Funding News - June 2022


Success stories

Arts Council England – Capital Investment Programme
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Youth Investment Fund 
Eastbourne Borough Council - £250,000 ‘Cost of Living Emergency Grant’ Scheme
National Lottery Community Fund – Awards for All


Arts Council Project Grants Programme
Information and Guidance
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) - Funding for Village Hall Improvement Projects
Rosa - Summer Conference


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Tree Production Capital Grant (TPCG)
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - MEND Fund (Museums Estate and Development Fund) – Round 2
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Youth Investment Fund (YIF) Phase 2 Pilot
Department for Education - Grants for Senior Mental Health Lead Training in Schools and Colleges
Department of Health and Social Care - VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25
East Sussex County Council (ESCC) - Grassroots Drug & Alcohol Recovery Fund
Home Office – Places of Worship Security Scheme
Ofcom - Community Radio Fund
South East LEP (SELEP) - ESF Community Grant


Arts Council England - Cultural Development Fund
National Lottery Community Fund - Bringing People Together
Sport England - Versus Arthritis Together Fund

Trusts and Foundations

Arnold Clark Community Fund
Asda Foundation - Empowering Local Communities Grant
Asda Foundation - U18 Better Starts Grants
BBC Children in Need - We Move Fund: Youth Social Action
Hilden Charitable Fund
Homity Trust
Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity
Shoosmiths Foundation
South Downs National Park (SDNP) - Grants for Schools and Colleges
Sussex Lund Grant Programme
Universal Music UK Sound Foundation - School Awards
Veolia Environmental Trust
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Cultural Protection Fund

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Success Stories

Arts Council England – Capital Investment Programme

De La Warr Pavilion

The De La Warr Pavilion is among 66 cultural organisations across the country to benefit from a share of over £22.7 million from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme. This programme aims to help cultural organisations across the country transform their buildings and equipment so they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact.

This  £400,000 award will enable the De La Warr Pavilion to deliver a significant upgrade to the auditorium Technical Theatre Systems, thereby extending their reach, reducing their carbon footprint and improving their business model resilience post-pandemic. The upgrade will include a new assisted listening system, PA system, LED lighting and console, and stage external rigging.

Although this is a standalone project, it is the start of a wider capital masterplan to transform Creativity, Community and Skills in the region.

For DLWP, the auditorium is key to a sustainable future, attracting the highest calibre of artists as diverse as The Pixies, Orchestra Baobab, Ministry Of Sound, Dionne Warwick, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Goldfrapp. This international programme of live music welcomes an audience of over 70,000 people per annum, with 10% staying overnight, and 35% eating and drinking within the town. 95% rate their experiences good, very good and excellent and 75% said that the live programme encouraged participation in community life.

The upgrade to the Technical Theatre Systems will: 

  • Significantly reduce the carbon footprint by using more energy efficient technology e.g. up to 50% on the lighting equipment alone and significant reduction on the sound and AVE systems
  • Improve the accessibility of the auditorium e.g. the old hearing loop will be replaced by a new assisted listening system
  • Help meet the ambitions to assist young people in the local area, offering skills training to those looking for a career in theatre/event tech and management including the introduction of new T-levels with the local colleges and wider learning and music opportunities
  • Reduce expenditure on hiring equipment and staffing

Project Art Works, Hastings

Project Art Works is a collective of neurodiverse artists and activists.

 Project Art Works collaborates with people with complex support needs, families and circles of support. Their practice intersects art and care, responding to neurodivergence, its gifts and impacts. Challenging paradigms of inclusion, it spans direct practical and holistic support, film, events, projects and exhibitions.

 Their studios provide the conditions for a broad range of autonomous and collaborative practices with neurodivergent artists, who take part on their own terms. Alongside the studios, the Support Collective brings together people who care for people with complex support needs where they share their experience and protect their rights through training, resources and advocacy.

 Project Art Works was allocated a grant of £750,000.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Youth Investment Fund

Hundreds of youth services, facilities and organisations for young people in areas with poor provision will benefit from a cash injection as the Government begins to deliver on its £380 million Youth Investment Fund.

The Fund has been designed to create, improve and expand local youth facilities and services across the country, to support young people’s health, wellbeing and skills for work and life, no matter where they live.

£12 million funding has been fast-tracked to local youth services where supply is currently far short of meeting demand. This will help to level up access to services, trusted youth workers and dedicated facilities for young people.

The funding will help to expand the reach and range of services on offer, meet demand and reduce running costs. It will be used to cover small-scale capital improvements such as providing new laptops to youth groups, small redevelopments of buildings and facilities, and improving transport, such as providing a new minibus for a youth club so they can keep young people safe and extend activities beyond their local area.

The following East Sussex organisations were awarded a grant:

East Sussex Foster Care Association - £3,883

This grant will fund a gazebo and music & sports equipment for Looked After Children in East Sussex. This will be used to improve aspirations and well-being.

Education Futures Trust - £41,460

This grant will fund sports equipment, IT equipment and safety measures for the youth club. This will be used to increase fun, enjoyment and participation for young people who are disaffected and lack aspiration.     

Make (Good) Trouble C.I.C - £49,840

This grant will fund a mobile media production van and associated equipment. It will help to reduce isolation and improve wellbeing, social skills and employability for children & young people in a deprived area.

 Eastbourne District Scout Council - £29,075

This grant will fund an outdoor low-ropes course, a traverse wall and safety equipment (helmets) for a scout camp.  This will broaden the range of adventure activities for children with poorer physical and mental health.    

