Funding News - May 2022


Success stories

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) - Changing Places
Department for Transport – National Bus Strategy Funding
Home Office – Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership
Arts Council England and Sussex Community Foundation - Let’s Create Jubilee Fund
National Lottery Community Fund – Reaching Communities


National Lottery Awards 2022
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023

Information and Guidance

Community First – Young Volunteers Project
The Drug of Art
Funders Invite Charities to Tell Them How to Improve Application Processes
Good Things Foundation
Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) - Small Grants Guide
National Lottery Community Fund Invites Dialogue on Future Community Support
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022
Rother Voluntary Action – Funding Surgeries
Volunteers' Week 2022


Department for Education (DfE) Taking Teaching Further Fund
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) - Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme
Lewes Town Council - Community Grants
Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) - Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) - For Applicants

Trusts and Foundations

Alpkit Foundation
Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Large Grants Programme
Armed Forces Covenant Trust - NAAFI Fund 2022
BA Better World Community Fund
Baring Foundation – Arts and Mental Health Programme for Global Majority-led Arts Organisations
Co-op Local Community Fund
Energy Saving Trust - Energy Redress Fund
Foyle Foundation - Schools Library Programme
Lord Barnby's Charitable Foundation
MCS Charitable Foundation
Motability - Community Transport Grants
Nationwide Building Society - Community Grants Programme
NFU Mutual Charitable Trust
Stop Loan Sharks - Community Fund
Thomas Wall Trust
Vegan Society
VocTech Seed Fund
Youth Music Trailblazer Fund

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Success Stories

Arts Council England and Sussex Community Foundation - Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

Sussex Community Foundation announced the following voluntary and community organisations awarded grants from the Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.


MSL Discover - £9,918                                                  MSL Discover celebrates individual creativity by commissioning cultural practitioners to create performances, exhibitions and installations that engage and inspire people, and transform communities. Funding is requested to commission new choral works to celebrate the Queens Jubilee, performed flash mob style.

Siam Boxing Camp C.I.C  - £10,000

Siam Boxing Camp's fundamental aim is to provide Muay Thai, K1 and kickboxing sessions to the local community. Funding is requested towards a motion capture visual arts project to celebrate the Queens Jubilee culminating in a live public screening with music and dance performances delivered by local artists.     


The Amblers  -   £6,270                                                         The Amblers is an East Sussex based community group that supports older people living in Ambleside Residential Home to engage with the community and take part in activities to improve their well-being. Funding is requested for a creative project linking local school students with residents to create Jubilee Crowns and a dance performance for a Jubilee party.                                 


Singing Mamas Choir CIC -   £7,098                             Singing Mamas Choir CIC is a UK leader in supporting maternal mental health and wellbeing through singing. Funding is requested to support members to write a new song to celebrate the Queens Jubilee, this will be recorded on the 3rd June and released online on 5th June.

East Dean Residents Association -  £3,519                      The mission of the East Dean Residents Association is to represent the members, acting as a collective voice for the benefit of the community. Funding is requested for a week of art activities themed on the Jubilee and culminating in a village fete where art will be displayed.

Tel:  01273 409440                         Email:

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) - Changing Places

About 500 new large accessible toilets for severely disabled people are to be installed across England after the government awarded £23.5m of funding.

Changing Places Toilets (CPTs) have been mandatory in new buildings since 2020 and a year later, funding was offered to add them to existing sites.

 The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) said 191 councils had made successful bids.

 The following grants were awarded in East Sussex:

 Local authority                                   Amount                   Number of toilets

 Eastbourne Borough Council        £140,000                3

Lewes District Council                     £155,000                3

Wealden District Council                £  98,300                2

Department for Transport – National Bus Strategy Funding

Almost 40% of England’s local transport authorities (LTAs) will get significant funding packages as part of the National Bus Strategy to transform their bus services, the DfT has announced today.

The successful bids showed the “ambition to repeat the success achieved in London”. Just under two-thirds of England’s population outside London “will benefit from new investment to make their buses more frequent, more reliable, easier to understand and use, cheaper or greener”.

The DfT says that the funding will result in integrated ticketing, more bus lanes and cuts to bus fares, in some cases by as much as 40%.  

East Sussex has been awarded £41.4m for its Bus Service Improvement Plan.

Home Office – Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership

The Home Office has provisionally allocated funding for a further three years to continue the activities of the Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP) in a collaboration between Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council, West Sussex County Council, Public Health England, the NHS, the Probation Service and others.

 With Home Office funding to date, the Sussex VRP has invested in interventions that meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable young people in Sussex, providing guidance, support and activities to divert them away from serious violence.

 The multi-year government funding will provide much-needed stability and continuity for this work, enabling the partnership to maintain its existing provision and develop new projects, testing what works in preventing serious violence.

National Lottery Community Fund – Reaching Communities

The Sara Lee Trust                                                             £249,000

The Sara Lee Therapy Centre in Sidley, Bexhill, provides complementary therapies, counselling and group support to local people. The Trust has received funding support of £249,000 from The National Lottery Communities Fund to develop a new bespoke hall space adjacent to the Therapy Centre.

