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Here is a selection of current funding opportunities open for applications.

Grow Wild Community Projects 2019

Grow Wild is offering grants of £2,000 and £4,000 to voluntary, community or youth groups across the UK to deliver projects focused on connecting people to nature. 

Grants are available for projects that:

  • Focus on growing UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi
  • Work with one or more of Grow Wild’s target audiences (young people aged 12 to 25 years old, urban communities, disadvantaged communities or adults that are less engaged with community and environmental activities)
  • Have the potential to reach at least 300 people.

Deadline for applications: 10 December 2018 

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Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme

The Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme offers grants of £5,000 to £50,000 for projects that focus on making communities healthier, more prosperous or increasing social cohesion. 

The projects will need to meet one or more of the following themes:

  • Biodiversity 
  • Waste minimisation
  • Environmental enhancement.

The scheme supports local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill. It is a Welsh Government funding programme managed by WCVA. 

Deadline for applications: 18 January 2019

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Early Years Opportunities Grants programme

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is offering small grants of £500 to £15,000, over one to three years, to charities registered in England and Wales.

The Early Years Opportunities Grants programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to the age of 25) overcome barriers to achieve the best start in life.

Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Learning and development, including language, communication, social and emotional skills
  • Parental support
  • Pastoral and advocacy support. 

Closing date for applications: 25 January 2019

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DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

Charities working with disadvantaged children and young people can apply for grants of up to £30,000 from the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People’s Central Grants Programme.

The Foundation offers grants to charities that aim to improve the education and health of children and young people in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The Foundation particularly looks to fund charities that support children and young people: 

  • with disabilities
  • who are sick in hospital
  • who are life limited. 

Deadline for applications: 5 February 2019

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Ford Britain Trust

Small grants of up to £250 are available for organisations working near to one of Ford’s businesses in the UK. The Ford Britain Trust is a grant making charity formed and funded by Ford Motor Company Limited. 

The Trust is interested in funding projects which focus on:

  • Children
  • Youth activities 
  • Education
  • The environment
  • Disabled people.

The Ford Britain Trust particularly encourages applications from Ford employees but is open to charities and organisations who meet the criteria. 

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2019

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Arts and Environment Fund

The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust is offering grants of up to £5,000 for charities, groups and not-for-profit organisations focusing on delivering community arts and environmental projects in Wales.  

Priority will be given to organisations that help disadvantaged groups and communities. The Trust is interested in supporting projects that work with young people.

The grant is for capital, equipment, training and may include project delivery costs. Successful applicants will have 12 months to undertake the project. 

Closing date for applications: 4 April 2019

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Healthy and Active Fund

The Welsh Government, in partnership with Public Health Wales and Sport Wales have launched a new funding initiative to improve the mental and physical health of people in Wales. 

Phase one of the Health and Active Fund will provide £5 million over three years to projects that strengthen and develop community assets that encourage healthy and active lifestyles. 

Priority will be given to projects that actively promote the reduction of inequality in outcomes of the following groups:

  • Children and young people
  • People with a disability or long-term illness
  • People who are economically inactive or who live in areas of deprivation
  • Older people and those around the age of retirement from work.

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Business Wales Childcare Grant

Business Wales is offering childcare providers in Wales the opportunity to apply for a Childcare Grant. The purpose of the grant is to encourage the creation of new childcare places and new places for children with additional or special needs in Wales to support the Welsh Government’s 30 hour Childcare Offer.

Only childcare providers based and registered in Wales are eligible to apply. You will need to be registered with the Business Wales service and Care Inspectorate Wales to access the grant. 

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The Ragdoll Foundation – Open Grants Scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Grants of up to £50,000 are available but the majority of grants will be between £5,000 and £20,000. 

The Foundation looks to support projects that:

  • evidence the power of arts and creativity and their transformative power for children and young people
  • promote children’s development through their imaginative thinking
  • ensure effective evaluation of projects to promote sharing and learning
  • demonstrate how the concerns of children can be heard. 

The Ragdoll Foundation is interested in funding projects that will benefit children up to 10 years old but will consider projects that benefit young people up to 18 years old.  

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Wesleyan Foundation

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to groups and registered charities with an income of below £250,000 working in the city and county of Cardiff. The Wesleyan Foundation aims to provide support in the following areas:

  • Health – projects working to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community
  • Education – projects that work to promote education and lifelong learning
  • Social – projects that create innovative solutions to social challenges, promoting community cohesion and developing resilience within communities.

Small charities, constituted not for profit groups and organisations running projects and activities for the benefit of their local community are eligible to apply for this grant.  

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Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund

Track 2000 provides grants for registered small charities and voluntary groups who make a difference to individuals, families and communities in south Wales. Track 2000 can fund a project or organisation with between £5,000 to £35,000 for revenue or capital costs. Projects can last for up to two years.

Grants are available for:

  • Education and training
  • Environmental improvements
  • Strengthening disadvantaged communities.

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The Steve Morgan Foundation

The Steve Morgan Foundation supports projects that have a positive effect on people’s welfare or quality of life in North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire.

The Foundation offers a Main Grant Programme providing support to charities, organisations and community groups which help: children and families, the elderly, those with disabilities and the socially isolated.

For more information email or call 01829 782808

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Foyle Foundation

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.

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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.

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The BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme

The BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme offers funding of up to £10,000 over a three-year-period for charities or not-for-profit organisations supporting disadvantaged children or young people under 18.

The Small Grants programme has the same criteria as the Main Grants programme above.

Closing date for applications: 2 December 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Biffa Award

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Morrisons Foundation

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.

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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

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Marsh Christian Trust 

Grants of £250 to £4,000 are available to help small organisations across the UK to pay for various running costs, such as: volunteer expenses, training days and equipment maintenance.

The Trust is interested in funding charities working in the fields of:

  • Literature, arts and heritage
  • Social welfare
  • Environmental and animal welfare
  • Education and training
  • Healthcare.

The Trust funds registered charities with an annual income of less than £250,000 that have been established for more than one financial year. 

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True Colours Trust UK Small Grants Programme

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for small charities and projects in the UK working to support disabled children and their families on a daily basis.

The Trustees would like to support:

  • Specialised play equipment / access to play and leisure
  • Hydrotherapy pools
  • Multi-sensory rooms
  • Mini buses
  • Sibling projects
  • Bereavement support
  • Family support / parent-led peer support.

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