Here you will find information from the funding opportunities in and around Co Durham

Derwent Valley Partnership – Environmental Improvement Grant **New**

Local community groups in the Derwent Valley AAP area can apply for an Environmental Improvement grant for their village/community. One of the partnership’s priorities for this coming year is ‘Environment’ and this fund will look to support those communities and volunteers who wish to help improve the areas where they live, yet may not have the full resources to do so. We know many groups and individuals are undertaking fantastic work and making a real difference in their local villages and neighbourhoods and we hope this funding will seek to support groups in helping them achieve those improvements.

Up to £10,000 is available (up to £2,000 per group/application) for eligible local voluntary and community groups and organisations who wish to undertake a scheme to improve their local environment within the Derwent Valley Partnership (DVP) area. It is likely that not all applications will be supported given the potential demand on the funding. The funding must be used on ‘capital items’ such as large planters/tubs, perhaps a seat, stone features etc, things which will last for some years as part of a wider improvement scheme. 

Closing date for applications is: Wednesday 28th February 2018 To obtain your application and guidance notes please contact the DVP team on 03000 260725 or email

A B Charitable Trust (Grant – UK) **New**

Most grants £10,000 - £20,000. Registered charities. Deadline 2nd March 2018 

The Trust supports charities working towards combating abuse and violations of human rights and to support the disadvantaged by fostering community action. The Trust is particularly focussed on charities supporting unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. This can include prisoners and penal reform; migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and human rights, particularly access to justice. 

The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. 

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme (UK) **New**

Up to £10,000 per year up to 3 years. Not for profit. Deadline 1st March 2018 

Not for profit organisations can apply for grants to support projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and poverty and deprivation. 

Community Trees Fund (Grant -UK) **New**

£100 - £700. VCSE / schools. Deadline 31st March 2018 

The Community Trees Fund, which forms part of the Tree Council's Annual Community Action Programme, has re-opened for applications. The Tree Council is the UK's lead charity for trees and works in partnership with communities, organisations and Government to make trees matter to everyone. 

The Community Trees Fund is open to applications for tree planting projects from schools and community groups (both formal and informal) in the UK. All projects supported will show how children under the age of 16 will be actively involved in the planting that should take place during National Tree Week - usually at the end of November - or soon afterwards. Funding of between £100 and £700 for up to 75% of the cost of the planting project is available; the remaining 25% of the cost will need to be secured by the applicant organisation. 

Tampon Tax Funding (Grant - UK) **New**

 £1m +. Registered charities. Deadline 28th January 2018 

The Government is inviting charities to apply for grants of at least £1 million for projects in the UK that support mental health and wellbeing and tackle violence against women and girls. Applications are particularly welcomed from organisations that support women and girls across multiple regions. The funding is being made available through the Tampon Tax Fund. 

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls and around £15 million will be available in this funding round. All grants from this round of funding may be provided for one or two year projects. All activities must be delivered and funds must be spent by March 2020.

Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) - Challenge Fund (Wales & North East England) **New**

1 x £75,000. VCSE / educational. Deadline 5th February 2018 

YAP is calling for applications from community based organisations working to tackle mental health issues among young people in Wales and North-East England. A total of £75,000 is available over two years to a project that can deliver lasting results for young people. The Youth Panel are interested in funding projects that use arts and cultural activity to improve the wellbeing of young people with poor mental health and/or tackle the stigma around mental health conditions. 

Applications can be submitted from a range of organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, and educational institutions (schools, further and higher education sectors) as long as the grant will be used for community outreach activities beyond the formal curriculum. Interested organisations should submit an expression of interest before 9am on 5 February 2018. 

BBC Children in Need - Small Grants Programme (UK) **New**

Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of: 
* Illness, distress, abuse or neglect 
* Disability 
* Behavioural or psychological difficulties 
* Poverty and deprivation. 

Projects supported in the past include: Trewirgie Junior School which received a grant of £9,760 to provide after school sailing sessions to disadvantage children aged 7-11. The Midlothian Association of Play which received a grant of £9,996 to run holiday playschemes with trips and activities for young people living in low income areas. 

The closing date for applications is the 1st March 2018.

Gregg Foundation - North East Core Funding Programme (North East) **New**

The next application deadline for applications to the Greggs Foundation Core Funding programme is the 8th March 2018. The North-East Core Funding programme makes grants to not for profit organisations helping those in need in the Counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside to support core running costs. 

The programme supports organisations that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the North East of England, or that support otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those that work with the following priority groups: 
* People with Disabilities 
* Homeless people 
* Voluntary Carers 
* Older and isolated people. 

Funding is available of up to £15,000 per year for up to three years to support core-running costs such as utility bills and rent; core salaries; and HMRC costs relating to core salaries.

Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants Scheme Opens for 2018 **New**

Using money from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, the Greggs Foundation's Environmental Grants scheme aims to improve people’s lives in Great Britain. The Gregg's Foundation's Environmental Grants programme is now inviting applications for grants of up to £2,000 for projects in England, Wales or Scotland that deliver a real benefit to the environment. 

Projects must address one or more of the following: Improving the local environment. Insuring involvement of local communities. Delivering a sustainable and measurable difference. Supporting people in need. 

The funding can be used to cover the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less as well as schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply. Organisations that are based near Greggs shops will be given priority. 

The next deadline for applications is 9 March 2018.

Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund Opens for 2018 **New**

Communities in need are set to benefit from Greggs Foundation funding aimed at health and social welfare issues in England, Scotland and Wales. The Greggs Foundation's Community Projects Fund is inviting applications for grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations across Great Britain. Funding will support projects or equipment for those in need at the heart of local communities. 

Projects can support a variety of people: Disabled or suffering chronic illness. Living in poverty. Voluntary carers. Homeless. Isolated older people. Other demonstrable significant need. 

Eligible projects should also be able to demonstrate that they have achieved at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries: Decreased social isolation. Improved health and wellbeing. Improved resilience/coping mechanisms. Improved life skills. Improved opportunities. The Local Community Projects Fund is administered by seven charity committees throughout Great Britain. 

Please note that the programme is 'highly over-subscribed' and there is 'huge competition' for the grants available. 

he next deadline for applications is 9 March 2018.

Women's vote Centenary Fund **New**

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. The grant scheme has two types of funds: Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. 

There will be three bidding rounds during 2018. Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. 

There will be two bidding rounds during 2018. Both funds are open to organisations and activity in England only. Each of the devolved administrations has been provided additional funding to celebrate the centenary in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are making their own arrangements.

Changes to our Reaching Communities funding programme **New**

We are changing the application process for Reaching Communities, to make it easier for groups and communities to apply for National Lottery funding. 

In order to do this, there will be a temporary pause on the submission of Reaching Communities applications between Monday 15 January and Monday 2 April. 

All applications received before 15 January will be processed in the existing manner. 

If your current grant is coming to an end soon and you are working on an application for continuation funding, or if you have any other questions, please contact our Big Advice team: Email Call 0345 4 10 20 30

Capital funding opportunity **New**

The Department of Health has made some capital funding available via the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordats. The money is badged as Beyond Places of Safety and is aimed at community and voluntary sector organisations to support patients before they reach crisis point. There is a total nationally of £15m with a minimum bid of £5,000. Bids are invited from single organisations and/or collaborations. There are no age boundaries; the aim is to develop alternatives to Mental Health Trust in-patient care, detention under the MHA 1983 and the use of A&E. There is more detail around the assessment criteria in the attached guidance. You’ll note that on p3 the deadline for bids is given as 21st January but please note that CCG and STP approval is required so bids will need to be completed and submitted at least a week prior to that. 

The Crisis Care Concordat has undertaken some analysis with partners and providers to try and target this funding to areas where there is a higher level of crisis activity. 
These areas appear to be as follows; 
DL14 11 Bishop Auckland/West Auckland/Witton Le Wear 
SR8 8 Peterlee/Easington/Horden 
DL17 6 Chilton/Ferryhill/Cornforth 
DH6 6 Coxhoe/Thornley/South Hetton 

Of course, this does not in any way exclude bids from other areas. I would be quite happy to talk through your ideas with you before you start working up your bid and I can offer some support in the bid development although I don’t have as much capacity as I would like to do this. If you would like to speak to me, you might find it less frustrating to email me with your contact details and I’ll ring you back as soon as I can. Otherwise you could end up chasing me from meeting to meeting. 

There is a little more detail (including some FAQs) on the Crisis Care Concordat website; 

Please email your completed bids to me at Thank you, I look forward to receiving some innovative and imaginative ideas.

Grants to Help Celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2018 **New**

Across the UK The Vegetarian Society is offering funding for local groups and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to hold activities or events in celebration of National Vegetarian Week 2018. Not-for-profit organisations as well as informal groups who are considering holding an event or an activity which promotes a vegetarian diet to the wider community can apply now for a grant. Small grants of up to £200 or larger grants of up to £2,000 can be used to support events and activities that attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but are inclusive of the wider vegetarian community. 

The funding is for events and activities that: 
Take place during National Vegetarian Week 2018 (14-20 May) or in the two weeks before. 
Promote National Vegetarian Week exclusively as the primary purpose of the funded activity.
Celebrate and promote delicious vegetarian food. 
Are exclusively vegetarian or vegan. (Events cannot have non-vegetarian food or drink). 

Examples of events and activities, could include, but are not limited to: Cookery demonstrations. Communal meals. Recipe exchanges. Tasting sessions. 

The grants could be used to hire equipment and venues or help with transport costs or the materials needed for a cookery demonstration. Applications will be accepted from: Not for profit organisations in the UK (eg community groups, schools, social housing schemes, youth clubs, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts or Guides). Informal groups of friends, parents or students. Vegetarian groups, local network groups and student vegetarian and vegan societies (whether they are formally part of the Vegetarian Society network or not). 

There are four closing dates in 2018 for applications: Large Grants - 21 January and 25 February. Small Grants - 25 February and 22 April.

North Durham Community Led Local Development (CLLD) **Current**

Programme Launched 30th November 2017 

What is Community Led local Development? CLLD is a bottom up way of engaging communities to secure economic outcomes to promote skills and access to employment. CLLD is funded by European Investment Funds through a mix of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) money and funding from the European Social Fund (ESF). CLLD will operate for 4 years until late 2021.

How much has been secured? The total value of the European Funding secured is £3,530,703. This funding is split across the 2 eligible areas of County Durham as noted above. In the Northern area this gives us grant funds of £1,524,303. 

