Funding News - April 2024


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Success stories 

Sussex Community Fund 

Information and Guidance 

Activity Alliance - research and insight to help engage disabled people 
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) - Community Green Spaces Fund announced 


National Lottery Community Fund (NCLF) - Climate Action Fund – Our Shared Future 


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Urban Tree Challenge Fund - Round 6 
N+P in East Sussex Fund 
Rother Community Lottery 
Rother District Council - Community Grants 
Seaford Town Council Community Grants Scheme 

Trusts and Foundations 

Armed Forces Families Fund - Service Pupil Support Fund for Schools 
Baily Thomas Charitable Fund 
Bernard Sunley Foundation 
Changing Chalk Community Grant scheme 
Clothworkers’ Foundation - Open Grants Programme 
Comic Relief - Youth Homelessness Fund – Flexible Core Funding 
Cycling UK - Big Bike Revival Grants Programme for Summer 2024 
The Fore - Unrestricted Funding - next deadline for applications 
Hilden Charitable Fund 
Home Instead Charities 
The Leche Trust 
Lloyds Bank Foundation's Racial Equity Programme 
Motability - Community Transport Grants 
Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts Fund - Core Costs 
People’s Postcode Lottery - Local Schools Nature Grants Scheme 
Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation 
Road Safety Trust – Small Grants 2024 
Royal Society – Partnership Grants for Schools, Academia and Industry 
Steel Charitable Trust 
Sussex Community Foundation – Main Grants 
Tesco Stronger Starts - Footie for All 
The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund 
UK-German Connection for Schools and Youth Groups 
William and Jane Morris Fund 
The Wolfson Foundation - Funding for Places 
Youth Endowment Fund – Talking Therapies for Children and Young People 

Funding Diary 

Success Stories

Sussex Community Fund

Sussex Community Foundation’s latest round of Main Grants were awarded to the following organisations throughout East Sussex:


Posh Club - £5,000 towards their running costs. Posh Club is an immersive 'nightclub in the daytime' for older people aged 60+ from working class backgrounds who typically feel excluded from cultural and social activities due to their location, low income, disability/illness, lack of companions.

Our Neighbourhood CIC - £5,000 towards their Friday food take-away service. Our Neighbourhood aims to help, support and empower local residents. They run various activities, working with vulnerable and disadvantaged people based at Leaf Hall in Eastbourne.


Newhaven Families Forum - £3,621.5 towards rent costs for their school uniform bank. The Forum is run by a small group of volunteers to support families in Newhaven and the surrounding area. They provide low cost and free activities for children including, workshops, fun days and shows.  

Newhaven Young People’s Forum (NYPF) - £6,341 towards their weekly Youth Club. NYFP is run by and for local young people aged 11- 18 years old. With support from a qualified youth worker, NYPF advises on new activities that young people want to happen in Newhaven.

Play On - £5,000 to develop their primary and young people’s provision for creative arts in Newhaven and beyond whilst creating employment opportunities for community theatre practitioners. Play On is an arts organisation dedicated to inspiring and engaging young people and new audiences to connect with classical plays. They collaborate with cultural venues, schools and creative industry professionals.  

Friends of Newhaven Foodbank - £5,000 to help volunteers develop a new weekly community space providing affordable/free meals and drinks, opportunities to socialise, and access to support.   Friends of Newhaven Foodbank is a new independent organisation founded to support and complement the work of the SCDA foodbank in Newhaven.

Diversity Resource International (DRI) - £5,000 towards holistic weekly English classes for women displaced from Sudan.  DRI supports ethnically diverse and migrant communities across Sussex.

Wellbody Wellmind Wellbeing – £5000 to run taster sessions, interactive and experiential courses. Wellbody Wellmind Wellbeing provides high quality evidence-based wellbeing programmes to organisations and individuals, to foster healthy life-long habits in body and mind for those from disadvantaged and under-represented communities.

Mercread Youth Centre CIO - £9,970 for youth sessions incorporating cooking skills. The CIO supports and empowers local young people in Seaford, by providing a safe space for them to socialise, a range of positive activities that promote wellbeing and personal and social development

Lovebrook CIC - £5,000 for their Grown Together project for vulnerable residents. Lovebrook is a for-benefit organisation based across thirty three acres in the beautiful South Downs village of Kingston. They offer eco-therapeutic and regenerative opportunities to benefit both people and the planet.

PATINA (Parent and Teachers in the Arts)  - £1,000 for their annual children’s Moving on Parade through Lewes.  Patina was set up to provide creative opportunities for children and young people in Lewes District.

Sussex Pathways -  £2,000 towards their Pathways to Change project which aims to work with and support male prisoners on remand.  Sussex Pathways is an established Charity in the Criminal Justice System, offering support systems for male and female Prisoners being released to Sussex.

Sailhaven CIC - £7,000 towards short sailing trips in the bay of Seaford.  This organisation aims to remove the financial obstacle between local youth and the maritime world. They are a local association based in Newhaven created and run by experienced yacht skippers able to provide seamanship tuition completely free of charge.

Newhaven Arts Projects - £5,000 to run a series of workshops. They are an artist led organisation that promotes social change through the visual arts. They bring people together whilst increasing opportunity for everyone, particularly those disadvantaged through circumstance, to have greater access to Art and education through shared, personal experiences

Denton Community Challenge/James Daniels Memorial Fund - £1,500 towards a community event for those in and around the Newhaven.  The organisation is a committee of local residents from various groups work with the James Daniels Memorial Fund to provide a local 'sports day'/summer event for the whole community, promoting sports and community.

Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets - £1,379 to provide water based activities.  The Cadets foster personal development and leadership skills in young people through nautical and maritime activities. Their objectives include promoting teamwork, discipline, and citizenship. They offer a wide range of services, including sailing, navigation training, and seamanship skills.


