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Pimlico Million are delighted to share that their small grants programme is opening on 1st June 2021. Individuals or community groups can bid for a grant of maximum £2,000 for local projects with particular focus on reducing isolation, young people, connecting communities and groups from different backgrounds and positively enhancing the wellbeing of people in the area. Priority will be given to organisations able to deliver work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Projects must take place in or have 75% of attendees living in the Pimlico Million area (please refer to the map).
Deadline: Monday 21 June at 5pm
Black-led charities (both registered and unregistered) and social enterprises working in support of Black communities across the UK will be able to apply for an unrestricted grant of £5,000 OR £12,500 to help them:
They are specifically looking for organisations that are providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financial sustainability. The people you support should primarily be people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black.
Organisations must have an annual turnover between £30K and £500K.
Deadline: June 25th at 5pm.
London Councils is developing a new four-year programme that will focus on combatting homelessness and tackling domestic and sexual abuse across London.
The invitation is aimed at voluntary and community, and not-for-profit organisations specialising in combatting homelessness and tackling domestic and sexual abuse, that are interested in helping develop the programme further, and who are thinking of applying for funding to deliver services from April 2022.
The deadline for Expression of Interest is Friday 25 June.
The Enterprise Development Programme aims to provide business and financial support to charities and social enterprises in England that are thinking of exploring new enterprise models and require financial or business support to make the transition, with the ultimate aim of taking on social investment in the future. The programme is open to organisations working across a range of sectors, which will vary as the programme runs its course.
Individual packages of financial and business support are available for successful applicants. These are likely to include some or all of the following:
Stage 1 applications are expected to be open from 1 June 2021.
Deadline: Tuesday, 29 June 2021
The Mayor of London is offering new funding towards Research & Development projects by London based D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists or organisations. £70,000 of grant funding available is for projects ranging from £3,000 to £10,000 and successful applicants will be invited to share their project’s work-in-progress as part of Lewisham’s London Borough of Culture Opening event in January 2022.
Proposals are invited for engaging and thought-provoking projects suitable for outdoor, indoor or digital presentation. All artforms are welcome, including music, visual art, comedy, poetry, street theatre and dance, digital art, participatory installations, workshops and other events.
Deadline: 30 June 2021
Charities working with people affected by the Windrush scandal can apply for grants to spread awareness of a government compensation scheme. The fund will be managed by Voice4Change England (V4CE), and will make grants of up to £25,000 to charities, community groups and grassroots organisations. Those grants can be used to raise levels of engagement with the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme with activities such as:
Deadline: 30 June 2021
The Hedley Foundation awards grants to charities operating across the spectrum of social needs that are able to demonstrate quantifiable outcomes to beneficiaries. Typically, grants of up to £5,000 are regularly made and occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved. Similarly, smaller charities often benefit from smaller grants of £250 upwards.
You should meet the following criteria:
Deadline: 30 June 2021
Two Magpies Fund gives out small grants (up to £15,000) to charities and community organisations, working with women who have experienced abuse and primary school aged children growing up in poverty and difficult circumstances. Organisations working in Camden, Haringey, Westminster and Islington are eligible.
Deadline: 30 June 2020
Children’s Community Support Programme offers grants of up to £1,500 to aid London based organisations that work with children, who are in need of support during these challenging times.
Deadline: 30 June - 5pm
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support voluntary and community organisations in Westminster to deliver projects that encourage children, young people and families to be more physically active.
Organisations can apply for projects that meet current COVID-19 regulations and aim to promote physical activity. Projects can be implemented over the summer holidays and extend to October half term. Priority will be given to activities that reach children and families most at risk of inactivity and poor health.
Deadline: 30 June 2021.
Grants of up to £50,000 are available to a range of UK arts organisations for projects to transform their activities and build expertise, capacity and connections within and beyond the arts sector.
The aims of the Reimagine programme are:
Funding is intended for projects and activities that:
Deadline: 5 July 2021.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are providing £3 million (£1m Capital & £2m Revenue) of transformation funding to enable small-to-medium sized homelessness charities, community and faith groups and voluntary sector organisations to develop accommodation options that are self-contained, Covid-secure and dignified.
The fund is still open to Revenue applications.
Deadline: Monday 5 July
Applications are now open for the next round of the Aviva Community Fund. Every three months, £250,000 will be shared among Aviva UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Registered charities with annual income of no more than £1 million can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000.
