Funding News -May 2024


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Information and Guidance 

Armed Forces Covenant Trust – New three-year Funding Framework


Sport England - New Movement Fund 


Community Ownership Fund – Round Four (Window 2) 
Crowdfund East Sussex - Donation Doubled Crowdfunder campaign 
Department for Education - Taking Teaching Further 
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme 
NHS Blood and Transplant – Community Grants Programme 

Trusts and Foundations 

The Adamson Trust 
A G Manly Charitable Trust 
Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation 
Allen Lane Foundation 
The Anchor Foundation 
Barchester Healthcare Foundation - Reducing Isolation and Loneliness 
BBC Children in Need - Project Cost and Core Cost grants 
Benefact Trust - Improvement Grants for Christian Buildings 
Clarion Futures - Grants to address Digital Exclusion 
Hays Travel Foundation 
HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust 
Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Improving Lives 
Hilden Charitable Trust – Update 
Hinrichsen Foundation - Contemporary Music Projects 
Inman Charity 
Innovate UK Smart Grants 
Institute of Physics (IOP) Public Engagement Grant Scheme 
The Ironmongers' Company 
Kelly Family Charitable Trust 
Material Focus - Electricals Recycling Fund (ERF) 
Morrisons Foundation 
National Churches Trust – Large Grants Programme 
One Stop Community Partnership Programme 
Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Migration Fund - Core and Programme Costs 
Pets Foundation - Preventing Pet Relinquishment 
Poundland Foundation – Kits for Kids Programme 
Quaker Housing Trust 
The Roy Hudson Trust 
Seven Friends Foundation 
Theatre Improvement Scheme 
Woodward Charitable Trust –Families and Young People - Core Costs 
Youth Music Trailblazer Fund 

Funding Diary 

Information and Guidance

Armed Forces Covenant Trust – New three year Funding Framework

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (CFT) will award £30 million in grants under the Covenant Fund over the next three years, according to its new Funding Framework.

Their three-year Framework, developed with input from the Armed Forces community, is built around themes of improving quality of life; ensuring that Armed Forces Communities are not disadvantaged; supporting those in need of special consideration and understanding complex needs and identifying solutions.

CFT will develop these themes into programmes. Visit their website for the themes they will be tackling in their first year of delivery.


Sport England - New Movement Fund

Sport England’s new Movement Fund has replaced their Small Grants scheme and Active Together fund.

The Movement Fund offers £300 - £15,000 for projects to improve physical activity opportunities for people and communities who need it the most. The Fund offers grants, or contributions towards organisations who are crowdfunding.

Organisations can apply for projects promoting physical activity, for example, active travel, walking, cycling, dance, fitness and sports activities.  Sport England prioritises projects where there is the most need, particularly groups facing barriers to activity:

  • People living on low incomes
  • Disabled people or those with long-term health conditions
  • Older people
  • People from culturally diverse communities
  • Pregnant women and parents with very young children
  • Girls aged 5-16
  • LGBTQ+ people
  • People who are in foster care
  • People who provide care without pay
  • Projects that address combined hurdles, such as people with long-term health conditions alongside caring responsibilities

Sport England’s funding covers:

  • Equipment
  • Refurbishing or upgrading facilities
  • Developing new capabilities and leadership skills
  • Project delivery costs
  • Emergency relief (costs during a crisis, like damage from extreme weather)

Sport England accepts applications from not-for-profit organisations.  Funding is now provided either as a contribution to a crowdfunding campaign or as a grant. When you apply, Sport England assesses which of these two options are open to you.

If you're not sure if the fund is right for your project, contact Sport England. 

Apply anytime, there are no deadlines for applications.

Tel: 03458 508 508



Community Ownership Fund – Round Four (Window 2)

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Community Ownership Fund  (COF) is designed to help communities to take ownership of assets at risk of closure.

The final round to apply takes place this year, with Window 2 to open for application 

in late May. Specific timings for the final window will be published in due course.

DLUHC defines assets as venues and meeting spaces used by the local community, such as:

  • Community centres
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Music venues
  • Parks
  • Post office buildings
  • Pubs
  • Shops
  • Sporting and leisure facilities

Applicants can apply for a blend of capital and revenue funding:

  • Capital funding: DLUHC expects the majority of applicants to bid for up to £250,000. However, they recognise there will be some projects that require more. From Round 3, DLUHC extended the maximum funding cap so any project, regardless of asset type, can now apply for up to £2m
  • Revenue funding: to support a project’s running costs, i.e. legal fees, general costs including utilities, staffing costs, or costs associated with professional services or other specialist support. This does not need to be matched

Note, a request for revenue funding cannot be more than 20% of the capital funding request or £50,000, whichever is smaller. This is also applied to all assets applying for up to £2 million capital funding.

