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17th January 2023

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.

Thomas Wall Trust

The Thomas Wall Trust is offering grants of up to £5,000 to specific projects or core activities that develop critical life skills for people from disadvantaged groups. The Trust believes that communication skills are critical capabilities for people who want to improve their employment prospects, self-confidence, resilience, and life chances.  

The Trust will fund:  

  • A UK charity that has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 3 years 
  • A project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the necessary communication skills ready for employment 
  • Annual repeat funding for up to 3 years – subject to satisfactory annual reviews of progress and impact
  • The charity’s annual turnover is between £10,000 and £500,000 

Deadline to apply: Monday 23rd January 2023. 

Delamere Dairy Foundation

The Delamere Dairy Foundation was set up in 2020 with the purpose of giving back to local and wider communities through the provision of discretionary grants and other financial assistance. Grants range between £250 – £5,000. Applications are welcome from charities and other organisations based in England, Scotland and Wales, that focus on:

  • The advancement of agriculture and of environmental protection
  • The advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society
  • The relief of financial hardship
  • The advancement of education
  • The relief of sickness

Deadline to apply: 31st January 2023.

Green Match Fund

The Green Match Fund supports charities working on environmental issues, including biodiversity & conservation, climate change, transport and more, and opens up the opportunity for charities to make a difference to some of the biggest challenges our planet is facing today. Grants between £2,500 and £10,000 will be awarded.

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Be a UK-registered charity with a Charity Commission number or tax-exempt status and an annual income of at least £25,000 (as per last filed accounts).
  • Charities that are working on environmental issues as part of their core mission. (By “core mission”, they mean that the environment is mentioned in the organisation’s charitable objects). This may include: biodiversity & conservation; climate change; agriculture & food; sustainable communities; energy; transport; trade & finance; consumption & waste; toxics & pollution. Charities may be working in the UK or overseas.
  • Charities that are registered on theBigGive.org.uk (free to register).
  • Charities seeking to raise either £2,500, £5,000 or £10,000 in public donations (to be doubled by the match funds). Charities are able to use the campaign to raise unrestricted funds.

Deadline to apply: 17th February 2023.

Civic Power Fund – Community Action Fund

The Civic Power Fund supports grassroots organisations that are building the power of their community and campaigning for long-term change. They state that too many communities feel powerless to change the things they care about, but community organising can help tackle this.  All successful applicants will be offered support beyond their funding.

Deadline to apply: 26th February 2023.

Gillian Stevenson Charitable Trust

The Gillian Stevenson Charitable Trust is offering grants of up to £5,000 for UK registered charities working with children, young people and families who are living in difficult circumstances or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Organisations eligible to apply must be registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and/or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (from grant-making policy); or qualify as a charity under the law of England and Wales, but not required to register with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Deadline to apply: 28th February, 31st May, 31st August and 30th November 2023, however, applications are accepted at any point in the year.

BBC Children in Need Grants

BBC Children in Need are offering several funding programmes, such as the Core Grants Funding Stream and the Emergency Essentials grants, to UK-based organisations who support disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 or under.  

BBC Children in Need will prioritise smaller, local organisations and will rarely offer funding to organisations with an income above £1 million. However, for UK-wide hospices and Housing Associations, there is no maximum income limit.  

Applications for over £15,000 p/a will only be considered if you are a registered non-profit organisation.  

Deadline to apply: No application deadlines. 

SGN Safe and Warm Scheme (Scotland and the South of England)

The Centre for Sustainable Energy is working with SGN to help create a network of community organisations who can provide much needed support for people struggling with the current cost of living crisis and energy price cap increases. The scheme aims to support people in high vulnerability locations who are in need of help to stay safe and warm over the winter period.

Grants between £10,000 and £25,000 will be available for small grassroots organisations that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have experience in working with hard to reach and seldom heard groups.
  • Are embedded in their local area and able to connect with individuals who may not otherwise access support.
  • Are keen to join a network of similar organisations to share learning and best practice.
  • Are legally incorporated.
  • Have robust administrative and management systems, including being able to record customer interactions, provide summary data for reporting, and be in a position to share detailed records for audit at the end of the funding period.

Deadline to apply: No deadline.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Lloyds Bank Foundation partner with small and local charities, people, and communities in England and Wales to change lives and work towards a compassionate society, where people can thrive. 