 Sussex Clubs for Young People Ltd - £49,878

This grant will fund a new van to increase the range of welfare activities that a mobile project offers, which supports disadvantaged children and young people to be less impacted by rural isolation and have improved mental health.         

Eastbourne Borough Council - £250,000 ‘Cost of Living Emergency Grant’ Scheme

Eastbourne Borough Council said the scheme will deliver an immediate payment of £20,000 to Eastbourne Foodbank, with 1,000 people benefitting.

The emergency grant will enable Eastbourne Foodbank to directly support even more people who have fallen into food and fuel poverty.

The first phase of payments will immediately aid Eastbourne Foodbank and other local organisations that support people who are struggling with the soaring cost of living.  Subsequent phases will support local people to manage further increases in their energy bills in the autumn.

With the Trussell Trust confirming that Eastbourne Foodbank is the busiest in the UK, the council responded last week by becoming the first in the UK to declare a ‘cost of living emergency’.

National Lottery Community Fund – Awards for All

The Old Bank Wellbeing Trust has been awarded £10,000 lottery funding to provide accessible counselling to low/no income families in financial hardship.  The Trust,  based in Hampden Park, Eastbourne,  will provide over 312 counselling sessions with qualified, experienced counsellors and psychotherapists.  This crucial support will help to alleviate symptoms of low mood and depression, which is common among those in critical financial situations. 

 Tel:  0345 4 10 20 30  Email:


Arts Council Project Grants Programme

In this Zoom webinar, you will learn more about Arts Council England’s open access funding scheme, National Lottery Project Grants, including what it funds, how to apply, and what happens to your application.  Following each presentation, there will be time for a brief Q & A.   There will be British Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning during the webinar.  The webinar will be held on Zoom and ticket holders will be sent a link on the morning of the event.  Webinars are free to attend but you must book your place in advance:

Wednesday 6th July 2022 – 3pm to 4pm

Rosa - Summer Conference

Rosa is a grant making charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations working to make the UK a fairer, safer place for women and girls.

Rosa's free Summer Conference will take place online on 29th and 30th June.

This free two-day event is packed with keynote speakers, practical breakouts and networking sessions, all led by experts from the women and girls’ sector across the UK.

Rosa will be announcing further details in the coming weeks, including an agenda for each day and how to register.

 Tel: 020 7697 3466  Email: 

Information and Guidance

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) - Funding for Village Hall Improvement Projects

DEFRA has announced a major new renovation fund to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund will provide grant funding over three years (to 2025) to support capital improvement projects for village halls, such as installing Wi-Fi, extending buildings and modernising facilities.

Details on how the funding will be administered will be announced in due course.


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Tree Production Capital Grant (TPCG)

The Tree Production Capital Grant (TPCG) provides funding to help tree nurseries and suppliers invest in projects which improve, expand, automate or mechanise their operations. The aim is to support efforts to build nursery capacity and grow long-term tree seed and sapling supply – delivering on a commitment within the England Trees Action Plan, the Government’s long-term plan for the nation’s trees, woodlands and forests.

The scheme is looking to support projects with outputs that will better equip nurseries to supply the trees required for new woodlands and urban planting projects.

Up to £8.8 million of funding is available, subject to sufficient high-quality bids being received. Successful projects will be awarded up to £175,000 in grant funding to cover up to 50% of costs. Projects must have a minimum total cost of £20,000 to be eligible.

The grant is open to tree seed and sapling suppliers of all sizes, as well as new entrants looking to diversify into the sector. Eligible organisations include private sector nurseries and seed suppliers, public sector organisations and environmental NGOs. Applicants must be UK-based and will need to demonstrate how the grant will be used to increase English tree seed or sapling supply.

The TPCG programme is administered by the Forestry Commission, in partnership with Defra, with funding from the UK Government’s £750 million Nature for Climate Fund.

The deadline for applications is 30th June 2022.


Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - MEND Fund (Museums Estate and Development Fund) – Round 2

The MEND fund has reopened for applications that support work to improve and address “vital infrastructure and urgent maintenance backlogs which are beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance budgets”. MEND is part of the DCMS Cultural Investment Fund (CIF), one of three funds looking to improve existing (or deliver new) cultural infrastructure in England.

Grants between £50,000 and £5 million

  • Open to non-national Accredited museums based in England, and/or local authorities based in England who are responsible for non-national Accredited museums based in England
  • Deadline for returning Expression of Interest is 12pm (midday) on Friday 17th June 2022
  • Full online application process opens on Grantium at 12pm (midday) on Monday 18th July 2022. The deadline for submitting a full application is 12pm (midday) on Friday 23rd September 2022
  • Decisions will be made in March 2023

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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Youth Investment Fund (YIF) Phase 2 Pilot

Through its YIF Phase 2, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) intends to provide up to 300 new and redeveloped youth facilities in eligible levelling up areas across England.

By making pilot funding available ahead of the fund opening, DCMS aims to:

  • Build four or more youth facilities over 2022/23
  • Gain feedback and learning from the build process that can inform the design, procurement and construction of future YIF-funded facilities.

Successful organisations will need to build facilities that meet the key specifications set out by DCMS in order to test the process. However, there will be some degree of flexibility over the final design of the buildings.

Recipients will not be eligible for further capital funding from YIP Phase 2 for the same site (though may be eligible for resource funding).

Applicants must be non-profit organisations with a track record of delivering youth work to a high standard, and own, or have the ability to develop, an appropriate site in an eligible area.

If successful, groups will receive: 

  • Support throughout the planning and construction stages of the youth facility
  • Costs associated with construction
  • Potential resource funding to assist with the set up and initial operation of the centre

The provision of match funding is desirable.