There is a two-step application process:

  1. The first step is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. This form determines whether or not the project may be suitable for the Fund. Once completed, the form will provide a result within minutes. Applicants that are not suitable for the fund will be informed immediately after submitting their EOI. All other applicants will receive an email confirming they may be suitable for COF
  2. The second step is to submit a full application form during the application window.

Window 2 will open in late May. Specific timings for the final window will be published in due course.


Crowdfund East Sussex - Donation Doubled Crowdfunder campaign

Projects enhancing the lives of residents could benefit from a share of £25,000 as East Sussex County Council joins forces with again with Crowdfunder. 

Organisations across the county are invited to apply to the Crowdfund East Sussex campaign, which will match fund donations from the county council’s Community Wellbeing Fund up to a total of £25,000.

Up to ten projects will be chosen to receive a share of the match funding. The five-weeks fundraising campaign will see donations doubled pound-for-pound as donations are made, up to a maximum of £2,500 per project.

The fundraising campaigns by local projects will start from 27th May 2024. 

The Community Wellbeing Fund is for projects promoting cultural vitality, economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental sustainability.  Organisations across East Sussex are encouraged to apply by 23rd May 2024 (midnight).  

More information about the council’s Community Wellbeing Fund and the Crowdfunder campaign, including how to apply, can be found on Crowdfund East Sussex.  If you have any questions about applying, Crowdfunder’s advice team is available to help.


Department for Education - Taking Teaching Further

The Department for Education’s Taking Teaching Further (TTF) programme supports Further Education (FE) providers recruit and provide early career support to those with knowledge and industry experience, to retrain as FE teachers.

TTF is open to eligible FE providers through two routes:

  • Route 1 is open to general FE colleges, sixth-form colleges, land-based colleges and institutes of adult learning
  • Route 2 is open to independent training providers, employer providers, third sector training providers, local authority providers, adult and community learning providers, and specialist post-16 institutions

Providers can apply for either £15,200 or £21,200 per recruit, depending on the teacher training route taken.

Although the deadline for registration to both routes is 14th June, the registration window for Route 2 is administered on a first-come-first-served basis, so the Route 2 registration window will close once all available places have been allocated. It is recommended to register as soon as possible.

The deadline for registration is 14th June 2024 (5pm).


Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme

The Government’s VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme is open again for applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

This is the scheme’s final funding round.  It offers:

  • A free Independent Energy Assessment  to evaluate a building’s energy usage, efficiency, and potential for energy savings, conducted by an independent energy assessor
  • Capital grants between £2,000 and £150,000 to install capital energy efficiency measures, identified in the IEA. All projects funded by Capital grants must be completed by March 2025

The Scheme considers applications from  organisations with charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes, delivering frontline services or managing a building as a hub delivering multiple frontline services.

 If the fund is oversubscribed, the Scheme will prioritise:

  • Organisations directly supporting individuals and communities with critical needs, particularly those related to the rising cost of living
  • Organisations for whom energy is the biggest concern
  • Micro, small and medium-sized organisations

Groundwork is holding webinars for organisations which are considering submitting a Capital Grant application.  The next webinar takes place on 22 May 2024 (10:30 to 12pm). Interested applicants need to register on Groundwork’s website.

The deadline for Independent Energy Assessment applications is 20th June 2024, and the deadline for Capital Grant applications is 14th August 2024.

Tel: 0121 237 5894


NHS Blood and Transplant – Community Grants Programme

The Community Grants Programme (previously the Community Investment Scheme) is part of NHS Blood and Transplant’s commitment to build support for blood, organ, and living kidney donation among Black, Asian, mixed heritage, and minority ethnic communities.

It aims to address the shortage of Black blood donors whose blood is used to treat conditions like sickle cell, and the shortage of ethnically matched organs for those waiting for a transplant in all Black, Asian, mixed heritage and minority ethnic communities.

The Community Grants programme funds community and faith/beliefs organisations to drive awareness, understanding and behaviour change, as trusted local organisations with specialist knowledge, understanding and footprint in the community.

The programme looks to deepen commitment to community organisations by awarding successful applicants two years of funding to deliver life-saving work. 

The fund is made up of a total of £600,000 which will be split across the following areas of focus:

  • Blood donation: £300,000 (projects engaging Black African and Caribbean communities only)
  • Deceased organ donation: £150,000
  • Living kidney donation: £150,000
  • Combined blood and deceased organ donation – funded using a combination of the above. The blood element of the project must focus on Black African and Caribbean communities

There are three bands of grants which range up to £20,000 per year, depending on the area of focus.