Hastings and St Leonards Men's Shed -        £8,000 towards running costs and refurbishment.  The group aims to mitigate the problems of loneliness and social isolation and linked health problems by providing fully equipped wood and metal workshops and meeting spaces where Members can pursue craft and social activities whilst also providing low-cost repair services to the local community.

Dance Hastings CIO - £5,000 to provide accessible community dance sessions. Dance Hastings offer fun social dance sessions, focusing on dance in care homes and dance in the community for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Their dance leaders are supported by volunteer dance buddies so that they can support each individual dancer to participate as fully as possible.

Hastings City of Sanctuary (HCoS) - £3,400 towards project costs.  HCoS is committed to building a culture of welcome for people seeking sanctuary in Hastings and the surrounding areas. Their aim is to work within the community to raise awareness of the issues of sanctuary and asylum, and to make Hastings a place where all those seeking refuge may thrive and build relationships with local communities.

Villiers Park Educational Trust - £5,000 towards their Future Leaders Programme in Hastings. Villiers Park is a national social mobility charity. They deliver programmes that develop personal and employability skills and raise academic outcomes for young people aged 11-19 from under-represented backgrounds.


Priority 1-54 - £7,000 for their ACT suicide awareness programme. Priority 1-54's mission is underpinned by three key objectives: to inform young people on issues that directly impact their lives irrespective of how sensitive or difficult the issue; the use of creative and inclusive evidence-based methods that inspire; to empower young people to become agents of change in their communities.

Hastings Advice and Representation Centre (HARC) - £10,000 towards staff overheads. HARC provides specialist welfare benefit advice and representation to East Sussex residents of all ages. Their free and confidential service, addresses inequalities, relieves poverty and improves the quality of life for vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the county.


Uckfield Volunteer Centre - £8,000 to support their first planned expansion of their Reaching Out Programme in Wealden, by providing a new volunteering hub in Heathfield.   The Uckfield Volunteer Centre provides advice; community health; mediation; community support; community/business lunches & trainings. Working with 100 local organisations, they help build the social capacity of the sector, enabling people and organisations to do things for themselves thereby benefiting the community.

The Good Company People - £5,000 towards running costs.  The Good Company People has been developing a model to bridge the gap between the needs of people at risk of social isolation, experiencing cognitive changes and dementia and their unpaid carers, and the resources available from statutory health and social care.

Information and Guidance

Activity Alliance - research and insight to help engage disabled people

Supported by Sport England, Activity Alliance encourages organisations who plan and deliver activity opportunities to think about the ways they include disabled people.

Activity Alliance has recently updated two engagement factsheets, focussing on the importance of research and insight and how best to use it.

  • Engagement through research and insight, has been designed to help organisations collect valuable insights to engage more disabled people. The easy-to-follow guide includes a range of helpful information and statistics, to a suggested disability questionnaire you can adopt Gathering information ensures that programmes, support and services meet the needs of your audience and promote your aims effectively
  • Gathering and using insight on disabled people, provides top tips on how to be more effective in gathering and using insight. There are specific points to consider and places to look when gathering information on disability and disabled people. It highlights useful online sources of data which are free to access and advice on how to find key organisations.

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) - Community Green Spaces Fund announced

Defra has announced a new Community Green Spaces Fund is to open this summer.

The new £7 million fund aims to boost access to nature and support rural communities across England to become more green-fingered.

The fund will award grants up to £75,000 to help communities plant fruits, vegetables and trees, creating orchards and kitchen gardens for all to access and enjoy.  Landscaping projects could also create raised beds and improve areas to plant different flowers around village hall facilities and other community green spaces, making space for pollinators and nature to thrive.

Funding will also be awarded to support the expansion of natural play facilities which encourage children to spend more time outdoors, in addition to projects which focus on improving access to green spaces such as new paths and seating. To make the spaces more accessible to disabled people, funding will also be available for the creation of disabled parking spaces.

Defra is working with Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) to scope the Fund.


National Lottery Community Fund (NCLF) - Climate Action Fund – Our Shared Future

The National Lottery Community Fund’s new £20 million Climate Action Fund – Our Shared Values is part of the Lottery’s wider Climate Action programme.

This fund is for formal partnership working across sectors, led by community and voluntary organisations or public sector organisations for projects that reach more people by either:

  • Linking climate action to the everyday lives and interests of local communities and inspiring them to take action
  • Influencing communities at a regional or national level, for example by linking up groups across locations, or a campaign that inspires change across one country, or the whole UK

Our Shared Futures aims to reach people who are new to climate action by funding other types of organisations and by using other using people's everyday activities and interests as a starting point for climate action.

For example, a project might:

  • Involve people who have not had a say. This could be because they are new to climate action, or because they come from communities that experience poverty, disadvantage and discrimination
  • Introduce a climate perspective to a group who came together around another interest or activity
  • Test the best ways to engage different audiences in climate action
  • Spread an exciting local approach to climate action by sharing it nationally

The Lottery is particularly interested in projects that involve people, places and communities experiencing poverty, discrimination and disadvantage.

The Lottery expects to fund up to 25 projects. The minimum grant is £500,000 and it is expected that most grants will be between £1 million and £1.5 million over three to five years. Some exceptional projects of up to £3 million, for up to seven years, may also be funded.

NLCF is holding the following information sessions:

  • 16th May 2024 (11:00 to 12 noon)
  • 21st May 2024 (2pm to 3pm)

Interested applicants need to register for sessions in advance.

There are currently no deadlines to apply.  The Fund is accepting applications until at least 31st December 2024. NLCF plan to close to applications in early 2025.