To take part in the crowdfund, your project must:
All beneficiaries must be in the UK.
Deadline: 6 July 2021
Arts and cultural organisations based in England, including museums, libraries, community organisations and local councils with a cultural project, can apply for a digital R&D commission of up to £9,000 (excluding VAT).
Commissions are for you to develop and deliver a creative digital project for online audiences. This might be a video or audio project, or an interactive or immersive experience.
If your application is successful, the funder can provide support in areas where you may need help, e.g., digital production, content distribution, audience development and online rights.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 8 July 2021
Grants of up to £30,000 are available to support charities and community organisations providing activities that primarily benefit Peabody residents.
Priority will be given to:
Projects must align with one or more of the three fund themes:
Grants are available covering costs relating to your proposed project, and groups can request:
Deadline: Wednesday 14 July 2021 - 12:00pm
IKEA Limited and The National Lottery Community Fund have come together to grow thriving, resilient and sustainable communities across the UK. Places Called Home is a new £1.5 million fund that aims to inspire and help people get more involved in their local community as a positive, homely place to be and meet other people.
The aim is to build on the energy, creativity and practices of communities coming together during the COVID-19 pandemic, through local activities and the renewal of community spaces.
Places called Home will now open for applications on 30 June 2021. It'll be open for two weeks or once we receive 1,500 applications - whichever comes first.
Grants of either of £5,000 or £10,000 are available to help Black and minoritised organisations, led-by-and-for women, which have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, to support women and girls, dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
Grants can be used for core costs - the funder is really keen to fund small organisations that have limited access to funds and without funding core costs may consider reducing services or closing.
You will already be doing great work to support local women and girls or recently started to assist communities impacted by COVID-19. You should have a track record of being well run and have a good understanding of the needs of women and girls.
To be eligible for a grant, an organisation must:
Applications for £5,000 grants will open on 21st June 2021. The application deadline is 3pm on 21 July 2021.
Applications for £10,000 grants will open on 1st September 2021.The application deadline is 3pm on 1 October 2021
The Local Connections Fund is a £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.
The fund will be used to award hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.
Round 2 will focus on:
The second round of applications will OPEN on 28 June 2021.
Grants of up to £20,000 are available to help London communities experiencing racial inequality to meet their immediate needs related to Covid-19.
This funding round is for registered charities and social enterprises with an average annual income of at least £100,000 but less than £600,000.
Your organisation must target racial inequalities as part of it its core work. This includes the inequalities faced by Roma, Gypsy and Traveller groups, and all undocumented migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.
The project must target the Covid-19 related needs of individuals and communities experiencing racial inequality in one or more of the boroughs in Greater London. Priority will be given to projects for people who experience multiple inequalities (such as people who are south Asian and LGBTQ+) and to projects for people with physical or learning disabilities, long term conditions (e.g. mental health, diabetes) and/or people who provide care for them but we also expect to fund projects for other people.
The deadline is Monday 26 July 2021 - 12:00 (noon).
Grants of up to £2,500 are available to support children and young people aged 16 years or under challenged by abuse and addiction, those who are young carers, and those who are homeless or without a safe place to call home.
Deadline: 31 July.
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to registered charities in the United Kingdom. This funding round trustees welcome applications for grants up to £1,000 for projects that support refugees and asylum seekers. Charities must also have a minimum operating income and operating expenditure of £100,000 and a maximum of £1,000,000.
Deadline: 31 July 2021
Theatres Trust's Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, offers capital funding for theatres. The theme for the fund for the next three years is Improving Environmental Sustainability as this is an urgent priority for the sector.
Theatre operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 towards their building or equipment as part of the scheme. It is hoped that these grants will support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact.
Deadline: Monday 6 September.
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.
The majority of the Trust’s grants are single grants in the range £500 - £5,000 over a one-year period. Occasionally longer-term grants (usually up to 3 years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit. The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding.
Deadline: 13 October 2021
Magic Little Grants Fund will be even bigger this year with eight different funding themes to choose from. The programme will be launching on 1st March 2021 and organisations with an annual income of under £250,000 will be able to apply for a £500 grant in just ten minutes for any of the following funding themes:
Applications can be sent at any time. The programme will close on 31 October 2021.
Small grants of up to £5,000 are available for essential works to not-for-profit theatres in the UK that will enable them to be viable and thrive in the future.
The scheme aims to fund small capital improvements to theatres run by charities and not-for-profit groups that will make a big impact to a theatre's resilience, sustainability or accessibility. This can include works to make theatres COVID-secure and ready to reopen.
