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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. 

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Funding

Funding

Westminster Local Funders

Westminster Local Funders

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

April

April

LONDON FAMILY FUND

 

The Mayor of London is offering £600,000 over three years to improve social networks, reduce isolation and bring children and families together. The London Family Fund will provide grants of up to £85,000 to innovative projects that promote social integration in London. The Mayor wants to fund grassroots projects that help bring Londoner’s together. Bids will be encouraged from parenting organisations, local community groups, early years providers, family services and others who want to promote greater social integration among parents and families.

The Fund will:

  • support projects that bring families together to increase social integration
  • generate more diverse social networks, reduce parental isolation and loneliness, and improve the wellbeing of children.

Deadline for expressions of interest is midday Friday, 27 April 2018.

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THE AUSTIN AND HOPE PILKINGTON TRUST

THE AUSTIN AND HOPE PILKINGTON TRUST

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to charitable organisations in the United Kingdom. This year the trustees welcome applications for projects within the Medical (not research) area.

Priority is given to projects focussing on: -

  • homelessness
  • domestic abuse
  • prisoners / offenders
  • training and education
  • counselling and support
  • better access to the arts for those who have limited opportunities
  • refugees and asylum seekers

Grants are available up to £5,000 depending on the organisation's annual income.

Deadline: 30 April 2018

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MAY

MAY

DM THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 

The central grants programme supports projects that are aimed at children and young people in need, in particular those that involve disabled children, children in hospitals, homelessness and life limited children. There is no limit to the amount you can request, although they will generally not award more than £30,000 a year. You can apply for up to 2 years of funding. 

Please ensure your completed application is received both electronically and hard copy by 5.30pm

Deadlines 2018 (by 5.30pm): 8 May, 24 July and 9 October.

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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.

  • Small Grants Programme is for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Deadlines 2018: 13 May, 2 September and 2 December.
  • Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Deadlines 2018: 17 May and 13 September

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LONDON TOGETHER FUND

LONDON TOGETHER FUND

Mayor of London is partnering with Comic Relief to launch the London Together Fund. This programme will invest in sports projects that bring people from different backgrounds together to strengthen local communities. This will help the Mayor achieve his ambition of making London the most active and socially integrated city in the world.

The London Together Fund project is matched funded by Comic Relief and totals £3,000,000. The fund will offer large grants, investing in initiatives that use sport to improve social integration across London. Grants of £25,000 to £150,000 to support projects that:

  • reduce isolation and loneliness
  • bring together people from different backgrounds to reduce prejudice, negative stereotyping and increase trust
  • increase opportunities to support Londoners into work, employment and training
  • provide opportunities for Londoners from all backgrounds to volunteer

Projects must identify reasons for low social integration including:

  • high population turnover/migration/movement
  • perceived lack of safety
  • lack of trust between local groups
  • race relations
  • inequality

Proposals should be submitted before midday on 16 May 2018.

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Living Communities Fund

Living Communities Fund

The Fund aims to see the lives of people living and working in the South Westminster area improved through community-building activities. In 2018, grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to support work in the following areas:

1)  Health and Wellbeing - especially initiatives which reduce isolation, and enhance the mental health of local people, particularly for those most in need; and projects focused on improving air quality.

2)  Better Together - particularly activities to promote grassroots community building activities for all ages to support enhanced neighbourhood cohesion.

3)  Creating Positive Futures for Young People - through employability and educational support; crime and drug prevention; mentoring; and creative arts and sports activities.

Funding can be requested towards project, capital or core* costs. *N.B. Groups can ask for up to 50% of their application request to contribute towards their core costs.

Organisations awarded a grant previously by the Living Communities Fund can apply for continuation funding for the same project or submit a request for new activities.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18th May 2018 @ 5pm (for projects from or after 30th July 2018).

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WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENARY GRANT SCHEME

WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENARY GRANT SCHEME

To mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in England, the Government has announced a large and small grant scheme.

Large Grants Scheme - Round 1 with grants of between £30,000-£125,000 is now closed.

