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Signposts to funding

29th February 2024

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.

Find a government grant

Browse the government’s ‘find a grant’ service for sources of government grant funding. You can search and filter based on your needs. You can also sign up to weekly emails here.

Support for homeless charities throughout the UK

Help the Homeless is offering grants of up to £5,000 for capital projects with a focus on homelessness. Organisations must be registered charities with an annual income of less than £500,000.

The quarterly deadlines for applications for funding each year are: 15th December, 15th March, 15th of June and 15th September.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: Youth-Led Creativity Funding

The Youth-Led Creativity programme builds on young people’s power to make change, use creativity to enhance their lives, develop their careers and influence the world around them. Their support is focused on work led by and for young people who have less access to creative programmes or who are underrepresented in arts and culture. Most of the young people supported need to be aged 14 to 30 years old.

The maximum limit that can be applied for is £120,000 for up to 3 years. They expect to make 8 to 12 grants.

Deadline for the next expression of interest: 5 pm 15th March 2024.

Matthew Good Foundation: Grants for Good

The Matthew Good Foundation invites applications on behalf of local community groups, charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment and had an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Charities and projects are welcome to apply all year round, and your application will be considered in the next funding round. Funding is awarded every three months, in April, July, October and January, with an application deadline of the 15th of the month before. E.g., for the January round, applications will close on the 15th December.

KFC Foundation Funding to Empower Young People

The KFC Foundation aims to support community organisations that empower disadvantaged 11-15 year olds across the UK, for example by providing spaces where they can feel safe, unlocking talent, building life skills and improving their employment chances.

Funding is available to organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less, and they will make grants of up to £2,000.

Deadline for the next expression of interest: 17th March 2024.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

In 2024, the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust will be focusing on funding UK charities in two key areas:

  • Disability will be the priority for the 1st and 2nd rounds – specifically projects and initiatives that improve employment and training.
  • Food Poverty will be the priority for the 3rd and 4th 

Deadlines to apply:

  • Round 1: Deadline Passed
  • Round 2: 1st – 30th April
  • Round 3: 1st – 31st July
  • Round 4: 1st – 30th September

Hedley Foundation

The Hedley Foundation funds small to mid-size UK registered charities helping to improve the quality of life of people in the UK, with a focus on initiatives that benefit the lives of young people, people living with disabilities, older people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers.

The Trustees meet four times per year to review grant applications. These should be received in good time before each meeting and at least 6 weeks before the meeting date. The next meetings are as follows:

  • 24th April 2024

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation

The Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation is offering funding of up to £6,000 to registered charities that aim to improve the wellbeing, welfare and education of children and adults in communities across the UK.

Applications are open to UK-registered charities whose purpose is to:

  • Benefit children and adults, particularly those living in socially deprived areas, through education to develop core skills and support wellbeing and mental health.
  • Benefit the wellbeing and welfare of children and adults by preventing or reducing poverty and homelessness in the community.
  • Support the elderly and improve their wellbeing by reducing isolation, helping reduce the effects of Dementia and Alzheimer’s and support later life/ palliative care.

Deadline to apply: The Trustees meet at the beginning of March, June, September and December. Application deadline dates are the 1st of the month prior to each meeting.

Screwfix Foundation

Grants from the Screwfix Foundation are open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations for projects that improve, fix and repair buildings, homes and community facilities specifically used by people in need in the UK.

They do not support projects which will be used by general members of the public, i.e., sports clubs and associations, uniformed groups such as scout and girl guide groups, or organisations that support wildlife or animals as their main beneficiary.

Applications are considered quarterly.

Deadline to apply: 10th May, 10th August and 10th November 2024.

Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation is set to make £23 million worth of grants to arts and learning charities, small charities and state funded schools across the UK over the next two years, as it plans to complete its grant giving programme and close in 2025.

Deadlines to apply: between 31st May 2024 – 30th April 2025.

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: Applications are accepted at any point in the year.

The Shears Foundation – Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, the former Harrogate District & The City of York, The City of Bradford and Greater Manchester.

The Shears Foundation welcomes applications for grants of £5,500 from charitable organisations, except hospices, who are working in one of their priority areas. These are currently:

  • The development of culture and the arts.
  • The development and provision of educational opportunities for adults and / or children.
  • Protection, preservation or enhancement of the natural environment.
  • Creating stronger / better / more sustainable communities.
  • Promoting health and medicine, with an emphasis on research or education.

Deadline to apply: 31st May 2024.