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Deadline: Monday, 8 November 2021 - 5:00pm
Standard Life Foundation fund research, campaigning and policy work to improve living standards and personal finances for people on low to middle incomes in the UK. It will fund a range of strategic work. This is work that benefits more than individuals and has the potential to benefit large numbers of people within the UK. This work must aim to create a step change in policy, practice, attitudes and/or behaviour.
They are an engaged funder who does more than just make grants; they provide support, advice and add value to the projects they fund. Grants are usually in the range of £10k to £200k.
Deadlines: 4 February 2022 - 1pm
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 two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000.
Alongside unrestricted funding, successful charities will be supported by one of the Foundation’s regional managers, who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs.
On Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 14:00, they will be holding a live Q&A panel with their grants team. Register here.
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 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 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.
Large grants of up to £300,000 for up to two years are available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will build stronger connections across communities and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections.
The programme seeks to fund ideas that enable communities to thrive by creating the conditions, infrastructure and social fabric that enable better and longer lasting ways of bringing people and communities together. This will be achieved by supporting:
It is expected that up to 20 awards will be made for the 2021/22 period
Applications may be made at any time while funding remains available.
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 – 4 weeks before Easter Monday; May half-term – 25 April
The Foundation is committed to transforming employment for young people. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. They are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people. Organisations must have an annual turnover of over £100,000 and have been operating for at least 3 years – with a track record of working with young people who are, or are at risk of, becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) and face barriers to finding and keeping decent jobs.
Funding is for a 6-12 month period of planning and set up from September 2020 onwards, during which time no direct delivery to young people will be required. This will be followed by funding for a delivery phase from January 2021 onwards, by which time they hope face to face work will be possible again. They operate an open, rolling application process throughout the year; this means that there are no application deadlines.
Funding are available for not-for-profit organisations working together to test new ideas and new approaches that experiment with how to do things differently with a focus on supporting transformational and longer-term change.
The programme is at an early stage where NLCF is still testing an approach. Currently, NLCF is looking to invest in different compositions of people, communities, networks and organisations over the long term, which they describe as ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations.
A total of £25 million is available for this programme until March 2022 with more funding expected beyond that.
The minimum grant is £150,000 and the minimum length is two years. Funding can be available for up to 10 years in some circumstances.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Small and local charities led by and for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities with an income between £25,000 - £1million can apply for a two-year, unrestricted grant of £50,000 as well as development support.
Charities must have more than half of their Trustee Board self-identify as belonging to a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community. They must also have a focus on supporting people from specific Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities to overcome any of the following 11 Complex Social Issues:
This strand of funding does not support purely second-tier or infrastructure organisations, or organisations whose activities are purely campaigning.
There is no closing date for applications - the Foundation aims to give you a decision within four months.
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.
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 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 small grants scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at a grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Applications are welcomed from charities with an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. The focus will be to make one-year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability. The priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible. Charities must show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work.
Capital grants are available to organisations and individuals in need throughout the U.K.
Social workers may apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment and clothing.
Organisation that may apply should be a registered charity in the U.K. whose primary objectives are to assist one or more of the following groups:
They have 2 programmes for organisations:
Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next appropriate Board meeting. Applications for Small Grants are considered monthly.
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.
Grants are available for organisations with a minimum annual income of £50,000 who support individuals suffering from mental health issues and who focus on research in the mental health field.
The Foundation predominantly fund registered charities and NGOs, however they will consider funding other types of organisation so long as they can be proven to have an impact with regard to mental health issues, support, and treatment. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount mentioned. There are no application deadlines.
Grants of up to £15,000 are now available for formally constituted charities or social enterprises that have the necessary powers to undertake a project involving the acquisition and conversion of an historic building.
The Architectural Heritage Fund Project Viability Grant aims to enable organisations to work out whether a proposed use for a building will be economically viable. The grant will contribute towards the cost of exploring different options for reuse or testing a single option.
Applications can be submitted at any time and you will normally get a decision in 6 to 8 weeks.
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 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.
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.
Applications for a grant of between £100 and £2,500 will be considered. The grant can be used to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or otherwise experiment in any way that supports the treatment mental health. The emphasis will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to reach out and effect change. Ideas should typically fit into one of the following categories:
Note the grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation. They will not be made to fund ongoing operational expenses or salaries.