Funding News - December 2022


Success stories 

Arts Council England – National Portfolio
BBC Children in Need - Project Art Works
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport – Creative Businesses
Forestry Commission – Eastbourne Borough Council
Lewes District Council - Warm Spaces Grants
Sussex Community Foundation – General Awards
UK Community Foundations - Funding for Ukrainian Refugees

Information and Guidance

Artytime Scrapstore
Benefact Group - Charity Nominations for December Draw
Good Finance – Outcomes Matrix Tool
In Kind Direct
National Churches Trust – Changes to Grants
The National Lottery Community Fund - Report on Sense of Local Pride and Belonging


National Lottery Grants for Heritage – New Dates for Grants over £250,000


Department for Education and Family Action - National Breakfast Programme
Ministry of Justice - Youth Justice Sport Fund

Trusts and Foundations

CLA Charitable Trust
Co-op Foundation - Future Communities Fund - Unrestricted Grants
COSARAF – Hardship Grants
Ernest Cook Trust - Outdoor Essentials Grant
Focus Foundation
Foreshore Trust - Round 7 - Small and Events Grant Programme
Hospice UK - Rank Foundation Awards
Julia and Hans Rausing Trust – Foodbank Fund
Lloyd’s Bank Foundation – Specialist Programme Unrestricted Grants
National Allotment Gardens Trust
New Philanthropy Capital - Funds for Charities Tackling Financial Hardship
Southern Water - Community Energy Grant
Sussex Community Foundation – The Winter Support Fund for East Sussex
William Wates Memorial Trust
Woodward Charitable Trust - General Grants

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Success Stories

Arts Council England – National Portfolio

Arts Council England recently announced details of its new national portfolio of funded organisations for 2023-26.  In total, 990 organisations will receive a share of £446 million (each year) ensuring that more people in more places can find fantastic, fulfilling art and culture on their doorsteps.

A total of £2,754,410 was awarded to the following East Sussex organisations:

De La Warr Pavilion - £517,785
Devonshire Collective - £70,000
Glyndebourne Productions - £800,000
Hastings Contemporary - £101,840
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery - £150,000
Home Live Art - £76,823
Project Art Works - £500,000
Towner Art Gallery - £537,962

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BBC Children in Need - Project Art Works

Project Art Works received a BBC Children in Need grant of £93,213 to provide arts provision over weekends and holidays for 200 young people with disabilities and their families in East Sussex. Project will improve relationships in the family group, improve practical and cognitive skills, and reduce anxiety.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport – Creative Businesses

Creative businesses with the potential to become booming businesses in six English regions are to benefit from a new £17.5 million funding pot to help expand their operations, attract additional investment and create jobs.

These plans will help get more creative businesses off the ground so they can spread jobs and wealth and help more people, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, break into these world-class sectors.

Companies in six regions will receive support through the Create Growth Programme to help get themselves investment ready. The regions are Greater Manchester; the West of England and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire; Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire; Kent, Essex and East and West Sussex; and the North East of England.

Each of the six regions have been awarded £1.275 million in grant funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to develop a targeted programme of business support. Regions will also benefit from a number of investor building activities such as networking and pitching events to attract investment and exchange ideas.

Businesses across the six regions will also be able to apply to a new £7 million investment fund to fuel their expansion. Companies applying for finance will need to demonstrate their potential to grow rapidly and become sustainable through private investment. The investment fund and investor building activities will be delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Forestry Commission – Eastbourne Borough Council

Eastbourne Borough Council gets £200,000 to use local timber in zero carbon homes to examine using local timber for carbon zero homes.

The grant from the Forestry Commission will be used by EBC to explore using local timber to create commercial products for the housing market. The commission support projects to encourage bringing more woods across the country into active management. Nationally, around 41 per cent of woodlands are not actively managed which can have an impact on biodiversity.

This project combines the Council’s management of the downland and woodlands around Eastbourne with their commitment to delivering zero carbon homes by 2030. Up until now English timber has been prohibitive to use as a housing material due to cost. With this grant, the Council will be working with their partners over the next 16 months to examine whether competitive products can be made from local timber.

If successful, this project could act as a catalyst for investment, making English timber a mainstream product for both the social and private sector and demonstrate how practical action can impact climate change.

Lewes District Council - Warm Spaces Grants

Lewes District Council has awarded grants to community groups for warm spaces and has committed £50,000 to groups stretching from Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Lewes and Chailey.

It encouraged applicants for the funding to address issues such as how they could give advice on debt and people’s welfare.

The council has already put money towards the voluntary sector, as well as a council tax reduction scheme that reduces the tax to zero for households on the lowest incomes.

The authority said a directory of warm spaces will soon be available on its website.

A total of 12 grants have been awarded to St Peter's Church in East Blatchington, Friends of Bishopstone Station CIC, Peacehaven Town Council, Chailey Free Church, Kempton House Day Centre, Kings Church, Sussex Community Development Association, Seaford Baptist Church, Fitzjohns Foodbank, Newhaven Baptist Church, Lewes House of Friendship and Christ Church Lewes.

