CoinsThis funding round is sourced from SCVO’s fortnightly funding digest. This contains information and news about funding, fundraising and finance or resource options is designed for and available to all voluntary and community sector organisations. It is compiled by researching a variety of sources. Unfortunately, there is not the time to research each item thoroughly and, therefore, the accuracy of information provided cannot always be guaranteed.  All readers of this funding round are encouraged to contact the funder or source of the information directly, using the web links or contacts.

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Alec Dickson Trust (The) – Deadline: Rolling

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; people with disabilities. 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 twice a year to consider applications.
For further information on how to apply contact
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Ambition Giving – Deadline: 1st July 2016

Ambition Giving is a grants programme for the clubs, projects and young people working with Ambition members to deliver activities to young people aged under 24 within their community. It is not a general young people’s fund. It is up to the discretion of the Ambition member as to which applications they choose to support and we would expect support to only be provided to those clubs, projects or young people where there is an existing relationship. Applications must address at least one of our project outcomes and themes, please read the full application pack and Frequently Asked Questions document to find out more. If you are applying as an organisation you must be prepared to achieve First Steps. More information at:

B & Q Community Re-use Scheme – Deadline: Rolling

B&Q operates a community reuse scheme through all stores. The scheme is in place to donate unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. These items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used. Eligible groups include:

  • Schools and colleges / Child minders, playgroups and nurseries / Allotment associations, community gardening projects / Youth groups including scouts, guides and cadets / Registered charities / Hospices / Conservation groups including The Conservation Volunteers and Forest Schools / Community projects organised by local churches and other religious groups / Women’s Institute, Lions Clubs, Rotary, Townswomen Guilds / Royal British Legion / Adult education projects, University of the Third Age / Other local community groups.

Please note that these are unsellable items. B&Q cannot guarantee the suitability for re-use. No electrical or dangerous products can be donated e.g. broken ladders, faulty chairs or lights. We do not donate items to individuals. For more information please contact your local store directly and speak to a duty manager.

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund (The) – Deadline: Rolling

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. The Trust consider under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. In this area, they consider projects concerning children or adults. The types of activities currently funded include:

  • Capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools
  • Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture; play schemes and play therapy schemes
  • Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
  • Support for families, including respite schemes; independent living schemes
  • Support in the community schemes
  • Snoezelen rooms.

Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Funding in the past has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.
Application for project funding for £10,000 or less can be submitted at any time.
More information at:

Barchester Healthcare Foundation – Deadline: Rolling

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small local groups / charities to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.
More information at:

BBC Children in Need – Deadline: 1 September 2016

Not for profit organisations such as such schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing:

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

The closing date for applications is the 1 September 2016.
More information at:

Big Energy Saving Network – Deadline: 10 July 2016

The UK Government has announced that it is inviting applications for grant funding under the Big Energy Saving Network programme 2016/17 from eligible third sector organisations and community groups across Great Britain. The Big Energy Saving Network delivers an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them reduce their energy costs and consumption. The programme of outreach will be led by specially trained Network Champions that will co-ordinate the training of further Volunteers and frontline workers. These Volunteers and frontline workers will in turn deliver proactive advice to consumers on energy issues via an assisted action approach. Each successful grant is for a sum of £5,000 per Champion, which is made up of an initial payment of £4,000 and a further £1,000 if the agreed objectives of the grant are met in full within the grant period.
The grant can be used to cover such expenses as:

  • Staff costs
  • Venue hire (if required)
  • Publicity  Printing
  • IT
  • Translation costs
  • Travel and other associated expenses incurred to run events and/or make home visits.

The closing date for applications is midnight on the 10th July 2016.
More information at:

Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund – Deadline: 12 August 2016

Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund grants are awarded from the earnings of a number of endowment funds, which are created from contributions by individuals, companies and trusts and managed by Heart of England Community Foundation.
The Fund aims to help;

  • People living in Birmingham and the Black Country who face some form of disadvantage or social exclusion.

