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Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) - Deadline 8th August 2022

The WCIT Charity works with a wide range of non-profit organisations and aims to help them get the best from IT.  It is committed to strengthening communities and using the power of technology for good.

Applications for funding and/or the provision of pro bono IT advice may be submitted throughout the year and are considered by the Charitable Operations Committee at its four meetings each year.

In 2022, the deadlines are January 24, April 25 and August 8.

For further information, and to submit an online application, visit WCIT Charity Website


Digital Growth Grant competition - Deadline midday 15th August 2022 - New Post!

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is running a Digital Growth Grant competition and inviting bids to accelerate the growth of tech start-up and scale-up ecosystems across the regions and nations of the UK.

The successful bidder will be awarded up to £12.09 million to be spent over two financial years 2023/24 and 2024/25.

The competition is open to applicants with funding available for activity taking place in the UK. The deadline for applications is midday (12 noon) on Monday 15th August 2022.

The objectives of the Digital Growth Grant will be based around:

  • Deliver support services to the digital sector
  • Grow regional support networks for tech startups and scaleups
  • Ensure founders and firms can access digital entrepreneurship and investment readiness training
  • Clearly signpost startups and scaleups to existing initiatives in the private and the public sector across the UK 

Applicants will need to download the Invitation to application, and the Grant funding agreement prior to submitting an application. These are available on the Government Website.  If you then wish to apply you will also need to download the application and a finance form from the website.


Night Shelter Transformation Fund - Deadline 26th August 2022 - New Post!

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is providing £10 million over 3 years to support providers of night shelters to transform their services in England. Voluntary and community groups can bid for funding for both capital and revenue activities.

The Night Shelter Transformation Fund will run between 2022-2025 and there will be multiple bidding rounds.

Round 1 opened to applications on 25th July 2022 with a deadline of Friday 26th August 2022. Information on future bidding rounds will be released in due course.

The Fund is designed to help people sleeping rough to receive the support they need and reduce the risk of the most vulnerable in society returning to the streets. It will make annual and multi-year grant funding available to Night Shelter providers to provide a diverse range of quality, dignified provision for individuals experiencing rough sleeping, offering more sustainable routes off the streets. This will include both:

  1. Enhancing or developing single room accommodation for people experiencing rough sleeping, and
  2. Developing non-residential support for rough sleepers where applicants can demonstrate a specific need and targeted solution that enhances local areas' support and reduces the number of people experiencing rough sleeping.

In order to apply, organisations must be a small to medium sized organisation (up to £5 million annual turnover), that currently works directly with people experiencing rough sleeping in a Night Shelter setting or provided a Night Shelter on or after 2019/20.

Organisations with a higher turnover may apply in very specific circumstances, such as evidencing being the only emergency provider over winter in a particular area. If this is the case, please contact DLUHC directly for advice before submitting an application.

Further information, a funding prospectus and an application form is available on the Government website: Night Shelter Transformation Fund


Green Deal Heat Network Fund - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Deadline 26th August 2022 - New Post!

The Green Heat Network Fund is a 3-year £288 million capital grand fund that will support:

  • The commercialisation and construction of new low and zero carbon heat networks (including the supply of cooling).
  • The retrofitting and expansion of existing heat networks.

The Green Heat Network Fund is open to organisations in the public, private and third sectors in England.  Individuals, households and sole traders cannot apply.

The main scheme second round is now open to applications and closes on 26 August 2022.

This will be followed by quarterly rounds until the scheme closes in 2025.

For off-gas, grid rural heat networks applying to the fund, a minimum of 100 dwellings connected to the network is proposed within a minimum 5-year window from the date that heat is forecast to be first supplied to customers.

More information and how to apply can be found on the GOV UK website


Tarka Country Trust - Deadline 31st August 2022 - New Post!

The Tarka Country Trust are pleased to launch the Biodiversity Awards for this year.

The Awards are for individuals and community groups to carry out projects to help local wildlife. Each award comes as a package, which could include a grant of £500, £1,000 or 100 primrose plants.

The awards cover two themes:

  • Addressing the loss of localised biodiversity
  • Reversing the decline of Devon's primroses

The Trust would be pleased to receive applications from

  • owners of land, which is of poor value in terms of biodiversity which would benefit from improvement.
  • groups working together to improve biodiversity within the local area.
  • individuals who want to improve the quantity and diversity of local wildlife

Previous applicants have been farmers, community groups, schools and individuals. Applications need to be from north Devon (Torridge and North Devon Districts) and need to be submitted by 31/08/2022.

To find out more and to apply for an award, go to the Tarka Country Trust website at Tarka Country Trust.


Sea-Changers - Deadline 18th September 2022 - New Post!

Sea-Changers is a UK marine conservation charity that gives grants to UK marine charities and non-profit organisations for conservation and research projects.

The grant schemes currently available are:

  • Main Grants - grants of between £500 and £2,500 are offered through two rounds a year with deadlines on 31 March and 30 September.
  • Small Grants - apply at any time for grants up to £500.
  • Tackling Ocean Plastics Fund - apply through the Main Grants or Small Grants for projects tackling the issue of marine plastic pollution.
  • Innovation Fund 2022 - a total budget of £30,000 will support a small number of projects with new and experimental solutions to marine conservation challenges. Apply by 18 September 2022.

Applications are accepted from UK-based charities and not-for-profit organisations (including schools) carrying out marine conservation related activities.

Visit the Sea-Changers website to apply.


Thomas Wall Trust - Deadline 19th September 2022 - New Post!

Registered charities can apply to the Thomas Wall Trust for grants towards projects or running costs of activities that support people with skills ready for employment.

The trust provides grants up to £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support critical communication skills that are likely to assist employment prospects. The trust recognises that the future of the labour market will become increasingly competitive, with employers placing greater emphasis on transferable skills.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a UK charity that has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years.
  • have an annual turnover of between £10,000 and £500,000.

The funding will support a project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the communication skills ready for employment.

Priority will be given to:

  • Match funded projects
  • Charities that can provide compelling evidence of impact
  • Charities working with collaborative networks
  • Self-sustainable projects, with a view to becoming less reliant on grants in the future

Proposals are particularly welcome which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, such as women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.

The next deadline is 19 September 2022

Apply via Thomas Wall Trust - Grants for Charities


D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust - Deadline 11th October 2022 - New Post!

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.  The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects.

For details of the specific areas of interest and priorities for support please refer to their Downloadable Guidelines

The Trustees usually consider applications three times a year in March, July and November. The next grant making meeting will be on the 16th November 2022 and the final closing date for the submission of online applications for this meeting is the 11th October 2022.

Should assistance or advice be required with an application please contact the Grants Administrator on 0203 637 3003 or via email, 

Full details, and the online application, are available at The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust


Women & Girls Match Fund - Deadline 28th October 2022

Thanks to funding from the Tampon Tax, the Big Give can support charities working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland throughout 2022. 

There are two opportunities for charities to access this funding over the course of 2022:

The Christmas Challenge 2022. The UK's biggest match funding campaign takes place from 29th November - 6th December.  Applications open from 16th May - 1st July. Up to £25,000 in match funding is available per charity. 

Run your own match funding campaign. Run your own match funding campaign on the Big Give platform at a time that suits you. Applications open from 1st April - 28th October. Up to £10,000 in match funding is available per charity. 