Tel:  0345 4 10 20 30      Email:


National Lottery Awards 2022

The National Lottery is now accepting nominations for awards recognising individuals or groups in the following categories:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Sport
  • Heritage
  • Community/Charity
  • Young Hero (under 18s) 

One winner from each  National Lottery Awards category will receive a £5,000 cash prize along with a National Lottery Awards trophy.

 Individuals and small groups of people across the UK that work or act for a National Lottery funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding can be nominated for an award.

 Nominations for the 2022 awards closes at midnight on 1st June 2022.

 Tel: 0845 275 0000


Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service will be accepting nominations for the 2023 awards until 15th September and are really looking forward to hearing about the ways in which local groups of volunteers are devising and running services to help change lives in their community.

QAVS was set up 20 years ago to recognise and celebrate exceptional local volunteer groups across the UK.  The standard expected is very high, as the award is an Honour equivalent to an MBE.  However, you’ll see from all the examples on the website that there is no such thing as a typical QAVS awardee. They really do cover a wide, diverse range of activities from theatre groups to food banks, dementia clubs, local radio stations and more. 

Last year’s East Sussex award recipients were:  Lewes-based Sussex Pathways along with Eastbourne’s Wayfinder Woman and Medi-Tech.

The Lord Lieutenant, Andrew Blackman, recently held a reception for this year’s nine nominated groups from across the county in recognition of their achievements thus far, the announcement of this year’s winners being eagerly anticipated.  The groups are:

  • Defiant Sports (DS) – the charity works to get people with disabilities and long-term conditions playing sport
  • Heathfield & District Age Concern (HDAG) - HDAG helps elderly and registered disabled people get out and about, socialise, and consequently improve their independence
  • Lunch Positive (LP) - LP is for people affected by/living with HIV
  • Stay Up Late (SUL) - Paul Richards was in a band when he set up SUL because he noticed people with learning disabilities were having to leave gigs at 9pm due to support staff restrictions. From this issue SUL set up ‘gig buddies’ – a system where a volunteer is matched up with someone with learning disabilities to go and attend a mainstream social event to enjoy together.
  • The Anne Bickmore Children’s Fund (The ABC Fund) - Anne Bickmore BEM set up the fund 30 years ago when she was working as a swimming teacher
  • The People Matter Trust (PMT) - PMT is an employment charity working to get people jobs who might face barriers
  • The Y Centre (Hastings & Rother YMCA) - The centre works with young people to give them somewhere to go seven days a week
  • Volunteers Network CIC (VN) - VN has three aims – to strengthen the community, address disadvantages, and promote volunteering
  • Wealden Talking News (WTN) - WTN works to produce a weekly recording of local newspapers for people who are sight impaired

If there’s an exceptional group in your neighbourhood that you would like to nominate then you can do so here. You need to be completely independent from them (groups should not nominate themselves), however all you need to do is to: check the eligibility criteria, complete a simple online form and add some letters of support from two other individuals.  If you don’t know of a group, but are passionate about volunteering, you may want to follow and share social media posts, helping to highlight the wonderful stories of volunteers making real differences to communities across the UK.

For local questions, please contact Juliet Smith DL at:

Information and Guidance

Community First – Young Volunteers Project

As part of the Young Volunteers Project, Community First has developed a toolkit to help break down the barriers that charities and non-profit organisations have with placing young people aged 13-17 into volunteering opportunities.

The Drug of Art

Sussex Artist Alison Lapper has launched The Drug of Art, an initiative that uses art to help young people with their mental health and wellbeing by combating isolation and loneliness. As a result of Alison's sons passing, Parys, Alison aims to help others through the power of art. In collaboration with Chalk productions, an East Sussex Film Production company, working with charities Young Minds and The Michael Alridge Foundation. A Crowdfunder has been launched to raise money for the workshops hosted by Michael Aldrich Foundation, supported by artist Alison Lapper. The Michael Aldrich Foundation is an independent charity which aims to promote education, particularly arts education, and which has a focus on community arts projects.

Funders Invite Charities to Tell Them How to Improve Application Processes

Over 100 grantmakers are asking charities to fill out their survey to influence how £800m of grants are made and managed. 

The Funding Experience Survey, which has been co-produced by The Institute for Voluntary Research (IVAR) and over 100 more grant makers, asks how they can make the grant application process easier for charities. 

The survey is looking to determine what can be done to reduce wasting time, effort and stress of applying for grants.

The grantmakers want to know what they can do to make the process more streamlined, and find out what matters the most to their grant recipients. 

The survey takes up to 15 minutes to complete. Respondents to the survey will be in with the chance of entering a prize draw to win £100 for their organisation. 

Good Things Foundation

Good Things Foundation is a social change charity, helping people to improve their lives through digital. They tackle the most pressing social issues of our time, working with partners in thousands of communities across the UK and further afield.

The 2021 update of the Digital Nation infographic gathers together the facts and stats about digital inclusion and exclusion in the UK. It uses new analysis of the latest Ofcom data alongside key sources such as Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index and Essential Digital Skills 2021, external research and the foundation’s own data insights.