The deadline to apply is 23.59 on 19th June 2022.


Department for Education - Grants for Senior Mental Health Lead Training in Schools and Colleges

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering grants for eligible state-funded schools and colleges to train a senior mental health lead to develop and implement a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

This training is not compulsory, but it is part of the government’s commitment to offer this training to all eligible schools and colleges by 2025.

Grants of £1,200 will be provided to cover (or contribute to) the cost of attending a quality assured course and may also be used to hire supply staff whilst leads are engaged in learning.

All state-funded education settings that are in receipt of ESFA pre-16 revenue, high needs block, or 16 to 19 programme funding are eligible for the grant, including: 

  • Mainstream academies and local authority maintained schools
  • Special academies and local authority maintained schools special schools (including alternative provision)
  • Independent special schools whose pupils’ education is funded by their local authority
  • Further education colleges attended by under 18-year-olds (one claim per campus ID)
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Special post-16 institutions
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • Local authorities
  • Independent training providers

Applicants can now apply for a senior mental health lead training grant to commence training within the 2022 to 2023 financial year, up to 31st March 2023.

There are two forms applicants must complete: 

  • Form 1 - the initial application form to check eligibility and reserve a grant
  • Form 2 - the second stage of the application process, where applicants upload evidence of having booked a DfE quality assured training course so they can pay the grant

There is no specified deadline for applications.


Department of Health and Social Care - VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25

The Department of Health and Social Care has reopened its England-wide VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund with the new theme of ‘women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace’.

Grants of £200,000 to £600,000 for three-year projects (to a maximum of £200,00 per year) are available, with an estimated 15 to 20 projects set to receive awards.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must: 

  • Meet the conditions set out in Section 70 of the Charities Act 2006
  • Work in England, with a plan to operate their programme in England only
  • Be not-for-profit, and either:
    • Incorporated (A company limited by guarantee and registered with Companies House, or a co-operative or industrial and provident society or a social enterprise)
    • Have charitable status
  • Not apply for funding of more than 25% of their annual turnover
  • Have an equal opportunities, health and safeguarding policy
  • Have been operating in this area, or a closely related area, for at least three years
  • Have a clear connection to work within local communities

Joint applications are accepted from organisations across sectors as long as the lead applicant is a VCSE organisation taking the majority of the responsibility for the project.

Types of activities that can be supported by this fund include: 

  • Workplace awareness and training for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) where assistance schemes are unlikely to be available
  • Low-intensity expert work and health support for women experiencing reproductive health issues that are impacting their experience in the workplace. In particular, those women at risk of leaving employment or who have recently fallen out of work who are less likely to have access to occupational health support via their employer. Applicants are required to provide a supporting letter from their local statutory commissioner: for example, clinical commissioning group (CCG), sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), integrated care system (ICS), or local authority

Applicants are required to provide a supporting letter from their local statutory commissioner: for example, clinical commissioning group (CCG), sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), integrated care system (ICS), or local authority.

The deadline to apply is 9am on 5th August 2022.

 Tel: 020 7210 4850  Email:

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) - Grassroots Drug & Alcohol Recovery Fund

ESCC’s Grassroots Drug & Alcohol Recovery Fund has opened to support projects from new grassroots providers.    

  • There will be four funding windows per year
  • Maximum bid of 5K per organisation per window
  • Maximum of 4x potential grants in total per organisation for one year

All projects will be funded according to the funding windows specified with the distributed timeline for this pot- and will support individuals to address some of the key barriers to accessing and sustaining recovery, including: 

  • Addressing mental and physical health needs of those in recovery
  • Supporting those in recovery to enter or re-renter education, training and employment
  • Supporting those in recovery to reduce re-offending
  • Reducing drug related deaths
  • Projects that support recovery in rural areas
  • Projects that reduce alcohol related harm
  • Projects that support relapse prevention

Projects that support the recovery of specific groups of people and their carers will also be welcome, these include but are not limited to: 

  • Those with a dual diagnosis
  • Veterans
  • Those from areas of deprivation
  • Those age 60+
  • Those age 18-35
  • Those who are parents
  • The carers of those in recovery

The fund is looking for projects that: 

  • Are new projects which have not been commissioned in the last 24 months by ESCC. However, the fund welcomes new projects from providers that have been commissioned during this period, or projects that continue to provide excellent service which can be demonstrated.  Please note previous performance and conduct is taken into account when assessing any bids
  • Projects that deliver specific and measurable outcomes which impact both the substance misuse landscape, and beyond which help develop an evidence base for future funding
  • Projects and services which are delivered to the highest standards
  • Projects and services which are delivered to the highest standards of safety and place the individual at the centre

All successful bids can expect the following: 

  • Support in terms of ongoing development from the substance misuse team
  • Benefits of working in strong networks of other funded projects and other partners from a range of sectors including the statutory and voluntary sectors
  • Access to a range of training opportunities including e-learning and through the dedicated Partners in Recovery network
  • Support to write basic policies and procedures as well as support to develop organisations to apply for larger pots of funding including registering as a legal entity

All applicants must: 

