Funding News - November 2023


Success stories 

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities - Night Shelter Transformation Fund 
Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Capital Fund – East Sussex County Council 
Youth Endowment Fund - Funding to Protect Children from Violence and Exploitation 

Information and Guidance 

Edeal – Free training events for Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises 
NCVO - UK Civil Society Almanac 2023 


Sussex Community Foundation - Funding Advice Session 


Arts Council England – Resources and Updates 
Sport England - Active Together (with Crowdfunding) 
UK Arts Councils - Cultural Bridge Fund 


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) 
Department for Education (DfE) - Trust Establishment and Growth Fund 
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) - Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2024 11
Eastbourne and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership 
Home Office - Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme 
Innovate UK - Creative Catalyst Competition - AI in the Music Industry 
Rother Community Lottery 
Rother District Council - Community Grants 

Trusts and Foundations 

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund 
BBC Children in Need - Project Cost and Core Cost grants 
Biffa Award – Main Grant Scheme 
BlueSpark Foundation 
Canoe Foundation 
Cash4Clubs - Small Unrestricted Grants 
EA Foundation 
Energy Saving Trust - Ofgem Energy Redress Scheme 
Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund 
Football Foundation 
Foyle Foundation - Small Grants Scheme 
Garfield Weston Foundation 
Hedley Foundation 
Hinrichsen Foundation 
Homity Trust 
International Tree Foundation - UK Community Tree Planting Programme 
Jeans for Genes Grant Programme - Project Grants 
Lloyds Bank Foundation's Funding Programme for Specialist Small Charities 
Magdalen Hospital Trust 
Morrisons Foundation 
The Ogden Trust - Physics Education Grants 
School for Social Entrepreneurs Cost of Living Challenge Fund 2023 
Theatre Trust - Small Grants Programme 
Thomas Wall Trust 
UnLtd - Awards for Social Entrepreneurs 
Veterans’ Foundation 
War Memorials Trust 
Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund 
W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation 

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Success Stories

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities - Night Shelter Transformation Fund

Funded by DLUHC and supported by Homeless Link and Housing Justice, the NSTF provides grants to faith and community groups to transform night shelters across England. The fund aims to improve both off-the-street accommodation as well as support services offered by non-commissioned night shelter providers. This includes day centre services and accommodation provision.

This round sees 25 organisations awarded £3.3million to continue transforming their services and building on the work of previous funds, such as the Winter Transformation Fund and the Homelessness Transformation Fund. Grants include funding for both revenue and capital projects, creating more accommodation for rough sleepers and bolstering the services that support them.

The first round of grants were released last year and supported 55 organisations with £9.8million in funding. This was the first year that provided multi-year grants to the sector, with projects being awarded until 2024/25. Likewise, Round Two provides multi-year support.

A list of funded organisations can be found here.

Kingdom Way Trust in Eastbourne was awarded £157,900.



Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Capital Fund – East Sussex County Council

A grant worth £4.44 million could see the installation of electric vehicle charging points in more than 280 locations across East Sussex.

East Sussex County Council has been allocated the money from the first tranche of the Government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Capital Fund.

The grant would enable the council to bring an operator on board to install and manage charge points and rapid chargers and put in place infrastructure to support future demand.

For more details, see the full report of the council’s carbon cutting efforts.

Youth Endowment Fund - Funding to Protect Children from Violence and Exploitation

The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF), BBC Children in Need and The Hunter Foundation have awarded five local authorities a share of £2.5 million to test how multi-agency partnerships can keep young people safe from violence and criminal exploitation.

The five local authorities to be awarded funding are Cardiff Council, East Sussex County Council, the London Borough of Newham, Swansea Council and Swindon Borough Council.

The three charities launched their ‘A supportive home’ grant round to learn how different agencies can collaborate more effectively when supporting children, young people and their families.

Children and young people vulnerable to – or experiencing – harm outside the home often have complex needs that require support from different professional agencies – from mental health to youth justice services. Yet fragmented services and difficult-to-navigate referral and assessment processes can sometimes mean children and their families don’t get the support they need, when they need it.

Through the grant round, councils will be funded to put into action recommendations from the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care. The review calls for family support that is ‘more responsive, respectful and effective’ and cuts down the number of handovers between different services.

One specific recommendation that will be implemented and evaluated is that family support is ‘delivered by multi-disciplinary teams, embedded in neighbourhoods, harnessing the power of community assets and tailored to local needs.’

The councils will use the funding to bring together teams of skilled practitioners from a diverse range of local organisations and sectors. This includes youth justice services, social care, the police, mental health services, probation, schools and the voluntary sector. Teams will operate from a single community venue, such as family hubs, schools and health settings. Working together, they’ll identify children and young people who are at risk of violence and criminal exploitation, assess the needs of them and their families, and provide targeted and tailored support.

Each partnership will initially receive approximately £500,000 to deliver the project for 18 months. Subject to positive findings from the initial evaluations, the councils’ multi-agency teams will be funded and evaluated for a further two or three years.

In East Sussex, the funding will serve Castle ward in Hastings and Devonshire ward in Eastbourne.



Sussex Community Foundation - Funding Advice Session

The next Funding Advice session will be in December, before the January deadline. Sussex Community Foundation will share more information about this on their website soon.

For groups in Hastings, SCF will also be taking part in funding advice sessions at Hastings Voluntary Action’s AGM in November. You can find out more and register for this event here.

Tel:  01273 409440



Information and Guidance

Edeal – Free training events for Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises

Edeal is a not-for-profit organisation is currently offering ​free, impartial, business support to start up and existing social enterprises and Community Interest Companies (CIC) in Eastbourne, Lewes District and Wealden District.

They are running training events for start-ups throughout November 2023 and into the New Year.   If you are starting a new business, have been made unemployed or your business needs help in the current economic climate, contact Edeal about the support they offer. 

Tel: 01323 641144  


NCVO - UK Civil Society Almanac 2023

The UK Civil Society Almanac 2023 | NCVO is out.

