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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 opportunities and events. 

One Westminster can also help your organisation through the Online Resources section of this website and through our staff team.

Funding for the Covid-19 Crisis

LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund

Grants of up to £15,000 are available for organisations to support LGBTQ+ communities through the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The Fund is for LGBTQ+ community-led organisations and groups to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Five regional panels will assess and allocate the funds.

Applications are open to groups and organisations with an annual turnover under £100,000.

Small grants applications (up to £5,000) will close on 22nd September 2020.

Medium/Large grants applications will close on 30th September 2020.

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Disabled People’s Organisations – Covid 19 Emergency Fund

Grants of up to £25,000 available for grassroots Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 needs of local disabled people.

The funding is for COVID-19 related work in the following broad three areas:

  • Independent living: covering any COVID-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives for example: COVID-19 changes to the built environment, streetscape and transport, advice and advocacy support to help ensure health and social care needs are met, employment advice or advice to individuals about their rights if they feel they need to continue to shield
  • Isolation: covering work to tackle isolation for example: providing IT equipment and support so people can access on-line support or setting up and running peer support networks
  • Income: covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues

The fund will be able to pay for equipment, running and staffing costs as well as covering a full cost recovery model.

Any DPO in the UK can apply if a majority of your governing body (greater than 51%) or management committee are made up of Disabled people and you have a constitution (you do not need to be a registered charity).

Deadline: Monday, 5 October 2020 - 5:00pm

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LGBT+ Futures Fund

Grants of up to £15,000 are available for non-profit LGBT+ organisations across the UK to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding is intended for LGBT+ organisations and projects which require support to enable them to continue through the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and which are meeting the immediate needs of LGBT+ people and communities adversely affected by the pandemic.

Two levels of funding are available:

  • Small grants of up to £5,000.
  • Main grants of between £5,001 and £15,000. Most grants will be for between £5,001 and £10,000 and larger

There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation COVID Recovery Fund

The COVID Recovery Fund will offer two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside the support of a Development Partner to help charities identify and act on any organisational challenges they are facing. The fund is open to small and local charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million helping people overcome complex social issues (such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse) and recover beyond the immediate COVID-19 crisis.

To ensure this funding is distributed equitably, a minimum of 25% of the grants will be awarded to charities led by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Applications will open from 10am 3rd August 2020 and will close at 5pm 11th September 2020.

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Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response

Funding of between £5,000 and £60,000 is available to support England-based not-for-profit organisations dealing with the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis to develop the digital, data and design capabilities that allow them to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable.

Organisations must be part of a formal or informal network of ten or more other charities committed to proactively sharing learnings from the programme within their group. Networks include infrastructure bodies, federated organisations, and other groups.

Priority will be given to:

  • User-led organisations: organisations where the majority of the leadership (i.e. at least half of senior team and trustees) are from the communities the organisation serves.
  • Organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the COVID-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic; Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and/or women-led groups).

Application deadline: 20th September 2020, 5pm (Development Programme)

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Phoenix Fund

Global Fund for Children (GFC) and The National Lottery Community Fund are partnering to support the creation and delivery of the Phoenix Fund – an initiative that will provide £1 million in emergency grants to Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) communities across England.

The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic response. Community organisations led by representatives of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities and that provide essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community can apply for a grant of up to £20,000.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Offer core funding to BAME grassroots groups across England working with BAME communities.
  • Raise awareness of the unique challenges facing BAME communities across England.
  • Establish an effective, innovative partnership to improve and promote community-based organisations within English philanthropy.

Deadlines: 16 September (Round 3) - 30 September (Round 4)

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Stronger Communities Fund

Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available to support projects that use sport and physical activity to address increased levels of loneliness and social isolation that have spiked during COVID-19 due to prolonged lockdown and social distancing measures.   

Priority will be given to:  

  • Projects that work with Londoners who have been disproportionately more at risk of loneliness and isolation during COVID-19 such as (but not exclusively): deaf and disabled people or those with long-term health conditions, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, parents with young children, people on lower incomes, and those with limited access to digital technology and the internet; 
  • Those that already have strong connections in their communities and can reach and connect with people at high risk of loneliness and social isolation;
  • Smaller organisations and individuals, who typically find it hard to access funding.  

Deadline: Friday, 25 September 2020 - 5:00pm

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Grow Back Greener Fund

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects across London that will make the city greener and give Londoners the chance to get involved, as well as helping adapt to climate change.

The funding is intended for projects that:

  • Enhance London’s vital green and blue spaces and green the built environment, including increasing tree canopy cover and helping the city adapt and respond to the climate and ecological emergency.
  • Create more opportunities for all Londoners, especially those with limited access to green space, to get outdoors, including by volunteering and developing new skills.
  • Help to address the inequality in access to open space highlighted during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic by prioritising projects in locations that have poor access to green space and high levels of deprivation.
  • Support London’s diversity of environmental organisations and grassroots groups to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a green recovery.

Projects must have a minimum of 20% match funding. Match funding can be either cash (eg, from another grant, or from the organisation’s own funds), or in-kind (eg, donated materials, staff or volunteer time).