Sussex Community Foundation – General Awards

The General Awards have three main rounds of grant-giving each year. General round grants are available to cover a range of core and project costs including support for work planned in response to the pandemic. £208,560 was recently awarded to the following East Sussex organisations:

18 Hours Ltd - £1,000

18 Hours are a not-for-profit organisation that delivers community projects, education programmes and cultural events in/around some of the most deprived wards in Sussex. They focus on community, environmental responsibility and diversity, working in partnership with community organisations and local schools to create opportunities to engage with accessible arts and culture. Funding is requested to enable them to extend their community outreach for their light festival, Bexhill After Dark 2023.

ATEAB Funds (previously A Town Explores a Book Community Group) - £9,980

ATEAB Funds is the community fundraising committee supporting A Town Explores a Book, which is an annual festival running during the Easter school holidays each year. They aim to foster a love of literacy and art among local children through hands-on activities inspired by a chosen book. Funding is requested towards the festival in 2023.

Bags of Taste - £5,000

Bags of Taste supports people with multiple disadvantages by providing help and practical support needed to buy and cook healthy, affordable food. Funding is requested for mentored home cooking classes in Hastings.

Baxter’s Field Company - £5,000

Voluntarily maintain & develop a 4 acre field and nature reserve in central Lewes for recreation of the general public and preservation of the natural environment. Funding is towards maintenance and development work costs.

Boathouse Theatre Arts - £3,000

Boathouse Theatre Arts provides people with a disability an opportunity to sing, dance and act. They help people have fun, enjoyment and the opportunity to make and develop friendships. Funding is requested towards their programme for adults.

Care for the Carers - £,9980

Care for the Carers exist to ensure that no one is left to care alone. They support unpaid carers across East Sussex through services including; direct support, groups, activities, specialist counselling, carers voices and information and advice network. Funding is requested towards the expansion of their young carers service.

Common Cause Co-operative - £5,000

Common Cause Co-op are a community development organisation, their main focus being community food growing. Funding is requested for their therapeutic gardening project sessions at Lewes House Garden.

Counselling Plus Community - £7,000

Counselling Plus Community provide confidential, expert, therapy to people aged 16 + in Hastings and Rother at times of crisis. They are committed to ensuring that nobody is excluded from therapy because they cannot afford to pay. Funding is requested towards counselling costs and overheads.

Education Training Consortium Sussex - £9,992

Education Training Consortium Sussex was formed in 2008 to meet the training and education needs of people from marginalised communities, providing free computer access to disadvantaged groups at various centres in the area. They have also been the main non statutory Day Service provider in Hastings and Rother since April 2019 when the County Council funded services in Hastings and Bexhill closed. Funding is requested towards a foodbank, with additional support for asylum seekers and refugees.

FRow Friends - £1,500

FRow Friends is a community group created to encourage the forming of new friendships, addressing isolation and loneliness by nurturing connections. They do this mainly by having one to one befriending partnerships along with a programme of events. Funding is requested towards goodie bags for isolated members of the community.

Hastings Community Trust - £10,000

Hastings Foodbank operates under Hasting Community Trust. It supports local people/families facing food poverty with food; toiletries; pet food, signposting, supportive listening, prayer and home visits. Funding is for food purchase and staff costs.

Kangaroos - £10,000

Kangaroos provides a range of year round, fun, inclusive, social and leisure activities for 320 children and young adults who have learning disabilities and additional difficulties. In addition they offer a family support programme which includes networking, 0-5 play and stay dates, family days and sibling only events. Funding is requested towards the running costs of their Breakaway club.

Lewes District Citizens Advice - £9,799

The Lewes District Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. They use evidence of their clients' problems to campaign for improvements in laws and services that effect everyone. They are a local, independent charity, covering the Lewes district. Funding is requested towards staff costs and volunteer development.

Lewes Priory Cricket Club - £1,750

Lewes Priory Cricket Club was formed in 1831 and plays League cricket and recreational cricket. They have 260+ members - approx 50/50 Adults and Juniors. Funding is requested towards professional coaching costs for disadvantaged children.

Newhaven Green Centre CIC - £4,000

Newhaven Green Centre CIC helps people to reduce their waste & consumption by facilitating sharing & repairing through their repair cafe, sharing library and bring and take events. Funding is requested towards the cost of developing their service, including employing a volunteer co-ordinator.

Newhaven Young People's Forum - £5,000

Newhaven Young People's Forum (NYPF) is a voluntary group of 11-18 years olds. They aim to provide feedback on local services; work in partnership to promote youth voice; develop youth-led projects; engage with the community at events and facilitate an annual survey to understand wants and needs. Funding is requested towards a youth provision to support transition from primary to secondary.

Play On - £5,000

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 to place accessibility, innovation and excellence at the heart of their artistic offer. Funding is requested towards their production of Romeo and Juliet in Newhaven.

Project Art Works - £3,500

Project Art Works is an arts organisation based in Hastings that works with a broad range of people with disabilities who participate in creative activities, and with their families and carers who participate in peer support and skills development. Funding is requested towards their Art Breaks workshops for children and young people with complex needs.

RadTastic Theatre   - £6,000

Radtastic Theatre provide educational workshops and entertainment for children in the East Sussex area. Their workshops cover a variety of subjects to support children in their cognitive and social development and give them a better chance in life. Funding is requested towards a series of science workshops in Eastbourne.