To be eligible to apply, charities must meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Charities that are led by, for and with women and girls. To assess this, we will look at whether your governing document specifically mentions women and/or girls, whether you have a majority female board, who your beneficiaries are and your web presence (if your organisation has one). 
  • Charities that are working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland. 
  • UK-registered charities with at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of at least £25,000 (as per last filed accounts), or organisations with tax-exempt status for charitable purposes.
  • Charities which are registered on (free to register).

They encourage applications from charities that are led by Black and minoritised women and girls, LGBTQI women and girls, or Disabled women and girls.

For full details of this, please visit the BigGive website.


LGBT+ Futures Equity Fund - Deadline 30th October 2022

Not-for-profit organisations led by and for under-represented groups within the LGBT+ community in England can apply for a share of £465,000 in funding to help them stay well resourced, sustainable and resilient.

The LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund will award grants of up to £25,000 to intersectional organisations for projects that prioritise.

  • D/deaf and/or Disabled LGBT+ People
  • LBT+ Women
  • LGBT+ People from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities and LGBT+ People of Colour
  • Older LGBT+ People
  • Trans and Non-Binary People.

Grants will be available for organisational running costs, projects and organisational / leadership development

This Fund is participative, meaning people with lived experiences of the broad thematic area/s your organisation is applying under will be making the decisions on what to fund. The funding is made available by the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations, in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund, and is intended to be as flexible as possible.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the 30 October 2022. For more information, and details of the weekly funding drop-in zoom sessions, visit LGBT+ Futures Equity Fund


Wild about Devon - Community Wildlife Grant Scheme - Deadline 31st October 2022

The Devon Environment Foundation (DEF), Devon Communities Together (DCT), and Devon County Council (DCC), as part of the commitment to help tackle the Ecological Emergency, finance this fund.   

Grants of up to £500 are available on a first come first served basis.

The aim of this grant scheme is to provide a very simple way for community groups to access small amounts of funding to kick-start their group/interventions, and acquire much needed advice, equipment and other resources.

This grant scheme is open to community groups, Parish or Town Council, or collaborative local community partnerships in Devon.

More information about the grant and a guidance document is available to read before you apply online.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Reaching and Supporting Armed Forces Communities programme - Deadline 14th November 2022 - New Post!

Charities and CICs can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 over a period of up to three years.

This programme will fund projects that will deliver significant changes or improvements for Armed Forces communities where there are hidden or compelling needs. They want to hear from those who know the most about what is needed and that's why this year they are running such a broad programme.

If you apply for a grant, you need to show how this would help to address hidden, compelling and complex needs, for specific and identified beneficiaries, in a meaningful way, and where evidence has highlighted gaps in support and provision.

For a decision in February 2023, the deadline for applications is 14 November.

For guidance and the online application visit the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust


Woodland Trust - Deadline November 2022

Free Trees for Schools and communities.  The Woodland Trust want to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree.  So are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to Schools and communities.  Together we will get millions of trees in the ground.

The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target goal.

The scheme is currently accepting applications for trees to be delivered in November 2022.  Even if your application is unsuccessful, you can visit their shop and buy packs all year round.

You can find out more about this scheme and make your application on the Woodland Trust website.


International Tree Foundation UK Community Tree Planting Programme - Deadline 16th December 2022 - New Post!

  • Grants and resources are available to support grassroots community projects across the UK that engage local people in tree planting.
  • Application submissions anytime from 1 July 2022 until Friday 16 December 2022.
  • The International Tree Foundation is currently inviting applications to its 2022 to 2023 UK Community Tree Planting Programme to support grassroots community engagement in tree planting. The Foundation can provide funding and consultation for projects that consist of planting up to 10,000 native UK species of trees on publicly accessible land.
  • Priorities for this round of the UK Community Tree Planting Programme are to support community-based tree planting initiatives that meet the following essential criteria:
  • Conserve existing ancient trees and indigenous woodlands as well as new planting.
  • Create biodiversity habitats.
  • Conserve soil and water.
  • Demonstrate new approaches such as agroforestry.
  • Engage children and young adults in tree planting and learning about trees.
  • Engage vulnerable groups and groups with low access to woodlands.
  • Support rewilding and natural regeneration.
  • Support work or research on tree pest and disease resistance and climate change adaptation.
  • Support urban tree planting.
  • Community based organisations, such as a locally focused registered charity, a community group or a school with a bank account in their name and signed permission from the owner of manager of the land indicating that the project meets all legal requirements, may apply for either of the following two grant strands:
  • Small Scale: a maximum of £1,000 is available for projects of up to 1 year in duration. This could be a small community woodland, orchards, hedging projects etc.
  • Large Scale: projects to range from 1,000 to 10,000 trees, (with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50 per tree (inclusive of tree protection)). Most suitable for community woodland or hedging projects.

Application packs can be downloaded from the International Tree Foundation website.


Places and Spaces Fund - Sport England - Deadline December 2022

This fund is being boosted to £7 million as it goes nationwide to help communities across England benefit from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Originally launched in November 2021, extra National Lottery funding has been committed to extend the fund across England and help community organisations make small-scale facility improvements that will help to develop places and spaces wanting to use Birmingham 2022 as a catalyst to improve community sport and physical activity.

While the fund is now available to applicants nationwide, four areas have been selected for targeted investment to support people to get, having been identified as areas of underrepresentation in activity figures. These areas are Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear and Tees Valley.

Places and Spaces has been developed in partnership with Crowdfunder and will see Sport England award match funding of up to £10,000 to eligible applicants who run a successful community crowdfunding campaign. They anticipate the fund will remain open until December 2022.


Magic Little Grants 2022 - Deadline End 2022 - New Post!

Magic Little Grants 2022 has now launched, with applications taking just 10 minutes to fill out and submit!

After successfully distributing 2,000 grants to Localgiving members last year, making it their biggest ever Magic Little Grants programme.

Grants of £500 will be awarded to 2,650 charitable organisations on Localgiving.

The 6 funding trusts from the People's Postcode Lottery who will be collaborating to help administer the biggest ever Magic Little Grants programme are:

  • Postcode Community Trust
  • Postcode Local Trust
  • Postcode Neighbourhood Trust
  • Postcode Places Trust
  • People's Postcode Trust
  • Postcode Society Trust

This year more organisations than we ever will be funded and the funding will be spread out everywhere across the country.

Last year the eligibility criteria was expanded which will remain this year. In previous years, funding had to go towards projects that were delivering sports or physical activities. 

This year funding can go towards any of the following projects:

  • Improving Mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space.

Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income of under £250,000.  Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover costs associated with ongoing work.

Please note schools are eligible to apply if they are a registered charity.

You will need to be registered with Localgiving to be able to apply.  If you are newly registered, to apply for a grant, and your application is successful alongside the £500 grant you will also be awarded a year of free membership.  To find our more about registration and applying for a grant visit the Localgiving website


Trees Call to Action Fund - Deadline End 2022

A new fund with grants of between £250, 000 and £500,000 for projects that create woodlands, develop forestry skills and improve people's access to nature.  The Fund is being administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with the Forestry Commission, on behalf of the Department for the Environment, farming and rural affairs (Defra).

Projects should aim to deliver the objectives of the England Trees Action Plan:

  • Expanding and connecting out trees and woodlands
  • Trees and woodlands as part of the green economy
  • Protecting and improving our trees and woodlands
  • Connecting people with trees and woodlands

This Fund is available to:

  • Partnerships or consortia of local authorities
  • Environmental charities
  • Not-for-profit organisations of all sizes, including:
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)
  • National Park Authorities
  • Local Nature Partnerships
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships

The total available funding is £6 million to be awarded in 2021 to 2022.  It is anticipated that in the regions of 15 to 20 grants will be awarded.