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Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) - Small Grants Guide

HVA have just published the latest version of their HVA’s Small Grants Guide, listing information about sources of funding up to around £10,000 for local charities, community groups and social enterprises.

 This guide is part of a wider Funding Advice Service for Hastings groups, including:

  •  Reviewing funding applications and offering feedback
  • Training courses on funding and fundraising issues
  • Publicising funding sources in HVA newsletter and elsewhere
  • Occasional e-bulletins with time-sensitive information for fundraisers
  • Providing specific funding information and advice for organisations
  • Loaning fundraising books and guides

 For more information about the Funding Advice Service, contact Peter Thorpe ( or phone HVA on 01424 444010.

National Lottery Community Fund Invites Dialogue on Future Community Support

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has announced as part of its commitment to putting communities first that it is renewing its UK-wide strategy. The 18-month strategy renewal process will shape how NLCF supports people and communities into the future.

The NLCF has launched a six-week anonymous survey and wants to hear from communities across the UK, including individuals, informal groups and organisations, geographic communities and communities of interest, those who have received funding and those who have not, and others who have views on the best ways lottery funding might support their communities in the future.

The announcement accompanies the most recent findings from the NLCF’s Community Research Index, an annual survey of more than 8,000 adults across the UK designed to find out how people feel about, and their ambitions for, their communities. The findings show a ‘stark difference in how communities across the UK think they are faring compared to others. It reveals significant contrasts in people’s perceptions of quality of life, opportunities, job and employment prospects, and other key measures such as health and wellbeing, based on geography, social class, education, levels of local deprivation and ethnicity’.

The research, conducted over a two-week period in September 2021, found that ‘72% of people in the UK think their community is faring well for quality of life compared to other communities’. This increases to ‘78% of people in the Southwest of England, but dips to 67% for those in the Northwest and Northeast, falling further to 62%’ for those living in the most deprived areas of the UK.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

June 2022 marks The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and provides an opportunity to host an event in your local community. The official Platinum Jubilee website has a guide and checklist to help you come up with ideas to celebrate. The Eden Project are running their Big Lunch project as an official event, and have produced a resource pack to host your own. You can also add your Big Lunch event to their map.

If you are planning a Platinum Jubilee event, don’t forget to submit your details to the official event map.


Rother Voluntary Action – Funding Surgeries

Rother Voluntary Action runs funding surgeries the first Friday of each month between 930am and 1230pm at 47 London Road, Bexhill-on-sea.  For details of the next one please visit the events page.

Surgeries provide support or advice regarding funding opportunities or submitting a funding application.  An idea of the help you need is useful prior to attending, but not essential.

Please contact for more details.

Volunteers' Week 2022

1st to 7th June 2022 is Volunteers' Week, and your opportunity to thank your volunteers for the essential support they provide.  Resources are available to promote your events and you can also follow the @NCVOvolunteers Twitter account and post your powerful volunteer stories, pictures and videos using #VolunteersWeek and #MonthOfCommunity.

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Department for Education (DfE) Taking Teaching Further Fund

The Taking Teaching Further programme is a national initiative to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education.

Round five will run until July 2024 and will continue to offer FE providers support with the funding towards new recruits undertaking a Level 5 teaching qualification, receiving intensive support such as paired teaching, mentoring or work shadowing, as well as a reduced teaching workload in the first year of teaching.

For this round, the programme has been expanded beyond the 15 technical routes to include a ‘core skills’ element, which aims to support the recruitment of business and industry experts to teach English, maths or SEND to Technical subject students.

Financial support is available for FE providers to address the cost of undertaking ITE and help create capacity for new recruits to learn and receive training and support on the job.

Funding of £18,200 per recruit will be made available to cover:

  • Full-time funding will cover:
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) (or equivalent/ higher) teaching qualification
  • 144 hours of intensive support
  • 140 hours of a reduced teaching workload
  • Optional Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) qualification before the Level 5 DET if a provider deems that to be suitable for their new recruit. For this AET option, 132 hours would be allocated to the reduced teaching workload
  • Part-time funding will cover:
    • Level 5 DET (or equivalent/higher) teacher qualification
    • 72 hours of intensive support
    • 70 hours of reduced teaching workload (following the period of intensive support)
    • Optional Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) qualification before the Level 5 DET if a provider deems that to be suitable for their new recruit. For this AET option, 66 hours would be allocated to the reduced teaching workload

Route 1 is open to all FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges.

Route 2 is open to all independent training providers, employer led providers, third sector training providers, local authority providers, and adult and community learning providers.

Round 5 will run from April 2022 to July 2024, with most of the funding for each confirmed recruit being paid in either August 2022 or January 2023.

Tel: 020 7340 8280            Email:

Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) - Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in England by the Localism Act 2011 to give people a chance to decide how their local area should be developed and what should be built in the future. Groups will be able to determine where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built and have a say on what new buildings should look like.

Town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums preparing a neighbourhood development plan or neighbourhood development order in England can apply for the following:

  • A basic grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order
  • An additional grant of up to £8,000 is available for groups facing more complex issues, giving a maximum total amount of £18,000
  • Specific packages of technical support where needed.