Round 2 will be open around April 2018, for projects with a shorter running time. For the second round of funding, applicants will be able to apply for between £2,000 and £65,000 out of a pot of around £400,000

The large grant fund is intended to support the overall objectives for the centenary, which are:

  • CELEBRATE, INSPIRE and REMEMBER: to increase national awareness and mark 100 years since women got the right to vote.
  • EDUCATE: to increase young people’s knowledge of UK democracy and its importance, and increase their democratic participation.
  • PARTICIPATE: to aspire to achieve gender parity in local and national politics by the centenary of the Equal Franchise Act by 2028. 

 

Small Grants Scheme - Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be two more bidding rounds during 2018. Round 2 opens on 15th March and closes 18th May. Round 3 opens 12th July and closes 14 September

The Small Grant will fund work to;

  • increase people’s awareness of the women’s suffrage movement
  • improve people's understanding of democracy in the UK, particularly young
  • people encourage and inspires participation in civic life. 

Deadline for Round 2: Friday 18 May 2018 

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PARTNERS FOR HEALTH

PARTNERS FOR HEALTH

London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund have come together to launch the 2018 ‘Partners for Health’ grant programme. Grants of up to £10,000 will be considered for social action projects tackling the effects of poverty and health inequalities in London, where the organisation concerned will be working in partnership with a health expert or health provider. 

Deadline: Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 5:00pm

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MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION'S COMMUNITY SUPPORT GRANTS

 

Grants are available to support registered charities working in areas of financial hardship, health and disability, education and employability and social exclusion and disadvantage.
Small Grants - up to £5,000 are available for core expenditures such as general running or overhead costs.

Deadline: 25 May 2018.

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COMIC RELIEF LOCAL COMMUNITIES - CORE STRENGTH PROGRAMME

 

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for organisations with an annual income of £100,000 or under. The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs.

Deadlines: 28 May 2018

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June

June

HILDEN CHARITABLE FUND: SUMMER PLAY SCHEMES

HILDEN CHARITABLE FUND: SUMMER PLAY SCHEMES

Hilden Charitable Fund helps community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children aged five to 18 years in the UK.
Grants of between £500 and £1,500 to support the following:

  • Summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years
  • Local schemes lasting for two to six weeks.
  • Schemes with strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups.
Applications must be from voluntary agencies with less than £150k income.

The next deadline for applications is 1 June 2018.

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'Westminster Sings' grant

'Westminster Sings' grant

Westminster Sings aims to encourage more residents to join choirs and bring the mental health benefits of music and singing to thousands more residents across the city, particularly in seldom-heard communities.

The programme will offer small grants of up to £1,000 to support established choirs or singing groups across the borough to recruit new members, establish networks with other choirs and host events with local residents. All choirs will receive free training on how to reach out to and support people with mental health issues.

Deadline: Friday 1 June 2018.

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TRUST FOR LONDON

 

Trust for London offers grants to organisations undertaking charitable activities (you do not need to be a registered charity) that aim to tackle poverty and its root causes in London by dealing with issues such as deprivation, unemployment, inequality, homelessness and poor health.

The trust has seven funding programmes:

  • Good Homes and Neighbourhoods
  • Better Work
  • Decent Living Standards
  • Shared Wealth
  • Pathways to Settlement
  • Stronger Voices
  • Connected Communities

Each of the funding programmes is explained in detail in their funding guidelines

There is no minimum or maximum size of grant and the amount you request should be the amount you need. The amounts may be spread over one, two or three years, but the trust will not normally offer grants that exceed £150,000.

The next deadline is 5th June 2018, 1pm

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Comic Relief - Safe, Secure, Settled

Comic Relief - Safe, Secure, Settled

The Safe, Secure, Settled fund will invest in projects that are using sport to improve the lives of young people without a safe or secure place to live, helping them to gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives. It will consider work that supports children and young people aged up to and including 25. It will also consider family-based interventions where the majority of beneficiaries are under 25.

Applications are welcome for a minimum of £100,000 and a maximum of £500,000, over a period of between two and four years. It will support projects being delivered in the UK, India, South Africa, Brazil or Kenya. Your grant request should be appropriate to the size of your organisation.

Deadline: 14th June 2018 midday.

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HELP THE HOMELESS

HELP THE HOMELESS

Help the Homeless makes grants to registered charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000.

The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.

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WESTON ANNIVERSARY FUND

WESTON ANNIVERSARY FUND

Weston Anniversary Fund will award grants ranging from £30,000 to £150,000, to provide new or improve existing community facilities. They will consider funding the entirety of a project, or help to complete your fundraising.

