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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

July

July

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): 24 July and 9 October.

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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 theme Community.

Priority is given to projects focussing on:

  • domestic abuse and child exploitation
  • homelessness
  • prisoners/offenders
  • refugees and asylum seekers

Within these categories, priority will be given to projects that address Rehabilitation and Mental Health needs.

Deadlines:

  • £1,000 grant round: 31 July
  • £5,000 grant round: September

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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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BRIGHT IDEAS FUND

 

Are you a community with a bright idea for a business that could transform your local area?

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.

Community groups, associations and organisations who have a good idea for a community business but need advice and a small amount of revenue funding to develop, test and get to the stage of launching their community business can apply by the 31 July 2017, 5pm.

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August

August

POSTCODE COMMUNITY TRUST

 

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 that improve health and wellbeing
  • Projects that improve the health of communities through, for example, first aid courses, befriending, counselling or 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 15 August.

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POSTCODE LOCAL TRUST

POSTCODE LOCAL TRUST

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

  • Community gardens and play areas using sustainable materials
  • Outdoor education and heritage
  • Green 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 15 August.

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PEOPLE'S POSTCODE TRUST

PEOPLE'S POSTCODE TRUST

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

  • Employability and skills development programmes
  • The promotion of human rights through 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 15 August.

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TEAM LONDON SMALL GRANTS

TEAM LONDON SMALL GRANTS

Team London are offering grants of £5,000 - £10,000 to community groups, small charities and voluntary sector organisations to run volunteering projects that bring Londoners together and lead to improvements in social integration. 

The projects can focus on any area of volunteering or social action but should help people from different groups of society (differentiated by communities, identities or interests) to have more opportunities to connect with each other positively and meaningfully. 

Deadline: 20 August 2018

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BUILDING CONNECTIONS FUND

 

The £11.5 million Building Connections Fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation which was set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness. The fund is split into two strands.

The main fund (currently open) is made up of close to £9 million, which will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, making grants of between £30,000 and £100,000. The value of the grant requested in each financial year is not more than 50% of your annual income.

They’re offering funding to organisations with existing projects that are already helping to build connections to prevent or reduce loneliness and want to do more to build on this work. They are interested in funding projects that could reach more people and / or join up with others and include ways of utilising existing expertise in the sector, increasing geographical reach and improving impact.

Application deadline: Friday 24 August by 12 noon. Awards will be made by December 2018 and projects can be funded until March 2021.

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#MYWESTMINSTER FUND

 

The fund is open to all voluntary organisations, resident, faith and community groups within Westminster. This includes schools and other establishments which care for Westminster residents (such as residential care homes). 

Applications must be for under £10,000, and must benefit residents in a neighbourhood in Westminster.

Your project must support one of these themes: 

  • community leadership
  • community cohesion and pride in your community
  • environment and greening
  • young people 

Deadline: Monday 27 August.

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

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September

September

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: 1 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 1 September.

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THE FORE FUND

THE FORE FUND

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

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WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENARY GRANT SCHEME

 

To mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in England, the Government has announced a small grant 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. Round 3 opens 12 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: Friday 14 September 2018 

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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 September and 15 December.

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October

October

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 5 October 2018, 1pm

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MAGIC LITTLE GRANTS FUND

 

Small charities and community groups can access grants of £500 to be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities. For example, this could include: facilities hire, kit & equipment, coaching qualifications, other volunteer expenses etc.

The fund is open to charitable organisations with an annual income of under £50,000.

The application process will be open from 15th May to the 31st October 2018 and is open to all members of Localgiving that meet the criteria.

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Anytime

Anytime

NEAR NEIGHBOURS: SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME

NEAR NEIGHBOURS: SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME

Grants between £250 and £5,000 are available for local groups and organisations to run new  activities that:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.
  • Work locally. We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
  • Work sustainably. We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding. ▪
  • Work to improve the community. We want to see people working to make their communities a better place to live. ▪
  • Involve a diverse group of people in planning and implementation. People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in running the project.

Only specific areas in Westminster are eligible so please check this map.

Applications are open for 2018.

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CULTURE SEEDS FUND

 

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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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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