It’s a useful snapshot of the VCSE sector in England, and worth a look through.

In the past we have used the Almanac to sense check local (East Sussex) insight gathered through pieces of work such as the IVAR Value of the VCSE Sector.

The Almanac is a useful resource for anyone involved in planning or strategy work. It will help you identify opportunities and challenges likely to impact your organisation in the future. It's well worth sharing with your leadership team and trustee board.

The Almanac provides a wealth of insights, trends analysis, and answers to questions like:

  • How did the rise and fall of smaller charities affect the total number of organisations?
  • How did changing sources of income affect how much charities are raising and spending?
  • How much are charities contributing to the economy?
  • How many people work in the sector and what do they do?
  • How many people volunteer and how has their behaviour changed since the beginning of the pandemic?



Arts Council England – Resources and Updates

Arts Council England (ACE) wants to build a country where each of us are given the chance to flourish through creativity. ACE has worked with the Audience Agency and the Centre for Cultural Value on a new resource if you’re thinking about doing more to support “everyday creativity” in your communities.

Learn more about Everyday Creativity and how you and your organisation can support this

For the first time, ACE is building a picture of the freelance workforce in all of the artforms they support. ACE wants to understand who is freelancing in creativity and culture and hear about their experiences of it. This survey is part of ACE’s commitment to increase support for creative and cultural freelancers. It’ll help them to understand the contribution of freelancers in the sector, advocate the opportunities and challenges and build towards a more equitable, accessible and sustainable future for the creative and cultural workforce.

Take part in the survey or share it with any freelancers you work with.


Sport England - Active Together (with Crowdfunding)

Sport England’s Active Together Programme awards grants for not-for-profit community sport and physical activity groups who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign to support those experiencing financial difficulty due to Covid-19, the emerging energy, cost of living or other local crisis.

The funding is intended to help sport and physical activity organisations to move forward with priority projects and running costs that they might be struggling with due to the pandemic or the cost of living crisis or other local crisis situations such as adverse weather.

It can help clubs with projects that cannot be currently afforded due to the impact the coronavirus continues to have on their normal income streams.

Sport England will match up to 50% of the money raised by groups through Crowdfunder, up to a maximum of £10,000.

Examples of eligible projects are:

  • Facility refurbishments, maintenance or improvement
  • Adapting a facility to ensure a safe return to play
  • Running new activity to meet demand, post-pandemic, helping the community to recover
  • Unforeseen events continuing to impact on applicant’s finances - fire, theft, vandalism or adverse weather
  • The emerging energy crisis – changing the facility to lower energy consumption

The Fund prioritises projects that are in the most deprived communities to ensure that funding reaches those most in need. This will be organisations that do one or both of the following:

  • Deliver activity in areas experiencing social and economic deprivation, including rural communities
  • Work with one or more of the following groups as a main focus: Disabled people; Lower socio-economic groups; Culturally diverse communities.

Projects that do not meet these priorities will still be supported but the level of match funding offered may be reduced.

Tel: 03458 508508


UK Arts Councils - Cultural Bridge Fund

Cultural Bridge is a unique investment programme between all UK arts councils and leading German cultural institutions that supports the development of cross-border partnerships. Since launching in 2021, it has so far enabled 44 arts organisations that place communities at the heart of their work, to build and develop new partnerships that allow exploration and exchange of practice across the UK and Germany.

The Cultural Bridge Fund is open to all arts and cultural organisations with proven expertise in socially engaged/participatory practice. Partnerships must be bi-lateral, including at least one German partner and one UK partner, from any one of the four nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The programme is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive network. The activity supported, and the workforce of arts and culture organisations funded, should reflect the diversity of the UK and Germany, and as such applications are encouraged from diversity-led organisations and from those from under-represented backgrounds.

Funding can be for physical, digital or hybrid activity focused on socially engaged/participatory arts practice and in response to the programme aims/themes.

Two tiers of funding are available:

  • Tier 1: New Partnerships - £5,000 to £10,000 per partnership
  • Tier 2: Established Partnerships - Up to £30,000 per partnership

Tier 1 grants should support the development of new partnerships between UK and German organisations and explore innovative ways of connecting art and society.

Tier 2 grants should be used to support existing partnerships and should include some direct engagement/participatory activity with communities.

The funding is for activity that starts from April 2024 and is completed by March 2025.

The deadline for applications is 22nd November 2023 (5pm).

Tel: 0845 300 6200



Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO)

Defra and the Forestry Commission have unveiled enhancements to two land management programmes in forestry - the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) and Countryside Stewardship (CS).

The changes aim to boost tree planting rates nationwide and provide support to farmers and landowners in expanding their tree populations.

The key modifications include:

  • Increased Funding: Land managers and farmers will receive increased financial support, facilitating the creation of more robust and better-managed woodlands
  • Extended Maintenance Payments: The duration for Maintenance Payments will be extended from 10 years to 15 years. This additional five-year support period will aid land managers in the long-term care and maintenance of their newly established woodlands, ensuring the wellbeing of trees
  • Prolonged Capital Window: The Capital Window, previously set at two years, will now extend to three years. This extension offers land managers more flexibility in planning their activities, enabling them to have two full planting seasons to implement their schemes. Regardless of the agreement's start date, this change allows for better adaptation to varying weather conditions, ensuring that tree planting proceeds smoothly as intended

Through EWCO, applicants could receive over £10,200 per hectare, plus up to a further £8,000 in Additional Contributions for public benefits, to support their woodland creation scheme.

Landowners and farmers in England may apply.

There is no deadline, meaning interested parties can apply year-round.



Department for Education (DfE) - Trust Establishment and Growth Fund

The Trust Establishment and Growth Fund forms part of an enhanced package of support to the trust sector to support growth, particularly in education investment areas (EIAs) and areas of priority as determined by regional directors.

The TEG fund provides start-up funding to either existing trusts wishing to expand or create a new MAT hub, or organisations wishing to establish a new trust.

Funding is available to:

  • Trusts
  • Schools
  • Dioceses
  • Other organisations looking to establish a new MAT.

