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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. 

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Funding

Westminster Local Funders

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

December

BBC Children In Need

BBC Children in Need gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that work with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects we fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Small Grants Programme is for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Deadline 2019: 2 December.
Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. This grants programme is closed for the rest of 2019.
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Cold Weather Fund

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to support local frontline providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter. Priority will be given to organisations providing support for specific groups such as vulnerable women, LGBT, couples, or pet owners.

The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter. This fund is available to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities to deliver this work.

The deadline for applications is 6 December 2019. Applications received by 31 October 2019 will be considered in an initial round.

Larger grants of up to £50,000 may be considered for projects working across multiple authorities.

Deadline: Friday, 6 December 2019 - 5:00pm

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LONDON MARATHON CHARITABLE TRUST: FACILITIES GRANTS

The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced that it will make £5m available for charities to buy, build or renovate facilities for physical activity in London and Surrey. The trust will give grants of anything between £5,000-£20,000 under their Small Grants Programme and £20,001-£150,000 for the Major Grants Programme.

The application deadline is 11 December 2019.

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Help The Homeless

Help the Homeless makes grants to registered charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000.

The deadlines for grant applications this year are: 15 December 2019.

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The ST Giles Charities

Grants are available to improve the educational opportunities of children and young people from birth to 25 years old who are resident, or attending an educational institution, in the area of benefit (Central and South Westminster). They understand education in its broadest sense and support a wide range of activities that extend their personal, social, moral, mental and emotional development as well enhance their learning. They are interested in projects that fall into five categories:

  • Children and Families – focus on younger children and their parents.
  • Education and Learning – seeking to increase attainment and also enhance the curriculum and learn new skills.
  • Emotional Well-Being – looking after children’s emotional and mental health.
  • Youth clubs and activities – open access youth provision (secondary age) and activities that engage young people.
  • Christian Education
     

The charity has introduced a range of different grant programmes;

  • Small Grants (max £3000)
  • Standard Grants (max £10,000)
  • Community Investment Grants (max £15,000 pa for up to 3 years for organisations that have received funding from the charity within the last three years)

Applications to the Small Grants programme can be submitted at any time.

The next deadline for the Standard Grants is Monday 16 December 2019

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Peabody Community Fund

The Fund exists to support projects and activities designed to improve the quality of life of Peabody residents and the wider community. Projects must align with one or more of the three fund themes:

  • Healthy –  helping people with their physical and mental wellbeing  
  • Happy – helping people make the most out of their lives through active citizenship, volunteering and community involvement
  • Wealthy – supporting people to become financially independent through employment, enterprise and education

Activities must demonstrate the beneficiaries will primarily be Peabody residents and priority will be given to Peabody resident-led projects and Youth-led projects up to the age of 24.

Grants are available covering costs relating to your proposed project, and groups can request:

  • Grants of up to £10,000 per year over 2 years (maximum request of £20,000 in total) for organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less.
  • Grants of up to £15,000 per year over 2 years (maximum request of £30,000 in total) for organisations with an annual income between £250,001 and £500,000.

Applicants have the option to either request 1 or 2-year funding.

Deadline: Wednesday 18 December 2019 midday (for projects from April 2020 onwards)

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January

Masonic Charitable Foundation Early Years Opportunities Programme

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has launched the Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme for charities that help disadvantaged children and young people, up to the age of 25, overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for an unrestricted grant of between £500 and £15,000 over one to three years.

Deadline: 3 January 2020 (4pm)

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The Fore Fund

The Fore provides unrestricted funding to UK-registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies with annual income of less than £500,000. It aims to make grants that will have a transformational impact by enabling charities to grow, become more sustainable, more efficient, or take some other major step forward toward achieving their goals.

The Fore runs three 12-week funding rounds each year and makes grants of up to £30,000 over one to three years. Funding can be used to cover core costs.

Application Deadline: 13 January 2020

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The Mayor of London UEFA EURO 2020 Grants Programme

The UEFA EURO 2020 is coming to London. As part of the Mayor’s strategy for sport and social integration, the Mayor of London UEFA EURO 2020 Grants Programme will see up to £525,000 invested into community events and projects around our city – and most importantly, if you’re a Londoner, this money will be open to you. 
 
The aim of the Grant programme is for all Londoners to have the chance to engage with EURO 2020 by creating positive, meaningful opportunities for local communities across the capital. Successful grant applications will enrich and bring communities together, tackle prejudices, improve health and break down barriers.  

You can find out more information about the grants and get guidance on your application at one of these workshops:

  • Two sessions will take place during the day on Monday 2 December in Angel.
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  • Another session will take place on the evening of Tuesday 7 January at City Hall.
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Funding deadline: Monday 20 January 2020.