The Neighbourhood programme is particularly keen to help ambitious groups, from all types of neighbourhoods, who want to really influence how their place grows and changes going into the future.

To apply for an additional grant of up to £8,000, applicants must be at least one of the following:

  • Allocating sites for housing
  • Including design codes in their plans
  • A designated business neighbourhood plan
  • A cluster of three or more parishes writing a single plan
  • A Neighbourhood Area with a population of more than 25,000
  • A designated neighbourhood forum
  • A group based in an area which has a high level of deprivation (where 30% or more of the neighbourhood area or population is in the 20% most deprived areas in England according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation).

The grant ceiling applies to the period April 2015 to March 2023. All grants must be spent before 31st March 2023.

Expressions of Interest can be submitted at any time before March 2023.


Lewes Town Council - Community Grants

Lewes Town Council’s Community Grants programme  aims to help maintain a vibrant community sector in the town, with particular emphasis on groups and non-commercial organisations who support the Council’s vision which covers:

  • Sustainable transport, related infrastructure & signage, cycling routes, bus transport
  • Openness: engagement; consultation; partnership
  • Trees and biodiversity; wildlife and the environment; Open spaces
  • Support for foodbanks and the disadvantaged

The Grants Fund is agreed within Lewes Town Council’s annual budget and grants of up to £2,000 are awarded. Larger sums may be considered, but you should discuss this with the Town Clerk before applying. 

Applications can be made for help towards a special project, or the everyday running costs of your organisation.

The council’s website provides an information pack with details of the scheme, an application form and guidance for applicants.   Please note, applications will only be accepted by email.

The Town Council reviews applications in four ’rounds’ each year, although the applications can be submitted at any time. The Council provides an application timetable.   Deadlines for applications are as follows:

Friday 20th May 2022

Friday 2nd September 2022

Friday 25th  November 2022

Friday 27th January 2023

 Tel: 01273 471469                              Email:

Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) - Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) Grants

The aim of the scheme is to provide eligible applicants with voucher support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of EV charge points.

 The grant covers up to 75% of the total costs of the purchase and installation of EV charge points (inclusive of VAT), capped at a maximum of:

  •  £350 per socket
  • 40 sockets across all sites per applicant

 The scheme is open to organisations that fulfil all of the following criteria:

  •  Are a registered business, charity, or public sector organisation
  • Must be either:
    • a Public Authority – includes Government Departments and their agencies, the Armed Forces, Local Governments, the NHS and Emergency Services
    • Or if not one of the above must have received less than €200,000 of public support in the last three fiscal years, or which is currently pending before applying for the WCS and satisfy the eligibility criteria for de minimis aid
  • Can declare a need for electric vehicle charging equipment or an intent to encourage uptake among their staff and/or fleet
  • Are located in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • Has dedicated off-street parking for staff and/or fleets
  • Own the property or have consent from the landlord for charge points to be installed at all the sites listed in the application

 Applications may be submitted at any time.

Tel: 0300 083 0082                Email:

Trusts and Foundations

Alpkit Foundation

The funding is for grassroots direct action projects that tackle issues such as diversity and inclusion in the outdoors, participation, education, conservation and protection of the natural environment and health and well-being.

 Grants of between £50 and £500 are available.

 Applications will be considered from community groups, schools and organisations based and working within the UK.

 Funding is intended for:

  • Diversity and inclusion projects that engage individual and groups from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Environmental projects that seek to support, conserve, or generate understanding of our environment and wild places
  • Health projects enabling people to gain physical and mental wellbeing from the Great Outdoors
  • Education projects such as First Aid, D of E, Forest Schools and Mountain Leader
  • Participation projects that get more people experiencing the Great Outdoors

There is particular interest in projects that:

  • Encourage responsible outdoor activity
  • Have long lasting benefits
  • Introduce new people to get outdoors
  • Demonstrate value for money

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered every two months.

It is recommended that groups apply at least three months before the start of their project so that the trustees have time to consider the application at their next meeting.

Tel: 01773417007                                        Email:

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Large Grants Programme

The Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programme offers grants up to £100,000 over two or three years for large-scale projects which take a more targeted rather than generalist approach.

Funding could support specific groups within UK Armed Forces communities such as:

  • People who have been bereaved
  • Those with unmet needs from physical injury
  • People serving in the Armed Forces who were born overseas or with immediate family overseas
  • Armed Forces families coming to the UK
  • Veterans from LGBT+ communities
  • Female veterans
  • Veterans and families with needs that make them particularly vulnerable.

The Trust would also like to fund a small number of projects that would strategically address challenges of perceptions of Armed Forces communities within the wider civilian population.

Applications are accepted from charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs) which have been registered for a minimum of three years. Groups do not need to be Armed Forces-specific but must be willing to work in partnership with Armed Forces organisations.

The next deadline is 8th August 2022.


Armed Forces Covenant Trust Announces NAAFI Fund 2022 Round

The NAAFI Fund comes from funding made available by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI), an official trading organisation of HM Forces, providing catering, retail, leisure and facilities management services to the British Armed Forces.

