Funding News - December 2023


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Success stories 

Chalk Cliff Trust - Friends Altogether in Rother (FAiR) 
Govia Thameslink Railway - Your Station, Your Community Fund 
The King’s Award for Voluntary Service 
Sport England – Swimming Pool Support Fund 

Information and Guidance

 National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Support through the #CostOfGiving Crisis 
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Arts Access and Participation Fund - On pause from 15th December 
Sport England - Activity Check-in dashboard 
Sport England – Introduction to Crowdfunder Sport webinar 
Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Energy Efficiency Scheme – New fund opens soon 


Ashden Awards for Climate Innovations 2024


The National Lottery Community Fund 
Sport England - Small Grants Programme to support Flood Damaged Facilities 


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund 
Eastbourne and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership 
Home Office - Places of Worship Security Funding for Mosques - Deadline Extended 

Trusts and Foundations 

Active Sussex - Children and Young People Investment Fund 
Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Veterans’ Housing Fund – Major Capital Grants 
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust 
Benefact Trust - Community Impact Fund 
David Solomons Charitable Trust 
Duke of Devonshire's Charitable Trust - Eastbourne 
Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust 
Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust 
Fat Beehive Foundation 
The Fore 
Gilchrist Educational Trust - Grants to Organisations 
Golsonscott Foundation - Fine Arts and Music 
Gosling Foundation 
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) - Your Station, Your Community Improvement Fund 2024/25 
G S Plaut Charitable Trust Limited 
Hastings & St Leonards - Foreshore Charitable Trust 
Hubbub – Nature Hubs Fund 
John Ellerman Foundation – Museum and Galleries Fund 
Masonic Charitable Foundation and Hospice UK – Transitional Care for Young People 
Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity 
National Archives - Resilience Grants 
NextEnergy South East England Solar Impact Fund 
Peter Harrison Foundation - Positive Futures for Children and Young People Programme 
Pink Ribbon Foundation 
Screwfix Foundation 
Southern Water - Community Energy Grant 
Sussex Community Foundation - General Awards 
Sussex Health and Care Mental Health Collaborative VCSE Fund - Grow: Priority 2 
Three Guineas Trust - Grants for Legal Advice for Disabled People 
Tweed Family Charitable Foundation 
Veolia Environmental Trust 
Veterans Career Development Fund 
William Wates Memorial Trust 
Young Gamechangers Fund 

Funding Diary 

Success Stories

Chalk Cliff Trust - Friends Altogether in Rother (FAiR)

Friends Altogether in Rother (FAiR) has recently been awarded £5,000 from the Chalk Cliff Trust.

FAiR’s mission is to provide a Befriending service and a diverse range of stimulating events for residents of all ages.    

This is an exciting start for FAiR, who registered with the charity commission earlier this year.  The grant, together with an award of £15,000 from the Making it Happen programme, will fund FAiR’s new part time Volunteer Training Coordinator.  These grants also give the charity flexibility to part finance social outings and events. 

The Charity also received a donation from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Rye) to fund FAiR’s monthly social event ‘Tilling, Tea and Cake’ which launched in November. The social takes place, on the third Saturday each month.

FAiR will use these events to work closely with Sussex Outreach Support (SOS) to invite representatives from organisations to mingle and provide advice where requested.  The charity welcomes opportunities to collaborate with other organisations in East Sussex to develop joint projects, especially for young people.

Govia Thameslink Railway - Your Station, Your Community Fund

Grants totalling £375,000 have been awarded by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) towards community projects being run by 19 charities in its network area.

The 19 charities were chosen from over 370 organisations who applied in response to the railway's invitation to bid for support from its “Your Station, Your Community” fund, and will receive grants ranging from £1,000 to £50,000, with the larger awards split over two years.

To be eligible for a grant, the application had to show how closely the proposed projects matched Govia Thameslink Railway's own priorities for community support, including mental health, life and employment skills among marginalised groups, diversity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

Three East Sussex based charities were awarded grants:

Applications for grants from the 2024/25 allocations are now open. (See our Trusts and Foundations section) with a closing date of Friday 15th December.


The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

Formerly known as The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the award was established in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. It is equivalent to an MBE and is the highest honour awarded to voluntary groups. 

Awarded annually to some of the UK’s most inspiring volunteer-led groups for their charitable endeavours, this year 227 organisations from England, 20 from Scotland, six from Wales and nine from Northern Ireland have received the first ever King’s Award. 

The following East Sussex/Brighton groups received the award:

Brighter Uckfield - Maintaining tidy streets and creating floral beauty for the joy of the community and our visitors

National Coastwatch Institution, Newhaven - Keeping watch along our coastline and inshore waters to ensure public safety

New Note Orchestra, Brighton - Providing a creative output to support people in recovery from addiction

Pedal People - Providing therapeutic cycle rides for elders living in care and all-ages living with disability or health challenges living within a 50km radius of Brighton

The Monday Group - Maintaining & improving access to public footpaths in Sussex for the benefit of the community

The Sussex Heart Charity (SHC) - Providing financial and practical support to cardiac patients, medical staff and the community


Sport England – Swimming Pool Support Fund

As announced in the 2023 Spring Budget, the Government made available over £60 million of new funding to support public facilities with swimming pools across England to help make them more financially sustainable.

So far, Sport England’s Swimming Pool Support Fund has awarded 196 publicly owned leisure facilities a share of £20.3m to support with increased cost pressures, associated with recent rises in energy and operating costs. 

The following organisations throughout East Sussex have been awarded a share of the funding:

In Hastings, Summerfields Leisure Centre was awarded £98,475  

In Rother, Bexhill Leisure Pool was awarded £64,266.  Rye Sports Centre was awarded £64,088

In Lewes, Seaford Head Swimming Pool was awarded £2,486


Information and Guidance

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Support through the #CostOfGiving Crisis

NCVO’s advice and guidance covers essential issues including:

NCVO Financial management during a crisis - Identifying the impact of the cost of living crisis on your organisation’s income and spending for ideas of what you could do about it

Supporting and retaining your staff and volunteers this winter - Assessing the impact of the crisis on your volunteers and get tips on retaining your supporters

Managing your energy costs - Keeping up to date with the energy market, manage your rising costs and learn more about the efficiency and support available to you. Access free advice.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Arts Access and Participation Fund - On pause from 15th December

Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced they are pausing new applications to the Arts Access and Participation Fund between 15th December 2023 and 1st  April 2024, to review the purpose and criteria of the Fund and the application process.

The Foundation doesn’t expect this will represent a huge shift in the programme, instead they are hoping to provide a bit more clarity to support applicants better in what is a very competitive process.