The Community Grants Programme provides case studies about projects that have previously received a Community Grant.   

A launch webinar will be held on the 28th May 2024 (5pm - 6:15pm). Registration is required via Eventbrite.

Applications must be received by 30th June 2024 (9pm).


Trusts and Foundations

The Adamson Trust

The Adamson Trust supports organisations and registered charities provide holidays or respite breaks for disabled children (aged 3 to 17 years) with physical, mental, or emotional impairments. The Trust also accepts applications from individual families. Applicants must provide evidence of a disability from a medical or social services professional.

Grant  values awarded are at the discretion of the Trust. The Trustees award around £85,000 to £89,000 a year in grants.

The closing dates for applications, throughout 2024, are 30th June (for the Trustees August meeting), 30th September (for their November meeting) and 31st December (for their February 2025 meeting).


A G Manly Charitable Trust

The A G Manly Charitable Trust supports the science of engineering to benefit the public and advance education in engineering, especially for young people.

The Trust focuses on charitable organisations throughout the south east - London, East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey.

This Trust does not maintain a website. Applicants should first contact the A G Manly Charitable Trust for further information.

Tel: 01306 500755


Allen Lane Foundation

The Allen Lane Foundation supports small organisations working to benefit groups of people who are under-represented in society. Overall, the Foundation wishes to fund work which:

  • Will make a lasting difference to people's lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems
  • Is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination
  • Encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community

Allen Lane makes single grants, or grants split over two or three years. They award one-off grants between £500 and £15,000. The average grant is £5,000 - £6,000.

The Foundation is open to registered charities, constituted voluntary groups and Community Interest Companies (CICs). 

Organisations can apply anytime.  The Foundation reviews applications three times a year, generally in February, June and October.

Note, applications for the June 2024 meeting are now closed. Applications received up until early August are likely to be considered at the October 2024 meeting.

Groups with queries should contact the following people:

Tim Cutts - for enquiries or applications relating to Offenders and ex-offenders, Older people, Young people.  

Gill Aconley - for enquiries or applications relating to Asylum seekers and refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, People experiencing mental health problems, People experiencing violence or abuse.

Tel: 01904 613223 


Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation

The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of causes. Their current priorities include:

  • Amateur sport to improve physical and mental health with a focus on sport provision for people with disabilities
  • Elderly people to allow quality care for those who cannot afford private care or continue living at home
  • People with terminal illnesses / life limiting conditions and their carers - to provide hospice care to support individuals and give respite to their carers to assist them with their mental health and other ambitions
  • Care leavers - to give them a chance to succeed on a par with other young people
  • Victims of domestic abuse - to provide emergency safety and to support victims through associated poverty and mental health issues
  • Drug and substance misuse - to support rehabilitation and the journey back to independent living and work
  • Ex-offenders and their families - to support the ex-offenders back to work and contributing positively to society and to support their families whose lives can be severely impacted
  • Homelessness - to provide facilities for and support people, especially young people, on their journey back to independent living, better mental health and employment
  • People with intellectual disability - to provide support with personal care, job skills and supported living
  • Victims of modern slavery - to provide facilities for and support to victims on their journey back to independent living, better mental health and employment

The Foundation accepts applications from registered charities.  Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have ranged from £5,000 to £2.25 million.

Queries on how to apply for funding should be directed to the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation.


The Anchor Foundation

The Anchor Foundation grants up to £12,000 to support Christian charities working with art and healing and social inclusion.  

The Foundation provides examples of projects they have funded.

Their deadlines for applications are 31st January and 31st July.


Barchester Healthcare Foundation - Reducing Isolation and Loneliness

Barchester Healthcare Foundation offers up to £2,500 to small community groups and charities, working to reduce isolation and loneliness, promote group activities, and generally improve mobility and quality of life for older people and adults with physical, learning, or mental disabilities.

The Foundation supports activities, equipment and materials, member transport, day trips, outings and group holidays.

Organisations can apply anytime.

Tel: 0800 328 3328


BBC Children in Need - Project Cost and Core Cost grants

BBC Children in Need often have several funding programmes open at any one time.

These include:

Project Costs grants support the aims and delivery of a specific piece of work. This work will usually be time-limited and based on a defined set of activities.

Core Costs grants can be spent on an organisation’s central running and operational costs.

Charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for multi-year funding for up to three years. The maximum grant is £120,000 (or £40,000 over three years), though most grants made are for much less than this.  The Fund aims to give quicker decisions for grants of £15,000 or less per year.

You can apply anytime.