Rye Community Garden - £4,609

Rye Community Garden build community through propagating gardens, planting and maintaining fruit orchards and protecting wildlife on a half acre allotment. They organise regular volunteer gardening sessions, horticultural workshops, environmental meetings and publish articles locally. Funding is requested for new chicken wire for their food growing area.

Rye Food Bank - £5,000

Rye Food Bank provides non-perishable food to people in crisis. A crisis occurs due to ill health, job loss, relationship breakdown, loss and/or delayed payment of benefits. They provide three meals per day for each client and member of their family for three days. Funding is requested for food and slow cookers.

Sandcastle Trust - £4,950

The Sandcastle Trust walks alongside families living with a rare genetic condition to help build lasting positive family memories, strengthen family relationships, improve emotional wellbeing and resilience through a variety of support programmes. Funding is requested towards their family respite service.

Sensory Soft Play - £9,750

Sensory Soft Play provides respite sessions for children with SEN and neuro diversity in Hastings and surrounding areas. They also provide holiday clubs , forest school sessions, funded trips out to Farms and Pantomime, and run an online support group through Facebook. Funding is requested to cover running costs, specifically rent and utilities, for their Saturday and weekday sessions for one quarter: Dec 22-March 23.

Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus - £5,000

The Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SASBAH), provides lifelong support for over 1,000 people of all ages in Sussex affected by these complex physical and learning disabilities. Funding is requested towards their adviser service.

Sussex Clubs for Young People - £10,000

SCYP is ‘a safe space for every young person, in every community’. To achieve this vision, they directly deliver 43 weekly youth activities, and provide infrastructure support to 148 member-youth clubs, impacting the lives of over 10,000 young people every week. Funding is for operational capacity to facilitate the planning/application process to develop youth services in Uckfield, Crowborough, Chailey, Newick, Horam, Heathfield, Maresfield, Icklesham, Fairlight, Newhaven, and Lewes, through which to access the Youth Investment Fund.

The Friends of Newhaven Foodbank - £10,000

The Friends of Newhaven Foodbank exist to support the work of the Seahaven Community Food, run by SCDA (charity no. 1094905) by: - raising funds for local community food projects - raising awareness of food poverty - purchasing food & supplies for projects - commissioning special projects relating to food security. Funding is requested towards running costs of Seahaven Community Food.

The Good Company People - £5,000

The Good Company People help people over 60 experiencing social isolation, many of whom are people living with dementia (PLWD). they help them and their carers, to enjoy more independent, fulfilling, lives for longer by providing a highly personalised flexible suite of support services to respond to their changing needs. Funding is requested running costs.

The Unity Centre, Yoga Wellbeing and the Arts - £5,000

The Unity Centre aims to tackle social inequality by providing access to holistic health and well-being services for those who are often excluded from society. Funding is requested for staff training and development.

The Wilmington, Folkington & Milton Street Village Club - £5,000

The Club is a trust, now a registered charity, set up to provide a place for recreation for the benefit of the inhabitants of the local parishes. Run entirely on a voluntary basis it organises social events and maintains the village hall and grounds as a community facility. Funding is to support the installation of a new vertical platform lift.

Trees Community Association - £5,000

The Trees Community Association Ltd manages the Willingdon Trees Community Centre for the benefit of all people living in the Willingdon Trees neighbourhood and surrounding areas of Hampden Park in Eastbourne. We host and run a range of support and leisure activities and provide opportunities for volunteering, learning and socialising. Funding is to fund the club for another year and support activities and refreshments.

Villiers Park Educational Trust - £10,000

Villiers Park Educational Trust is a national charity committed to improving the social mobility of less advantaged young people across the UK. They believe every young person should have an equal opportunity to reach their potential at school, university and through their careers. Funding is requested towards a Future Leaders Programme in Hastings.

Volunteers Network CIC - £6,750

Volunteers Network CIC manage a community centre, library, low cost community cafe, a community larder and the Grow Eastbourne project, all with the aim of strengthening their community, addressing disadvantage and encouraging volunteering. Funding is requested towards their Grow Eastbourne project launched in October 2021.

XTRAX (Young People's Centre) - £10,000

Xtrax works with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people aged 16-24 in their communities and in Hastings town centre (Xtrax Hub), providing advice, information and support. Funding is requested towards core costs.

Tel:  01273 409440 


UK Community Foundations - Funding for Ukrainian Refugees

The funding will allow local organisations to provide immediate and long-term support to displaced individuals and communities.

Following a £500,000 donation from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, Community Foundations across the UK will be able to provide additional funding to charitable groups supporting Ukrainian Refugees in their local areas. In total, this will bring the amount given by the Freemasons towards assistance for Ukrainians to over £1 million since the onset of the Russian invasion.

Sussex Community Foundation is one of the 10 Community Foundations that will receive a grant of £50,000.

Funding will be directed to local charities and community organisations that are actively providing immediate support for refugees arriving from Ukraine, as well as those which are developing longer-term support for the integration of Ukrainians who are already here.

More details will be provided through Sussex Community Foundation in due course. 

Information and Guidance

Artytime Scrapstore

It’s a facility, which reuses items (mostly from local businesses) that would otherwise be thrown away and repurposes them for art and craft projects.

These materials may be supplied to individuals, families and schools. As well as playgroups, holiday clubs, special needs groups and other community organisations such as Scouts and Guides. Most of the materials will be free however some may have a small charge.