Where is this being delivered? CLLD areas must be focused around communities with populations in the top 20% deprived areas nationally and also the areas must be contiguous with a natural community boundary. The eligible areas are as follows: Chester-le-Street, Pelton Fell, Sacriston, Pelton, Grange Villa, Perksinsville, Nettlesworth, Plawsworth, Stanley, South Moor, Craghead, Annfield Plain and Dipton. 

What activities will CLLD support? CLLD aims to “increase employment and skills, social enterprise and reduce social exclusion in order to support the social regeneration of deprived areas” There are five priority themes which the programme aims to address between November 2017 and March 2022. These being: • Sustainable Communities • Enhancing Economic Inclusion • Stimulating Entrepreneurialism • Enterprising Spaces • Developing Growth & Enterprise 

How will the funding be allocated? Due to the bottoms up nature of this specific European programme a Local Action Group (LAG) has been formed that will involve a range of local people, local stakeholders and agency to consider prospective bids against the targets set in the Local Development Strategy. Project calls will be opened in line with the five priority themes as the programme progresses. We will launch the first a project call in mid-December.

What’s next? The CLLD Team are holding a series of ‘CLLD drop in sessions’ where we would like to invite you to come along and meet the Team and find out more about the North CLLD programme, meet the team, the LAG members and further information on the first call for projects: Monday 18th December: 10am – 12noon The Venue, Wear Road, Stanley, DH9 6LU. 2pm – 4pm @ Dipton Jubilee Centre, Front Street, Dipton, DH9 9DR Thursday 11th January: 10am – 12noon Cornerstones Centre for the Community at Chester le Street Methodist Church, North Burns, Chester le Street, DH3 3TF 

*If you plan on attending one of the drop in sessions please let us know of your attendance.If you would like any further information or assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch. 
Kind regards, Gemma Dobson CLLD Co-ordinator Louisa Centre Front Street Stanley County Durham DH9 0TE Mobile: 07384247356 

South Durham Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Funding Opportunity - Project Call **Current**

Programme Summary Community Led Local Development is a bottom-up community development initiative to deliver economic outcomes in the most deprived areas. The programme aims to increase employment and skills, social enterprise, and social inclusion in order to support social regeneration within deprived areas. Projects must demonstrate that activity targets the most deprived areas and priority will be given to activity targeting the top 20% deprived wards. South Durham CLLD area covers: Spennymoor, Coundon and Leeholme, Bishop Auckland, St Helen Auckland, West Auckland and Shildon. Beneficiaries must live within the eligible programme area and a full map can be found at 

There are 5 priority themes which the programme aims to address between November 2017 and March 2022. These being:  Sustainable Communities  Enhancing Economic Inclusion  Stimulating Entrepreneurialism  Enterprising Spaces  Developing Growth & Enterprise South Durham CLLD Local Action Group (LAG) is made up of representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors. They have responsibility for overseeing the delivery of the South Durham CLLD programme and will make informed decisions on Expressions of Interest and Full Applications. They will consider eligibility, value for money, strategic fit, need/demand and deliverability. A scoring process will be used.

Grant Value - Minimum Grant Value for Projects is expected to be £10,000 There may be a degree of flexibility regarding the minimum grant value and we anticipate some large scale projects through this call. All projects will need to provide a minimum of 40% eligible match funding from nonEuropean sources.

Application Process 

Project Idea – Any organisation looking to apply needs to contact the South Durham CLLD Co-ordinator to discuss their project idea. The Co-ordinator will provide advice and guidance throughout the application process and agree submission deadlines. 

Expression of Interest – All organisations will need to complete an Expression of interest. This will be subject to a technical appraisal and presented to the Local Action Group for consideration. Expressions of Interest will need to be received by 23:59pm on the agreed deadline date. Invitations to proceed to full application stage do not in any way indicate an offer of grant. 

Full Application – A full application can only be developed, submitted and considered if your Expression of Interest is supported. Significant further detail will be required during this stage. Full applications will be subject to a technical appraisal and presented to the LAG for final decision. Submission deadlines will be agreed when projects are initially invited to complete a full application and this will take account of scheduled LAG meeting dates. Full applications will need to be received by 23:59pm on the agreed deadline date. 

There is a range of useful documents available to support projects through the application process. Initial contact needs to be made with the South Durham CLLD Co-ordinator (details below). Other useful documents include:  South Durham CLLD Local Development Strategy – All projects must evidence they meet the strategic need of the CLLD area  Scoring Criteria – Scoring criteria has been developed to support the technical assessment of projects All projects must demonstrate added value and complement, but not duplicate, existing European Social Investment Fund activity. This project call is a rolling call and will be reviewed at the Local Action Group meetings held on 8th February, 14th June, 11th October 2018. Additional project calls will be announced, as the programme progresses.

Lowes Barn Community Project - business case project for Tender **Current**

The Lowes Barn Community Project is seeking the services of a suitable and appropriately experienced consultant/organisation to undertake the development of a sustainable business plan and proposal for the design and build of a Community Centre to be located on the site of the Lowes Barn Recreation Ground at Park House Road, Merryoaks, Nevilles Cross, Durham  The plan and proposal should take into account existing research and consultations of the Lowes Barn Community Project conducted in collaboration with other local groups. The Community Centre will be ‘asset transferred’ to the Lowes Barn Community Project

Surviving Winter Campaign - Grants *Current**

Each year the Surviving Winter Campaign raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well in the UK’s coldest months. Since November 2011, Community Foundations across the country have successfully raised £5.5 million and helped over 80,000 people survive winter. Community and voluntary groups located in County Durham and Darlington that have been in existence for at least two years, and have experience of running programmes for elderly and vulnerable people can apply. We will fast track applications in order to support those in need at this time and over the coming cold Winter months. You may apply for a Surviving Winter Campaign grant even if you have another active grant application with County Durham Community Foundation. 

