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Support for groups - latest funding opportunities

This page aims to keep you up-to-date with useful info about funding opportunities inside Westminster and more widely in London. Also make sure to check the training and events page for an updated list of training opportunites and events. 

One Westminster can also help your organisation through the Online Resources section of this website and through our staff team.

Funding

Funding

CREATE CHURCH STREET - ARTS & CULTURE FUNDING

 

As part of the Church Street Futures plan, Westminster City Council has created an Arts and Culture Funding Scheme for the local area with a sum of up to £200,000 to be spent on arts and creative projects over a two year period, from March 2016 – March 2018.

This funding scheme is designed to create a programme of creative activities that local people of all ages and backgrounds can take part in. Examples of creative activities are theatre, music, singing, dance, film, photography, visual art, creative writing, crafts. Applications might propose one of these types of activities or a combination of them, or a festival or outdoor event or performance or something completely new.

The local community, artists, individuals, groups and arts and cultural organisations are invited to submit applications for funding for arts and creative projects that will begin within three months of an award being made. It doesn’t matter if you are based outside the Church Street area as long as your project will benefit the area.

The maximum funding that can be applied for is £10,000 per project although the funder envisage a number of smaller awards in the region of £2,000. The minimum amount of funding you can apply for is £200.

There is no deadline, just submit your application when it is ready.

For more info and contact details please visit the website.

Westminster Local Funders

Westminster Local Funders

For a list of the Westminster local funders please consult the Westminster Funding Directory on our Online Resources

June

June

WILLIAM WATES MEMORIAL TRUST

 

The Trust provides grants for projects that help disadvantaged 5-19 year olds move away from anti-social behaviour and criminal activity. The Trustees will primarily support projects in London and the South East. However, they will also consider nationwide projects. To be eligible, applicants need to be registered charities or not for profit organisations.

Most of our grants are between £20,000/£40,000 over 3 years, but at any one time we will have 2-3 of circa £150,000 over 3 years.

The deadline for applications is the 28 June 2017.

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July

July

Woman to Woman Fund

Woman to Woman Fund

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to support charitable work that benefits women: from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and much more. Grants are available for women’s groups with an income of under £100,000 per year.

The deadline is Thursday, 6 July 2017 - 5:00pm

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THE BIGGIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE

 

Applications for this years online match funding campaign open June 5th. This campaign helps registered charities raise funds for their cause. It offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled on theBigGive.org.uk when the campaign goes live on #GivingTuesday, 28th November 2017.

To receive advice and top tips on applying to the campaign, register your charity’s interest on the website.

 

Application deadline: Friday, 7 July 2017 - 5:00pm

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DEUTSCHE BANK SMALL GRANTS FUND

 

The Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund is provided by Deutsche Bank and administered by the London Community Foundation. It is available for the voluntary and community sector within London (Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Westminster, Camden and Brent). The fund aims to support projects which benefit society’s most disadvantaged communities and grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Applications will only be accepted for projects that help society’s most disadvantaged and communities on the ground by reducing social isolation and improving wellbeing. In addition the projects may fall into any of the following areas:

  • Projects that promote social inclusion, reduce isolation and disadvantage and improve access to services;
  • Projects that advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety;
  • Projects that maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity.

Deadline: 14 July 2017 - 5:00pm

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HENRY SMITH - HOLIDAY GRANTS FOR CHILDREN

 

Grants of up to £2,500 are available for recreational trips or holidays for groups of children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities. Trips that would not take place without the grant are particularly welcome.Grants are only available to support children who are aged 13 and under.

Two deadlines left for this year;

  • For trips taking place in July and August, the deadline is 21 July
  • For trips taking place in September through to December, the deadline is 3 July to 17 November

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DM THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 

The Foundation offer grants of up to £30,000 to registered charities working in the areas of education or health with one of three chosen focus groups:

  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project.

Deadlines: 25 July, 10 October by 5.30pm

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SKIPTON BUILDING SOCIETY'S GRASSROOTS GIVING

 

Up to £500 is available to community organisations or groups who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere. Registered charities will not be able to apply.

Deadline: Monday, 31 July 2017 - 12:00pm

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INNOVATION FUND - TURNING POINT

 

The innovation fund rewards grants between £500 and £2500 for innovative ideas that enhance the lives of people in recovery and members of the local communities by:

  • Reducing social isolation both locally and for people who access our services
  • Encouraging personal growth within the 5 ways to wellbeing

The grant is open to charity, voluntary or community group with an income of less than £100,000 per annum located within the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

The grant is available to support new and innovation ideas, they are therefore unable to provide continuation for funding you are already receiving that is due to come to an end.

The deadlines are July 31st; October 31st

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AUGUST

AUGUST

Sport England Family Fund

Sport England Family Fund

The New Family Fund from Sport England launches 22 June. Projects which encourage families to plan and take decisions together, with children involved in shaping how they and their families are active. The anticipated size of funding for projects from the Families Fund will be from £50,000 up to £500,000.