 This year, there are two streams of grant funding available:

  • Tier 1: £5,000 to £20,000
  • Tier 2: £25,000 to £50,000. It is likely that the amount of grants awarded in this range will be limited.

Only British Armed Forces can apply, including all three services. Applications are welcome from units based in the UK and overseas.

 Although charities and other organisations cannot apply for this programme, an Armed Forces base could choose to work with a charity or other local organisation as part of their project.

The types of projects that the NAAFI Fund may support in 2022/23 might be:

  • Providing equipment for projects that encourage serving personnel and families to be more active
  • Refurbishing or enhancing communal spaces, for example creating games rooms with pool tables or electronic gaming equipment that could be used as a recreational space by serving personnel in single living accommodation
  • Creating indoor or outdoor spaces that encourage people to socialise on the unit
  • Providing or improving play areas and equipment for children from Armed Forces families
  • Providing a bank of mountain bikes that can be loaned out for serving personnel and families to explore the local countryside.

The people who benefit from the grant must be serving members of HM Armed Forces, or their families, living on or near a base or station.

The deadline to submit a 50-word project summary is 25th May 2022.


BA Better World Community Fund

This funding aims to support life-changing opportunities in the UK communities BA serve, enabling them to invest in projects that deliver benefits for climate, communities and nature. They want to support projects and organisations who are working to enrich their communities and support long term change.

Their funding, of up to £50,000, aims to help organisations who are supporting social mobility, driving opportunity for education and employability in disadvantaged communities and supporting individuals from ethnic minorities as well as providing opportunities for girls in STEM. The funding will also target organisations who support and provide Health and Wellbeing services to those in need. There will also be funding available to support projects who help their local community become more sustainable by providing innovative ideas to prevent or reduce the impacts of climate change.

This funding is designed to help organisations and social enterprises drive change in their local communities.

 To be eligible to apply, organisations must be:

  •  Registered UK Charities
  • Registered community benefit organisations
  • Registered social enterprises and charity companies

 And do one or more of the following:

  •  Deliver support in areas experiencing social and economic deprivation, including rural communities
  • Work with one or more of the following groups as a main focus:

                 - Lower socio-economic groups

                 - Culturally diverse communities

                 - Disadvantaged females exploring STEM opportunities

                 - Individuals struggling with mental health and wellbeing

                 - Groups exploring or providing solutions for Climate Change

If your application is approved, you’ll be offered match funding of 50% towards your initial crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £50,000. This offer will be valid for 4 weeks after the date of notification, if you do not launch your crowdfunding campaign within 4 weeks of notification the offer will be rescinded.

 To secure a pledge from the BA Better World Community Fund, you will need to do the following (the ‘pledge conditions’):

  1.  Apply to, and be approved for, the BA Better World Community Fund
  2. Receive a provisional pledge from the BA Better World Community Fund, by reaching at least 25% of your target from at least 25 unique supporters*.
  3. Secure the BA Better World Community Fund pledge by reaching at least 100% of your target.


Baring Foundation – Arts and Mental Health Programme for Global Majority-led Arts Organisations

As part of an ongoing commitment to funding racial justice work across its programmes, the Baring Foundation is now accepting applications to the next round of its Arts and Mental Health Programme.

The Foundation will award grants between £20,000 and £60,000 over a minimum of two years. At least £500,000 is available for this funding round, and the Foundation anticipates 10 or more grants may be awarded. 

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Established arts organisations of any kind (including museums). This could be a charity or a regulated social enterprise, such as a Community Interest Company. In this case, ‘arts organisation’ means an organisation whose primary purpose is around the arts and creativity broadly defined
  • Arts organisations that are Global Majority-led. There is no 'official' definition of Global Majority Communities. In this context, it will be used to mean communities that experience racism in the UK, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • Arts organisations that have been established for at least two years with audited accounts for at least that length of time.
  • Based and working in the UK

Although the lead applicant must be a Global Majority-led arts organisation, they may wish to partner with an organisation specialising in mental health which is not arts-focused.

Grants should be used to provide participatory creative activities to people living with mental health problems, mostly from Global Majority communities.

The deadline to apply is midday on 26th July 2022.


Co-op Local Community Fund

Co-op funding aims to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

Grants are determined by Co-op community members who vote on the project they wish to support in their local community.

The more members that select a project and shop with Co-op, the more funding the project will receive. In most areas, this is between £1,000 and £3,000 on average.  Up to 3 projects in each community will be chosen.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • UK registered charities
  • Scout, Guide or Woodcraft folk groups
  • Registered community amateur sports clubs (CASCs)
  • Churches or chapels that are ‘excepted’ charities
  • Co-operative societies
  • Credit unions
  • Community benefit societies
  • Community interest companies
  • Any other organisation that can prove they are not run for profit

To be eligible, groups or activities must:

  • Make good things happen in their area
  • Be not-for-profit (unless they are helping people stay connected during coronavirus/Covid-19)
  • Be locally run
  • Follow government guidelines on social distancing

Priority will be given to organisations with an income of less than £1 million a year.

Funding is available for projects which benefit local communities centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes.