This is a community project based in Jarvis Brook recreation ground, Crowborough. Open to members who will help keep this resource facility going by paying a small membership fee of £30 per year.

Tel:  07851 972 377


Benefact Group - Charity Nominations for December Draw

The specialist financial services business has launched its annual 12 Days of Giving Programme in which it will give away £120,000 over 12 days across the UK.

Now in its fifth year, the draw is open to any registered charity, not-for-profit organisation and community interest company in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

Anyone can nominate their favourite charity to be entered into the draw which will take place each weekday from Thursday 1 December until Friday 16 December 2022. Nominations will remain open until midnight the day before each draw. The 10 winners will be drawn at random so the more nominations a charity receives the greater the chance of winning.

Entry is free.

Tel:  0345 777 3322 


Good Finance – Outcomes Matrix Tool

Looking for an effective way of communicating your impact to social investors and key stake holders? ⁠ ⁠ Try the Outcomes Matrix tool, which allows you to download a personalised matrix that is unique to your organisation.

The Outcomes Matrix is a practical tool to help social impact organisations plan and measure their social impact in terms of outcomes.

The tool includes outcomes and measures for nine different outcome areas and four lenses for considering the service users of your organisation.

The Outcomes Matrix is a useful tool to: 

  • Gain a starting point for planning and measuring your social impact outcomes
  • Communicating your impact to social investors and key stakeholders
  • Thinking about future areas of development for your organisation should provide a helpful starting point for organisations to measure their social impact

The website also contains a Jargon Buster, Guides and Resources to help you measure and manage your impact and Case Studies to explore how other organisations are making an impact. 


In Kind Direct

In Kind Direct distribute quality consumer products, donated by some of the UK’s best known manufacturers, retailers and brands, to charitable organisations – including charities, community groups, CICs, CIOs, foodbanks, scouting/guiding groups, public sector outreach projects, most schools and nurseries – who join In Kind’s network for free.

They help nearly 275,000 people each week through our charitable network. People experiencing financial hardship, hygiene poverty, domestic violence, unemployment, homelessness and mental health issues. We save charitable organisations money, so that more funds can be focused on support and services.

You can access a wide range of products to use as and when you need them, or to give away to the people you support.

Tel: 0300 30 20 200                                       


National Churches Trust – Changes to Grants

The changes are intended to streamline the process of grant applications going forward.

To better align with its incoming 2023-26 strategy, National Churches Trust has made some amendments to its funding programme and application system which are expected to simplify the process of applying.

As before, there are three distinct schemes, now offered as follows:

Small grants (previously Foundation grants for maintenance) – up to £5,000 for projects costing up to £20,000. This funding is for small repair projects to buildings that were originally built as churches.

Medium grants (previously Gateway grants) – up to £10,000 for projects costing between £20,000 and £80,000. This funding is for project development or urgent and essential maintenance and repair.

Large grants (previously Cornerstone grants) – up to £50,000 toilet and kitchen projects costing more than £30,000 and repair projects costing more than £80,000. This funding is for large repair projects or the installation of kitchens and toilets.

The Trust accepts applications from Churches of any Christian denomination and age across the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

More details on each of the individual funding streams can be found on the National Churches Trust website.

Grants programmes are expected to relaunch in March 2023.

Tel:  020 7222 0605  


The National Lottery Community Fund - Report on Sense of Local Pride and Belonging

A new report recently published shows how National Lottery funding is transforming the way people in the UK feel about their local area, boosting their sense of pride and belonging and supporting the development of thriving neighbourhoods.

The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activities in the UK, has invested over £3.4 billion (72,000 grants) into communities over the past five years, supporting at least one project in nearly every local neighbourhood. The report, ‘From neighbours to neighbourhood: learning on how to boost pride in place’ looks at the impact of this funding and how it has contributed to a better understanding of how to nurture and harness local pride and belonging.

As communities face new challenges, such as the rising cost of living and building back from the COVID-19 pandemic, the factors that contribute to local pride are becoming increasingly important.

The report explores eight ways people can boost pride in place in their area, and each section includes tips and insights from National Lottery-funded organisations. Some of the ideas include empowering people to design and shape where they live, making the local environment feel safe and look attractive, and the importance of supporting community venues to thrive.

It highlights that The National Lottery Community Fund’s grants contribute to community benefits that boost local pride, including offering more opportunities for people to engage in their community (60%), take part in events and activities (56%), and feel an increased sense of belonging (42%). Meanwhile, two-thirds (66%) of its grant holders provide opportunities for people to mix with others who are different to them, and those grants are more likely than average to increase social contact, improve mental health, boost self-esteem, and reduce loneliness.

Tel:  0345 4 10 20 30 



National Lottery Grants for Heritage – New Dates for Grants over £250,000

Not-for-profit organisations and third sector-led partnerships in the UK can now apply for the largest grants within the National Lottery’s Heritage programme.

