Coalfields Community Investment Programme (Grant / Other - England)**New**
Practical support: no deadline
This is a range of free services and resources available to registered/incorporated organisations such as registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies and charitable incorporated organisations operating in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities. Support includes but is not limited to:
Organisational Diagnostic Tool – analysis of organisational need.
Critical Friend – face to face, telephone and email support from the team.
Local Area Profiling – detailed reports of local statistics.
Support to identify specific organisational needs.
Support applying for funding/finance and bid-writing training.
Evaluation & monitoring advice.
Football Foundation – Grow the Game (Grant – England) **New**
£1,500. Deadline 29th March 2018
Grassroots football teams that wish to create new women and girls and disabled football teams are being offered the opportunity to apply for grants which can help them pay for
FA coaching courses
FA league affiliation costs
first aid kits
football kit and equipment
Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust (UK / International) **New**
Up to £35,000. Registered charities. Deadline 1st September 2018.
Charities working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply. Organisations involved with conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible.
The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases.
Marc Fitch Fund (Grants - UK) **New**
Next deadlines 1st March / 1st August 2018
The Marc Fitch Fund is an educational charity that makes small grants towards the costs of publishing scholarly work in the fields of British and Irish national, regional and local history, archaeology, antiquarian studies, historical geography, the history of art and architecture, heraldry, genealogy and surname studies, archival research, artefact conservation and the broad fields of heritage, conservation and the historic environment.
They offer four kinds of grants:
Special Project Grants
The fund is one of last resort, stepping in to assist worthwhile projects that are at risk of failing without a grant, and where other sources of funds have been exhausted. Prospective applicants should submit a brief outline of their project by e-mail. If the proposal meets the Fund’s criteria, the relevant application forms will be provided.
Sport England Small Grants (England) **New**
£300 - £10,000. VCSE / statutory. No deadline
Formally constituted not for profit organisations and statutory bodies including sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport are eligible to apply for grants to cover capital and revenue costs for projects that help more people regardless of age, background or ability, to play more sport or to be more active more often.
The focus of the programme is on adults and young people aged 14 or over. Projects working with mixed age groups may be considered if there is a particular focus on people aged 14 plus. People stop taking part in certain sports, such as gymnastics, at an earlier age and this will be taken into consideration. The maximum project size is £50,000.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation (UK) **New**
£10,000 - £45,000. No deadline
Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas can now apply for grants for
upgrading, renovating or extending buildings
improving or creating outside space (not car parks)
The funders consider ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so this might also be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week and that all the community can access
Applicants must have already secured 50% of the total funding needed to complete the project before they apply.
UnLtd – Thrive (Social investment / support - UK) **New**
Thrive is UnLtd's new social accelerator and will offer ambitious social ventures six-months of intensive support. Thrive aims to support 20 organisations in this year and is initially open to ventures with the potential to grow and who are working to improve access to employment.
Each successful social venture will receive six months of intensive 1:1 bespoke business support alongside additional pro-bono support from a number of flagship partners, such as UBS and Hogan Lovells. The support is tailored, but is built around the following:
Business planning, financial modelling and strategic advice
Developing routes to market
Accessing specialist advice
Evidencing impact and refining a theory of change
UnLtd are also offering the opportunity to secure up to £50,000 of repayable capital if it is appropriate for your growth plans. Investment will be offered directly after the six months of support when the ventures have built up their financial health and operational capacity. Where possible, this capital will be used to leverage in further external investment.
Various events are being held to find out more. The North East event will happen in Newcastle, Monday 19th March 1 – 3pm at The Business Clinic at Northumbria University
HA Challenging Places (Other - England) **New**
VCSE / schools. No deadline
Organisations working with children and young people who live in deprived areas can apply for a two-night break package through the Youth Hostel Association's (YHA) Challenging Places Support Programme.
Organisations can apply on the behalf of any individual or group of young people who meet the YHA’s criteria. They can reapply annually as long as the application is for a different group of young people.
To be eligible the children or young persons must be between the ages of 8 and 18 and must live in an area recognised as deprived.
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.
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:
Learnt about heritage
Changed their attitudes and/or behaviour
Had an enjoyable experience
Applications will be assessed within eight weeks.
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
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.
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
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 BroadbandApps@rpa.gsi.gov.uk to get a copy of the grant handbook, an application form, application appendix and guidance on how to apply.
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:
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
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
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:
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:
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.
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
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:
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:
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
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
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.