Project Genesis Trust – Small Grants Scheme: **Current**

The small grants scheme supports grants up to £500 that are benefiting the residents of the ex-district of Derwentside and that are consistent with the aims and objectives of the Trust namely:
 • providing or assisting in the provision of facilities for the recreation or other leisure time occupation
 • providing or assisting in the provision of facilities to encourage the study appreciation and enjoyment of the arts (including an arts centre)
 • encouraging the understanding and appreciation of local history and other matters of historic artistic architecture or scientific interest (including a heritage centre)
 • the conservation, protection and improvement of amenity land and its flora and fauna

 if you require any further information on the Trust or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Many thanks, Paula Nicholson
Clerk to Project Genesis Trust Tel: 03000 269710 Email: 

Durham County Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme 2017/18 **Current**

The Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme can help residents at times when they are at their most vulnerable by supporting their short-term needs or helping them to maintain their independence. There are two types of welfare assistance available: • Daily living expenses help meet immediate short-term needs for goods or services that arise because of a disaster or unforeseen circumstances. It can include direct payments to a gas or electricity supplier or prepayment card/vouchers for food and travel. • A settlement grant can help residents remain in the community, or move back into the community, after a period in supported or unsettled accommodation, for example someone leaving care or an individual who has been made homeless. It includes access to standard household items such as beds, bedding, furniture and white goods. 

The contact telephone number for the Council’s Welfare Assistance Scheme is 03000 267900. Applicants can apply for welfare assistance by telephone or by completing an application form online at 

Weston Charity Awards Expands Programme **Current**

For 2018 Following the success of previous awards, the Weston Charity Awards has expanded its area of eligibility into Wales as it re-opens the programme for 2018

Registered charities in the North of England, the Midlands, and Wales, can apply for a package of support intended to provide long-term benefit. 

Applications will be accepted from registered charities that are ambitious and working to alleviate disadvantage in youth, welfare or community sectors. It is expected that 20 charities will receive: A fully funded year of support from Pilotlight. An unrestricted cash contribution of £6,200 to support the work with Pilotlight, this includes travel expenses to meetings. Access to the advice and support of both Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation. Three ‘connect’ sessions with other Award Winners across the year. Charities must have an annual income of less than £5 million, and at least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position.

Applications will be accepted from 1 December 2017 until 12 January 2018 (5pm).

Archives Revealed **Current**

Archives Revealed is a new partnership programme between The National Archives and The Pilgrims Trust. It is the only source of funding available in the UK dedicated to cataloging and unlocking archives.

Archives Revealed comprises two funding strands:

Cataloguing Grants - up to £40,000 for archives to create catalogues of important archival collections. Deadline 12th January 2018.

Scoping Grants - up to £3,000 helping archives conduct collection analysis to support development of plans for future cataloguing priorities and projects. Opens February 2018.

Funding is available to the following UK organisations: public sector bodies; registered charities; other not-for-profit organisations; organisations that make their collections accessible to people outside their organisation; organisations that have access to professional archive expertise; organisations with owned or deposited collections where public access can be guaranteed for ten years of the project end date.


Football Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme **Current**

Up to £20,000. No deadline

The three aims of the Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme are to:

Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs

Improve the way football supporters engage with each other

Improve fans’ experience of the game

There are two tiers of projects - up to £5,000 and up to £20,000; for both tiers, total project costs must not exceed £50,000. Projects can range from a one-off event / campaign, to a project running over a period of three years. Potential applicants must have discussed their scheme with and received support from associated clubs.


Grow Wild **Current**

£2,000 / £4,000. VCSE / other. Deadline 15th January 2018

Grow Wild is a Lottery funded programme run by Kew Gardens aimed at bringing people in local communities together via UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi.

The programme is offering funding to groups and projects that

stand out from the crowd

focus on UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi, highlighting the importance of these species for the environment, and for quality of life.

will engage one or more of these groups:

Young people aged 12-18

Students and young people aged 18-25

People living in urban areas

People experiencing hardship and reduced access to services

Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities

will encourage large scale community involvement

will deliver the project in a space or location that is accessible to the general public

Especially welcome are applications from:

Youth groups

Secondary schools

Parish, town and community councils

Health authorities, health boards and prisons

Local authorities and Primary schools are not eligible.


Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) - First World War: Then and Now **Current**

£3,000 - £10,000. VCSE. No deadline

Grants are available for community projects that explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War. HLF want to fund projects that enable communities (geographic, cultural or those linked by experience or interest) to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and that make a difference for a wide range of people. In particular, they would like to help young people aged 11-25 to take an active part in the Centenary commemorations.

Projects must make a real difference for heritage, people and communities, by achieving at least one of these outcomes for people:

Developed skills

Learnt about heritage

Changed their attitudes and/or behaviour

Had an enjoyable experience

Volunteered time

Applications will be assessed within eight weeks.


High Sheriff Awards **Current**

Up to £2,500. VCSE. Deadline 24th January 2018

The scheme is supported by the Sir James Knott Trust, CDCF and the current High Sheriff, Mrs Caroline Peacock of Bishop Auckland. In 2018 the awards will focus on youth groups who work on two particular themes:

Supporting young people affected by mental health issues and/or young offenders to help turn their lives around.