Until the end of the 2022/23 financial year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, priority will be given to projects that: 

  • Promote inclusion and involve a wider range of people (mandatory outcome).
  • Boost the local economy
  • Encourage skills development and job creation
  • Support wellbeing
  • Create better places to live, work and visit
  • Improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage

The programme provides three levels of grants, with those under £250,000 offered on a rolling basis: 

  • £3,000 to £10,000 (for up to one year)
  • £10,000 to £250,000 (for up to five years)
  • £250,000 to £5 million (over five years)

Grants can cover a wide range of projects and cover most costs associated with direct project delivery including staff/volunteers, training, repair and conservation and digital outputs.

The next deadline for grants up to £5 million is 23rd February 2023.

Tel: 020 7591 6044 



Department for Education and Family Action - National Breakfast Programme

The National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and delivered by Family Action to support schools in England to provide children with a healthy breakfast at the start of the school day.

Building on the success of the former NSBP, Family Action can offer 2500 schools a place on the new Programme. The programme will provide schools with up to three years of support to run a successful and affordable school breakfast provision.

The National School Breakfast Programme will provide: 

  • A 75% subsidy for breakfast club provision until the end of the current programme in July 2024
  • Good practice sharing opportunities, resources and the opportunity to learn from a national network of schools
  • The opportunity to enhance parental engagement on healthy eating and the importance of having a nutritious breakfast each morning
  • A knowledgeable school support team, will be on hand to provide remote advice and support

Schools in disadvantaged areas will be eligible for the programme if they have 40% or more pupils in bands A-F of the income deprivation affecting children index (IDACI). This will include state-funded primary, secondary, special schools and alternative provision.

Schools must complete an online expression of interest form to participate.

Tel: 020 39287228 


Ministry of Justice - Youth Justice Sport Fund

Funding is intended to meet the following two key goals: 

  • Support vulnerable young people, aged 10 to 17, at risk of involvement in crime, anti-social behaviour and serious violence through involvement in local sporting activities
  • Through capacity building, increase the capability of sport sector delivery organisations to work effectively with their local criminal justice partners, including Youth Justice Services, Police and Police Crime Commissioners (PCC)/Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) structures

There is a total funding pot of £5 million.

It is expected that the average grant value will be around £20,000, though smaller and larger amounts may also be considered.

The following types of organisations may apply: 

  • Constituted community, voluntary and not-for-profit social enterprises
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Charitable Organisations
  • Education establishments, for projects involving the wider community
  • Local Authorities, for projects which are not statutory responsibilities
  • Leisure Trusts, for projects which are open to local communities and free at point of access

Projects should involve sports-based activities to engage vulnerable young people are risk of offending. This should also include: 

  • Sports-based mentoring
  • Personal development
  • Supporting children to manage conflict
  • Opportunities to volunteer in sport
  • Confidence and skills-building
  • Achieving qualifications
  • Supporting young people to think critically about their futures

This fund will invest in community organisations who are currently delivering 'secondary level’ programmes. The secondary cohort broadly refers to young people who could be at-risk of entering the youth justice system due to challenging circumstances or additional vulnerabilities.

Grants can cover: 

  • Core running costs (up to £50% of the total grant)
  • Costs associated with the delivery of sport and sport-plus activities such as:
    • Equipment (up to 20% of the delivery budget)
    • Staff costs including project management time, coaches, mentors, youth workers, support workers, staff to support group work and 1:1 sessions
    • Facility hire
    • Training costs for young people/staff
    • Transport costs for referral/to transport young people to sessions
    • Rewards and incentives for young people
    • Volunteer expenses
    • Food
    • Monitoring and Evaluation, e.g. staff time or IT equipment to support monitoring, evaluation & learning

The deadline to apply is 5th December 2022 (9am).

Tel: 0161 7070782 


Trusts and Foundations

CLA Charitable Trust

The funding is intended to support projects that focus on the Trust's three main aims: 

  • To promote education about the countryside for young people from towns and cities and those who are disadvantaged
  • To provide facilities for those who are disabled, who have learning difficulties or who are in some way disadvantaged to enjoy the benefits of the countryside
  • To support the advancement of education in agriculture, horticulture and conservation for disadvantaged people, particularly the young

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The average grant awarded is in the region of £2,500.

Applications will be accepted from small and medium-sized charities and not-for-profit organisations such as Community Interest Companies.

Applications are particularly welcomed for projects for children and young people, disadvantaged financially, physically, mentally, or from areas of deprivation.

Funding is available for projects that meet the following aims: 

  • To promote education about the countryside for young people from towns and cities and those who are disadvantaged
  • To provide facilities for those who are disabled, who have learning difficulties or who are in some way disadvantaged to enjoy the benefits of the countryside
  • To support the advancement of education in agriculture, horticulture and conservation for disadvantaged people, particularly the young

Eligible costs and activities include running costs, project works and capital works.

Applications should be submitted by the following deadlines: 

  • 6th February 2023 - for consideration at the March meeting
  • 26th April 2023 - for consideration at the June meeting
  • 31st August 2023 - for consideration at the October meeting

Tel: 020 7235 0511 


Co-op Foundation - Future Communities Fund - Unrestricted Grants

As part of its ‘Building Communities of the Future Together’ Strategy 2022-27, Co-op Foundation has launched the Future Communities Fund to support charitable organisations building communities that: 

  • Are diverse, equitable and inclusive
  • Prioritise youth activism, shared power and transparent governance

Co-op Foundation’s Future Communities Fund awards unrestricted grants of up to £30,000 per year for up to five years will be available to groups with an annual turnover of less than £250,000, providing they can demonstrate: 

  • Young people’s voices from all backgrounds and abilities at the core of their delivery
  • Advocacy for diversity and inclusion in all areas of society
  • Active engagement with young people from diverse communities in a meaningful and inclusive way
  • Experience of removing barriers and providing opportunities to young people
  • Experience of delivering meaningful youth social action that supports young people into leadership roles
  • Experience of co-operation/collaboration

The deadline for applications is 23rd December 2022 (midday).