The Fund will re-open the Fund with new criteria in April 2024.


Sport England - Activity Check-in dashboard

Sport England’s new Activity Check-in dashboard helps in understanding people's attitudes towards sport and physical activity.

It captures data on people's attitudes, as well as the barriers they experience to being active.

The new tool lets you visualise data collected data on behaviours of both adults and children and young people towards sport and physical activity over time, revealing the impact of changing circumstances in a rapidly changing world.

Sport England – Introduction to Crowdfunder Sport webinar

Sport England’s Introduction to Crowdfunder Sport webinar includes a guest speaker from Dursley Rugby Club who'll be discussing the benefits and outcomes achieved from their crowdfunding campaign.

This will be a live and interactive session. The webinar also covers details of Sport England’s live match funding initiative, the Active Together Fund.

The session takes place on 12th December (12-1pm).

Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Energy Efficiency Scheme – New fund opens soon

The VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme is part of a package of over £100 million of support being delivered by the Government to help front line delivery organisations with the increased cost of living.

 This scheme will have two elements:

  • Eligible organisations will be able to apply for the cost and delivery of an independent energy assessment. This will help them identify how to reduce their bills and where to get further support
  • Organisations with an energy assessment may then be eligible to apply for a capital grant to install recommended energy efficiency measures in their premises

Full eligibility criteria will be published when the scheme opens, but organisations must be a VCSE, deliver frontline services and not be suitable for blended finance or loan support through other schemes.

Priority will be given to organisations for whom energy is the biggest concern and those directly supporting individuals and communities with critical needs, particularly those related to the rising cost of living.

Applications for free independent energy assessments will open in December.

Applications for the installation of energy efficiency measures will open in January 2024.   Practical support will be available to help organisations manage capital installation projects. All measures will need to be installed and paid for by March 2025.

The scheme is being managed by Groundwork UK.  More information will be available soon but interested groups can register to be alerted when the scheme goes live by visiting Groundwork’s website.



Ashden Awards for Climate Innovations 2024

The Ashden Awards promote exceptional climate solutions and the environmental, social and economic benefits they can provide. For more than two decades these awards have backed ideas delivering lower emissions, with grants and development support on offer to winners and finalists. 

The initiative and its related activities aim to persuade policymakers, funders and the wider public to recognise renewable energy as a tool for addressing the urgent global issues of climate change, pollution and energy supply, as well as the social and economic needs of local communities.

This year’s award categories include energy innovation, nature based solutions, powering futures in clean energy, energising refugees and displaced people, and more. Some categories focus on the UK, and others cover work in low- and middle-income countries.

Winners will receive a prize of £10,000 or £25,000 and a package of supplementary support.

Businesses, NGOs, government organisations, social enterprises and community groups are all eligible. Work must be currently available to clients, customers or beneficiaries.

The deadline for applications is 25th January 2024.

Tel: 020 7410 7023



The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund – the largest community funder in the UK - has recently doubled the amount of funding available to grassroots projects, in the biggest change in National Lottery funding for a generation.

The change to National Lottery Awards for All is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s ambition to strengthen society and improve lives across the UK.

With a new maximum award of £20,000, the funder is doubling the amount groups can apply for as well as doubling the time, to two years, that they can be funded for.

Earlier this year, the funder launched its new strategy, ‘It starts with community’, which underpins its efforts to distribute at least £4 billion of National Lottery funding by 2030 - supporting projects that build resilient communities that are more inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

Tel: 0345 4 10 20 30


Sport England - Small Grants Programme to support Flood Damaged Facilities

Sport England has updated their Small Grants Programme criteria to accept applications from organisations who have been impacted by the recent storms and flooding.

The available funding will be focused on those areas most badly affected.  Sport England will prioritise sports and activities that need to return quickly.

Spring and summer sports, or where activity is not scheduled to take place for several weeks, will be a lower priority.

Previous recipients of emergency funding for flood or storm damage that are now applying again will need to show the steps they have taken to mitigate against further damage.  

Applicants will need to submit evidence of damage directly attributable to the recent flooding (October / November 2023). 

Applicants will also need to show why the damage couldn’t be covered by their insurance policy.

Applicants should also explain how, as an organisation, they are attempting to reduce energy usage, promote responsible travel and reduce waste.

Tel:  0345 8508 508



Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund

The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund has been established to fund nature projects in England which tackle climate change, create and restore habitats, or improve water quality.  

The scheme aims to stimulate private investment and market-based mechanisms that improve and safeguard the natural environment by helping projects become investment ready. The intention is to establish a pipeline of projects for the private sector to invest in and develop new funding models that can be replicated elsewhere.

 The Fund makes grants from £10,000 to £100,000. Funded projects must protect or enhance the domestic natural environment in line with one or more of the Government’s environmental improvement plan goals in the context of the following natural capital asset types:

  • Peri-urban (areas of transition from rural to urban land uses)
  • Enclosed farmland
  • Mountain, moor and heathland
  • Freshwaters and wetlands
  • Woodland
  • Coastal margins
  • Semi-natural grassland

All costs must be directly associated with developing the investment readiness proposal to be eligible for funding.

The fund accepts applications from farmers or farmer-led groups. Non-farming not-for-profit organisations, charities, non-governmental organisation (NGOs), public bodies or businesses can only apply for a grant if one or both of the following apply:

  • They can provide evidence that it will directly support farmers to access nature markets
  • They have significant farmer representation in their partnership.

Applications for the third round can be made between 11th December 2023 and 16th  February 2024.

Tel: 03708 506 506


Eastbourne and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership

Did you know there is funding available for local projects which have a positive impact on community safety in Eastbourne or Lewes district?

If you have an interesting or innovative idea about how crime, disorder or antisocial behaviour could be tackled in either area, you can apply for a grant. The application process is quick and officers are available to give advice on what would make a good bid.

Previously, grants have been used to fund things like online scam awareness campaigns, activities for young people, local clear-up campaigns and wellbeing services to help support victims of domestic abuse.

Funding can be used for activities that help address any of the Community Safety Priorities, which are:

  • Promoting safe and welcoming spaces to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Tackling the incidence of hate crime, domestic and sexual abuse
  • Reducing the incidence of serious violence and knife crime
  • Addressing the impact of organised crime on local communities
  • Lowering levels of anti-social driving on the Borough's roads


Home Office - Places of Worship Security Funding for Mosques - Deadline Extended

The Home Office’s Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme for mosques and associated faith community centres remains open for applications until 31st  December 2023.