Tel: 0345 4 10 20 30



Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Urban Tree Challenge Fund - Round 6

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) supports planting of large ‘standard’ trees and street trees – making an immediate impact to communities and ensuring other organisations who provide planting for smaller trees can continue to do so.

The Fund will provide 80% funding of standard costs for planting trees and their establishment costs for three years following planting. There is a minimum application value of £10,000. Grants will fund the planting of trees and the first three years of their care to ensure they can flourish into the future.

The Fund accepts applications from public bodies, community groups, charities, individuals and private companies.

Those wishing to plant trees in 2024/25 (the last year of the fund) must submit their applications by 30th June 2024 (23:59).


N+P in East Sussex Fund

Recycling company N+P Crayford MRF Ltd and East Sussex County Council are calling for grant applications for the N+P in East Sussex Fund, which has £15,000 to donate to community projects.

Funding applications up to a value of £5,000 would be considered in terms of a set of criteria based around environmental sustainability, community involvement, local need, value for money and education. Projects must also be located within the administrative area of the county council.

In addition to this, successful applications will be those who demonstrate a local need, community participation and benefit, social inclusion and breadth of engagement and a strong benefit for the area through jobs, training, and skills.

Nearly £60,000 has already been awarded to 22 valuable projects over the last 2 years. These range from developing the biodiversity of school grounds, to installation of a ‘happy to chat’ bench in front of a church.

Funding is limited to £5,000 per application and will not be provided for: staffing, maintenance and running costs; projects where a statutory duty applies (services run by the local council); individuals seeking sponsorship or donations for charitable events such as fun runs or sky dives; construction of new buildings.

Any group wishing to apply to the N+P in East Sussex Fund, can find the funding application form and more details at N+P in East Sussex Fund | East Sussex County Council

The deadline for applications is 28th June 2024.  (Applications will be evaluated by the N+P in East Sussex Board in July, which will include representatives of N+P and East Sussex County Council. Applicants will be advised of the outcome in early August).

Please contact for more details.

Rother Community Lottery

The Rother Community Lottery is celebrating its second anniversary in April 2024! Groups and organisations can find out more and apply to become a beneficiary to raise funds.  Visit Boost your cause's fundraising with Rother Community Lottery - Rother Community Lottery. So far 85 groups and organisations have joined with over £61,000 facilitated. Applicants can join anytime and start fundraising within a couple of days of being approved.

Rother District Council - Community Grants

Rother District Council - Community Grants Medium and Large Grant schemes have £130,000 available.

The Schemes support the development of community facilities, community activities and sustainable local action with capital funding. The maximum grant available is 50% of the total cost of the project up to £30,000. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice before starting the application process through Rother Voluntary Action.

The Medium and Large Grant schemes close on 5th July 2024. The small grants scheme is also open, with small grant applications up to £1,000 being accepted all year round.   

For more information about the Community Grants Schemes, please visit Community Grants Scheme – Rother District Council.

Seaford Town Council Community Grants Scheme

Seaford Town Council is pleased to announce that its Annual Grants Scheme is open for applications.

Each year the Town Council extends the opportunity to local community groups, charities or voluntary organisations to apply for a financial grant from the Council’s grants pool to aid hem in providing facilities and services for the people of Seaford.

In the 2023/24 scheme the Council supported local organisations with grants totalling £25,000. 

This year, there are two types of grants available - small grants up to £500, or larger grants over £500 up to a maximum of £3,000.  Please note, only one application can be submitted from an organisation each year.

There are certain criteria that must be met to be eligible for a community grant.  Application forms for small and large grants, together with criteria for applying is available to download on Seaford Town Council’s website. 

Application forms and supporting documents should be returned by email to for the attention of Lucy Clark, Finance Manager.

The deadline for application is Friday 31st May 2024 (12 noon).

If you require any further information, then please email Lucy Clark at


Trusts and Foundations

Armed Forces Families Fund - Service Pupil Support Fund for Schools

The Service Pupil Support Programme is designed to support Service children along their educational pathway.  This new funding round focuses on supporting schools working in collaborative clusters of three or more schools to design projects that meet one of three themes:

  1. Closing the gap in attainment between Service and non-Service pupils
  2. Addressing the needs of Service pupils with additional needs
  3. Identifying and addressing the needs of small cohorts of Service pupils within educational settings

Applications can only address the needs of children aged 4-18 in full-time statutory education, who are from currently serving Armed Forces families. This includes pupils whose parents are on full commitment as part of the full-time Reserve Service. 

The Fund accepts applications from maintained schools, academies, free schools, sixth form and FE colleges, local authorities and Multi -academy Trusts.

Specialist educational organisations can be involved in a bid; however, the lead applicant must be one of the above.

This Fund offers two levels of funding:

  • Grants up to £80,000 for organisations applying as a cluster towards a project being delivered over a period of up to two years
  • Grants up to £40,000 for a single school to deliver a for project over a period of up to two years. Please note, in exceptional circumstances, schools can apply with a single bid, for instance if the number of their Service pupils is due to dramatically change

The deadline for applications is 8th May 2024 (midday).    


Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund supports work that aids care and relief of children or adults affected by learning disability. The Fund’s trustees consider learning disability to cover the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, or autism.

This Fund is for voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity.  

Charities can apply for either of the Fund’s two schemes - Small Grants up to £9,000 or General Grants for over £9,000.  

Grants are for capital and revenue costs for specific projects and for general running/core costs.

Charities can apply for a Small Grant at any time.  For a General Grant, deadlines apply. The next deadline to apply for a General Grant is 1st August 2024.

Tel: 01582 439225


Bernard Sunley Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Foundation supports capital projects, for example new buildings, refurbishments, recreational spaces and vehicles.