Tel: 08437 519251                     


COSARAF – Hardship Grants

This fund aims to support individuals and families who are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, or rent arrears.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available in one year, but only in exceptional circumstances will individuals receive a grant of more than £500.

Other sources of funding must have been exhausted.

Applications will only be accepted from recognised third party social organisation, such as charities, housing associations, schools and social services who are acting on behalf of a family or individual in need.

Priority will be given to: 

  • The most financially excluded people
  • Families over individuals
  • Those with caring responsibilities
  • Items that will make the most difference to the individual/family’s long-term future

Eligible costs include: 

  • Household items (white goods and occasionally other items such as sofas or wardrobes)
  • Basic living expenses (utilities or food)
  • Work or education-related expenses (such as interview clothes, school uniforms, or laptops)
  • Rent arrears and Council tax arrears, but only where there is a clear risk of homelessness (for rent arrears involving a social landlord applicants should outline what support has already been offered to the tenant)
  • Contribution to immigration-related costs, where the current immigration status directly causes financial hardship to the applicant

Applications can be made at any time and are assessed every six weeks. Applicants can expect a response within eight weeks of their application.

Applications will only be accepted where they are made on an individual’s behalf by a third party social organisation with a supporting statement from that organisation.

Tel: 0300 111 7890


Ernest Cook Trust - Outdoor Essentials Grant

The COVID pandemic/cost of living has demonstrated how important being outdoors is to the mental and physical wellbeing of everyone. It has also highlighted inequalities in people’s abilities to access the outdoors.

The current round of funding is for grants to be used for transport and travel costs to outdoor learning venues.

Grants of £500 per school are available.

Applications are accepted from UK state funded Primary and Secondary schools.

Priority will be given to: 

  • Schools who are committed to enabling Outdoor Learning and see environmental engagement as an important part of education
  • Schools who can demonstrate that Outdoor Learning has a wider benefit to families and their local community
  • Schools with disadvantaged pupils
  • Schools that are located in areas of high deprivation and/or have pupils who are living in challenging circumstances

This grant supports school travel and transport costs to any centre or provider that can help children and young people to create lasting, meaningful connections with nature including: 

  • Outdoor learning centres
  • Forest schools
  • Countryside parks
  • Woodlands
  • National parks
  • Farm parks
  • Farms (including city farms)
  • Coastal areas and beaches

Trips to outdoor adventure centres and outdoor activities (such as kayaking and climbing) may be considered, but nature connection and environmental learning must be the primary focus.

Applications are currently being accepted. The application window will close when a ceiling number of applications is reached. From previous rounds, an average 14% of applications are unsuccessful.

Tel: 01285 712492 


Focus Foundation

Focus Foundation is a registered charitable organisation, and the philanthropic arm of Focus Group – a leading provider of powerful business technology services across IT, telecoms, connectivity, cyber security, mobile and energy. Founded in 2003, Focus Group supports over 25,000 businesses, with a team of over 650 and offices across the UK.

Their aim is to promote collective action across Focus Group's community of employees, customers and suppliers, working in partnership with innovative and effective UK charities, supporting them make a positive and lasting difference to people's lives, while maintaining independence and transparency in how we operate.​​

The Foundation work closely with a whole range of organisations so we can understand where the need is greatest and support people who need us most.

Their work stretches across three main themes: 

  • Socially or economically underprivileged children or young people
  • Mental health charities and initiatives
  • Charitable or community projects, local to one of Focus Group’s UK regional offices


Foreshore Trust - Round 7 - Small and Events Grant Programme

The Foreshore Trust grants programme awards grants of up to £6000 for voluntary and community groups offering a service within Hastings & St. Leonards, and for events being held on Foreshore Trust land in 2023-2024.

Please bear in mind that the applications for this round are online and the Trust strongly recommend that you download an offline copy of the application form, so you can see the questions and make a draft before applying, as it will not be possible to save the form once you start the online application.

Applications will be closing at noon on Friday 16th December 2022.

If they need any help/guidance please email:

Hospice UK - Rank Foundation Awards

The Hospice UK Rank Foundation programme aims to support capital projects in adult member hospices.

The theme in 2022 is Environmental Improvements. The programme is intended to help hospices to implement measures that will reduce their impact on the environment and to deliver sustainable healthcare

Total available funding for the current round £100,000.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available.

Adult hospices that are members of Hospice UK located in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are eligible to apply.

Grants are intended for projects that will reduce a hospice’s impact on the environment and enable a hospice to deliver sustainable healthcare. The programme is primarily to support capital costs. However, revenue costs that help deliver the capital activity can be included in the project costs. Nevertheless, revenue costs must not be the primary expense.