Tel: 0345 609 0015


Benefact Trust - Improvement Grants for Christian Buildings

Benefact Trust supports capital works to protect and enhance Christian church and charity buildings, ensuring their continued use and viability, and safeguarding their heritage.

The Trust supports capital costs relating to the following types of work:

  • Essential, one-off repairs or other capital works to ensure the continued use or viability of a building
  • Minor capital works or equipment purchases to meet operational or accessibility requirements
  • Conservation or restoration of historic features that contribute to the preservation and appreciation of a building's heritage
  • Other aesthetic enhancements
  • Energy efficiency/renewable energy measures

The Trust does not specify minimum or maximum grant values.  The average decision time for smaller grants (up to £25,000) is two months. Larger grants (over £25,000) are considered at grants committee and board meetings and can take between four and six months.

The programme is open to applications from churches, cathedrals, denominational bodies and Christian charities.

Organisations can apply any time.

Tel: 01452 873189


Clarion Futures - Grants to address Digital Exclusion

Clarion Futures Digital Grants programme offers grants from £1,000 - £5,000 to not-for-profit organisations who want to deliver innovative, well designed projects that support Clarion residents and the wider community to address digital exclusion.

Clarion is looking for projects and activities that will:

  • Support Clarion residents discover how the internet can assist them in their everyday lives, and provide them with the skills and confidence to do so
  • Support residents access the digital resources that meet their individual needs and circumstances
  • Build digital skills and confidence for all
  • Encourage residents to use the internet with confidence so they are safe and avoid risky and/or illegal behaviour

Clarion accepts applications from constituted community groups, registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, social enterprises or Community Interest Companies (CICs).

Grants can cover costs associated with running activities and delivering projects, including venue hire, training and activity resources, insurance, volunteer expenses, equipment and computer software.

The deadline to apply is 12th June (12 noon) for decisions the week of 5th August 2024.

Tel: 020 8313 0660


Hays Travel Foundation

Hays Travel supports registered charities helping young people achieve their potential, where Hays Travel have a branch.

Hays funds projects that help young people up develop in at least one of these areas: education, prevention of poverty, health, arts, culture or sports.

Grants tend to range from £2,000 to £15,000. The average grant last year was around £3,500. Due to the high volume of applications, Hays recommends groups request funding for projects starting late 2024/2025.

Hays trustees consider applications at periodic meetings.  The trustees next meeting is scheduled to take place on 9th July 2024.

Tel: 0191 814 8092


HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust

The HDH Wills Charitable Trust provides three funds:

  1. General Grants to support smaller charities with general charitable activities across a range of issues as well as charities focusing on the conservation of wildlife and the environment
  2. Martin Wills Wildlife Maintenance Trust supports the conservation and maintenance - for the benefit of the public - of the natural environment and its indigenous woodland flora and fauna with particular reference to the conservation and maintenance of the character and amenity of rural areas
  3. Large Grants to support activities for environmental and wildlife issues. (These grants are offered in fixed seven-year cycles, of which only two years are open to external applications)

The Trust offers:

  • Small grants from £500 - £2,000 to general charities, which are small enough in size or are applying for support for a modest project such that the charity will benefit substantially from a donation
  • £1,000–£2,000 (though occasionally up to £5,000) to wildlife and conservation charities
  • Large grants, typically ranging from £5,000–£50,000 to support wildlife and environmental causes

Grants can contribute towards revenue, capital or project expenditure.

Registered charities can apply for a small or general grant at any time, with decisions being made by the Grants Committee every month. Large grants are made in a fixed seven-year cycle, with applications accepted in only two years of that cycle. The Trust’s current large grants round accepts applications up until 31st October 2024.

Tel: 01608 678051


Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Improving Lives

Henry Smith Charity’s Improving Lives programme supports projects/services already proven to be effective in addressing at least one of the following six priorities:

  1. Help at a critical moment - Helping people to rebuild their lives following a crisis, critical moment, trauma or abuse
  2. Positive choices - Helping people, whose actions or behaviours have led to negative consequences for themselves and others, to make positive choices
  3. Accommodation/housing support - Enabling people to work towards or maintain accommodation
  4. Employment and training - Supporting people to move towards or gain employment
  5. Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements - Supporting people to overcome their financial problems and ensure that they are able to claim their rights and entitlements
  6. Support networks and family - Working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships

This funder awards £20,000 and £70,000 per year for one to three years. Most grants are for three years.  Grants are proportionate to an organisation’s turnover -  not more than 50% of the applicant organisations annual running costs.

Henry Smith is open to applications from registered charities, community interest companies or constituted community groups.

Organisations can apply any time. The application process takes approximately six months.