Grants of £250,000 to £500,000 are available for projects to deliver by March 2025.

More information including how to apply can be found on the National Lottery Heritage Fund website


Magic Little Grants - Localgiving - Deadline 31st December 2022

After successfully distributing 2,000 grants to Localgiving members in 2021, the 2022 programme has been announced, supported by the People's Postcode Lottery.

They will be awarding £500 grants to 2,650 charitable organisations on Localgiving. This year funding can go towards any of the following projects:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

If your organisation is carrying out a project within these themes, make sure to get your application in once the programme launches on 16th March 2022. The application process is short and simple, taking ten minutes to complete. Each organisation may only apply once in 2022. Apply at Magic Little Grants website


Thrive with Five - Mobilise - Deadline 27th February 2023 - New Post!

The purpose of the fund is to support community organisations to alleviate mobility in relation to disability or ill-health. It aims to help people overcome or relieve mobility limitations, such as contributing towards the cost of equipment that significantly improves the quality of individuals' lives.

Examples of activities Mobilise grants could support include:

  • Help providing specialised transport needs, such as accessible coaches or taxis.
  • Costs of providing specialist equipment, such as hoists, all terrain mobility aids etc.
  • Local initiatives which seek to increase inclusion of individuals impacted by mobility limitations, and enable them to get more involved
  • Activities which seek to address the mental wellbeing of those affected by mobility limitations and as such offer a significant improvement to the quality of individuals' lives.

Please note, the deadline for applications is 12 noon, on 27 February 2023, although they will be making decisions regularly up to that date (see the full guidance for details).

To view the guidance, or to apply, please visit the Devon Community Foundation


Thrive Devon - Deadline March 2023

Devon County Council (DCC) has launched a new programme of support for small businesses in Devon. Thrive Devon aims to support SME productivity and competitiveness, helping businesses to grow, create jobs and reach new markets.

Thrive Devon will offer a free diagnostic and training service, with tailor-made support that will enable businesses to improve and grow, including specialist workshops on topics such as digital skills, finance, marketing, HR and business planning.

The programme works alongside the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Thrive support and is available to Devon SMEs who may not be eligible to receive help under the ERDF-funded programme.

Thrive Devon will continue until March 2023 and is part of a wider package of support being delivered through Devon's £6 million recovery programme.

For further information visit the DCC Website


Dynamic Collections - National Lottery Heritage Fund - Deadline 31st March 2023

This campaign supports collecting organisations across the UK to become more inclusive and resilient with a focus on engagement, re-interpretation and collections management.

The Heritage Fund want to support museums, libraries, archives and other organisations to make the most of their collections. The Dynamic Collections campaign will support collecting organisations by bringing together project funding through the Fund's open programmes, digital resources and knowledge sharing.

It is designed to address long-term challenges in the sector, many of which have been made worse by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It will also help organisations build on innovative ideas and trends developed over the past few years, particularly in digital engagement.

The campaign also acts on the demand for collections to evolve to meet the changing needs of the communities around them, and to reflect more people's history and experiences.

Dynamic Collections is primarily aimed at collecting organisations, including:

  • museums (accredited and non-accredited)
  • archives
  • historic libraries
  • community and other organisations that hold collections, or are working in partnership to develop a collection-based project

Grants are expected to be below £250,000. There are no specific deadlines - you can apply as part of the campaign until 31 March 2023.


Green Heat Network Fund - 11 rounds of funding - Last Round Deadline December 2024 

Capital grants to support the rollout of the next generation of heat networks that use low- and zero-carbon heat sources. 

There will be 11 rounds over the next 3 years - the final round is expected to close in December 2024.

Heat networks supply heat to buildings from a central source, avoiding the need for households and workplaces to have individual, energy-intensive heating solutions.

The Green Heat Network Fund is a 3-year £288 million capital grant fund that will support organisations in the public, private, and third sectors to develop new and existing low and zero-carbon heat networks.

This capital grant programme aims to stimulate the growth of low-carbon heat networks that will support the delivery of the UK's 2050 climate change commitments and expand the current heat networks supply chain.

During the programme's lifetime, an estimated 10.3Mt of total carbon savings are expected to be made by 2050; the equivalent of taking 4.5 million cars in England off the road for a year.

The scheme will incentivise new and existing heat networks in England to move away from high-carbon sources, as well as exploiting waste-heat opportunities while bringing down costs for consumers.

Applications will only be supported if they include low-carbon heat-generating technologies, such as heat pumps, waste heat and energy from geothermal sources.

Types of applicants may include:

  • Public sector organisations including NHS Trusts and Other Government Departments.
  • Private sector organisations that are registered companies and submit annual accounts.
  • Third sector organisations such as registered charities, community investment companies and other such organisations that are officially registered and submit annual accounts.

Levels of support will vary for each project.

You can find guidance for applicants and the Round 1 scheme overview information on the GOV.UK website.


Community Transport Grants - Motability - Deadline March 2025 - New Post!

Through this new grant programme Motability aim to help charities and organisations to make an immediate impact for disabled people, by awarding funding to develop, expand and improve community transport options.

The programme is focussed on:

  • Funding support for staff or volunteer training and costs.
  • Funding to increase the number of vehicles available in the community to help organisations support disabled people.
  • Funding local, regional, or national initiatives to increase awareness of community transport and influence its inclusion in transport strategy and policy.
  • Funding to schemes, programmes and initiatives that already exist, and who provide best practice solutions, but need further support to remain operational or scale up the service they can provide to help more disabled people.

Charities and organisations working in the community transport sector can apply for grants from £100,000 to £4 million at any point over the next three years until March 2025.

Visit the Motability website to apply


Listed Places of Worship grant scheme - Deadline 31st March 2025

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport run this Grant Scheme.  The Scheme gives grants that cover the VAT incurred in making repairs to listed buildings used as places of worship.  The Scheme covers repairs to the fabric of the building, along with associated professional fees, plus repairs to turret clocks, pews, bells and pipe organs.

The Scheme only accepts applications where the minimum value of eligible work carried out on any one claim to the scheme is £1,000 (excluding VAT).

Government have confirmed funding is available for the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme until 31 March 2025.


Next Energy Group - Community Impact Grants - New Post!

Grants up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and community groups in the South West of England for projects that improve the local environment, improve the sustainability of the local built environment, and create/improve local amenities and infrastructure.

Next Energy Group has a total grant pot of £11,040 which will be used to support local community projects around 6 of its solar farms in South West of England.

A map showing all solar farms that Next Energy has invested in in the South West region can be found on their website: Next Energy Solar Fund

Project proposals should achieve one or more of the following

  • Increase Community Involvement
  • Protect and Improve the Local Environment
  • Improve Sustainability of the Local Built Environment
  • Create and Improve Local Amenities, and/or
  • Create and Improve Local Infrastructure.

In order to apply, eligible organisations are required to register with BizGive in the first instance.


Versus Arthritis: Together Fund - New Post!

Grants up to £5,000 are available for local community groups and organisations to support activities that increase the availability of exercise opportunities for people with Musculo-skeletal conditions, including arthritis.

