Funding Opportunities

Funding Report


There are dozens of national and regional funding schemes listed in alphabetical order. This list is updated monthly from a variety of sources.  Your local community and voluntary organisation may know about additional schemes in your area. You can find your local office by clicking here.

Last updated 30 May 2021

Albert Hunt Trust

Grants are available to local charities in the UK that provide hospice care, provide support for the homeless or promote health and well being. 

Coronavirus/COVID-19 update: The Trust has no plans to scale back its overall level of grant-making during the current crisis. However, applications for capital projects of any nature will not be considered until further notice. This will be reviewed in March 2021. Grants for capital projects that have already been agreed are unaffected by this announcement.

 Applications will be considered from local charities that:

  • Provide hospice care.
  • Provide support for the homeless.
  • Promote health and well being. Areas of support under this heading have included physical and learning disability, physical and mental health, plus social challenge and deprivation. Organisations in this category should have an annual income of below £250,000. However, the trust we will look at capital projects, such as significant equipment purchases or building works irrespective of the income levels

The funding can be used for a range of purposes and could include:

  • Single awards for capital projects (building / equipment / renovation).
  • Grants for core funding to include staff costs.
  • Ongoing running costs for specific projects.

Visit Albert Hunt Trust for more information

Alchemy Foundation

The charity's objects are particularly focused on the alchemist scheme, water projects in the developing world, disability, social welfare, personal reform, penal reform, medical research and aid, individual enterprise and respite for carers.

The charity's objects are particularly focused on the following:

  • The Alchemist Scheme, which receives about half of the available funding.
  • Disability, especially mobility, access, help lines and communications.
  • Social welfare, including inner city community projects, disaffected youth, family mediation, homelessness.
  • Respite for carers.
  • Penal reform, including work with prisoners, especially young prisoners, and their families.

Applicants should write to the Alchemy Foundation for information on how to apply.

Richard Stilgoe OBE
Alchemy Foundation

Trevereux Manor
Limpsfield Chart

Allchurches Trust - Hope Beyond

Grants are available for churches of all denominations and Christian charities that are tackling pressing social issues in the UK and Ireland.

Most of the grants awarded are between £1,000 and £15,000 for projects with a total cost of up to £1 million. A few larger grants are available for projects costing over £1 million.

The grants are to be used to implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need as a direct response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The grants can cover:

  • Capital costs, such as adaptation of buildings, the purchase of equipment, accessibility improvements and measures to ensure buildings are COVID-19 safe.
  • Project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers.

Visit Allchurches Trust - Hope Beyond for more information.

Allchurches Trust

Grants are available for churches of all denominations and Christian charities that are tackling pressing social issues in the UK and Ireland.

Most of the grants awarded are between £1,000 and £15,000 for projects with a total cost of up to £1 million. A few larger grants are available for projects costing over £1 million.

The aim of the Trust is to fund projects in the following areas:

  • Building communities, especially where they are hurting or broken.
  • Helping people, especially those in particular need, to flourish.
  • Growing churches, spiritually and numerically.

The funding is for churches and Christian charities tackling issues like:

  • Homelessness and poverty.
  • Mental health and counselling.
  • Social exclusion and loneliness.
  • Ex-offender support.
  • Community health and wellbeing.
  • Substance misuse.

Funding is also available for:

  • Church repairs, renovations, reordering and new builds.
  • Community outreach by churches and Christian organisations
  • Protection of ecclesiastical heritage.

Applications from all parts of the UK and Ireland are welcome, particularly from areas of social and economic deprivation.

Visit Allchurches Trust for more information.

Anchor Foundation

Grants are available to UK-registered Christian charities for projects that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts.

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 per year are available.

The Foundation awards grants for projects (including projects abroad) that address the following:

  • Healing
  • Arts
  • Social inclusion

Applications for capital or revenue funding will be considered.

Visit Anchor Foundation for more information.

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

Registered charities that support people who are socially disadvantaged and/or have mental and/or physical disabilities.

For more information visit Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust.

ASDA Foundation

Significant Local Community Projects - capital grants for UK charities and
not-for-profit organisations for local projects that benefit the wider community, address local
needs and make a significant difference.

For more information visit ASDA Foundation.

Barron Bell Trust

The Barron Bell Trust makes grants towards the provision, installation, inspection, repair and maintenance of carillons of bells in churches.

No maximum grant size is specified, but grants are typically between £1,000 – £3,000.

For more information and how to apply please contact:

Ian Walrond
71 Lower Green Road
Tunbridge Wells

Tel: 01892 823 289

Basil Samuel Charitable Trust

Grants are available for medical, socially supportive, educational and cultural charities in England and Wales.

Maximum Value: £ 5,000

Minimum Value: £ 1,000

, the Trust wishes to support projects with the following themes:

  • Medical needs.
  • Social care.
  • Education.
  • Cultural activities.

Applications must be made in writing.

Contact Basil Samuel Charitable Trust for further information.
Basil Samuel Charitable Trust
c/o Smith and Williamson
25 Moorgate

Tel: 020 7131 4376

Beatrice Laing Trust

Its focus is on the relief of poverty and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, both at home and abroad. Financial support is given to a wide range of charities seeking to relieve poverty in its broadest sense, both throughout the UK and overseas. 

The level of funding available varies. Grants typically range between £2,000 and £10,000, but the trustees have the capacity to make a number of larger grants each year.

Visit Beatrice Laing Trust for more information. 

Beaverbrook Foundation

The Beaverbrook Foundation supports a variety of causes including:

  • relieve sickness and provide support for those in poor health and old age;
  • promote education, including the provision of scholarship awards, maintenance allowances or grants
  • advance the education of the public regarding the first Lord Beaverbrook
  • advance the Christian faith for the benefit of the public
  • further other charitable purposes

Grants are typically under £5,000 and can be made for capital expenditure, i.e. to acquire or upgrade physical assets such as buildings, fixtures and fittings, machinery, furniture and other equipment; for revenue/running costs; and for special projects. 

The Trustees promote the concept of match funding, and may make a payment conditional upon the applicant obtaining the remaining funding from other sources.

Visit Beaverbrook Foundation for more information.

Bernard Sunley Foundation

One-off capital grants are available to registered charities in England and Wales, as well as those with 'accepted' and 'exempt' status, for projects in the areas of community, education, health and social welfare.

The minimum grant available is £1,000.

The majority (roughly 80%) of grants awarded are under £5,000. Grants exceeding £25,000 are exceptional and are typically awarded to major capital projects.

The funding is for one-off capital projects (not running costs) such as new buildings, major refurbishments, transport and equipment.

Visit Bernard Sunley Foundation for more information.

Big Local

Big Local is a place-based investment programme supporting residents in 150 Big Local areas around England to lead change in their area.