  • Be a new project which has not been funded by ESCC in the last 24 months: Organisations which have been funded previously are eligible to apply if they are looking to fund a new project or that can demonstrate their existing project is providing value to their clients
  • Be a project with an annual turnover of less than 50k
  • Be willing to develop and become a registered entity as soon as practicably possible in the funding period e.g. CIO, CIC, registered charity and develop a governance mechanism e.g. a board of trustees
  • Use an account holding service arranged with the support of the substance misuse team to hold funds for the project
  • Have clear and measurable aims and outcomes for the project and develop clear outcomes with the support of the substance misuse team
  • Develop a robust framework of polices which includes (at a minimum): safeguarding procedures, complaints policy and procedures, employee support programme, GDPR Policy, social media policy, incident management policy and a business continuity plan with the support of the substance misuse team
  • Meet regularly with the substance misuse team to monitor the progress and to develop mechanisms which effectively monitor outcomes of the project (learning milestones meetings)
  • Attend/ actively participate in reflective practice and training arranged by the substance misuse ESCC team
  • Take part in an evaluation at the end of the funding supported by the substance misuse team
  • Attend all Learning milestones monitoring meetings, with completed reports according to the agreed and specified timeline these are due- as well as undertaking as soon as viably possible any supporting advice and guidance or actions outlined in the reported notes from these meetings, from the substance misuse team

Applications will now be accepted at any time; however funding windows will be throughout the year: 

  • January
  • April
  • July* (next funding window) 
  • October


Home Office – Places of Worship Security Scheme

The Home Office’s Places of Worship Security Scheme offers grants to places of worship for the provision and installation of up to three 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 mailbox/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)

This financial year (2022/2023) mosques and associated faith community centres can also apply for some security guarding services, where they feel security guards will improve the safety of their site and those worshipping there. Applicants should note that guarding services will not be available until later in the year.

The scheme is open to all faiths, except the Jewish community. This is because a separate funding scheme is available to provide security measures at certain Jewish faith institutions.

Grant sizes are at the discretion of the Home Office.

The deadline to apply is 1159pm on 14th July 2022.


Ofcom - Community Radio Fund

This funding aims to support the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations.

In addition, Community Digital Sound Programme (“C-DSP”) stations will be eligible for grants, alongside existing analogue community radio stations, if the station is broadcasting on a digital radio multiplex at the date of their application.

The total amount available over the course of 2022-23 is £393,816, due to a small overallocation of funding in 2021-22 which needed to be reflected in the funds available this year.

There is no set level of funding. In the last round, grants ranged from £6,384 up to £22,166 with an average of £15,027.

Grants will be made as a single lump sum and must be spent within 14 months.

Licensees that hold a Community Digital Sound Programme (C-DSP) licence are eligible to apply for the Fund if the station is broadcasting on a digital radio multiplex at the date of their application.

Grants can only be made to Ofcom-licensed community radio stations in the UK, broadcasting on AM, FM, or via a C-DSP licence on a digital radio multiplex.

Applicant stations must be on air as at the date of their application for their application to be considered by the Panel. Payment can only be made to stations that have launched.

For analogue community radio stations, there should be a minimum of fifteen months remaining on the licence from the closing date for applications. If there are less than fifteen months remaining on the licence, the licensee must have submitted an extension application to Ofcom by the closing date. C-DSP licences do not have an end date.

The funding can support the core costs of running Ofcom licensed community radio stations including: 

  • Management
  • Fundraising to support the station (e.g., grants, commercial funding)
  • Administration
  • Financial management and reporting
  • Community outreach
  • Volunteer organisation and support

The deadline for applications is 10th June 2022.

Tel: 020 981 3002  Email:

South East LEP (SELEP) - ESF Community Grant

London Learning Consortium (LLC) is a Community Interest Company that works for the benefit of communities and businesses across London and the Southeast. They have been appointed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to manage and make ESF Community Grants available in the form of small grants (up to £20,000), to third sector and other small organisations for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and inactive people to enable their progress towards employment.

For full details regarding grant eligibility, target groups, delivery areas (Hastings and Eastbourne are priority areas) and how to apply, please visit the LLC website. They aim to allocate all grants by Summer 2022 at the latest, and there are two more funding rounds, with submission deadlines on Wednesday 8th June and Friday 8th July.

Tel:  07954 589 942  Email:


Arts Council England - Cultural Development Fund

This third funding round will support places to achieve the following outcomes:  

  • Unlock local economic growth and productivity
  • Become more attractive places in which to live, work, visit and invest
  • Strengthen local leadership, partnerships and capability

All applications must respond to the first outcome (unlock economic growth and productivity) and at least one other. The strongest applications will provide robust responses to all three outcomes.

There is a budget of £30.2 million for 2022/23.

Grants of a minimum of £2 million and a maximum of £5 million are available.

Applicants can apply for capital (asset) activity with a limited proportion of resource activity (project activity).

Applicants can apply for a maximum of £700,000 for supporting resource activity within their total budget.

A minimum of 15% match funding is required.

This partnership/match funding must include some non-public funding, such as corporate sponsorship, individual giving, crowdfunding. It can be made up of a combination of public, private, social and/or in-kind funding. It would generally be expected that no less than 50% of match funding would be cash.

The Fund is open to places in England (excluding London) that have a strategic vision for their development and can demonstrate both cultural maturity and commitment to culture-led growth but need investment in physical and/or digital infrastructure or other assets to accelerate and maximise their impact.

It is expected that applications will be from a partnership for the area, led by a local authority, Local Enterprise Partnership, or other appropriate body that would lead a consortium of partners from both the public and private sector, and the voluntary sector where appropriate.

It is expected that at least one partner would be from the cultural, heritage or commercial creative industries, depending on who is most appropriate to meet the aims and objectives of the proposed activity.

One organisation must act as the lead organisation and submit the application. The lead applicant must be a formally constituted organisation.

The funding can be used for a mixture of capital (asset) and resource (project activity) items.

Planned activities should seek to go beyond economic outputs to consider the social benefits of the proposed projects, with a focus on boosting civic pride through the development and renewal of local institutions and assets.