The Foundation provides three levels of grant funding: large grants of £20,000 and above; medium grants up to £20,000 and small grants of £5,000 and under.  Please note, the Foundation does not fully fund projects, grants are offered as a contribution to overall project costs. Grants are rarely more than 20% of the total budget.

The Foundation’s grant giving falls under the following themes:

  • Community: Eligible projects include scout huts, village halls, community centres, youth clubs, boxing clubs, outdoor activity centres, farm and outdoor learning centres, sports centres and pavilions, playing fields and playgrounds. Also funded are the purchase of new minibuses
  • Education: Eligible projects include special needs schools and the purchase of new, adapted minibuses that benefit children with special needs and disabilities. Also funded are educational nature centres, new education and learning centres at museums, galleries and other arts organisations
  • Health: specialist new transport and the creation of outdoor or recreational spaces for care homes, hospices and day centres
  • Social Welfare: projects for veterans, the elderly, ex-offenders and those in prison and schemes that enable people with mental and physical disabilities to live fuller lives in the community

Charities registered with the Charity Commission are eligible to apply. Certain organisations with exempt status are also eligible, for example specialist schools, scout and guide groups, housing associations, cooperatives, and community benefit societies.

The Foundation accepts all year round.

Tel: 020 3036 0090


Changing Chalk Community Grant scheme

The Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme supports grassroots community-led initiatives that will help to restore lost habitats, bring local histories to life, and provide new experiences in the outdoors. The scheme is run by the National Trust and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The application window for grants for projects and activities within the Changing Chalk project area is currently open for Sussex groups from Shoreham, Hove, Brighton and Lewes to Peacehaven, Newhaven, Seaford and Eastbourne.

Changing Chalk awards grants up to £5,000 for community projects and up to £10,000 for habitat-related projects focusing on restoring the fragile chalk grassland of the South Downs. The fund is particularly looking for projects which help people to access, enjoy, learn about and look after the nature and cultural heritage of the eastern South Downs.

Changing Chalk welcomes projects which benefit and involve Changing Chalk target audiences:

  • People living in areas of socio-economic deprivation
  • NEETs (young people not in education, employment or training)
  • People living with a health need including mental health
  • Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Local community or voluntary groups and organisations, registered charities, and other non-profit organisations e.g., Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies are eligible to apply.

Schools, town councils and parish councils are also eligible if the project demonstrates wider community involvement and benefit.  Private individual landowners can also apply, for eligible habitat projects only.

Comprehensive guidance on how to apply as well as frequently asked questions and application forms can be found at  Community Grant Scheme | Sussex | National Trust.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 7th May (11.59 pm).


Clothworkers’ Foundation - Open Grants Programme

Clothworker’s Foundation’s grant giving focuses on improving the quality of life for people and communities facing disadvantage and marginalisation. 

The Foundation funds capital costs related to buildings, fixtures and fittings, equipment, and vehicles.

Clothworkers’ split their funding into large and small projects.  For larger projects (£100,000+), the Foundation generally funds 10% or more of the balance to be raised.  For smaller projects (with a balance of less than £10,000), they generally fund between 50% and 100% of the balance.

The Foundation’s interests as are follows:

  • Substance misuse and addiction
  • Disabilities
  • Communities experiencing racial inequalities
  • Young people facing disadvantage
  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Older people facing disadvantage
  • Homelessness - organisations providing services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • Prison and rehabilitation
  • LGBT+ and communities
  • Economic disadvantage

Not-for-profit organisations such as registered charities and Community Interest Companies are eligible to apply. 

The Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis.


Comic Relief - Youth Homelessness Fund – Flexible Core Funding

Comic Relief’s new Youth Homelessness Fund is for not-for-profit organisations specialising in providing holistic support to young people aged 16-25, at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.  

The Fund offers up to £200,000 over a three to five year period to organisations which do both of the following:

  • Specialise in providing holistic support to young people aged 16-25, who are at immediate risk of, or experiencing homelessness
  • Meaningfully involve young people with lived experience of homelessness, or who have been at risk of homelessness

To be eligible, applicants must have an annual income between £250,000 - £10 million. Proposals can be made by single applicants, or by partnerships of two or three organisations that will receive funding (but only one organisation can act as grant holder).

Applicants are welcome to include collaboration with government organisations, but Comic Relief will not directly fund them. 

Comic Relief’s grants are flexible – this is core funding designed to support the good work of organisations, and not just projects. This could mean core funding an organisation’s annual budget to continue its work, or funding to expand their work, or to add something new that amplifies their work and results.

The deadline for applications is 7th May 2024 (3pm).

Tel: 0207 820 2222


Cycling UK - Big Bike Revival Grants Programme for Summer 2024

Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival is offering grants up to £3,500 for voluntary and community cycle groups to deliver projects and activities that:

  • Encourage people who don't cycle to cycle
  • Encourage people to cycle more often
  • Increase short cycling trips
  • Improve the perception of cycling safety
  • Improve people's confidence to cycle

Big Bike Revival’s grants are for events and activities using the ‘fix-learn-ride’ model to provide sessions for people and groups that are underrepresented in cycling.  Funding can be used for costs including but not limited to, staff costs, volunteer expenses, equipment, venue hire and promotion costs.

The Fund accepts applications from volunteer-led groups, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises that are rooted in local communities and working to address a range of local needs.  Applicants need to be experienced in engaging with non-regular cyclists and people in need in terms of social, economic and health deprivation.

Funding is for activities delivered between 29th March 2024 and 31st October 2024.

The deadline for applications is 25th June 2024.  


The Fore - Unrestricted Funding - next deadline for applications

The Fore offers charities and social enterprises, unrestricted grants up to £30,000 to support unlocking their growth, sustainability, efficiency of some other major step forward.