There are two funding strands:

  • A - For projects in EIAs, planning on taking on a minimum of three schools
  • B - For projects outside EIAs, planning on taking on a minimum of three schools.

Both strands offer a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum of £50,000.

All applicants must contact their relevant regional director’s office to discuss the proposal.

Activities must be associated with the development of a growth project to set up a new MAT or hub and developing a presence in a specified region.

The TEG fund will support the following start-up activity:

  • The legal costs of setting up a MAT
  • Area-wide promotion of a trust or prospective trust to schools
  • The establishment of professional networks
  • Out of region travel and subsistence for key trust personnel
  • Project management costs
  • Initial operating costs (for example, office rental)
  • Audit fees for assurance of grant

Completed application forms and expenditure plans must submitted by the deadline of 1st February 2024.



Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) - Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2024

DLUHC’s Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2024 will focus on bringing communities together across different ages and ethnic backgrounds to commemorate, celebrate and educate their local area about the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants across the United Kingdom.

22nd June each year marks National Windrush Day and projects must include a lead event or activity on this date. All further events and activities must take place within the 10-week period of 8th June 2024 to 31st August 2024.

Projects need to focus primarily on at least one of the following overarching aims of the scheme:

  • To educate people about the Windrush story
  • To foster a greater sense of national pride and recognition of the historic and ongoing contributions made by the Windrush generation and their descendants to UK society
  • To develop the skills and entrepreneurial ambitions of young people
  • To celebrate and commemorate the continued contributions of the Windrush generation to the UK

There is a total funding pot of £500,000 to fund activities across England and Northern Ireland with grants of between £5,000 and £50,000:

  • Tier 1: smaller projects between £5,000 and £25,000
  • Tier 2: larger projects between £25,000 and £50,000

Funding for all approved projects will be released in April 2024.

Near Neighbours are managing the scheme and will be holding four bidder workshops in November 2023, which will give an overview of the scheme and an opportunity for bidders to ask questions.

Three virtual sessions will take place on:

  • 7th November (6pm)
  • 14th November (3pm)
  • 16th November (10am)

The deadline for funding applications is 17th December 2023.


Eastbourne and Lewes District Community Safety Partnership

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

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

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

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

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



Home Office - Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

The Home Office’s Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme was set up in 2016 to help secure places of worship in England and Wales. The scheme is one of the main commitments contained within the Government's Hate Crime Action Plan. It will provide protective security measures to places of worship that have been subject to or are vulnerable to a hate crime attack.

In a bid to tackle the increasing number of hate crimes directed at religious buildings, the Government is making the funding available to places of worship so that they can purchase extra security equipment. The Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme closed earlier this year to other places of worship.

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

The funding can cover the costs security measures from the following list:

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

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

The funding only covers the provision and installation of these security measures. It does not cover other associated costs such as licensing and planning permission, or ongoing costs such as charges for annual service, maintenance and monitoring.

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

The deadline for applications is 26th November 2023.



Innovate UK - Creative Catalyst Competition - AI in the Music Industry

This Innovate UK (IUK) competition aims to advance the development of Artificial Intelligence products and services within the global music supply chain which benefit and strengthen the UK Music Sector.

Applicants must collaborate with industry stakeholders to unlock the full potential of AI applications across the value chain, supporting and uplifting the music industry, and driving long term creative and commercial success.

Up to £1 million has been allocated to this fund. Each project’s total costs must be between £100,000 and £250,000.

For industrial research projects, applicants could get funding for their eligible project costs of up to:

  • 70% if they are a micro or small organisation
  • 60% if they are a medium sized organisation
  • 50% if they are a large organisation

Applicants must secure the remaining percentage of the overall project costs, either from their own resources or from elsewhere, as match funding.

The competition is open to collaborations only. To lead a project an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size. The lead must collaborate with other UK registered organisations. Applications must involve at least one grant claiming micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

To collaborate with the lead, an organisation must be a UK registered business of any size, academic institution, charity, not for-profit, public-sector organisation, or research and technology organisation (RTO).

The deadline for applications is 22nd November 2023 (11am).

Tel: 0300 321 4357


Rother Community Lottery

Rother District Council launched their Rother Community Lottery in April 2022, groups and organisations can find out more, and apply to become a beneficiary to raise funds:  Boost your cause's fundraising with Rother Community Lottery - Rother Community Lottery.

So far 80 groups and organisations have joined with over £47,000 facilitated. Applicants can join anytime and start fund raising within a couple of days of being approved.

Rother District Council - Community Grants

The Rother District Council - Community Grants medium and large grants scheme round 2 is now open, and closes on 30th November 2023 for applications up to £30,000 with a total available fund of £90,000.

The scheme offers financial pump-priming for community projects that enhance the lives of residents in Rother helping them to provide community facilities and purchase equipment. The District Council welcomes applications supporting their climate change commitments. The maximum grant is limited to 50% of the total cost of a project.

The Rother Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Grant Scheme is open until 31st March 2024 for applications up to £1,000 and offers funding to community groups and charities who are committed to helping the Rother District to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. If you have an idea that helps to inspire others to be thoughtful about waste, the grant could help you get equipment or resources. Funding can be granted for a variety of projects and activities including workshops, practical equipment, education and awareness raising. This can be anything from swap shop events to repair workshops, community gardens (which make use of reused, reclaimed, or recycled materials), to food growing, food waste reduction initiatives and composting schemes. Campaigns to promote reducing, reusing or recycling can also be included.

The small grants scheme is also open, with small grant applications up to £1,000 being accepted all year round.



Trusts and Foundations

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund supports registered charities working with children and adults with severe learning difficulties or autism.

The Charity operates two grant schemes:

  • Small Grants: up to £9,000 (apply anytime)
  • General Grants: over £9,000 (deadlines apply, generally three deadlines per year)

Funding is normally considered for capital and revenue costs and for both specific projects and for general running/core costs. Some examples of the type of project that the Charity might fund are listed below:

  • Capital building/renovation/refurbishment works
  • Employment schemes, including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
  • Play schemes and play therapy schemes
  • Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
  • Support for families, including respite schemes
  • Independent living schemes
  • Support in the community schemes
  • Snoezelen rooms

Tel: 01582 439225



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 these grants for up to three years.