Applicants should address both how they will contribute towards the fund’s aims around economic recovery and growth, and social recovery.

The Expression of Interest form will open on Arts Council England’s online grant management system, Grantium on 6th June 2022 (9am).

The deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is 29th July 2022 (12pm).

Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application (deadline: 18th November 2022).

Tel: 0845 300 6200  Email:

National Lottery Community Fund - Bringing People Together

The programme seeks to fund ideas that enable communities to thrive by creating the conditions, infrastructure and social fabric that enable better and longer lasting ways of bringing people and communities together. This will be achieved by supporting: 

  • Bold and experimental responses to bringing people together using new, or new combinations of approaches
  • New projects or projects that build on existing work
  • A range of projects reflecting a mix of communities and places from across the UK

Grants of up to £1 million for up to five years are available.

It is expected that most of the funding will go to projects requesting between £200,000 and £500,000. There will be a smaller number of awards for projects above £500,000.

Applications will be accepted from: 

  • Registered charities
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
  • Community Benefit Societies
  • Co-operative Societies (if it has a not-for-profit clause and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority)
  • Voluntary or community organisations
  • Statutory bodies (including town, parish and community councils)
  • Companies limited by guarantee (if it has a not-for-profit clause or is a registered charity)
  • Groups of organisations, as long as they are led by an eligible organisation

Organisations must have at least two people on their board or committee who are not related.

The fund is interested in bold and experimental responses to bringing people together using new, or new combinations of approaches. All projects will need to: 

  • Have a clear equality, diversity and inclusion focus
  • Deliver across at least two countries in the UK
  • Demonstrate they can learn and adapt as they go

The fund is keen to support projects led by, or supporting people and communities experiencing racial or ethnic inequity, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, and people who are refugees or seeking asylum.

Bringing People Together funding is intended to support projects that focus on one or more of the following priorities: 

  • Build connections across communities, not just within existing communities
  • Support and explore what is needed to connect communities and enable stronger collaboration to bring people together and keep people together - community infrastructure such as networks, shared resources or coordinated approaches, or supporting infrastructure organisations that support the work of other groups
  • Focus on creating longer-term change
  • Bring people together around climate action in communities.
  • Build collective action and strengthen communities' own abilities to have control, influence and agency on the things that matter most to them (collective efficacy)

Eligible costs include: 

  • Staff costs
  • Development work (testing new ways of working, staff training and development, developing governance, tech or IT upgrades/purchases, sharing learning)
  • Transport
  • Utilities/running costs
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Equipment
  • Capital costs (however, these costs should not be a significant amount of the proposed budget)
  • Costs associated with delivering a project bilingually in Wales, such as translation costs

Applications may be made at any time while funding remains available.

Tel: 0345 4102 030  Email:

Sport England - Versus Arthritis Together Fund

Versus Arthritis Together Fund is provided with funding from Sport England through National Lottery funding and is administered by Versus Arthritis

This £325,000 fund has been set up to help organisations recover from the long-term impact of COVID-19. It is designed to support specific activities and increase the availability of exercise opportunities in local communities. It can also be used to support community groups with developing their business planning, helping them reach their target audience.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available and need to be spent within six months of being awarded as the aim of the fund is to address the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic rather than fund longer-term projects.

There is particular interest in applications from organisations who support people with long-term health conditions, people from lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities and disabled people.

Grants are intended for projects which will help the fund achieve the following outcomes: 

  • People living with long-term health conditions to maintain or increase levels of fitness
  • People living with long-term health conditions to keep physically well and therefore reduce the likelihood of other illnesses
  • Improvements in people's mental health and overall wellbeing
  • Reduction in social isolation, enabling connectivity with others through exercising together, e.g. online group class or a Personal Trainer/Personal Assistant supporting with 1:1 exercise
  • Opportunity to try new forms of exercise
  • Creating opportunities to exercise for people who have not participated before, e.g. found leisure centre inaccessible/too difficult to attend/expensive, or just "didn't know where to start"
  • Some community groups and sports providers to be given a 'new lease of life' and potentially enable them to benefit from new ways of providing support or a service.

 Funding can be used for a number of things, including, but not limited to: 

  • Equipment/activity packs
  • Live streaming platform licences
  • Instructor/coach/deliverer costs
  • Training/delivery costs
  • Transport costs
  • Volunteer costs or expenses
  • Venue hire

Applications will be considered from a not-for-profit voluntary or community club or organisation, registered charity, a not-for-profit company, community interest company or other social enterprise, or a statutory body.

The fund is expected to be oversubscribed and will close once a sufficient number of high-quality applications have been received or by the deadline, whichever comes sooner.

The deadline for applications is 31st July 2022.

Tel: 0300 790 0400  Email:

Trusts and Foundations

Arnold Clark Community Fund

The fund aims to help UK charities and local community groups continue their important work which may be at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

Applications will be accepted from: 

  • UK registered charities
  • Local community groups
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest companies
  • Groups of organisations that are community or voluntary led
  • Charitable incorporated organisations

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Have people and communities in the UK as their primary focus of investment
  • Be incorporated in the UK

The funding must be used for charitable or community purposes.

The deadline to apply is 30th June 2022 at 1159pm.


Asda Foundation - Empowering Local Communities Grant

Grants are available to community groups in the UK to support a broad range of activities which can contribute towards transforming their community and improving the lives of people in their community. Support to help with the cost of living rise and for refugees is available.

The programme is designed to support projects under four themes: 

  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Active Lives
  • Seasonal Celebrations & Festivals
  • Leading Healthier Lives

Groups may apply for one Empowering Local Communities grant per year of between £500 and £1,500.