Up to £24.5 million is available to protect mosques and Muslim faith schools in 2023/24. No grant size is specified for this round of funding.

Funding can cover the costs security measures from the following list:

  • CCTV (fixed cameras, not pan-tilt cameras)
  • Fencing and/or railings (no more than 2.1m high)
  • Manually operated pedestrian and vehicle gates
  • Door hardening, locks and mail box/mail bag
  • Reinforcing single glazed windows (with anti-shatter film or bars/grilles only)
  • Intruder alarms including integrated smoke/heat detection
  • Door entry access control (fob or keypad)
  • Video intercom systems
  • Lighting (building mounted)

Applicants do not need to choose what they would like to apply for in advance. If successful, a survey will be carried out at the place of worship. During this survey, the most appropriate measures for the site will be discussed.

Mosques can also apply for some security guarding services, where they feel security guards will improve the safety of their site and those worshipping there.

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2023.




Trusts and Foundations

Active Sussex - Children and Young People Investment Fund

The aim of the Children and Young People Investment Fund is to make it easier for young people to get active – and stay active.

Active Sussex are keen to support projects that provide an opportunity for children and young people with a physical disability, along with female only projects in this last phase of the fund.

Grants must be up to a maximum of £2,000 and must run between now and the end of March 2024.  Applications must prioritise one of the following categories: 

  • Low Income families (Identified by the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index) or children on Free School Meals data
  • Targeted activities for Children & Young People with Physical or Learning Disabilities
  • Targeted activities for Black & South Asian children & young people.
  • Girls only activity

The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations, education establishments and local authorities.

Details for the investment fund can be found on Active Sussex’s website along with an expression of interest form, which organisations are asked to complete prior to an application being received.

If you have any questions once reviewing the information, please contact Andy Wright.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Veterans’ Housing Fund – Major Capital Grants

This new Major Capital Grants programme is aimed at supporting projects that contribute to the reducing veterans’ homelessness and end rough sleeping.

The programme will award grants between £75,000 and £500,000 for new builds, significant refurbishment, or extension of accommodation for veterans.  Larger grants up to £1 million are also available for exceptional projects if they meet additional criteria.

Larger grants will require secured match funding of at least 30% at the time of application.

Projects will provide: 

  • Transitional homeless Veteran housing
  • Accommodation or facilities in a Veteran care homes where the provision would be specifically and clearly for Veterans
  • Accommodation or facilities in long-term, Veteran supported rented housing for Veterans with additional needs such as mobility disabilities which mean that their access to appropriate housing is limited
  • Social housing.

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Have at least five years’ relevant social housing experience
  • Be able to show most of their organisation’s work is with veterans or the predominant beneficiaries of this specific project would be veterans
  • Have ownership of the facility or a lease of 10 or more years
  • Have a minimum of three unrelated trustees (for charities) or directors (for CICs).

There will be four rounds of funding with a two-stage application process.  (The first stage is to submit an Expressions of Interest. Those who are successful at stage one will be invited to submit a second stage, full application)

The deadlines to submit Expressions of Interest are: 

  • Round 1 - 3rd January 2024
  • Round 2 - 17th June 2024
  • Round 3 - 3rd January 2025
  • Round 4 - 16th June 2025


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

The Trust operates a three-year rotation system, with different fields of interests being funded each year: 

  • In 2024, the focus will be on Disability specifically employment and training to ensure better access, and Food Poverty given the increasing levels across the UK
  • In 2025, the focus will be on Access to the Arts, and Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The Trust awards grants of either £1,000 or £5,000 depending on the grant round: 

  • Round 1 - £1,000
  • Round 2 - £5,000
  • Round 3 - £1,000
  • Round 4 - £5,000

The level of grant awarded is determined by the charity’s income: 

  • Grants of £1,000 are for charities with an operating income of between £100,000 and £1 million
  • Grants of £5,000 are for charities with a minimum operating income of £1 million There is no maximum level

Organisations registered with the Charity Commission, or exempt from registration, can apply.

Support will be available for the following priorities in 2024: 

  • Rounds 1 and 2 – Disability, specifically employment and training for people living with disabilities to ensure better access
  • Rounds 3 and 4 – Food Poverty, with a focus on providing nutritious meals, food education, cooking skills, and eliminating food waste.

Support will be available for the following priorities in 2025 (full details published toward the end of 2024): 

  • Rounds 1 and 2 - The Arts: Improving Access
  • Rounds 3 and 4 - Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Information on applications for 2024 will be provided when it becomes available, which is expected to be later in 2023.


Benefact Trust - Community Impact Fund

The Benefact Trust’s Community Impact Fund supports Christian organisations delivering projects and activities that will make a positive and transformative impact in lives and communities. 

The Fund is open to Churches, cathedrals, denominational bodies, Christian charities, schools, and theological educational institutions with a clear Christian ethos.

The Trust supports projects under the following programme areas: 

  • Growing congregations and Christian communities
  • Addressing social challenges facing communities
  • Enabling wider community use of church buildings
  • Empowering Christian Education

They award multi-year grants for up to three years.  Grants can cover a project’s direct capital and revenue costs. 

The average decision time for small grants (up to £10,000) is two months. Larger grants (over £10,000) take between four and six months and are considered at grants committee and board meetings held throughout the year.

Organisations can apply anytime. 

Tel: 01452 873189


David Solomons Charitable Trust

The David Solomons Charitable Trust provides grants to registered charities, both at the national and local level, who are working to support people with learning difficulties.

In particular, the scheme wishes to support the following: 

  • Smaller, local projects which focus on care and treatment of those with learning difficulties
  • Research into learning disabilities

Grants tend to be in the range of £500 to £1,000, with an occasional grant made for a larger amount.

To be eligible for funding, organisations working with both physically and mentally disabled people must be able to show that at least 75% of those supported have learning difficulties.

Priority will be given to smaller, local charities. The funding is to be used for direct project costs.

Applications must be made in writing and submitted to the Trust.  This Trust does not maintain a website.

Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered three times a year.

Mrs Elizabeth Prior

David Solomons Charitable Trust

2 Highfield Road, Collier Row



Tel: 01708 502 488


Duke of Devonshire's Charitable Trust - Eastbourne

The Trust’s funding is intended for charitable organisations for charitable projects that address the following categories: 

  • Arts
  • Community
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Youth
  • Health
  • Religion
  • Welfare

Funding is at the discretion of the Trust and is usually for one year only.  Donations in the last few years have typically been for between £250 and £10,000.

Applications are considered from registered Charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Interest Companies.

The funding is to be used for costs directly associated with eligible projects.

