Funding News - February 2024


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Success stories 

Youth Investment Fund 

Information and Guidance 

Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Community Ownership Fund update 
East Sussex Business Hub 
Easy Fundraising 
Foyle Foundation Closes - Final cut off dates for Applications 
Hastings Voluntary Action - Finding the Funds Training 
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Pauses Shared Ground Fund 
South East Cyber Resilience Centre (SECRC) 
Wealden Community Lottery 1st Year Celebration Event 

Social Investment Business - Flexible Finance Fund 


Arts Council England - Supporting Grassroots Music (SGM) 
Sport England – Free Environmental sustainability workshops 


Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) – Village Hall Small Grants Fund 
Hailsham Town Council – Community Grants Scheme 
Newhaven Town Council Grants Scheme 
Rother and Wealden Rural Business Grants Programme 

Trusts and Foundations 

A B Charitable Trust 
Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust – Grant Giving Priorities for 2024 
Bloomberg Philanthropies - Digital Accelerator Programme for Cultural Organisations 
Boots Charitable Trust 
British Council - International Collaboration Grants Programme for Arts 
British Ecological Society (BES) - New Outreach and Engagement Grants Programme 
CABWI Lifelong Learning and Development Fund 
Chapman Charitable Trust 
Charles Plater Trust 
Concertina Charitable Trust - Small Grants 
Delamere Dairy Foundation 
Energy Redress Scheme - Small and Main Project Grants 
Energy Redress Scheme - Carbon Emissions Reduction and Innovation Funds 
Foyle Foundation Grant Programmes 
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation 
Green Hall Foundation 
Greene King IPA Reopens Proud to Pitch In 
Help the Homeless Grant Scheme 
Henry Moore Foundation 
Historic Houses Foundation 
Homity Trust 
Jerwood Foundation 
Leeds Building Society Foundation – Small Grants Scheme 
Masonic Charitable Foundation – Small and Large Grants 
National Foundation for Youth Music - Youth Music Catalyser Fund 
Naturesave Trust 
NFU Mutual Charitable Trust 
Pilgrim Trust - Preservation and Conservation Grants 
Pixel Fund 
PRS Foundation - Talent Development Network 
Prudence Trust – What’s Working for Young People’s Mental Health? 
Pub is the Hub -Supporting Community Needs 
Rewilding Innovation Fund 
Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe-European Jewish Heritage Programme 
Rowing Foundation 
Sylvia Waddilove Foundation 
Ulverscroft Foundation 
Wooden Spoon Charity 

Funding Diary 

Success Stories

Youth Investment Fund

Over £90 million in Youth Investment Fund grants were announced this week to transform youth services in some of the country’s most underserved areas of England, creating new life-changing opportunities for thousands of young people. 

Two East Sussex organisations in Wealden are among those receiving a share of the funding.

1st Buxted (O'Brien's Own) Scout Group was awarded £950,981.00. This volunteer-led group are part of the national scouting and guiding network providing a range of activities and skills training for children and young people. A new hut on the existing site will nearly double the footprint of the building enabling improved facilities and access to increased space.

1st Horam Scout Group was awarded £27,592.00. The group delivers scouting to boys and girls in the local community from ages 5 - 18. This refurbishment grant will replace an ageing asbestos roof.

The Youth Investment Fund (YIF) is over £300m of capital and revenue grants, funded by the UK Government. Given the remaining life of the grant programme and the deadline for spending the funds and completing projects, the Youth Investment Fund is now closed to new applications.

If you have applied for a Youth Investment Fund grant, your application will be assessed soon.

Information and Guidance

Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Community Ownership Fund update

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Community Ownership Fund Expression of Interest (EOI) application process has been paused until late February 2024.

The pause is in place while DLUHC makes updates to the EOI platform ahead of the launch of Round 4.

If you would like an indication of your project’s suitability in the meantime, you can still make an enquiry with DLUHC’s development support provider, via the enquiry form on the My Community website.

East Sussex Business Hub

East Sussex Business Hub has been set up by Digital Islands in conjunction with councils throughout East Sussex to provide free advice, help and support to local small business owners, including sole traders and social enterprise businesses.  The Hub is funded by central Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund.

East Sussex Business Hub offers a range of support including:

  • Free Workshops for businesses in their first 3 years of trading - delivered by small business specialists
  • Free One 2 One advice sessions with experts
  • Free Online Courses
  • Weekly drop-in office hours

Tel: 01273 610744


Easy Fundraising

Easy Fundraising works with over 7000 brands who have agreed to pass a donation to your cause when you shop with them. The donation is usually a percentage of how much you spend but it can also be a set amount, depending on the retailer. 

Easyfundraising is free to use for both causes and their supporters.  Participation does not add any cost to your online shopping. The brand covers the cost of the donation meaning it’s 100% free to use.

All sorts of not for profit organisations can take part, for example charities, sports clubs, community groups, Parent and Teacher Associations (PTAs).

Foyle Foundation Closes - Final cut off dates for Applications

Foyle Foundation is set to make £23m worth of grants over the next two years as it plans to complete its grant giving programme and close in 2025.

Foyle’s website confirms the decision was made to enable more charitable causes to receive more support, more quickly, than would have been possible if the Foundation had maintained a permanent endowment.

The Foundation has been steadily increasing the amount awarded in grants each year and will continue this policy across the final two years with over £11.5m likely to be awarded in 2024 and £12m in 2025 for normal grant making.

Foyle Foundation has published final cut off dates for new applications, for each of their funding schemes.  (Applications can be submitted at any point up to these dates but note they can only consider applications for projects - and funding periods-  which will be completed before the end of 2025).

See more details for Foyle’s themed funding programmes in Funding News’s Trusts and Foundations section.

Hastings Voluntary Action - Finding the Funds Training

Hastings Voluntary Action’s FREE training is aimed for people who are fairly new to fundraising or who are looking for small amounts of money up to £10,000. In this training session we will think about different sources of funding for charities, community groups and social enterprises, and look at how to fill in a funding application form for a small grant. This training is FREE for two representatives of voluntary/community organisations that operate in East Sussex.

There is a choice of sessions:

Thursday 21st March 2024 9.30am-12.30pm (in person in Hastings – fully booked and a waiting list is in operation)

Thursday 21st March 2024 6.30pm-8.30pm (just added – evening session - in person in Hastings)

Monday 25th March 2024 2.00pm-4.00pm (online on Zoom)

Tuesday 2nd July 2024 9.30am-12.30pm (just added - in person in Hastings)

To book a place visit Hastings Voluntary Action’s events page or phone 01424 444010.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Pauses Shared Ground Fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) has announced that its Shared Ground Fund is changing to respond to the vision, priorities and current needs of those working towards migrant justice.