Applications will be accepted from local community groups and organisations based in the UK.

The following criteria apply: 

  • Group must have a presence in and benefit the local community and be not for profit
  • Any equipment funded is the property of the group and is not for individual use
  • End beneficiaries must be community groups of people
  • There is no minimum timescale for how long the group has been in existence

Eligible costs and projects under each theme supported by the programme include the following:

Building Resilient Communities

Supporting community groups with the equipment, essentials and facilities to enable activity to take place. This might be enhancing what is already available, providing core items or enabling an activity to continue. Support for refugees is available.

Active Lives

Supporting participation in group physical activities. Whether low or high impact, regardless of age or ability, encouraging people to lead more active lifestyles and for everyone to feel able to participate.

Seasonal Celebrations & Festivals

Enabling communities to celebrate what matters to them. Helping to bring people together to share experiences and encouraging everyone within the community to be together, e.g. Easter, Holi, Passover, The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, community garden party etc.

Leading Healthier Lives

From cooking and education classes to enabling positive mental health. Asda Foundation is seeking to support health in body, mind and soul in UK communities.

One-off costs for specialist support are eligible (e.g. to hire of a translator, exercise coach, counsellor or electrician).

Application forms can be obtained from Asda Community Champions, who are based in local Asda stores. Applicants can use the store locator link on the Foundation website to get in touch with their local store and speak to their Community Champion about their project proposal.

The closing date for applications is 19th August 2022.

Asda Foundation - U18 Better Starts Grants

The U18 Better Starts Grant aims to give children under 18 years old the best start in life by tackling poverty, enabling inclusion and enhancing wellbeing. For Round 2, support for children during the summer is a focus of the award.

Grants from £500 to £1,500 are supported.

Not-for-profit community groups in the UK are eligible to apply.

Organisations must have a presence in their local community and must demonstrate how the activity will benefit those under 18 years old.

Groups may apply for one grant per grant programme each year.

A wide range of project costs are supported by the grant.

Costs associated with the following themes are covered: 

  • Supporting Essentials: activities that focus on the provision of healthy, nutritious food, plus hygiene and health-related supplies for children e.g. breakfast clubs, school holiday clubs, food banks that support children, hygiene banks, clothing banks
  • Being Active: physical activities that are inclusive for all children and embrace diversity are supported e.g. any under 18s sport or physical activity-based groups
  • Improving Wellbeing: projects that are inclusive for all children, are accessible to everyone and embrace diversity e.g. arts, crafts, music, hobby groups, Brownies, Scouts and Guides, training for counsellors, learning clubs (reading support/homework help)
  • Celebrating and Bringing Children Together: activities to bring children together to share experiences and encourage everyone to be together are supported e.g. Easter or Jubilee Celebrations for under 18s

If expert help is required, the Foundation will consider funding these costs, such as a counsellor to support children, an exercise coach, a translator to enable more children to engage with an activity.

As Round 2 will focus on children being supported during summer, potential activities may include (but not limited to): 

  • The provision of essential food over the school holidays
  • New uniform and sports kit ahead of a new school year
  • Bringing children together to celebrate what’s important to them, reducing feelings of isolation
  • Holiday book club or cooking classes
  • Teaching children how to grow their own vegetables and educating them about healthy eating and where food comes from
  • Local sports club looking for funding to update equipment ahead of summer camp, aimed at keeping children active and maintaining mental wellbeing during the school holidays

Application forms can be obtained from Asda Community Champions, who are based in local Asda stores. Applicants can use the store locator link on the Foundation website to get in touch with their local store and speak to their Community Champion about their project proposal.

The closing date for applications is 19th August 2022.

BBC Children in Need - We Move Fund: Youth Social Action

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations across the UK can now apply to BBC Children in Need’s newest fund to create and invest in opportunities for Black children and young people.

There is a total funding pot of £1 million. The We Move Fund expects to make 50 to 70 grants in the following sizes:   

  • Up to £15,000 for unregistered organisations (£10,000 per year, or £15,000 over the 18 months)
  • Up to £50,000 over 18 months for registered bodies

The funders are especially interested in hearing from Black-led organisations. This means: 

  • The most senior leader identifies as Black
  • At least 75% of the children and young people the organisation is working with identify as Black
  • The ways the organisation runs reflects the community it works in

Projects should aim to: 

  • Reach Black children and young people with opportunities to have their voices heard and empower them to create change on issues that matter to them.
  • Achieve positive outcomes for Black children and young people through Youth Social Action
  • Learn about what Youth Social Action means to Black Children and young people, and share this learning with the wider sector

Prospective applicants are encouraged to sign up for an information session, the details of which will be given upon registering interest in the fund.

Applicants must register their interest in the fund before they may apply. Then, they will have until 20th June 2022 to complete the full application.

Tel: 0345 609 0015  Email:

Hilden Charitable Fund

Hilden Charitable Fund aims to address disadvantage by supporting causes less likely to raise funds from public sources, is once again accepting applications after undertaking a funding strategy review earlier this year.

The following non-profit groups in the UK may apply, providing they have an income of less than £250,000 on average over the last three years: 

  • Registered charities
  • Charitable companies
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
  • Excepted charities

Grants will usually be in the range of £5,000 to £7,000 per year for up to two years. These can come in the form of unrestricted funding. However, to be eligible for unrestricted funding, all of an organisation's work must meet the Fund's criteria.

There are two funding programmes available: 

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

The next deadline to apply is 3rd July 2022.

