cover those living at home as well as those in residential care or staying for a period in hospital at early, middle or late stage dementia. Projects funded will demonstrate exemplary good practice, be easily accessible to the users, be long term or sustained and involve people with dementia in their design and/or implementation.

Concept notes as a first stage application should be submitted by 28th May 2017.

Sport England Small Grants Programme (England)

Formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies such as schools, sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, and governing bodies of sport can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 through the Sport England Small Grants Programme.

The aim of the fund is to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. Priority will be given to projects that increase the number of adults participating in moderate intensity sports; and projects seeking to reduce the drop off rates for 16-19 year olds.

Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within ten weeks.

Funding for Sports Related Projects Run by Young People (UK)

vInspired, the Volunteering Charity, has announced that its Cashpoint grants scheme is currently open for applications for sport-related projects.

The Cashpoint grants scheme offers grants of up to £500 to give young people (aged 14-25) the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. The funding is available to individual young people (or small groups) who have developed a project idea and will run the project themselves. Projects must be run on a volunteer only basis and funded projects must create at least 2 new volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds (in addition to the applicant). vInspired cashpoint must be the only funder for the project.

There are no closing dates for applications and grants will be awarded on a continuous basis until all available monies are exhausted.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants (England)

Neighbourhood Planning Grants of up to £9,000 are available to groups wishing to produce Neighbourhood Plans.

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and enables communities to influence future developments in their area.  This could include new housing projects, shops and where offices are built. Examples of what the grants can be used for include:

  • Developing a website
  • Training sessions for members of the steering group
  • Help with putting together a project plan
  • Undertaking a household survey
  • Help with developing the evidence base
  • Engaging a planning expert
  • Venue hire, publicity materials, printing and other costs associated with consultation; etc.
  • Groups with complex issues such as Neighbourhood Forums
  • Clusters of Parishes
  • High Growth areas
  • Deprived areas
  • Business led neighbourhood plans. Neighbourhoods with populations of over 25,000 can apply for an additional grant of £6,000 in order to complete their plans.

Applications can be submitted at any time up to the 31st December 2017.

Funding for Projects that Support Women and Girls (UK / International)

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women.

For 2017 and 2018 priority will be given to projects that:

  • Promote lesbian and transgender rights
  • Tackle violence against women and girls
  • Support disabled women and girls.

The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects.

Projects previously supported include:

A grant of £5,000 to support the setting up of an Eastern European Women’s Support Group and volunteering programme, in the Southend and Castle Point Boroughs of Essex and a grant of £6,000 to support Syrian women, girls aged 12+ and other Arabic speaking clients in Edinburgh.

The deadline for applications is 30th September 2017.

Funding for Project that Support Disabled and Sick Young People (UK)

Registered Charities that work with young people with disabilities; or are in hospital or those who are life limited (requiring palliative care); can apply for grants of up to £30,000 per year for up to two years through the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Central Grants Programme.

Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and there is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter. Grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director; up to £10,000 can be approved by the Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.

The next closing date for applications is 5.30 pm on the 25th July 2017.

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Family Grants (UK)

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity awards Marvellous Family Grants of up to £500 to families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness.

Aiming to provide support to help families cope, grants can cover a wide range of costs from respite breaks and counselling to hospital travel expenses. Applications must be made on behalf of the family by a healthcare professional, social services, health visitors, or grant coordinators within an organisation.

All grant requests are assessed monthly on the third Friday of the month and applications need to be submitted by 5pm on the third Thursday of the month. Successful applicants are usually notified within two weeks of the assessment.

Funding for projects that Address Disadvantage and Support Less Popular Causes (UK)

The next closing date for applications to the Hilden Charitable Fund is the 9th June 2017.

Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage and by supporting causes which are less popular. In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that:

  • Address homelessness
  • Supports asylum seekers and refugees
  • Support community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people 16 – 25
  • Penal affairs.

The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations.