Areas which are local or relevant to Chatsworth and the other Devonshire Group estates are eligible, this includes Eastbourne.

The Trustees meet to consider applications three or four times per year. The next deadline for applications is 22nd December 2023.

Tel: 01246 565 438


Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust

This Trust welcomes applications for the following areas of work:

Equine welfare: grants are considered from charities who are members of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) or charities that are proactively working towards membership of NEWC. Membership of NEWC ensures equine charities are working to improve equine welfare standards and adopting industry best practice.

The Elderly:  applications are welcomed from charities supporting the elderly and frail.

Whilst the Trustees recognise that people aged over 65 traditionally may have been considered old, this arbitrary age cut-off rarely defines true old age in the modern era.

At the next round of applications, the Board of Trustees will be focusing support to projects dedicated to addressing the needs of older people with advanced dementia (and their carers) in domestic, community and formal care settings.

Please note, the Trust only considers applications from registered Charitable Organisations.

There are no set grant values.  Grants should be for capital projects or time limited specific projects.

The deadline for applications for the next meeting is 6pm on 9th February 2024.

All communications should be through the administrator at the following address:

The Trust Administrator

The Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust


Lewes Road

Horsted Keynes RH17 7DY

West Sussex

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust

The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust supports charitable causes in the county of Sussex.   The Trust accepts applications from organisations registered with the Charity Commission, working in the following areas:   

  • Care of the elderly
  • Disability
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • Wildlife and environmental conservation
  • Youth

The Trust’s levels of funding are: 

  • Small grants up to £10,000
  • Medium grants between £10,001 and £20,000
  • Large grants of £20,001 and over. (Please note large grants are restricted to charities with whom the trustees have built up a deep understanding and/or close relationship over a period of several years)

Grants can be used for start-up costs, core costs or for a specific project for which applicants have requested support. This could include a contribution towards a building/refurbishment project, purchase of specialist equipment or other similar capital expenditure, or assistance with running costs.

A small amount of additional funding has been allocated by the trust to assist Sussex charities most in need. The trust has amended its grant application form to include space for applicants to provide information about the impact of cost-of-living increases on their charity.

Small grant applications can be submitted at any time.

Medium grant applications are accepted during four specific application rounds.  The next two rounds are:   

  • 4th January - 4th February
  • 18th April – 12th May

Large grant applications are accepted twice a year during specific rounds.  The next round for Large grants is 4th January – 4th March.

Tel: 07960 057742


Fat Beehive Foundation

The Fat Beehive Foundation awards up to £2,500 to support the creation of websites or digital products that enable small charities to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.

The focus of the funding is purely on 'hard-to-fund' digital expenditure that other funders will often not cover.

Priority will be given to projects in the following areas during the appropriate application period: 

  • Art and Culture period: the deadline for applications is 5th January 2024 (5pm)
  • Social Justice/Refugees/Housing period: the deadline for applications is 29th March 2024 (5pm)
  • Education period: The deadline is 28th June 2024 (5pm)

Tel: 020 7739 8704

The Fore

The Fore provides unrestricted grants to small charities and social enterprises based in the UK with an annual revenue of less than £500,000 in the previous completed financial year.

The funding is intended to have a transformational impact on the organisations being supported by unlocking exponential growth, sustainability, efficiency or some other major step forward.

The grants are viewed by the Fore as investments in the organisations it supports.

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

Charities can apply for up to £30,000 which may be spread over one to three years.

The funding is intended to help strengthen the organisation internally and help it to take the next step forward in its growth or sustainability.

This unrestricted funding can be used for any purpose, including core costs and capital funding.

The grant could help, for example, an organisation grow, increase internal capacity, serve new beneficiary groups, become more sustainable or more efficient, etc.

Applications for core costs must show how the funding will move the organisation forward rather than enabling ‘business as usual’.

There are three funding rounds each year (Spring, Summer, Autumn).

Funding rounds are open for registration for a set period of time.  Once open for registration, the application process is as follows: 

  • 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 will be included
  • If there are more applicants registered than places available, places will be allocated at random
  • There follows a three-stage application
    • 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 Spring 2024 funding round will open for registration at noon on 6th December 2023 and close at noon on 13th December 2023.

Tel: 07858 339 981


Gilchrist Educational Trust - Grants to Organisations

The Trust makes small grants to support projects that will fill academic educational gaps or make a particular aspect of education or learning more widely available.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. As a guide, in the Trust's last financial year, the range of grants made in this category was from £500 to £4,000.

Applications will be accepted from organisations that are either registered as a company or a charity.

Projects can take place overseas, but the application must come from a UK-based organisation.

Funding is available for projects that will: 

  • Benefit a number of people
  • Fill an academic educational gap or make a particular aspect of education or learning more widely available

The funds must be used for a particular academic educational project or for a specific purpose such as furniture or equipment.

The annual deadline for applications is the end of February, for consideration in April/May.

Tel: 01903 746723


Golsonscott Foundation - Fine Arts and Music

Golsonscott Foundation offers grants up £3,000 for voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver projects and activities that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, whether in performance, exhibition, artistic craft, or scholarly endeavour.

The Foundation prioritises applications from arts organisations whose main objective is the perfection of the art form itself, or performance excellence.

For projects involving young people, the trustees are interested in establishing long-lasting connections between them and the art, rather than a project offering little scope for further involvement.​

The trustees typically meet every quarter to consider applications.

The next deadline for applications is 10th February 2024.

Tel: 01392 252855


Gosling Foundation

Gosling Foundation’s funding is for projects that address the following broad categories: 

  • Royal Navy and Royal Marines
  • Education
  • Youth

Single and multi-year funding is available. The minimum grant awarded is £5,000. There are no set grant amounts; trustees may award more or less than requested and will rarely fully fund projects.  Applications should therefore include a fundraising plan.

The Foundation accepts applications from registered Charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Interest Companies.

Applications are also accepted from serving members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, for projects that benefit multiple serving personnel, and from uniformed youth groups (e.g. Sea Cadets, Scouts, Girl Guides).

The funding is for charitable projects that address the Foundation's four areas of focus: 

  • Royal Navy and Royal Marines - to improve their quality of life
  • Youth - provide opportunities and support for disadvantaged young people
  • Education - opportunities and support for people

Grants can be used for: 

  • Project costs (for projects that directly impact beneficiaries)
  • Capital projects e.g. new buildings, extensions, refurbishment and recreational spaces
  • IT projects, moving services online, setting up helplines etc
  • Equipment and furniture
  • Salaries (for positions that directly impact beneficiaries)
  • Events that directly impact beneficiaries

Organisations can apply any time.