This is a Capital grants scheme and applying is a simple one-step process. Please read About the Fund, its Application Guidelines and take a quick quiz to find out if you are eligible to apply. And if you are, good luck!
If this fund doesn’t fit your particular charity or project, then you may want to consider applying to our ongoing, regular grants scheme at garfieldweston.org

Deadline: 30th June 2018

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July

July

SPAN TRUST

 

The Span Trust seeks to fund projects by awarding grants between £5,000 and £20,000 that will alleviate poverty, disability, age or ill health, and advance urban regeneration through the improvement of the built environment. They offer grants to both registered and exempt charities.

Deadline is 2 July 2018

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THE DUDLEY AND GEOFFREY COX CHARITABLE TRUST

 

The Trust only funds registered charities delivering projects in the following categories:

  • Category 1 – medical research projects; or
  • Category 2 –  things of benefit to young people; or
  • Category 3 – ‘welfare’ in the sense of improving the well-being, living conditions, comfort or general flourishing of particular groups of people who are burdened in some way. In principle this category is very broad, but obvious examples would be homelessness, being in prison, isolated elderly people, people in financial hardship, etc; or

In Category 1 (medical research), the Trust rarely makes grants exceeding £5,000. In Categories 2 (Youth) and 3 (Welfare), grants are often in the range £5,000 – £20,000 in a single year.

The Trust’s strongest preference as to geography is for work which mainly or exclusively benefits London boroughs with a postcode starting with W, SW, or NW. Preference is also to fund charities with an annual income of less than £100,000.

Charities should apply during February  – August. Applications will be shortlisted during September and decided by Trustees during October or early November. Decisions are notified on 15 November.

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August

August

THE INMAN CHARITY

 

Grants tend to range in value from £1,500 to £5,000. The directors are particularly interested in supporting the following areas of charitable work:-  

  • Medical research
  • Care of the elderly
  • General welfare  
  • Hospices  
  • The Deaf and Blind  
  • Care of the physically & mentally disabled  
  • The Armed Forces 

Deadline: Applications must the end of August to be sure of consideration at the Autumn Meetings.

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September

September

PETER CRUDDAS FOUNDATION

PETER CRUDDAS FOUNDATION

The Foundation gives grants to registered charities for projects designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales towards pathways into education, training and employment.

There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year. However, the Peter Cruddas Foundation will be looking to the applicant to demonstrate that they can manage the amount they have applied for and how they intend to continue (if appropriate) after the funding has been spent.

Deadline: 1st September 2018

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KELLY FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST

 

The Trust has decided to prioritise its funding in favour of registered local charities whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members. 

The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other.

The three areas that the charity wishes to support are: 

  • Interventions and support that help families to manage better and prevent the fracture of the family unit, e.g. relationship counselling, mediation
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drugs abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment 

The Trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. 

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants.  The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. 

Grants are awarded twice a year to charities whose aims fall within the criteria of the Trust.  Grants will generally be in the range of £1000 - £5000, but Trustees will consider requests for higher amounts. 

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 1st September.

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Anytime

Anytime

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

Charitable Grants are available to UK registered charities working within the UK. Whilst we prioritise those charities working for the benefit of people in Greater London, we do welcome and support applications from all corners on the UK. Fund is available for special projects, capital grants and core costs such as salaries, rent and utilities. You can apply for up to four years of funding.
The Fund operate two grant giving programmes for charities:- 

  1. The Small Grant Programme is a fast track grant assessment for one-off grants of up to £3,000. Applicants can expect a result within six weeks of making an application.
  2. The Main Grants Programme is a far more thorough assessment for single and multiple year grants of £5,000 or more. A successful application can take up to nine months to receive a result.

The Fund particularly welcome applications supporting the use of leather within the fashion industry, education in leather technology and the leather trade.

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HILDEN CHARITABLE FUND

 

The main interests of the Trustees of the Hilden Charitable Fund are:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Community Based Initiatives for Young People Aged 16-25
  • Homelessness
  • Penal Affairs
  • Overseas Countries

Grants are rarely given to well funded national charities. Fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at a community level within the categories of interest stated above.