Grants may be spread over one to three years.    Organisations can use this funding for any purpose, including core costs and capital funding. Applications for core costs must show how the funding will move the organisation forward rather than enabling ‘business as usual’.

The Fore funds work across the following charitable sectors:

  • Arts and culture
  • Disability
  • Economic development and employability
  • Environment
  • Health and well being
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Human rights, law and justice
  • Poverty and disadvantage
  • Sport
  • Women and girls
  • Youth and education

The Fore runs three funding rounds each year (Spring, Summer, Autumn).  2024’s final funding round (Autumn) works as follows:

  • When Fore’s funding round opens, the first step is to register an interest on the Applying for Funding page which takes about two to three minutes
  • Registered applicants will receive confirmation that they have been allocated a place on the funding round. Details of how to apply are included. If there are more applicants registered than places available, places are allocated at random

There follows a three-stage application process:

  • Stage 1 - confirmed applicants have around three weeks to complete their application
  • Stage 2 – online meeting for long listed applicants who are invited via email for a meeting with one of the Fore’s Strategic Applicant Consultants
  • Stage 3 – shortlisted applications go to the funding panels

The Fore’s Autumn 2024 funding round opens for registrations 24th July 2024 (midday) and closes 31st July 2024 (midday).  They confirm you have been allocated a place on funding round on 1st August 2024. Funding decisions for this round, are expected December 2024.

Tel: 07858 339 981


Hilden Charitable Fund

Hilden Charitable Fund focuses their grant giving to two programme areas:

  • Asylum Seekers - For organisations working to provide essential services which help meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees and support their integration into the wider community
  • Penal Affairs - Funding should support work through the door where organisations go into prisons with projects and support to help prisoners (especially women) cope and/or maintain family bonds and to be better able to resettle positively when released. Post-release projects which support positive settlement and reduce the risk of re-offending are also welcomed.

Hilden’s grant giving usually ranges from £5,000 to £7,000 per year for up to two years. Grants can be used for core or project funding. 

The Fund accepts applications from registered Charities, Community Interest Companies (limited by guarantee, not by shares), Charitable Companies (registered both as a charity and a company).   All applicants must have a total annual income (from all sources) of under £250,000 in the last three financial years.

The next application window opens from 10am on Tuesday 21st May 2024 - until Tuesday 18th June 2024 (3pm); and again, from 10th September 2024 - 15th October 2024. 

Tel: 0207 603 1525


Home Instead Charities

Home Instead Charities supports local community events that enhance and enrich the lives of people over the age of 55 to combat loneliness and sometimes isolation ensuring they stay fit, active, healthy and connected and contributing to their local communities.

This funder has two levels of funding:

  • Grants up to £500 for small grass roots organisations
  • Grants up to £1,500 for small local registered charities, with higher values considered for exceptional projects.

Funding can be used for:

  • Regular weekly or monthly events and activities such as weekly cinema club, weekly knit and natter or Thursday lunch club
  • One off activities such as a day trip or a Christmas lunch
  • Activities such as yoga or a guest speaker for your group such as a local historian

Home Instead considers applications from small community groups and charities, prioritising applications with a connection to, and championed by, a local Home Instead office.

There are four application windows per year: January, April, July and October.

Applications received in the following months are reviewed as follows:

  • April’s applications will be processed and awarded in May
  • July’s will be processed and awarded in August
  • October’s will be processed and awarded in November

Tel: 01925 730 273


The Leche Trust

The Leche Trust’s main grant programme supports projects in two areas: performing arts and heritage conservation.  The Trust’s interests within these two themes are as follows:

  • Performing Arts strand - to support development, production and /or performance of new works of music, theatre, dance and performance across all genres. The Trust also focuses their support towards artists’ professional development, where there is a clear gap or need.  Grants awarded are typically around £4,000
  • Conservation – focuses on the conservation of historically, artistically and culturally significant buildings and objects dating from before 1837 that are in urgent need of remedial treatment. Items must be in public or charitable ownership and accessible to the public. Grants awarded are typically around £2,000 and under £5,000

The Trust accepts applications from registered charities, public authorities or public institutions.

The trustees meet three times each year to consider applications.

Applications for grants round 3 (Summer 2024) can be submitted from Monday 25th March. The closing date is Friday 3rd May.  

Tel: 020 3233 0023


Lloyds Bank Foundation's Racial Equity Programme

Lloyds Bank Foundation's Racial Equity Programme offers unrestricted grants of £75,000 over three years (£25,000 per year), with tailored development support to organisations led by and working with people who are experiencing economic inequity because of the race or ethnicity. 

The 2024 programme is open to small, local and specialist registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) and community interest companies with an income between £25,000 and £500,000.   

Applicants must have a track record of directly delivering services for at least one year to people (aged 18 and over) from racially minoritised communities experiencing significant economic disadvantage.

Services should support people over the long term and support people to strengthen their immediate personal or financial circumstances and then support them to make progress towards achieving their employment/career aspirations and ambitions. 

The Programme expects to make 42 grants in total this year.

Lloyds is holding a live webinar to talk through the eligibility, programme, shortlisting and prioritising criteria for this programme and answer any questions live. The webinar is on 24th April 2024 (10:30 am to 12:00 pm).

The application window closes 30th May 2024 (5pm).

Tel: 0370 411 1223


Motability - Community Transport Grants

Motability’s Community Transport Grants programme is open to local not-for-profit groups with projects to develop, expand and improve community transport options for disabled people.

The programme offers grants from £100,000 to £4 million.  Mobility wants to address gaps in the transport landscape and provide transport for the most vulnerable members of society, whose welfare is most impacted by these gaps.

To be eligible, applicants must have been working in the field of transport for disabled people for at least three years,  hold reserves equivalent to at least three months of operating costs and have an annual income of at least £150,000 per annum over the last three years.