Tel: 020 38727723


Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) - Your Station, Your Community Improvement Fund 2024/25

Govia Thameslink Railway’s ‘Your Station, Your Community’ Improvement Fund 2024/25 welcomes applications for projects taking place in and around stations on the GTR network.

This Fund is open for applications from registered charities, community interest companies (CICs), community groups and other not-for-profit organisations such as community rail partnerships, schools and colleges, business partnerships, town councils and parish councils.

The Fund’s Priority Subject Areas are: 

  • Positive Mental Health
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employability and confidence building
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Creating a welcoming station environment

Funding will need to be spent in full, and projects completed within the next financial year (April 2024 to March 2025).

Please note organisations applying for over £10,000 must discuss their application with the Community Team prior to submission.

The deadline to apply is 15th December 2023.


G S Plaut Charitable Trust Limited

This Trust supports work undertaken for charitable purposes throughout the UK.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £4,000.

Please note the Trust does not maintain a website.

Applications are considered twice a year but interested applicants may apply at any time. Interested applicants must submit a brief proposal in writing and should include a stamped addressed envelope.

G S Plaut Charitable Trust Limited

39 Bay Road






Hastings & St Leonards - Foreshore Charitable Trust

Round 8 of the Foreshore Trust Small & Events Grant Programme is open for applications.

The programme awards up to £6,000 to support smaller voluntary and community groups in carrying out activities, services and events which benefit and support the local community within Hastings & St Leonards.

This round of funding is for events and activities that are set to happen between April 2024 and March 2025.

For guidance on how to complete the application, please contact Peter Thorpe at HVA.  Please note, you will need to confirm that you have done this before in order to proceed with the Trust’s online application form.

The deadline for applications is 15th December 2023.

Tel: 01424 444010


Hubbub – Nature Hubs Fund

This fund aims to support groups to create or enhance green spaces within a 5-kilometre radius of Starbucks stores that bring people closer to nature and relate to any one or more of the following themes: 

  • Increasing access – Bringing green space to an area where there is limited access to nature, such as by creating or enhancing a community garden, a green roof, increasing biodiversity in an urban area, or other similar ideas, or to encourage a particular demographic who might not otherwise or rarely access an existing green space
  • Bringing People Together – Bring people together and create community connections in/around a shared green space, such as community growing, plant sharing, coffee and chats, or youth activities
  • Upskilling the Community – Teaching community members new skills and encouraging health and well-being through spending time in green spaces, such as workshops and/or events taking place in green spaces, how-to guides on increasing nature connections, or training around nature-based activities
  • Building Climate Resilience – Making an existing space more climate resilient and engaging the local community on climate issues, such as changes to buildings and urban spaces that increase resilience to heatwaves, drought, coastal flooding, or sea-level rise, while creating community connection in the green space

Hubbub grants range from £3,000 to £6,000.  The following organisations can apply: 

  • Not-for-profit organisations such as voluntary, youth, or community groups, resident groups, community associations, schools, and more
  • For-profit companies, only where the project meets the fund criteria of delivering strong community and nature access benefits
  • Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises

Organisations can apply for more than one grant so long as the project locations are distinct and near separate Starbucks stores.

Funding is for specific and discrete initiatives that create new green spaces or enhance existing ones to bring nature closer to people and people closer to nature.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria: 

  • The space needs to be publicly accessible, and free to access, and all permissions necessary to work on the site are in place
  • All projects must be within a 5-kilometre radius of a Starbucks store (3-kilometres is desirable)
  • The project should start for the 2024 Spring-summer growing season and be up and running within six months of the reception of funding
  • Applications should show a clearly defined project that is feasible within the suggested timeframe and budget
  • Promote community cohesion around nature and green spaces
  • There is a need for new or enhanced green spaces (such as dense urban areas)
  • Organisations must be fully operational and be able to demonstrate that they have delivered previous projects successfully (experience working with communities, access to a volunteering network, and strong storytelling/communication abilities are desirable)
  • Organisations should be open and willing to be connected with their local Starbucks store
  • Projects should show that they will create a lasting, positive legacy and identify how the benefits of the project will continue beyond the funding

Eligible costs include: 

  • Materials relating to the nature hub activity (such as plants, gardening equipment, tools, and paint)
  • Utilities relating to the delivery of the project activity (such as power or water)
  • Display materials, signage, and information
  • Services from external suppliers such as building labour costs, garden design etc
  • Staffing costs to cover the time spent planning and delivering any activity
  • Volunteer expenses such as public transportation costs, materials, and refreshments for volunteering days
  • Training, such as safeguarding

For applications for a person(s) time, 75% of the funds may go towards the salary, but 25% must relate directly to creating or enhancing the green space.

Guidance notes and an online application form are available from the Nature Hub website.

The deadline for applications is 11th January 2024 (3pm).   (Applicants will be notified of any decisions made by the end of February 2024).


John Ellerman Foundation – Museum and Galleries Fund

The Foundation aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.

This Fund is open to a wide variety of collection types and has supported visual and decorative arts, archaeology, and social and natural history collections.

The Foundation has earmarked 10% of its overall grants budget to be awarded through the fund for the 2024/25 financial year, with final decisions to be made in May 2024. It expects to make about five or six grants for periods of two to three years.

While the average grant is around £90,000, the Foundation considers requests for higher amounts for exceptional projects.

Regional museums and galleries, including local authority, independent museums and contemporary galleries without permanent collections, are eligible to apply. The Foundation prioritises small and medium-sized museums and galleries located outside London with an income between £100,000 and £10 million.

The Foundation operates a two-stage application process. Organisations that are successful at the first stage will be invited to apply for the second stage.   Interested applicants can attend one of the online Zoom Q&A sessions to find out more about the programme. A signing-up link can be found on the foundation's website

The deadline for applications is 8th January 2024 (5pm).

Tel: 020 7930 8566


Masonic Charitable Foundation and Hospice UK – Transitional Care for Young People

The Masonic Charitable Foundation and Hospice UK are working together to deliver this grant programme.     

The scheme is aimed at adult hospices who are Hospice UK members, for projects to test approaches to improve transitional care for young people. 

Projects could include: 

  • Co-ordination, support and advocacy – staff and peer led approaches during transition to adult orientated service
  • Training - staff at all levels should have the skills and capabilities to support young people, as well as developing the skills and knowledge about the range of complex health conditions and their implications
  • Tackling inequality, understanding the gaps in care locally and implementing a project to address these
  • Trialling short/break respite care with clear plans to evaluate benefits
  • Capital/Refurbishment - to improve areas within the hospice building, making it more age appropriate

Total available funding in this grant round is £400,000. The scheme awards up to £40,000 a to support projects running over a period of 18 months.