Applicant organisations must be based in England, and be working with people with MSK conditions like arthritis. Applications will be accepted from the following organisations:

  • A not-for-profit voluntary or community club or organisation
  • A registered charity
  • A not-for-profit company or community interest company or other social enterprise
  • A statutory body

Grants are intended for projects which will help the fund achieve the following outcomes:

  • People living with MSK conditions to maintain or increase levels of fitness
  • People living with MSK conditions keeping physically well and therefore reducing the likelihood of other illnesses
  • Improvements in people's mental health and overall wellbeing
  • Reduction in social isolation, enabling connectivity with others through exercising together, eg online group class or a Personal Trainer/Personal Assistant supporting with 1:1 exercise
  • Opportunity to try new forms of exercise
  • Creating opportunities to exercise for people who have not participated before
  • Some community groups and sports providers to be given a 'new lease of life' and potentially enable them to benefit from new ways of providing support or a service.

To apply visit Inspiring active communities


Square One: North Devon Business Start-up Bursary - New Post!

A new, fully-funded bursary for people who face barriers to starting a business has been launched across North Devon.

Square One is an initiative funded and run by coworking and small business experts, Town Square Spaces Ltd, which also operates the Node Cowork business hub, on Roundswell, where the support will be based.

The support package contains everything an individual needs to start and grow a business, including full-time desk space with high-speed internet access for three months, one-to-one business support, bi-weekly check-in and goal setting sessions, enrolment into the expert-led Startup Club programme and access to networking and special events.

To be eligible, individuals need to be either pre-start or within their first two years of trading, be within a short commute of Node in Barnstaple and they must feel they face a barrier to starting their business.  For further details visit the Devon County Council website


Architectural Heritage Fund - Transforming Places through Heritage - New Post!

This programme supports projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres in England helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper.  It is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England's High Streets Heritage Action Zones. Together, these programmes form part of the Future High Streets Fund, administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Our programme is for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership. We will support charities and social enterprises to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.

The AHF can provide grants to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to help fund development costs or to match funds raised through Crowdfunding and Community Shares.

Below you will find the dates for the opening of initial grant applications.

  • Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work, open now for applications.
  • Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs, open now for applications.
  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants:up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns, open now for applications.
  • Community Shares Booster Grants

Full details of each fund, along with the links to the online applications can be found on the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) website.


Andor Charitable Trust

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to registered charities based and working in the UK, particularly those that are involved in providing medical and ancillary services, education, helping the aged and disabled, relieving poverty and developing the arts.  The overarching objectives of the Andor Charitable Trust are to maintain, support or contribute to registered charities across the United Kingdom, including those engaged in:

  • Developing the Arts
  • Education
  • Helping the aged and disabled
  • Medical and ancillary services, and
  • The relief of poverty

Grant awards tend to have no match-funding requirement. The average grant award is around £1,750.

Applications may be made at any time in writing, addressed to: David Rothenberg, Chair of Andor Charitable Trust, Blick Rothenberg LLP, 16 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London. WC2B 5AH. Tel 0207 544 8865 or email  

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

Grants are available to registered UK-based charities supporting socially disadvantaged and disabled people of all ages across the UK. 

When applying, please consider the following criteria:

  • Only requests from UK registered charities will be considered.
  • An application should not be made if the charity has received a grant from the AJCT within the past 3 years.
  • The Trust does not give grants to charities supporting research, the promotion of religion, the arts and culture (unless these are engaged in the development of therapies).
  • All charities that have applied online will automatically receive the outcome of their application after the Spring or Autumn meeting.
  • In case your charity fails to be awarded a grant, you may submit another application for their next meeting.

Applications are assessed against the following investment criteria:

  • Social entrepreneurship - the combination of financial and social added value
  • Financial sustainability - the pursuit of a permanent positive impact.
  • Personal initiative and personal commitment - to engender self-sufficiency and autonomy.
  • Prevention - a structured approach to tackling social problems at an early stage
  • Social involvement - the creation of inspiring examples
  • Searching for meaning - creating awareness of the 'why' of our human actions and existence

Further information, guidance and an online application form can be found on the Trust's website: Anton Jurgens


RJ and AH Daniels Charitable Trust

Grants are available to registered charities for a wide range of charitable causes, particularly in the areas of: Children and young people, Health and wellbeing, Hospice care, and People with a disability. Awards are between £1,000 and £4,000 with an average grant of £3,000. There is no matched funding requirement.

Applications may be made at any time in writing. The Trust will consider all written requests, but only notifies successful applicants.

Contact details for the Trust, are Bradley Walden, RJ and AH Daniels Charitable Trust, 5th Floor, 8 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4JU.  Tel: 020 320 77041


Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities.

 From support groups to children's hospitals and homeless shelters to hospices, the grants aim to provide vital funding for good causes across England, Scotland and Wales.  They award grants for charity projects and match fund the money that Morrisons colleagues raise for their chosen charities. In the main, grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000.

For the full list of eligible costs, and to apply online, visit:  The Morrisons Foundation


ASDA Foundation Under-18s Better Start Grants

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to local community organisations across the UK to support activities for children under 18 years old that will improve their lives and their community.

Grants are available across the following 4 themed areas:

1. Being Active
2. Celebrating and Bringing Children Together
3. Improving Wellbeing: activities to support a child's mental health and to encourage creativity.
4. Supporting Essentials: to ensure there is no hungry child and basic essentials are provided for.

Grants are available with no matched funding requirement. Eligible organisations may apply for one grant per year from the Foundation's U18's programme. Projects should start at least 6 weeks after an organisation's application is submitted to allow sufficient time for processing.

To apply, applicants should make contact with the Community Champion within their local ASDA superstore.

Applications must be submitted to the local Community Champion by Friday 15 April 2022 and activities must start or take place before Sunday 5 June 2022 (the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations weekend).

Further information about the U18's Grant Programme is available on the ASDA Foundation website.


Charles Hayward Foundation - Small grant Programme - Older People

The Foundation wishes to fund preventative and early intervention programmes being delivered at the community level which allow older people to stay in their own homes and remain independent. 

They are particularly interested in seeking out programmes:

  • Which show some creativity in improving the quality of life of older people.
  • Aiming to alleviate isolation and depression in older people, including informal day care or social, physical and recreational activities.
  • Which give practical help, assistance and support for older people living in their own homes.
  • Addressing the emotional and practical needs of older carers.
  • Designed to meet the specific needs of people with dementia.

Grants of up to £7000 are available.

Application is via an application form which can be downloaded from the website The Charles Hay Foundation.


Pets at Home Foundation

The Pets at Home Foundation provided funding to organisations whose main activity is the rescue and rehoming of UK pets.

They provide grants from £150 upwards, which have, in the past, included covering vet bills, boarding fees, food, equipment, vehicles, building work, and trap and neuter schemes.

There are no deadlines; it is a rolling grant programme and applications are considered throughout the year.

To apply you need to request an application via their website: Pets At Home


Plant the Future - Woodland Creation

Put down roots. Create a lasting legacy that benefits you and future generations. You could get over £10,000 for every hectare of new woodland you plant in England. Tree planting offers opportunities to diversify, generate extra income, increase farm productivity, and enhance your land - while complementing food production.

Are you looking to diversify your business with new land uses? Why not create woodland on your marginal or unproductive land?

These grants can help you with the cost of planting and managing trees.  Whatever your plans, they can help you grow and manage trees in a way that meets your needs.

There are longer-term payments to help you maintain your new woodland too. In future, you could transfer to an environmental land management scheme. When you do, you won't need to repay the current funding. There's no need to delay planting trees.

You can apply at any time of the year.

Whatever your plans, Woodland Creation can help you plant and manage trees in a way that meets your needs.

Find out more about the England Woodland Creation Offer and how to apply.