Tel: 0207 603 1525  Email:

Homity Trust

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

The main fund provides smaller grants of up to £1000.

Larger grant applications of up to approximately £5,000 can also be made at any time and will be considered at the Trustees discretion. Please use the Contact page to make an initial enquiry before applying above £1,000.

The Trust is particularly open this round to applications from organisations helping with the increased refugee issues in Sussex and also the rapidly developing Fuel poverty crisis.

The next deadline is 15th July 2022 for the summer round.

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Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

In response to the current cost-of-living crisis, MSE will bring forward its next planned funding round, which was originally due to open in September this year.

The theme for the round is Building and Developing Resilience, and projects should focus on providing urgent money guidance and emergency debt help to those of in need of support through the cost-of-living crisis.

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.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply, including UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions.

The Charity has updated its eligibility requirements and will now accept organisations with an annual income of up to £750,000. Groups must also have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

The fund awards up to £7,500. MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation's core funding.

Applications will open on 20th June 2022 and close on 22nd July 2022 (or when 40 applications have been accepted).


Shoosmiths Foundation

The annual funding is intended for charitable work which addresses the ShooSmiths Foundation's funding priorities, which are to: 

  • Advance social mobility in the legal sector, and across the UK, in line with the Shoosmiths social mobility action plan. Particular focus on charitable organisations which share the Foundation’s belief that ‘talent can come from anywhere’, and which align their interventions with local socio-economic analysis and need
  • Advance a carbon net zero UK
  • Advance access to justice in the UK

In 2022, applications must relate to the social mobility aim.

Grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 are available in 2022.

UK registered charities working in the UK can apply.

To be eligible for funding in 2022, projects must: 

  • Relate to the social mobility aim of the Shoosmiths Foundation
  • Be linked to a Shoosmiths location and relate to areas with lower social mobility prospects. Some examples include the English indices of deprivation, the long shadow of deprivation, state of the nation 2021
  • Help people into local employment, or
  • Aim to address specific underrepresentation, for example, that directly make a link between socio-economic background/social mobility prospects, and another factor such as
    • Characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010
    • Ex-military personnel
    • People with convictions
    • People experiencing homelessness
    • Long-term unemployed
    • Refugees

The deadline for applications is 24th June 2022 (5pm).

Tel: 0370 086 3000  Email:

South Downs National Park (SDNP) - Grants for Schools and Colleges

SDNP is currently accepting applications in all grant categories for activities planned to take place up to 31st March 2023.  There are limited funds remaining at this time, so get your applications in as soon as possible. If you miss out on this occasion, make sure you are notified when applications re-open by subscribing to the National Park Schools Newsletter

The grants for schools and colleges are designed to: 

  • Connect pupils and staff with the special qualities of the National Park,
  • Through outdoor, nature-based and real-world learning experiences in or nearby school, or in the South Downs National Park,
  • That support curriculum-linked and/or health and wellbeing outcomes for pupils.

The grant categories are: 

  • Virtual visits
  • In-school visits
  • School trips – including transport costs

Your school can apply once in each of the three categories per academic year. Visits and trips can take place during term-time or during the school holidays.


Sussex Lund Grant Programme

The Sussex Lund grant programme is now accepting new applications, with a deadline of 17th July. This year they are keen to hear from artists, arts practitioners and organisations in and around the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with inspirational ideas for connecting people to the landscape.

Now in its 6th year, Sussex Lund is a collaboration between Lund Trust and the High Weald AONB Partnership. Together they have awarded almost £1million to small-scale, practical projects that have improved the landscape of the High Weald AONB and the hamlets, villages and towns on its fringes – from creating new species-rich meadows on school grounds to installing owl boxes and laying historic hedges.

This year, the grant criteria have been expanded to include projects that help people to experience the landscape and build connections to it – and that’s where you come in! Sussex Lund will now also support projects that improve people’s experience of the High Weald and nature where they live so that residents and visitors: 

  • Develop long lasting connections to the landscape
  • Have a better knowledge and understanding of the landscape and nature; and
  • Take action to improve and celebrate the landscape and to share its benefits and special qualities

Particular weight will be given to projects that support young people, new residents in the area, visitors and those who are nature deprived.   

For more information about Sussex Lund or to tell the fund about your project idea, please visit the dedicated webpage: If you would be interested in a special arts-focused introductory webinar, please email and register your interest (date tbc).

 In the meantime, learn more about the breath-taking beauty of the High Weald, which has inspired artists, writers and musicians for centuries.

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation - School Awards

The Universal Music UK Sound Foundation (formerly the EMI Music Sound Foundation) provides grants to help towards the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment for schools who require the equipment to fund music education.

To date, the Foundation has helped over 7,000 schools, individual students and teachers improve their access to music through the purchase or upgrade of musical instruments and equipment.

The Foundation awards up to £1,500.

The deadline to apply is by 10th August 2022.


Veolia Environmental Trust

Veolia Environmental Trust is offering grants to constituted, not-for-profit organisations, local authorities, and environmental bodies enrolled with ENTRUST to support projects that make improvements to community facilities and the natural environment in communities located near a qualifying Veolia site in England.   Veolia provide an eligibility postcode checker.

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

Funding can cover capital costs for projects such as the development and maintenance of community sites or facilities, the restoration or conservation of natural habitats, longer, more substantial environmental projects, and staff costs that directly relate to completing physical improvements at a project site.

There are four funding rounds per year. Only one application per project site will be considered per year.

The current round is for projects starting in Autumn 2022.

The deadline for applications is 7th July 2022 (noon).