Grants can be used to continue existing schemes needing further support to remain or scale up,  staff or volunteer training, increase the number of vehicles, influence transport strategy and policy.

Organisations can apply anytime until March 2025. 

Tel: 0800 500 3186


Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts Fund - Core Costs

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts Fund supports not-for-profit cultural organisations working at the intersection of art and social change. 

This fund supports organisations to continue existing work, become more sustainable and deepen their impact.

Organisations can apply for £90,000 to £300,000 for activity lasting up to three years. Grants cover specific posts, skills development, underpinning strategy of business model, and project delivery.  The Foundation’s support can cover up to 50% of an organisation’s annual turnover. They also offer a bursary up to £500 to help organisations apply.

The Foundation considers how organisations have been impacted by systemic inequities, such as racial inequity, socio-economic disadvantage, having disabilities, living in isolated rural communities or experience of the immigration system.   Their funding is for work involving any of the following art practices: crafts, creative writing (including poetry), dance, design, film, music, opera, photography, digital arts and media, theatre and drama, the visual arts and cross-arts practices.

The Foundation has moved from an open application process to two application windows per year, with a two-stage application process.  Their next online Q&A session to explain the change is 7th May.  You need to register in advance.

The Fund first round of applications is open for Stage one applications until 31st May 2024 (12 noon).  Then the following round (Round two) is open for Stage one applications from 14th August – 14th October 2024.  

Tel: 020 7812 3300 


People’s Postcode Lottery - Local Schools Nature Grants Scheme

The People's Postcode Lottery’s Local Schools Nature Scheme promotes outdoor learning for children.    

Nurseries and other early years providers, pre-schools, primary and secondary schools can apply for up to £500 of free outdoor resources and two hours of professional outdoor training to deliver outdoor learning and play.

Please note: the scheme does not provide cash grants.   Applicants can select resources and training when they apply.

Eligible equipment includes but is not limited to:

  • Woodland activity kits
  • Growing kits
  • Seed packs
  • Gardening kits
  • Pollinator kits
  • woodworking kits
  • Seating planters
  • Fireboxes

The closing dates for applications throughout 2024 are 26th April 2024 (for a decision by 10th May), 6th September (for a decision by 20th September) and 8th November (for a decision by 22nd November).

Tel: 01962 392932


Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation

The Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation supports registered charities benefiting people with a learning disability and their carers, with special emphasis on enhancing opportunity and lifestyle.  

The Foundation focuses on projects connected with the care, education, training, development and leisure activities. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.  The Foundation’s previous grants have ranged between £2,000 and £6,500.

The Foundation does not have a website. All applicants must complete an application form and provide a copy of their latest audited accounts. In the first instance the applicant should discuss the proposed work either by telephone, email or letter to the administrator, a minimum of four months in advance of a board meeting.

The Foundation’s trustees consider applications twice a year, normally in June and December. 

Rix-Thompson-Rothenburg Foundation, R T R Foundation, c/o PAMIS, University of Dundee, 15/16 Springfield, DD1 4JE.

Tel: 07532320138


Road Safety Trust – Small Grants 2024

The Road Safety Trust supports projects and research that make roads safer for all road users.

The Fund aims to improve road safety at a local level. Their Small Grants fund is for smaller, local projects with a practical focus. This funder is looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures.

This year, the Trust is awarding grants between £10,000 to £50,000 for up to 24 months.  Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. Projects should have the potential for being brought to scale, with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.

This fund provides a contribution.  All project proposals should have other sources of funding, either cash or in-kind.

The Trust is open to applications from local authorities, police forces, fire and rescue services, registered charities, legally constituted not-for-profit social enterprises or community interest companies.

The deadline to apply is 24th April 2024.



Royal Society – Partnership Grants for Schools, Academia and Industry

Royal Society’s Partnership Grants Scheme provides teachers and practicing scientists and engineers with the opportunity to work together to develop imaginative projects for school children aged between 5 and 18 years old.

The scheme provides up to £3,000 to schools and colleges working in partnership with STEM professionals from academia or industry to run an investigative STEM project.

The school partner must be the lead applicant and start the application. A group of schools can apply together but there must be one identified lead school who can complete the application form and receive the funding. If the application is successful, this lead school will be the main point of contact for the Society during the running of the project.

The Society runs free online sessions and drop-in sessions to help lead teachers and STEM partners apply.  You can book a session on the Royal Society's Event portal.

The Society has three submission deadlines:

  • End of April for notification in July. (Term projects can start from October onwards
  • End of June for notification in October. Term projects can start from January onwards)
  • End of November for notification in February. (Term projects can start from April onwards).

For further information about the scheme contact the Schools Engagement team.

Tel: 0207 451 2531



Sea-Changers mission is to promote, for the benefit of the public, the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural marine environment and promote marine biodiversity.

Sea-Changers provide two levels of funding - a Small Grants programme awarding up to £500, and a Main Grants programme awarding £500 to £2,500.

Their funding programme supports projects that address any one of the following objectives:

  • Address the root causes of marine conservation threats and challenges
  • Prevent or reduce negative impacts on UK coastal and marine environments and/or species
  • Add to the body of knowledge about marine conservation threats and challenges in the UK

They accept applications from Marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations, including schools. The Fund is particularly interested in grassroots projects which galvanise community action and in projects which increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation.

Sea-Changers Small Grants Programme is currently open, with applications accepted on a rolling basis.    Their Main Grants programme has two application rounds per year with deadlines of 31st March and 30th September.