The maximum grant is £120,000 (or £40,000 over three years), though must 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



Biffa Award – Main Grant Scheme

Biffa Award’s Main Grants Scheme is aimed at community and cultural groups and organisations, situated in the vicinity of landfill sites, that are in need of funding to improve the quality of life in their community or to conserve wildlife.

There are four themes - Community Buildings, Recreation, Cultural Facilities and Rebuilding Biodiversity. Under these themes the Fund provides funding to create or improve community amenities. For example, upgrading kitchens, meeting rooms and toilets in village halls and community facilities; creating new playparks; installing new seating, lighting and exhibitions within theatres and museums; or establishing, protecting and enhancing habitats for biodiversity.

The Fund awards £10,000 - £75,000 to projects that have a total cost of less than £200,000 including VAT.

Project sites must be within 5 miles of a significant Biffa Operation or active Biffa Landfill Site (15 miles for Rebuilding Biodiversity projects) and within 10 miles of any licenced landfill site in England.   The Fund provides a postcode checker on their website.

This is a rolling programme and as such there are no deadlines to submit an Expression of Interest.

Tel: 01636 670000


BlueSpark Foundation

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to Blue Spark Foundation for a wide range of projects. The Foundation value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Many grants will be under £2,000 and none are more than £5,000.

Projects which could be supported include drama, music, sport, art and design, debating, public speaking, academic education, vocational training, community projects, enterprise projects and educational excursions. This list is illustrative and not exclusive as to the types of projects that the Foundation support.

Please bear in mind that BlueSpark provides funding for relatively small-scale projects which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark. Funding provided by BlueSpark must be crucial to your project rather than marginally incremental to its funding.

The Foundation reviews applications on a rolling basis at approximately 8 week intervals.



Canoe Foundation

The Canoe Foundation makes grants between £500 and £10,000 for projects that:

  • Increase or enhance existing public access points to water for all forms of paddlesport (canoeists, kayakers and paddleboarders)
  • Create sustainable launching and landing sites, to and alongside water, for all sectors of the community and all abilities
  • Protect and enhance natural blue spaces, such as rivers and coastlines
  • Be ready to go

Funding will support:

  • Launch and landing platforms, ramps and steps
  • Improvements to pathways and accessible routes to the water’s edge
  • Designated or essential additional parking for water users
  • Works that create more sustainable access points
  • Access improvement projects that actively engage and allow water users to protect/enhance the waterway or riverbank environment (e.g., by preventing bank erosion)
  • Signage and information that promotes positive behaviour
  • Projects that would benefit more than one user group
  • Projects that benefit or provide opportunities to a wide range of paddlers rather than facilities limited to private members

The fund is open to a range of organisations, including paddle clubs, community groups, charities, parish councils, and local authorities. 

The funding window opens on 1st November 2023 and closes on 31st January 2024 (1159pm).


Cash4Clubs - Small Unrestricted Grants

Cash4Clubs is working with Sported, the UK's largest network of community sports groups, to get the funds to the clubs who need it most.

Not-for-profit organisations, including charities, community groups and traditional sports clubs from across the UK and Ireland can apply for grants of £2,000. The funding should be spent within a six-month period.

This year's focus is on community sports clubs and organisations who are in need due to the impact of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis and may be threatened with closure.

Priority will be given to applications which clearly demonstrate:

  • Access to sport for one or more underrepresented groups, including women and girls, people with disabilities, from racially diverse communities, from the LGBTQ+ community or from lower socio-economic groups
  • Sustainability of activities to keep people playing
  • An increase in reach to engage with even more people
  • Expansion of activities to engage with new audiences that groups have not worked with before
  • Broader social impact on the local community, e.g. tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, reducing loneliness, supporting mental health and well being

The funding is unrestricted and can be used for anything that will support the organisation to continue and/or grow their activities in their local community.

Typical examples of costs might include a contribution towards:

  • Venue hire including floodlights/heating
  • Coaching costs
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Equipment
  • Kit
  • Marketing and communications
  • Training and qualifications
  • Insurances and affiliations

Please note, Cash4Clubs is a grant programme funded by Flutter UK & Ireland, part of Flutter Entertainment, the global sports betting, gaming and entertainment provider. For this reason, groups must have adult members (18+) in order to be eligible for funding.

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2023, but may close earlier if a large number of applications are received.

Tel: 0203 848 4670




EA Foundation

EA Foundation’s funding is intended for charitable projects which align to at least one of the following four funding priorities:

  • Provide educational opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged individuals and communities
  • Improve access to basic services and infrastructure to disadvantaged communities, including but not limited to healthcare, clean water and electricity
  • Support people in reduced circumstances, without sufficient means, or those who are experiencing times of need thereby providing important support for the relief of poverty or other forms of disadvantage such as disability
  • Address environmental challenges and promote sustainable development, both and through the pursuit of the other key areas of focus

There is no specified upper or lower grant limits. However, based on the Foundation’s current giving trends to date, the grants approved have averaged between £20,000 - £50,000 for an average duration of 12-24 months.

Applications will be considered from a diverse range of organisations irrespective of turnover.

UK-based charitable entities with the following legal structures can apply:

  • Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • Charitable company, limited by guarantee
  • Other UK Registered Charity
  • Community Interest Company (CIC), limited by guarantee

To be eligible, applicants must have an asset lock in their constitution which ensures that funds and any profit are ploughed back into the organisation.

The EA Foundation is looking to collaborate with organisations that:

  • Place people at the core of their work
  • Can demonstrate that they have a strong and equal relationship with their in-country partner(s)
  • Support community-led initiatives that are inclusive and address root causes of poverty to drive systems change
  • Has a learning culture and actively monitor the impact of their work in the lives of their target communities
  • Shine a light on unpopular or under-exposed issues in over-looked geographies

The grants will not fund activities that should be the responsibility of the government, however, work will be considered that adds value to the lives of marginalised communities and where it is clear that the work is being carried out in parallel to addressing systems change.

