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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.



The England Illegal Money Lending Team – Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) have launched the latest round of their Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund with a share of £160,000 funding up for grabs.

Charities, community groups, schools and organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors are able to apply for funding for projects that raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and help make communities safer. Grants of up to £5,000 are being made available with collaborative bids between multiple agencies being considered.

Deadline: 30 June 2022

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Rethink Mental Illness Community Grants

Rethink Mental Illness has £237,000 funding available for the year through NW London Integrated Care System. They are asking voluntary and community organisations in NW London to consider new, innovative ways to address risk factors contributing to suicide or self-harm, or those that have arisen as a result of the pandemic. Applications must demonstrate how the project will address these issues.  They welcome pan NW London and multi-borough applications as well as neighbourhood-based initiatives.

Projects must contribute to lowering suicide rates by:

  • Developing and expanding mental health provision through co-production or community engagement
  • Addressing suicidal ideation
  • Encouraging partnership and collaborative working
  • Providing a social response to suicide prevention

Deadlines for applications: 30 June 2022, 30 September 2022, 31 December 2022

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The Mrs Smith & Mount Trust

The Trust offers grants of up to £20,000 for registered charities with an income of less than £1M working with mental health, homelessness or community youth services.

Grants are given for projects, general running costs/core funding, salaries, advice services, furnishings/equipment and organisational development.

Deadline: 1 July 2022

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Hilden Charitable Fund

The foundation offers unrestricted grants, core funding or project funding to community groups whose work supports:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Penal Affairs

Organisations can apply for up to two years' funding with grants awarded usually between £5,000 - £7,000 in value per year.

Deadline: 3 July 2022

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Rethinking Public Dialogue Fund

Rethinking Public Dialogue is a new £480,000 fund for cutting edge projects that engage people with finding solutions to society’s biggest issues. Grants will be awarded for up to eight pilot projects which propose new and creative ways to engage people in conversations on topics like net-zero, health, ageing and wellbeing. The winning projects will also collect and share what they learn to inspire greater experimentation in the future.

Deadline for Expression of Interest: Thursday 7 July.

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Peabody Community Fund

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to support charities and community organisations providing activities that primarily benefit Peabody residents. 

Priority will be given to:

  • Organisations/projects addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the community
  • Peabody resident-led projects. If an applicant organisation is not resident-led, they will need to demonstrate strong connections with local residents, strong partnership working in the locality, a commitment to the locality after the proposed project is complete, and a clear understanding of community needs
  • Youth-led projects up to the age of 24
  • The 8 priority boroughs for 2022/23 are: Barnet, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Kensington & Chelsea, Lewisham, Newham, Wandsworth and Westminster

Projects must align with one or more of the three fund themes:

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

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.

Deadline: Tuesday 12 July 2022 at 12 noon (for projects from October 2022 onwards)

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Cockayne - Grants for the Arts

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for arts projects in London that provide creative opportunities to artists from diverse cultures in the performing (music, opera, dance, theatre), literary or visual arts.

Priority will be given to:

  • New work or ground-breaking re-interpretations of classic repertoire that demonstrate the potential: for artistic excellence, to reach large and diverse audiences, and/or to make a significant, new contribution to the art form.
  • Art that is experimental, risk-taking, and/or engages controversial issues.
  • Projects that involve young artists.
  • Arts-related library, literacy and archiving projects

Applicants should not apply for more than 20% of their overall project budget and must demonstrate clearly how additional funds for the project are to be raised.

Deadline: Friday 15 July 2022 (noon)

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Social Prescribing Innovators Programme

Applications are now open for a new Social Prescribing Innovators Programme. It aims to support Social Prescribing services and individual Social Prescribing Link Workers across London to unblock the challenges they face in delivering social prescribing by testing and sharing innovative ways of working.

This is a pilot programme, with funding up to £10k granted to individuals or groups from Social Prescribing services. Successful applicants will also benefit from a 6-month programme of support between Oct 22- Feb 23 to help deliver projects against their specified ‘challenge’.

