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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

Thriving Communities Fund

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise to run 1-year projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.

The funded projects will work with the communities most affected by the pandemic, including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, and will help to:

  • Strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally
  • Enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
  • Enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services.

NB. A webinar explaining the new fund is taking place on November 23rd at 4.00pm. To register to attend please follow this link.

Deadline: 8 January 2021 - 12:00pm

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London Community Response - Navigating Crisis Small Grants

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help groups support Londoners affected by covid-19 over the next six months.

Priority for funding will be given to the following: 

  • Equity and inclusion – organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the covid-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME); Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+); and/or women’s-led groups);
  • Strong connections – groups who have a strong reach to people at high risk of negative impacts from covid-19 (in terms of health outcomes, as well as social and economic issues); and/or
  • Smaller organisations – typically those with a turnover of up to £1m a year (though we welcome applications from grassroots and much smaller groups too).

Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2020.

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UK Youth Fund - Covid Relief

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for small organisations with an income of under £250,000 that support young people and have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding is intended to prevent closures of youth organisations as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and to support the adaptations needed to ensure high quality essential services to young people can continue in both the short and long term.

The grants can be used to cover costs such as the following:

  • Staff salaries.
  • Project running costs.
  • Running costs/overheads.
  • Goods and equipment which would not be capitalised (eg, to develop enhanced physical environment and allow organisations to continue to deliver services).
  • Organisational development.

Applications will be assessed focusing on the following four key areas:

  • The impact of the organisation’s work for the young people they serve.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the organisation’s ability to meet the needs of the young people.
  • The impact of the funding if the organisation’s application would be successful.
  • If the organisation supports young people who are most affected by systemic oppression and discrimination. This includes Black, Asian and other groups who experience racism; deaf/disabled people; those who identify as sitting at the intersections of several minoritized identities; those who identify as LGBT+; those who have not had financial support growing up.

The funding will be awarded over two different periods:

  • The immediate short-term: from 1 January 2021 until 31 March 2021.
  • The medium-term: from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2022.

Organisations can request funding to cover both periods or just one, but they must spent the funding within that specific time period. What the organisation requests funding for does not have to be the same for both periods.

Deadline: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 5:00pm

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The Adapt & Innovate Grant Fund (West London CCG area)

‘Adapt and Innovate' is a new grant fund established to support voluntary and community sector organisations looking to adapt their services for the future and build sustainable new working practices.

Applications are open to organisations delivering health and wellbeing services to people over the age of 18. Grant funding of £25,000 - £40,000 will be allocated to 4-6 organisations aiming to innovate and change their services for the long term.

Not for profit voluntary or community-sector organisations, applying individually or as a lead organisation on behalf of a partnership must:

  • Demonstrate creative and innovative ways of working and/or supporting communities
  • Work to address health inequalities and/or support one or more BAME community groups
  • Build sustainable and flexible delivery models that can continue to operate after the funding period ends’

About the Adapt & Innovate Grants programme

Target: adults (18+) at risk of poor health

Location: the successful provider/s will deliver the service people accessing a GP surgery within the West London CCG area, covering Kensington and Chelsea, plus Queens Park and Paddington in Westminster.  

Monitoring: the successful provider will need to evaluate their service as agreed with KCSC and provide quarterly updates.

Applications:  Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis from mid-November and the final deadline is 30 November 2020. Projects will start on 4th January 2021 and will run for between 12 – 15 months.

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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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Tesco’s Bags of Help - Children and Young People

Tesco’s Bags of Help grant scheme is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Due to the continued crisis, they have decided not to resume in store voting in 2020, but will be supporting projects in a slightly different way. During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of up to £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.

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Mayor’s Resilience Fund

The Resilience Fund is the Mayor’s £1 million innovation programme to support London’s businesses and community groups to emerge stronger from the current coronavirus crisis, and to ensure the capital is better prepared for future disruptive challenges.

Grants of up to £30,000 will be available to support the design and testing of innovations that:

  • Build digital and data tools to help London emerge from the current crisis, and fare better during future stresses and shocks.
  • Help small businesses and community organisations to adapt and diversify.
  • Create positive social change that addresses London’s major stresses – from inequality to food insecurity and poor health and wellbeing.

Businesses, social enterprises and community groups will be matched with innovators who will help them find new ways of delivering their products and services to keep up with the accelerated pace of change after the pandemic and to improve their own resilience to future shocks.