Applicants are encouraged to operate a full cost recovery mode by including all relevant costs of their project in the budget, including proportionate costs of overheads related to the effective delivery of the project.

The deadline for applications is 6th November 2023 (12pm). Notification of decisions are expected by 15th December 2023.

Tel: 020 3322 4100



Energy Saving Trust - Ofgem Energy Redress Scheme

The Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme, known as the Energy Redress Scheme, is funded through payments from energy companies who may have breached rules.

The scheme’s purpose is to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations and to deliver benefits to the types of consumers that were negatively impacted by the specific issues that triggered the redress payment.

Registered charities in Great Britain can now apply for Energy Saving Trust’s Main and Small Project Grants Funds, which aim to:

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

Funding for this round is divided as follows:

  • Small Project Fund contains £500,000 and offers grants of between £20,000 and £49,999 for projects that will support energy consumers in vulnerable situations
  • Main Project Fund contains £9.3 million and offers grants of between £50,000 and £1 million for projects that will support energy consumers in vulnerable situations

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

Activities that can be funded include, but are not limited to:

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

The deadline for applications is 14th November 2023 (5pm).

Tel: 020 7222 0101


Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund supports museums and their community partners to develop together, using collections.

A new phase of the fund has been launched for 2023 onwards. It will:

  • Support work that furthers the established strategic aims of the applicants in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion, and/or is community-led
  • Offer core funding to museums, to offer greater flexibility and support embedded change in organisations. Grants will be of a similar size and duration to those in previous years
  • Enhance its learning from grantees and share this with the wider museum sector, for example foregrounding leading practice in funded museums and undertaking research with action learning sets.

The fund awards grants from £40,000-£100,000 over a period of up to three years.

Applicants who are seeking funding as part of a wider programme or capital project should inform the Museums Association about the wider context of the planned work and be clear about how its funding makes a difference.

All museums and galleries in the UK can apply. Priority will be given to smaller and medium sized organisations where funding of this size can make the most difference in the long term.

Museum-sector applicants should be members of the Museums Association.  Applicants, or one applicant in a partnership, are normally expected to be accredited (or working towards this). However, occasional exceptions may be made for organisations that are not accredited museums, but whose activities are based on the care and interpretation of collections of historical, artistic or scientific interest, provided they are in the public sector or have charitable status.

The next deadline for expressions of interest is 22nd April 2024.

Tel: 020 7566 7851



Football Foundation

The Football Foundation provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing rooms, 3G pitches, fencing, portable floodlights, pitch improvements and clubhouse refurbishment.

The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport

Depending on the type of project you are applying for,  the Foundation awards grants between £10,000 and £500,000.

Tel: 0345 345 4555


Foyle Foundation - Small Grants Scheme

This Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

The scheme awards £2000 and £10,000.  Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme.

The focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

The priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

You can apply anytime.

Tel: 020 7430 9119



Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation supports a wide range of charities that make a positive difference, working in different sectors in the UK. These include welfare, youth, community, environment, education, health, arts, heritage and faith.

They fund small local organisations and large national institutions. Applicants must be registered with the charity commission,   or exempt and excepted under Charity Commission guidance 

Grants range from £1,000 to several million pounds, depending on each charity’s size and scope of work. The grants can be for your organisation’s running costs, for a specific activity or for capital projects. The Foundation are flexible and fund what charities need the most.

Normally, capital grants are no more than 10% of a total project cost. However, for local community projects (e.g. village halls, community centres, places of worship, etc.), grants are unlikely to be over £30,000 regardless of the project size. If your organisation wants to apply for £100,000 or over, they expect your annual income or project to be over £1 million.

Applications for a Regular Grant of less than £100,000 may be made at any time throughout the year and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. There are no deadlines. It takes around four months from the time an application is received to notification of a decision

Tel: 020 7399 6565



Hedley Foundation

The Hedley Foundation supports smaller registered charities undertaking projects for young people, the disabled, terminally ill patients and others in need. The main objective of the Trustees' grant-making is to improve lives and to lift people's aspirations.

The Foundation focuses on the following areas:

  • Youth: to help disadvantaged young people, supporting youth projects through education, the arts, sport and adventurous activities
  • Disabled: to improve the quality of life of those with a mental or physical disability.
  • The elderly and terminally ill: to improve the quality of life of the elderly and those receiving end of life care
  • Miscellaneous support: other social welfare projects such as those for carers, the homeless and ex-offenders

Although funding is at the discretion of the Trustees, grants are generally in the region of £5,000, with larger sums occasionally made are given to charities where high impact can be achieved.

Applications are considered at Trustee meetings which are held four times a year. Submissions should be received at least six weeks before the meeting. 

The next closing date for applications is 13th December 2023.



Hinrichsen Foundation

The Hinrichsen Foundation offers grants to support organisations and individuals undertaking projects to promote music.

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

Multi-year partnerships may be considered.

Individuals, organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply.

The Trustees are principally concerned with providing support for the performance of contemporary music, which may include commissioning of new work, non-commercial recording or even publication.

The Trustees will occasionally provide funds for research projects not being conducted under the aegis of an academic institution.

The 2023/24 application deadlines are as follows:

  • 31st December 2023
  • 31st March 2024
  • 30th June 2024
  • 30th September 2024



Homity Trust

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

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

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

The next deadline is 21st November 2023.

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International Tree Foundation - UK Community Tree Planting Programme

The UK Community Tree Planting Programme supports projects run by community groups and voluntary organisations that engage communities in planting and caring for native species of trees.

