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Amplify London is the London Music Fund’s new programme in collaboration with YouTube Music and Sound Connections.
They are looking for five organisations that offer music and/or music technology activity in London for young people aged 11-21 and aren’t being funded by Music Services or schools. The projects can run for any length of time up to 12 months, between May 2020 and April 2021. Each successful application will be awarded £6000 towards the proposed project.
Deadline: Friday 27 March, 5pm.
Healthy Communities Together is a new programme developed in partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund. Successful partnerships will receive up to £450,000, as well as ongoing learning and development support from The King’s Fund, over a further three years.
The programme aims to support local areas to develop effective and sustainable partnerships between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities and empower communities.
The programme consists of two phases. In phase 1, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and a package of learning and development support from the King’s Fund for up to nine months to develop their partnership and project plans.
Applications for phase 1 are to be submitted by 27 March, and with projects for phase 1 are projected to start in July 2020.
At the end of this phase, each site will be invited to apply for phase 2 of the programme for further funding and support.
Applications for phase 2 will be assessed on the strength of the partnerships that have developed, their involvement of relevant organisations working across communities, and the strength and feasibility of their project plans to deliver meaningful benefits for people and communities.
Successful partnerships will receive up to £450,000, as well as ongoing learning and development support from The King’s Fund, over a further three years.
Deadline: Friday, 27 March 2020
Two Magpies Fund gives out small grants (up to £15,000) to charities and community organisations, working with women who have experienced abuse and children growing up in poverty and difficult circumstances. Organisations working in Camden, Haringey, Westminster and Islington are eligible.
Deadline: 31 March 2020
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: 17 April 2020 (4pm)
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:
Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
Any kind of disability
Behavioural or psychological difficulties
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. Deadline 2020: 16 March.
Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Deadline 2020: 4 May 2020.
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.
Organisations need to register to be able to apply. Registration opens 6 April 2020, 10 am and the application deadline is 4 May 2020, 5pm
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 (by 5.30pm): 5 May 2020.
London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund have come together to launch a new round of Partners for Health 2020. Grants will be considered for social action projects tackling health inequalities in London (in 2019 the average grant was £5,000). Partners for Health is open to charities that have a specialist understanding of the health and wellbeing of their service users and are developing a response to social or healthcare care needs. This should involve joint working with an expert health partner.
Deadline: Thursday 21 May 2020 – 5pm
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
Decent Living Standards
Pathways to Settlement
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 2 June 2020, 1pm
The Stronger Communities Fund is part of the Mayor's Sport Unites programme. This is part of the Mayor's vision to make London the most active and socially integrated city in the world.
Grants between £2,000 and £5,000 will be available for projects that use sport and physical activity to bring Londoners together from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, as well as helping isolated and lonely Londoners feel better connected in their communities.
The Stronger Communities Fund will support not-for-profit, small or informal organisations and groups, as well as individuals who often find it harder to access funding.
This is a one-year rolling programme so you can apply at any time before 27 July 2020.
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 2020
Delivered in partnership with Postcode Community Trust, the fund will be awarding £500 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants. Organisations must have an annual income under £250,000 or be in your first year of operation.
Organisations who are not members of Localgiving will also benefit from an annual membership funded by Postcode Community Trust, which will provide them with access to Localgiving’s suite of online fundraising tools.
Organisations do not need to wait for the deadline to apply and receive their grant.
Deadline: 31 October 2020.
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.
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:
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at anytime.
The main interests of the Trustees of the Hilden Charitable Fund are:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1m that work across England and Wales tackling complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse and with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change in their local communities can apply for a grant worth up to £45,000 and £100,000 over three years that can be used entirely for core costs, with charities able to flex how much they spend each year. Your charity must also have been delivering direct services for at least one year.
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.
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.
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:
If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.
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:
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:
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.
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
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.
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:
The Fund particularly welcome applications supporting the use of leather within the fashion industry, education in leather technology and the leather trade.
The Fund supports registered charities in London who are involved in the activities outlined below:
Social Welfare, including:
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:
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.