For example, the Mayor’s Resilience Fund could be used to develop innovative tech solutions that tackle the need to:

  • Create greater food retail diversity so as to boost the economy, improve health and strengthen local communities.
  • Ensure swift and culturally competent community mental health and bereavement support.
  • Purchase vacant or underused retail units to creative re-use so as public spaces.
  • Develop data models that forecast the impact of shocks on supply chains to boost operational resilience.
  • Use technology to predict how demand for food banks may change during a crisis.
  • Help community groups to leverage collective action across networks remotely.

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Reaching Communities England

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

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

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

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National Lottery Awards for All England

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

This means they will prioritise applications from:

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

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

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The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation COVID–19 Emergency Fund

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

Grants are for a maximum of £1,000.

Who can apply:

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

What can the funds be used for

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

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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


Westminster Local Funders

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


The Pimlico Million – Small Grants Programme

Pimlico Million are delighted to share that their small grants programme is opening on Tuesday 24th November. Individuals or community groups can bid for a grant for local projects with particular focus on reducing isolation, connecting communities and groups from different backgrounds and positively enhancing the wellbeing of people in the area. Priority will be given to organisations able to deliver work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Projects must take place in or have 75% of attendees living in the Pimlico Million area (please refer to the map).

One Westminster will be hosting a meet the funder event on Monday 23rd November at 2pm.

Deadline: Thursday 3 December at 3pm

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Masonic Charitable Foundation

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

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

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


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

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Octavia Better Lives Community Fund

The Octavia Better Lives Community Fund (OBLCF) provides grants of up to £5,000 to fund projects of local charities and voluntary groups that are working with children and young people experiencing isolation and/or from low income households in Westminster and/or the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Applicants must have an annual income of less than £500k and be able to demonstrate that they have good knowledge of, and connections to, other local organisations and services. Grants will be available for one year only and should be spent within a year of the funding being received.

Deadline: 1 January 2021

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VAWG Grassroots Fund

The Mayor Office for Policing and Crime’s (MOPAC) £3m Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Grassroots Fund is open for applications.

The aim of the Fund is to support the resilience of organisations who focus on ending violence against women and girls by providing two-year grants of up to £100,000 (£120,000 for a partnership of up to 3 organisations) plus capacity building, peer support and networking events.

The Fund will prioritise:

  • Organisations with an annual income of less than £500,000
  • BME organisations focusing on ending violence against women and girls
  • Women's community organisations where delivery services aimed at ending VAWG is the main focus
  • Specialist community organisations (e.g. disability rights groups providing services aimed at ending VAWG)

A minimum of 60% of funding will be prioritised for grassroots, by and for, BME specialist organisations. A maximum of 40% of funding is for specialist grassroots community organisations who provide services for marginalised and minoritised groups such as disabled women, LBTQ+ women, women with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and women involved in prostitution.

Deadline: 11 January 2021

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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 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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John Lyon's Charity - School Holiday Activity Fund

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

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

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

Applications to the School Holiday Activity Fund can be submitted at any time, but must be received by the Grants Office by the following deadlines:

Summer holiday –  1 June October half-term – 21 September Christmas holiday – 16 November February half-term – 18 January Easter – 1 March May half-term – 25 April

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Youth Futures Foundation

The Foundation is committed to transforming employment for young people. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. They are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people. Organisations must have an annual turnover of over £100,000 and have been operating for at least 3 years – with a track record of working with young people who are, or are at risk of, becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) and face barriers to finding and keeping decent jobs.

Funding is for a 6-12 month period of planning and set up from September 2020 onwards, during which time no direct delivery to young people will be required. This will be followed by funding for a delivery phase from January 2021 onwards, by which time they hope face to face work will be possible again. They operate an open, rolling application process throughout the year; this means that there are no application deadlines.

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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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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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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 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 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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Tesco Bags Of Help

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support community projects that involve the development and use of open spaces. Projects that involve volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities are welcomed.

Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

Applications are now open on a rolling basis and will be accepted at any time.

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Henry Smith - 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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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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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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Hilden Charitable Fund

The main interests of the Trustees of the Hilden Charitable Fund are:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Community Based Initiatives for Young People Aged 16-25
  • Homelessness
  • Penal Affairs
  • Overseas Countries

Grants are rarely given to well funded national charities. Fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at a community level within the categories of interest stated above.

Preference is given to charities with an income of less than £200,000 per year.  Priorities given to different types of work within the main categories may change from time to time, as dictated by circumstances. Capital or revenue grants rarely exceed £5,000.

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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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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 - 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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