The Programme supports community projects that will:

  • Conserve, restore and protect indigenous trees and woodlands, forests, habitats and associated biodiversity
  • Support community engagement in tree planting to promote reforestation and to increase awareness of the importance of trees and forests to environmental and human well-being
  • Encourage social cohesion and inclusion

There are two tiers of funding:

  • Grants of up to £1,000 for projects of up to one year. This could be small community woodland, orchards, hedging projects, etc
  • Grants for large-scale projects ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 trees with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50/tree (inclusive of tree protection). Most suitable for community woodland or hedging projects

Applications to this round will be accepted from organisations that are community-based, such as a school, community group, social enterprise, non-governmental organisation, parish council, etc.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • Signed permission from the owner or manager of the land indicating that their project meets legal requirements
  • A bank account in the organisation's name

Funding is for UK-based tree planting projects that meet the following essential criteria:

  • Plant trees in public/publicly-accessible spaces: sites that are readily accessible to the public, including schools, parks, rights of way, and sites managed by community groups
  • Plant indigenous tree species: this may include traditional fruit trees and ‘honorary’ natives where appropriate
  • Engage community members in tree planting and enjoying the benefits of woodlands
  • Have clear plans for maintenance and sustainability

In addition, the project must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Engage children and young adults in tree planting and learning about trees
  • Engage vulnerable groups and groups with low access to woodlands
  • Conserve existing ancient trees and indigenous woodlands as well as new planting
  • Create biodiversity habitats
  • Conserve soil and water
  • Demonstrate new approaches such as agroforestry
  • Support rewilding and natural regeneration
  • Support work or research on tree pest and disease resistance and climate change. Adaptation
  • Support urban tree planting

You can apply anytime up until 1st December 2023.    

Tel: 01865 922 430



Jeans for Genes Grant Programme - Project Grants

Funding is intended to meet the following objective:  Every individual in the UK living with a genetic condition and their family is able to access the appropriate support at the time they need it so that they feel supported, valued and included.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available for registered charities.

For unregistered patient groups with a governing document, grants of up to £1,500 are available.

UK registered charities with an annual income of less than £1 million and constituted patient groups based in the UK and run by at least two unrelated people can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales
  • Be based and deliver the work in the UK
  • Be a genetic condition specific charity
  • Have an annual income of less than £1 million as reported in their most recent set of accounts filed with the Charity Commission
  • Have appropriate safeguarding policies in place if working with children and vulnerable adults

Community Interest Companies (CICs) and social enterprise can apply for a project grant.

Organisations supporting a range of beneficiaries that include those with genetic conditions among them (for example, hospices and special needs schools) are NOT able to apply to this funding strand as individuals and families living with a genetic condition should be the primary beneficiaries of the project.

Applicants with more than one year of unrestricted reserves will be considered low priority.

The project funding is restricted to the delivery of a defined set of activities and the costs involved in delivering those activities including staff costs and a percentage of overheads (up to 15%).

The funding is intended to support projects that:

  • Create new support networks or develop existing ones
  • Inform and empower individuals living with a genetic condition and their families and carers
  • Address a key transition point (e.g. point of diagnosis or transition to adult services or bereavement)
  • Improve the physical, mental or emotional wellbeing of affected individuals, families and carers
  • Enable knowledge, awareness, skills or attitudes to be acquired that are then applied so that those with a genetic condition and their families are supported, valued and included
  • Engage with diverse and marginalised communities who are also living with a genetic condition to identify and challenge policies, practices and perceptions that contribute to health inequalities

The deadline for applications is 13th November 2023.

Tel: 07983 839914




Lloyds Bank Foundation's Funding Programme for Specialist Small Charities

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales’s new funding programme offers three-year unrestricted grants of £75,000 with tailored development support aimed at helping to strengthen charities and build the knowledge, skills and capabilities of staff and trustees.

In addition, grants of up to £500 are available for groups who need accessibility support to apply for this programme. The grant will help fund the cost of support, such as a scribe or BSL interpreter.

Registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations may apply.

The funding is for small, local, specialist charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £500,000 who are providing in-depth services in one of the following eight themes:

  • Addiction
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Care Leavers
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Offending
  • Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
  • Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The foundation wants to partner with charities that show they:

  • Understand the makeup of the communities they support and work with
  • Recognise the people in those communities who experience inequity
  • Proactively reach and engage with people to address the inequity they experience
  • Are inclusive and make people feel welcomed, valued and that they belong.

There will be a free webinar on 9th November 2023 (1030am to 12pm).

The eligibility quiz and guidelines are currently available on the Lloyds Bank Foundation of England and Wales website.

Applications open from 10 am on 1st November 2023.

Tel: 0370 411 1223



Magdalen Hospital Trust

The Magdalen Hospital Trust supports small Charities/Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) working with vulnerable children and young adults, especially those at risk of sexual and other forms of exploitation.

Grants generally range from £500 - £2,000.   The Trust prefers to fund project costs rather than core costs.  Projects can include those that provide:

  • Training for work and personal development
  • Clubs and play schemes,
  • Safeguarding education
  • Mental health support and counselling
  • Emergency care

The next deadline for applications is 30th November 2023.

Tel : 01903 217108

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Morrisons Foundation

Morrisons Foundation awards up to £25,000 for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. Applications should deliver on (at least) one of three objectives to be considered for support, these are: Tackling the cost of living; Enhancing community spaces, facilities and services; Improving health and wellbeing.

Please note funding is for new projects that charities would like to get off the ground but for which they have no funding. Also note, the Foundation does not part-fund projects.

Apply anytime.

Tel: 0845 611 5364




The Ogden Trust - Physics Education Grants

The Ogden Trust aims to increase the uptake of physics post-16 by supporting physics education and engagement for all young people aged 4-18, particularly those in under-represented groups.

The Trust’s Physics Education Grants scheme awards up to £5,000 to educational establishments and charities who wish to carry out projects and activities that support the teaching and learning of physics.

The Trust’s grants are split into two strands:

  • Curriculum support: to support the teaching and learning of physics from 4-18 in the classroom, including equipment for teaching physics, teaching resources and teacher CPD
  • Enrichment activities: to support physics extra-curricular activities for school and college students from under-represented groups

Cost per head for the anticipated impact will be a key selection criterion. Projects to evaluate existing well-established programmes may also be considered. Funding will not be offered for commercial provision of activities. All activities supported by the grant must be free for students to access.