Grants can be made for projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Promote health and wellbeing
  • Tackle disadvantage
  • Support local solutions to meet local needs
  • Promote community cohesion
  • Develop sustainable & supportive communities

For more information about this fund read our fund factsheet
This programme is intended to support smaller groups, with income less than £50,000, who have not received grants in the past.
We will prioritise groups who have not previously received funding from Heart of England Community Foundation own grant programmes or those programmes that we manage and deliver for example Red Nose Day 2015 or ESF Funding. See our Available Grants ( for the full list or call us to check.

Boost Charitable Trust – Deadline: Rolling

Boost Charitable Trust is a UK charity established in 2008 to relieve sickness and protect and preserve good health for people facing cancer, in particular but not exclusively breast cancer.
The BOOST Charity provides grants of up to £500 to not for profit organisations and charities for projects use sport to help people to challenge and overcome disadvantage and disability. Since inception in 2005, Boost has supported a number of organisations, with grants totalling in excess of £1 million. The majority has been focussed within the United Kingdom.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
More information at:

Boshier – Hinton Foundation – Deadline: Rolling

The foundation offers grants up to £2,000 to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, in any part of the country, by making grants to individuals or their families; or by making donations to institutions providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs. Apply anytime.
More information at:

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust – Deadline: Rolling

The trust provide grants for the provision of leisure activities for disabled people. They favour applications where one or all of the following criteria are met: potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users; improved access for wheelchair users is proposed; a sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed. Apply anytime.
More information at:

Buttle Trust (The) – Deadline: Rolling

Buttle UK offers funding to help address the needs of estranged young people (aged 16-20) who have found themselves in difficult situations because their relationships with their family have broken down. Often as a result of having nowhere else to turn, these young people try to live independently and end up homeless and Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).
Buttle UK provides funding to enable them to fully access and participate in education, employment or training opportunities, Buttle also helps them to settle in secure accommodation by contributing to setting up home costs. Through this funding, it is now offering a more personalised package of support created in collaboration with the young person and their support worker.
The ‘enhanced’ level of grant award, with a maximum allocation of £2,000 per case, will focus on three key areas of need:

  • Support in accessing education, employment and training
  • Safe and comfortable accommodation
  • Maintaining positive emotional and physical wellbeing.

To apply the young person and their support worker should start by discussing what the young person’s education, employment or training goals are and create a plan of how they will get there and what they will need to achieve these goals. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
More information at:

Department of Education – Deadline: 23 June 2016

Schools, colleges and other not for profit organisation can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £750,000 through the Department of Education’s Character grant.
This new funding round is looking to support projects that use activities such as sports, debating or music to help broaden children’s learning experiences and boost their character. Last year’s character grant winners included Premiership Rugby, which received £500,000 to use the expertise of leading rugby coaches and players to instil character and resilience in disaffected children.
The Department for Education want to fund a diversity of approaches that increase the number of children aged 5 to 16 involved in activities and environments that:

  • Promote character education
  • Develop key character traits, attributes and behaviours in children aged 5 to 16 that support academic attainment
  • Are valued by employers
  • And enable children to make a positive contribution to British society.

This year’s grants also include up to £2 million earmarked for projects with a military ethos, following the success of initiatives like Commando Joe’s and Challenger Troop, which use the expertise of former armed services personnel to instil resilience in children.
The closing date for applications is the 23 June 2016.
More information at:

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People – Deadline: 26 July 2016

Registered Charities that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People (formerly the Hilton Foundation) Central Grants Programme.
Registered Charities can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years that are working in the areas of education or health with one of the Foundation’ four chosen focus groups. These are:

  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  • Employability and training programmes for disadvantaged young people
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

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. There is no limit on the amount of money that a charity can request. However, the Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project.
The next closing date for applications is 5.30 pm on the 26th July 2016.
More information at:

Erasmus+ – Deadline: 4 October 2016

UK non-profit organisations, associations and NGOs, and local and regional public bodies active in youth work, can apply for youth dialogue funding from Erasmus+.
Projects should give young people the opportunity to interact with decision-makers on issues of concern to young people and to influence policy. Projects can last between 3 to 24 months and do not need a partner from another country unless transnational meetings are organised. Young people should lead the activities in all stages of the project from preparation to follow-up.
Activities that can be funded include:

  • Meetings, events, seminars, debates and discussions
  • Meetings and seminars linked to official EU Presidency Youth Conferences
  • Events and debates linked to the European Youth Week
  • And/or consultations, including online opinions polls and surveys.

