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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

AUGUST

AUGUST

Sportivate Final Round

Sportivate Final Round

£300,000 of Sportivate funding is now available for projects targeting inactive young people aged 11-25. Sportivate aims to support and provide young and inactive people with the opportunity to get involved with sport and physical activity.

Key details:

  • Available for all projects targeting 11-25 year old inactive participants
  • Prioritisation will be given to projects targeting inactive and female participants
  • Organisations can submit a maximum of 1 application
  • Applicants must provide match funding of at least 10% of total project costs (either in-kind or cash)
  • Delivery must take place between 1 October 2017 and 22 December 2017
  • Projects must deliver 6-8 consecutive weekly sessions

Deadline is midnight on 23 August 2017

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Active ageing: creating change in communities

Active ageing: creating change in communities

Comic Relief launching a £1.5 million fund targeting older people aged 65 and over who don’t usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face other barriers to participating.

The primary outcomes of the work should focus on the benefits to the older people, though we will also be interested in capturing the wider benefits to the community. Applications will need to meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Older people improve their mental health and wellbeing;
  • Older people increase the quality and quantity of their social connections;
  • Older people develop an enhanced sense of purpose and empowerment.

They are looking for creative, fresh approaches and are unlikely to fund standard lunch clubs, 1:1 befriending models or applications to run community transport schemes.

Proposals are welcome for between £40,000 and £80,000 for up to three years for work in the UK.

The deadline is midday 29 August 2017.

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Sport England Family Fund

Sport England Family Fund

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

Application deadline: Thursday, 31 August 2017 - 3pm 
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September

September

GOOD GROWTH FUND

 

The Good Growth Fund (GGF) is Mayor Sadiq Khan's new £70 million regeneration programme to support growth and community development in London. 

Applications are now open to public, private and third sectors organisations (including London boroughs, community groups and charities) - to drive regeneration in their area.

GGF wants to fund a range of projects and hope applicants respond creatively to our suggestions. This list is not exhaustive, and projects may deliver on one or more of the following actions:

  1. Develop civic infrastructure
  2. Back small business
  3. Secure and create workspace
  4. Drive innovation
  5. Build skills and employability
  6. Deliver community-led regeneration
  7. Enhance public space
  8. Share culture

The deadline is 4 September 2017.

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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.

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

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HELP THE HOMELESS

 

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

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

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

Deadlines: 15th September / 15th December

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CYCLING GRANTS LONDON

 

Cycling Grants London is a programme which supports community organisations that work with those who need encouragement and support to get them cycling. The programme, funded by Transport for London, offers grants to projects of up to £10,000 over a three year period.

The programme aims to:

  1. Increase cycling in new, lapsed or occasional cyclists
  2. Increase confidence in cycling
  3. Increase cycling frequency
  4. Make bike ownership more accessible

Organisations that have not received a grant from Cycling Grants London or the Community Cycling Fund for London (CCFL – as the programme was previously known before 2015) before, OR that have but are looking to deliver a new project,* can apply for the following funding:

  • Year 1 – up to £5,000
  • Year 2 – up to £3,000
  • Year 3 – up to £2,000

 

Deadline: 18 September 2017

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Drug & Alcohol Relief Fund

Drug & Alcohol Relief Fund

The Fund is available across London for work which will help a person to achieve and sustain recovery, as well as preventative work to help individuals identify risky behaviour that might lead to a later addiction. The fund will also help families to cope with the stress of addiction and to support their family member’s recovery process.

Applications must address at least one of the following Themes:

  1. The prevention of alcohol problems, substance misuse and related diseases – in particular but not exclusively, through support with finances, employment, relationships, health and housing.
  2. The provision of support services for people with substance misuse problems and their families – such as therapy, information, advice and guidance (IAG) and if necessary, treatment.
  3. Social inclusion – helping people with drug and alcohol problems to feel part of their community and preventing people from becoming socially excluded. This can include support for individuals, families and communities affected by drug or alcohol addiction.

Grant size £2,500-£10,000 for projects of up to one year. Priority will be given to organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 22 September 2017

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October

October

Trust for London

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 on 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 however they will not normally offer grants that exceed £150,000.

The next deadline is 5 October 2017, 1pm.

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DM THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 

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

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

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

Deadline: 10 October by 5.30pm

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Big Potential

Big Potential

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

Big Potential has two different streams - Breakthrough and Advance:

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

Deadline: Wednesday 11th October - 12:00pm

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CREATE CHURCH STREET - ARTS & CULTURE FUNDING

 

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

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

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

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

The deadline is 5pm on 16 October 2017

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Magic Little Grants Fund

Magic Little Grants Fund

In association with Postcode Community Trust, Localgiving is offering charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of either £250 or £500.

The Magic Little Grants Fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver physical activities.

Grants can 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 1st August to the 31st October 2017 and is open to all members of Localgiving that meet the criteria.

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INNOVATION FUND - TURNING POINT

 

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

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

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

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

The deadline is October 31st

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HENRY SMITH - HOLIDAY GRANTS FOR CHILDREN

 

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

For trips taking place in September through to December, applications can be submitted from 3 July to 17 November.

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March

March

Peabody Community Fund

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 21st March 2018 by 12 noon

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Anytime

Anytime

Henry Smith Main Grants Programme/Revenue Grants

Henry Smith Main Grants Programme/Revenue Grants

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

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

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ERNEST HECHT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

 

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

There is no maximum or minimum limit to funding requests.

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

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Heritage Lottery Young Roots

Heritage Lottery Young Roots

Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.

There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime

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JOHN LYON'S CHARITY SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY FUND 

 

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

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

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

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Tesco Bags of Help Grants

Tesco Bags of Help Grants

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

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

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

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 YAPP CHARITABLE TRUST

 

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

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 - 25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare - people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

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

Applications are accepted at any time.

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YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING CARE

 

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

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

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

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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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