This is in response to the in-depth consultation held during the last year by the Foundation with migrants, sanctuary seekers and others working on migrant justice to build a shared vision for the future and to consider how funders can best support the sector to progress towards this vision.

PHF will now briefly pause the Fund to implement these changes and prepare for the Fund’s relaunch in early Spring 2024 when it will reopen with new criteria.

During this time, PHF will publish a series of blogs to share more about this work, including the changes to the funding criteria and the thinking behind them.

The new criteria for the Fund will be published in the early spring along with a simpler application process.

Tel: 020 7812 3300


South East Cyber Resilience Centre (SECRC)

The South East Cyber Resilience Centre (SECRC) is a not-for-profit police-led partnership with businesses and universities aimed at stopping fraud and improving the resilience of all small businesses, including sole traders, private businesses and not for profits who use online accounts for transactions and social media to promote their services. 

SECRC provides a  free information pack which has lots of useful information and free resources to make your organisation safer online.

Contact Form

Wealden Community Lottery 1st Year Celebration Event

Wealden District Council is delighted to invite community groups to their Wealden Community Lottery 1st Year Celebration Event.   

Join local organisations and key partners in Wealden to celebrate the success of the Wealden Community Lottery over the past 12 months.   If you’re part of a local organisation in Wealden, whether that may be a charity, community group, sports club, residents’ association, community interest company, village halls, town or Parish council, PTA and more, you may be eligible to start raising monthly funds on the Wealden Community Lottery to help your organisation.

Check out this video to find out why Rotherfield St Martin has signed up to the lottery.

Come along to this event to find out more about how the Community Lottery works, the benefits it can have for your organisation and have an opportunity to network with local partners and organisations.

Here is an overview on how the Wealden Community Lottery works:

  • Launched in March 2023, Wealden Community Lottery raises funds within the community for the community
  • From every £1 ticket sale, 50% of the ticket proceeds goes to support a local Wealden good cause which could be a local charity, voluntary organisation, or other not-for-profit group, with the remainder being put towards a central fund, prizes, and operating costs.

To date:

  • Wealden Community Lottery is selling on average 1900 tickets a week and have raised £40,655.60 for good causes and central fund combined in just 9 months
  • Have 80 good causes already signed up raising unrestricted funds on a monthly basis.

The event will be held in the Hailsham Community Civic Hall on Tuesday 19th March 2024, 2pm – 4pm. 

Due to limited spaces, each organisation can only request 3 tickets max. To find out more or register your interest please email Wealden Community Grants.  If you are unable to attend the Celebration event but wish to find out more about the Wealden Community Lottery, please email Wealden Council Community Grants. 



Social Investment Business - Flexible Finance Fund

The Flexible Finance Fund is a partnership between Social Investment Business (SIB), The Ubele Initiative and Create Equity.

This is a £4m package of blended loan and grant funding and support for 15-25 Black and Racially Minoritised charities and social enterprises in England to help them to grow or take on assets and become more resilient.

Flexible Finance works through providing a flexible grant and support alongside a loan from the Recovery Loan Fund with the grant being up to 100% of the loan value (grant ranges from 50% to 100% of the loan value and is capped at a maximum of £200k) alongside direct support from Ubele or Create Equity through the funding application process. The loan alongside the grant can range from £50k to £1.5m and be repaid over 1 to 6 years.

The fund is supported by the Government guarantee  Recovery Loan Scheme.

Eligible organisations will be:

  • Be Black and Racially Minoritised-led, which means 51% or above of the organisation's board and senior management team must be from Black and Racially Minoritised backgrounds
  • Be a legally constituted and a registered charity or social enterprise based in England
  • Be primarily constituted for social benefit improving people's lives or the environments they live in
  • Have been operating for at least two years
  • Have a minimum turnover of £200,000 in its last financial year
  • Have no previous repayable finance – organisations must not have received repayable finance of greater than £25,000. This excludes Bounce Back Loans

Funding can be used for anything that benefits the community the organisation operates in. It is an unrestricted fund, so the funding could be used to take on more staff, undertake building work or increase capacity through new projects for example.

Tel: 020 3096 7900



Arts Council England - Supporting Grassroots Music (SGM)

A new Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) fund has been announced to support grassroots music that will offer grants of up to £40,000 to rehearsal spaces, recording studios, festivals, venues and promoters.

The Supporting Grassroots Music (SGM) fund is part of the additional music investment announced within the UK Government’s Creative industries sector vision in June 2023. It’s an evolution of Arts Council England’s Supporting Grassroots Live Music funding programme.

This new fund reflects the wide range of spaces and skills that are needed to help musicians perform and thrive at the grassroots of the music industry. It will expand the range of eligible applicants to include rehearsal and recording studios and festivals, in addition to grassroots live music venues, venues for electronic music (including clubs and other “club-like” events), and independent promoters who were also eligible for the fund’s previous iteration.

The Fund welcomes applications from those who work in all styles of music and genres including jazz, folk, diasporic or ‘world’ (for example South Asian, Latin American or African), classical and contemporary popular genres.

Tel: 0161 934 4317


Sport England – Free Environmental Sustainability Workshops

As part of Sport England’s commitment to improving environmental sustainability across the sports sector, they have organised a series of free in person and online workshops and training opportunities on the topic.

The first set of workshops turn climate science into a game to help people learn more about our own impact on climate change.

The second set allow members of the sector to then become workshop facilitators themselves and share their knowledge.

Use the links below to find out more and sign up.

Climate Fresk Workshops - online and in person | Eventbrite

Sport Imaginarium workshops - online and in person | Eventbrite


Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) – Village Hall Small Grants Fund

The Defra funded grant scheme has reopened for those managing rural community buildings, this time with a lower award threshold to support smaller projects and make it accessible to more groups.

Managed by Action with Rural Communities in England (ACRE), the Village Hall Small Grants Fund is open to new applicants who wish to undertake smaller projects such as disability access, toilet upgrades and new kitchens.  The Fund awards between £2,000 to £5,000, and up to 20 per cent of eligible project costs. Project expenditure must take place before 31st March 2025.

A streamlined on-line application process and simplified eligibility criteria will make it easier for smaller projects to come forward for support.

The scheme will remain open during 2024 until available funding is fully allocated.


Hailsham Town Council – Community Grants Scheme

Hailsham Town Council has announced that grant application forms are available for non-profit organisations, registered charities or other local agencies intending to request funding for new or improved facilities, activities or projects from Hailsham Town Council’s 2024/25 grants budget.

Application forms and grant award criteria are available by emailing or writing to Michelle Webber at Hailsham Town Council, Inglenook, Market Street, Hailsham, BN27 2AE.