Tel: 07909 897867


Steel Charitable Trust

The Steel Charitable Trust awards grants where they believe that their contribution will make a real difference, in any of the Trust’s five core categories:

  1. Arts and Heritage
  2. Education
  3. Environment
  4. Health
  5. Social or Economic Disadvantage

The Trust does not specify focus areas for Arts and Heritage, Education or Environment, but has specific areas of interest for the following two categories:

  • Applications for the Health category should have a focus on one of the following: programmes and activities that aim to support, maintain and improve mental health in any demographic, or health care for older people.   For mental health, the Trustees are particularly interested in assisting charities that address medical need, rather than general wellbeing. However, they will consider well-being programmes aimed at groups with particular vulnerabilities, e.g., unpaid carers, people struggling with addiction
  • Applications for the Social or Economic Disadvantage category should have a focus on one of the following: disadvantaged children, or housing and homeless people.  For housing and homelessness, the trustees are particularly interested in helping charities that get people off the streets and into stable accommodation from where they can start rebuilding their lives. Therefore, the focus is not on looking after people whilst they are on the streets.

The Trust accepts applications from organisations registered with the Charity Commission, with an annual turnover above £50,000. The minimum grant the Trust awards is £10,000. Awards of more than £25,000 are rare. The Trust’s funding can support core costs, capital works or specific projects.

The Trust provides grants on a rolling basis.  Applications are reviewed within a set of timescales.


Sussex Community Foundation – Main Grants

Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) manages a range of grants on behalf of other funders, trusts and philanthropists.  SCF supports a wide range of activities, especially those that help to address disadvantage and deprivation in communities in Sussex and to build resilience in those communities.

The Foundation's four funding priorities are:

  • Tackling Poverty: Reducing poverty and disadvantage in communities
  • Improving Health: Helping people live longer, better lives
  • Reaching Potential: Providing life-changing skills, education and training
  • Acting on Climate: Taking local action for the climate

The Foundation’s Main grants fund awards up to £10,000 however, the average grant size is just over £5,000.  Grants can support both core operational costs and project expenses.

Not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.  Most of SCF’s grants are awarded to not-for-profit volunteer-led organisations whose annual income does not exceed £2 million. However, their funding is particularly aimed at supporting smaller voluntary groups with an annual income of less than £100,000.

SCF’s upcoming deadlines for applications in 2024 are 3rd May 2024 (decisions July 2024) and 6th September (decisions November 2024)

Tel: 01273 409440


Tesco Stronger Starts - Footie for All

Tesco Stronger Starts Footie for All  supports grassroots football organisations working with children under the age of 18.

The maximum grant you can apply for is £1,000 and can support 100% of project costs.  A grant can be used to assist improve facilities, purchase equipment and new kits, and meet any other needs that enhance the experience of children and young people, to access and participate in football within the local community.

The deadline to apply is 30th April 2024 (midnight).

Tel: 0121 237 5780


The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

The Triangle Trust supports projects working directly with people and the criminal justice system.

The Trust’s focus for support throughout 2024, is solely on not-for-profit organisations working with vulnerable young women and girls who have been in the criminal justice system or who are at a high risk of entering it.

Registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies are eligible to apply.

The Trust holds two grants rounds per year with grants of up to £80,000 over two years (up £40,000 can be requested per year).  Grants are for projects, not core costs - however the Trust considers reasonable contributions to the running of the organisation as part of the overall budget developed for the funded project.

The Trust’s two Grant Funding Rounds for 2024 are as follows:

  • A Spring round for proposals wanting to work with young people who already have a criminal conviction
  • An Autumn round for proposals focused on targeted work with high-risk young people on the edge of the criminal justice system

The deadlines for applications are:

  • The Spring round opens 18th April and closes on 23rd May 2024
  • The Autumn round opens 18th September closes on 30th October 2024

Tel: 07716 378564


UK-German Connection for Schools and Youth Groups

UK–German Connection’s Instant Impact Grants is for UK schools and youth groups planning visits to their counterparts in Germany this summer.

The scheme aims to facilitate meaningful interactions between young people from both countries, fostering cultural understanding and collaboration. The Instant Impact Plus option, a new addition to the scheme, supports substantial trips and project-based activities within partnerships

Grants typically cover up to £2,500 and up to 75% of the total costs, with a maximum of £5,000 for Instant Impact Plus projects. Eligible activities include first-time taster trips, group exchanges to revive partnerships, and exchanges centred around joint thematic projects.

The Fund is open to primary, secondary, and Special Educational Need schools, Further Education colleges, and youth groups in both the UK and Germany.

This Funder also welcomes applications from local clusters of institutions. To qualify, applicants must be registered or affiliated with accredited organisations, and visits must be jointly planned and agreed upon by the heads of each participating institution.

Organisations can apply anytime.  Note - applications must be submitted at least six weeks before the planned visit.

Tel: 020 7824 1570


William and Jane Morris Fund

The William and Jane Morris Fund supports churches, chapels and other places of worship undertaking restoration projects.

The Fund makes grants from £500 to £5,000 for smaller programmes of work concerned with the conservation of decorative or non-structural features, for example stained glass windows, sculpture, furniture, internal monuments and tombs, and wall paintings.  The decorative feature, or monument, must be dated before 1896 (the date of William Morris’s death).

The next deadline for applications is 31st August.

Tel: 020 7479 7080


The Wolfson Foundation - Funding for Places

The Wolfson Foundation’s main grants programme supports capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment. 

The Foundation funds a broad range of organisations working across the fields of education, science & medicine, health & disability, heritage, humanities & the arts.

This funding programme accepts applications from the following types of organisations:

  • Charities working with disability
  • Charities working in mental health
  • Charities working with older people
  • Historic buildings and landscapes
  • Hospices and palliative care organisations
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries and archives
  • Museums and galleries
  • Performing arts organisations
  • Public engagement with science organisations
  • Secondary schools and sixth form colleges
  • Special needs schools and colleges
  • Universities and research institutions.