Tel: 020 7264 4970

Hilden Charitable Trust – Update

Hilden Charitable Trust has announced instead of holding two funding rounds this year, there will be only one round which will open on 30th May. 

Hilden provides unrestricted grants of core or project funding for causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscription or statutory services.

The Trust’s interests are:

  1. Asylum Seekers and Refugees - for organisations working to provide essential services which help meet the needs of asylum seekers and refugees and support their integration/participation in the wider community
  2. 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

Hilden accepts applications from small not for profits (income below £250,000).

Grants are usually in the range of £5,000 to £7,000 per year for up to two years.

Their application window opens 30th May (10am) and closes 11th July 2024 (3pm).

Tel: 0207 603 1525


Hinrichsen Foundation - Contemporary Music Projects

The Hinrichsen Foundation is offering grants to charities and other organisations to support the performance of contemporary music, including the commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording, or publication.

There are two levels of funding available:

  • One-off small grants typically between £500 and £2,500 (for new applicants and former beneficiaries)
  • Larger projects or concert series generally £2,000 and over

There are typically three application deadlines per year. 

The next deadline is 31st August 2024.


Inman Charity

Inman Charity supports projects with a social welfare focus and those working with disadvantaged people.

The directors are particularly interested in supporting the following areas of charitable work:

  • Medical research
  • Care of the elderly
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • The Deaf and Blind
  • Care of the physically & mentally disabled
  • The Armed Forces

Registered charities are eligible to apply.  Most grants tend to be between £2,000 and £5,000, with an occasional larger grant.

The Charity considers applications are considered twice a year at their Spring (April) and Autumn (October) meetings.

The next deadline for applications is 31st August 2024.

Inman Charity, BM Box 2831, London, WC1N 3XX

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Innovate UK’s Smart Grants programme supports brand new and high-impact innovations from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and their collaboration partners to accelerate their innovation journey.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy such as, but not exclusively, net zero, the arts, design and media.

Projects running from 6 to 18 months must have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £500,000 and can be single or collaborative. Projects running from 19 to 24 months must have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £1 million and must be collaborative.

IUK will fund innovative research and development (R&D) projects across a variety of technologies, markets and research categories, including feasibility projects, industrial research projects, and experimental development projects.

The competition is open to single applicants and collaborations. Collaborators can be charities, businesses, academic organisations, public sector organisations or RTOs.

The deadline for applications is 24th July 2024 (11:00).

Tel: 0300 321 4357


Institute of Physics (IOP) Public Engagement Grant Scheme

The Institute of Physics (IOP) Public Engagement scheme supports physics engagement projects to encourage young people who are underrepresented in the physics community to carry on doing physics post 16. 

IOP is looking for projects which showcase physics and physicists as role models, so those from underserved and underrepresented communities can see themselves reflected in those roles, see the diverse career paths provided by physics and the breadth of roles within the physics community.

The Scheme is driven by IOP’s Limit Less campaign to reach one or more of the of the following groups:

  • Girls and young women
  • Disabled young people
  • LGBT+ young people
  • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Black Caribbean young people

IOP awards up to £4,000 to individuals and organisations, including (but not limited to) community groups and not-for-profit organisations, IOP members, museums, libraries, arts groups, and researchers in academia or industry.

IOP is accepting applications on a rolling basis until 6th September 2024.

Tel: 020 7470 4800


The Ironmongers' Company

The Ironmongers' Company supports registered charities providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 25 to fulfil their potential. 

The Company awards up to £10,000 for projects that will deliver educational benefits, develop learning, motivation and skills.

The Company prefers applications from smaller organisations, and requests where a grant will cover a significant element of a project’s cost.

The deadlines to apply are 31st July and 15th December.

Tel: 020 7776 2311


Kelly Family Charitable Trust

The Kelly Family Trust supports initiatives that encourage families to work together to overcome challenges.

The three principal areas the charity wishes to support are:

  • Interventions that support families and help them in ways that prevent the fracture of the family unit, e.g. relationship counselling, mediation
  • Families where sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and drugs abuse threaten the integrity of the family unit
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment

The Trust offers both capital and revenue grants.  Grants will generally be worth up to £5,000 but the Trustees will consider requests for higher amounts.  The Trustees also consider applications for core funding from relatively new organisations seeking to become established.

The Trust prefers to support registered charities whose income is below £500,000.

Applications must be submitted by 1st September 2024.

Tel: 0131 315 4879


Material Focus - Electricals Recycling Fund (ERF)

Material Focus wants to make it easier for people to reuse and recycle their electricals.  

