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).

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. (New grant round will make decisions by October 2021 – currently making decisions for first round – April 2021)
  • The 7Stars Foundation: grants to support projects by organisations under £1.5m aimed at young people challenged by abuse and addiction, those who are young carers, and those without safe homes.
  • 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.)

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.
  • Arnold Clark Community Fund funds to £1,000 for registered charities or community groups which need direct support to continue their work in the current climate.  Applications by 1st May 2021.

Other sector funds

  • 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 April 2021).
  • 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.

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.

Co-op Local Community Fund 
1% of what members spend on selected own brand products at a Co-op Store goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund. Applications to be a local cause open again in Spring 2019.

Making a difference locally (MADL) is a charity launched to help independently run local stores to add value to their communities through donations. Once the stores have a pot of money they can find out what causes the community cares about and donate to them.

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.

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.

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.