The deadline for grant aid applications is Friday 8th March 2024.


Newhaven Town Council Grants Scheme

Newhaven Town Council’s discretionary grant scheme is open for applications from community Groups and associations across Newhaven.

If your organisation can address one or more of the following criteria then you may be able to apply for a Small Grant (up to £500), Large Grant (£501-£3,000) or Community Partnership Grant (3,001-£10,000).

Eligible organisations and projects for funding must be:

  • Charitable and non-profit making organisations based in Newhaven. Established for charitable, benevolent, social, cultural, recreational or philanthropic purposes with a clearly stated social ambition for the community of Newhaven
  • National Charitable organisations, but only to local branches where the grant can be seen to directly benefit Newhaven residents
  • A Newhaven based club/association/charity/sports club serving a specific section of the community or the community as a whole
  • A social enterprise which can demonstrate that their initiative(s) will have a positive and sustainable impact on Newhaven
  • Able where appropriate, to demonstrate that Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding measures are in place, usually in the form of an appropriate policy that requires those working directly with children and vulnerable adults to be DBS checked and approved

The closing date for applications is Sunday 18th February 2024 (Midnight).

Tel: 01273 516100


Rother and Wealden Rural Business Grants Programme

The Rural Business Grants Programme delivers grants to rural Small or Medium Sized Enterprises, including Social Enterprises in the Rother and Wealden district areas. (Please note, the Programme is not open to businesses located in Bexhill, Polegate and Stonecross).  

Businesses can apply for grants of up to 50% of the cost of capital projects.  New businesses are eligible applicants, but only where they have already commenced trading. The maximum grants for businesses in their first year will be limited to the Small Grants (£2,500 to £15,000) stream of grant funding.

The programme will be divided between two separate pots of funding:

Small Grants – grants from £2,500 up to £15,000

Large Grants – grants from £15,000 up to £50,000

Grants are to support businesses with capital projects only. In this case this means tangible items such as kit, machinery, equipment, work vehicles, and adaptations to premises.   Capital projects could include farm diversification projects outside of agriculture, property adaptations, creation and expansion of rural leisure and tourism businesses, new equipment, machinery and commercial vehicles.   

The grant needs to support growth or improvements in the business:

  • New jobs created
  • Safeguarded jobs
  • Adopting new to the firm technologies or processes
  • Improving productivity
  • Contributes towards business growth

The programme is funded by the UK Government as part of the Rural Prosperity Fund through allocations received by Rother District Council and Wealden District Council. It is delivered by East Sussex County Council.

For full details of project eligibility, please view the Rural Business Grants Programme guidance and eligibility.

Please email your interest and contact details to the Fund.


Trusts and Foundations

A B Charitable Trust

A B Charitable Trust supports registered charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals.

The Trust’s grants range in size, with most grants being in the range of £10,000 to £30,000 per year awarded from one to three years.

To be eligible, projects should address at least one of the following categories:

Migrants and refugees:  In this priority area, funding is for charities which do any or all of the following:

  • Deliver services directly targeting migrant communities, and people who are refugees or seeking asylum
  • Influence policy and/or counter negative narrative
  • Strengthen the voluntary sector and support charities delivering work in this area.

The justice system and penal reform: In this priority area, funding is for charities which do any or all of the following:

  • Deliver services to improve outcomes for individuals (and their families) who are in the justice system (at any stage, from contact with police to courts and prison)
  • Support effective rehabilitation in the community
  • Work to influence policy and to reform the justice system.
  • Strengthen the sector and support charities delivering work in this area

Human rights and access to justice: In this priority area funding is for:

  • Human Rights: Deliver activities to protect the human rights framework and the principles of human rights and the rule of law, including campaigning, advocacy, and narrative change work
  • Access to justice: in this priority area, funding is for charities which do any or all of the following:
    • Provide specialist legal advice and representation
    • Work to influence law, policy and practice through eg strategic litigation or public law challenges
    • Strengthen the sector and support organisations delivering work in this area.

For all priority areas, the Trust usually supports single focus organisations working solely in priority areas. For these organisations, core funding (unrestricted grants) or project funding (restricted grants) are both available. On occasion it also accepts restricted grant applications from charities working more broadly, where the project is particularly focused, forms a significant strand, and the charity can show it is best placed to deliver the work.

The Trust reviews applications four times a year. The next deadlines for applications are 26th April 2024 (for decisions in July 2024) and 26th July 2024 (for decisions in October 2024).

Tel: 020 7243 9486


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust – Grant Giving Priorities for 2024

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust supports registered charities or organisations exempt from registration. 

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

For 2024 the Trust is focusing their support on the following:

  • 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

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

There are normally four application rounds per year with applications accepted for one month only, usually in February, April, July and September.

Charities can only apply for one round per calendar year.  Round 1 closes on 28th February 2024.


Bloomberg Philanthropies - Digital Accelerator Programme for Cultural Organisations

Bloomberg Philanthropies is offering up to £150,000 over two-years for cultural organisations to strengthen their digital infrastructure and help grow revenue, increase fundraising, engage audiences, and improve operations.  (Match funding is not a requirement. However, groups with a project budget larger than the funding amount will be asked to provide details on sources of funding).

Not-for-profit cultural organisations that have been in operation for at least three years and had a turnover of at least £500,000 in the 2023 financial year can apply for digital infrastructure projects.  Also, to be eligible to apply, organisations must be constituted as one of the following:

  • Community interest companies (CICs)
  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs).
  • Charitable companies or charitable trusts registered with the charity commission

Project categories for funding:

  • Content creation and distribution (focussing on production infrastructure rather than fees for one-time digital projects)
  • Customer relationship management and ticketing (including fundraising systems)
  • Digital archives and digital asset management
  • Website upgrades and redevelopment

Eligible costs include hardware, software, vendors and suppliers, staff time, and training.

The deadline for applications is 13th March 2024.


Boots Charitable Trust

Boots Charitable Trust recently expanded its grants programme from its home base of Nottinghamshire to across the UK.

Registered charities working in the areas of health, lifelong learning, community development and social care can apply four times a year for grants of between £100 and £10,000.   The Trust also awards up to £5,000 to smaller voluntary organisations whose income and expenditure is less than £5,000 per year and who are not yet required to register with the Charity Commission.

To be eligible, projects must meet at least one of Trust's four funding priorities:

  • Health: Community healthcare, such as homecare or support for sufferers of medical conditions, and health education and prevention
  • Lifelong learning: Local literacy and numeracy projects
  • Community development: For example, supporting councils in providing voluntary services
  • Social care: Personal, social or community activities or schemes

Funding can be used for most expenditure items, including salary and running costs.  Please note large building or construction projects will not be funded, although the Trust will consider minor structural improvements and refurbishments.