The Axis Foundation – London, South of England, Midlands and North West

The Axis Foundation supports small, local and impactful causes that help improve lives for individuals experiencing disadvantage and people with disability up to £15,000. They offer help where it is most needed, where they can bring positive change.

Deadline to apply: Ongoing.

ACRE – Small Grants for Village Halls (England)

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) has reopened its grant scheme for those managing rural community buildings in England.

Grants are intended to support smaller capital projects in village halls such as boiler replacements, insulation, toilet upgrades and new kitchens. Awards can be made to cover 20% of eligible project costs, up to a maximum amount of £5,000.

Deadline to apply: The scheme will remain open until available funding is fully allocated, estimated to be December 2024.

National Lottery Awards for All England (England)

Small voluntary and community organisations can apply for funding from £300 to £20,000 for up to two years to deliver a new or existing activity, or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges.

They fund projects that will do at least one of the following:

  • Bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities.
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.
  • Support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Deadline to apply: Ongoing. Apply at least 16 weeks before you want to start the activities or spend any of the funding.

Social Investment Business – Cost of Living Fund (England)

The Cost of Living Fund provides grant funding alongside Recovery Loan Fund loans to eligible charities and social enterprises that are supporting people in the 30% most deprived areas of England and delivering products and services to people impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.

The blend of Cost-of-Living grant will range from £10,000 to £250,000 in size and will range from 20% to 50% of the value of the Recovery Loan Fund.

The Recovery Loan Fund provides loans of £150,000 and £1,500,000.

Deadline to apply: Apply at any time.

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.

Robertson Trust – Wee Grants (Scotland)

Scottish constituted community groups and charities supporting people affected by poverty and/ or trauma can apply for funding of up to £2,000, for one year only.

Priority themes are financial security, emotional wellbeing and relationships and pathways to education or work.

Decisions are made within 8 weeks.

Deadline to apply: Apply at any time.

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 (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.

The Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund: Small Grant Programme

Charities and organisations that aim to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability are eligible to apply for grants of £250 upwards. Grant sizes will depend on several factors, including:

  • The purpose
  • The total funding requirement
  • Potential sources of other funding (in some cases this includes matching funding)

Please note that they do not give grants for research into or care of those with mental health problems, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, or ADHD if they do not also have learning disabilities.

Deadline to apply: For grants below £10,000, there is no deadline. For grants above 10,000, the deadline has passed.

Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund

Aviva, in partnership with WWF and the RSPB, is giving £1 million to support community groups across the UK to protect and restore nature in their local area. Projects that are accepted will receive 2:1 match funding from Aviva. The maximum value of 2:1 match funding a project can receive is £5,000.

Support will be prioritised in areas where the need is greatest, specifically areas that are ranked 1-5 according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Organisations must be working towards one of the following outcomes:

  • Nature restoration
  • Nature connectedness and pro-environmental behaviours
  • Community cohesion and connection

Find out more about the eligibility criteria here.

Deadline to apply: Ongoing until funds are allocated.

The Clothworkers’ Foundation Open Grants Programme

The Clothworkers’ Foundation Open Grants Programme supports registered charities, not-for-profits and CICs with funding towards capital projects. They define capital projects as:

  • Buildings: purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment.
  • Fittings, fixtures and equipment: this includes but is not limited to office equipment/ furniture, sports/ gym equipment, digital/ audio visual equipment, software and websites, garden equipment and specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment. It does not include equipment for one-off use.
  • Vehicles: This includes a minibus, car, caravan, people carrier, or 4X4. They are unlikely to fund the total cost of a new vehicle and do not provide grants towards vehicle leasing.

They fund small and large projects and grants will be determined based on several factors, e.g., the size of your organisation. For larger projects (£100,000+), they generally fund 10% or more of the balance to be raised. For smaller projects (with a balance of less than £10,000), they generally fund between 50% and 100% of the balance.

Deadline to apply: No deadline.

Youth Hostel Association – Breaks Programmes

The Youth Hostel Association’s (YHA) Breaks Programmes aim to reach young people and families with the most challenging lives and provide them with life-changing experiences.

YHA believes in the power of travel and adventure to transform a child’s view of the world and their potential to succeed in it, to provide respite and improve health, education and wellbeing.

Their programmes include help for charities and community groups who are seeking support for a residential stay with YHA. Enquiries can be made for groups of young people and groups of families. Support for school groups in the alternative provision sector of education, along with SEN schools, is also available.

Deadline to apply: No deadline.

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 deadline. 

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.

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. 

London Marathon Charitable Trust – Active Spaces Fund (London)

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 the deadline for funding of more than £20,000 has passed.