The next and final deadline for applications is 11am on 4 October 2016.
More information at:

Hedley Foundation (The) – Deadline: see website

The Hedley Foundation invites registered charities in the UK to apply for up to £5,000 support mainly young people with their education, creation, support, training, health and welfare. The Foundation also support disabled people and the terminally ill with provision of specialist equipment and support for carers. Last year the Foundation received 1,050 applications, of which less than two-thirds were within our criteria. The Foundation made 327 grants (averaging £3,000). The Trustees meet six times a year. The closing date for a meeting is three weeks beforehand. For more information on the Foundation including application deadline please click on the link below.
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Heritage Lottery Fund (Heritage Enterprise) – Deadline: Rolling (Quarterly)

Funding is available to restore historic buildings through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise grants programme. The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites. The programme provides grants where historic buildings have failed to attract enough investment because the cost of their repair has not been commercially viable for private developers. Under the programme, two levels of grants are available:

  • Grants of between £100,000 and under £2 million
  • Grants of between £2million and £5million.

For grant requests of over £100,000 and under £2million decisions are made every three months. For grant requests of between £2 million and up to £5 million the next closing date for stage one applications is the 16 June 2016.
More information at:

Heritage Lottery Fund – Deadline: Rolling

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships can apply for Start-up grants of £3,000 to £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The funds can be used to create a new organisation to look after or engage people with heritage, or for existing groups to take on new responsibilities for heritage. Start-up grants can support the early stages of planning an organisation’s activities. For organisations not yet formally constituted, the grants can help to adopt the right governance structure. For organisations further along in their development, a Start-up grant can also help explore options for managing and sustaining their heritage project in the future, or carrying out early scoping work to inform a future application for project funding.
Applications can be submitted at any time and will be assessed within eight weeks.
More information at:

Heritage Lottery Fund – Grants for Places of Worship – Deadline: 9 August 2016

The Heritage Lottery Fund has grants of £10,000-£250,000 available for Grade I and Grade II listed places of worship in England to fund urgent structural repairs and help to make them better places for everyone to visit. As part of the repair project, HLF can also fund improvements to facilities and work that helps more people get involved with these buildings. Applications go through a two-round process so applicants can apply at an early project stage and get an idea of whether you’re likely to receive a grant.
The next deadline for applications is the 9 August 2016.
More information at: 

Heritage Lottery Fund – Young Roots – Deadline: Rolling

We’re enthusiastic about engaging young people with heritage. Getting involved helps them develop new skills and interests, connect with their communities and have fun. And they bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to projects. Through Young Roots, we want to give young people aged 11–25 the chance to plan and deliver their own heritage projects. They’re supported along the way by heritage and youth organisations working together. Projects celebrate the young people’s achievements and share what they’re learning with the wider community.
Apply for a grant of £10,000-£50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.
More information at:

Ideas and Pioneers Fund (Paul Hamlyn Foundation) – Deadline: Rolling

The Ideas and Pioneers Fund from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) supports people with unusual or radical ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of people in the UK.
PHF is looking for ideas closely linked to their charitable mission – to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. Project ideas should be in the early stages of development and PHF prefer to be the first and main funder to support an idea and welcome applications from people who have not received grant funding before. There is no minimum grant but PHF expect to award around £10,000 per project and are happy to fund 100% of costs.
More information at:

Instant Impact – Deadline: Rolling

The UK-German Connection’s Instant Impact programme provides grants of up to £1,500 for first-time visits between UKGerman school and youth partnerships.
To be eligible for funding at least 75% of the time during the visit must be spent taking part in interactive and educational joint activity between young people from the UK and German partner institutions. The focus should be on collaboration, joint learning, discussion and reflection and there should be a commitment to the sustainability of the link with concrete plans for follow-up and development. Grants can support costs such as travel, accommodation and project resources and will be a part-contribution to the overall costs. Applicants must contribute at least 25% of the overall eligible activity costs through participants’ contributions and other sources of funding.
Applications can be submitted at any time but should be for activities that are at least six weeks ahead.
More information at:

Kellogg’s – Deadline: 31 July 2016

Kellogg’s, Forever Manchester and Northumbria University have joined together to provide free online training to help you run a successful breakfast club. The training includes information on the benefits of breakfast clubs, healthy eating and child nutrition, effective planning and handy hints on funding and marketing. Breakfast Clubs can apply for this training up until 31 July 2016.
Breakfast clubs who have successfully completed the training will be eligible to be assessed for further support from Kellogg’s, in the form of a sustainability grant to the value of £500. To be eligible your breakfast club must be already set up in a school or community organisation in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Priority will be given to schools that have 35% and above of children eligible for free school meals and community based breakfast clubs that can evidence how their children are disadvantaged.
More information at:

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Enable Programme – Deadline: Rolling

The Enable Programme is open to applications on a rolling basis.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales provides funding to enable charities to break or prevent the cycle of disadvantage.
Grants of up to a total of £15,000 over two years are available to strengthen charities and CIOs in England and Wales which work with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life. Funding can be used for a wide range of activity related to the development and improvement of the capability of the organisation, including:

  • Business and service developments and plans.
  • Development of monitoring systems.
  • Investigation of mergers, partnerships, shared services, contract diversification.
  • Consultancy support.
  • Quality standards.
  • Development of new income streams and enterprise.

Applicants must have identified specific organisational development, have a clear plan of activities and an idea of what they hope to achieve. They must also meet one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Improved activities and services.
  • Improved leadership/governance.
  • Improved strategic planning/policy.
  • Improved structures/systems.
  • Improved communications.

Applications may now be submitted at any time.
Further information about the Enable Programme can be found on the Lloyds Bank Foundation website at:

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Deadline: 29 July 2016

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has launched a new Community Support and Research Grants Scheme. Grants are available to registered charities for projects that:

  • Prevent or alleviate financial hardship and its effects
  • 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
  • Tackle social exclusion and disadvantage.

Charities can apply for either large grants of £5,000 and above or for small grants of between £500 – £5,000. Large and Small Grant applications are considered at meetings held in January, April, July and October.
The next deadline for applications is 29 July 2016.
Large grants require a Community Support Enquiry Form to be completed in advance of this deadline and the last date for submission is 15 July 2016.
Research Grants applications are considered at meetings held in April and October. The next deadline for applications is 29th July 2016.
Research grants require a Research Enquiry Form to be completed in advance of this deadline and the last date for submission is 15 July 2016.
Applications are currently being accepted for consideration at the meeting to be held in September 2016.
More information at:

Money Advice Service – Deadline: 8 July 2016

The What Works Fund has been launched across the UK to help organisations pilot new approaches for improving financial capability and to evaluate their projects. It has been set up to provide financial support for projects which are focused on building evidence of the types of interventions that can make a measurable difference to people’s financial capability.
The Programme consists of two parts:

  • Stream A will fund and evaluate projects seeking to help answer the ‘What Works questions’.
  • Stream B will fund pilot activity focused on capacity building and sharing of best practice amongst financial capability practitioners.

Up to £7 million is being made available for 2016/17. Of this £600,000 is committed to Stream B, which will open for applications in July 2016.
As a general guide, the following grants are expected to be available for Stream A, which is currently open for applications:

  • Grants to evaluate an existing intervention are estimated to be between 10–20% of the intervention’s delivery costs, although this is strictly a guide figure and the cost may be more or less.
  • Grants to expand the scope of an existing intervention to reach a new audience and evaluate its impact could be between £50,000 and £1 million depending on scope and target group.
  • Grants that would develop and test new pilot interventions for a specific audience could be up to £250,000.
  • Effective, learning-focused evaluation is central to this grant programme. As such MAS does not expect to award grants under £5,000.

