Here is a selection of current funding opportunities open for applications.
Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity
Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity funds projects which seek to improve the quality of life of children in hospitals and hospices across the UK. Grants can be offered to registered charities and to projects that are not directly funded by the National Health Service (NHS). The Trustees will consider any project that improves the quality of life of sick children, including:
- Arts, music, play and leisure programmes
- Supporting children with physical and emotional difficulties.
The charity funds projects that ensure that whilst in hospital and hospice care, children can still play, socialise and recuperate from treatment in a child-friendly environment. Preference will be given to children’s hospitals and hospices in regional centres in the UK that offer healthcare services to a wide range of children.
Deadline for applications: 30 April 2018
Youth Fund Grant – The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust
A one-off grant scheme of £5000 by the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust. The Trust is looking to fund projects engaging with disadvantaged youth and young people who live or work in Wales.
Funding must be used for equipment, volunteer costs, training and may include some project delivery costs. To apply, the organisation doesn’t have to be a youth organisation, but the project must involve young people under the age of nineteen.
Deadline for applications: 1 May 2018
Local School Nature Grants – Learning Through Landscapes
A new round of Learning Through Landscapes’ (LTL) Local School Nature Grants is now open for applications.
The Local Schools Nature Grants Scheme invites schools in England, Scotland and Wales to apply for £500 worth of outdoor resources, and a two-hour training session. Schools can choose from a range of items which best suit their learners and their setting.
The Local Schools Nature Grants Scheme is looking for schools whose students are aged five or over and are passionate about making environmental improvements for the benefit of their pupils, staff and the community.
Deadline for applications: 1 June 2018
Garfield Weston Foundation – Anniversary Fund
The Garfield Weston Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a one-off grants scheme for local communities. The Fund will provide grants of £30,000 to £150,000 for projects that provide new, or improve existing community facilities for people across the UK.
The Fund will consider applications for:
- New playground equipment
- A new community building or extension to an existing building
- Renovations to a community building
- The purchase of large or expensive items crucial to supporting people in the community
- The purchase of land or property with a community benefit.
The project will need to be completed by the end of 2020 and must cost more than £30,000.
Deadline for applications: 30 June 2018
Community Foundation in Wales
Fund for Wales is available to support communities, culture, education, environment and health in Clwyd, Dyfed, Gwent, Gwynedd, Mid Glamorgan, Powys, South Glamorgan and West Glamorgan.
Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the five following outcomes:
- Improving people’s chances in life
- Building stronger communities
- Improving rural and urban environments
- Encouraging healthier and more active people and communities
- Preserving heritage and culture.
Deadlines for applications: 31 July 2018
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
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.
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.
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
The Ragdoll Foundation – Open Grants Scheme
The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports not for profit 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 scheme expects to fund between 25 to 80 percent of the project.
The Ragdoll Foundation is interested in funding projects that will benefit children up to ten years old but will consider projects that benefit young people up to eighteen years old. Priority will be given to projects that involve children in the early years, take place outside of London and that have the potential to become models of good practice within the sector.