Forestry Commission; The Woodland Creation Planning Grant 

The Forestry Commission is inviting applications from landowners, land managers and public bodies in England who are interested in planting new woodland.  The Woodland Creation Planning Grant offers funding of up to £30,000 to cover the costs of producing a woodland creation design plan for the application.

There are two application stages:

Stage 1 - identifying constraints and opportunities which may affect the proposed planting.  Funding of up to £1,000 is available to cover this stage;

Stage 2 - if there is potential for woodland creation to take place on the site, further support can be given for completion of the application form at £150/ha.  If specialist survey work is required at stage 2, such as archaeological survey, then supplementary payments may be available to cover these additional costs.

Applications can be made at anytime.


North Devon Voluntary Service (NDVS) - Velocity Project

The Velocity Project is an exciting new opportunity for all voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Devon, offering a fully funded training, support and investment until summer 2022.

This is a chance to digitally transform your organisation with skills training, digital strategy guidance and potential for direct investment into new hardware software and processes.

The aim is to enable your organisation to increase its capacity, build resilience, to be better connected, more sustainable and ready to take on future challenges.

Colleagues from The Torridge Volunteer Service (TTVS) and West Devon Community Volunteer Service (WDCVS) as well as NDVS are working in partnership with Cosmic - leading digital specialists - to deliver this project using funds from the Government's Community Renewal Fund.

Velocity will deliver across three streams and the team are looking for expressions of interest to take part.

Stream 1: Training programmes and workshops, including themes such as:

  • Developing your Digital strategy
  • Understanding what Digital can do for you
  • Boosting the skills of your staff and volunteers
  • Monthly workshops starting on 1 February 2022

Stream 2: The Velocity Champions Network - developing a peer network for a stronger future:

  • An exclusive network of 15 individuals from the Devon VCSE community
  • Take part in a 12-week (1 day per week) Champions training programme
  • Full cost recovery is available to cover employee release and expenses
  • Works as a peer group to tackle sector-wide challenges and issues
  • Focusing on sustainability, collaboration, transformation and community enhancement
  • Weekly programme starting mid-March 2022

Stream 3: Technical solutions direct to your organisation

  • Cosmic's consultants will work with you to identify your immediate needs and challenges
  • Funded solutions and training can then be provided, direct to you and your team
  • Cloud software, website development, digital tools and solutions to help you be greener, more productive and efficient.

You will need to fill out an Expression of Interest form to take part and you will be contacted soon.


Football Stadia Improvement Fund

Funded by the Premier League, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund awards capital grants to EFL, National League, Women's Pyramid and Cymru Premier League down to the lower levels of the FA National League System.

These football grants are designed to improve stadium safety and enable clubs to satisfy The FA's ground grading requirements.  The role the FSIF plays is vitally important as without funding many clubs would have been unable to achieve the necessary criteria, preventing them from achieving promotions or even facing relegation for failure to comply.

From installing new floodlights, upgrading playing surfaces and developing all-seater stands, the goal of the project is to improve the matchday experience of players, officials and spectators.  Please check the eligibility guidance online to discover more about the types of funding your club can apply for.

Visit the Football Foundation website for more information.


Rhododendron Trust

The Rhododendron Trust supports charities working with those disadvantaged by disability or mental illness; prisoners and ex-offenders; drug addiction; homelessness; carers; the elderly; disadvantaged children. However proposals for small theatre and music projects, projects for the protection of cultural and natural heritage or environmental sustainability are accepted.

Grants should be applied for in writing (see Contacting the Trust). They are made once a year, generally in February or March, after a Trustees' meeting in January. Unsuccessful applicants are informed by email.

Grants are often repeated if a report is received indicating that the money has been well used. There is no need to communicate reports monthly; once or twice a year is ample. Reports should be sent to the Richmond address and not be duplicated to the Accountant's address in Manchester. The Grants Officer or Trustees like being invited to Open Days of charities supported, and try to attend.

Visit The Rhododendron Trust website for further information.


Ellie Souter Foundation

Following the tragic death of Team GB athlete Ellie Souter on her 18th birthday, her family has committed to continue fundraising in Ellie's memory.

The purpose of the foundation is to identify and provide support for young people who have a demonstrable talent for winter sports and would otherwise be unable to maximise their potential due to lack of financial resources.

This would be achieved by providing grants for equipment, training, travel, competing and accommodation.

The grants will be restricted to those individuals who can demonstrate that their own family circumstances dictate that the opportunity to develop their talent would be denied to them, without this financial support.

Traditionally, winter sports are regarded as elitist pursuits, reserved for the wealthy. Therefore the pressures on young talented athletes from less privileged backgrounds are immense.

Coming from a family without the significant wealth required to reach her full potential, Ellie battled with the pressures of funding and performance. Ultimately they became too much for her and she took her own life in July 2018. The Ellie Soutter Foundation hopes to provide a safety net for inspiring talent, just like Ellie.

As much as possible, they seek to alleviate these pressures so athletes can focus on their performance without constant financial worry; hoping to promote social mobility by making winter sports more accessible to those athletes from less wealthy backgrounds.

The foundation seeks to assist young people in developing the skills they need to deal with pressure and stress and provide assistance to those for whom the challenges of performance may have caused or be causing mental health issues.

To apply for funding, or to perhaps make a donation, please visit The Ellie Soutter Foundation website.


Local Action Fund - National Emergencies Trust

Crowdfunder and the National Emergencies Trust have teamed up to make more than £1.2m match funding available.

This match fund of up to £10,000 per project has been launched by the National Emergencies Trust as part of its Coronavirus Appeal. It offers support to voluntary and community organisations in the UK by helping them to counter financial challenges created by the pandemic, including the inability to fundraise in the usual ways, reductions in staff and volunteers, and increased demand on their services.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Visit Crowdfunder UK


Lloyds Bank Foundation Welcomes Applications for Unrestricted Funding

Funding for small local charities tackling complex social issues across England and Wales.

Charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million can still apply for unrestricted grants of up to £50,000 and accompanying development support from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

Eligible charities must demonstrate a track record of undertaking work related to the following Complex Social Issues:

  • Addiction and dependency.
  • Asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Care leavers.
  • Domestic and sexual abuse.
  • Homelessness and vulnerable housing situations.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Mental health.
  • Offending, prison or community service.
  • Sexual exploitation.
  • Trafficking and modern slavery.
  • Young parents.

Two-year funding is available for core organisational costs which are related to the day-to-day running of the charity. Consideration will only be given to requests for core costs where over 50% of the charity's work and expenditure meets the Foundation's criteria. Funding is also available for costs associated with the direct delivery of the charity's work.

The Foundation has introduced regional priorities to ensure that its portfolio of grants is equitably distributed across the 11 complex social issues and the regions in England and Wales. This means the size of grant a charity can apply for, or whether they can apply at all at the moment, depends on Local Authority and the complex social issue the charity's work is addressing.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

How To Apply

The first step in the application process is to read the eligibility criteria and then complete the short eligibility checker, both of which are available on the Foundation's website.

Applications can be submitted at any time as there are no closing dates.

Charities should apply whenever they feel they are ready and can expect a decision within four months of starting the application process.


Sport England - Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

A £5 million fund has been launched to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee that aims to use sport and physical activity to bring communities together and tackle inequalities.

Using money from the National Lottery, the fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to community organisations in support of new projects providing opportunities to become more physically active.

The funds could be used for things such as facility hire and coaching costs, or even small capital improvements.

