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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

#MYWESTMINSTER FUND

 

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, resident, faith and community groups within Westminster. Applications must be for under £10,000 and all projects must finish by end of March 2020.

Your project must support one of these themes: 

  • community leadership and cohesion 
  • pride in vibrant, mixed neighbourhoods 
  • air quality and the environment 
  • young people 
  • benefit large areas or the whole city (individual ward projects will not be considered)

There will be four rounds of bidding over the 2 year period. 

January to late February 2018, with funds awarded in March 2018. 

June to August 2018, with funds awarded in September 2018. 

January to early March 2019, with funds awarded in April 2019. 

June to August 2019, with funds awarded in September 2019.

All bids will be considered by officers from the Council. Final decisions on funding will be decided by a Member Board, chaired by Councillor David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community.

The closing date for this round of applications is Friday 23 February.

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February

February

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: 23 February 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: 26 February 2018; 28 May 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 open. This will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life.

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. 

Deadline for Round 1: Tuesday 27 February 2018 - 11:59pm

 

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

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March

March

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 March 2018

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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: 1 March, 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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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 March.

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BLOWUP MEDIA Community fund

 

The blowUP Media Community Fund was set up to support grassroots organisations that are based in Westminster and in Kensington & Chelsea to deliver projects that benefit the health and wellbeing of people in the area, particularly around air pollution and green spaces. The Fund aims to offer grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for core costs, to enable organisations to grow and build their capacity for years to come, or for specific projects that focus on health and wellbeing.

Priority will be given to projects covering one of the primary or secondary themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing. This could include any of the following:
    • Making the best use of open and green spaces
    • Encouraging people into environmental action
    • Improving local air quality and reducing pollution
  • Environmental conservation

You do not need to meet both these primary and secondary themes to apply for funding. 

The closing date for applications is 19 March 2018 by 12pm.

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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD KEEPERS PROGRAMME

 

The Neighbourhood Keepers programme aims to deliver health, wellbeing and environmental benefits for all residents of the Church Street ward as well as on the Paddington Green estates.

Grants from £200 to £20,000 will be awarded to organisations or individuals to deliver health and wellbeing and/or environmental activities taking place between May 2018 and April 2019. Specifically, they are looking for sports activities, healthy cooking sessions, edible planting, gardening, food waste recycling and/or food waste awareness campaigns or environmental projects involving bat boxes, bird houses or other wildlife hubs for local people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in. Applications might propose one of the above activities or a combination of them, a festival, outdoor event or something completely new.

They want to receive innovative project proposals that:

  • directly benefit the local Church Street ward and its residents
  • involve the local Church Street ward residents - to prove this, you must collect participants’ postcodes where you're able
  • encourage greater local engagement in physical and environmental activities
  • make use of the area’s existing and new outdoor spaces

To apply, contact Kat on krichter@westminster.gov.uk or 020 7641 4274 (Mondays and Tuesdays only) for a short informal discussion about your project idea. If encouraged to do so, fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) form, and send it to Kat by Monday 19 March 2018, 5pm. If you are invited to go on to the application stage, you will be asked to submit further information in April.

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PEABODY COMMUNITY FUND

 

The Community Grants programme awards grants from £500 up to £5,000 to charities, resident and community organisations that want to improve the quality of life of Peabody residents by supporting local activities that:

  • Are responding to identified community need
  • Bring communities together
  • Promote wellbeing

The Fund is able to support activities benefitting residents of all ages and priority will be given to:

  • Organisations/projects addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the community
  • Peabody resident-led projects. If an applicant organisation is not resident-led, they will need to demonstrate strong connections with local residents, strong partnership working in the locality, a commitment to the locality after the proposed project is complete, and a clear understanding of community needs
  • Youth led projects up to the age of 24

Application deadline:

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 by 12 noon

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MAY

MAY

DM THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

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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June

June

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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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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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 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.  

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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