There are four application windows per year and applications will only be accepted during the quarterly windows.

The next application windows are as follows:  1st to 28th  February 2024 (the trustee board meeting takes place in April 2024) and 1st to 31st  May 2024 (the trustee board meeting takes place in July 2024).


British Council - International Collaboration Grants Programme for Arts

British Council’s International Collaboration Grants (ICG) is a £1m programme of grants to support UK arts and culture organisations connect and collaborate with their international peers and is designed to support artists to make and develop creative artwork, deepening existing partnerships in a creative space and to find innovative ways of working.

The ICG awards grants between £25,000 and £75,000 to UK and organisations from a list of eligible countries/territories published on the Council’s website.

The Programme anticipates successful projects will start from September 2024 and run for one year, until August 2025. The Council appreciates some projects may have dates that fall outside this period and can offer some flexibility. In these instances, please contact the International Collaboration Grants team before applying.

To find out more about the ICG programme, the application process, hear from previous grantees about their experiences and their top tips, register for the British Council’s online information sessions on Tuesday 13th  February 2024.

The deadline for applications is 30th April 2024.

British Ecological Society (BES) - New Outreach and Engagement Grants Programme

The British Ecological Society (BES) Outreach and Engagement Programme offers up to £2,000 for individuals, teams and organisations to engage the public with the excitement of ecological sciences. The Fund also welcomes applications from museums and schools, but projects must involve significant outreach beyond schools. Please also note, the lead applicant must have a BES membership.

Grants can be used to cover costs for the engagement event including (but not limited to): travel, small equipment and IT, marketing, one-off hiring of freelancers, venue hire, and evaluation costs.

Projects must be aimed at a non-academic audience and meet at least one of the Fund’s top-level aims:

  • Communicate evidence-based messaging for what ecology is, how nature works, and the use of ecological science as a solution to local and global challenges
  • Raise awareness and public understanding of ecological careers, their relevance and importance, breadth, and diversity, and show that anybody can become an ecologist
  • Share how individuals can take action to benefit the environment, themselves, and society
  • Increase the ability of others to deliver the above aims through outreach and engagement activities.

The deadline for the first round is 8th March 2024.

Tel: 020 3994 8289


CABWI Lifelong Learning and Development Fund

CABWI supports small charitable organisations with projects that promote lifelong learning and development that enables people to enter the labour market or gain additional skills to further develop their career.

The fund aims to:

  • Work directly with young people who are either NEET (not in employment, education or training) or at risk of becoming NEET to improve their access to employment and the labour market
  • Reach and work with individuals with complex barriers to employment, enabling them to move closer to or into employment, including (but not restricted to) ex-service personnel and ex-offenders
  • Increase the life skills of people so that they may further develop their careers, with a particular focus on the water, utilities and construction industries

Grants can be used for core and/or project costs. For requests for both project and core costs, this funder offers grants with a 50/50 mix. The funders will consider a full-cost recovery model for requests for only project costs.

The deadline for applications is 19th February 2024.

Tel: 020 7469 2641

Chapman Charitable Trust

Chapman Charitable Trust supports registered charities which promote physical and mental wellbeing, conserve our natural environment, and increase the accessibility of the arts.  The Trust focuses their giving to various geographical areas, including East Sussex.

Grants are usually for £1,000 or £2,000, although larger grants will be awarded at the discretion of the Trustees in exceptional circumstances.

Applications are open until 29th February 2024.

Tel: 020 7782 0007


Charles Plater Trust

The Charles Plater Trust supports a wide range of religious and non-religious organisations and groups.  Through its funding programmes, the Trust wants to encourage three different types of change:

  • Change for individuals - achieving significant change for individuals who are the most marginalised in the UK today
  • Change for organisations - enhancing the capacity of organisations to respond more effectively to social needs
  • Change for wider society - generating social or systemic change through policy or practice change.

The Trust runs two funding streams:

  • Small grants of £1,000 to £5,000. Grants are typically around £3,000 to £5,000. (Open to registered charities with an annual income less than £100,000)
  • Large grants of £5,001 to £60,000. Grants are typically around £30,000 and £50,000. (Open to registered charities with an annual income of less than £10 million)

Funding covers the following types of activity:

  • Social Action: Projects that deliver tangible outcomes to tackle poverty, exclusion, economic inequality and environmental concerns for marginalised people and communities
  • Leadership for Laypeople: Projects that deepen the awareness of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Social Thought to better equip people to take on leadership roles in tackling poverty, exclusion, economic inequality and environmental concerns
  • Applied Research: Projects that develop and apply Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Social Thought, in partnership with those who are delivering social action work, to ultimately improve public policy and practice.

The Trust favours applications that are collaborative in nature. Organisations do not need to be Roman Catholic or Christian, but their objectives should be clearly aligned with Catholic Social Teaching principles.

There is an annual Large Grants round in spring and a Small Grants round in autumn each year.

The deadline for large grant applications is 22nd February 2024 (5pm).

Tel: 020 7901 1907


Concertina Charitable Trust - Small Grants

The Concertina Charitable Trust makes grants to charities that provide musical activities for the elderly community in need. The Trust is keen to support smaller organisations that might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly, to provide musical entertainment for residents.

The Trust provides up to £250 and is particularly keen to act as a catalyst via matched funding.

The Trust’s annual deadlines for application are 30th April and 31st October.


Delamere Dairy Foundation

Delamere Dairy Foundation awards £250 to £5,000 to support charities, community groups and social enterprises whose purpose fits with the objects of the Delamere Dairy Foundation for the benefit of the public:

  • The advancement of agriculture and of environmental protection
  • The advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society
  • The relief of financial hardship
  • The advancement of education
  • The relief of sickness

To be eligible the organisation must have a constitution or governing document and a bank account.  New groups without a constitution or bank account will need to nominate an established group that will be responsible for holding and administering the grant on their behalf.

There are usually two rounds per year, one in the Spring, the other in the Autumn.

The next deadline for applications is 29th February 2024. Decisions will be announced in April 2024 and funding will be awarded in May 2024.

Tel: 01565 632422


Energy Redress Scheme - Round 7 - Small and Main Project Grants

The Energy Redress Scheme supports registered charities for projects that support vulnerable households that are most at risk from cold homes and high energy bills.

The Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute the funding to charities.  

Registered charities can apply now for a Main Grant or a Small Project Grant.  Funding for the Spring round is as follows:

  • Small Project Fund contains £750,000 and offers grants of between £20,000 and £49,999 for projects that will support energy consumers in vulnerable situations
  • Main Project Fund contains £13.25 million and offers grants of between £50,000 and £2 million for projects that will support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.