Applications for Stream A will be considered from any organisation in the UK that delivers financial capability interventions, or which may wish to do so in the future. This includes charities and other third sector bodies including trusts; commercial organisations (but not for projects that result in any commercial advantage or profit); social enterprises; local authorities; housing associations; and education bodies.
Applicants are encouraged to put in joint bids in partnership with other providers or other organisations.
More information at:

National Churches Trust – Deadline: 12 September 2016

This grant programme is a pilot scheme and is intended to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability and the development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through a subsequent capital or sustainability project. The grants are likely to assist with the cost of staff time such as a project manager or a professional advisor, to produce a report that will help progress the project plans to a stage where they can be considered by large grant-giving bodies.

  • Viability Grants – to help diagnose problems, to assess opportunities, need and sustainable use. Maximum grants of £3,000
  • Development Grants – to help churches prepare documents often required by large grant giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1, for example: business plans, activities plans, condition reports. Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000.

Places of worship of any Christian denomination, that is a member of CTBI, across the UK can apply. We will consider applications for buildings of all ages, listed and unlisted. For 2016 we are particularly interested in applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Buildings must have been built as churches originally and 50% of the funds need to be raised.
More information at:

Near Neighbours – Deadline: Rolling

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants of between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations working to bring together neighbours, and to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities.
Grants have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging community interaction and social action. Our grants include the following criteria. Projects should:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.
  • Work locally. We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
  • Work sustainably. We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.
  • Work to improve the community. We want to see people working to make their communities a better place to live.
  • Involve diverse people in planning and implementation. People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in planning and implementing the proposal.

Our Grants Criteria and Guidance explain the full criteria in detail, as well as what we won’t fund and what we prioritise. More information at:

OneFamily – Deadline: 29 June 2016

The OneFamily Foundation has launched its first round of Community Awards!
We’re making £200,000 available for OneFamily customers to nominate local projects close to their heart. This is for community groups & projects based in the UK, covering the following categories:

  • Health, Disability & Social Care
  • Schools & Centres of Education
  • Sports & Social Groups
  • Youth & Affiliated Organisations

Terms and conditions apply – visit:

Nominations close 29 June, with all approved projects being entered into a public vote to determine the winners. Voting runs from 4 July – 20 July, with the winner announcement on Wednesday 27 July 2016.

More information about the Community Awards can be found on our website –

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Shared Ground Grants – Deadline: Rolling

Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) has announced that it has awarded grants under its Shared Ground Fund. The Shared Ground Fund provides organisations with support to test new approaches and explore ways of addressing new challenges in the area of migration.
The projects funded include the Islington Law Centre which received a grant of £150,000 over three years for a project that reunites refugee families with their relatives trapped in European camps; and the Refugee and Migrant Centre, which received a grant of £170,000 over three years to expand its free advice service to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in Birmingham. Applications to the Shared Ground Fund can be made at any time and offers two kinds of grants to support organisations at different stages of development:

  • The Shared Ground ‘explore and test’ grants to help explore and test both new approaches and ways of addressing new issues (awards will be for a maximum of £60,000, usually for up to two years)
  • Shared Ground ‘more and better’ grants -larger grants to help develop and embed more established activities (awards will be for between £100,000 and £400,000 for up to four years).

More information at:

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Deadline: Rolling

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund has grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 available to not-for-profit organisations that work with vulnerable young people and that have the potential to widen their impact. The Foundation wants to fund organisations whose main purpose is about helping those in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging, and those who are most vulnerable. This can include:

  • Young people in poverty
  • Those who are unemployed
  • Those facing discrimination, abuse, victimisation or exploitation; etc.

Projects can be funded for up to two years with the possibility of renewal in some cases. Whilst the Foundation will fund organisations in and around London, they also have a strong interest in and will prioritise support for those working in areas of social and economic deprivation elsewhere in the UK.
For more information on projects funded please click here. Applications can be submitted at any time.
More information at: 

Porticus UK – Deadline: Rolling

Porticus UK supports organisations contributing to the common good / social change in Education, Society, Faith and Care. They like organisations they support to maximise their impact through collaborative partnerships and will consider applications for project or core costs including staff salaries and overheads Grants are available at various levels – most in excess of £10,000
Applicants are urged to carefully review the programme areas before applying, as they receive many more requests than can be honoured. Your project will not be considered if it does not fall within one of the four areas.
Applications are accepted from charitable, not-for-profit organisations operating in England, Wales or Scotland. There are no funding limits. The organisations advised by Porticus prefer to tailor their support based on the merits of an application and a variety of other factors.
The values of Porticus UK are based on the Catholic faith, but welcome applications from religious and secular organisations.
They are particularly interested in organisations with a proven model that they wish to roll-out or expand.
More information at:

Ragdoll Foundation – Deadline: Rolling

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grant scheme supports not for profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media.
Grants of up to £50k are available but the majority of grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £5k to £30k and cover between 25% and 80% of total costs. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundations is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
More information at:

Rank Foundation (The) – Deadline: Rolling

UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (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) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation – Small Appeals programme. To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
More information at:

Sainsbury’s Local Food Partner Programme – Deadline: Rolling

Sainsbury’s continues to expand its Local Food Partner Programme and is accepting applications from local charities to join the network. Local food partner charities can collect dry and tinned food donated by customers and/or fresh food donated by Sainsbury’s to distribute in the community. Applicants must be a registered charity, have appropriate Food Hygiene certification and be able to collect donated food regularly from you partner store.
A Food Partner must:

  • Be able to collect food from their local store regularly
  • Put in place effective procedures for the receipt, storage and security of food provided by Sainsbury’s
  • Ensure all staff involved in handling food are knowledgeable of food hygiene requirements
  • Comply with legally acceptable standards of hygiene in handling, storage, preparation and serving of meals and in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions where available.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
More information at:

Sanctuary Housing Grand Ideas Fund – Deadline: 31 March 2017

Charities, community groups, residents’ associations and voluntary organisations can apply for funding of up to £1,000 from the Sanctuary Housing Grand Ideas Fund for projects that make a difference to the lives of Sanctuary residents and communities.
Information on the areas where Sanctuary Housing operates please visit:

Projects must fit with one of Sanctuary’s five priority themes:

  • Employment, Education, Skills and Training
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community Safety and Infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Financial Inclusion.

They must also have a community focus and be open and inclusive of all community members. Applicants need to have 50% match funding in place equivalent to the amount of funding being requested from Sanctuary. The first step is to submit an outline proposal and if successful at this stage you’ll be invited to make a full application.
Applications can be made at any time until the 31 March 2017.
More information at:

Santander Foundation – Deadline: Rolling

From March 2016, the Santander Foundation will be known as the Discovery Foundation. The change in name has been chosen to reflect the important role it will play in Santander UK’s new flagship community programme The Discovery Project, which aims to help disadvantaged people gain the confidence needed to make the most of their future. The pre-existing grant programmes – Community Plus, Money Skills and Learn and Grow – have all now been streamlined into one singular grant scheme, the Discovery Grant. These grants will support projects addressing knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The application process has been simplified, and Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions are now also able to apply alongside registered UK charities. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects which support one or more of the following three priority themes:

  • Explorer – improving knowledge and insight: examples include a series of Money Management workshops to help people understand how to budget and identify the affordable credit choices available to them; a Freedom Training course giving abused women knowledge of how to regain control over their lives.
  • Transformer – developing skills and experience: examples include work-based training and mentors to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work; sign language training for parents with hearing impaired children; teaching young people with autism vocational skills.
  • Changemaker – innovative solutions to social challenges: examples include a new social networking program for visually impaired young people which uses specially developed braille laptops to access the internet; an inclusive cycling social enterprise which adapts bicycles to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

Grants are available for one year only and can be used to cover the costs of part time salaries, equipment and materials. The Discovery Foundation wishes to fund a whole project, rather than make a contribution to a larger budget.
A simple nomination form can be picked up from any local Santander branch, however applicants that are not near a branch can download a form online. Nominations can be made by organisations and members of the public as well as Santander customers and staff.
Applications will be accepted at any time and successful applicants will be notified by email within a month of submitting their application.
Further information can be found on the Discovery Foundation website at

Scottish Power Energy People Trust – Deadline: 21 September 2016

The next closing date for applications to the Scottish Power Energy People Trust is the 21st September 2016.
The Trust provides grants to registered charities for projects that address fuel poverty. Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that:

  • Provide energy efficiency advice
  • Improve home energy efficiency through draught proofing, insulating and or other practical measures
  • Carry out benefits advice to households missing out on financial help that they are entitled to through welfare benefits and tax credits and provide assistance to reduce or cancel debts for household electricity or gas supply.