Their Electricals Recycling Fund supports projects that build on existing methods or test new, creative and practical ways of recycling household electricals. The Fund has a total of £750,000 to support two types of projects:

  • Growing existing services – grants up to £100,000 for projects that grow existing collection methods for small electricals. This could be community drop points in libraries and other community locations, adding cages under refuse collection vehicles, bring banks
  • Innovating new methods – grants up to £50,000 to come up with new approaches to repair, reuse and/or recycle electricals, for example the repair of small electricals, diversion of electricals for reuse/recycling during household (kitchen) refits, moves or clearances or projects that support tackling the growing concerns around digital inclusion.

A range of registered organisations can apply, including charities, local authorities, waste partnerships, and private waste contractors.

Material Focus will provide successful applicants with project management support.

There is no deadline for submissions as applications will remain open on a rolling basis.


Morrisons Foundation

Morrison Foundation’s grant funding programme supports registered charities delivering projects which help to improve people’s lives.  

The Foundation awards grants up to £10,000 for projects addressing at least one of their three funding objectives:

  1. Tackling poverty and social deprivation
  2. Enhancing community spaces, facilities and services
  3. Improving health and wellbeing

Grants can be used for capital spend or direct project delivery and must wholly fund the project.  

There are no deadlines. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Tel: 0845 611 5364


National Churches Trust – Large Grants Programme

The National Churches Trust supports church and chapel buildings open for worship. 

Their Large Grants Programme (formerly Cornerstone Grants) funds urgent repairs and modernisation, with advice on church maintenance and on how churches can continue to serve local communities and promote church heritage and tourism.

The scheme offers £10,000 to £50,000 to support structural repairs and maintenance issues costing more than £100,000 or the installation of kitchen and toilets costing over £30,000.nnThe average value of grant awarded is £15,000.

The Trust has a two-stage application process; Stage 1 is a simple form to check the project’s eligibility.  Stage 2 applications are by invitation only.

The next deadline for Stage 1 applications is 2nd July 2024 (midnight).

Tel: 020 7222 0605


One Stop Community Partnership Programme

One Stop’s Community Partnership programme supports community groups or organisations operating within two miles of a One Stop store and which are:

  • Tackling food poverty
  • Supporting the vulnerable
  • Supporting the elderly
  • Supporting low-income families
  • Supporting local sports teams
  • Improving the local environment
  • Reducing Waste in the community

One Stop accept applications from Community groups, Community Interest Companies and schools.  Successful applicants receive an initial grant of up to £1,000 and begin a partnership with their store, with tailored support from store teams including (but not limited to) volunteering support, fundraising and awareness raising.

Groundwork manages the scheme. Before starting an application, applicants should first use the Store Locator on Groundwork’s website, to check the distance to the local One Stop store and whether funding is currently available there.

One Stop considers applications on a quarterly basis and can be submitted during the following application rounds:   3rd June 2024 to 26th July 2024;  2nd September 2024 to 25th October 2024, and 2nd December 2024 to 24th January 2025.

The programme expects to communicate decisions within three weeks of the deadlines.

Tel: 0121 236 8565


Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Migration Fund - Core and Programme Costs

The Foundation’s Migration Fund, previously known as the Shared Ground Fund, has reopened.

The Fund now focuses on the Foundation’s vision of a world in which everyone is free to move, and no one is forced to move. 

The scheme awards up to £60,000 per year for three to four years (a total of £240,000) or up to £50,0000 per year for five years (a total of £250,000) to support core costs and specific programme costs.

The Foundation accepts applications from not-for-profit organisations of any size who are working towards:

  • Embedding anti-racist practice across their organisation and work
  • Adopting an organisational culture that centres care and wellbeing
  • Shifting power to migrants and diaspora communities so their interests, perspectives and contributions are centred across the organisation’s work
  • Building solidarity and collaboration across communities
  • Unlearning and challenging the harm, inequity, and oppression within their organisational structures and work
  • Learning, reflecting and being responsive to change

The funding can be used for work such as:

  • Collaborations, alliances, and coalitions
  • Campaigning and mobilisation
  • Community and worker organising
  • Intersectional non-party political education
  • Migrant and diaspora leadership development
  • Working towards changing law, policy and practice on issues affecting migrant and diaspora communities
  • Strengthening advice infrastructure
  • Community-centred strategic litigation and/or movement lawyering
  • Challenging anti-migrant and divisive narratives, laws and policies
  • Mainstreaming progressive narratives on migration and belonging

The Fund prioritises applications from organisations, with an income under £500,000, who are led by migrants and diaspora communities, and working with historically underfunded groups and regions.

Newly established and unincorporated groups who meet the Fund’s criteria are welcome to apply.

The first step is to request an enquiry call with the Foundation. This can be done at any time. There are no deadlines.