Deadline: 20 July 2022

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MSE Charity Grants

MSE Charity is now open for a new round. Non-profit organisations with an annual income up to £750,000 can apply for a grant of up to £7,500 for projects that provide urgent money guidance and emergency debt help.

You can check here if your project qualifies.

Go quick - the round closes once the MSE Charity accepts 40 applications, or on Friday 22nd July at 5pm at the latest.

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The Baring Foundation - Global Majority-Led Arts Organisations

The Baring Foundation has opened a new round for Global Majority-led arts organisations who would like to develop their offer of creative opportunities to people living with mental health problems.

To define mental health problems, the Foundation uses NHS categorizations, that is, Common Mental Disorders such as anxiety, depression and OCD, psychoses including Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, and addictions. This does not include neurological conditions such as dementia. They do not fund Creative Arts Therapies.

Grants of £20k-£60k available for projects taking place over a minimum of two years.

To be eligible, you should be:

  • an established arts organisation of any kind (including CICs), operating in the UK.
  • led by global majority communities in terms of both staff and governance. Please see our Application guidance for definitions.
  • established for at least two years, with audited accounts or management accounts for at least that length of time.

Projects can include partnerships with other arts and mental health organisations or mental health groups or organisations.

Deadline: 26 July 2022 (midday)

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Charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1m that work across England and Wales tackling complex social issues - such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse - and with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change in their local communities can apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000. 

Alongside unrestricted funding, successful charities will be supported by one of the Foundation’s regional managers, who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs.

Deadline: Friday 29th July 2022 - 5pm

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Grants of up to £10,000 are available to registered charities that work with children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged.

The Company is looking for projects that deliver clearly defined educational benefits to a specific group of children or young people. Items of equipment will be considered only where a full explanation is given of how they will support this activity.

The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs, address behavioural problems or promote citizenship, parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.

Deadline: 31 July 2022

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VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund aims to support organisations who can provide a holistic support offer to assist women experiencing reproductive health issues. The HW Fund is managed by Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Funding of between £200,000 to £600,000 per applicant is available over a period of three financial years to expand or develop projects or programmes in areas outlined in the information pack. Applications with a commitment secured for additional funding will be prioritised but all applications will be considered. 

Deadline: Friday 5 August (9am)

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WCIT Charity – IT4Good

Grants up to £15,000 are available for IT projects that demonstrate the innovative use of IT, that can be developed into a model for wider replication and that focus on outcomes that can be formally reported on.

Your project must fall under one of our four priority areas:

  • Education
  • Inclusion
  • IT for charities
  • Public understanding

Deadline: Monday 8 August 2022

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Building Stronger Communities Fund

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is inviting applications from London voluntary and community sector organisations with an annual turnover of £200k or less for projects that help to meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Londoners are supported to shape their communities post Covid-19 
  • Unheard voices are amplified and heard so that communities have influence and control over decisions 
  • Feelings of belonging are increased; loneliness and social isolation are decreased 
  • Feelings of connection within and across communities are strengthened 

There are two types of grants available:

  • microgrants of between £1,000 and £5,000
  • small grants of between £5,001 and £10,000

Deadline: Monday 8th August 2022 - 1pm

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Kelly Family Charitable Trust

The Trust has decided to prioritise its funding in favour of 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, eg. 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, revenue and core grants and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. 

Grants will generally be in the range of £1000 - £5000, but Trustees will consider requests for higher amounts. 

Deadline: 1 September 2022

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Lawrence Atwell's Charity - Charities Programme

Grants of up to £10,000 per year (for three years) are available to registered charities for projects to support young people to move into employment or become employment ready. 

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an annual turnover not exceeding £1 million.
  • Be able to provide at least one set of audited or independently examined annual accounts.
  • Not be seeking a grant that represents more than 20% of the current annual running costs of the organisation.
  • Help young people attain a vocational qualification.
  • Offer long-term tracking of beneficiaries, to establish quality outcomes.
  • Operate in partnership with other local organisations.
  • Be based in London and Kent, the historic areas of Skinners' Company activity.

