Current funding opportunities
Here is a selection of current funding opportunities open for applications.
John Lewis Community Matters
Community Matters is John Lewis’ charitable giving scheme that runs throughout its shops. A similar scheme is available at Waitrose stores.
Every three months each shop selects three community groups to help. Customers are directly involved in deciding how much each nominated group receives, by using a token to vote for the organisation they'd like to support.
Charities will receive support in whichever way will benefit them the most, either in the form of John Lewis products, volunteering time from partners, or as financial support.
The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.
The Foyle Foundation plans to make one year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for core costs, equipment or project funding to charities which can show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work.
Wren Community Action Fund
Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available for projects that can demonstrate how they fall into Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund.
Object D shows commitment to the protection of the environment, and the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or another public amenity. WREN's definition of an amenity is something that a community will have access to and be able to use for leisure or recreation purposes.
Examples of eligible projects include provision of:
- children's play equipment in open public spaces
- all-weather play surfaces for MUGA multi use games area
- skate parks
Deadline for applications: 22 February 2017
Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
Local charities, community groups, schools and individuals from across the UK and Ireland are invited to apply for an award to help support sporting or leisure activities or hobbies that are beneficial to individuals or communities.
Five separate awards of £300 will be given out each week from 7 November 2016 until 26 February 2017.
Closing date for applications: 26 February 2017
Carriers for Causes
The One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ grants programme is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects that benefit local communities within two miles of a One Stop store in Great Britain.
Projects must meet at least one of the following outcomes:
- Improving the lives of young people
- Improving the lives of the elderly
- Promoting physical activity
- Improving health or well being
- Increasing community safety
- Protecting or improving the local environment.
Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
- One off community events such as community fun day expenses, summer youth camp, day trips costs for community based clubs or organisations
- Purchasing items to run a project such as specialised medical equipment, arts and craft materials for a workshop, marketing materials for an event
- Improvements to community buildings such as painting, refurbishing buildings such as scout or guide huts, or community centres.
This is a rolling programme, and applications will be accepted throughout the year.
Tesco Bags of Help
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. Bags of Help is now is always open to applications from community projects.
Following a shortlisting process three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5000. The second placed project receives up to £2000 and third placed up to £1000. Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, and social housing providers.
Viridor and Prosiect Gwyrdd Community Fund
Community schemes across South Wales will be able to tap into a £50,000 funding pot every year over the next 25 years through a new green partnership. Viridor, the firm working with the 'Prosiect Gwyrdd' council partnership, has announced the launch of a new Community Fund to support projects across Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan.
Community associations and projects can apply for up to £3000.
Fields in Trust County Fund
Fields in Trust is offering grants to sites protected under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.
Funding is available to projects that meet one of the following objectives:
- Increase participation in sport or play
- Improve facilities for sport and play
- Build community cohesion and well being
- Enhance the local environment
Examples of what Fields in Trust will fund include: playground equipment and improvements to existing facilities.
Funding remains available in both Scotland and Wales, as well as a number of counties in England.
Biffa Award provides funding under the Recreation theme to projects that transform open spaces for the benefit of the community, providing them with more opportunities to become involved in recreational activity.
Examples of projects that fall under this category are green spaces, woodland walks, play areas, sports facilities and community gardens.
Small grants of between £250 and £10,000 available.
Children in Need
Children in Need’s Small Grants is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 for one year only.
Children in Need funds projects that make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face.
The Small Grants programme is looking for projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.
Deadlines for applications: 1 March, 1 June, 1 September, 1 December 2017
Santander Foundation’s Community Plus
UK registered charities with local projects that benefit disadvantaged people can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help with the specific costs of local projects.
The funding is intended to assist with the cost of salaries, equipment and materials that are directly related to projects that benefit disadvantaged people in the applicant's local area. Santander wants to fund an entire element rather than make a contribution to a larger budget.
Nominations can be made at any time.
Archbishop of Wales Fund for Children
The fund has been set up to support children in need and their families and local communities. Successful applicants include community playschemes.
Grants can range from £100 to £5000.
The Board of Trustees meets on two occasions each year to consider applications.
The Yapp Charitable Trust
The Trust funds categories such as work with: elderly people; children and young people; people with disabilities or mental health problems; people trying to overcome problems such as addiction, abuse, relationship problems, a history of offending; and lifelong learning.
Applicants must have charitable status, have been constituted and operating for at least three years, and a normal turnover of less than £40,000 per year.
Awards grants up to £3,000 per year for up to three years
Registered charities working in England, Scotland or Wales can apply for grants to support new projects that directly improve the lives of local people or communities across Great Britain.
The funding is for projects that groups would like to get off the ground but for which they have no funding.
The projects should benefit the local community and can cover a wide range of areas including: health, education, arts and culture, community.
Although there are no set limits to the funding, previous grants have ranged from £5,000 to £20,000.
Garfield Weston Foundation
The Foundation provides funding for projects in the UK in the general fields of: education; arts; health; community; youth; religion and welfare. There are no specific priorities for funding and a wide range of charitable activity is supported.
The Foundation awards grants upwards of £1,000