Supporting young people to be upstanding citizens and/or deterred from criminal activities.


National Churches Trust Repair Grants **Current**

*priority areas include the North East

£5,000 - £40,000. Places of worship. Deadline 5th March 2018

Grants are available for urgent and essential structural repair projects to listed and unlisted buildings that were originally built as places of worship and are still open for regular public use.

Applicants must have 50% of the total project costs funded already and the project must cost at least £100,000 (including VAT and fees).

Places of worship of any Christian denomination and age can apply but priority will be given to applications from the fund's priority areas - North East England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches.


Nesta ShareLab Fund **Current**

£15,000 - £30,000. “Early stage organisations”. Deadline 5th January 2018

The fund aims to support early stage organisations to develop and apply digital platforms to address a social challenge. The theme of the fund this year is "prevention" - recognising the pressure on local authorities and other public-sector organisations.

Nesta is inviting expressions of interest from people with ideas that use digital platforms to relieve pressure on existing public services. Example areas:

Connecting the elderly.

Addressing transport poverty.

Sharing community resources.

Reducing waste and improving sustainability.

Supporting communities to help themselves.

Addressing anxiety and mental health issues in young people.

Funding can be used to cover direct staff costs, related staff costs and learning and development / user research.


Weston Charity Awards **Current**

£6,500 + support. Registered charities (income less than £5m). Deadline 12th January 2018.

Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation want to celebrate and support ambitious charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community. They are looking for charities who would like mentoring and coaching support to get their organisation to the next stage in its development.

This year the Awards are expanding to support 20 charities across the North East, the North West, Yorkshire, the Midlands and, for the first time, Wales.


Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Last year, the Chancellor announced more than £1bn of funding to stimulate further and faster roll-out of full fibre networks, alongside investment to take forward the next generation of mobile connectivity in all areas of the UK. As part of this, Government has now launched a £190m Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund to stimulate commercial investment in full fibre networks across the whole of the UK, including rural and urban locations, by demonstrating approaches that encourage additional private investment and by making sustainable commercial deployments viable.
The projects will enable gigabit capable connections to key public buildings and businesses, with the expectation that this leads to broadband providers creating additional connections to local homes and businesses.
Government is now encouraging a broad range of local bodies - Local Authorities, Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships as well other local public / government bodies such as health, education or transport bodies, to apply to the fund.
The deadline for the current wave of funding is 26 January 2018.

Beyond Places of Safety scheme – Department of Health

The Department of Health has launched a £15 million fund to better support people at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis.
The Beyond Places of Safety scheme will improve support services for those needing urgent and emergency mental healthcare. This includes conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders that could cause people to be a risk to themselves or others.
The scheme will focus on:

  • preventing people from reaching crisis point in the first place
  • helping to develop new approaches to support people who experience a mental health crisis

The scheme is now open to receive bids from Crisis Care Concordat leads. Final bids must be submitted by 21 January 2018.
Community-led Housing fund – Department for Communities & Local Government

On 27 November, Housing Minister Alok Sharma MP announced the launch of a new programme of funding to help build thousands more community-led homes.
He said: “Worth £60 million in the first year alone, it will provide both capital and revenue funding, with flexibility to meet demand.
“A significant element of the funding will also go towards developing an advisory network that supports community groups to bring forward projects. “We will shortly publish a prospectus setting out criteria for bids and, from January, we will invite applications from community groups, registered providers and any other appropriate organisations.”
Bids will be assessed by Homes England with the first allocations announced by Easter.
Bereavement Care grants for Hospices – Masonic Charitable Foundation

Hospice UK has opened a new grants programme funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The aim of the programme is to develop and extend bereavement support services in hospices; the effect of these services would enhance the well-being of bereaved families or individuals.
Grants of up to £20,000 are available to support projects running over a period of 18 months. This allows for up to 3 months setup phase and 12 months project delivery – with a further 3 months to cover any unforeseen delays mid project.
The funding will enable hospices to initiate build or develop approaches to bereavement care. This can be through a number of ways:

  • Putting into practice the recommendations or findings from a local scoping exercise
  • Piloting a new project based on a robust needs assessment
  • Adapting existing activities where, through the investment of additional resources, greater impact can be achieved through adoption of new roles and approaches.
  • All in line with the Bereavement Care Standards 2014

Total available funding in this grant round is £150,000. The Foundation expect to award between seven and eight grants in this round. To be eligible for funding the applicant must be a full member of Hospice UK. The deadline for submissions is 2 January 2018.
Tech for Good – Comic Relief

Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation have teamed up to deliver a dedicated tech for good funding programme. The 2018 Tech for Good will help 12 not-for-profit organisations to develop their digital products or services.
For each organisation, £15,000 - £47,000 funding will be provided for nine months alongside access to dedicated technical expertise and an intensive support programme between July 2018 and March 2019.
Applicants can focus on any of the four strategy themes (Investing in Children and Young People, Empowering Women and Girls, Building Stronger Communities and Improving Health and Wellbeing). The deadline for submissions is 20 December 2017.
Website Grants – Transform Foundation