The type of actions funded in the past have include:

Schemes to enable young disadvantaged young people to receive job training and work experience

Volunteering and confidence building for disadvantaged young people, education classes and skills training for refugees and migrants

Night shelters, day centres and hostels for homeless people and support services within a number of prisons.

Apply for Youth Partnership Funding (UK)

UK organisations and groups of young people active in youth work can apply for funding through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships programme.

Activities funded must create, develop, test and embed innovative approaches in youth work. Organisations can also apply to undertake transnational youth initiatives which bring together two or more groups of young people from different countries to deliver initiatives fostering entrepreneurship and social commitment. Strategic Partnerships in the youth field must include a minimum of two partners from two different Programme Countries, including the applicant organisation. The number of partners and funding will vary depending on the project’s aims and activities. Strategic Partnerships can receive a maximum of 450,000 euro in funding for the maximum project duration of 36 months (12,500 euro per month).

The application deadline is 11am (UK time) on the 4th October 2017.

Funding for Community Youth Projects (UK)

Telecoms provider O2 “Think Big with O2” youth programme is currently open for applications.

The programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to use digital technology to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. Projects need to be completed within six months.

The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as:

  • Materials & equipment
  • Cost of renting space
  • Transportation
  • Advertising, etc.

If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme –Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2500.

Community Business Fund Re-opens for Applications (England)

Power to Change Trust’s £10 million Community Business Fund will re-open for applications on 7th June 2017.

Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 will be available to existing community businesses in England looking to progress towards self-sufficiency.

Previous grants have been awarded to a wide range of businesses including:

  • Shops
  • Farms
  • Transport
  • Energy schemes
  • Community hubs.

The Community Business Fund only awards grants to incorporated organisations who are:

  • Locally rooted
  • Accountable to the community
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community
  • Delivering broad community impact.

The closing date for applications will be the 5th July 2017.

Funding for the Provision, Maintenance and Improvement of Public Amenities (England and Wales)

WREN, a Land fill operator and Environmental Body has announced that its Community Fund will re-open for applications on the 31st May 2017.

The Community Fund makes grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other public amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site. This could include:

  • Improvements to a village hall or community centre
  • The provision of children’s play equipment in public open space
  • Construction of footpaths and cycleways in a public park
  • Providing all-weather play surface for MUGA (multi use games area); etc.

Applications are accepted for projects within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site in WREN’s operating area. The fund is open to applications from not for profit organisations (with a formal constitution and a bank account) and Local Authorities.

The closing date for applications will be 5pm on the 23rd August 2017.


Wesleyan Foundation Launched (West Midlands)

Wesleyan, the specialist financial mutual, has launched a new charitable Foundation in partnership with Heart of England Community Foundation with an aim to give up to £1 million a year to good causes.

The Wesleyan Foundation hopes to award around 100 grants in its first year and will enable its customers and members to decide which projects receive the most support, by nominating voluntary organisations important to them. Charities, community groups and social enterprises who meet the criteria can also apply directly to the fund. While the funding will come from Wesleyan, it is partnering with Heart of England Community Foundation, who will administer the fund and distribute it to organisations across the UK. Three levels of funding will be awarded, including small grants of £2,000 and under, medium-sized awards of between £2,000 and £10,000 and discretionary, large grants of more than £10,000.

The first three charities to receive medium-sized grants from the Foundation include:

  • Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project, which works to reduce isolation for those with dementia.
  • Pets as Therapy, which provides therapeutic visits to people in need across the UK.
  • Books Beyond Words, which supports people with learning and communication difficulties.

Supporting Military Families in Stress (UK)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that grants of between £20,000 and £300,000 are available through the Families in Stress priority of the Covenant Fund for projects lasting two and three years. The funding is for projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event. These life events could include:

  • Life-changing injury
  • Bereavement
  • Domestic abuse
  • Relationship break-up
  • Those subject to the civil or service justice system or mental health issues.

The funding is available to local charities (or a branch of a national charity) or community interest companies that provide specialist support services.   The closing date for submitting an expression of interest is 12 noon on the 26th June 2017.