The funding is for projects that:

  • Enable people to access food and co-operate together to feed everyone
  • Help improve people’s mental wellbeing
  • Offer young people opportunities to develop new skills and make a difference in their community
  • Help people protect local biodiversity or tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions

The money can be used to pay staff salaries or the project’s running costs. For example, payment to a professional to give local children mental health awareness training.

Applications are open until 29th May 2022 (midnight).

Tel: 0800 023 4708                                Email:

Energy Saving Trust - Energy Redress Fund

The Energy Redress Fund has reopened for 2022, with the following priorities:

  • Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations
  • Deliver benefits to the types of consumers that were negatively impacted by the specific issues that triggered the redress payment

There is a total of £23 million to fund new projects across the following funding streams:

  • Small Project Fund grants of between £20,000 and £49,999 for projects that will support energy consumers in vulnerable situations
  • Main Project Fund grants of between £50,000 and £2 million for projects that will support energy consumers in vulnerable situations
  • Innovation Fund grants of between £50,000 and £1 million for projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit energy consumers

Registered charities registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process may apply for the Small Projects Fund, Main Projects Fund or Innovation Fund.

Examples of the kind of activities that can be funded through the Energy Redress Scheme include:

  • Engaging vulnerable customers with energy issues and referring them for support
  • Delivering energy advice that does not duplicate existing advice services
  • Installation of energy saving or renewable energy measures that cannot be funded elsewhere and/or are innovative or are being used in innovative ways
  • In-home safety advice and measures related to energy systems
  • Training and education on energy that is targeted at supporting vulnerable customers.

Grants can cover capital or revenue funding for projects lasting up to two years.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 6th June 2022.

Tel: 020 7222 0101                                      Email:

Foyle Foundation - Schools Library Programme

State funded schools as well as dedicated schools that do not have or want to improve their libraries can apply for funding of between £2,000 and £10,000 through the Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme.

The Foyle Foundation prioritises primary schools and to funding library books. The Foundation will also consider contributions towards e-readers, library software, necessary IT equipment and specialist seating/desks. Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future.

You can apply anytime.

Tel: 020 7430 9119                                 Email:

Lord Barnby's Charitable Foundation

The foundation awards grants to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for between £500 and £12,000, with average grants being in the range of £2,000 to £3,000.

Costs associated with eligible projects are eligible.

Applications can be made at any time and should be made in writing. Applications should also include the following:

  • A brief description of the organisation and project.
  • A copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts.

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

Mrs Catherine Thomason
The Lord Barnby's Foundation
PO Box 442
Market Drayton

Tel: 07835441168                                 Email:

MCS Charitable Foundation

The aim of the Foundation is to increase public confidence, awareness and access to renewable energy and low carbon solutions across the UK. The Foundation supports education and engagement programmes, funds research and facilitates innovative solutions to drive widespread adoption.

Grants are usually for between £5,000 and £50,000.  In exceptional cases higher amounts of up to £100,000 will be considered.

Applications are accepted from public organisations and not-for-profit companies as well as charities.

Funding cannot be used for:

  • Installations and refurbishments e.g. commercial and private properties, community buildings and schools.
  • Transport e.g. electric charging points, battery power development.

Funding is usually awarded for specific time-bound projects that meet the Foundation’s mission of accelerating the widespread adoption of renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

Projects should have a UK-wide impact, either through having a national reach or through developing/demonstrating an innovative approach that could be replicated, adapted or scaled up. Projects that are specific to the context in the devolved nations and regions are welcome.

To be eligible, projects should fall into one of the following themes:

  • Education, skills and CPD
  • Public awareness/information and consumer confidence
  • Zero carbon planning
  • Local zero carbon delivery initiatives

Eligible projects should also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Seed funding for innovative initiatives
  • Support delivery of a proof of concept
  • Research to support innovation or capacity building in one of the themed areas
  • Sharing good practice

The Foundation is also open to applications that fall outside of these standard criteria if the applicant can make a strong case that the proposal could have a step-change impact in society’s action towards the Foundation’s mission.

The first step in the application process is to complete the enquiry form on the website of the Foundation as an initial expression of interest. This can be done at any time, and organisations are encouraged to do so in good time before a full application deadline.

After completing the enquiry form, applicants will be contacted by the Foundation and will receive a full application form if they meet the Foundation’s funding criteria.

After each deadline, applications will be reviewed and shortlisted for interview by the Foundation, and a decision will be made by the Board of Trustees around two months following the deadline.


Motability - Community Transport Grants

Funding is intended to address the gaps in the transport landscape and provide transport for the most vulnerable members of society, whose welfare is most impacted by these gaps.

Grants of £100,000 to £4 million are available for a maximum of three years.

Medium and large charities and not-for-profit organisations with well-established ways of working may apply.

Grants should be used to cover:

  • Staffing and/or volunteer costs to increase supply of Community Transport services
  • Leasing or buying Community Transport vehicles
  • Initiatives to influence transport strategy, policy and funding
  • Partnerships/collaborations which drive efficiency at the organisational and systems level
  • Best practice interventions to continue/scale up work

Both direct and indirect costs of supporting the transport needs of disabled people will be considered.

