Current funding opportunities
Here is a selection of current funding opportunities open for applications.
Local Community Projects Fund
The Greggs Foundation is offering grants of up to £2000 for not-for-profit organisations across the UK. The Foundation is eager to fund projects that improve resilience within communities and offer sessional activities / respite support, equipment for activities, trips and residential breaks.
The Local Community Projects Fund can be used to support a variety of different people in need in the community, including:
- People who are living in poverty
- Disabled people or those suffering with chronic illness
- Voluntary carers
- Homeless people
- Isolated older people.
Deadline for applications: 9 March 2018
Trees for Schools grant
The Tree Council is offering a grants to plant trees during National Tree Week (24 November – 2 December 2018). The grant is open to all schools in the UK for pupils aged 16 or under. To be eligible, the project must cost between £100 and £700, children must be actively involved in the planting process and the school must be able to raise 25 percent of the planting cost. National Tree Week is the UK’s annual celebration of trees and marks the beginning of the winter tree planting season.
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2018
Youth Fund Grant
The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust is offering a one-off grant of £5000 for a 12-month project engaging with disadvantaged young people who live or work in Wales. The funding can be used for equipment, volunteer costs and training.
The project must be working with young people between 14 to 19 years of age. The Trust supports charities, not-for-profit organisations and voluntary groups and is eager to support volunteer-based projects, particularly from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
Deadline for applications: 1 April 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
Biffa Award provides grants for not-for-profit organisations in Wales, England and Northern Ireland. Grants will be awarded to projects that provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces and places for outdoor recreation.
Grants between £10,000 and £75,000 are available. The programme is divided into three themes, each with a different application form and deadline:
- Community buildings
- Rebuilding biodiversity
To be eligible for the grant, you need to be a not-for-profit organisation with a project in a five-mile radius of a significant Biffa operation or within ten miles of a Biffa landfill. The total cost of the project must be less than £200,000 and there must be a minimum of 104 days of full public access to the project per year.
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
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.
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