Application Deadline: Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 3:00pm 
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September

September

BBC CHILDREN IN NEED

 

BBC Children in Need gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that work with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects we fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

  • Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to 3 years. Deadline: 13 September
  • Small Grants Programme is for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Deadlines: 1 September, 1 December

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HELP THE HOMELESS

 

Help The Homeless's main funding remit is the regular allocation of Small Grants (generally up to £5000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum).

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.

All applicants must use the official form downloadable from the website and clearly describe the aims and structure of their organisation, their future plans and specific details of how any grant money will be spent. A copy of the latest available audited accounts is also required.

Deadlines: 15th September / 15th December

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October

October

Big Potential

Big Potential

Big Potential, a Big Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over 3 years to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSEs in order that they may deliver greater social impact. Priority will be given to those looking to secure repayable investment for the first time.

Big Potential has two different streams - Breakthrough and Advance:

  • Breakthrough Grants of between £20,000 and £75,000 for specialist business support to help raise new repayable investment of up to £500,000.
  • Advanced Grants of up to £150,000 for specialist business support to help raise new repayable investment above £500,000 or to help win contracts worth above £1million.

Deadline: Wednesday 11th October - 12:00pm

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Anytime

Anytime

Henry Smith Main Grants Programme/Revenue Grants

Henry Smith Main Grants Programme/Revenue Grants

Applications for Revenue funding of £10,000 or more per year for work taking place in the UK (including the Isle of Man and Channel Islands) can be made through Herny Smith Main Grants Programme.
The amount requested must be at least £10,000 in each year.  The maximum length of funding that can be requested is three years. 

Revenue grants can be used to fund running costs, salaries and/or project costs.
Full information about what we do and do not fund, and details of how to apply can be found on the website.

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ERNEST HECHT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

 

The Foundation provides funding to a broad range of UK charities working to support or improve the lives of UK nationals through art, healthcare, literature, music and theatre. The Trustees give priority to projects where their donation can make a difference and can progress the Charity’s initiative. There is a broad remit and all applications will be considered on their own merits.

There is no maximum or minimum limit to funding requests.

There are no deadlines for applications, which are reviewed at regular intervals.

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Heritage Lottery Young Roots

Heritage Lottery Young Roots

Grants from £10,000 to £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.

There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime

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JOHN LYON'S CHARITY SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY FUND 

 

The School Holiday Activity Fund is designed to enable organisations to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays.  This includes all half-term breaks, Easter, Christmas and the summer holiday. You may apply to the School Holiday Activity Fund once a year for a maximum of three consecutive years.

The Fund will pay for the running costs of holiday programmes that provide young people with activities in supportive and accessible environments.  Up to £5,000 is available.

Organisations that are currently in receipt of a grant from John Lyon’s Charity for core services are also eligible to apply to this Fund as long as funds from the Charity are not already being used for holiday activities.  

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Tesco Bags of Help Grants

Tesco Bags of Help Grants

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support community projects that involve the development and use of open spaces. Projects that involve volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities are welcomed.

Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

Applications are now open on a rolling basis and will be accepted at any time.

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 YAPP CHARITABLE TRUST

 

The Yapp Charitable Trust offers grants only for core funding to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 and are undertaking work that focuses on one of these 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)

The charity will fund running costs for up to three years.  Grants are for a maximum of £3,000 per year

Applications are accepted at any time.

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YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING CARE

 

Esmée Fairbairn has launched a new £10m fund for charities working with young people leaving care. Its five-year programme, Young People Leaving Care, aims to invest £2m per year in projects that support young people leaving care to make the transition to adulthood.

Funding is limited to the charitable work of organisations, and could be for core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. There are no limits on grant size or length, with the median average 2015 grant being £100,000 over 3 years. Most support is likely to be in the form of grants, but they would consider making social investments.

Applications can be made from 31 October 2016, with the first Young People Leaving Care grants likely to be made early in 2017.

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The Drapers' Charitable Fund

The Drapers' Charitable Fund

The Fund supports registered charities in London who are involved in the activities outlined below:

Social Welfare, including:
• Homelessness
• Prisoners
• Ex-service personnel
• Support services for the elderly, carers (especially young carers), and community and family services.
• Disabled adults (not children), especially those with less visible disabilities such as sensory impairment, mental health issues and learning disabilities.

Education and training:
Projects which raise the aspirations or help to realise the full potential of disadvantaged young people under 25 years old particularly in deprived areas of Greater London.

Textiles and Heritage, including:
• Textile conservation
• Support projects within the textiles industry
• Museums, memorials and monuments relating to the armed forces, history of London or the textile trade

There is no minimum or maximum grant. Grants are normally awarded for sums up to £15,000, but larger grants may be awarded.

You can apply at any time of the year. The Charities Committee meets five times a year and applications will normally be considered at the next meeting following submission.

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