The Foundation expects to award between ten fifteen grants in this round. 

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


Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

Funded by Money Saving Expert, the MSE Charity gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.

There are two rounds per year. Four themes rotate through a two-year cycle: 

  • Raising the Next Generation
  • Life Changing Transitions
  • Living with Long Term Challenges
  • Building and Developing Resilience

The maximum grant is £8,000. 

The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation's core funding.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply, including registered Charities, Community Interest Companies, Social Enterprises and Credit Unions.

All projects should focus on building financial capability skills for those who need it most and address the theme for that particular round.

The theme for the January 2024 grant round is 'Living with Long Term Challenges'.

This grant round is aimed at projects focused on improving and delivering personal financial life skills to people living with Long Term Challenges, such as: 

  • Dementia
  • Autism
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Disabilities
  • Caring Responsibilities
  • Mental illness
  • Brain injury / stroke

All applications must demonstrate how the project they are seeking funding for has a lasting impact on the people taking part.

There is particular interest in applications which use memorable, innovative, and or creative ways of delivering financial life skills which will make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money.

The next grant round, Living with Long Term Challenges, is expected to open for applications on 15th January 2024 with a deadline of 16th February 2024.

Please note each grant round is limited to the first 40 accepted applications.


National Archives - Resilience Grants

Funding is intended to increase organisational capacity for archives services and provide long-term solutions that will help resilience in the sector.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects lasting up to one year.

Public sector bodies, not-for-profit organisations including registered charities, and for-profit organisations including business archives can apply.

The fund can cover most things associated with resilience-building activities that the organisation has identified as a priority.

Projects could include, but are not limited to: 

  • Proposals that would lead to increased organisational stability, including long-term organisational, financial and strategic planning
  • Increased staffing capacity and enhanced skills
  • Reduced costs
  • Increased income
  • Improving capacity to develop, care for and enrich collections, physically and digitally
  • Ensuring that collections are safely preserved, including digitally
  • Work on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Responses to climate change, such as developing energy-efficiency within an archives service
  • Strategic development of existing archive networks or establishment of new networks with a clear strategic focus

The deadline for applications is 19th January 2024 (1159 pm).

Tel: 020 8876 3444


NextEnergy South East England Solar Impact Fund

NextEnergy’s funding is intended for activities that will have positive social, economic and/or environmental impacts on the area.

The fund aims to: 

  • Support climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Promote a just transition
  • Promote general skills development
  • Improve local education

It is expected that a total of around £17,800 will be available. The maximum grant is £1,500.

Groups based in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Southampton and Sussex can apply, including: 

  • Registered charities
  • Community interest companies
  • Charitable trusts
  • Academic institutions
  • Charitable companies
  • Unincorporated organisations

Funding is available for social and environmental projects that focus on skills development and education.

Eligible projects include: 

  • Community education initiatives on sustainable practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change e.g., energy conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable agriculture
  • Projects encouraging and promoting skills, education, and training in climate solutions. Such as upskilling and reskilling workshops with a focus on the renewable energy sector
  • General skills, training and development for local people
  • The development of educational initiatives that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Community education projects focusing on health and wellbeing
  • Projects supporting local academic institutions

Applications are open between 23rd October 2023 and 24th October 2024.

Decisions will be made on an ongoing basis.


Peter Harrison Foundation - Positive Futures for Children and Young People Programme

The Peter Harrison Foundation supports projects working with children, young people and adults who are disadvantaged or with disabilities. It offers small and major grants to charities and community amateur sports clubs in the UK and South East of England under the following two grant programmes: 

  • Opportunities through sport and physical activity (Covered in a separate scheme)
  • Positive futures for children and young people

There are two levels of funding available: 

  • Major grants of £5,000 to £30,000
  • Small grants of up to £5,000, prioritising organisations with a turnover below £500,000

The Foundation only accepts applications from the following organisations delivering projects in the South East of England: 

  • Registered charities
  • Community amateur sports club (CASC)

Applications from local branches of national charities are accepted, although they should have a separate legal constitution or the endorsement of their national head office.

The Trustees welcome applications for initiatives that: 

  • Work with or benefit disabled, chronically or terminally ill children and provide support for their parents and carers
  • Support children and young people who face mental ill health
  • Help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction
  • Support young people at risk of homelessness or provide new opportunities for homeless young people
  • Have a high degree of involvement from beneficiaries and those with lived experience
  • Have a plan for sustainability and seek to deliver a lasting legacy

The Trustees consider applications at their quarterly meetings. The annual deadlines for applications are: 

  • 1st January
  • 1st April
  • 1st July
  • 1st October

Applicants should first register online through the Peter Harrison Foundation's website and then complete an initial application. Successful applicants at this stage will be invited to complete a full application.

Tel: 01737 228000


Pink Ribbon Foundation

The Pink Ribbon Foundation supports charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.

The Foundation awards up to £6,000 for projects delivered within 12 to 18 months.

Applications for above £6,000 may be considered at the discretion of the Foundation.

Registered charities working in the field of breast cancer are eligible to apply.  Social enterprises and Community Interest Companies can apply if they are legally constituted, and their proposed project is clearly for public benefit.

Pink Ribbon’s Trustees also consider applications from general cancer charities if any grant made will be used to benefit at least 50% of patients that suffer from Breast Cancer.   The Foundation welcomes applications from all ethnic and minority groups.

The deadline for applications for the 2024 grant round is 31st May 2024.

Tel: 01689 858877


Screwfix Foundation

Screwfix Foundation’s funding is intended for both national and local charities so that they can fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities specifically for those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage or distress. 

The scheme awards up to £5,000. 

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations (including specialist not-for-profit schools) can apply. 

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Be supporting people in need in by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage or distress. The main beneficiaries could be:
    • People suffering from sickness or disabilities
    • People from diverse groups
    • Disadvantaged or vulnerable people
    • People suffering from financial hardship
    • People suffering from mental health issues
    • Other
  • Be looking for funding to fix, maintain and improve properties or community facilities
  • Have suitable governance to manage funds, e.g., financial reporting, committee meetings, etc

The funding is for projects which improve a physical building (or land attached to it) that is used by people in need.   Grants can be used for the following types of projects: 

  • Improved energy efficient lighting and heating
  • Installation of new kitchen, bathroom etc
  • Installation of a sensory room
  • General painting and decorating
  • Improving safety and security of a building

The trustees meet to review applications in March, June, September and December. The cutoff date for applications is 12pm on 10th of the month prior to the Trustee meeting.

