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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Westminster Local Funders

Westminster Local Funders

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





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

Deadline 2019 (by 5.30pm): Tuesday, 23 July 2019

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The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) has been launched as part of the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy. The Home Office has made £200 million available over the next ten years to fund and test interventions aiming to prevent young people from being drawn into crime and violence, to build up knowledge of what works to prevent this. Grants for up to £200,000 per year over  two years are available

In its initial year, the Youth Endowment Fund will dispense funds in three ways:

  • Running a one-off open call round to fund and evaluate promising approaches to preventing youth offending, which have not yet gathered strong evidence of their impact. In this round, grantees will need to spend £100,000 or more by March 2020.
  • Funding a smaller number of programmes with good evidence of impact and which are ready for large scale evaluation.
  • Supporting two local partnerships in areas with high levels of youth crime to develop a multi-stakeholder response to preventing youth offending; evaluate and learn to inform its approach to place-based work

Deadline: Tuesday, 23 July 2019 - 12pm

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The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge on new development to help fund strategic and neighbourhood infrastructure in Westminster. Some of the funds that are collected are called the `neighbourhood portion’ which is for local people to propose where they want to see things made better. The Council currently has just over £6m in this pot which is now open for community bids for proposals that would improve local spaces and places and benefit the local community. It’s important that every application can demonstrate wide local engagement and broad support.

A successful application will need to follow these guidelines. They should be:

Plan led – proposed projects should be in line with the principles and policies of relevant Council or related plans, including Westminster’s City Plan 2016; the Mayor’s London Plan any relevant neighbourhood plans or other strategies

Support growth – proposed projects should support the growth of the local area and Westminster as a whole

Supported by the community – proposed projects will need the support of the local community, residents and businesses and enjoy the support of at least two Westminster Ward Councillors in the area

Cost effective – the project should represent value for money and we would encourage feasibility work to be completed in advance of a bid where possible

Supported by infrastructure providers – proposals should be supported by those who would be responsible for delivering it, including the relevant Council service area

Deadline: 24 July 2019

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The Fund is open to voluntary sector organisations for single projects of up to a maximum of £30,000 and is intended to help communities to respond to the challenges around knife crime, and in particular support activities to preventing young people from engaging in knife related offending.

Bids will need to demonstrate a previous proven history of delivering anti-knife crime work, especially to young people and must provide references that can vouch for the quality and impact of previous interventions.

Such impact should include provision of support through prevention and early intervention, and provision of immediate, emergency support and conflict mediation and after care.

The deadline is midnight on 24 July 2019.

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The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to charitable organisations in the United Kingdom. In 2019 the trustees will welcome applications for projects within the theme Children and Young People. This round, organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects that support children aged between 11 and 25. The Trust will be funding projects focussing on:

  • child exploitation
  • mentoring and support
  • clubs and activities

Within these categories, we will prioritise projects that address Mental Health needs.

Deadline: 31 July 2019

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The Our Space Award is a grant scheme that aims to help Londoners green their city through active community engagement and participation. It will support Londoners of all ages and backgrounds, communities and schools in improving community open spaces, making them inclusive places for all to enjoy. 

In addition to the above, the Mayor of London has committed further funds for the 2019 round for turning grey, hard landscaping areas, into greener spaces where they will provide a benefit in terms of drainage. This can range from removal of hard surfaces and creating rain gardens, to the installation of Sustainable Urban Drainage planters which can collect water from drain pipes and divert it from the sewage system.

The Fund helps community groups of three or more people who meet regularly. Your group does not have to be formally arranged or constituted and your group needs to be based in London.

There are three tiers of grants going from £500 all the way up to £5,000:

  1. Small grants of £500 up to £1,000;
  2. Standard grants of £1,000 up to £3,000; and 
  3. Flagship grants of £3,000 to £5,000.

In addition to the above, groups are able to apply for an additional £5,000 for removal of hard surfaces, such as tarmac, concrete or paving.

Deadline: Monday, 5 August 2019 - 9:00am

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The Impact Partnerships Fund is part of the Mayor's Sport Unites programme and Young Londoners Fund. It will provide funding for two year projects that use sport to support young people aged 10-25 who are at risk of getting involved in crime. The funded projects will create employment and training opportunities for participants. 

Grants of £150,000 - £200,000 are available and the delivery of projects should take place over two years. The fund will 'scale up' up to six existing initiatives with a proven track record in using sport to support those at risk of crime. 

Organisations must have a minimum turnover of £200,000 or , if not, apply in partnership with an organisation that does.

Expressions of Interest deadline: 12 August 2019. 

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People’s Postcode Trust funds new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain that focus on:

  • The promotion of human rights
  • Combatting discrimination
  • Poverty prevention

Voluntary organisations can apply for grants up to £2,000 while registered charities for grants up to £20,000.

Deadline for the expression of interest is 14 August.