There is one round of funding each term.   Successful applicants will be notified within two months of the closing date.

Tel: 020 8634 7470



School for Social Entrepreneurs Cost of Living Challenge Fund 2023

The Cost of Living Challenge Fund is aimed at supporting charities and social enterprises serving communities in England struggling most with the cost of living crisis - for example, those providing food, energy saving and warm spaces, access to essential goods, financial advice, essential transport, mental health support and access to housing.

The Fund offers Match Trading grants of up to £25,000 and capacity building support to help build your organisation’s resilience and sustainability.

Grants will be focused on supporting organisations that are developing or growing trading-based solutions to the cost of living crisis and that are aiming to increase trading by at least £15k over the next six to nine months.

Applicant organisations should:

  • Have plans to grow trading activity that directly supports or subsidises cost of living services
  • Have an existing track record and income of at least £70k (the fund considers more recently established organisations and incomes of over £35k, where there are exceptional plans to grow)
  • Have a business model which is substantially based on trading
  • Have a clear plan for increasing trading by min £15,000 – £35,000 between December 2023 and August 2024
  • Be based in England, with a majority of beneficiaries living in England
  • Be working with deprived communities – at least 80% of grantees will be based in, and working with communities that are in IMD 1 to 3
  • Have a social enterprise structure – grantees will be incorporated organisations and must be charities, CICs, Community Benefit Societies, or other legal structures which have a social purpose, reinvests the majority of its profits for social purposes, and is asset locked

Apply early - the deadline is 10am on Thursday 9th November.

Tel: 020 7089 9120

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Theatre Trust - Small Grants Programme

Theatres Trust's Small Grants Programme funds small projects that make a big impact to a theatre’s resilience, sustainability, accessibility or improving the diversity of audiences.

This scheme provides grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future.

Eligible projects include small capital works, the installation of key plant and machinery and works which make theatre buildings digital-ready. 

This scheme will prioritise improvements to buildings that protect theatre use and remove barriers to participation and attendance.

Please note that revenue and survey costs are ineligible. This fund is to support improvements and repairs to the building fabric, and the key plant and machinery or the purchase of key equipment (not software) to improve digital infrastructure.

To be eligible to apply to the scheme, applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings
  • Run a year-round programme of live performance, of no less than 30 performances a year 
  • Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years

The deadline for applications is noon on 12th January 2024. 


Thomas Wall Trust

Charities can now apply for grants to deliver projects next Spring which improve employment prospects for people experiencing deprivation.

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 to £5,000 and can support annual repeat funding for up to three years.  This funding is aimed at supporting a project or running costs for charities that equip disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the communication skills they need to be ready for employment.

The Trust prioritises:

  •  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 physical, mental or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers

There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for stage one applications is 8th January 2024 for consideration in March 2024.




UnLtd - Awards for Social Entrepreneurs

UnLtd supports social entrepreneurs by helping them nurture their social ventures and grow their impact.

The following levels of funding and support are available:

Start Up - for social entrepreneurs with an idea or who are in the early stages of development.  This offers:

  • Funding of between £500 and £8,000 to support essential start-up costs (except wages)
  • Support from an UnLtd Social Entrepreneur Support Manager
  • Access to UnLtd Connect, a network of skilled experts for advice and mentors

Scaling Up - for social entrepreneurs to grow their existing social venture to help it make a bigger difference.  This offers:

  • Funding of up to £18,000 to support wages and living costs
  • 12 months' mentoring and tailored support from an UnLtd Social Entrepreneur Support Manager, providing advice on operations and growth strategies
  • Expert advice including access to workshops and masterclasses
  • Connections to investors, corporate partners and other successful entrepreneurs, helping the social entrepreneur to develop their networks.

UnLtd accepts applications from social entrepreneurs who are the founder of the social business. 

The social entrepreneur must:

  • Have identified a social issue and developed a business model that works to solve it
  • Be committed to, and have a track record of, delivering local, regional or national social impact at scale
  • Be experienced, ambitious and capable of growing their venture
  • Have a realistic growth plan
  • Be committed to working full-time in their social venture

The social venture must:

  • Be at least one year old and less than four years old
  • Have a turnover of less than £250,000 in their last financial year
  • Be dynamic and ready to grow to local, regional or national scale and have a logical and appropriate plan to deliver this
  • Have a compelling performance to date and/or a logical and appropriate plan for rapid growth to reach local, regional or national scale
  • Not solely exist to secure investment in the year ahead
  • Target beneficiaries predominantly based in the UK

UnLtd is committed to 50% of its awards going to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs across its funding programmes.

The Fund assesses applications on a quarterly basis.   They provide a schedule of dates to submit applications on their website.

Tel: 0207 566 1100




Veterans’ Foundation

Veterans’ Foundation offers grants to charities and not-for-profit organisations that provide support to those in need among serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans, operationally qualified seafarers and their immediate families.

A potential, qualified beneficiary “in need” is one or all of the following:

  • At a disadvantage compared with non-armed forces citizens due to their service
  • Someone who is experiencing challenges such as the following: unemployment, homelessness, mental and physical ill-health, injuries, poor welfare, old age, a child's loss of parent, or addiction

The following grants are now available:

  • Grants up to £30,000. This can be for one year or a multi-year grant for up to three years (e.g., £10,000 per year over three years)
  • Grants up to £50,000 (an increase from the previous £40,000) for the exclusive use of salary costs, over a two-year period may be awarded, (ie, £25,000 per year over two years)

Funding can be used to cover a range of costs directly related to projects covering a range of aspects of social care for the Armed Forces community.

All registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations that support the Armed Forces community (veterans, those serving and immediate dependants), including seafaring veterans who have served on operations, can apply.

Priority is given to charities and organisations who can demonstrate that they are directly involved in the provision of support to those in need as well as to those with a low to medium income.