Grants can be used for capital or revenue funding and can provide up to 100% of the project’s cost. Projects lasting up to two years can be funded.

Examples of the kind of activities that can be funded include:

  • Engaging vulnerable consumers with energy issues and delivering energy advice and support that does not duplicate existing services
  • Installation of energy saving or renewable energy measures that cannot be funded from other sources
  • Training and education on energy issues that are targeted at supporting vulnerable consumers
  • Crisis support, linked to energy bills or the energy efficiency of a property, only as part of a wider energy advice project aimed at providing sustainable change for a client

Before applying, organisations need to pre-register by visiting the Energy Redress registration page. Organisations that have not yet registered with the scheme must do so 10 working days before the relevant fund closes to allow time for eligibility checks to take place. 

The deadline for Round 7 applications is 20th February 2024 (5pm).


Energy Redress Scheme - Carbon Emissions Reduction and Innovation Funds

The following funds are available for Scheme’s Spring 2024 round:

Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund - £3 million fund offering grants £20,000 to £1 million.  This funding is for projects that demonstrate measurable and lasting reductions in the carbon intensity of energy use and accelerate the transition to net zero. Projects must also have a realistic prospect of delivering broadly replicable benefits to existing and future energy consumers

Innovation Fund - £3 million fund offering grants £20,000 to £1 million.  This funding is for projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit households. 

There are two potential types of innovative projects which are relevant:

  • Testing or trialling the roll-out of products or services that are ready to implement but not yet accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers
  • Conducting research or analysis into the development of products or services not yet accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers

This Scheme accepts applications from registered charities, Community Interest Companies, Community Benefit Societies and Cooperative Societies that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme.

The deadline for Round 7 applications is 20th February 2024 (5pm).


Foyle Foundation Grant Programmes

Details of Foyle’s themed funding programmes and final deadlines are as follows:

Foyle Foundation’s Main Grants Scheme supports work under two themed funding strands -  Arts and Learning. The Foundation accepts applications from charities which have a core remit in either of these areas.   They also accept applications from schools and colleges for those with special educational needs (SEN).

  • Foyle's Arts Strand is designed to improve the sustainability of the arts and support groups which work to achieve this. Generally, funding is for specific projects/activities that offer long-term benefit and sustainability
  • Foyle's Learning strand is designed to support projects that facilitate the acquisition of knowledge such as through increased access to places of learning (eg museums and libraries) and which have a long-term strategic impact.

The majority of grants will be in the range of £10,000 to £50,000 for revenue projects, with some larger grants possible depending upon need and purpose.

Applicants requesting funding of £75,000 or more for a building project should fill in the enquiry form on the Foundation's website in the first instance. The Foundation will only consider these twice a year.

The Foundation completes its grant giving programme in 2025 and will stop accepting new applications to the Main Grants scheme (including building projects applications for less than £75,000) on 31st January 2025.

For capital requests of £75,000 and over, the foundation will close stage one enquiries on 31st May 2024. Full stage two applications will then close on 30th June 2024.

Applications can continue to be submitted at any time up to the final cut-off date.

Please also note that the foundation can only consider applications for projects (and funding periods) which will be completed before the end of 2025.


Foyle Small Grant Scheme is for smaller, grass-roots and local charities working at a local community level, that have the potential to make a significant difference to their work.   The fund awards £2,000 to £10,000 over 12 months.  Grants can be used for core costs or essential equipment.

The Foundation's priority is local charities delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community.

Apply anytime. The Foyle Foundation will stop accepting new applications to the Small Grants Scheme on 30th April 2025.


Foyle School Library Programme aims to help schools improve their library services. This fund prioritises state funded primary schools (reception to end of Key Stage 2) but also considers applications from state secondary schools for books and reading resources to support catch up reading initiatives for Key Stage 3 pupils and/or transition reading programmes for pupils in feeder/local primary schools.

Applications from special schools for library books/reading resources are considered for all SEN age groups.

Foyle’s programme focuses on schools clearly demonstrating a commitment to renewing and maintaining their library provision in the future.  Foyle also takes into account a school’s clarifying local deprivation levels, Ofsted report and current literacy levels at the school.

The Fund’s priority, and the majority of given funds, will be awarded for physical library/reading books.

Projects must be completed before the end of 2025.   Applications can be made at any time until the final cut-off date of 30th September 2024. Decisions are usually made within four months of receipt of application.

Foyle Foundation's contact details:

Tel: 020 7430 9119


The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

The Foundation's aim is to develop good relations between the United Kingdom and Japan by advancing the education of the people of both nations in each other's culture, society and achievements.

It seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation  in the following fields:

  • Arts and culture
  • Science, technology and the environment
  • Humanities and social issues
  • Japanese language
  • Medicine and health
  • Youth and education
  • Sport

The Foundation focuses on supporting projects involving groups of people in both countries rather than one nation.  Grants generally range between £1,500 and £2,000, with up to £6,000 for larger-scale projects.  Eligible projects can include:

  • Visits between the UK and Japan by academics, professionals, creative artists, teachers, young people, journalists and representatives of civic and non-governmental organisations
  • Research and collaborative studies, seminars, workshops, lectures and publications in academic and specialist fields
  • Teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural studies across educational establishments
  • Exhibitions, performances and productions by, for example, artists, musicians, and writers

The Foundation's London office holds three annual awards meetings.  See website for details for submission dates.


Green Hall Foundation

Green Hall foundation's objective is to sustainably improve lives among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged. 

The Foundation is open to applications from registered charities. Grants typically range from £1,000 to £10,000 and are aimed at funding special projects or specific items of equipment.

The Trustees meet twice yearly to consider applications, in May and November. Application rounds usually open 1st  March and 1st September each year at 9am.

March 2024’s application round is open to charities in all income brackets.  September 2024’s application round is only open to charities with an annual income of £250,000 or less.

The next round of funding opens on 1st March 2024 (9am).   Please note only the first 150 applications will go forward to the Trustees for consideration. Once the limit has been reached, the application cycle will be closed, which is normally within two days.

Tel: 01534 487757


Greene King IPA Reopens Proud to Pitch In

The Proud To Pitch In fund is open throughout the year and offers grants up to £4,000 to grassroots and community sports clubs across the United Kingdom. Grants will be distributed regularly throughout the year.

To be eligible for funding, project beneficiaries must be aged 18 or over. Examples of projects that have previously received funding include:

  • Renovations of a club’s facilities to make them more inclusive and accessible
  • Coaching qualifications and referee courses
  • New equipment and kit

The fund prioritises organisations that can demonstrate how their sports club or project benefits members of the local community, and projects that will have a long-term impact.

Funded projects should be delivered by 31st December 2024.

The final deadline for applications is 1st November 2024.