Types of project could include: 

  • Digital transformation
    • Expanding the use of telemedicine to deliver some care remotely
  • Estates/Facilities
    • Solar panels.
    • Ground source heat pumps
    • Energy efficient LED lighting
  • Food and Nutrition - Reducing overall food waste and ensuring the provision of healthier, locally sourced and seasonal menus high in fruits and vegetables. Could include developing hospice garden/allotment and greenhouses

Applications are open until 20th January 2023 at 5pm. Decisions are expected in March 2023.

Tel: 020 7520 8219                              


Julia and Hans Rausing Trust – Foodbank Fund

Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has announced a new grants programme to further the efforts of foodbanks across the UK in tackling the growing food poverty crisis.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must: 

  • Be not-for-profit
  • Run a foodbank that has been running for six months or more which regularly gives out emergency food parcels at least once each week
  • Have an annual income of between £25,000 and £1,000,000
  • Not have reserves above one year's running costs

The minimum amount which can be applied for is £500. The Trust does not give out grants that are greater than 20% of an organisation’s annual expenditure – though this should not be considered a target amount to request.

Grants can be used to cover costs associated with all aspects of foodbank service provision including rent, staffing and storage and distribution costs.

Applications must be submitted by 6th December 2022 (4pm).


Lloyd’s Bank Foundation – Specialist Programme Unrestricted Grants

Following the release of its 2022-26 strategy, ‘Building a Better Future’ the Foundation has announced the launch of a Specialist Funding Programme to continue supporting small and grassroots organisations.

Charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) with a turnover of £25,000 to £500,000 can apply for an unrestricted grant of up to £75,000 over three years, provided they are carrying out work which fits in with one of the fund’s priorities: 

  • Addiction and dependency on alcohol, drugs and/or gambling
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Homeless and vulnerably housed
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Care leavers

The funding is for organisations supporting people (17 years and older) who are experiencing complex social issues resulting in a significant impact on their lives. As 'specialist organisations', applicants need to demonstrate the following: 

  • In-depth services, rather than short-term or one-off support
  • Holistic and person-centred services
  • Personal plans in the form of written or electronic records of every person being supported, noting progress against activities

Grants can be used to support any costs which further the charity's purpose, including building reserves and meeting core costs.

There will be an information webinar on 12th January 2023 to discuss the fund.

The deadline to apply is 3rd March 2023, for decisions by 14th July 2023.

Tel: 0370 411 1223                    


National Allotment Gardens Trust

The Trust's objectives are to: 

  • Advance and improve the allotments or gardens movement by education, training, workshops and support
  • Provide training for allotment committee members and for people who wish to become involved in the management of allotments
  • Support committees who wish to take a lease of their site from either local authority or private landlord
  • Improve the facilities for those who have need for such facilities because of youth, infirmity or disability
  • Provide funding and experience in allotment gardening
  • Arrange local training courses

Grants of £250 to £2,000 are available.

Applications are accepted from registered allotment associations and committees in the UK. Non-statutory sites may also be eligible if a long-term lease is in place.

The committee must: 

  • Be officially recognised by the landlord of the site
  • Have a written and signed constitution
  • Have a bank account with three signatories
  • Have a forwarding address and named contact

Grants are for allotment associations and committees to support projects that will improve or develop the facilities of permanent and registered allotment gardens in the UK.

Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis with the following application deadlines each year: 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October.

Tel: 01159 877347 


New Philanthropy Capital - Funds for Charities Tackling Financial Hardship

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is providing two separate funds in the financial hardship sector, aiming to relieve and reduce financial hardship in the UK.

Organisations can apply to only one of the following funds: 

Panel A’s Fund offers grants of up to £15,000 to charities and community groups with a turnover of less than £100,000. The funding has a specific focus on supporting: 

  • Asylum seekers
  • Young people
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
  • Those with experience of domestic violence
  • Single parent households
  • Women and girls

 Panel B’s Fund offer grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to charities and community groups with a turnover of less than £200,000. The funding has a specific focus on supporting: 

  • Young people
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
  • Single parent households
  • People with disabilities
  • Asylum seekers and those with NRPF

There are no restrictions on how the funding can be used as long as the grants focus on financial hardship and are in response to the current cost of living crisis. Organisations can propose what they would like to do with the funding.

Only Panel A funding can be used to make cash grant to individuals, provided there is a robust system in place.

The deadline for all applications is 16th December 2022 (5pm).

Tel: 020 7620 4850                    


Southern Water - Community Energy Grant

In partnership with CMDP (Costain, MWH Treatment) southern Water provide a new grant under Level 2 of the scheme to support independently run community centres and spaces where activities such as local foodbanks, support groups and children’s programmes operate. 

  • Four grants, each with a total of £1,000, will be awarded in each of their five counties offering a total of £20,000 funding. This support will go towards energy costs, helping relieve the pressure that community spaces face staying open during winter months
  • The grants will be awarded by a panel and supported by their outreach services, including support for vulnerable customers and customers struggling with their bills
  • A Water Audit of the building may also be included in Spring 2023, to help Community hubs explore further reducing costs where possible

Funding pots remain open for West Sussex, East Sussex and Isle of Wight.

Applications close Sunday 15th January 2023.

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Sussex Community Foundation – The Winter Support Fund for East Sussex

The Winter Support Fund for East Sussex is a partnership between ESCC and Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) which offers grants of up to £10,000 for not-for–profit organisations working to support people most affected by cost-of-living issues.