Applications can be made at any time.

Stage One applications are expected to receive a response within four months.

The following timescales for Stage Two applications apply:

  • Under £1 million: assessed on a monthly basis
  • Over £1 million: assessed quarterly

Tel: 01279 632168               Email:

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants Programme

Housing-focused groups in the UK can now apply for grants to deliver projects which align with at least one of Nationwide's three outcomes:

  • Preventing people from losing their home
  • Helping people in a home
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment.

Nationwide Community Grant Programme will fund between 50% to 100% of the total project cost, awarding The £10,000 to £50,000, over a period of either one or two years.

Applications will be accepted from the following types of charitable organisations:

  • UK Charities registered with the Charity Commission or OSCR
  • Community Benefit Societies or Cooperatives registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Community Land Trusts registered with a charity commission in the UK, the FCA or with Companies House as a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee.

The deadline to apply is 27th May 2022.

Tel: 0800 30 20 11        Email:

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

The Trust offers grants to charitable organisations working in agriculture, rural development and insurance in the UK.

Currently, the Trust's main objectives are to:

  • Advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to 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
  • Advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to agriculture
  • Promote research into agricultural associated activities
  • Advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to insurance

The Trust will focus on funding larger initiatives which would have significant impact on the rural community. the Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trust. Most grants fall within the range of £1,000 to £50,000.

Larger grants are used to support organisations which have a significant impact on rural communities at a national level.

Charitable organisations based and working within the UK seeking funding for charitable initiatives in the areas of education, research, social welfare and poverty relief can apply.

The funding will support the running costs of various projects and services, particularly those larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community.

The 2022 deadlines for applications are 27th May and 28th October.

Tel: 01789 202679    Email:

Stop Loan Sharks - Community Fund

The England Illegal Money Lending Team has funding available for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending.

The aim of this funding is to give groups the opportunity to raise awareness of the issue, in their community in a different way.

There is a total funding pot of £160,000.  Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Local residents' groups, charities, private companies, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England can apply.

The funding can be used for ‘any worthwhile’ community project that meets the following criteria:

  • Contributes to raising awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks
  • Prevents crime and disorder and makes a difference in local communities
  • Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities
  • Encourages reporting of loan sharks and signposts victims to the team

IMLT actively encourages projects and initiatives that are different from the rest and will leave a legacy in the communities they are delivered in.

Projects should meet the following five aims:

  • Innovative
  • Community engagement
  • Impact
  • Legacy
  • Value for money

The deadline to apply is 30th June 2022.


Thomas Wall Trust

The Thomas Wall Trust is accepting applications from charities with a turnover of £10,000 to £500,000 that have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years.

The Trust awards up £5,000 and can support annual repeat funding for up to three years.

Funding will support a project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the communication skills ready for employment.

Priority will be given to:

  • Match funded projects
  • Charities that can provide compelling evidence of impact
  • Charities working with collaborative networks
  • Self-sustainable projects, with a view to becoming less reliant on grants in the future

There is particular interest in hearing from groups supporting people experiencing multiple deprivation or major hurdles to employment including women, people with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.

The deadline to apply is 19th September 2022.

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Vegan Society

The Vegan Society supports projects which will encourage non-vegans to go vegan and stay vegan. The projects are based across the globe, with a particular emphasis on those based in economically developing countries. A typical award is £1000

This grants programme is intended to support projects which:

  • Raise awareness of veganism in a positive way
  • Promote veganism in a unique or exciting way to non-vegans
  • Support people from marginalised backgrounds to access veganism

There is no maximum or minimum funding specified, but grants awarded will typically be around £1,000.

Small to medium non-profit organisations or individuals with non-profit projects may apply. It is a requirement that applicants are vegan.

Projects can be based around the globe, with a focus on countries which are economically developing. Additionally, priority will be given to applications from groups of people from a marginalised community.

The next deadline to apply is 30th June 2022.

Tel: 0121 523 1730                                          Email:

VocTech Seed Fund

The VocTech Seed Fund provides funding for initiatives that can improve the accessibility and delivery of adult learning through the use of technology.

Early-stage funding will be offered to organisations undertaking projects that have the potential for using digital technology in novel and imaginative ways to develop new services or improve access or delivery of adult vocational learning. The programme will help supported ventures to develop their ideas into robust digital products or services.

Successful applicants can each expect to receive grant funding, typically of between £15,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting from three to twelve months.

The scheme is suitable for early-stage businesses, smaller digital innovators and other organisations looking to test new digital approaches on a small scale. It is also suitable for digital innovators currently working in other markets who can see opportunities to adapt their approach to vocational learning. It may be particularly useful to edtech businesses looking to expand their products and series to delivery to the VocTech market, and for businesses with expertise in their field, looking to scale-up using digital technologies.

However, it is open to all organisations, including charities, trade bodies, existing learning providers and employers who would like to test new approaches to using digital technology for vocational learning. Applications can be strengthened by demonstrating a collaborative approach, especially where employers and digital learning specialists are working together.