Deadline: Friday, 30 September 2022 - 12:00pm

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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.

Deadline: 1 October 2022, 1pm

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Grants of up to £25,000 are available to local not-for-profit groups for making changes to public spaces to better reflect the culture and diversity of Greater London.

The Untold Stories Programme was developed by the Mayor of London in response to the results of the first comprehensive audit of public sculpture across the city by Art UK, which revealed significant disparities in representation.

The grant scheme forms part of the Mayor's Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, an initiative to review and assess public tributes including statues and other landmarks.

Funding is intended to support community groups to make London's public spaces more accessible, inclusive and diverse and to acknowledge all aspects of its history.

There is a total funding pot of £1 million, split over two rounds.

Two types of grant are available:

  • Test and Nurture - £1,000 to £5,000 (plus up to £1,000 for additional access costs).
  • Grow and Make Happen - £4,000 to £25,000 (plus up to £2,000 for additional access costs).

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a constituted community group or not-for-profit organisation.
  • Have a registered address anywhere in Greater London.
  • Have a turnover of less than £500,000 a year.

Deadline: Wednesday 5 October 2022 - 4pm

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LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund

The LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund has been created with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and is being managed by Consortium. Funding is intended to provide support to LGBT+ not-for-profit organisations which are intersectional in focus, with priority given to work being undertaken with the following under-represented communities:

  • Deaf and/or Disabled LGBT+ people.
  • LBT+ women.
  • LGBT+ people from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities (BAME) and LGBT+ people of colour.
  • Older LGBT+ people.
  • Trans and Non-Binary people.

There is a total funding pot of £465,000. Grants of between £100 and £25,000 are available for both project and core funding

Deadline: Sunday 30 October 2022 - applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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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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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 National Lottery Community Fund - Social Enterprise Support Fund

The funding is for social enterprises that reach the most marginalised communities and promote inclusion and it can be used for helping you get your social enterprise back on track or helping you work with communities that are recovering from the impacts of Covid-19. You can apply for grants from £10,000 to £100,000 - most grants will be between £10,000 and £50,000.

Your social enterprise must have been incorporated for at least a year and most of your beneficiaries should be in England. Your annual income was between £20,000 and £1.8 million pre-COVID-19 or in your last financial year. Your social enterprise should be substantially reliant income from trading (e.g. sales and contracts) to deliver social impact. If your trading has been affected by COVID-19, you should have a clear plan for growing or returning to substantial trading income.

Your social enterprise must be incorporated. It may be a charitable company, a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), a Community Interest Company (CIC) or a Community Benefit Society (CBS/Registered Society).

It may also be a company limited by guarantee (CLG), a company limited by shares (CLS), a co-operative society, or other registered society, if, within its governing document, it has:

  • a clear social purpose, such as an Objects or Social Purpose clause
  • a restriction on distribution of profits, to the extent that at least 51% of surpluses are reinvested for its social purpose
  • an ‘asset lock‘, which is a restriction on the distribution of assets

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Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund

The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund has opened its small grant programme to UK registered non-profit organisations supporting grassroots projects in diverse and deprived communities. The small grants programme awards single or multi-year grants to a maximum value of £5,000. The average award is £1,500.

Applications will be considered from organisations with an income of up to £1 million that have completed at least two years of activity and are able to submit accounts or income and expenditure statements.

This is a rolling programme - Please note that the Small Grant Committee considers applications in February, May, July and October.

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The Fat Beehive Foundation - Digital Fund

The Fat Beehive Foundation is providing small grants of up to £2500 for websites and digital products for small UK registered charities to help these organisations carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way.

Charities must have an average income of less than £1 million a year.

