Current Funding Opportunities

New funding opportunities are opening up daily. So that you can keep pace, we have curated the key resources you will need.

Our top tips for your organisation to find current funding available to your organisation are:

Selection of the latest funds are listed below:

Local funds

  • Rothschild Foundation Covid-19 Support Fund: grants for organisations under £1m for £5,000 – £50,000. Funding prioritised on communities currently experiencing high levels of disadvantage (deadline 30th June 2021).
  • Moving our Communities Fund 2020: grants from £250 to £2,000  to community organisations to support any of the following priority groups to be active: lower Socio-economic groups, BAME Communities, disabled people or people with long term conditions. (deadline 30th June 2021).

General funds

  • Return to Play: Active Together offers support, including matched funding of up to £10,000, to help clubs and local organisations to set up their own crowdfunding campaigns which focus on people who are anxious or worried, affected financially or are experiencing a greater burden of care.
  • National Lottery Community Fund (England) funding from £300 to £10,000 to improve community cohesion, provide services for vulnerable people and to stabilise finances where there has been challenge as a result of the pandemic.  Small, medium and micro charities are particularly invited to apply.
  • Alec Dickson Trust grants to £500 to innovative volunteering or community service projects organised and led by under-30s, which directly or indirectly respond to Covid-19.  Applications by 23rd June 2021.
  • Swire Charitable Trust Covid-19 Recovery Programme is offering grants to charities which are providing a critical response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis or are facing severe short-term funding pressures as a result of this.

Funds supporting the vulnerable

  • Volant Charitable Trust – COVID-19 Response Fund: Registered charities, CICs and community organisations may apply to alleviate social deprivation and support vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications by 31st July 2021.
  • Foyle Foundation Small Grants: One-year grants up to £10,000 for small charities under £150,000 delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support.
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales – Grants Programme to £50,000 for small and medium sized local charities working to help people with complex social issues, including alcohol dependency, young parenthood and homelessness, to recover and renew beyond the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Persimmon Community Champions: grants of up to £1,000 to groups supporting over 70s.
  • Alpkit Foundation – Grassroots Support Now: grants of £50 to £500 to support projects which have an immediate impact on people affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Shanly Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund: grants from several hundred to several thousand pounds available to organisations providing direct support to vulnerable individuals who are particularly affected by the pandemic. (note: Awards will NOT be made to individuals, for research, military charities, single faith charities or animal welfare organisations)
  • Magic Little Grants to £500 for small charities and community groups delivering projects including on community participation, reducing the impact of poverty and improving mental well-being (deadline 31st October 2021.)
  • Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund funding to £5,000 for community projects which raise awareness of loan sharks and their activities within vulnerable groups. Applications by 30th June 2021.
  • Assura Community Fund grants to £5,000 to small to medium-sized local, not-for-profit organisations providing health and wellbeing activities for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Applications by midnight on 1st July 2021.
  • True Colours Trust UK Small Grants to £10,000 to charities and community organisations working with people from 0 to 25 years who are either disabled or have life-limiting conditions, for adaptations to services, technological support and other provisions.
  • Common Call Fund Two grants up to £12,500 for charities which provide services to people whose physical or mental health or financial security have been adversely affected by the pandemic.  Applications by 5pm, 25th June 2021.
  • The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK Covid-19 Emergency Fund offering grants to £1,000 to charitable organisations which are financially strained as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.  Funding towards staffing costs, increases service demands, changes to working practices , or deep cleaning premises after a confirmed covid-19 infection. Applications will usually be considered within three weeks.
  • Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund 2021 offering capital or revenue stream funding to £100,000 to charities and voluntary sector organisations working directly to provide secure accommodation for those who might otherwise experience homelessness during winter 2021/22. Applications for revenue stream close 5th July 2021.

Funds supporting sports

  • Sport England Return to Play: grants up  to £10,000 for not-for profit community organisations and registered charities to create Covid-19-secure sport and activity settings (deadline 30th June 2021) and capital grants to £50,000 to adapt and open up places and spaces for sport and physical activity (deadline 5pm, 30th June 2021).
  • Football Foundation – Small Grants to £25,000 to community and grassroots football organisations to restart activities after Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Volleyball England grants to £1,000 to provide  equipment and training to develop sitting volleyball by existing volleyball clubs.  Support available to December 2021. Current round applications by 9th July 2021.

Other sector funds

  • The Getaway Foundation: was originally created to benefit families in poverty and to create positive memories through holidays.  This now includes families whose economic crisis has been affected by Covid-19.  Offers tailored funding to school or community authority referrals for families in relative poverty (gross income of under £25,000 per annum), with at least one child under the age of eighteen, where there has been no family holiday for at least three years.
  • Force for change programme offering grants up to £1,000 for community projects which reduce isolation and improve the wellbeing of armed services communities. Applications by midday on 2nd August 2021.
  • Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities Programme up to £100,000 to existing charitable projects which provide support for and are well used by Armed Forces communities. Applications by noon, 9th September 2021.
  • Churchcare offers a range of 50% grants to churches, chapels and meeting houses. These are to maintain and repair both fabric and furnishings. Support is provided to complete grant requests where covid-19 is restricting access.
  • Art Fund – Reimagine funding in two bands, from £5,000 to £50,000 to not-for-profit arts organisations developing innovative projects which reimagine activities after the pandemic. Applications for round 1 by 5.30pm, 5th July 2021.
  • TDS Charitable Foundation grants to £10,000 to organisations which support landlords and tenants to improve standards in the private rented sector, including dispute resolution in light of the impact which coronavirus/COVID-19 has had on the private rented housing sector.  Applications by 5pm, 27th August 2021.

Supermarket Donations

Asda Foundation Green Token Giving
Asda Foundation Green Token Giving provides funding for local charities and good causes nominated by customers and colleagues.

Asda has dedicated community champions whose role is to work with charities and community groups in their
local area so that ASDA can provide effective support. For example: in-store fundraising, colleague fundraising, healthy eating sessions in schools, volunteering in the community and rooms for the community in-store.

Asda Foundation – Bringing Communities Back Together grants to £1,000 to local community groups for activities aimed at reuniting communities and celebrating togetherness as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.  This includes celebration events and getting back on track sporting, art or training activities. Phase 1 applications by 16th August 2021.

Sainsbury’s
Every year Sainsbury’s work together with customers and colleagues to support a local cause in the local community. These partnerships last for a whole year and include a range of support including awareness raising, fundraising in store, volunteering and donations.

Tesco
Each store holds a community budget to help support with requests for local fund-raising events.  Dedicated Tesco community champions work to ensure that Tesco can bring genuine benefit to the local community be it a local community event, fundraising activities, bag packing or donations.

Waitrose
Each branch has a Community matters champion who finds out about potential beneficiaries to benefit from the token scheme based at each store.

Wilko – Helping Hands Programme
Branches in High Wycombe and Aylesbury.
Every WILKO store has a budget to give a little helping hand to local groups and community projects. You could get WILKO gift cards, products or volunteers to help with whatever you’re doing for your community – whether it’s a raffle prize to help with fund raising or tins of paint and extra helpers to do up a community centre. The above link gives an easy step guide to filling in application form.