Transform Foundation provide funding of up to £18,000 to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimised website, with sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The grant covers 100% of the website design and build costs with the Foundation’s current grant partner. Applicant organisations will need to cover ongoing costs for a minimum of a 12 month commitment
They are specifically targeting small and midsize charities – generally with an income between £350k and £30M a year.
Core Strength Local Communities Grants – Comic Relief

UK Community Foundations is supporting Comic Relief to deliver a £2 million investment into supporting small community led organisations across the UK.
The Core Strength Local Communities Grants programme provides funding for essential core running costs for grassroots organisations that are often the first and sometimes only point of support for individuals and communities trying to make a difference in their lives. The initiative will sit under the Comic Relief programme of Building Stronger Communities – supporting groups who work to make their communities more connected, empowered and productive.
Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 for up to 12 months are available to small local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000.
Application windows will open at different times across the UK between August 2017 until July 2018.
Main Grants programme – BBC Children in Need

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. If you are looking for any amount up to £10,000 for one year, see Small Grants.
Under the Main Grants programme, funding is available for projects addressing the needs of children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Projects funded aim to 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.
The next deadline for applications is 16 January 2018.
UK Theatres Grant Scheme – Theatres Trust

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.
Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.
In reviewing applications Trustees take into account a project’s urgency, other resources available to the applicant and the extent to which the grant would make a significant difference to promoting the better protection of theatres. Funds are generally awarded where they are considered to have the most impact in realising an applicant’s capital project.
The deadline for applications to the next round of the scheme is 7 January 2018.
Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants – Defra

Details of this grant were announced on 3 October 2017. Local Authorities leading on the role out of Superfast Broadband can apply for Rural Broadband Infrastructure grants.
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).
You need to contact the rural Payments Agency at to get a copy of the grant handbook, an application form, application appendix and guidance on how to apply.
External grants programme – Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion's External Grants programme is open to applications from organisations running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community.
The External Grants programme has multiple funding streams available targeted at projects/services delivering welfare support directly to the Armed Forces community. Applications for projects/services supporting the following outcome themes will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training
  • Family support
  • Homelessness and outreach
  • Supporting the elderly

The typical grant award is not likely to exceed £50,000 – smaller applications are encouraged. The next deadline for stage one applications is 26 January 2018.
Community, Maintenance and Repair Grants – National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust currently has a number of grant programmes open including:

  • Community Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £25,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects that include toilets and catering facilities are prioritised. The closing date for applications is 5 March 2018.
  • Maintenance grant programme. This is a pilot programme, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, offering awards of between £1,000 and £2,500 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings, as identified in a recent Quinquennial Inspection Report, condition survey or report by a gutter management contractor, and costed between £2,000 and £10,000. Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and to have obtained two quotes for the works. The closing date for applications is 24 January 2018.
  • Repair Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £40,000 towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects. The closing date for applications is 5 March 2018.
  • Project Development grant programme. This is a pilot grant programme offering awards up to £10,000 to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, by testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability, and through development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, or other large church heritage funders. The closing date for applications is 10 January 2018.
Community Branch Fund – Post Office

The £20m Community Branch Fund – for Post Offices with no other suitable retailer within half a mile – is now open for applications. These Post Office branches or Outreach and Satellite services play a particularly vital role in the local community. The Community Branch Fund offers investment for sub-postmasters to support the growth of their Post Office business and help to underpin the long term viability of their business.
The fund can be used for a wide range of improvements such as changing the branch format to open plan, new signage, or gearing up for new services such as Click & Collect. Funding is also available for Outreach and Satellite services.
Most applications are expected to be below £10,000(or below £2,000 for Outreach or Satellite Services). The fund will only be open whilst there is still money available. It is anticipated that the fund will not run beyond March 2018.
RDPE Growth Programme – Rural Payments Agency & Defra 

You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.
There are 3 types of grant:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF). The whole aim of the RDPE Growth Programme is to create jobs and growth in the rural economy. Applications will need to show how projects will help do this. The expression of interest (EOI) deadline has been extended to 31 May 2018.
#iwill Take Action Fund – Virgin Money Foundation

The Virgin Money Foundation is match funding £850,000 from Big Lottery Fund to create a £1.7million, three year #iwill Take Action Fund.
Funding is available under three themes:

  1. Our Physical Environment: to foster a sense of community pride and empower young people to make the communities they live in a better place.
  2. Our Health: to encourage young people to tackle health issues that affect their community using sport and peer networks to raise awareness and to campaign.
  3. Our Culture: to enable the voice of young people to be heard. The Foundation wants young people to use art and media as a tool to raise awareness of the issues that matter to them and their communities.

They are looking for projects working with young people aged 10 to 20 or up to 25 for disabled people. Applications will be assessed on how well they reflect the #iwill 6 principles of great social action. There is further information on the 6 principles here:
In addition, each applicant will need to explain how they intend to work with at least one of the following groups:

  • Young people living in the top 5% deprived areas of the North East
  • BAME youth
  • Young parents
  • Young offenders
  • Young homeless people.