The Specialist Funding programme aims to support small specialist charities, with an annual income between £25,000 to £500,000, that work with people to help them overcome complex issues.  

Deadline to apply: 5 pm 3rd March 2023. 

National Lottery – Cost-of-Living Support Scotland

Grants from £10,001 to £75,000 are available for projects in Scotland to help support individuals, families and communities currently experiencing hardship as a result of the cost-of-living increases. The grants are aimed to fund activity that means people:

  • Have more resilience and are more able to identify ways to deal with the impact of increase cost of living in their lives
  • Are able to shape activity in their community to address the increased cost-of-living

The National Lottery are keen to see applications from smaller voluntary and community organisations who are working with those most vulnerable and disproportionately affected by the increased cost of living.

Deadline to apply: No Deadline.

National Lottery for People & Places projects in Wales

People and Places funding from £10,001 to £100,000 for projects in Wales where people and communities are working together and using their strengths to make positive impacts on the things that matter to them the most, to support communities to adapt, recover and thrive.

The grants aim to:

  • Support people, communities and organisations that are facing increased demands and challenges as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis.
  • Support people, communities and organisations with the direct and indirect impact of the cost-of-living crisis.
  • Support organisations experiencing current cash flow problems as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis

Deadline to apply: No Deadline.

Champions for Children by The Childhood Trust (London)

Champions for Children will fund projects providing a range of practical and emotional support to disadvantaged children living in London.

Unrestricted funds will be available for charities delivering projects across London (please note, charities from outside of London can apply too, but they must work with disadvantaged children in London). Champions for Children are open to all applications that meet their criteria. To be eligible, your charity must be:

  • Working with children and young people living in Poverty in London.
  • A UK-registered charity with at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of at least £25,000 (as per last filed accounts).
  • Registered on theBigGive.org.uk (free to register).
  • Able to raise total campaign funds between £4,000 and £100,000.

Deadline to apply: 24th February 2023.

London Marathon Charitable Trust – Active Spaces Fund

The Active Spaces Fund is available for projects, that improve and activate spaces, places and facilities in London that will help the least active children, young people, marginalised groups and communities to lead active and health lives.  

The following activities and projects are eligible for funding:  

  • All kinds of physical activity, from team sports like football and rugby, to individual activities like running and swimming, and other ways of being active like play, dance, walking and gardening. 
  • Funding for capital and/or revenue projects, including building or renovating facilities, purchasing new or replacement equipment, venue hire, and new/extended staff posts. 

The majority of funds will be between £5,000 and £50,000, although requests for more than £50,000 will be considered (contact the London Marathon Charitable Trust before starting your application to discuss this).  

Deadline to apply: Applications for funding of up to £20,000 can be submitted at any time, but applications for funding of more than £20,000 must be submitted by 12 am 10th March 2023.

City Bridge Trust (Greater London)

City Bridge Trust are offering up to £3.5m in one-off, unrestricted grants to around 400 Greater London-based charities in an effort to help ease pressures caused by high inflation. They provide grants for either revenue costs or capital costs (not both). Revenue grants can be for up to five years and applications for core funding are encouraged.

Deadline to apply: No Deadline.

Youth Investment Fund

By 2025, the Youth Investment Fund plans to distribute £368 million in grants to up to 300 organisations in selected eligible areas across England (check your eligibility here), that offer value for money, are environmentally responsible, and offer positive activities for young people aged 11-18 (up to 25 for young people with SEND).

Deadline to apply: March 2024.

The Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

The Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust offers grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for UK registered charities supporting socially disadvantaged and disabled people in the United Kingdom.

Deadline to apply: No Deadline.

Asda Foundation’s Cost of Living Grant

Asda Foundation’s Cost of Living Grant for community groups is aimed at supporting increasing running costs that you will face between now and February 2023. The application window has just opened, but will close as soon as the budget cap is reached, so apply early.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Youth Fund  

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is working with and for young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood.  They usually make around 25 grants per year to organisations with an income below £30,000 or above £3.5 million. 

Stagecoach Community Fund 

Stagecoach supports a range of good causes, community projects and individual initiatives and have pledged to donate 0.5% of their pre-tax profits to charitable causes every year. Through their monthly Giving for Good fund they support smaller, local charities. 

There is a simple application form to complete. All requests are reviewed by their Charity Committee on the first Wednesday of each month and they ask that applications are sent to them before the last Friday of each month.