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20th June 2022

We understand that funding to run your vital support services remains a big concern for many, and we want to support wherever we can. As well as helping save money on supplies we signpost to new funding sources we hear about. Here are some current opportunities.

Also, read about how your partnership with us can support your funding applications and reports.

Magic Little Grants

£500 grants are still available from Magic Little Grants for organisations in England, Scotland and Wales with an annual income of under £250,000.

Funding can be used towards projects that fit one of these focus areas:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.

Deadline to apply: 31st October 2022

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022

Incredible as it sounds to be thinking about Christmas as the thermometer rises, don’t miss out! Up to £25k worth of match funds is available from the Big Give’s Champions who are looking to support a range of different causes. To apply visit the Big Give site, create an account, click on Big Give Campaigns, and then on ‘Apply Now for Christmas Challenge 2022’.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022 itself will launch on #GivingTuesday (29 November) and run for one week, closing on 7 December.

Deadline to apply: 5pm on 1st July

Community Anchors’ fund (NE England)

The Virgin Money Foundation Community Anchors’ fund has grants of up to £30k to cover day to day running costs or project costs and can be spread over one, two or three years. They are particularly interested in supporting projects which move people out of poverty and provide a longer-term sustainable solution.

There is no deadline for applications but once the money is allocated the fund will close for the rest of the year. Awards are agreed four times a year, in March, June, September and December.

Supporting grassroots community organisations across Scotland

The Essentia Foundation has a vision of a fair and compassionate society where everyone is valued and can be successful.

They award three-year grants of £9,000 (£3000 a year) to small Scottish community groups and are looking for projects that support:

  • People with learning disabilities or long-term life limiting health conditions
  • Young people who face long-term challenges living in poverty and inequality
  • People who have been excluded from school to access or return to education or training opportunities.

Supporting people under 40 in Wales

The Principality Building Society’s Future Generations Fund is a Wales wide fund with the aim of having a positive impact on society and the lives of people under 40 years old in Wales.

They are interested in supporting projects that fit within one of these themes:

  • Developing training and / or employability skills
  • Supporting mental health and wellbeing
  • Learning financial skills (e.g. saving and budgeting)
  • Environmental and / or social awareness and conservation.

Grants of up to £5,000 will be awarded.

Deadline to apply: 12 (midday) on 30th June

Providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people

The Ironmongers’ Company looks to support projects from registered charities that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 25 to fulfil their potential.

They are looking for projects that deliver clearly defined educational benefits. Items of equipment will be considered only where a full explanation is given of how they will support the activity. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.

Applications are considered twice a year at the end of March and October. The next deadline is 31 July.

Improving the mental wellbeing of people in rural communities (Scotland)

Support in Mind Scotland has been funded by the Scottish Government to work with them to improve the mental wellbeing of people in rural communities as we all recover from Covid-19.

Local groups and organisations across Scotland’s rural communities can apply for micro grants of up to £2,500. The grants are specifically aimed at:

  • People who are marginalised and experience health inequalities due to factors such as poverty and social deprivation
  • People who face multiple layers of inequality within specific marginalised groups:
    • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
    • Young Carers
    • LGBTI+ communities.

All sizes of groups and organisations are eligible to apply but smaller community groups will be prioritised.

Deadlines to apply:  Current round: 15 July 2022.  The next round opens 1st August and closes 21 October 2022.

Better Community Business Network Grant Initiative

A small number of grants are available each year from BCBN’s Grant Initiative to small groups including local community, self-help or voluntary groups and charities (including local branches of national charities) which can demonstrate they can bring real improvements to communities and to the lives of people most in need.

Grants of up to £3k are awarded.  Causes supported include:

  • Education (e.g. schools, extra-curricular clubs)
  • Ex-Offenders (e.g mentoring, rehabilitation)
  • Homeless/Poverty (e.g shelter projects, food banks)
  • Older people (e.g befriending, social clubs)
  • Disability (e.g helplines, inclusion).

Deadlines to apply: 

  • 15th July 2022 for awards on 18th August 2022
  • 11th November 2022 for awards on 7th Dec 2022.

Allen Lane Foundation

The Allen Lane Foundation funds smaller organisations working locally with an income of less than around £100k and organisations that work across the whole of the UK with an income of less than around £250k. They do not fund work within Greater London.

They fund charities and organisations that work with seven particular end-user groups:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse.

Their maximum grant is £15k, and the average grant size is around £5-6k.

Deadline to apply: All applications submitted now, and until early August will be considered in the round leading up to their October meeting.