SCF will consider applications for funding to: 

  • Meet increased organisation running costs such as salaries, fuel, electricity, heating, and volunteer expenses – some of the areas hit hardest by rising costs.
  • Build capacity by bringing in additional resources to help meet increased community needs. For example, by recruiting additional staff and volunteers, by building local partnerships or by delivering additional training and support for staff and volunteers
  • Support organisations in adapting to and providing alternative support to those in need over the winter. For example, through the provision of warm banks and spaces, including those where food and other activities can be provided

For more information and how to apply please read the Fund criteria and guidance. The application form is available here.

Tel:  01273 409440 


William Wates Memorial Trust

Charitable groups in London and the South-East can apply for multi-year grants for projects which support vulnerable young people between 5 and 19 years old.

Most grants are for around £30,000 over three years. However, at any one time the Trust will also have two or three grants for £30,000 to £50,000 per annum over three years.

William Wates Memorial Trust is open to registered charities and other non-profit organisations that receive no more than 60% of their turnover from public service contracts or other commissioned work.

The Trustees will consider applications for the following type of projects: 

  • To help the most disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence, and to fulfil their potential
  • To support projects that engage young people through the mediums of sport, art and education

Projects which will be favoured are those with the potential for sustainable and lasting impact.

The deadline to apply is 23rd December 2022, for assessment at the January 2023 Trustee meeting.


Woodward Charitable Trust - General Grants

The funding is for charitable organisations in the UK, to support core costs in the following areas: 

  • Children and young people (up to 25 years) who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour. This covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring, as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community
  • Disadvantaged families.  This covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects and would also include projects that benefit travellers, ethnic minorities and refugee families
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners' families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release

The majority of an applicant's beneficiaries (more than 50%) must be within at least one of these areas to be eligible.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available. However, most grants are for £1,000 or less.

A small number of larger grants of more than £3,000 will also be awarded but only to charities that are known to the Trustees.

Funding is available for a maximum of three consecutive years or three grants within five years. After their last grant organisations should wait two years before reapplying for a further grant.

UK registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, community interest companies and exempt charities can apply. Organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £200,000.

Funding is available for projects that help families and young people and that aim to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. The Trust favours projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users. Organisations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their operations or management are encouraged.

The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year.

The Trust only makes grants for core costs rather than specific projects. This includes: 

  • Staff salaries
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • General office costs
  • Accountancy and audit costs
  • Fundraising
  • Governance and compliance
  • Costs supporting the core programmes of the organisation

The next deadline for applications is 16th December 2022 (midday).

Tel: 020 7410 0330 


Funding Diary

December 2022

Hospice UK – Extending Frailty Care – 05/12/2022

Julia and Hans Rausing Trust – Foodbank Fund – 06/12/2022

 Benefact Trust Brighter Lives Mental Health Programme – 09/12/2022

Church Urban Fund – Refugee Support Small Grants – 09/12/2022

Lloyd's of London Foundation Charity Partnerships – 11/12/2022

Armed Forces Covenant Trust – Supporting Partners: Innovation Fund – 12/12/2022

Time after Time e-waste Fund – 14/12/2022

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grants Programme - 15/12/2022

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme - 15/12/2022

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/12/2022

Department for Education - Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) – 16/12/2022

Foreshore Trust - Round 7 - Small and Events Grant Programme – 16/12/2022

International Tree Foundation – 16/12/2022

New Philanthropy Capital – Tackling Financial Hardship – 16/12/2022

Ormiston Trust - WeWill Social Action Fund  - 16/12/2022

Woodward Charitable Trust - General Grants – 16/12/2022

Co-op Foundation’s Future Communities Fund – 23/12/2022

William Wates Memorial Trust – 23/12/2022


January 2023

National Allotment Gardens Trust – 01/01/2023

East Sussex Arts Partnership Turner Prize Is It Art? Grants – 02/01/2023

Sussex Community Foundation – General Round – 06/01/2023

Southern Water - Community Energy Grant – 15/01/2023

Hospice UK - Rank Foundation Awards – 20/01/2023

Lewes Town Council – Community Grants – 27/01/2023

A B Charitable Trust – 29/01/2023

Delamere Dairy Foundation – 31/01/2023

National Garden Scheme – Community Gardens – 31/01/2023

7stars Foundation - 31/01/2023


February 2023

Ogden Trust’s School Partnerships Programme – 01/02/2023

Thomas Pocklington Trust – 05/02/2023

CLA Charitable Trust – 06/02/2023

National Lottery Grants for Heritage – £250,000 to £5million - 23/02/2023


March 2023

Lloyds Bank Foundation Specialist Funding Programme – 03/03/2023

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/03/2023

Hilden Charitable Fund – 26/03/2023

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Dynamic Collections - 31/03/2023


April 2023

CLA Charitable Trust – 26/04/2023

A B Charitable Trust – 30/04/2023


May 2023

Sussex Community Foundation - Now! Sustainable Communities Fund - 05/05/2023

Pink Ribbon Foundation – 26/05/2023


June 2023

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/06/2023


July 2023

A B Charitable Trust – 30/07/2023


August 2023

CLA Charitable Trust – 31/08/2023