Big Local is resident-led as residents know best what will make a real and meaningful difference to their areas and the people who live there.

Big Local empowers people to develop plans and find solutions that work for their communities, giving them the opportunity to try new ideas and become stronger through learning and overcoming challenges. Residents create a vision and Big Local plan for their area, which includes deciding on their priorities, what activities to run, who to work with and how the funding will be used over the 10 years.

Groups should check the map ( available on the Big Local website to find out if their location is eligible.

Visit Big Local for more information.

Bishop Radford Trust

Grants are available for UK registered charities to support the work of the Christian church in the UK and internationally.

There are two levels of funding for unsolicited applications:

  • One-off low-level grants of up to £2,000.
  • Mid-level grants of up to £5,000 for networking organisations.

Examples of previously funded projects in the UK include:

  • A Christian charity helping local people in need by supplying second-hand furniture, household effects and community care.
  • A charity working with local churches to arrange for local prisoners to receive a bag of simple gifts and to offer a copy of the Gospel.
  • A charity helping local churches to engage with their local community through sport by using a mobile bus to reach vulnerable young people who would not normally enter a church building.

Visit Bishop Radford Trust for more information.

Brigadier D V and Mrs H R Phelps Charitable Trust

Grants are available for registered charities undertaking social welfare projects in England and Wales, particularly in Norfolk and Merseyside.

Maximum Value: £ 5,000

Minimum Value: £ 100

For more information contact;

The Trustees
Brigadier D V and Mrs H R Phelps Charitable Trust
c/o Grant Thornton LLP
Kingfisher House
1 Gilders Way
St James Place

Tel: 01603 620481

Camelia Trust

Grant for charitable organisations undertaking health or social welfare projects in the cities of Manchester and Liverpool.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trust. Most grants tend to be awarded between £500 and £3,000.

The funding is intended to support organisations that address social welfare and work with the following groups:

  • Elderly people.
  • Young people.
  • People with disabilities.

9 Wainwright Road
WA14 4BW

Tel: 0161 928 0731

Charles Hayward Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charities for projects in the following categories: Heritage and Conservation; Social and Criminal Justice; Overseas; and Older People.

  • Small grants of up to £7,000.
  • Main grants for Social & Criminal Justice for £10,000 to £25,000 per annum (for one to three years) are considered. Up to £25,000 may be available for a pilot project, if it addresses complex problems in an innovative way and may lead to replication if proven effective. One-off Heritage & Conservations projects will be awarded between £20,000 and £50,000.

The Foundation places emphasis on funding projects that are developmental or innovative, and it is keen to support activities that would not otherwise happen. The Foundation prefers to fund projects in early stages that provide early intervention to society's problems.

Visit Charles Hayward Foundation for more information.

Cheshire Community Foundation

We give grants to groups addressing priority needs within Cheshire and Warrington.

Recently we have found that there are less funds available to fund capital projects (building refurbishment or purchase of larger capital items). If you do have a capital project that you are considering applying for, please do talk to us about the likely chances of success with the project, before embarking on the application process.

Grants up to £25,000 are available. 

Visit Cheshire Community Foundation for more information.

Clothworkers' Foundation

OPEN GRANTS PROGRAMME - We award grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools). Grants are awarded towards capital projects which we define as:

  • Buildings: purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment.
  • Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment: this includes but is not limited to office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment. It does not include equipment for one-off use, or which will be given to service users for personal use on a permanent basis.
  • Vehicles: This includes a minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, or 4X4. We are unlikely to fund the total cost of a new vehicle and do not provide grants towards vehicle leasing.

We fund both large and small projects. The size of grant awarded will depend on a number of factors including the size of your organisation and the cost and scale of your capital project. 

Visit Clothworkers' Foundation for more information. 

Coalfields Recovery & Resilience Fund

We are offering awards of up to £10,000 that can address local needs in coalfield communities.

Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services  in order to respond to the current issues/challenges in their community and support vulnerable people. Funding is awarded to organisations delivering activities/services in the top 30% most deprived former coalfield areas.

Funding is available for;

  • Organisations providing direct advice, guidance and support to people who are in crisis and/or experiencing financial hardship 
  • Organisations supporting people who are experiencing poor mental health 
  • Organisations supporting vulnerable people who are experiencing health inequalities, loneliness and/or social isolation
  • Organisations supporting people experiencing domestic violence/sexual abuse
  • Organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and co-ordination of services

Visit Coalfields Recovery & Resilience Fund for more information.

Comic Relief Community Fund - Capacity Building Grant

Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to become stronger and more robust and better able to deliver projects that bring about lasting change.

Capacity Building grants of up to £1,000 are available.

The Fund aims to deliver long lasting community driven change by awarding Capacity Building grants to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive and Thrive: Projects that support children up to the age of eleven to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: Projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: Projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: Projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • A project to increase the capacity of the organisation through increasing volunteering, including the development of a volunteer strategy, volunteer policy, recruitment and training of volunteers.
  • Training for trustees and senior management, to ensure good governance is in place, and organisation has capacity and capability to manage new projects.
  • Support to help your organisation rebuild after the C0VID-19 crisis such as exploring how you can raise funds, develop new policies and procedures and train your staff and volunteers to enable new ways of working.
  • Developing an organisation website and/or social media channels to enable an organisation to communicate more effectively with its beneficiaries or the purchase of new equipment/ licences to enable you to deliver some of your services online.
  • Developing social value processes to better record impact of work.
  • Project to increase the diversity of trustees, encouraging more lived in experience members.
  • Engaging with service users, clients and the community to develop models of delivery and understand their needs both during and after the crisis.

Visit Comic Relief Community Fund - Capacity Building Grant for more information. 

Cottam Will Trust

Offers grants "For the purchase of objects of beauty to be placed in ancient Gothic churches for the furtherance of religion". Includes; statues, murals, paintings, paschal candlesticks, vestments, Commandment Boards, stained glass, altars and altar frontals,

The Cottam Will Trust, administrated by Friends of Friendless Churches, awards grants for new or salvaged works of art in medieval churches.   

Visit Cottam Will Trust for more information. 

Create Charity

Small grants are available to charitable organisations for projects in the field of prevention and relief of poverty and for religious activities.

Create is a Christian charity that offers grants to charitable organisations in the UK that meet its charitable objectives:

  • The advancement of the Christian faith and the promotion of Christain unity.
  • The advancement of education on the basis of Christian principles.
  • The relief of persons who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress, or who are aged or sick.


c/o 30 York Street
MK40 3RJ


David Wilson Homes North West - Our Space Your Place Grants

Grants available to local community groups, charities, and schools in the North West for projects that will genuinely enhance or improve services, facilities or the environment within their local area.

A maximum of £3,000 will be available each quarter. Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

The grants are to be used for project costs. Funded activities must be something which will genuinely enhance or improve services, facilities or the environment within the applicant's local area.