The application windows for 2024 are: 

  • 11th November to 10th February for the March Trustee meeting
  • 11th February to 10th May for the June Trustee meeting
  • 11th May to 10th August for the September Trustee meeting
  • 11th August to 10th November for the December Trustee meeting

Tel: 01935 414100


Southern Water - Community Energy Grant

Southern Water’s Community Energy Grants are aimed at community centres and spaces where local foodbanks, support groups and children’s programmes operate.  The scheme has been set up to help with energy costs and relieve the pressure organisations face staying open during the winter months.

A total of £24,000 is available.  The scheme awards up to £1,000. The grant is to support any energy or utility bill (not just water) that will help centres stay open and respond to community needs.

The scheme is open to independently run community centres and spaces in Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Community centres must host at least three drop-in sessions or groups per week.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 11th December 2023 (midnight).

For further information on how to obtain this fund, please contact the following:

Southern Water Services Limited
Southern House
Yeoman Road
Worthing BN13 3NX

Tel: 0330 303 0223

Sussex Community Foundation - General Awards

Sussex Community Foundation (SCF) is a charity that promotes philanthropy and is working to build a substantial permanent fund to support communities across East and West Sussex, and the city of Brighton and Hove. The Foundation awards grants to local community groups across the region.

SCF is particularly interested in supporting smaller community based groups where a small grant can make a big difference.

The maximum grant available is £10,000.

Funding is available to support 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

Grants are available to cover a range of core and project costs including support for work planned in response to the cost of living crisis.

The upcoming deadlines for applications is 5pm on the following dates: 

  • 5th January 2024 (decisions March 2024)
  • 3rd May 2024 (decisions July 2024)
  • 6th September (decisions November 2024)

Tel: 01273 409440


Sussex Health and Care Mental Health Collaborative VCSE Fund - Grow: Priority 2

Applications are welcomed from minority ethnic led organisations for Grow: Priority 2 - the third strand of funding from the Mental Health Collaborative, managed by Heads On.   

This is part of the Sussex Health and Care (SHC) Mental Health Collaborative’s wider programme to fund projects, delivered by VCSE organisations, that address the recommendations of the national Suicide Prevention strategy and support the transformation of community mental health services for adults in Sussex.

Grow: Priority 2 will invest up to £50,000 in a single award to build capacity within minority ethnic led organisations in Sussex, supporting growth and development within the sector including the ability to successfully apply for and manage health funding.

The Fund will only accept joint applications under Priority 2 – e.g., collaborations between VCSE organisations. There is no limit to the number of partners. However, they require one delivery partner to take the lead and manage the grant.

For more information, full guidance notes and the applications form visit Heads On’s website.

The deadline to apply is Noon Thursday 15th December 2023.   (All applicants can expect to be notified of the outcome of their application within six to eight weeks of submission.   Successful projects will commence by March 2024. A funding decision will be given by 9th February. Successful projects must be completed and evaluated by end of December 2024).


Three Guineas Trust - Grants for Legal Advice for Disabled People

The Three Guineas Trust’s new annual grants programme aims to increase capacity for legal advice and advocacy for disabled people on benefits and debt, housing and homelessness, community care, personal liberty and equal access to goods and services.   

A total of £1.5 million is available for this grant round.

The maximum annual grant will be £50,000 a year. Grants can run for one to three years. There are no restrictions on what the grant can be used for provided the funding furthers access to justice for disabled people.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations that meet one of the following standards: 

  • Lexel accreditation
  • Legal Aid Agency Specialist Quality Mark
  • Advice Quality Standard
  • Money and Pensions Service Debt Advice Quality Framework

Local networks of organisations can apply provided the lead organisation meets one of the quality standards.

The deadline for applications is 12th January 2024.

Tel: 0207 4100330


Tweed Family Charitable Foundation

Tweed Family Charitable Foundation supports charities offering life enhancing opportunities that may otherwise have been denied to young people because of their circumstances.

Charities can apply for up to £30,000.   Grants can be one-off payments of £5,000 up to £10,000 per year for three years.

Projects should meet at least one of the following aims: 

  • Helping young people develop their skills, capacities and enabling them to participate in society and independent, mature and responsible adults.
  • Advancing education.
  • Relieving unemployment.
  • Providing recreational and leisure time activity in the interests of social welfare with a view to improving conditions of life

The 2024 funding programme will open for applications from 1st February 2024 and remain open for one month, until 29th February 2024 (midnight).

Tel: 01707873067


Veolia Environmental Trust

Veolia Environmental Trust supports projects that make improvements to community facilities and the natural environment in communities located near a qualifying Veolia site.  Interested applicants can check eligibility to apply using a postcode checker on Veolia’s website.

The scheme is open to constituted, not-for-profit organisations and local authorities.

The Trust is looking for projects that: 

  • Protect and enhance biodiversity and natural habitats
  • Inspire the creation of a sustainable carbon-neutral space
  • Promote community action and well-being
  • Are inclusive and accessible to everyone and anyone to use

The following grants are available: 

  • Community Grants between £10,000 and £75,000 for capital improvement/construction projects at a single site, such as community buildings and spaces, outdoor spaces, play and recreational spaces, or the installation of fixed items such as kitchen cupboards and work surfaces
  • Habitat and Biodiversity Grants between £10,000 and £75,000 for projects resulting in structural improvements for a single habitat that will conserve, restore, and enhance threatened habitats and protect/increase biodiversity
  • Environmental Improvement Grants start at £75,000 for ambitious and imaginative projects that will make a local, regional, national, and global impact on the environment by protecting and expanding threatened habitats and increasing biodiversity

There are typically four funding rounds per year.  (Please note the Fund’s criteria is reviewed quarterly. Applicants need to read the criteria that is current at the time that they are making an application to ensure their grant request remains eligible).

The next deadline for applications is 4th January 2024 (noon).   The Fund then re-opens for the next round on 29th February with a deadline of 11th April (noon).   

Tel: 0203 567 6820


Veterans Career Development Fund

The Veterans Career Development Fund supports experienced not-for-profit organisations which can create and promote opportunities for veterans and their families looking to enter employment, and those already in employment who have the aspiration to progress in their careers, to acquire, or work towards acquiring, supplementary qualifications, technical training and skills.