Preference is given to charities with an income of less than £200,000 per year.  Priorities given to different types of work within the main categories may change from time to time, as dictated by circumstances. Capital or revenue grants rarely exceed £5,000.

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Changemaker - Santander

Changemaker - Santander

Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities. Santander has £200,000 to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by achieving at least one of the following:

  • Grow insight or knowledge
  • Build skills, training or experience
  • Tackle social problems or issues in an innovative way

If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.

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HENRY SMITH - IMPROVING LIVES

 

The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

It supports established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work.

There are 6 funding priorities:

  • Help at a critical moment
  • Positive choices
  • Accommodation / housing support
  • Employment and training
  • Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements
  • Support networks and family

The amount requested must be between £20,000 and £60,000 per year. The maximum length of funding that can be requested is three years. The grants are for revenue costs and direct service delivery.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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HENRY SMITH - STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

 

The Strengthening Communities grant programme aims to support and strengthen the most disadvantaged and deprived communities across the UK and is only open to grassroots organisations with annual incomes of between £20k and £500k that are working in areas in the bottom 10% on the government Indices of Multiple Deprivation. This grant programme is intended to be as flexible and helpful as possible to the organisations supported so it will provide grants for running costs which may include rent, overheads and salaries, as well as small capital costs needed to support the work.

They fund established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries and are looking for organisations that are embedded within their communities and are addressing local needs.

They want to fund work that enables:

  • People from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
  • People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
  • A stronger, active, more engaged community.

The amount requested must be between £20,000 and £60,000 per year. The maximum length of funding that can be requested is three years.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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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.  

Applications to the School Holiday Activity Fund can be submitted at any time, but must be received by the Grants Office by the following deadlines:

Summer holiday –  1 June
October half-term – 21 September
Christmas holiday – 16 November
February half-term – 18 January
Easter – 1 March
May half-term – 25 April

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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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Sanctuary Housing Grand Ideas Fund

Sanctuary Housing Grand Ideas Fund

Funding of up to £1,000 is available to charities, residents’ groups and voluntary organisations
for projects that aim to make a difference to the lives of Sanctuary Housing residents and communities within Westminster.

Successful projects will meet at least one of these themes:

  1. Employment, Education, Skills and Training
  2. Health and Wellbeing
  3. Community safety and infrastructure
  4. Environment
  5. Financial inclusion

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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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THE CHARLES HAYWARD FOUNDATION

 

The Charles Hayward Foundation is a grant-making charitable trust which is located in the United Kingdom. They make grants to charities which are registered through two different programmes:

Main grant programme

Social & Criminal Justice and Heritage & Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and Overseas (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000).

Small grant programme

Social & Criminal Justice and Older People (for charities with an income of less than£350,000).

The Foundation predominantly funds capital costs. Projects that are preventive or provide early intervention are encouraged with a preferred area of impact at the community and neighbourhood level.

Size of grant is typically £15,000 to £25,000. Where agreed, project funding may be for up to a maximum of three years in duration. Small grant scheme makes grants of up to £7,000.

The trustees meet only four times a year to consider applications and you may have a wait of several months before you receive a decision. On average, trustees approve one in twenty applications.

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THE WAKEHAM TRUST

 

The Wakeham Trust helps projects that are small scale and would find it hard to get funding from big trusts.

Grants usually range between £125 and £2,500 and can only be awarded to registered charities.

They do not help arts/performance and hard-science medical projects.

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FOYLE FOUNDATION

 

The small grants scheme is designed to support smaller charities, especially those working at a grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activitices. Applications are welcomed from charities with an annual turnover of less than £100,000 per annum. Charities can apply for a grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 for core costs, equipment or project activities. Charities must show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. 

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THE BERNARD SUNLEY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

 

The grant scheme support capital projects, not running costs. There are three types of grant; major grants of £50,000 and above, medium grants between £5,000 and £50,000 and small grants below £5,000. Small grants account for 80% of those awarded annually.

There are two criteria to fulfil before applying for a grant. Please ensure you read these carefully before making an application.

1. You must be a registered charity in England or Wales or have accepted/exempt status to apply

AND

2. You must fall into one of the categories set out below. Please click on a link for more information as to whether you qualify:

  • Community
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social Welfare

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at anytime.

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