The scheme will fund the design, development and early stage testing of novel approaches to digital vocational learning; helping to take those ideas through basic prototyping to the next stage of 'seeding the market' by delivering a first proof of concept prototype and planning a route to market. This could include:

  • Design, development and prototyping
  • Refining learning design
  • Small scale testing with users
  • Planning a route to market & strategies for scaling
  • Project Management
  • Evidencing impact & what works

The next call opens on 15th June 2022. The deadline will be 13th July 2022 (5pm)


Youth Music Trailblazer Fund

The purpose of the Youth Music Trailblazer Fund is to provide support for organisations delivering projects that help children and young people facing barriers to make, learn or earn in music.

The fund is designed to support organisations who want to trial work for the first time, test a new way of working, or disrupt the status quo.

The following levels of funding are available:

  • Grants of £2,000 to £15,000 are available to organisations of less than one year old
  • Grants of £2,000 to £30,000 are available to organisations of more than one year old

All funded projects may last between six and 24 months.

Constituted community organisations based in England may apply.

The fund has a particular focus on supporting:

  • Small organisations who support children and young people to make, learn or earn in music
  • Those who work with children and young people facing barriers who want to trial a new music offer
  • Established organisations that want to test a new way of working or disrupt the status quo

Applications must meet at least one of the following Youth Music themes:

  • Early years
  • Disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent young people
  • Youth justice system
  • Young people facing barriers
  • Young adults
  • Organisations and the workforce

Eligible projects can offer opportunities in music making, learning, or earning - or a combination of all three.

Examples of eligible projects may include:

  • A new CIC testing out different ways of supporting nurseries to embed music-making into their day-to-day activities
  • A Music Education Hub that wants to disrupt the status quo of their local music scene by setting up a Youth Board that has budget and power to make decisions about how the hub is run
  • An established youth centre trialling music activities for the first time

Eligible costs include:

  • Delivery costs:
    • Music leader fees
    • Project management
    • Other members of staff working on the project (e.g. youth workers)
    • Youth voice activities (e.g. consultation, youth forum etc)
    • Marketing
    • Planning
    • Monitoring, reflection and evaluation
    • Staff induction and training
    • Equipment such as musical instruments, hardware and software
    • Room and venue hire
    • Food, travel and other access related costs
  • Core costs:
    • Salaries (staff who are not working directly on the project)
    • Communications
    • Operations (rent and utilities)
    • Governance (audit, legal advice, preparation of annual accounts)
    • Income generation
    • Training
    • IT costs

The deadline for Round 1 applications is 13th May 2022 (5pm).

Tel: 020 7902 1095                                              Email:

Funding Diary

May 2022

Charles Hayward Foundation                                                                                  06/05/2022

Sussex Community Foundation - General Awards                                          06/05/2022

Sussex Community Foundation - Sustainable Communities Fund            06/05/2022

Access - Enterprise Development Programme - Environment                     09/05/2022

Warburtons Families Matter - Community Grants Programme                   09/05/2022

Screwfix Foundation                                                                                                   10/05/2022

Youth Music Trailblazer Fund                                                                                   13/05/2022

The Dunhill Medical Trust - Technology for our Ageing Population           16/05/2022

DCMS Your Best Friend Fund – Large Grants                                                    20/05/2022

Lewes Town Council - Community Grants programme                                  20/05/2022

Veterans’ Foundation                                                                                                  20/05/2022

Historic England - Everyday Heritage Grants                                                    23/05/2022

Armed Forces Covenant Trust - AAFI Fund                                                        25/05/2022

Nationwide Community Grant Programme                                                         27/05/2022

 NFU Mutual Charitable Trust                                                                                  27/05/2022

Pink Ribbon Foundation                                                                                             27/05/2022

Co-op Local Community Fund                                                                                 29/05/2022

Defra’s Urban Tree Challenge                                                                                   31/05/2022


June 2022

Biffaward Partnership Grants Scheme                                                                 01/06/2022

Institute of Physics – School Grants Scheme                                                    01/06/2022

National Lottery Awards                                                                                             01/06/2022

Energy Redress Fund                                                                                                  06/06/2022

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme                                                                          15/06/2022

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

Arnold Clark Community Fund                                                                                30/06/2022

Adamson Trust                                                                                                              30/06/2022

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

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund                                                                      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

VocTech Seed Fund                                                                                                      13/07/2022

Weaver’s Benevolent Fund                                                                                         14/07/2022

Better Community Business Network Grant Initiative                                    15/07/2022

Homity Trust                                                                                                                   15/07/2022

7stars Foundation                                                                                                         31/07/2022

Radcliffe Trust                                                                                                               31/07/2022


August 2022

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund                                                                                 01/08/2022

Armed Forces Covenant Fund                                                                                 08/08/2022

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

Screwfix Foundation                                                                                                   10/08/2022

Charles Hayward Foundation                                                                                   12/08/2022

Veterans’ Foundation                                                                                                  27/08/2022

Didymus Fund                                                                                                                31/08/2022


September 2022

Learning through Landscapes - Local School Nature Grant                        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

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                            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 - Sustainable Communities Fund           05/05/2023