Hannah Elwell
David Wilson Homes North West

Unsworth Sugden
86-92 Regent Road


Dorothy Holmes Charitable Trust

Grant for registered charities undertaking benevolent projects in England and Wales.

The scheme is intended to support general charitable purposes. In particular the scheme wishes to support projects with the following themes:

  • Medical research.
  • Disability.
  • Older people.
  • Young people and children.


Dorothy Holmes Charitable Trust
5A Bear Lane


Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund

Grants are available for registered charities to carry out general charitable activities in Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

The Trust offers two levels of funding:

  • Minor grants of less than £1,000.
  • Major grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

The Trustees are particularly interested in the following:

  • Causes with which the Duchy has historical association such as church livings and estates within the boundaries of the three counties and purposes which will benefit the community.
  • Trusts, Associations and Institutions that maintain and preserve monuments, estates and possessions of the Duchy which prove to be of benefit to the public and local community.
  • Organisations which provide care and support for people who are older, infirm or disadvantaged members of society.
  • Community associations that benefit local people.
  • Organisations for young people such as Scouts, Guides, Cadets, youth organisations etc.
  • Support for educational initiatives that will have beneficial results for the local community.

Visit Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund for more information.

DWF Charitable Foundation

One-off grants are available to registered charities in the UK for projects that address issues of homelessness, employability, education, health and well being.

Funding is usually at the discretion of the Foundation. However, as a result of demand for funding, the maximum grant is £5,000.

Projects must address one of the following themes which complement DWF's Corporate Social Responsibility:

  • Education.
  • Employability.
  • Homelessness.
  • Health and Wellbeing.

Running costs and salaries will only be funded if they are part of a project application.

Visit DWF Charitable Foundation for more information. 

Emerton-Christie Charity

Grants are available for registered charities undertaking education, health or social welfare projects throughout the UK.

Funding is available at the discretion of the Trustees. Most grants awarded in the past years have been for between £1,000 and £3,000.

The Emerton-Christie Charity offers grants to registered charities undertaking a wide range of projects in the UK, especially in the areas of education/training, disability, the advancement of health or saving of lives, arts/culture/heritage/science and environment/conservation/heritage.

The Emerton-Christie Charity
Kelswyn House

Tel: 07791168778

Eric Wright Charitable Trust Community Small Grants - Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale

Projects should strongly support specific local needs in the following key areas to successfully qualify for this fund:-

  • Increasing opportunities to participate in local community action
  • Keeping people well and feeling part of their community
  • Increasing resilience and improving mental wellbeing, enabling individuals and families to cope well, overcome barriers to achieving their potential and increase their skills
  • Support people who are more vulnerable, such as those with a long term conditions, who are frail and/or have complex needs
  • Promotes greater partnership working between the community and general practice, and other VCFSE organisations
  • Reduce social isolation, with a positive impact on health and wellbeing

Grassroots grants – up to £250.00: for unconstituted community groups that are working with the CVS to help achieve their community engagement activities / events

Community grants – up to £500.00: for constituted community groups

Longer-term community grants – up to £1000: for constituted community groups who are proposing to deliver a project of 12 weeks or longer. Exceptional projects only will be considered. 

Visit Eric Wright Charitable Trust for more information. 

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - Grants

Grants are available to organisations doing charitable work in the UK that focuses on the Foundation's funding priorities of improving the natural world, securing a fairer future, and strengthening the bonds in communities in the UK.

The minimum grant size is £30,000.  Applicants should apply for the amount that they need. The Foundation makes grants across a fairly wide spectrum of sizes. Most grants are for three years or longer.

The Foundation launched a new strategy in October 2020 and announced that its three new aims are to improve the natural world, secure a fairer future, and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.

For more information visit Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

FCC Communities Foundation

The FCC Community Action Fund provides grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).

Only applications for projects sited within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility can be accepted, you can check if you are located near an eligible site by clicking and completing the pre-application eligibility check.

Visit FCC Communities Foundation for more information. 

First Steps Enterprise Fund

A loan/grant funding package is available for small community-led charities and social enterprises based and working in England to help them grow their services and become more sustainable.

A loan/grant package of up to £30,000 (90% loan and 10% grant) is available. A package of up to £50,000 will be considered in exceptional cases. The loan element is charged at 5% (fixed) to be repaid over a period of four years with an optional capital holiday for the first year.

The First Steps Enterprise Fund is offering loan/grant packages to charities and social enterprises working in communities in England to help them grow their services and become more sustainable. The investments are the first steps towards accessing the wider social investment market and more financing options.

Visit First Steps Enterprise Fund for more information.

Ford Britain Trust

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools for projects that benefit local communities in Great Britain with preference given to Essex, including East London, Southampton, Daventry, Manchester, Liverpool, and Bridgend (South Wales).

The following levels of funding are available:

  • Small Grants of between £1 and £250.
  • Large Grants of between £251 and £3,000.

The funding is intended to support the following activities:

  • Work that has clear benefits to the local community/environment.
  • Work with young people/children.
  • Education/schools (mainstream).
  • Special education needs.
  • People with disabilities.

The grants can be used for the following purposes:

  • Contributions to capital projects (eg, refurbishments).
  • Capital expenditure items (eg furniture/equipment/computers).
  • Contributions towards the purchase of new Ford vehicles (maximum grant £3,000).

Visit Ford Britain Trust for more information. 

Forever Manchester - The CDL Fund

Grants are available to support grassroots community groups carrying out projects across Greater Manchester to improve quality of life, particularly those helping disadvantaged groups in society.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

The fund aims to support the activities of local projects that contribute positively to the quality of life, wellbeing and improved health of people and communities which address any or all of the priorities:

  • Older people.
  • Children and young people.
  • Stronger communities.
  • Environment.
  • Health and wellbeing.

Applications are particularly welcomed from groups that are using technology to adapt their activities or change how they support their community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Visit Forever Manchester - The CDL Fund for more information.

Forever Manchester

Grants are available to support voluntary and community groups in Greater Manchester for general community benefit, including grassroots support, volunteering and the lives of young people.

The level of funding varies, depending on the grant scheme but generally grants of around £1,000 are available.

There are a number of different funds available at different times throughout the year.

These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Forever Manchester award - for community groups whose activities have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Auto Trader Community Fund - open to small community based, locally control groups needing extra financial help.
  • CDL Fund - open to local voluntary community groups in Greater Manchester.
  • FM Awards - Cash 4 Graft - grants to reward resident involvement and volunteering time.
  • Kellogg's Breakfast Club - grants and resources are available to support breakfast clubs in schools.
  • NOMA Community Fund - open to grassroots community organisations within the boundaries of the M60 motorway that support people aged 11 - 25.

Visit Forever Manchester for more information.