Deadline: Monday, 5 October 2020 - 5:00pm

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Reaching Communities England

This programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. This COVID-19 focus is expected to last for up to six months, but the situation will be reviewed in July. The programme can fund activities supporting people affected by the crisis. You can also apply for funding if your organisation is struggling financially because of the impact of COVID-19.

Given the emergency, they're looking to award funding to cover six months of expenditure and they expect most funding will be between £10,000 and £100,000. But they'll consider larger awards or longer timeframes by exception.

Organisations who are not looking for COVID-19 related funding are invited to NOT submit an application at this time as all resources need to be focused on helping communities through the pandemic.

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National Lottery Awards for All England

Awards for All is a quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. All the funding decisions for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current COVID-19 crisis.

This means they will prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

If you would like to put in an application for Awards for All that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for this funding and that they might not be able to get back to you for a period of up to 6 months.

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The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation COVID–19 Emergency Fund

The Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position.

Grants are for a maximum of £1,000.

Who can apply:

  • The organisation must be a charity, CIC or registered society
  • The organisation’s income must be no more than £500,000 and have free reserves of no more than £100,000
  • The organisation must operate in one of the following categories:
    • Education (relating to non-domestic animals, such as organic farming, animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and surgery)
    • Visual and performing arts
    • Medical research
    • The relief of disability or severe illness
    • The accommodation of those in need.
  • The application must relate to the financial impact of COVID-19, starting no earlier than 1 March 2020.

What can the funds be used for

  • Staff costs and other overheads (except where staff are not required and/or staff could have been furloughed) where income has been affected by COVID-19 or the lockdown;
  • Increased demand for services linked directly to COVID-19 or the lockdown;
  • Changes to working practices, such as the purchase of laptops or remote access technology, protective equipment to work safely with beneficiaries; and
  • Deep cleaning of premises because of a confirmed case of COVID-19.

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Magic Little Grants 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.

IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

  1. Organisations now have longer than 12 months to spend the grant and we do not require specific dates for projects that you would like us to support. We want our funding to be able to be used flexibly and trust that you will deliver projects only when it is safe to do so.
  2. We are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube.

Deadline: 31 October 2020.

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Innovation Fund

During COVID-19 they are looking to fund projects that will help people in our local communities connect and reduce isolation. You can apply for up to £1000 to bring your idea to life and help support people through this challenging time. For more information email lisa.harston@sashlondon.org

Funding

Westminster Local Funders

For a list of the Westminster local funders please consult the Westminster Funding Directory on our Online Resources

September

2021 GSK IMPACT Awards

The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King's Fund. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000, plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 14 September 2020.

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Shout Out Loud – Reverberate Project

Reverberate is a new funding scheme by Shout Out Loud, English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme, in partnership with Sound Connections. Up to £2,000 grants are available for grassroots organisations to run local projects that empower young people aged 11-25 to rediscover, reimagine and recreate their local heritage through creativity. 

Deadline: Monday 21 September 2020

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TWO MAGPIES FUND

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 September 2020

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October

Walking and Cycling Grants London

Grants of up to £10,000 over three years are available to community groups and organisations, to deliver projects and programmes that remove the barriers to walking and cycling and enable all communities to enjoy the benefits of active travel.

Projects should help create confidence in participants, provide upskilling opportunities, enable greater physical, social and economic mobility, improve physical and mental health, reduce social exclusion and strengthen communities.

Deadline: Thursday 15 October, 5pm.

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VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2020-21: Starting Well

Grants of between £200,000 and £510,000 are available to run projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.

To be eligible projects should aim to support the following health outcomes:

  • Improvement in perinatal mental health.
  • Reduction in the percentage of babies born with low birthweight.
  • An increase in babies being breastfed.
  • Obesity prevention and support.
  • Reduced smoking or smoke-free homes.
  • Improvement in learning and speech and language development.
  • High immunisation rates and reduction in rates of preventable disease.

The grants are to be used to expand or develop existing projects and programmes that have been running for at least three years, and which are whole-family and/or community-centred.

Projects must be strategically linked up with other local initiatives and service planning and must not be duplicating another local initiative.

Projects must:

  • have run for at least 3 years
  • develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old, so they receive the best possible start in life
  • be focused on improving health outcomes in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas)

Deadline: Friday, 30 October 2020 - 12:00pm

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Masonic Charitable Foundation

This programme is open to charities helping disadvantaged children and young people to overcome the barriers they face.

Small grants range from £1,000 to £15,000 and can be awarded over one to three years. These grants are unrestricted and are available to charities whose annual income does not exceed £500,000.

Large grants are for larger charities whose annual income exceeds £500,000. They are to fund projects and can be used for salary costs, activities, materials etc. Large grants start at £10,000 and usually range from £20,000 to £60,000 and can be awarded over one to three years.

Deadlines:

  • Small Grants: 23 December 2020
  • Large Grants: 31 October 2020

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LLOYDS BANK FOUNDATION

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.

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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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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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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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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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The Charles Haywood 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 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:

  • 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.
  • 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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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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Youth Futures Foundation

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.

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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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Sanctuary Hosting 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:

  • Employment, Education, Skills and Training
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community safety and infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Financial inclusion

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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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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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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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Tesco Bags Of Help

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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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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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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