Applications are particularly welcome from charities who work with children, young people and families.
More information at:

Smart Energy GB – Deadline: 30 September 2016

Grants of up to £10,000 are available from the Smart Energy GB in Communities programme to promote the benefits and use of Smart meters.
Local community groups, including charities, clubs, social enterprises, resident’s associations and parish councils, can apply. The grants can be used to fund activities that deliver results against one or more of these outcomes:

  • Raising awareness of smart meters and understanding their key benefits
  • Increasing interest in getting a smart meter installed
  • Motivating people to use their smart meter
  • Educating people on how to get the most benefit from using their smart meter.

The project must be completed by 31 December 2016.
Applications are accepted and assessed on a rolling basis but the final application deadline is 30th September 2016.
More information at:

Sobell Foundation (The) – Deadline: Rolling

The Sobell Foundation was established by the late Sir Michael Sobell in 1977 for general charitable purposes and is a grantmaking trust with which he was actively involved until shortly before his death in 1993. The deed of charitable trust, under which the Sobell Foundation was formed, is not specific about the objects of the Trust and allows the Trustees absolute discretion to apply funds for general charitable purposes.

We are not involved in fund raising and rely upon income from our investments to make grants. Grants tend to be made in line with the founder’s interests which are principally causes benefiting children, the sick, elderly, needy and disabled. The Trustees aim to achieve a reasonable spread between Jewish charities (operating principally in the U.K. and Israel) and nonJewish charities operating in the UK.
We will only consider applications from charities registered with the Charity Commission, or charities that hold a Certificate of Exemption from the Inland Revenue. Overseas applicants must supply the details of a UK registered charity through which grants can be channelled on their behalf.

We concentrate our funding on small national or local charities; the trustees are unlikely to support large national charities which enjoy wide support. We do not accept applications from individuals.
More information at:

Sodexo Foundation – Deadline: Rolling

The Sodexo Foundation’s principal objective is to focus on either advancing the education of the general public in relation to health nutrition/wellbeing or to provide relief from financial hardship/improve quality of life in socially and or economically disadvantaged communities. The Foundation are interested in “stopping hunger” by:

  • tackling hunger and malnutrition;
  • promoting healthy lifestyles;
  • developing life skills such as cooking.

Applications can be made at any time, trustees meet quarterly.
More information at:

The Space – Deadline: 25 July 2016

If you’re an arts organisation looking for funding and support, our new commissioning round might be of interest to you. We’re looking for a range of projects that can bring great artistic and cultural experiences to wide audiences. The full guidelines and brief regarding the new commissioning round is available at: – and online applications can be made from 14 June. The deadline for submissions to this round is 25 July 2016.

This new commissioning round aims to build upon recent work in delivering greater access to the arts and we’re seeking applications that reach out to all, including those that are new to the arts. We are looking for proposals that use digital technology and platforms to:

  • Reach diverse audiences
  • Remove barriers to participation in arts activities
  • Build new partnerships and invite new perspectives

Organisations and artists based outside London as well as those specialising in Dance and Visual Arts are particularly encouraged to apply.
If you have any queries about the application process please email:

Transform Foundation – Deadline: Rolling

The Transform Foundation has launched a new funding programme to help charities to develop an effective web presence. In collaboration with Raising IT, the largest UK provider of charity websites, the £18,000 funding package will help to equip charities with: the technology to transform their organisation; a digital engagement focused strategy to futureproof the charity; a professionally designed website to inspire supporters; and measurement built in to help the charity track results and maximise impact. The first step is to submit an online application. Charities will hear back in one week whether they’ve been selected for stage 2.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
More information:

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation – Deadline: Rolling

Trusthouse gives grants for running costs or one-off capital costs to charities and not-for-profit organisations in accordance with criteria that are regularly reviewed and decided by the Trustees.
We will accept applications from local or national charities or not-for-profit organisations which are working with residents of urban areas (i.e. more than 10,000 inhabitants) which are classified in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the most deprived 20%. We are interested in, for example, youth clubs; training schemes to help people out of unemployment; drop in centres for the homeless.
Applicants must clearly show in their application how their project fits into one or both of these categories. Within these overarching themes, we are interested in three areas:

  • Community Support – For example: work with young people; community centres; support for carers; older people’s projects; help for refugees; family support; community transport; sports projects; rehabilitation of ex-offenders; alcohol and drug misuse projects; domestic violence prevention and aftermath.
  • Disability and Healthcare – For example: projects in deprived areas for people of all ages with physical and/or sensory disabilities; support for people with mental health issues; hospices.
  • Arts, Education and Heritage – For example: arts projects for people with disabilities; performance or visual arts with a clear and strong community impact; alternative education projects; supplementary teaching; heritage projects in marine or industrial areas which involve local people and have a demonstrable community benefit.

More information at:

Tudor Trust – Deadline: Rolling

The Trust offers grants to voluntary and community organisations for work in the UK that meets the needs of people at the margins of society.
The Trust supports smaller groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence.
The Trust is particularly interested in supporting work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships which make an important contribution to the well-being and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities.
Grants can be used for the following:

  • Core organisational costs, such as salaries and day-to-day running costs.
  • Project grants.
  • Capital grants for buildings or equipment.
  • Grants to help strengthen the organisation.

Charitable organisations working in any part of the UK are eligible to apply. There is no maximum or minimum level of grant, although it is unusual for a grant of less than £10,000 to be made.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
More information at:

UnLtd – Deadline: Rolling

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 via the weblink below. 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 the weblink below.
More information at:

Variety – Deadline: Rolling

The Variety children’s charity is currently accepting funding applications for bikes, trikes and buggies for children aged up to 18.
Applications can be made by parents, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists or the child themselves as long as they have written agreement in support of the item required from an appropriately qualified professional (i.e.: the child’s Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist) who was present at the time of assessment.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the decision team meet six times a year to allocate the funding.
More information at:

Will Charitable Trust (The) – Deadline: 31 August 2016

The Will Charitable Trust provides support within the following categories: care of and services for blind people; long-term care of people with learning disabilities; and care of and services for people suffering from cancer.
Grants are currently available for the care of and services for people suffering from cancer, and their families. UK registered or exempt charities are eligible to apply. Applicants must be based mainly within the UK, although some work abroad may be permitted. Applicant organisations must have proven track records of successful work in their field of operation or, in the case of newer charities, convincing evidence of ability.
Grants vary in amount, but generally fall within the range of £5,000 to £20,000.
The deadline for applications is 31 August 2016.
Further details on eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Will Charitable Trust website at

Woodland Trust (The) – Deadline: 7 September 2016

The Woodland Trust has 4,750 free tree packs to give away to schools, community and youth groups. The free tree packs are available for planting on one publicly accessible site. The packs available are:

  • Small (30 saplings)
  • Medium (105 saplings)
  • Large (420 saplings).

The amount of saplings organisations can apply for depends on the space available. See the Woodland Trust website for details. Packs will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. All applicants need to do is find a suitable site and supply the volunteer planters and tree protection. The woodland should be enjoyed for years to come. The planting area should be accessible to the public so that it can be used and enjoyed by others. Exceptions are made for schools and in circumstances where free access may not be possible, such as on grounds belonging to health organisations, residential care homes or hospices.
The closing date for applying for a free pack is the 7 September 2016.
More information at:

Yapp Charitable Trust – Deadline: Rolling

We only offer grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 who are undertaking work with our priority groups:

  • 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)

We will not fund work that does not focus on one of the above priority groups.
We only make grants for core funding. We define core funding as the costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year. We can not fund new projects, extra services or additional delivery costs. This includes creating a paid post for work that is currently undertaken on a voluntary basis or rent for premises that are currently cost free.
We can only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally established for a minimum of three 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.
More information at:

Youth Music – Deadline: 2 September / 4 November 2016

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 musicmaking 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 2nd September 2016 and to Fund B the 4th November 2016. Fund C is currently closed to applications.
More information at:

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