Foyle Foundation (UK) Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. 

To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £150,000.

Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong.

Visit the Foyle Foundation for more information. 

G F Eyre Charitable Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations for general charitable purposes in the UK.

Previous grants have been for between £200 and £10,000.

Funding is available for general charitable purposes. Previously the Trust has supported a wide range of different local, national and international causes, including charities working for human medical research, the relief of suffering and respite, and religious and heritage charities.


Andrew Richards
G F Eyre Charitable Trust

Francis Clark Llp
Centenary House
Peninsula Park
Rydon Lane

Tel: 01392 667000

Garfield Weston Foundation

Grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage.

The Foundation offers two levels of funding, which can be used towards capital, revenue or project costs:

  • Regular Grants of up to £100,000.
  • Major Grants of £100,000 and above. (When awarding major grants, the Foundation typically expects the project and organisation's overall annual income to be in excess of £1 million.)

Grants can be used for capital, revenue (core costs) or project work:

  • Capital costs - for tangible things, such as a building project, repairs, equipment etc.
  • Revenue/core costs - towards the general running costs of the organisation. The grants are typically unrestricted and can be used towards costs such as general salaries (but not a specific position or job), rent, programme costs etc.
  • Project costs - for a very specific project or activity and would include all the costs involved in delivering the project, including staff costs and a reasonable percentage of overheads if relevant.

Visit Garfield Weston Foundation for more information. 

Hedley Foundation

Grants are available to smaller charities operating across the spectrum of social need in the UK.

There is no maximum award specified but the average grant is typically £5,000. However, occasionally larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved.

The Foundation supports the following:

  • 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.

Visit Hedley Foundation for more information. 

Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Strengthening Communities

Grants to support the running costs of small community-based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK to help people to make positive changes in their lives.

  • Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year, for up to three years, are available.
  • The Charity will not consider making a grant that is equivalent to more than 50% of the projected annual running costs of an organisation.

The Charity's three main priorities are as follows:

  • Increasing resilience: empowering people, encouraging integration and personal independence, helping people to recover and move on.
  • Creating opportunities and life chances: raising aspiration – equipping people with new skills, unlocking and enabling potential, and providing the means to improve life circumstances.
  • Empowering communities: strengthening and connecting communities and making people feel valued, providing opportunities for social connections and relationships, encouraging participation and inclusion.

Work must align with one or more of the following aims:

  • People from across the community are able to participate in activities that improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing.
  • People who are excluded, vulnerable, or facing other forms of hardship have access to community-based services that support positive change.
  • A stronger, active and more engaged community.

Visit Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Strengthening Communities for more information. 

Hodge Foundation

The Foundation supports communities by providing funds towards projects such as facilities in church buildings and inclusive activities for the wider community.

Visit Funding | Hodge Foundation for more information. 

Homestead Charitable Trust

The Homestead Charitable Trust is a family trust administered by a small body of trustees. It makes grants for general charitable purposes, including medical and health causes, social welfare, animal welfare, Christianity and the arts.

There is no specified grant size you can apply for and applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information and how to apply please contact:

Nina Bracewell-Smith, Trustee
Flat 7
Clarence Gate Gardens
Glentworth Street

Irwell Valley Foundation

Grants are available to not-for-profit groups and organisations operating in the areas served by the Irwell Valley Housing Association who wish to find local solutions to local problems.

Funding is available as follows:

  • To benefit individual peopleup to value of£10,000.
  • For long term benefits to a whole community: up to the value of£25,000.

Applications are accepted from:

  • People who live in an Irwell Valley home.
  • People who don't live in Irwell Valley home but have an idea that will benefit the specified communities.
  • Voluntary, community groups and not for profit agencies that work in the specified communities.

Projects must benefit residents in areas where Irwell Valley provide homes and services: Bolton, Bury, Salford, Trafford, Manchester, Tameside and Stockport, Pendle and Rossendale.

Visit Irwell Valley Foundation for more information. 

Jerusalem Trust

The objects of the Jerusalem Trust are:

  • to advance the Christian religion and promote Christian organisations and the charitable purposes and institutions they support;
  • to advance Christian education and learning.

The trustees’ priority areas are as follows:

Evangelism and Christian Mission in the UK

  • Christian projects that develop new ways of working with children and young people, including children who have little or no contact with the church;
  • Support for Christian youth work;
  • Evangelistic projects, especially new and emerging evangelists;
  • Work with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.

Christian Education

  • The development of Christian curriculum resource materials for schools in RE and across the curriculum;
  • Support of RE as a subject, both in curriculum development and teacher training;
  • The support, training and retention of Christian teachers in all subjects;
  • Adult lay Christian training and education;
  • Projects which encourage Christians in leadership in schools;

Christian Evangelism and Relief Work Overseas.

  • Priority areas are Anglophone sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and Iran.
  • Programmes which support theological training colleges;
  • Programmes which build capacity of local churches through the training of the laity and clergy;
  • The translation of Christian books and other materials;
  • Provision of aid to the persecuted church;

Christian Media

  • Media projects promoting Christianity in the UK, North Africa and the Middle East;
  • Training and networking projects for Christians working in the media;
  • The creative use of digital media and the internet to promote Christianity;
  • Jerusalem Productions, which enters into co-productions with national broadcasters and runs the annual Jerusalem Awards for Christian radio and internet productions.

Christian Art

  • Commissions of works of art for places of worship.

The Trust only funds registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. None of the trusts directly supports individuals, education fees or expeditions.

Please note that applications can be submitted at any time of the year.

Suitable applications should be sent by post to

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts
The Peak
5 Wilton Road

or by email to; proposals (at) sfct (dot) org (dot) uk

Visit Jerusalem Trust for more information. 

Jill Franklin Trust

Grants are typically £1,000 for one to three years (except for church restoration which is normally £500), and the trust has five areas for which it is soliciting grant applications:

  • Self-Help groups to support people with a mental illness or learning difficulties, and their carers (parents etc.),
  • Organisations helping and supporting refugees and asylum-seekers coming to or in the UK,
  • The restoration (not “improvement”) of churches of architectural importance (half a page in Pevsner’s Buildings of its county).  The church should be open to visitors every day, Local schemes to help prisoners to resettle, or to desist from crime,
  • Bereavement counselling. This must be open to the general pubic and not solely to the relicts of those who have died in your institutuin. We expect the counsellors will be volunteering.

Visit Jill Franklin Trust for more information.

John James Charitable Trust

Grants are available to provide support for individuals and organisations with a Christian focus, as well as funding for ministry training.

No minimum or maximum value of grant is specified. The average grant is £2,000.

The aims of the Trust are as follows:

  • Promote education in the Christian faith amongst children and young people.
  • Support people in training for Christian ministry.