Specific funding criteria apply to each with regards to applicant and type of project. Please see the fund’s detailed guidance for each one.   Interested applicants can also contact the Foundation if you’d like to check if your organisation is eligible for funding.

Decision dates are in June and December annually. Corresponding application deadlines are 5th January and 1st  September each year.

Tel: 020 7323 5730


Youth Endowment Fund – Talking Therapies for Children and Young People

The Youth Endowment Fund’s new funding round focuses on psychological therapies – talking therapies delivered to children and young people who are at risk of becoming involved in crime and violence, or those already involved in the youth justice system.  

There is no minimum or maximum grant -  the Youth Endowment Fund expects to spend up to £3.5 million with two to three projects.   

The Fund is focused on funding and evaluating projects that target, support and work with children and young people who are primarily aged 11 – 18, and have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • They are demonstrating challenges with externalising behaviours (such as aggression) as observed by the referrer
  • They have been excluded or suspended from school
  • They are already involved in the youth justice system, either in custodial or community-based settings
  • They are considered at risk of involvement in youth offending, due to: individual, familial or geographical reasons (often referred to as youth violence ‘hotspots’), or being affiliated with groups involved in crime, violence and trafficking (often referred to as ‘gangs’), or being affected by serious violence, criminal or sexual exploitation (as perpetrators and/or victims)

The Fund accepts applications from all registered organisations supporting children and young people,  including registered charities, companies, statutory bodies and community interest companies (CICs).  The Fund also accepts partnership applications provided there is a lead organisation, and the partners work as one entity.

The deadline for applications is 24th May 2024 (5pm).


Funding Diary

April 2024

Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects – 01/04/2024

Music for All’s Community Grants scheme – 01/04/2024

Impetus – 07/04/2024

Veolia Environmental Trust – 11/04/2024

Barclays Community Football Fund 2024 – 12/04/2024

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust – 14/04/2024

Arts Council England – Museum Estate and Development Fund – 18/004/2024

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund  - 22/04/2024

Baring Foundation – Arts and Mental Health – 23/04/2024

Road Safety Trust – 24/04/2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/04/2024

Charles Hayward Foundation – Main Grants (Stage one) 26/04/2024

People’s Postcode Lottery–School Nature Grants Scheme – 26/04/2024

Thomas Wall Trust – 29/04/2024

British Council’s International Collaboration Grants  - 30/04/2024

Concertina Charitable Trust  - 30/04/2024

7stars Foundation – 30/04/2024


May 2024

Leche Trust – 03/05/2024

Sussex Community Foundation – General Awards – 03/05/2024

Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme  - 07/05/2024

Comic Relief – Youth Homelessness Fund – 07/05/2024

Armed Forces Family Fund – Service Pupil Support for Schools – 08/05/2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/05/2024

Youth Music – Catalyser Fund (Expression of Interest) – 10/05/2024

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust – Medium Grants – 12/05/2024

Amazon Literary Partnership – 17/05/2024

B&Q Foundation -  17/05/2024

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund  – Spring round  - 23/05/2024

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust – 24/05/2024

Youth Endowment Fund –Talking Therapies for Children and Young People – 24/05/2024

Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity Programme – 30/05/2024

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts Fund (stage one) – 31/05/2024

Pink Ribbon Foundation – 31/05/2024

Seaford Town Council Annual Grants Scheme – 31/05/2024


June 2024

Abrdn Financial Fairness Trust – 03/06/2024

Theatres Trust – Small Grants Scheme – 07/06/2024

Leeds Building Society Foundation – Small Grants – 10/06/2024

Help the Homeless – 15/06/2024

Toy Trust – 15/06/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/06/2024

Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Veterans Housing Fund – Major Capital Grants - 17/06/2024

Hilden Charitable Fund - 18/06/2024

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Veterans’ Capital Housing Fund Refurbishment Grants – 19/06/2024

Cycling UK Big Bike Revival – 25/06/2024

N+P in East Sussex -  28/06/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/06/2024

Urban Tree Challenge Fund – 30/06/2024


July 2024

Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund – 04/07/2024

Rother District Council - Community Grants  - 05/07/2024

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust – 07/07/2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/07/2024

Anchor Foundation – 31/07/2024

Radcliffe Trust – 31/07/2024


August 2024

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund (General Grants) – 01/08/2024

Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects – 01/08/2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/08/2024

Toy Trust – 15/08/2024

B&Q Foundation  -  09/08/2024

7stars Foundation – 31/08/2024


September 2024

The Wolfson Foundation - Funding for Places – 01/09/2024

People’s Postcode Lottery – Schools Nature Grants Scheme – 06/09/2024

Sussex Community Foundation – General Awards – 06/09/2024

People’s Postcode Lottery – Schools Nature Grants Scheme – 08/11/2024

Leeds Building Society Foundation – Small Grants – 09/09/2024

Barclays Community Football Fund 2024 – 15/09/2024

Help the Homeless – 15/09/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/09/2024

Department of Health and Social Care – Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund – 21/09/2024 (may close before if all have been spent)

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/09/2024

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation – 30/09/2024

Sea-Changers – 30/09/2024


October 2024

Paul Hamlyn – Arts Fund (Stage one) 14/10/2024

NextEnergy South East England Solar Impact Fund – 24/10/2024

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust – 27/10/2024

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund – Autumn round – 30/10/2024

Concertina Charitable Trust – 31/10/2024


November 2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/11/2024

Leeds Building Society Foundation – Small Grants – 11/11/2024

B&Q Foundation  -  15/11/2024


December 2024

Help the Homeless  - 15/12/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/12/2024


January 2025

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Veterans’ Capital Housing Fund Refurbishment Grants – 03/01/2025