Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Community Covenant Small
Grant Scheme **New**
Up to £20,000. No deadline (applications reviewed four times a year. Next review 30th September 2018).
The aim of the National Covenant Fund is to support the armed forces community. Funding is available to support the integration of armed force personnel within their community and the coordination and delivery of support services.
Community Integration: projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community and civilian communities. They should be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration and in improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. MOD want to see projects that are rooted in their communities and that have grown out of a specific local need. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.
Delivery of local services: for local projects that offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans and their families. Projects must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations, and be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.
Schools, registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unique Identification Number) can apply as long as they have experience and a track record of working with - and a real understanding of the issues facing - the Armed Forces Community. Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme (Grant - UK) **New**
The Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family. The Programme is currently open for applications from referral organisations that will be able to apply for grants on behalf of families or young people. They will need to have exhausted all possible support from public statutory funds before making an application
The fund will cover the purchase of critical items such as:
Gas or electric cookers
Essential household items
Furniture and kitchen equipment
Children’s beds and bedding
Fridges and freezers
Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations
The fund is not yet open – register on the website to be notified when it opens for applications.
Noel Buxton Trust (Grant - Great Britain / Africa) **New**
Up to £5,000. VCSE. No deadline.
The Trust operates three funding programmes:
Africa Grants: Supports projects based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan put forward by small charities. Within these areas, priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme. Grants of up to £5,000 over three years are made to projects that focus on economic development, building sustainable futures in the semi-arid areas and support for and protection of street children that helps them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.
Families and domestic abuse: The Trustees particularly acknowledge that there is a pervasive impact on children, one that can affect them into adulthood and thus consider projects that work with survivors and/or perpetrators of domestic abuse. Grants of up to £5,000 over three years are offered to smaller, grassroots organisations, with an emphasis on areas outside London / South East England.
Penal Grants: Recognising the variety of VCSE organisations working with offenders, grants are made to local campaigning organisations, self-help groups and service providers as follows:
One off grants of up to £3,000 to pay for specific projects that help maintain relationships between prisoners and their families or for work that supports the contributions that volunteers make within the prison community.
Grants of up to £4,000 per year over two to three years, particularly where a guaranteed on-going contribution is going to make a difference to the sustainability of a programme or activity.
Rayne Foundation - Rayne Grants (UK) **New**
Not for profit. No deadline (allow 6 months for result)
The Rayne Foundation aims to support work which is untried, tests new approaches but has clear objectives. They favour work that could change the way issues are tackled in our society and that could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.
They will consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense and those that cover social issues. Their focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential. Within these broad criteria, they have a number of areas of special interest:
Young people’s improved mental health.
Arts as a tool to achieve social change.
Improved quality of life for carers and for older people.
They particularly welcome applications addressing these issues but will consider applications in other subjects which meet the broader criteria.
My Community and Neighbourhood Planning 2018-2022 (Grant - England) **Current**
Up to £17,000. Local forums / parish councils. No deadline specified
Local community forums and parish councils are able to apply for basic grants of up to £9,000 (plus an additional £8,000 if they meet certain criteria) through the Government's new £23 million My Community and Neighbourhood Planning programme.
The funding is available to Town or Parish Councils, where they exist. In areas that are unparished, applicants will need to put in place a Neighbourhood Forum. All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply.
Groups can apply for up to two types of grant funding:
Basic Grant Funding – all groups are eligible. Up to £9,000. Any grant support received in the 2015-2018 programme will be taken into account when assessing how much grant they can apply for (e.g. if £5,000 was awarded and spent in 2015-2018, they can only apply for up to £4,000)
Additional Grant Funding – up to a further £8,000. Eligibility:
Allocating sites for housing
Including design codes in the plan
A designated business neighbourhood plan
A cluster of three or more parishes writing a single plan
A Neighbourhood Area with a population of over 25,000
Any grant support received in the 2015-2018 programme will be taken into account as above.
Groups can also apply for technical support (or separately within their grant application) if eligible:
Allocating sites for housing
Including design codes in the plan
Planning to use a neighbourhood development order
An undesignated Forum needing help to get designated
Up to £5,000 (most are under £2,000). VCSE / schools.
BlueSpark Foundation supports the education and development of children and young people (aged 5-21) by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.
They give particular consideration to projects which they believe will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. They like to fund relatively small-scale projects that might not happen at all or would only happen on a smaller scale without the support of BlueSpark.
Applications must be for a specific project. The kinds of projects that CANNOT be funded are:
life skill mentoring services
holiday clubs or playgroups
construction, maintenance or repair of buildings
There are no preconditions for the making of a grant regarding the number of children or young people who may benefit from a particular project.
Funding provided by BlueSpark for any particular project must constitute a significant proportion of the costs of that project rather than being marginally incremental to its funding. If an organisation is able to raise part of the cost of a project itself, that will be a favourable factor in the assessment of a grant application.
Funding for Projects that increase the Emotional Wellbeing of Disadvantaged Individuals **Current**
Coalfields Community Investment Programme (Grant / Other - England)**Current**
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.
Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust (UK / International) **Current**
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.
Sport England Small Grants (England) **Current**
£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) **Current**
£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.
HA Challenging Places (Other - England) **Current**
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.