Applications should be for work which aligns with the following charitable objects:

  • Promote the advancement of education in the Christian religion amongst children and young people and the advancement of physical education amongst children and young people so as to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities and so as to ensure that they grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.
  • Advance the Christian faith and in particular (but without limiting the foregoing) by providing assistance to clergy, missionaries, ordinands, Church Army personnel or lay people engaged in a specific ministry to advance the Christian religion who are undertaking training in relation to their ministry by the provision and maintenance of scholarships and grants for such persons.
  • Relieve poverty (and any distress arising therefrom) created by sudden or unexpected circumstances affecting clergy or their families, missionaries or Christian lay people serving at home or overseas.
  • Promote any other charitable purpose which the Trustees may deem appropriate having regard primarily to the above.
  • Relieve poverty, advance religion, promote education and do all such other things beneficial to the community as may be charitable under the laws of England and Wales.

Visit John James Charitable Trust for more information. 

Joseph Rank Trust

Grants are available in the UK to support organisations that work to either advance the Christian faith or carry out other charitable purposes.

There are no minimum or maximum levels of grant available.

The scheme is intended to support organisations which work to either advance the Christian faith or carry out other charitable purposes with consideration of a Christian approach to the practical, educational and spiritual needs of people.

The Trust's main areas of interest are as follows:

  • Projects that demonstrate a Christian approach to the practical, educational and spiritual needs of people of all ages.
  • The adaptation of church properties with a view to providing improved facilities for use by the church and its work in the community in which it is based.

There are no application forms and written applications should be submitted in hard copy, not by email. Applications submitted by email will not be considered.  Applicants should endeavour to set out the essential details of the project on two sides of A4 paper (plus a separate covering letter) and the following information should be included:

  • Charity name and charity registration number.
  • A detailed description of the project for which funding is sought.
  • What the applicant is doing, why they are doing it and what they aspire to do.
  • Who is benefiting from the mission outreach. (If it is a building project applicants must provide evidence of existing mission, how this mission will grow in the future, and confirm that the faculty has been granted - if appropriate - and planning permission has been secured).
  • A summary of budget and costings of the project (for revenue applications a three-year income and expenditure budget for the period that funding is being sought), including details of grant applications made to other external funders, should be placed in an appendix. Applicants should also enclose copies of their most recent monthly management accounts and most recent audited annual report and accounts.

Contact the Trust secretary for further information.

Dr John Higgs
The Joseph Rank Trust

Worth Corner
Turners Hill Road
Pound Hill
RH10 7SL

Tel: 01293 873947

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

Grants are available for UK registered charities undertaking projects to support those who are disadvantaged in areas where Leeds Building Society branches are located.

Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available.

The Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation offers grants to UK registered charities and to groups affiliated to registered charities, to support community based projects that relieve suffering, hardship or poverty.

Visit Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation for more information. 

Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Grants are available towards the VAT incurred during repairs and maintenance of listed buildings that are used principally as public places of worship, or which are listed places of worship owned by specified organisations that look after redundant places of worship.

  • The scheme has an annual budget of up to £42 million, which has been confirmed until the end of March 2021, and receives around 4,000 claims each year.
  • The minimum value of invoices (excluding VAT) for any one claim to the scheme is £1,000. An application may comprise a number of smaller invoices, but each claim must apply to works that are eligible under the scheme and together generate combined invoice values of no less than £1,000 excluding VAT.
  • In addition, to allow places of worship undertaking smaller works to benefit from the scheme, each listed place of worship will also be allowed to submit one claim with a value of between £500 and £1,000 (excluding the VAT paid) in any 12 month period.

The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme applies:

  • Only to repairs, maintenance and alteration works.
  • To listed places of worship throughout the UK that are included on the public registers of listed buildings kept for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • To listed places of worship of all religions and faith groups.
  • Only to applications made in arrears.
  • Only to claims where invoices are submitted within 12 months of the invoice date.
  • Only to applications where the minimum value of eligible work carried out on any one claim to the scheme is £1,000 (excluding VAT).

Visit Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme for more information.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

We partner with small and local charities across England and Wales, helping people overcome complex social issues. We’re an independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group.

For more information visit Lloyds Bank Foundation.

Lord Barnby's Charitable Foundation

Grant for charitable organisations undertaking general charitable purposes in the UK.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for between £500 and £12,000, with average grants being in the range of £2,000 to £3,000.

Applications can be made at any time and should be made in writing. Applications should also include the following:

  • A brief description of the organisation and project.
  • A copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts.

Contact the Lord Barnby's Foundation via post for further information.

Mrs Catherine Thomason
The Lord Barnby's Foundation

PO Box 442
Market Drayton

Tel: 07835441168

Magic Little Grants 2021 - Peoples Post Code Lottery

In previous years, funding had to go towards projects that were delivering sports or physical activities. But this year funding can go towards any of the below projects:

  1. Improving mental wellbeing
  2. Enabling community participation in the arts
  3. Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  4. Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  5. Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  6. Enabling participation in physical activity
  7. Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability 
  8. Increasing community access to outdoor space

If your organisation is carrying out a project within these themes, make sure to get your applications in as the campaign is now live. The application process is short and simple, taking 10 minutes to complete. Each organisation may only apply once in 2021.

£500 grant - All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application, regardless of whether they are successful or not, within two months of their submission.

Visit Magic Little Grants 2021 for more information. 

Marsh Christian Trust 

Our funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for such costs, as we understand that many of the organisations we support depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £300-£2,000. Successful new applicants can expect to receive a grant at the lower end of this scale.

Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.

The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

Visit Marsh Christian Trust  for more information.

Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund

The Community Trust Fund award grants to a maximum of £3,000. To be successful a group MUST:

  • Carry out positive work in the community and be of charitable nature and be ‘Not for Profit’ status.
  • Be Community, Socially or Environmentally focused
  • Based within the area of benefit

The Project should offer/be:

  • Improve, enhance, protect and conserve the natural and built environment; or offer heritage conservation;
  • or promote or advance social welfare;
  • or provide better appreciation of the natural and urban environment;
  • or create a safe habitat for flora and fauna.
  • Demonstrate lasting benefit to the community.
  • Benefit all members of the community regardless of race, gender or religion.
  • Be from an established group or charity able to demonstrate clear banking or financial records, and not an individual or commercial organisation working for profit.

Visit Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund for more information. 

Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust

Grants are available for community-based organisations in Greater Manchester, especially those that are supporting young people, the sick and disabled, or elderly and disadvantaged members of society.

Most grants awarded are for up to £3,500.

The Trust aims to support a wide range of charities and other community organisations which provide charitable benefits for communities within Greater Manchester. In particular, it seeks to support organisations for young people, provision for the sick, the disabled, the elderly and disadvantaged, support for educational initiatives by Arts organisations and community groups.

Visit Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust for more information. 