In particular, Sport England want to hear from projects working with people living in areas of disadvantage, as defined by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation areas 1-3.

It is also recognised that the pandemic may still be affecting the delivery of projects, either by how they are delivered or by how much they cost to deliver.  Applicants should consider any such additional cost or delivery changes to ensure their aims will still be achieved. 

You can find out who or what will be funded along with how to apply and submit your application online.


Adamson Trust

The Adamson Trust give financial help towards the cost of holidays, or respite breaks, to families with disabled children aged between 3 and 17 with physical, mental or emotional impairments.

Individual families can apply and, in addition, they accept applications on behalf of groups of children, organisations and other registered charities.

The application form asks for some detailed information about the child, and also about the planned holiday. It is essential that this is provided.

In mid-2020 the Trustees reduced the number of meetings from four to three a year, reflecting the impact of the pandemic. However, many charities were able to resume running their clubs and outings in 2021 for the first time in 18 months, and the Trust has reverted to holding four meetings annually.

These are at the beginning of February, May, August and November.

Applications must be received by December 31 for the February meeting, by March 31 for the May meeting, by June 30 for the August meeting, and by September 30 for the November meeting.

The application forms are available to download from the website:  The Adamson Trust - Disabled Childrens' Holiday Charity


Steel Charitable Trust

The Trust makes discretionary grants where they believe that their contribution will make a real difference. Applications are welcome from eligible applicants from all areas of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The five funding categories are Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Health, and Social or Economic Disadvantage.

Applications will only be considered from Charities, including CIOs, registered in any part of the United Kingdom, Exempt Charities as defined in schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011 and their equivalent in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and municipally-funded museums not included in schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011

In all cases above, the applicant must have an annual turnover of over £50,000 (defined as 100% of charitable income plus proceeds from any trading income).

Applications made from 21 October 2021 until 20 October 2023, for the Health category, should have a focus on one of the following:

  • programmes and activities that aim to support, maintain and improve mental health across all ages
  • health care for older people

Applications made from 21 October 2021 until 20 October 2023, for the Social or Economic Disadvantage category, should have a focus on one of the following:

  • disadvantaged children
  • housing and homeless people

The minimum grant size is £10,000. Awards of more than £25,000 are rare. A follow-up report, the scale of which is commensurate with the size of the grant, is expected within 10 months of payment. Details will be provided to successful applicants.

There are no restrictions on the type of funding for which applicants may apply, and Trustees will consider contributions towards core costs and capital works as well as specific projects.

For further information, and to apply, visit The Steel Charitable Trust


Wallace and Gromit's Childrens Charity

This Bristol-based charity provides small grants of between £100 and £5000,for UK registered charities, hospices and hospitals that are working to improve and enrich the quality of life of sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK

Grants are intended to help provide a wide range of support to patients, families and staff, including the provision of medical and sensory equipment, free family accommodation, arts and play activities, music therapy sessions, and respite care.

Preference will be given to children's hospitals and hospices in regional centres across the UK that: meet the following criteria:

  1. They do not discriminate on the grounds of wealth, race, sexuality, religion, or disability.
  2. They provide a geographically regional healthcare service to a wide range of children in a hospital or hospice.

Further information, guidance and an online application form is available on their website: Wallace and Gromit's Children's Charity


Devonian Grants

The purpose of the Devonian grant scheme is to support community organisations or individuals located in Devon to alleviate mobility in relation to disability or ill-health.

Individuals may apply for funding of up to £1,000 towards the cost of equipment that significantly improves quality of life by alleviating or removing physical mobility limitations.

Organisations may apply for funding of up to £5,000 to help people overcome or relieve physical mobility limitations.  This may include equipment or specialised transport, such as accessible coaches or taxis.

Devonian grants are available throughout our grant-making year.

You can find out more about the Devonian Grants guidelines and how to apply online


Waterloo Foundation

Through their environment fund, the Waterloo Foundation wants to support projects which can help mitigate the damaging effects that humans are having on the environment and contribute to a positive change both now and in the future.

The fund has two main programmes:

Marine - support for projects working to halt declining fish stocks

Tropical Rainforests - support for projects protecting tropical rain forest, principally through avoided deforestation

If you would like to apply for funding, please read through all sections for the relevant programme on their website and make sure you are eligible to apply. Then read through the application guidelines before applying.

All details can be found at: The Waterloo Foundation - Environment


Lady Kingsmans

The Lady Kingsmans, a fundraising group in Plymouth, is looking for charities to support in Plymouth and Devon - especially those focused on helping women and girls. Potentially there will be pots of around £500 available.

Anyone interested should get in touch with them by emailing


Co-op Foundation Carbon Innovation Fund

The Co-op Foundation launched a new fund on Monday 22 November 2021 to support food and farming projects that are tackling the climate crisis by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Funding between £75,000 and £100,000 is available to support work in the food and farming sector which reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.

The funding covers work in the following areas:

  • Farming and food production practices
  • Initiatives around regenerative agriculture/agro-ecology
  • Community supported agriculture initiatives
  • Supporting diversity, resilience and learning amongst key players in the food and farming sector
  • Behaviour change (amongst consumers or producers)

Registered charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations are eligible to apply.

More information and links to the Co-op Foundation's charitable purposes, funding timeline and online application form can be found via the Innovation fund Guidance page Innovation_Fund_Guidance.pdf (


Community Business Crowd-match - Power to Change

Power to Change has teamed up with Crowd-funder to launch Community Business Crowd-match to back new or existing community businesses to deliver brilliant community-led projects.

Whether it's launching new ideas to help your neighbourhood, help meet increased demand, save a community space or help bridge a funding gap, Power to Change will match fund up to 50% of your target, to a maximum of £10,000, as long as you can raise the rest through crowdfunding.

Through this fund Power to Change are particularly keen to support new and existing projects in more deprived areas of the country, and to work with communities experiencing racial inequity across England.

For more information visit Crowdmatch - Power to Change


Hospital Saturday Fund

The Hospital Saturday Fund is a grant-making charity which donates to medically associated charities for care and research, and to some individuals with health problems throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and historically Malta.

For medically related charities, hospitals, hospices and medical clinics The Hospital Saturday Fund will consider giving grants towards medical capital projects, medical care or research and in support of medical training.  The Hospital Saturday Fund will also consider grants for running costs.

Individuals may apply and their website lists what will and won't be considered.

You can apply to the fund as well as read application guidelines on the Hospital Saturday Fund website


Maisie and Raphael Lewis Charitable Foundation

Funds are available to UK registered charities. The Foundation's objective is to advance resources exclusively for charitable purposes, mainly to support Old Age Home and Medical Charities. Other interests of the Foundation, as detailed in its Charity Commission entry, suggest the Foundation may also favour Jewish causes.

No application deadline is published, and interested parties are invited to contact the Foundation about the availability of grant support in the first instance.

Registered charities interested in applying to the Foundation are advised to write to enquire about the availability of grants to the following address: Barry Slavin and Jeffrey Zamet - Trustees, The Masie and Raphael Lewis Foundation, Arram Berlyn Gardner LLP, 30 City Road, London, EC1Y 2AB.

For further information please phone 020 7330 0000 or Email: (the Foundation does not maintain a website).


Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust capital, project and core funding grants generally over £10,000 for up to 3 years for smaller UK community-led groups that support people at the margins of society in the UK, encouraging independence, inclusion and integration.