Tel: 01284 763222

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme

Help the Homeless funds charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to rebuild their lives.

The scheme awards up to £5,000 of capital funding, targeted at projects to find practical ways to help disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

The Fund considers applications every quarter. Applications are considered quarterly. The deadlines each year are 5pm on 15th March, 15th June, 15th September, and 15th December.


Henry Moore Foundation

The Henry Moore Foundation offers grants up to £20,000 to art galleries, museums, and other not-for-profit organisations concerned with art and art history with projects to promote the growth and development of sculpture across historical, modern and contemporary registers.

 The Foundation offers funding in the following categories:

  • New projects and commissions to encourage new thinking about sculpture or sculpture history or contribute to public awareness and appreciation of sculpture
  • Acquisitions and collections for museums and galleries who wish to acquire or conserve sculpture for their collections, cataloguing and display costs
  • Research and development (Long-Term Grants up to £20,000 for projects lasting more than one year, or Small Grants of up to £2,500 for academics, curators, and independent scholars)
  • Conferences, lectures, and publications, with grants up to £5000 to publish a new book or journal, stage a conference or sculpture related event

There are typically four deadlines per year. The next deadline for applications is 1st March 2024.

Tel: 01279 843333


Historic Houses Foundation

Historic Houses Foundation awards up to £250,000 to support the repair of rural historic buildings and structures, including gardens, grounds, and outbuildings.  The Foundation’s grant programme is open to organisations and individuals who can demonstrate a sustainable commitment to the management and care of historic buildings and who open them to the public.

The Foundation normally expects a building to be listed, scheduled, or in the case of a garden included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens.  However, the Foundation considers an unlisted building of sufficient historic or architectural significance or importance if it is within a conservation area.

Apply anytime.

Tel: 0845 402 4102


Homity Trust

The Homity Trust, based in Brighton, is seeking grant applications from Sussex based community groups.

The fund provides smaller grants of up to £1,000 to registered charitable organisations helping end users in financial difficulties.

The Trust is particularly open this round to organisations helping with the increasing cost of living crisis. Application details and prior contact information are all on the website.

The next deadline is 28th March 2024.

Contact Form

Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood Foundation is offering grants to support organisations throughout the United Kingdom that focus on making art available for public benefit and promoting emerging talent in the arts.

Up to £2 million is available per year to support a variety of projects and activities that promote the arts for public benefit.  

Their funding programme does not specify maximum or minimum award values. The Foundation has so far awarded up to £180,000, although most grants range between £1,000 and £25,000. The Foundation’s website provides examples of projects they have supported. 

Funding is for projects starting more than three months, but less than 12 months, from the funding round closing date.

The next deadline for applications is 1st March 2024.


Leeds Building Society Foundation – Small Grants Scheme

With a focus on supporting those in need of a safe and secure home, the Leeds Building Society Foundation is now offering grants to registered charities for projects which address one or more of the following themes:

  • Financial stress - projects that help with bills or debt stress
  • Security and refuge - projects that support emergency accommodation
  • Quality and suitability of housing
  • Health and wellbeing support for those experiencing homelessness.

The Foundation welcomes applications from those who take a Housing First and/or relationship-based approach. Applications should show evidence of:

  • Strength-based practice
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Psychologically-informed environments

The Foundation’s Small Grants programme awards up to £1,000 to charities with a turnover of less than £1 million. Grants are only for capital expenditure (that is, to purchase items used to directly help those in need).

The 2024 deadlines for applications are 4th March, 10th June, 9th September and 11th  November 2024.

Tel: 0113 225 7518



Masonic Charitable Foundation – Small and Large Grants

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting disadvantaged children and young people, as well as vulnerable older people.  Their Charity Grants programme is open to registered charities working with any of their four main priority groups:

  • People with dementia and their carers
  • Children affected by domestic abuse
  • Early years
  • Children with special educational needs and disabilities

The Foundation’s Small grants scheme is for charities whose annual income is between £25,000 and £500,000. These grants are unrestricted. Small grants range from £1,000-£5,000 per year, for up to three years.

Their Large grants scheme is for larger charities whose annual income is between £500,000 and £10 million. They must be restricted to a project. Large grants usually range from £10,000 to £60,000. They can be awarded over one to three years.

Apply anytime.

Tel: 020 3146 3337


National Foundation for Youth Music - Youth Music Catalyser Fund

Youth Music's Catalyser Fund focuses on projects supporting children and young people who face barriers to make, learn or earn in music, and aim to make music activity more inclusive so everyone can access it.

Projects must fit into at least one of the following six funding themes:

  • Early years (0 to 5 years) who face barriers to accessing music-making because of their circumstances or where they live
  • Disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent young people (0-25 years) so that they have equitable access to progress in music in a way that meets their needs and aspirations or provides routes for disabled young people into the workforce
  • Young adults (16-25 years) who want to take their music further, or for whom music can support wider personal and social outcomes
  • Youth justice system for children and young people (0-25 years) who are, have been, or are at risk of being involved with the youth justice system
  • Young people facing barriers for children and young people (aged 0–25) who face barriers to music-making due to their characteristics or life circumstances, or because of where they live
  • Organisations and the workforce for work that benefits people and organisations who provide inclusive music making opportunities for children and young people (aged 0-25)

The Fund awards between £30,001 and £300,000 to support programmes starting between December 2024 and February 2025 that last between 24 and 48 months.

There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 10th May 2024 (5pm).  The deadline for full applications is 9th August 2024 (5pm).

Tel: 020 7902 1060


Naturesave Trust

Naturesave Trust’s latest round of funding is targeted towards organisations, individuals, communities, and charities working to reduce food waste and food insecurity. Projects may include food banks, sustainable food initiatives, farming practices, fair trade, or health and nutrition.

Awarding £500 to £5,000, Naturesave accepts applications from a range of organisations, including charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations, small grassroots community groups and businesses.

To be eligible to apply, the organisation and/or project must have a website or social media presence.

The Trust operates three funding windows per year.  The next deadline for applications is 29th February 2024.

Tel: 01803 864390


NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust awards £1,000 to £50,000 to organisations working in agriculture, rural development, and insurance to deliver projects and activities across one or more of the Trust’s main objectives:

  • Advance the education of the public using research and dissemination of information concerning agriculture
  • Advance the education of young people within rural areas
  • Relieve poverty within rural areas
  • Promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities by associating together with the inhabitants and local authorities, voluntary and other organisations to advance education and leisure
  • Promote research into agricultural-associated activities
  • Advance the education of the public using research and dissemination of information concerning insurance.

The Trust prioritises larger initiatives that will have a significant impact on rural communities, as well as initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

The Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications, typically in June and November.