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Postcode Community Trust funds new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects, in Great Britain that improve health and wellbeing:

  • through grassroots sports, arts and recreation projects or
  • by reducing isolation.

Voluntary organisations can apply for grants up to £2,000 while registered charities for grants up to £20,000.

Deadline for the expression of interest is 14 August.

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Postcode Local Trust funds new projects, or significant expansions of existing projects that improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces such as:

  • Green space improvements
  • Increasing community access to outdoor spaces
  • Renewable Energy projects and flood prevention

Voluntary organisations can apply for grants up to £2,000 while registered charities for grants up to £20,000.

Deadline for the expression of interest is 14 August.

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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 be received by the end of August to be sure of consideration at the Autumn Meetings.

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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: 1 September 2019

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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 1 September 2019.

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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 2019: 2 September, 2 December.
  • Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. This grants programme is closed for the rest of 2019.

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The Fore provides unrestricted funding to UK-registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies with annual income of less than £500,000. It aims to make grants that will have a transformational impact by enabling charities to grow, become more sustainable, more efficient, or take some other major step forward toward achieving their goals.

The Fore runs three 12-week funding rounds each year and makes grants of up to £30,000 over one to three years. Funding can be used to cover core costs.

Application Deadline: 2 September 2019

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The Mayor of London is offering grants of £5,000 to £10,000 for volunteering projects that help people who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation. These Londoners are sometimes referred through social prescribing to small charities and voluntary organisations. The grants will help to develop the ability of small organisations (annual turnover under £500,000) to engage sustainably with social prescribing.

Deadline: 13 September 2019.

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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 deadlines for grant applications this year are: 15th September/ 15th December

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Grants are available to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people from birth to 25 years old who are resident, or attending an educational institution, in the area of benefit (Central and South Westminster). They understand education in its broadest sense and support a wide range of activities that extend their personal, social, moral, mental and emotional development as well enhance their learning. They are interested in projects that fall into five categories:

  • Children and Families – focus on younger children and their parents.
  • Education and Learning – seeking to increase attainment and also enhance the curriculum and learn new skills.
  • Emotional Well-Being – looking after children’s emotional and mental health.
  • Youth clubs and activities – open access youth provision (secondary age) and activities that engage young people.
  • Christian Education


The charity has introduced a range of different grant programmes;

Applications to the Small Grants programme can be submitted at any time.

The next deadline for the Standard Grants is Monday 16 September 2019

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The Masonic Charitable Foundation has launched the Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme for charities that help disadvantaged children and young people, up to the age of 25, overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for an unrestricted grant of between £500 and £15,000 over one to three years.

Deadline: 27 September 2019 (4pm)

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Grants of up to £10,000 per-annum are available for work which support young people who are not in employment, education or training – to help them move into meaningful work. Awards for three years are open to consideration.

The funder recognises that immediate employment may be beyond some young people initially. Where this is not possible, clear progression routes should be evident – such as moving on to further qualifications or through developing clearly employable skills during the project.

To apply, you must be a registered charity with at least one set of annual accounts and the annual turnover must not significantly exceed £500,000.

The next deadline is Friday 27 September 2019, however before submitting a full application, the funder asks that the applicants get in contact by email with a short outline of the project. 

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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 4 October 2019, 1pm

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The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced that it will make £5m available for charities to buy, build or renovate facilities for physical activity in London and Surrey. The trust will give grants of anything between £5,000-£20,000 under their Small Grants Programme and £20,001-£150,000 for the Major Grants Programme.

The application deadline is 16 October 2019.

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This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

 Applicants must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000. Preference will be given to projects that encourage social cohesion and help vulnerable people to overcome barriers to participation in physical activities.

Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 30 November 2019.

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Culture Seeds is part of the Mayor of London’s draft Strategy for Culture, Culture for all Londoners. The new grants will be used to support community-led cultural projects in every London borough.

Culture Seeds is aimed firmly at grassroots organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000. You don’t have to be a formally constituted group. However, you should have a bank account with two signatories or nominate an organisation who can accept the funds on your behalf. You must also provide two referees who can vouch for your work in your local community.

You can apply for anything between £1,000 – £5,000. The grants are for funding arts, culture and heritage projects and activities.  This includes:

  • visual and performing arts (like music, dance and theatre)
  • filmmaking and film screenings
  • heritage projects
  • digital art
  • cultural events/festivals
  • literature, spoken word, reading groups
  • craft and making activities
  • choirs/singing groups
  • creative writing

Projects must have local people at their heart and offer shared creative experiences to bring communities together. Projects that support people on lower incomes, and connect communities that lack access to cultural resources and funding will prioritised.

The programme will also offer successful applicants help with:

  • marketing and monitoring your project
  • applying for future funding
  • recruiting and working with volunteers

Culture Seeds is a two-year rolling programme. There are no deadlines and you can apply at any time. Funding will be available until Spring 2020.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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


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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