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Children and Young People Grants Programme

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP) 

ou will find the latest local, regional and national funding information for Merseyside’s Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector.

Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP) is supported by local voluntary sector infrastructure organisations across the region – including Halton & St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

Visit Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP) for more information. 

Military Order of the Collar Foundation

Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are based in the UK which offer assistance to those in need.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.

The scheme is intended to support organisations undertaking projects which aim to help those who are in need, particularly in the areas of poverty relief and education.

The main beneficiaries of grants are:

  • Children/young people.
  • Elderly/old people.
  • People with disabilities.
  • People of a particular ethnic or racial origin.

Applications should be made in writing and be accompanied by the annual accounts and referees.  Applications from individuals must be accompanied by evidence from either professional organisations or other recognised individuals in the community, such as members of the clergy, medical doctors, lawyers or academics.

Contact the Military Order of the Collar Foundation for further information.

General Enquiries
Military Order of the Collar Foundation
Flat 341 Lauderdale Tower

Tel: 07973885784

Morrisons Foundation

Grants are available to registered charities for new projects which directly improve the lives of local people or communities, especially those that are vulnerable or disadvantaged, in England, Scotland or Wales.

Grants up to £25,000 are available.

The funding is intended for local charities that have a new project which will benefit their local community, but who have not been able to secure funding previously.

The funding is for specific projects which make a difference to people’s lives, with special consideration for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

The projects should benefit the local community and can cover a wide range of areas including:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Arts and culture
  • Community
  • Other

Visit Morrisons Foundation for more information.

Mrs F B Laurence's Charitable Trust

Grants are available for registered charities undertaking projects with a focus on social welfare and disadvantaged people.

In the past, grants have ranged between £1,000 and £6,000.

The scheme aims to fund projects with a social welfare focus and those working with disadvantaged people. In particular, The Trust wishes to fund projects that are hands-on, new and innovative. The Trust is willing to consider applications from smaller organisations, particularly those that may normally find attracting funding difficult.

The Mrs F B Laurence's Charitable Trust does not maintain a website or an email address. Groups should write to the Trust for further information on how to apply

Contact Mrs F B Laurence's Charitable Trust for further information.

The Trustees
Mrs F B Laurence's Charitable Trust

BM Box 2082

National Churches Trust - Cornerstone Grants Programme 2019-2023

Grants are available to support the conservation and sustainable use of church buildings in the UK, focusing on larger and more complex projects with priority given to urgent structural repairs or the introduction of kitchens and accessible toilets.

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available. Grants of between £40,000 and £50,000 are extremely limited. In previous years the average grant has been around £15,000.

The National Churches Trust supports church and chapel buildings open for worship throughout the UK. It funds urgent repairs and modernisation, provides expert advice on church maintenance and on how churches can continue to serve local communities and promote church heritage and tourism.

The National Churches Trust has launched the first grant of its new grants programme in line with the Trust's new strategy for 2019-2023.

The funding is for projects which can demonstrate how they meet the outcome in line with the new strategy:

  • Preserving heritage.
  • Promoting sustainability.
  • Inspiring support.

Visit National Churches Trust - Cornerstone Grants Programme 2019-2023 for more information. 

National Churches Trust - Gateway Grants Programme 2019-2023

Grants are available for listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK to support developing a church building project.

Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to cover work costs up to £100,000 (including VAT and fees).

The Gateway Grants programme is primarily intended to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. However, some funding will be directed to local church trusts for strategic or capacity building projects.

Visit National Churches Trust - Gateway Grants Programme 2019-2023 for more information. 

National Churches Trust - Foundation (small) Grants - for Maintenance

The Foundation Grant Programme offers our small grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should be up to £10,000 excl. VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. 

Visit National Churches Trust - Foundation (small) Grants - for Maintenance for more information. 

National Churches Trust - Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grants

It's so important to keep you church or chapel building in good condition.  Regular maintenance is one way of making sure you can prevent expensive repair bills.

Sometimes it may be hard to find the money to carry out maintenance work. So If the cost of booking maintenance services is a problem, the National Churches Trust, with its partner the Pilgrim Trust, can offer grants towards the cost of your building's maintenance services. You could receive up to 50% of the cost of works (excl. VAT) up to a maximum grant of £500. The cost of your service must not exceed £1,000 (excl VAT). 

Visit National Churches Trust - Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grants for more information. 

National Lottery Awards for All - England

Grants are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for up to one year.

The aim of the grants programme is to support communities to thrive by funding projects that:

  • Build strong relationships in and across communities.
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

The grants can be used for the following costs:

  • The organisation’s running costs.
  • Small land or refurbishment projects (relevant permissions need to be in place).
  • Equipment.
  • One-off events.
  • Staff costs.
  • Training costs.
  • Transport.
  • Utilities.
  • Volunteer expenses.

Visit National Lottery Awards for All - England for more information. 

Near Neighbours

Eligible groups and organisations must be working to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities.

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants between £250 and £3,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours.

There is also advice about planning a project, fundraising and marketing on their website.

Visit Near Neighbours for more information. 

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund

Grants are available for community initiatives and charitable events that are local to the business operations of NFU Mutual across the UK.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

The Fund’s main areas of interest are:

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience.
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of the community.
  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of communities.
  • Advancing education and experiences for young people.

The grants should be used for specific project costs, for example purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.

Visit NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund for more information. 

Norwood & Newton Settlement

Our aim is to encourage Church growth, both numerically and spiritually.  All past projects demonstrated Christian Values.

Recent applications considered have included:-

  • Demolition and rebuilding of churches
  • Church extensions and upgrades
  • Building purchase to convert to churches from schools, pubs, industrial / commercial units etc
  • Capital projects from local charities

For more information visit the The Norwood & Newton Settlement website

ON Organ Fund

The Fund exists specifically to give financial support to churches in the British Isles and of any denomination towards the installation, renewal, rebuilding, improvement, maintenance, preservation and restoration of pipe organs, including the making of contributions to any fund or collection established for the purposes of acquiring or purchasing a pipe organ. It is the Trustees’ belief that this is the only national fund of its kind in this country, devoted exclusively to the support of pipe organs. The Trustees do not make grants toward electronic or hybrid (part pipe and part electronic) instruments.

Visit ON Organ Fund for more information.

Percy Bilton Charity

Assistance is given to organisations and individuals in need throughout the U.K.

Charities assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems and older people may apply for grants towards furnishings and equipment (excluding office items), building or refurbishment projects.

Visit Percy Bilton Charity for more information. 

Screwfix Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charities for projects that fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need across the UK.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

The funding is for projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings in deprived areas or for those in need.

This can include repairing run-down buildings and decorating the homes of people living with illness and disability.

Projects should be environmentally friendly.

Visit Screwfix Foundation for more information. 