The next deadline for applications is 24th May 2024.

Tel: 01789 202679


Pilgrim Trust - Preservation and Conservation Grants

The Trust’s Preservation and Conservation Grants are aimed at significant historic buildings, structures and architectural features. The Trust also supports the conservation of works of art, objects, records and collections.

The Trust’s areas of grant giving are:

  • Historic Buildings and Structures: for the preservation and repair of historic buildings, structures and architectural features, with special consideration for those helping find sustainable solutions for the conservation and re-use of historic buildings, particularly those at risk and of outstanding importance. (Grants range from £1,000 - £30,000)
  • Care of Collections and Objects: to preserve historic collections, objects, artefacts, works of art, ephemera, manuscripts and museum objects. (Grants range from £1,000 - £30,000)
  • Places of Worship: preventative maintenance and repair of historic places of worship and the conservation of their historic interiors and churchyard structures. (The Trust does not set minimum or maximum grant values)

Registered charities, organisations that are exempt from registration and recognised public bodies are eligible to apply.

 Apply anytime.

Tel: 020 7834 6510


Pixel Fund

The Pixel Fund offers £2,500 to £5,000 to registered charities to deliver projects and activities that make a measurable difference to children and young adults’ mental health and wellbeing.

To apply, groups must first check Pixel’s eligibility checklist, before attending a Pixel Fund Applicants pre-meeting to discuss their ideas.

Eligible charities are then required to complete an Eligibility Requirements questionnaire and due diligence form before being assessed and potentially invited to complete a full application.   Pixel Trust priorities charities with an annual income of less than £2 million. Typically, no single grant will be worth more than 5% of an organisation’s annual income.

To apply, groups must first book a place at an applicant pre-meeting which will be held regularly throughout the year.


PRS Foundation - Talent Development Network

PRS Talent Development Network is the Performing Right Society Foundation (PRS) new approach to funding organisations, consolidating existing support into one holistic programme for organisations working at the frontline of talent development.

PRS’s programme offers:

  • Up to three consecutive years of grant support to plan longer term initiatives
  • Between £10,000 and £25,000 each year to organisations to provide crucial, transformative, and impactful support to the UK's most talented music creators to develop their careers
  • Access to a network of pioneering talent development organisations across the UK where organisations can share and learn from each other

The Fund is open to not-for-profit organisations with a track record of transformational talent development of at least 18 months with an eligible programme of activity. This includes:

  • Talent development-specialist development organisations
  • Festivals
  • Venues
  • Promoters
  • Commissioning organisations
  • Orchestras and large ensembles (choirs, jazz bands or folk groups with 12 or more performers)
  • Curators
  • Non-music organisations including local authorities, museums, etc where they are responsible for the management and delivery of music creator development-focused activities

The deadline for applications is 26th February 2024 (6pm).


Prudence Trust – What’s Working for Young People’s Mental Health?

The Prudence Trust has launched a new funding round and is offering around five to eight grants of between £10,000 and £200,000 for youth mental health organisations with an annual income of more than £250,000 across the UK to deliver evaluation projects. 

In this funding round, titled ‘What’s Working for Young People’s Mental Health?’, a total of around £1 million is available to support charities working to support young people’s mental health to better understand how their service works and how it can be improved.

Examples of what funding can cover include:

  • Consultancy support for work such as strategy review, theory of change, creation of an evaluation and change plan
  • Upskilling of staff responsible for monitoring and evaluation
  • Costs to work with an external evaluator or academic on specific programmes
  • Staff or consultant time to review evidence of similar services.

The Trust prioritises proposals clearly demonstrating strategic value, e.g. designing more effective programmes, demonstrating impact for commissioning, stopping programmes, or aligning services with young people's needs.

There is a two-stage application process. Groups must first submit an online expression of interest, before being invited to submit a full application.

The Trust is running  an information webinar on 12th February 2024 (noon).

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 8th March 2024 (4pm). Second stage invitations will be made in late March.


Pub is the Hub -Supporting Community Needs

Pub is the Hub was founded by His Majesty King Charles III, when he was HRH the Prince of Wales in 2001.  The organisation provides free advice to help rural pubs, owners, licensees and communities make a positive impact in responding to and supporting the needs of their local communities by using pubs for the co-location of necessary services and articulating their specialist local needs.

Projects range from providing local shops to encouraging the local sourcing of products, accommodating Post Office services, providing local school meals, IT training or community centres and even church services.  In 2019 Pub is The Hub launched its ‘Join Inn – Last Orders for Loneliness’ initiative, which looks to support publicans and people living in their local areas to become better connected and in the process helping to alleviate loneliness.

Pub is the Hub is also able to assist some projects through its own Community Services Fund with grants up to £3,000.

Tel: 01423 546165


Rewilding Innovation Fund

Rewilding Britain is offering grants up to £15,000 to help remove barriers to rewilding projects across Britain, whether they are at the early planning stage or wish to scale up pre-existing projects.  

The Rewilding Innovation Fund will support rewilding projects on land and at sea, at a scale of more than 40 hectares. Funding can be used to cover costs such as:

  • Business plans and strategies
  • Community engagement activities or co-design
  • Feasibility studies
  • Technological innovations.

Previously successful projects have included:

  • A social prescribing and community outreach programme run from a nature-based site
  • Community forest planting
  • Modelling carbon capture
  • A tree seeding experiment.

Applicants must first become a member of the Rewilding Network before submitting a full application. Please note - If your site’s too small to be eligible, you may still be able to join the Rewilding Network or find your local one. Rewilding Britain also provides tips for rewilding on a smaller scale.

There are typically two funding rounds per year.

The next deadline for applications is 29th February 2024.


Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe-European Jewish Heritage Programme

Rothschild Foundation is offering grants for institutions and organisations with materials relating to Jewish heritage to conserve, organise, and protect collections, develop exhibitions, and support the professional development and training of staff working with Jewish material heritage.

The following strands of funding are available:

  • Collections Management – Grants up to £60,000 per year for up to three years to ensure collections are conserved, organised and accessible to diverse audiences
  • Exhibition Support – Grants up to £75,000 per year for up to three years for exhibitions based on material and collections relating to Jewish history and culture
  • Professional Development Language – Grants up to £2,000 for professionals working in a Jewish heritage institution for online courses in a Jewish language (eg Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish).

Any organisation or institution active in Europe (EU and non-EU states alike), whose activities are deemed charitable under UK charity law, is eligible to apply, including for example organisations which are either not-for-profit or publicly funded such as libraries, archives and museums.

Applications for Professional Development Grants are considered throughout the year.  For Collections Management and Exhibition Support Grants, there is a two-stage application process. Groups must first submit an online expression of interest form before being invited to complete a full application.