No deadline

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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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Lloyds Bank Foundation - Racial Equity Funding

Small and local charities led by and for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities with an income between £25,000 - £1million can apply for a two-year, unrestricted grant of £50,000 as well as development support.

Charities must have more than half of their Trustee Board self-identify as belonging to a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community. They must also have a focus on supporting people from specific Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities to overcome any of the following 11 Complex Social Issues:

  •  Addiction and dependency on alcohol, drugs and/or gambling
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Care leavers
  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Homeless and vulnerably housed
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents

This strand of funding does not support purely second-tier or infrastructure organisations, or organisations whose activities are purely campaigning.

There is no closing date for applications - the Foundation aims to give you a decision within four months.

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Sport England - Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to local not-for-profit groups across England in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee for projects which bring communities together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active.

Projects should:

  • Support people who may otherwise have less opportunity to be active.
  • Engage people living in areas of disadvantage.
  • Add value to their local community and work collaboratively with other groups to maximise impact.
  • Comply with the government's national and local guidelines at the time of delivery.
  • Be able to start within six weeks of award.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Decisions usually take around three weeks, but may take longer during periods of high interest.

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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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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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Google Ad Grants

Google Ad Grants provide over £7,500 per month of free Google Ads advertising to eligible Not For Profit organisations. The adverts will appear on relevant Google search result pages and can boost organisations’ visibility to their key audiences. The programme is designed to help people connect with causes to make a greater impact on the world.

No deadline

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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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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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Magic Little Grants 2022

Localgiving is working with People’s Postcode Lottery to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for a grant of £500. The Magic Little Grants Fund provides charitable organisations the opportunity to access funding to deliver a range of projects which fit one or more of the below 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

Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000. Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.

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Covid Reflections Fund

Covid Reflections is a newly registered charity that is awarding grants to individuals and organisations who aim to reduce the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

No deadline

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Tesco Bags Of Help

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to support community projects involving Children and Young people or Food Insecurity in the broadest sense including equipment, activities, holiday/breakfast clubs, cookery classes, food growing courses, food packages etc.

Shortlisted projects are displayed in their local Tesco stores for a 3 month voting period, and the top placed project will receive up to £1500, the 2nd - £1000 and the 3rd - £500. Funding must be used within a year.  

Organisations that have been nominated by a Tesco employee via this portal not only stand a very good chance of being selected at shortlisting, but because of this local endorsement would not necessarily need to fit the themes of children and young people or food insecurity.  

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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National Lottery Community Fund - Bringing People Together

Large grants of up to £300,000 for up to two years are available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will build stronger connections across communities and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections.

The programme seeks to fund ideas that enable communities to thrive by creating the conditions, infrastructure and social fabric that enable better and longer lasting ways of bringing people and communities together. This will be achieved by supporting:

  • Bold and experimental responses to bringing people together using new, or new combinations of approaches.
  • New projects or projects that build on existing work.
  • A range of projects reflecting a mix of communities and places from across the UK.

It is expected that up to 20 awards will be made for the 2021/22 period

Applications may be made at any time while funding remains available.

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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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Betsy Foundation

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to registered charities with a turnover of less than £750,000 supporting people under the age of 30 to help to alleviate the effects of poverty, abuse and homelessness as well as help recipients to overcome the causes of these. Charities must operate in London or the South-East.

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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


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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Masonic Charitable Foundation - Children and Later Life Programmes

Following a period of closure to review its grants processes, the Foundation has reopened its Small and Large Grants applications on a rolling basis.

This announcement relates to grants in two main areas:

  • Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people
  • Reducing isolation and loneliness for older people.

Charities registered with the Charity Commission can apply as long as their beneficiaries are in England.

The Foundation offers large grants starting from £10,000 up to around £60,000, and small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Organisations with an income of less than £500,000 can apply for a small grant covering core funding, while those with an income exceeding £500,000 can apply for a large grant covering project and delivery costs.

Final decisions are expected in around two to three months for small grant applications, and around three to four months for large grants.

Applications are now accepted 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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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 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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