Sir Halley Stewart Trust 

Grants are available to UK based charitable organisations for UK and/or international research projects that address the themes of medical, social, or religious with the aim of assisting and promoting innovative activities or developments.

There are two levels of funding:

  • Main Grants of between £5,000 and £60,000 (normally for salary costs) which can be spread across one to three years. The maximum annual allowance is £30,000. Grants up to £80,000 may be awarded under exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.
  • Small Grants of up to £5,000 for a one-off project.

Funding is for projects that focus on the prevention, rather than alleviation, of human suffering.

Projects must address at least one of the following:

  • Innovative research projects - those which explore and test new ideas, methods, approaches, interventions and/or devices.
  • Pioneering and/or ground-breaking development projects - those which are original and represent the first of their kind and/or lay the foundations for further developments.

Visit Sir Halley Stewart Trust for more information. 

Sir James & Lady Scott Trust - Bolton

Beneficiaries of grants must be within the Borough of Bolton.

Only registered charities, or not-for-profit organisations who are in the process of becoming a charity, will be considered.

The Trustees give priority to projects which help disadvantaged people or communities in Bolton, or provide for the relief of poverty. These have included projects which help elderly people or people with disabilities, young people, children and ethnic minority groups.

The Trustees will consider applications from organisations concerned with the Arts, especially where projects are likely to bring benefit to the community or to improve access or involvement by disadvantaged people.

The Trust does not consider applications from individuals or for Church restoration, medical appeals, expeditions and scholarships.

Grants are usually made on a ‘one off’ basis for capital items or specific projects. Occasionally grants may be concurrent for more than one year, but not usually more than three.

Visit the Sir James & Lady Scott Trust website for more information. 

Sir Sigmund Sternberg Charitable Foundation 

The Sir Sigmund Sternberg Charitable Foundation awards grants to charitable organisations that promote and support the education of racial and religious activities (interfaith activities), in particular, between the three Abrahamic faiths (Christian, Jewish and Muslim), and the education in and understanding of their fundamental tenets and beliefs.

For more information and how to apply please contact:

Sir Sigmund Sternberg Charitable Foundation
c/o Jan Kariya
Clayton Stark & Co
Charles House
108-110 Finchley Road

Email: csco (at) claytonstark (dot) co (dot) uk
Tel: 020 7431 4200

Skelton Charity

The Skelton Charity has approximately £100,000 in 2021, for grants to registered charities in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside (including the unitary authorities of Blackpool, Blackburn, Warrington and Halton).

Modest grants, usually for between £500 and £3,000, may be awarded:

  • normally only to registered charities
  • to charities operating within the eligible geographical boundaries
  • for one-off expenditure
  • for projects or capital expenditure (this could include sessional costs and volunteer costs)
  • to charities focussed on good causes

The grant programme is open for applications until 28 May 2021. Applications will be considered at the trustees’ meeting in July.

Completed applications must be received before 5pm on Friday 28 May 2021.

Visit Skelton Charity for more information.

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charities for charitable work in the UK that benefits children, through their education and/or welfare, youth projects, and the elderly and their welfare.

The maximum grant available is £3,000.

The funding can be used for, but is not limited to, activities such as the following:

  • Sensory toys and equipment for children with special needs.
  • Items to care for isolated and/or vulnerable elderly people.
  • Support of specially adapted equipment to be used by people with physical / mental / communication disabilities.
  • Apparatus for children with special needs.
  • Items or tangible social activities for Community Centres providing a benefit to many in the local community.
  • Provision of tangible and social interaction activities for the vulnerable and/or isolated.

Visit Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation for more information.

S M B Trust

Award grants of up to £2,000 to UK registered charities with activities that:

  • support the Christian Faith;
  • provide social care in the UK and abroad;
  • provide famine/emergency aid;
  • protect the environment and wildlife; or
  • support education or medical research.

Any expenditure will be considered.

For more information and how to apply please contact:

Mrs Barbara O’Driscoll, Chair
The S M B Trust
15 Wilman Road
Tunbridge Wells

smbcharitabletrust (at) googlemail (dot) com

Sobell Foundation

A general funder, but prefer to focus funding on registered small national and local charities, in England, Wales and Israel, benefiting children, the sick, elderly, needy and disabled.  Happy to consider core funding and, occasionally, capital funding too.  I'm advised that they may make multi-year grants.

Visit Sobell Foundation for more information.

Souter Charitable Trust

Grants are available to registered charities for projects engaged in the relief of human suffering in the UK or overseas, particularly those with a Christian emphasis and ethos.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Each application will be assessed individually and assessed on its own merits, however, an average grant would be a small one-off amount in the region of £1,000 to £3,000.

The Trust supports projects engaged in the relief of human suffering in all its aspects in the UK and overseas, especially, but not exclusively, those with a Christian emphasis and ethos. The Trust is particularly interested in projects that also promote spiritual welfare.

Visit Souter Charitable Trust for more information.

SUEZ Communities Trust

Funding is typically awarded for the purchase of materials/equipment and the appointment of a contractor to undertake the improvement work. A request for funding for salaries, running costs, project management or design fees will not be considered.

To be eligible to apply to SUEZ Communities Trust an organisation must:

  • Be run on a not-for-profit basis. This could include community groups, parish councils, charities, community interest companies, sports clubs, community associations, local authorities and voluntary organisations
  • Own or hold a lease for the project site with at least 5 years remaining
  • Projects should be based at a project site which must be owned or leased by the applying organisation. If your organisation neither owns the project site, nor has a lease with a minimum of 5 years remaining, you are not eligible to apply for SUEZ Communities Trust funding. The lease must be active before any application is made. Letters of intent or draft lease agreements are not accepted

Awards are available up to £50,000

Visit SUEZ Communities Trust for more informaiton. 

The February Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charities for a range of charitable projects, particularly the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage; and for the advancement of education, the arts, culture, and heritage.

Funding is at the discretion of the trustees but the average (median) award is £5,000. The Foundation is happy to part-fund projects.

The Foundation has previously funded charities working in the following areas:

  • Education
  • End-of-life care
  • Heritage and culture
  • Healthcare and patient support

The Trustees will consider grants for:

  • Charities that are for the benefit of persons who are making an effort to improve their lives.
  • Charities that are for the benefit of persons no longer physically or mentally able to help themselves.
  • Charities that have a long-term beneficial impact on the future of individuals, groups of individuals, or organisations.
  • Charities that protect the environment.
  • Small or minority charities where small grants will have a significant impact.
  • Charities whose charitable objects are aligned with those of the Foundation.

There is no formal application form.

Groups that wish to apply should send the following information by email to the Foundation:

  • Details and budget of the proposed project.
  • How many people would benefit, andhow those benefits might be measured (not just financially).
  • What the estimated cost of raising funds for the project is.
  • Full accounts for the most recent completed financial year and, if not contained in the accounts, the full cost of raising voluntary income.