Tel: 020 7812 3300


Pets Foundation - Preventing Pet Relinquishment

Pets Foundation’s Preventing Pet Relinquishment programme supports charities who:

  • Provide temporary ('foster') care to pets for reasons including, but not limited to, their owner entering sheltered accommodation, needing hospitalisation, or escaping domestic abuse
  • Provide practical assistance to pet owners struggling to care for their pet due to their own ill-health, physical disability, financial circumstances or because they are homeless or vulnerably housed

The Foundation prioritises small and medium sized charities, and makes one-off grants, or up to three years of funding, to a maximum of £80,000 per year. 

Their next round of funding is open for applications until 31st July 2024.

Tel: 0161 486 6688


Poundland Foundation – Kits for Kids Programme

Poundland Foundation’s Kits for Kids programme helps provide new sports kit for local children’s teams and clubs.

Small not for profit organisations with an income below £10,000, can apply for up to £750 to spend on kit (clothing) for under 18s sports clubs. 

Poundland’s deadline for applications is 24th May 2024 (23:59).

Tel: 0121 568 7000


Quaker Housing Trust

Quaker Housing Trust offers advice, support, grants and interest-free loans to grassroots housing organisations to help them provide safe, decent and affordable homes for people of all ages who are in desperate need of housing.

Registered charities can apply for:

  • Best Practice Grants: up to £6,000 for organisations at the early stages of developing a project to pay for professional fees for an environmental assessment or testing the feasibility of specific proposals to improve, expand or create new genuinely affordable rented housing
  • Main Grants and interest free loans: for projects that create homes - up to £50,000 for a mixture of grants and loans. (Up to £25,000 for grants). Projects must be well-progressed in terms of planning, with feasibility studies undertaken, a robust budget, and relevant planning permissions secured

Organisations do not need to have pre-existing Quaker links to apply for funding. 

The remaining deadlines for 2024 application are 12th June (decision in July), 4th September (decision in October), and 13th November (decision in December)

Tel: 020 7663 1057


The Roy Hudson Trust

The Roy Hudson Trust provides grants to voluntary and community organisations in Hastings and Eastbourne.

The total amount of funding available each year is around £14,500.

The Trust does not maintain an email address or a website.

All applications should be made in writing to the Roy Hudson Trust.

Mr Ian Stewart, The Roy Hudson Trust, 39 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4RY

Tel: 01323 411020

Seven Friends Foundation

Seven Friends supports organisations and causes that are unpopular or do not receive widespread public attention.

This could be due to negative focus within the media; due to difficulty in accessing statutory, voluntary and institutional funding; due to the cause being seen as politically controversial; or because the issue is not typically seen as a charitable cause.  

Examples of the types of causes or groups may be:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • People experiencing violence or abuse
  • Sex workers
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Dependency or Addiction
  • LGBT+
  • Sexual and reproductive health

The Foundation supports small charities and not for profits, with grants between £300 - £3,000 which can be used for overheads, core costs, or administrative costs where they improve the sustainability and long-term success of an organisation.

Organisations can apply anytime.


Theatre Improvement Scheme

The Theatre Improvement Scheme awards up to £20,000 for capital projects to improve theatre buildings. Projects must fall within a specific theme each year. The current theme for the fund is Improving Environmental Sustainability.

Grants support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact, for example: sedum roofs; new windows; building management systems; more efficient water heaters.

The next deadline for applications is 6th September 2024 (midday).

Tel: 020 7836 8591


Woodward Charitable Trust –Families and Young People - Core Costs

The Woodward Charitable Trust supports core costs rather than specific projects as they recognise that smaller charities can find these hard to fund.  Organisations can apply for up to £3,000, but please note most grants are for £1,000 or less.

Woodward’s Trustees fund projects that help families and young people. They focus on organisations supporting at least one of the following three target groups:

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

The Trust accepts applications from small not for profits (annual turnover less than £200,000) which are registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Community Interest Companies or exempt charities.

The Trust’s next funding round is due to open mid-May 2024, and closes at the end of July 2024.

Tel: 020 7410 0330


Youth Music Trailblazer Fund

Youth Music’s Trailblazer Fund offers grants of £2,000 to £30,000 to organisations to run projects for children and young people (25 or under) to make, learn and earn in music.  