Tel: 0203 567 6820  Email:


Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Cultural Protection Fund

The Fund will support efforts to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as supporting the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. It will also provide opportunities to local communities for training and education, enabling and empowering them in the long term to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage.

The funding is aimed at supporting not-for-profit organisations that are working with a partner organisation to protect cultural heritage in countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Cultural heritage includes many different things from the past that communities value and want to pass on to future generations.

Examples include: 

  • Archaeological sites and monuments
  • Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • Historic buildings
  • Historic landscapes, gardens and parks
  • Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes
  • Histories of people, communities, places and events
  • Heritage of languages and dialects
  • People’s memories and experiences

Large grants from £100,000 to £2 million are currently available for projects commencing in autumn 2022.

Expressions of Interest for small grants under £100,000 will be open in July 2022.

Non-governmental organisations (NGO), charity or voluntary organisations, public sector organisations, and academic institutions based anywhere in the world can apply, but they must be working in one of the following countries or states: 

  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA) - Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen
  • East Africa - Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
  • South Asia - Afghanistan

Local partner organisations can be an academic institution, a public sector organisation, a charity or voluntary organisation, a company.

The Fund has the following outcomes:


  • Cultural heritage at risk is safeguarded for future generations
  • Cultural heritage at risk is better managed and prepared for potential threats
  • Local organisations and communities have increased capacity and resilience to care for cultural heritage


  • Local people have developed skills, potentially leading to increased professional or other opportunities
  • The profile of people engaging with cultural heritage is more diverse
  • Local communities have a better understanding of their cultural heritage and value it more
  • Local communities have played a more active role in protecting their cultural heritage or sharing it with others
  • The local area is enhanced for the benefit of communities and visitors


  • The local economy has been diversified

Projects do not have to address each outcome, but all projects must include outcome 1 (cultural heritage safeguarding) and at least one society outcome.

The funding can be used to cover direct project costs, which include: 

  • Heritage protection costs such as restoration and conservation work, equipment, materials, storage and removal and any related level
  • Staff costs, either for new staff or existing staff where these are vital to delivering the project
  • Travel and subsistence costs
  • Promotional costs such as marketing and the distribution of marketing materials
  • Evaluation costs including collection, storing and analysis of data
  • Professional fees
  • Overheads will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Activities can run for any duration but at the latest must finish by the end of January 2025.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is 1159pm on 30th June 2022.


Funding Diary

June 2022

South East LEP (SELEP) - ESF Community Grant - 08/06/2022

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme - 15/06/2022

DCMS - MEND Fund (Museums Estate and Development Fund) – Round 2 – EOI - 17/06/2022

Learning through Landscapes - Local School Nature Grant Programme - 17/06/2022

DCMS - Youth Investment Fund (YIF) Phase 2 Pilot - 19/06/2022

BBC Children - We Move Fund - 20/06/2022

Shoosmiths Foundation - 24/06/2022  

Arnold Clark Community Fund - 30/06/2022

Adamson Trust - 30/06/2022

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - Cultural Protection Fund - 30/06/2022

Department of Education - Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF) - 30/06/2022

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund - 30/06/2022

Tree Production Capital Grant (TPCG) - 30/06/2022

Vegan Society - 30/06/2022


July 2022

Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest - 01/07/2022

Wolfson Foundation – Stage 1 - 01/07/2022

Hilden Charitable Fund - 03/07/2022

Veolia Environmental Trust - 07/07/2022

South East LEP (SELEP) - ESF Community Grant - 08/07/2022

VocTech Seed Fund - 13/07/2022

Home Office’s Places of Worship Security Scheme - 14/07/2022

Weaver’s Benevolent Fund - 14/07/2022

Better Community Business Network Grant Initiative - 15/07/2022

Homity Trust - 15/07/2022

Sussex Lund grant programme - 17/07/2022

Money Saving Expert Charity  - 22/07/2022

7stars Foundation - 31/07/2022

Radcliffe Trust - 31/07/2022

Versus Arthritis Together Fund - 31/07/2022


August 2022

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund - 01/08/2022

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund  - 05/08/2022

Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programme - 08/08/2022

Warburtons Families Matter - Community Grants Programme - 08/08/2022

Screwfix Foundation - 10/08/2022

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation - 10/08/2022

Charles Hayward Foundation - 12/08/2022

Asda Foundation - Empowering Local Communities Grant - 19/08/2022

ASDA Foundation - U18 Better Starts Grants - 19/08/2022

Veterans’ Foundation - 27/08/2022

Didymus Fund - 31/08/2022


September 2022

Learning through Landscapes - Local School Nature Grant Programme - 02/09/2022

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grants Programme - 15/09/2022

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme - 15/09/2022

Thomas Wall Trust - 19/09/2022

DCMS - MEND Fund (Museums Estate and Development Fund) – Round 2 – Full applications - 23/09/2022

Leche Trust - 23/09/2022

Adamson Trust - 30/09/2022


October 2022

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust - 28/10/2022

LGBT + Futures Equity Fund - 30/10/2022

7stars Foundation - 31/10/2022


November 2022

Institute of Physics – School Grants Scheme - 01/11/2022

Charles Hayward Foundation - 04/11/2022

Screwfix Foundation - 10/11/2022

Better Community Business Network Grant Initiative - 11/11/2022

Learning through Landscapes - Local School Nature Grant Programme - 11/11/2022

Veterans’ Foundation - 12/11/2022

Weaver’s Benevolent Fund  - 17/11/2022


December 2022

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

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme - 15/12/2022


January 2023

7stars Foundation - 31/01/2023


March 2023

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


May 2023

Sussex Community Foundation - Now! Sustainable Communities Fund - 05/05/202