Richard Pierce-Saunderson
The February Foundation

Spring Cottage
Church Street
IP21 5HT


Visit The February Foundation for more information.

The Fore

From Spring 2021, The Fore is returning to its standard offer of grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. We make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. Transformational impact includes helping an organisations become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind. We see our grants as investments in the organisations we support.

The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.  We want to be different.  Our funding process is specifically designed to level the playing field and give no advantage to those with fundraising experience or connections.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

Visit The Fore for more information.

The Tudor Trust

Tudor wants to support smaller groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence.

We want to support work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships which make such an important contribution to the well-being and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities. We're also interested in supporting organisations which challenge injustice and inequality in their communities and wider society, particularly where this work is rooted in the lived experience of those they work with.

Visit The Tudor Trust for more information. 

Truemark Trust

Grants are available for small, locally based charitable organisations addressing social distress and disadvantage, with a preference for neighbourhood-based community projects and for innovatory work with less popular groups.

Most grants are between £1,000 and £5,000, with a few larger ones available.

The Truemark Trust provides grants for charitable organisations throughout the UK. The Trust prefers funding small, local organisations undertaking innovative projects in the community for the relief of all kinds of social distress and disadvantage.

The Trust does not maintain a website. Applications should be made in writing.

Contact the Truemark Trust for further information.

Truemark Trust
PO Box 2
GU33 6YP

Tel: 07970 540015

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Grants are available to smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to fund community and family support projects in areas of extreme urban deprivation or deprived rural areas.

Grants for revenue costs (including core costs, salaries, running and project costs):

  • Small grants of £2,000 to £10,000 for one year. (Successful applicants can reapply for a further two years. No further applications can be made after the completion of a third grant.)
  • Major grants of £10,000 to £100,000 for one year or for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period. (No further applications can be made for two years after the completion of the grant.)

Grants are available to support the revenue costs of small and medium-sized charitable organisations with a demonstrable track record of success working to address local issues in communities of extreme urban deprivation and deprived rural districts in the UK.

Urban locations (with a population of more than 10,000 people) in England, Scotland and Wales - applicant organisations' postcodes must be ranked within the most deprived 15% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Rural locations (with a population of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants in a village/town) in England, Scotland and Wales - applicant organisations' postcodes must be ranked within the most deprived 50% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Funding is available for revenue costs including core costs, salaries, running and projects costs.

The Trust's preference is to support front-line projects working directly with people in need. It will consider new projects which are a logical extension of existing work, but does not support work which represents a significant shift away from an organisation's existing core aims and experience.

 Visit Trusthouse Charitable Foundation for more information.

UK Community Foundations

Grants for projects in all sectors of the local community. Each foundation has its own character appropriate to the location and grants may be made to a wide range of activities including: health; children and young people; arts and culture; the environment; services.

Each community foundation has its own grant-making policy and may administer funds on behalf of other agencies. Levels of grant assistance, therefore, vary greatly.

All UK Community Foundations members subscribe to common interests and share a vision about community-based philanthropy. Community foundations can meet all areas of community need, examples of which are as follows:

  • Arts and culture.
  • Education.
  • Environment.
  • Health.
  • Community development.
  • Children and young people.
  • Older people.
  • Employment and training.

Applications should be made to the respective local community foundation. Links for each community foundation can be found on the UK Community Foundation's website. Applications should be made to the respective local community foundation. Links for each community foundation can be found on the UK Community Foundation's website.

Variety Club - Youth Clubs Grant

Grants for equipment is available to youth clubs in the UK that provide opportunities for improving social skills, team spirit and self esteem for young people aged from 8 to 18 years.

The average grant is between £250 and £600 but sometimes grants are provided for more or for less.

Applications should:

  • Benefit young people from 8 to 18 years old who are resident within the UK.
  • Have sustainability beyond one year.
  • Demonstrate involvement from young people in raising funds.

Visit Variety Club - Youth Clubs Grant for more information. 

Veolia Environmental Trust

Grants for constituted, not-for-profit organisations and local authorities for projects that make improvements to community facilities and the natural environment that are located near a qualifying Veolia site in England.

Community grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available for:

  • Projects with a total cost of no more than £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs).
  • Projects where the 10% Contributing Third Party (CTP) payment has been secured.

Environmental Improvement Grants start at £75,000. There is no upper limit. CTP payment is applicable.

Community grant funding is available for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates.

Projects should fall under one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms, including community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, and Scout or Girl Guiding buildings.
  • Outdoor Spaces, including public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways and cycle-paths.
  • Play and recreation, including play areas, skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms.
  • Biodiversity projects - applications from registered Environmental Bodies with projects that meet ENTRUST requirements

Visit Veolia Environmental Trust for more information.

W F Southall Trust

Grants are available for charities in the UK working in the fields of environmental action and sustainability; social action; peace and reconciliation; and the work of the Religious Society of Friends.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Grants over £3,000 are available for Quaker based causes and can take up to 10 months to process.

Charities should be working on one of the following areas:

  • Quaker work and witness.
  • Peace and reconciliation.
  • Environmental action and sustainability.
  • Social action.

Visit W F Southall Trust for more information.

Wakeham Trust

Grants are available to registered charities, community and voluntary groups in the UK to support small-scale projects with a community emphasis that would find it hard to obtain funding elsewhere.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. However, as a a guide, grants are normally given to projects where an initial £125 to £2,500 will make a real difference.

Funding is provided by The Wakeham Trust to organisations for the support of small-scale projects in the UK. The Trust is particularly interested in helping projects that would find it hard to get funding from big trusts, or are currently unfashionable or unpopular among mainstream funders, but are making a real contribution to the local community. As a common theme, the Trust supports projects that encourage the empowerment of ordinary non-professional people.

Visit Wakeham Trust for more information.

Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme

Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families in England, Scotland and Wales.

Warburtons Community Grants provides small grants up to £400 to support charitable organisations towards broader activities which improve Health, Place or Skills for families in their community.

Visit Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme for more information.

William and Jane Morris Fund (Church Conservation Grants)

Grants are available to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the UK for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not structural repairs.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for up to one year.

The funding is for places of worship in the UK and will support churches, chapels and other places of worship undertaking restoration projects.

Funding is available for smaller programmes of work concerned with the conservation of decorative or non-structural features, for example stained glass windows, sculpture, furniture, internal monuments and tombs, and wall paintings.

The decorative feature, monument, etc. must be dated before 1896 (the date of William Morris’s death). Applications for features dated after 1896, even if they are in churches dated before 1896, are not eligible.

The completion of the work must be certified by an appropriate professional and carried out according to the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

Visit William and Jane Morris Fund (Church Conservation Grants) for more information.