Applications can be from £10,000 to £60,000 for up to two years activity.
The main grants programme will close to applications in December 2018.
GLL Community Foundation Fund

Spacehive have officially partnered with GLL, the UK’s largest charitable social enterprise to launch the GLL Community Foundation.
The Foundation has been established to provide grant funding and practical ‘in kind’ support with a value of up to £5,000 to a wide range of community schemes. Projects could include creating or renovating public spaces such as parks or gardens, running sports tournaments or supporting cultural or community events.
Along with financial support, GLL staff are also offering practical support and consultancy to projects, while Spacehive provides a platform for local schemes to build support and fundraise from within their own community.
WiFi4EU – European Commission

The European Commission is seeking to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU. The budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is EUR 120 million between 2017 and 2019. It will support the installation of “state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life.” The WiFi4EU scheme will be disbursed in a geographically balanced manner, so that high-speed connections can benefit both residents and visitors of thousands of local communities across the EU - at least 6,000 to 8,000 local communities by 2020.
The WiFi4EU scheme will be open to public sector bodies – typically local authorities. It will fund the equipment and installation costs (internet access points), while the beneficiary will pay for the connectivity (internet subscription) and maintenance in good order of the equipment for 3 years.
Local authorities will be encouraged to develop and promote their own digital services in areas such as e-government, e-health and e-tourism through a dedicated app.
Projects will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first call for projects is expected to be launched “towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.”
Project Viability Grant and Project Development Grant – Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which supports the conservation and re-generation of historic buildings, has two further grants available:

  • Project Viability Grants – grants up to £5000 are available to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition, and produce a Viability Report to a standard template.
  • Project Development Grants – grants up to £25,000 are available to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

Applications for grants of less than £5,000 can be made at any time and AHF aim to give you a decision within 6 weeks. Decisions on grants requesting £5,000 and over are made by Trustees at quarterly Council meetings. The deadline for the next meeting is 16 February 2018.
Heritage Mortgage – Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund is now able to offer bespoke mortgage-style loan facilities. The Heritage Mortgage programme allows borrowers to plan ahead across a number of years and at an earlier stage than is usual, potentially reducing the annual costs by stretching the payments over a longer period. The Heritage Mortgage is available either pre- or post-completion of a capital project. Investments of between £150,000 and £500,000 are available, typically over 10 to 20 years.
Social Investment Fund – Homeless Link

Homeless Link has £4.5m to invest over the next 3 years for charities and social enterprises across England working to reduce homelessness. The programme is said to be the first of its kind exclusively for the homelessness sector and one of very few sector-specific funds in existence.
The aim of the fund is to test and learn where social investment can be most effectively used alongside other forms of funding to improve outcomes. It is looking to support organisations to:

  • increase the homelessness sector’s knowledge and experience of social investment
  • develop new models for income generation and funding
  • improve their long-term sustainability

This fund will focus on the potential that smaller unsecured loans can have on creating change. The fund is offering unsecured loans of £25,000 to £150,000, repayable over a maximum term of 48 months.
Covenant Fund grants – Ministry of Defence

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to current and former members of the armed forces and their families, and it sets out how they should expect to be treated. The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.  ‘Local Grants’ of up to £20,000 are currently available to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK and/or to deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community. Applications for Local Grants can be submitted at any time during 2017.
Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.
Family Fund – The Family Fund Trust for families with severely disabled children.

The Family Fund helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. You can apply to Family Fund subject to a number of criteria which include that you are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under and that you have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.
See the website for more details.
Capital grants programme – Wooden Spoon Society

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish rugby charity and supports disabled and disadvantaged young people. Targets for grants cover: health and wellbeing; sensory rooms and gardens; specialist equipment and facilities; playgrounds and outdoor activities; and education projects.
Physical assets must have a life span of at least 5 years. There must be a key rugby element to any sports-focussed project and projects must enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
Childcare Business Grants Scheme – Department for Education

This scheme is intended to reimburse people for the costs of setting up their childcare business.  The scheme is only open to newly registered businesses. From 1 May 2017 a newly registered business is one that has been registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 3 months. There are three types of grants available.

  1. A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises
  2. A £1,000 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special educational needs and disability (SEN/D)
  3. A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is funded by the Department for Education. There is a fixed amount of funding available. The scheme is due to end by 31 March 2018, or sooner if all funds have been exhausted.
Landfill Communities Fund – SUEZ Communities Trust

SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA) provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF. These include:

  • Public Amenities
  • Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites
  • Biodiversity

Projects can be supported that make physical improvements at sites located in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK. A ‘Smaller Projects Fund’ is available for grants up to £20,000 and a ‘Primary Fund’ for projects up to £50,000.
Community Asset Fund – Sport England

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.
As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they're doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.
Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.
This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply and awards will be made from February 2017.
Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – Office for Low Emission Vehicles

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes:

  • The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.
  • The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.
  • The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.

For more information visit the website below.
European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government

A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Deadlines for applications vary.  Please see the website below for more information.
Community Fibre Partnerships – BT 

£2 million of grants have been made available from BT Community Fibre Partnerships delivered by Openreach. Grants are for communities in the so called ‘final 5%’ of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans. Grants of up to £30,000 toward the cost of new fibre infrastructure are available, so long as that new infrastructure serves the local Ofsted registered (or equivalent) school or learning establishment.
50% of the required funds could be available from the scheme with the community raising the additional 50%. BT has teamed up with the Crowdfunding website "Spacehive" to assist with  community fundraising.
Applications can be made at any time until the £2 million has been allocated.
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 Changemakers who turn to the Crowd to make great ideas happen.
The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.
If you have a project which the Crowd support Santander provide the final 50% to help you reach your target, up to £10,000.
Tesco Bags of Help – Tesco and Groundwork

The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.
Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity Groundwork.
Bags of Help is always open to applications from community projects. Groundwork assesses all of the applications received to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups who decide which projects go forward to the in-store vote. 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 £1,000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.
Home Building Fund – Homes & Communities Agency

The government has created a £3 billion fund “to increase the number of homes built in England.” You can apply if you’re a private sector business that builds new homes or prepares sites for housing developments. This includes small builders, community builders, custom builders and regeneration specialists, as well as larger builders and developers.
The fund provides development finance and infrastructure finance via loans. More information on how the fund works and who can apply is available in ‘An Introduction to the Home Building Fund’ which you can access via the link below.
Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme – Football 

The Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.
The Fans Fund Small Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £20,000 for projects that look to address the aims of the scheme which are to:

  • Improve the relationship between fans and their clubs
  • Improve the way football supporters engage with each other
  • Improve fans’ experience of the game.