Applications may be made at any time and should be made online following the Trust's 2-stage application process:

  • Stage 1: Applicants should create an account on the Trust's website, then complete a brief online form and upload their cover letter, answers to the 5 application questions and a copy of their latest annual accounts
  • Stage 2: The Trust will invite successful Stage 1 applicants to proceed to a second stage.  This involves an in-depth conversation, via phone or Zoom with one of the Trust's grant managers.

UK charitable organisations with a constitution and a bank account, including registered charities, unincorporated associations, community interest companies, and community benefit societies can apply.  Organisations should be working directly with people in the UK who are on the edges of mainstream society and have limited access to resources and opportunities.  Applying organisations must have an annual income of less than £1 million.

Funding guidelines as well as how to apply can be found online


Comic Relief Community Fund

Groundwork are pleased to be managing this new fund on behalf of Comic Relief in England. It will provide grants of up to £10,000, supporting project delivery and organisational capacity building, helping organisations flourish. It is supporting community-led organisations with an income of less than £250,000 to deliver projects.

The funding is split as follows: Up to £1,000 for capacity building and Up to £9,000 for project delivery.

They will fund applications from grass roots, community led organisations that can demonstrate how people with lived experience of the issues being tackled are involved in the organisation and the project.

Applications must sit within one of the four key themes:

  • A Safe Place To Be: Supporting people to rebuild their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Children Survive & Thrive:  Supporting children up to the age of 11 to grow, play and learn
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: Championing women and girls, including initiatives tackling domestic violence, abuse or exploitation
  • Mental Health Matters: Supporting good mental health in communities and tackling stigma and discrimination.

For more information and to apply visit: Groundwork - Community Fund


Elmgrant Trust

The Elmgrant Trust is a charity which makes grants for charitable purposes to individuals living in the south west of England (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset) and to organisations and groups with projects in the south west. By so doing it aims to improve the quality of local life and welfare through education, the arts and social sciences.

While the Elmgrant Trust assesses each application on its individual merits, they choose to prioritise geographically and certain types of work.

They consider applications:

  • from the South West area of England, especially Devon and Cornwall
  • projects which help to improve the quality of local life and welfare
  • art projects which help to improve the quality of local life
  • from individuals who are further educating themselves to improve their job prospects with a clear compassionate need.

They are happy to receive applications for core running costs or project costs of small established organisations who have a proven record of making a significant difference.

Average grants are in the region of £450, or around £150 for individuals.

The board of trustees meet three times a year, usually on the last Saturday of February, June and October. Applications need to be submitted one clear month prior to the meeting date. Please make sure that your application fits with the meeting timings as they do not give retrospective grants. Please email the secretary for the date of the next application deadline if in any doubt.

Applications must be made by letter. For full details of what is required in the application and the Trust's postal address visit the website

For further information, including confirmation of the closing dates, you may email or call 01803 863160.


Pebbles Grants

The Rank Foundation's 'Pebbles' grant fund, which has reopened again following a break during COVID, is directed at smaller UK charities and churches that may not be covered by the Rank Foundation's larger programmes.

Grants of between £250 and £4,000 are available for either:

  • Capital costs - funding for fixed, one-time expenses incurred for building work, refurbishment and equipment, or
  • Short breaks - funding for respite breaks or holidays for disadvantaged young people.

The total cost of the project should not exceed £150,000 and applicants must have an annual turnover of under £500,000. Applicants will be required to demonstrate that 33% of the total project cost has been sought and secured from other sources.

To apply, applicants should initially complete the online Eligibility Form. Eligible applicants can then complete the online application form.

Further information and guidance can be found on the Rank Foundation website.


Wooden Spoon - The Childrens' Charity of Rugby

If your project is in the UK or Ireland and shares our aim of making a positive impact on the lives of children and young people, it may be eligible for a Wooden Spoon grant.

While there is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level, it is unlikely projects of a physical nature under £5,000 in value will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify under the 'projected life span' criteria.

With the current situation, much of Wooden Spoon's fundraising has been put on hold and therefore the available funding for projects has been reduced. It is suggested that as a first step you complete their expression of interest form on their website for an initial assessment.

If you have discussed your grant with the team and are eligible please visit their website to apply:

Once an application has been received it will be checked to ensure it meets the criteria. It will then be sent to the regional committee for approval. If the region agrees to support the project an inspector will undertake a site visit and report back to the Project Committee which meets monthly. Successful applications will go forward to the next quarterly Council meeting. The applicant will receive a formal grant letter, if the project is approved by Council.

If you have any queries please contact


Funding for Allotment and Garden Projects

The National Allotment Gardens Trust (NAGT) offers funding to registered allotments and Committees for the improvement and development of facilities on registered and permanent sites (non-statutory sites may also be granted funding if a long term lease is in place).

The NAGT's objectives are to .......

  • Advance and improve the allotments/gardens movement by education, training, workshops and support.
  • To provide training for allotment committee members and for people who wish to become involved in the management of allotments.
  • For committees who wish to take a lease of their site from either Local Authority or Private landlord.
  • To improve facilities for those who have need for such facilities by their youth, infirmity or disablements.
  • The trust can provide funding and experience in allotment gardening.
  • Local training courses can be arranged.

Groups who meet the requirements for funding should apply in the first instance using the NAGT Funding application form. This is available by visiting the grant application page on the National Allotment Gardens Trust website or emailing


Lloyds Bank Racial Equity Fund

The fund is aimed at small and local charities that are led by and that support Black, Asian, and ethnic minority communities. Charities can apply for two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside development support.  

The funding will be open year-round and will not be restricted by deadlines. The Foundation is looking to support charities where more than half of their Trustee Board self-identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1m, and with a strong track record of helping people from minority communities across 11 complex social issues.

For the eligibility check, and the online application form visit Lloyd's Bank Foundation


Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme - Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

The Government is providing up to £210m worth of voucher funding as immediate help for people suffering from slow broadband speeds in rural areas.

Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people's doorsteps.

The new UK Gigabit Voucher launched on Thursday 8th April 2021 and is only available through a supplier who is registered with the scheme. 

From 8th April you will be able to check whether your premises is eligible for a voucher, find a list of registered suppliers, and see those who are active in your area, using the website:


Barratt Foundation

To mark the completion of their 500,000th home, Barratt Homes has launched the Barratt Foundation, bringing together their charitable giving and long-term support for good causes and leading charities under one roof.

As the UK's largest house builder, Barratt want to lead the industry in the scope, scale, and impact of their charitable work. Last year they raised and donated more than £4m - but now want to go further.

In addition to the achieving their 500,000th home milestone, with the pandemic both reducing funding for charities and making the work they do more important than ever, they feel this is the right moment to launch the Barratt Foundation.

It has a general purpose, but they will look to focus efforts on some key areas, including:

  • Promoting social inclusion, particularly young people, the armed forces and the most disadvantaged and excluded in society.
  • Helping the environment and nature, alongside our commitment to being the country's leading national sustainable housebuilder
  • Promoting physical and mental health
  • Education and opportunity

To mark the launch of the Barratt Foundation, they are donating £500,000 across 10 charities chosen by their employees. These charities are Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia UK, CALM, The Wildlife Trust, Marie Curie, Re-engage, The Samaritans, Refuge, The Matt Hampson Foundation and The Care Workers' Charity.

If there is a local charity working in your area that you feel could benefit from their support, please direct them to the Foundation for more information and details on how to get in touch, or to make an application to the Barratt Foundation. 


Small Grants Scheme - Foyle Foundation

This Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. 

The focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

The priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

Grants are available between £1000 and £10,000.