The deadline to submit an expression of interest form for Collections and Exhibitions Grants is 19th February 2024.

Tel: 01296 658 778


Rowing Foundation

The Rowing Foundation supports the participation in rowing of young people (those under 18 or still in full time education) and the disabled of all ages.

The Foundation gives grants of £500- £4,000 to help organisations and clubs involved in on water elements of the sport of Rowing who are individually affiliated to British Rowing (other than via their governing body) and whose requirements may be too small or who may be otherwise ineligible for an approach to the National Lottery or other similar sources of funds.

There are two funding streams:

  • Capital grants between £500 and £4,000 for up to 50% of the overall project costs
  • Boat refurbishment grants up to £4,000 for up to 50% of the costs of refurbishments of boats used by juniors

The Foundation is open to applications from clubs, schools, or other organisations that are involved in the water elements of the sport of rowing.   Applications for boat refurbishment grants must be made by junior rowers on behalf of their club and with the club committee’s approval.

Apply for boat refurbishment grants anytime.   The next deadline for Capital Grants applications is 22nd February 2024 for consideration at the March 2024 meeting.  


Sylvia Waddilove Foundation

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation provides grants ranging £1,000 to £5,000 for capital costs.  Projects must be new or have been running for less than five years. 

The Foundation’s interests include:

  • Visual and performing arts: the project must involve the organisation’s beneficiaries and the applicant’s income must be less than £500,000
  • Relief of disability and severe illness: the organisation income must be less than £500,000 (except for hospices).
  • Preservation of buildings of architectural or historical significance: the building must be owned or leased (for a term of 10 years+) to the applicant and their income must be less than £3m
  • Accommodation of those in need: the applicant’s income must be less than £3m

The Foundation accepts applications from charities (registered or not), CICs limited by guarantee and registered societies, that have been in existence for at least two years.

The Trustees aim to meet quarterly. Applications will open shortly before each scheduled Trustees’ meeting. Applicants should monitor the Trust’s webpage for an announcement that applications have opened.

The next closing date for applications is 16th February 2024 (midday)

Tel: 020 7821 8211


Ulverscroft Foundation

The Ulverscroft Foundation supports eye clinics, hospitals, schools, libraries and other organisations helping visually impaired people.

The Foundation's grants range from around £100 to £500,000. 

Organisations need not necessarily be a charity and can be a community interest company (CIC) or social group.

The Foundation also considers applications from public libraries run by local authorities if these are additional to the local authority's core service. Volunteer-run libraries may be supported if they are supported in cash or in kind by the local authority.

Grants are for costs associated with projects to improve or enhance services that will benefit people with significant visual impairments.  Eligible costs include equipment or materials. Staffing costs for specific, time-limited projects may be considered at the Trustees' discretion.

The deadlines for applications are 15th March, 15th June, 15th, September and 15th December.

Tel: 0116 236 1595


Wooden Spoon Charity

Wooden Spoon Charity supports projects which will benefit children and young people under 25 years of age who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

Projects must normally be of a capital nature, with a reasonably long-term prospective lifetime.

Funding is for projects that address the following areas:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sensory rooms and gardens
  • Specialist equipment and facilities
  • Playgrounds and outdoor activities
  • Education projects

(Please note, funding is not normally available for computers and electronic equipment, individuals, minibus or similar vehicle projects, revenue expenditure, salaries, administration costs, professional fees and on-going overheads related to a capital project).

Wooden Spoon does not set a minimum nor a maximum grant level. However, it is unlikely that a project of a physical nature that is under £5,000 will have sufficient substance and scale to apply.

Organisations and charities are eligible to apply, for example, schools, charities, and private members clubs.  Applications from groups working in partnership are eligible but one organisation must take the lead for the application and be the primary beneficiary and point of contact

The funder suggests as a first step groups complete the online expression of wish form for an initial assessment.

Applications may be submitted at any time.


Funding Diary

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

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation – School Fund – 07/02/2024

BN9 Arts Growth Fund ‘24 – 08/02/2024

Continuo Foundation – 09/02/2024

Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust – 09/02/2024

Golsonscott Foundation – 10/02/2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/02/2024

Forestry Commission - Seed Sourcing Grant (SSG) – 13/02/2024

Toy Trust – 15/02/2024

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

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

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation  - 16/02/2024

Newhaven Town Council Grants Scheme – 18/02/2024

CABWI Lifelong Learning and Development Fund – 19/02/2024

Rothschild Foundation – 19/02/2024

Energy Redress Scheme – Small and Main Grants – 20/02/2024

Charles Plater Trust Large Grants – 22/02/2024

Ormiston Trust - Youth Social Action Grants Fund – 22/02/2024

Rowing Foundation Capital Grants – 22/02/2024

LandAid - Routes Out of Homelessness Programme – 23/02/2024

PRS Talent Development Network – 26/02/2024

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Round 1 - 28/02/2024

Boots Charitable Trust  - 28/02/2024

Naturesave Trust – 29/02/2024

Tweed Family Charitable Foundation – 29/02/2024


March 2024

Jerwood Foundation   - 01/03/2024

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

Leeds Building Society Foundation – Small Grants – 04/03/2024

British Ecological Society – Outreach and Engagement Grants – 08/03/2024

Hailsham Town Council – Community Grants Scheme – 08/03/2024

Prudence Trust (expression of interest) – 08/03/2024

Bloomberg Philanthropies-Digital Accelerator for Cultural Organisations - 13/03/2024

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/03/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/03/2024

DPO Centre Charity and Community Fund – 31/03/2024

Gatwick Airport Community Trust – 31/03/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation – 31/03/2024

UnLtd - Awards for Social Entrepreneurs – 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

Thomas Wall Trust – 29/04/2024

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

Concertina Charitable Trust  - 30/04/2024

7stars Foundation – 30/04/2024


May 2024

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

Screwfix Foundation – 10/05/2024

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

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

Amazon Literary Partnership – 17/05/2024

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust – 24/05/2024

Pink Ribbon Foundation – 31/05/2024


June 2024

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

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

Help the Homeless – 15/06/2024

Toy Trust – 15/06/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/06/2024

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

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/06/2024


July 2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/07/2024

Anchor Foundation – 31/07/2024

Radcliffe Trust – 31/07/2024


August 2024

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

Screwfix Foundation – 10/08/2024

Toy Trust – 15/08/2024

7stars Foundation – 31/08/2024


September 2024

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

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

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

Help the Homeless – 15/09/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/09/2024

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

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/09/2024


October 2024

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

Concertina Charitable Trust – 31/10/2024


November 2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/11/2024

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


December 2024

Help the Homeless  - 15/12/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/12/2024