The Fund awards grants up to £70,000 over two years.  The following types of organisations are eligible to apply:  

  • Universities
  • Charities registered for at least three years at the time of their application and able to provide published accounts for all three years if requested
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) registered in the UK for at least three years at the time of their application and able to provide published accounts for all three years if requested

Projects need to aspirational, inclusive, collaborative and deliver sustainable change.

Applications are particularly welcome for projects which seek to engage with groups beyond the mainstream veteran population such as: 

  • Women Veterans
  • Veterans from Ethnic Minority backgrounds
  • LGBT Veterans
  • Veterans with health or support needs
  • Early Service leavers
  • Veterans aged 50+ looking to re-enter the workforce

The Fund also considers opportunities where possible for veterans’ families including partners, spouses, children (aged 16-24) and the bereaved.

Funding can be used to pay for most costs needed for the project or activity.

The deadline for applications is 8th January 2024 (5pm).


William Wates Memorial Trust

The Trust's objective is to support projects that encourage young people (aged 5-19) resident in London and the South East experiencing severe disadvantage to keep away from antisocial behaviour and criminal activity, enabling them to fulfil their potential.

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

Although not a stipulated requirement, groups contributing funding or resources 'in-kind' may be looked upon more favourably when applications are assessed.

Registered charities and not-for-profit enterprises working in London or the South East of England can apply. 

To be eligible, applicants should have 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, aged between 5 years and 19 years old, through the mediums of sport, art and education

The Trust will look favourably on projects that continue to: 

  • Have impact after the Trust’s support has ended. For example, helping a young person get a coaching qualification is preferable to facilitating that same young person to play football once a week
  • Support individuals long after specific (sometimes intensive) projects come to an end. This may be done in house or through connections with other local organisations

There are typically two funding rounds per year.  The next deadline is 31st December 2023.


Young Gamechangers Fund

This fund aims to support young activists, campaigners, disrupters, co-operates, and social entrepreneurs to lead social action to improve their communities and deliver on Co-op’s vision of ‘Co-operating for a Fairer World’ to create safer, more sustainable, and more inclusive places to live.

A total of £600,000 is available in this funding round.   The Fund awards one-year grants of up to £20,000.

Groups or organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000 that wish to deliver youth-led projects and activities can apply.

To apply, groups must be: 

  • Committed to engaging in long-term projects as part of a network of young gamechangers
  • Focused on creating sustainable positive social change that aims to have a lasting impact on individuals and the wider community
  • Proposing or leading social action work that has a clear purpose
  • Rooted in the Young Gamechangers Fund priorities

Preference will be given to applications from organisations that: 

  • Traditionally have not had access to funding
  • Have previously experienced additional barriers to funding
  • Are led by and for marginalised groups and communities, such as:
    • Communities that have experienced racialised discrimination
    • LGBTQIA+ communities
    • Disabled people
    • Care experienced, including those who are currently in care
    • Working class communities
    • Young parents

Partnership applications are welcomed.  

Funding can be used for specific project costs, or core and ongoing costs such as salaries, overheads, or other activities that support the group’s goals.

Funding is for supporting young activists who are committed to creating communities that are prosperous, safe, diverse, equitable, inclusive, healthy, and sustainable. Preference will be given to groups that prioritise youth activism and shared power.

There is a two-stage application process: 

  • Groups should first take an online eligibility test available from the Co-op Foundation website. The deadline to complete the eligibility checker is 14th December 2023
  • Successful applicants will then be invited to complete a full application. The deadline for applications is 19th December 2023 (noon)

A steering group will review applications throughout December and January, and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 1st March 2024.


Funding Diary

December 2023

Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme – 05/12/2023

Southern Water Community Energy Grant – 11/12/2023

Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Force for Change – 13/12/2023

The Fore – 13/12/2023

Hedley Foundation – 13/12/2023

Hastings & St Leonards Foreshore Charitable Trust – 15/12/2023

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/12/2023

Ironmongers Company grants programme – 15/12/2023

Sussex Health and Care Mental Health Collaborative VCSE Fund – Grow: Priority 2 – 15/12/2023

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/12/2023

Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund – 15/12/2023

Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2024 – 17/12/2023

Young Gamechangers Fund – 19/12/2023

Duke of Devonshire's Charitable Trust – Eastbourne – 22/12/2023

Greene King IPA – Proud to Pitch In – 31/12/2023

The Home Office’s Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme  - 31/12/2023

Hinrichsen Foundation – 31/12/2023

William Wates Memorial Trust – 31/12/2023


January 2024

National Allotment Gardens Trust – 01/01/2024

Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Veterans Housing Fund – Major Capital Grants – 03/01/2024

Veolia Environmental Trust – 04/01/2024

Fat Beehive Foundation – Art and Culture - 05/01/2024

Sussex Community Foundation – General Awards – 05/01/2024

The Wolfson Foundation - Funding for Places – 05/01/2024

Armed Forces Covenant Trust – Veterans Capital Housing Fund – 08/01/2024

 John Ellerman Foundation - Museums and Galleries Fund – 08/01/2024

Thomas Wall Trust – 08/01/2024

Veterans Career Development Fund – 08/01/2024

Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme – 12/01/2024

Three Guinea Trust - Grants for Legal Advice for Disabled People  - 12/01/2024

National Archives - Resilience Grants – 19/01/2024

Ashden Awards for Climate Innovations – 25/01/2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/01/2024

Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) Grants for England – 26/01/2024

Veterans’ Foundation – 30/01/2023

Patagonia International Environmental Grants – 31/01/202


February 2024

Trust Establishment and Growth Fund – 01/02/2024

Ogden Trust – Local School Partnerships  - 01/02/2024

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust – Medium Grants – 04/02/2024

Masonic Charitable Foundation and Hospice UK – Transitional Care for young people – 05/02/2024

Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust – 09/02/2024

Golsonscott Foundation – 10/02/2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/02/2024

Toy Trust – 15/02/2024

Defra Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund – 16/02/2024

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity – 16/02/2024

Tweed Family Charitable Foundation – 29/02/2024


March 2024

Waterloo Foundation - Environment Programme – Marine Programme – 01/03/2024

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/03/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation – 31/03/2024


April 2024

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

Veolia Environmental Trust – 11/04/2024

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund  - 22/04/2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/04/2024


May 2024

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

Screwfix Foundation – 10/05/2024

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

Pink Ribbon Foundation – 31/05/2024


June 2024

Toy Trust – 15/06/2024

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

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/06/2024


July 2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/07/2024


August 2024

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

Screwfix Foundation – 10/08/2024

Toy Trust – 15/08/2024


September 2024

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

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

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/09/2024


October 2024

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


November 2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/11/2024