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Woodward Charitable Trust

The Woodward Charitable Trust is now providing funding for core costs only, rather than for specific projects, with the intention of having a more direct impact on the organisations concerned.
You must have an annual turnover of less than £300,000 and work in one of the following areas:

  • Arts Local arts groups involving disadvantaged people.
  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion
  • Disability projects, physically or learning disabled or mental health issues.
  • Disadvantaged women and their children, including refuges and DV
  • Disadvantaged families including parenting support.
  • Rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and ex-offenders
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion

The Trust favours small-scale, locally based initiatives and is especially interested in those that make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate.

The next deadline for applications is 31 January 2020 (noon).

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February

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 next deadline is  4 February 2020, 1pm

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Dm Thomas foundation for young people

The central grants programme supports projects that are aimed at children and young people in need, in particular those that involve disabled children, children in hospitals, homelessness and life limited children. There is no limit to the amount you can request, although they will generally not award more than £30,000 a year. You can apply for up to 2 years of funding. 

Please ensure your completed application is received both electronically and hard copy by 5.30pm

Deadline 2019 (by 5.30pm): Wednesday 5th February 2020.

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The Inman Charity

Grants tend to range in value from £1,500 to £5,000. The directors are particularly interested in supporting the following areas of charitable work:-  

  • Medical research
  • Care of the elderly
  • General welfare  
  • Hospices  
  • The Deaf and Blind  
  • Care of the physically & mentally disabled  
  • The Armed Forces 

Deadline: Applications must be received by the end of February to be sure of consideration at the Autumn Meetings.

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Kelly Family Charitable Trust

The Trust has decided to prioritise its funding in favour of registered local charities whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members. 

The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other.

The three areas that the charity wishes to support are: 

  • Interventions and support that help families to manage better and prevent the fracture of the family unit, e.g. relationship counselling, mediation
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drugs abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment 

The Trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. 

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants.  The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. 

Grants are awarded twice a year to charities whose aims fall within the criteria of the Trust.  Grants will generally be in the range of £1000 - £5000, but Trustees will consider requests for higher amounts. 

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 1 March 2019.

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Peter Cruddas Foundation

The Foundation gives grants to registered charities for projects designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales towards pathways into education, training and employment.

There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year. However, the Peter Cruddas Foundation will be looking to the applicant to demonstrate that they can manage the amount they have applied for and how they intend to continue (if appropriate) after the funding has been spent.

Deadline: 1 March 2019

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Anytime

Change4Life Westminster

Children are eating more than twice the recommended amount of sugar, leading to tooth decay and serious illnesses. Change4Life’s Sugar Swap campaign highlights some simple swaps to everyday food and drinks to cut back on sugar.

The council is offering small grants to organisations working with families in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea, to deliver activities that cut back on sugar and promote healthy eating.

Activities should use Change4Life campaign materials including the food scanner app, information at Change4Life, the campaign resource centre, and the school zone.   

Organisations can apply for up to £500 for one-off events, or up to £1,000 for activities that take place over several sessions. This can include purchasing equipment or additional staffing. Priority will be given to activities that reach children and families most at risk of poor health.

The grant scheme will close when all funding has been committed so early applications are advised. They will aim to inform you of the outcome of your application within 5 working days. 

If you would like to discuss your idea before applying, please email  change4life@westminster.gov.uk.

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Culture Seeds Fund

Culture Seeds is part of the Mayor of London’s draft Strategy for Culture, Culture for all Londoners. The new grants will be used to support community-led cultural projects in every London borough.

Culture Seeds is aimed firmly at grassroots organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000. You don’t have to be a formally constituted group. However, you should have a bank account with two signatories or nominate an organisation who can accept the funds on your behalf. You must also provide two referees who can vouch for your work in your local community.

You can apply for anything between £1,000 – £5,000. The grants are for funding arts, culture and heritage projects and activities.  This includes:

  • visual and performing arts (like music, dance and theatre)
  • filmmaking and film screenings
  • heritage projects
  • digital art
  • cultural events/festivals
  • literature, spoken word, reading groups
  • craft and making activities
  • choirs/singing groups
  • creative writing

Projects must have local people at their heart and offer shared creative experiences to bring communities together. Projects that support people on lower incomes, and connect communities that lack access to cultural resources and funding will prioritised.

The programme will also offer successful applicants help with:

  • marketing and monitoring your project
  • applying for future funding
  • recruiting and working with volunteers

Culture Seeds is a two-year rolling programme. There are no deadlines and you can apply at any time. Funding will be available until Spring 2020.

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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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Hilden Charitabel 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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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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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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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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Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation

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

There is no maximum or minimum limit to funding requests.

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

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Heritage Lottery Young Roots

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

There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime.

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John Lyon's Charity - School Holiday Activity Fund

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

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

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

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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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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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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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 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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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 Wakeham Trust

The Wakeham Trust helps projects that are small scale and would find it hard to get funding from big trusts.

Grants usually range between £125 and £2,500 and can only be awarded to registered charities.

They do not help arts/performance and hard-science medical projects.

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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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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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