Small Grants Scheme - (


Devon County Council's Locality Budgets

Devon County Councillors each have a locality budget of £10,000 per year to enable them to respond to local needs in their divisions, supporting projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

Councillors can, if they wish, make grants to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

Locality budget funding adds value to projects that are beneficial to local communities, and help meet the Council's strategic objectives. Projects are diverse and reflect the needs of local communities. All projects should include some other financial contribution(s) and/or local support.

Any properly constituted not-for-private-profit voluntary or community group (including town and parish councils) can apply to their local county councillor for a grant from the locality budget fund.

Each councillor will normally make their own decision on which applications they wish to support, the only exception would be where the councillor may have a conflict of interest and the decision will have to be approved by an officer provided that the locality budget fund grant will be normally used within the financial period (April to March) of each year and is not used to benefit individuals or private businesses.

To discuss a locality budget fund application, you should contact your local County Councillor in the first instance. You can view a Map of Devon County wards of each of the Council's electoral divisions to help you to identify your local councillor.

If your county councillor wishes to support your application, you must complete Part A of the locality budget application form, and ensure that the reverse side of the form is completed (terms and conditions) and then send it to the councillor so that they can complete Part B.


Hargreaves Foundation

The Hargreaves Foundation is a grant-making charitable foundation set up in 2020 by Peter Hargreaves and his family.  Applications are open for organisations seeking funding to support those under the age of 18, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability or growing up in poverty through the mediums of sport and education.

The Foundation can fund clearly defined projects, initiatives or the purchase of specific items that support one or more of the following:

  • Enables individuals to experience the mental and physical health benefits of participatory sport
  • Ensures participatory sport is accessible
  • Provides sporting or educational activities that foster life skills
  • Aims to improve academic engagement and attainment
  • Encourages the development of skills and personal attributes to aid future employability.

It is the intention of the Trustees to consider a targeted approach to funding and seek out opportunities which provide scope to 'materially change the life of an individual'.

To apply online visit: The Hargreaves Foundation


Loans for charities

The Charity Bank provides loans to small and large organisations where the loan is being used for a social purpose. Loans are provided to social enterprises and other community organisations that benefit people and communities for a variety of needs including property purchase or refurbishments, capital investments, asset purchases, working capital loans and underwriting facilities for fund-raising programmes.

Loans may be offered to not-for-profit organisations, parish councils, charities, community groups, voluntary groups, community buildings and social enterprises.

Visit their website Charity Loans For UK Charities or email them: 


Ulverscroft Foundation - supporting visually impaired people

The Ulverscroft Foundation is a UK based charity supporting visually impaired people. The Foundation supplies grants to organisations looking for help with projects relating to improving the quality of life of visually impaired people.

Funding is mainly given to organisations directly helping the visually impaired, such as libraries, schools, colleges and hospitals.

Any organisation applying is only able to submit one application every 18 months regardless of the outcome of the application.

The Foundation is keen to support specific projects and associated costs, with capital costs, core salaries and general running costs not supported.

Applications can be made in writing by downloading, completing and posting an application form or, alternatively, by using their online application form. They also accept email applications. Details of the information required, as well as contact details and where to send the application, can be found on their website: Ulverscroft Foundation


Nationwide Building Society - Community Grants

Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives who are making positive changes in their local areas can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000.

Projects will be favoured that:

  • help charities get back on their feet after the impact of Covid-19
  • illustrate a clear link to Nationwide's ambition for everyone to have a place fit to call home and can demonstrate the impact their project will have on the local community
  • are supporting people in housing need, in original or creative ways. This includes both projects already delivering local impact and those carrying out research to find new ways to challenge the housing crisis
  • have the potential to inspire and be used by others across the country
  • have robust plans to measure and report on the difference the grant will make
  • can demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of the grant, by building the skills of staff and volunteers, diversifying funding streams and providing long-term solutions for the people they are helping
  • can evidence knowledge of local issues and have a network of local connections.

In 2021 they are capping the amount of Community Grant applications that will be accepted.

For more information visit Nationwide Grants (


Flexible Plastic Fund

Businesses, retailers and recyclers are invited to access funding and support through the new Flexible Plastic Fund initiative. The scheme has been set up to incentivise the recycling of flexible plastics such as bags and wrappers.

The Flexible Plastic Fund is a cross-industry collaboration established in May 2021 by five founding partners: Mars, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever.

The aim is to create a circular system that incentivises the recycling of flexible plastics:

  1. Businesses that own brands that use flexible plastic packaging invest in the fund to become partners of the Flexible Plastic Fund.
  2. Participating retailers hold collection points within their stores where individuals can drop off their flexi-plastics for recycling.
  3. The plastics are transported to approved recyclers to create new products.
  4. These new products generate Packaging Recovery Notes which certify that the products have been recycled.
  5. If the new products meet the requirements of the Flexible Plastics Fund then a payment is made to the partners in the fund.

The Fund has a pricing hierarchy where food-grade plastic film benefits from a higher price than non-packaging material. The aim is to recycle at least 80% of the plastics collected in the UK - rising to 100% by 2023.


E B M Charitable Trust

The aims of the E B M Charitable Trust are to support a wide variety of beneficiaries including charities involved in animal welfare and research, the relief of poverty and youth development.

A letter of introduction is recommended as unsolicited applications are not encouraged. Moreover, the Trust has stated that all its funds are committed. The Trust prefers to make donations to charities whose work they have researched and which is in accordance with its areas of interest. It tends not to support research projects as research is not a core priority but there are exceptions to this. Please note that the Trust receives a very high number of grant applications which are mostly unsuccessful.

However, if you have a charitable cause you believe the Trust will support, it may be worth submitting a letter or application as the Trust's grants can be substantial and provided over a number of years.

A letter of introduction may be submitted at any time, addressed to:

Lynne Webster, the E B M Charitable Trust, Moore Family Office Ltd, 42 Berkeley Square


Community News!

Having a declutter or clear out? Got any old tents which are past their best?

2 Minute Beach Clean take donated waste tents (they can be broken and un-useable) and they pass them on to friends at RootedOcean at Bude who work their magic to turn each tent into 10-15 new litter bags!

These tent bags are then used to restock the #2minuteClean stations around the UK. This gives those tents a second life and helps keep plastic and other waste out of the environment.

If you have a tent or two to donate please email and she will give you details of where to drop off your tent!  (*in Bude).

Please note that they don't require the poles or any thick canvas pieces - just the main fabric.


Morrisons help to reduce period poverty

Please pass this information on to as many people as you can....

If you are in need, or struggling for sanitary products, go to a kiosk in any branch of Morrisons, and ask for a package that SANDY has left for you.

You will be given a FREE discreet bag with what you need, no questions asked.


Pens For Kids

In many countries, kids can only dream of an education, as parents cannot afford to send them to school. The main obstacles are often school fees, school uniforms, or that the children need to work to help support the family. In many countries education is free, but missing income, uniforms and cost of school utensils like pens are still big hurdles to overcome. In some countries the average income per family is a dollar or two a day, pens are big investments and quickly dry out under the relentless Equatorial sun.  Many kids just wish they could be allowed to go to school.

By sending your new and used pens, this makes the dream a reality for many.

They welcome donations of pens, pencils and most other forms of stationery, old and new, as long as they're in working order.  Feel free to post anything you can spare to:

Pens for Kids UK, PO Box 864, Orpington, BR6 1JQ

If you would like to donate money instead, or find out more about their project, please visit their website: Pens for Kids or their Facebook page:  Pens for Kids UK - Facebook






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