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Signposts to funding

16th September 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.

The People’s Projects

The National Lottery Community Fund is contributing £4 million to The People’s Projects funding programme this September, giving groups and projects across the UK the chance to apply for grants of up to £70,000 to support your communities. In May 2023, 95 shortlisted groups will take part in a national campaign and the winners will be decided by public vote.

Deadline to apply: 12 pm on Friday 7th October 2022, however, applicants are urged to apply as soon as possible as the programme may close earlier if the limit for applications is reached.

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.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday (29th November 2022) is the perfect opportunity for charitable organisations like you to:

  • Engage with current and new donors
  • Launch or shine a spotlight on your fundraising campaign
  • Raise awareness of your services
  • Celebrate your fantastic donors and volunteers
  • Share stories from your beneficiaries demonstrating your impact

In short, it’s all about celebrating the amazing work you and other charitable organisations do, day in day out, year after year, to help those in need and to make life better.

On the 29th November, BE PROUD! Giving Tuesday have put together this toolkit to support you in creating and executing a successful Giving Tuesday campaign. Click here to find out more and access the toolkit.

Warburton’s Community Grants

Warburton’s Community Grants offer small grants of up to £400 to charitable organisations, to support activities that improve health, place or skills for families in your community. Charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply.

Deadline to apply: 7th November 2022 (but please note, grants are awarded on a quarterly basis, so there are 4 opportunities to apply for a community grant between Nov 2022 and Aug 2023).

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 Forrester Family Trust

The Forrester Family Trust’s Small Grants programme offers grants up to £5,000 for smaller charities across England and Wales with an income of less than £10m a year.  They have a particular focus on improving the quality of life of individuals and families. 

The Trust also offers grants up to a maximum of £40,000 for Refugee Support and Community Integration, again for charities with a turnover of less than £10m. 

The deadline for the current round of applications is Monday 31st October 2022.  

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

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.