The Fund is open to constituted groups and not for profits registered with the charity commission or companies house.  Project should trial work for the first time, test a new way of working, or disrupt the status quo (or all three).  Projects should last between 6 and 24 months. Your work must meet one of their themes:

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

Youth Music provides two levels of grants:

  • £2,000 to £15,000 for organisations less than one year old.
  • £2,000 to £30,000 for organisations more than one year old

The total project budget should include at least 10% match funding. There are two types of match funding:

  • Cash match funding (money exchange is involved; for example, a grant from another funder). At least 5% of the total project budget should be made up of cash match funding
  • In-kind match funding (non-cash support that the applicant or their partners make towards the project; for example, free venue hire or volunteer support)

Note - funding from Arts Council England or National Lottery cannot be used towards meeting the minimum match funding requirements but can be used as additional contribution.

Applications should be submitted by the following deadlines:

Funding Round 7 (for projects starting between January and March 2025) has a deadline of 30th August 2024 (5pm).

Funding Round 8 (for projects starting between April and June 2025) has a deadline of 22nd November 2024 (5pm)

Tel: 020 7902 1060


Funding Diary

May 2024

Leche Trust – 03/05/2024

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

Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme  - 07/05/2024

Comic Relief – Youth Homelessness Fund – 07/05/2024

Armed Forces Family Fund – Service Pupil Support for Schools – 08/05/2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/05/2024

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

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

Amazon Literary Partnership – 17/05/2024

B&Q Foundation -  17/05/2024

Wellbeing of Women – Women’s Health Community Fund – 19/05/2024

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund  – Spring round  - 23/05/2024

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust – 24/05/2024

Poundland Foundation’s Kits for Kids programme  - 24/05/2024

Youth Endowment Fund –Talking Therapies for Children and Young People – 24/05/2024

Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity Programme – 30/05/2024

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts Fund (stage one) – 31/05/2024

Pink Ribbon Foundation – 31/05/2024

Seaford Town Council Annual Grants Scheme – 31/05/2024


June 2024

Abrdn Financial Fairness Trust – 03/06/2024

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

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

Clarion Futures Digital Grants - 12/06/2024

Quaker Housing Trust - 12/06/2024

The Department for Education Taking Teaching Further -14/06/2024

Help the Homeless – 15/06/2024

Toy Trust – 15/06/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/06/2024

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

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Veterans’ Capital Housing Fund Refurbishment Grants – 19/06/2024

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme – Energy Assessments – 20/06/2024

Cycling UK Big Bike Revival – 25/06/2024

N+P in East Sussex -  28/06/2024

Adamson Trust - 30/06/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/06/2024

Urban Tree Challenge Fund – 30/06/2024


July 2024

National Churches Trust – Large Grants – 02/07/2024

Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund – 04/07/2024

Rother District Council - Community Grants  - 05/07/2024

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust – 07/07/2024

Innovate UK Smart Grants Programme – 24/07/024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/07/2024

One Stop Community Partnership - 26/07/204

Anchor Foundation – 31/07/2024

Ironmongers' Company - 31/07/2024

Pet Foundation - Preventing Pet Relinquishment – 31/07/2024

Radcliffe Trust – 31/07/2024


August 2024

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund (General Grants) – 01/08/2024

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

B&Q Foundation  -  09/08/2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/08/2024

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme – Capital Grants – 14/08/2024

Toy Trust – 15/08/2024

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme – Capital Grants – 14/08/2024

Youth Music Trailblazer Fund - 30/08/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation  - 31/08/2024

Inman Charity - 31/08/2024

7stars Foundation – 31/08/2024


September 2024

The Institute of Physics -Public Engagement scheme - 06/09/2024

Kelly Family Trust - 01/09/2024

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

People’s Postcode Lottery – Schools Nature Grants Scheme – 06/09/2024

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

Theatre Improvement Scheme – 06/09/2024

People’s Postcode Lottery – Schools Nature Grants Scheme – 08/11/2024

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

Quaker Housing Trust  - 04/09/2024

Barclays Community Football Fund 2024 – 15/09/2024

Help the Homeless – 15/09/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/09/2024

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

Adamson Trust - 30/09/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/09/2024

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation – 30/09/2024

Sea-Changers – 30/09/2024


October 2024

Paul Hamlyn – Arts Fund (Stage one) 14/10/2024

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

One Stop Community Partnership  - 25/10/2024

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust – 27/10/2024

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund – Autumn round – 30/10/2024

Concertina Charitable Trust – 31/10/2024


November 2024

Screwfix Foundation – 10/11/2024

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

Quaker Housing Trust - 13/11/2024

B&Q Foundation  -  15/11/2024

Youth Music Trailblazer Fund - 22/11/2024


December 2024

Help the Homeless  - 15/12/2024

Ironmongers' Company - 15/12/2024

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/12/2024


January 2025

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Veterans’ Capital Housing Fund Refurbishment Grants – 03/01/2025

One Stop Community Partnership  - 24/01/2025