Applications are accepted at any time.
Heritage Project Grants – Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds projects which focus on heritage.  HLF offer a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, HLF take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.  HLF programmes include:

  • Resilient Heritage grants – this is a new programme. Grants of £3,000-£250,000 are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply. Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.
  • Heritage Enterprise – supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential.  You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.
  • Sharing Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.  The fund is available to not-for-profit organisations or partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.
  • Our Heritage – for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000.  HLF fund applications from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnerships.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
  • Heritage Grants – HLF’s open programme for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of over £100,000. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you have a good chance of getting a grant before you submit your proposals in greater detail.
  • Young Roots – for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK.  Applications can be made for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £50,000.  Under this programme, HLF fund partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects in safe environments.  This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.
  • Townscape Heritage – helps communities regenerate deprived towns and cities across the UK by improving their built historic environment. Grants range from £100,000 to £2million. Townscape Heritage schemes aim to reverse the decline of our best-loved historic townscapes. Local, regional and national organisations work together to repair buildings in conservation areas and bring them back to life.

For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.
Grants for the Arts – Arts Council England

Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.
This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.
More than a Pub – Plunkett Foundation

The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a unique two year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. A comprehensive package of business development support, advice and loan and grant funding has been developed to assist community pub businesses consider their viability at all stages of their development which includes:

  • A flexible package of support including:
    • an advice line
    • Events
    • Workshops
    • peer-to-peer study visits
    • business development advice.
  • Flexible bursary awards of up to £2,500 (inclusive of VAT) to fund pre-feasibility costs such as public consultation and valuations.
  • Combined loan and grant funding up to £100,000
The Discovery Foundation

In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation.
The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. The Foundation's previous three grants schemes have been combined into a single new scheme called Discovery Grants making it simpler to apply for funding.
Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people.
Help the Homeless grants

Help The Homeless makes grants to 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 quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.
Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund – Arts Council

The aim of this fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.
Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018.

Community-led Buildings Grants – Locality 

Any Town or Parish Council, Neighbourhood Forum or qualifying community group can apply for Pre-Feasibility grants (£1000 to £10,000) and Project Support grants (£5000 to £40,000) to help move a community-led building or community-led housing project to the point at which a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application, can be submitted.  These are revenue grants which means that they do not cover the capital costs of land acquisition or actually constructing a building.
Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2018.
Neighbourhood Planning Grants – Locality

All groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for between £1000 and £9,000 in grant. Groups facing a range of complex issues are able to apply for further support from the programme.
This support can come in two forms:

  1. Technical support provided by AECOM – there are a range of technical support packages that groups are able to apply for as and when they become needed.
  2. Groups are also be eligible to apply for a further grant of up to £6,000 giving a total grant ceiling of £15,000 in the period 2015-18.

If your group has already received £8,000 in funding and are still working on your plan, you may apply for further funding up to the maximum of £9,000 (or £15,000 for complex groups).
The Neighbourhood Planning Grants will close on 31 January 2018, with the expenditure deadline being 31 March 2018.
The Department for Communities and Local Government have announced they are expecting to continue the Neighbourhood Planning programme past March 2018. Confirmation of the details of the new programme of support will be revealed in due course.
The Department for Communities and Local Government announced their continued commitment to neighbourhood planning on 22 September 2017, with around £5.5m allocated per year from 2018-2022 to provide expert support and advice through information services, grants and technical support packages.
Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.
War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects. 
Annual deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.
Rural Community Energy Fund

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to the community.  The fund will provide up to approximately £150,000 of funding for feasibility and pre-planning development work to help projects become investment ready. RCEF provides support in two stages:

  • Stage 1 provides a grant of up to approximately £20,000 to pay for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.
  • Stage 2 provides an unsecured loan of up to approximately £130,000 to support planning applications and develop a robust business case to attract further investment.

The fund is being delivered on behalf of the government by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis and there is no set deadline for bids
Reaching Communities England – Big Lottery Fund

Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years. If you think you need more than £500,000 you must call Big Lottery before applying to discuss why you believe a larger project is appropriate. There is no upper limit for total project costs.  Reaching Communities can fund salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment.  Reaching Communities can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.
All projects must address one or more of the following outcomes:

  • People have better chances in life, with better access to training and development to improve their life skills,
  • Stronger communities, with more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems,
  • Improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy,
  • Healthier and more active people and communities

There is a two stage application process.  After submitting a Reaching Communities Stage One application form, applicants will be told within 6 weeks whether the project is one that might be considered for funding. If successful, the applicant will be sent a Stage Two application form. Applicants will usually have four months to complete this.
Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund – Football Foundation

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.  The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.