The Foundation has introduced an online eligibility quiz. This must be completed in order to access the application form.

The Foundation has published its quarterly application deadlines for 2024.

The first deadline for applications is 30th January 2024 for a decision in March 2024.


War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust grants support repair and conservation works undertaken following best conservation practice. Almost all war memorials are eligible for support and custodians/owners can find information about eligibility and processes on the website.

Grants are normally awarded at 50% of eligible costs depending on the priority level of your project and are likely to be considered up to a maximum grant of £5,000 for non-freestanding war memorials while freestanding, non-beneficiary war memorials may be considered up to a maximum grant of £20,000. The minimum award is normally £125 but there is some discretion on minimum and maximum grant levels.

The Trust accepts applications from individuals and organisations, including councils.  Applicants who are not legally responsible for the war memorial are expected to get written consent for the project from the person or organisation that is responsible.

Pre-application forms may be submitted at any time.

Tel: 020 7233 7356


Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund helps regional and smaller museums to borrow works of outstanding quality and significance from national and major lending institutions across the UK.

The grants help to cover the practical elements of strategic loans projects as well as funding funds activities to maximise the impact of the loaned items and develop the skills of museums professionals.

There are two categories of grants:

  • Grants of between £5,000 and £35,000 to cover 100% of the costs associated with securing, displaying and publicising a loan
  • Research and development grants of up to £5,00 to support the development of plans for a loans project. Activities might include research, travel and consultation

UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives can apply as long as they:

  • Have permanent collections
  • Are regional and/or run by local authorities or universities or have independent/charitable trust status
  • Are open for at least half the week for at least six months of the year
  • Are at least provisionally accredited under the Arts Council Accreditation scheme

Applications can also be considered from small and contemporary arts spaces and other non-collecting institutions, provided they meet the programme’s aims. Non-national institutions that are on the list of eligible lenders can also apply.

Applications close on 15th December 2023 with decisions expected in early March 2024.

Tel: 020 7225 4800


W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation

This Foundation supports projects for people who are over 65 years of age, and fall within the following categories:

Health and welfare - grants are for the refurbishment of residential care housing for the elderly and for building projects which are nearing completion. Consideration will also be given to the provision of equipment and furniture to enhance care and improve quality of life.

Community and innovation - grants for community initiatives such as exercise classes for the over-65s, lunch clubs, horticultural therapy and day trips. The Trustees also consider technology projects aimed at benefitting the over-65s.

Applicants must be charities which have been registered with the charity commission for at least two years.   Please note, if the charity has a mixed age group of beneficiaries, the Foundation will consider a donation if approximately 80% are over the age of 65.

Although there is no set minimum or maximum grant, grants tend to be between £1,000 and £3,000. The average grant is £1,500.

Charities can apply anytime.   The Trustees consider applications at their quarterly trustee meetings throughout the year.


Funding Diary

November 2023

British Science Week – Community Grants – 06/11/2023

British Science Week – Kick Start Fund for Schools – 06/11/2023

EA Foundation – 06/11/2023

Historic England  - Everyday Heritage Grants – 07/11/2023

School for Social Entrepreneurs Cost of Living Challenge Fund - 09/11/2023

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - Natural Flood Management Programme – 10/11/2023

People's Postcode Lottery - Learning through Landscapes – Local School Nature Grants – 10/11/2023

Screwfix Foundation – 10/11/2023

Armed Forces Covenant Fund - Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities Fund – 13/11/2023

Jeans for Genes Grant Programme - Project Grants – 13/11/2023

National Garden Scheme - Community Gardens Grants – 13/11/2023

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Teacher Development Fund – 13/11/2023

Energy Redress Scheme – 14/11/2023

UKSAR Volunteer Training Fund – 14/11/2023

Toy Trust – 15/11/2023

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Grants over £250,000 - 16/11/2023

Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund – 16/11/2023

National Lottery Community Fund - Community Justice Fund – Improving Lives Through Advice Grants Programme – Full Application – 17/11/2023

Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children – 19/11/2023

Freelands Foundation – Expression of Interest – 20/22/2023

Homity Trust – 21/11/2023

Cultural Bridge – 22/11/2023

Innovate UK - Creative Catalyst Competition - AI in the Music Industry – 22/11/2023

Art Fund - Going Places – 24/11/2023

Hospice UK Dying Matters Community Grants Programme – 24/11/2023

National Lottery Community Fund - The Million Hours Fund – 24/11/2023

The Home Office Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme – 26/11/2023

Magdalen Hospital Trust – 30/11/2023


December 2023

Castle Studies Trust – 01/12/2023

International Tree Foundation - UK Community Tree Planting Programme – 01/12/2023

Waterloo Foundation - Environment Programme – Tropical Rainforests – 01/12/2023

Ironmongers’ Company – Charitable Grants for STEM Projects – 01/12/2023

Tree Council - Branching Out Fund – 03/12/2023

Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme – 05/11/2023

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

Hedley Foundation – 13/12/2023

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/12/2023

Ironmongers Company grants programme – 15/12/2023

Ulverscroft Foundation – 15/12/2023

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

Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2024 – 17/12/2023

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

Hinrichsen Foundation – 31/12/2023


January 2024

National Allotment Gardens Trust – 01/01/2024

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

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

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

Thomas Wall Trust – 08/01/2024

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

A B Charitable Trust – 26/01/2024

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

Veterans’ Foundation – 30/01/2023

Patagonia International Environmental Grants – 31/01/202


February 2024

Trust Establishment and Growth Fund – 01/02/2024

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

Toy Trust – 15/02/2024


March 2024

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

Help the Homeless Grant Scheme – 15/03/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation – 31/03/2024


April 2024

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

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund  - 22/04/2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/04/2024


June 2024

Toy Trust – 15/06/2024

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/06/2024


July 2024

A B Charitable Trust – 26/07/2024


August 2024

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

Toy Trust – 15/08/2024


September 2024

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

Hinrichsen Foundation – 30/09/2024