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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 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

Compassionate Communities Grant

Compassionate Communities is a new initiative, funded by Imperial Health Charity, to help improve the health and wellbeing of people in north west London most affected by Covid-19.

Working in partnership with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, they will support local organisations that have strong relationships with their communities and work closely with other partners to drive forward community-led projects.

The programme will help to address some of the complex, long-term impacts of Covid-19 in north west London with a focus on projects that aim to tackle health problems such as:

  • food poverty and obesity
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • digital poverty and exclusion
  • language barriers and misinformation.

They will award up to £450,000 through a range of different grants including:

  • Microgrants (up to £20,000)*)
  • Small grants (requests between £1,000 and £10,000)
  • Large grants (requests between £10,001 and £30,000).

A live Q&A will be held on Wednesday 24th February from 12pm to 1.30pm where you can ask questions about the grant application - register here.

Deadline: Monday 8 March at midday.

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Sport England Return to Play Grants Programme

Grants are available to not-for-profit community organisations for projects addressing the challenges coronavirus/COVID-19 has posed to people taking part in sport and physical activity in England.

The Fund is divided into three strands.

  • Small Grants – A total of £10 million with grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment. Small grants are intended to help not-for-profit community organisations create coronavirus-secure settings for community sport and physical activity to resume in autumn 2020.
  • Sport England Return to Play - Community Asset Fund – A total of £5 million with grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely. 
  • Active Together – A total of £1.5 million is a crowdfunding initiative to help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis. 

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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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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

March

The Childhood Trust – Champions for Children 2021

In April 2020, The Childhood Trust launched their first ever Champions for Children match-funding campaign. They will be running the Champions for Children campaign once again in 2021, to continue to provide unrestricted funds for charities ensuring they are able to continue to provide much-needed support to disadvantaged children and young people across London.

Funds raised during Campaign Week are MATCHED from two different pots: pledge donors and Childhood Trust funds. Pledge donors can be anyone from your network (individuals or organisations such as your corporate partners or trusts/foundations). As part of the application process, you will need to sign up pledge donors to support your campaign. Donations during the campaign will first be matched by your pledge donor and then by The Childhood Trust. Campaign Week will take place 8th -15th June.

The Childhood Trust will run a workshop in the week of the week of the 4th May on how to run a successful fundraising campaign, including topics such as how to formulate your campaign messaging and how to use social media effectively.

Champions for Children is open for applications from all charities that meet the following criteria:

  • Charities working with vulnerable children and young people based in London 
  • Charities with at least one set of accounts showing on the Charity Commission
  • Charities with over £25,000 income as per their last financial accounts 

Total funds to be raised in the campaign must be between £4,000 and £100,000. 

Deadline is on Friday 5 March.

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Change4Life Programme

The bi-borough Change4Life programme is offering grants of up to £1,000 to support voluntary and community organisations in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea to deliver projects that improve and sustain children, young people and families’ wellbeing.

Organisations can apply for projects that meet current Covid-19 regulations and aim to promote one or more of the following key themes:

  • physical activity,
  • healthy eating,
  • emotional health and wellbeing.

Priority will be given to activities that reach children and families most at risk of inactivity and poor health.

Deadline: 5 March 2021 

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Black Community Commitment London

Nike UK in cooperation with King Baudouin Foundation has launched the Black Community Commitment London grant programme.

The fund’s aim is to support community organisations in Greater London who are dedicated to creating lasting change for the Black community. The initiative will invest in organisations focused on, but not limited to:

  • Play and sport equity
  • Education
  • Economic empowerment
  • Career development
  • Access to mental health support
  • Mentorship
  • Violence prevention

Grants from £5,000 to £20,000 are available for non-profit organisations with plans to support projects for up to 12 months in any borough in London. A total budget of £80,000 is available.

Deadline: 24 March 2021

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Women Thrive Fund

Rosa and Smallwood Trust have partnered to launch a new fund for grassroots and specialist women’s and girls’ organisations that are working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience.

Grants of up to:

  • £15,000 for organisations with a turnover up to and including £200,000.
  • £40,000 for organisations with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999.

Grants will be paid in August 2021 and must be fully spent by 31 December 2022.

Applicants can also ask for an additional 25% of their grant request for costs which will make their organisation stronger for the future.

Rosa and the Smallwood Trust are hosting a series of ‘how to apply’ webinars (booking on their website) to give potential applicants the chance to ask questions:

  • 8 March (6pm)
  • 18 March (1pm)

Deadline: 25 March 2021 (5pm)

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June

TRUST FOR LONDON

Trust for London offers grants to organisations undertaking charitable activities (you do not need to be a registered charity) that aim to tackle poverty and its root causes in London by dealing with issues such as deprivation, unemployment, inequality, homelessness and poor health.

The trust has seven funding programmes:

  • Good Homes and Neighbourhoods

  • Better Work

  • Decent Living Standards

  • Shared Wealth

  • Pathways to Settlement

  • Stronger Voices

  • Connected Communities

Each of the funding programmes is explained in detail in their funding guidelines

There is no minimum or maximum size of grant and the amount you request should be the amount you need. The amounts may be spread over one, two or three years, but the trust will not normally offer grants that exceed £150,000.

The closing dates for applications are:

  • 1 June 2021, 1pm
  • 5 October 2021, 1pm

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Standard Life Foundation

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: 3rd June

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October

Magic Little Grants

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:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

Applications can be sent at any time. The programme will close on 31 October 2021.

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Anytime

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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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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The Architectural Heritage Fund Project Viability Grant

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.

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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 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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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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Growing Great Ideas Programme

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. 

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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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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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The Percy Bilton Charity

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:

  • Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25)
  • People with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems)
  • Older people (aged over 60)

They have 2 programmes for organisations:

  • Large grants: one off payments for capital expenditure of approximately £2,000 and over i.e. furniture and equipment; building/refurbishment projects. Please note that they do not fund running costs.
  • Small grants - Donations of up to £500 towards furnishings and equipment for small projects. This programme is more suitable for smaller 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.

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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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Foyle Foundation

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.

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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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Gamesys Foundation

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.

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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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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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Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

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:

  • Destigmatising mental health
  • Reducing barriers to mental health care
  • Improving mental wellbeing

Note the grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation. They will not be made to fund ongoing operational expenses or salaries.

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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 – 4 weeks before Easter Monday; May half-term – 25 April

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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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