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:

Last chance to apply

  • BFSS offers total project grants to £100,000 (maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects)for small and medium-sized charities working on new and innovative interventions which are aimed at improving the educational outcomes and life chances of young carers and care experienced young people under the age of 25. Applications by 25th January 2022 (first of two grant rounds).
  • ROSA RISE Fund two-year grants to £40,000 to established Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ not-for-profit and charitable organisations including for staff and volunteer costs, consultancy  and general running costs. Applications by 5.00pm, 31st January, 2022
  • The Will Charitable Trust grants to £10,000 charitable organisations working with blind people or people with learning disabilities, providing the organisation with covid recovery , core or continuing costs. Applications by 31st January 2022.

Local funds

  • Local funding opportunities available from Community Boards: Community Boards are keen to hear from community groups, voluntary organisations and local people who want to make a difference and address local priorities. Perhaps you have a great idea for a community initiative that will benefit local people where you live, or you have a successful community project that you would like to expand or develop? Each Community Board has funds available to support projects that meet the agreed priorities for their area – that could be anything from support for older people to health and wellbeing, transport, youth initiatives, improving the environment or supporting economic recovery. If you want to get involved and help Community Boards act in your local area, have an idea for a local project or are keen to get involved in an action group, contact your local Community Board Coordinator.
  • Rothschild Foundation – Community Fund grants to £30,000 (over 3 years) to local not-for-profit organisations which focus on people whose wellbeing is at risk, including homeless people and people facing financial hardship.

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.
  • Swire Charitable Trust Covid-19 Recovery Programme is offering grants up to £25,000 and above £25,000 to charities which are well positioned to meet current challenges.  The charities  will be able to provide a critical response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis or are facing severe short-term funding pressures as a result of this. Application windows close 2-3 weeks before Trustee Meetings. Applications for less than £25,000 are considered at monthly meetings and large requests (£25,000 plus) at quarterly meetings – next quarterly meeting is April 2022.
  • EFN Rapid Response Fund funds to £25,000 for environmental groups working on green issues which are addressing immediate, unexpected or unpredictable environmental events.
  • Berkeley Foundation Resilience Fund funding to £30,000 over two years to registered charities and CICs to enable organisations to become more resilient so that work will continue in the future. Organisations will be working with young people between 16 and 25 years old to overcome barriers and to find meaningful work. A recording of the Meet the Funder webinar and Q&A can be found here (Passcode: 0d*+sf4N).  Applications by 6th February 2022.
  • ACE Let’s Create Jubilee Fund grants to £10,000 for charitable organisations offering new local and community-based creative and cultural activities developed for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with public-facing events on or near 2nd to 5th June 2022. Applications by midday, 14th February 2022.

Funds supporting the vulnerable

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Henry Smith Charity: Improving lives – grants to £60,000 (per year) for up to three years  to not-for-profits to enable them to continue to function.
  • The Henry Smith Charity: Strengthening Communities – grants offered to small, grassroots organisations working with the most deprived communities. Funds of up to £60,000 for up to three years are available for running costs.
  • Community Fund – partnerships funding of above £10,000 for five years to people-led voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations working to support people most affected by covid-19, helping communities to thrive.  Local contact for enquiries: Londonandsoutheastteam@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk
  • BFSS offers total project grants to £100,000 (maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects)for small and medium-sized charities working on new and innovative interventions which are aimed at improving the educational outcomes and life chances of young carers and care experienced young people under the age of 25. Applications by 25th January 2022 (first of two grant rounds).
  • Persimmon Community Champions: matched grants of up to £1,000 to groups across a range of local community concerns including supporting the over 70s.
  • The Will Charitable Trust grants to £10,000 charitable organisations working with blind people or people with learning disabilities, providing the organisation with covid recovery , core or continuing costs. Applications by 31st January 2022.
  • The Hodge Foundation offers funds at its discretion across a range of areas including to charities working with vulnerable or disadvantaged people who need support. There is no formal application form, no more than three pages long, with project description, budget and timetable.  Applications can be submitted at any time and are considered quarterly. 
  • Tudor Trust discretionary grants, including for core costs, to smaller, voluntary and community-led groups working directly with individuals and communities who have limited access to resources and communities. Applications can be made at any time and considered monthly.
  • Majonzi Fund grants to £500 for not-for-profit groups to provide commemorative support – including artwork or a memorial service – to Black, Asian and minority ethnic community affected by bereavement due to the covid-19 pandemic in the UK. Applications until end of February 2022.
  • The Adamson Trust offering discretionary grants for organisations and charities working on behalf of disabled children between 3 and 17. Funding can help with the cost of holidays or respite care. Applications by 31st March 2022.
  • ROSA RISE Fund two-year grants to £40,000 to established Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ not-for-profit and charitable organisations including for staff and volunteer costs, consultancy  and general running costs. Applications by 5.00pm, 31st January, 2022
  • Friends of the elderly grants to £400 (£500 for a joint application) to older people living on low incomes and with little savings for home essentials (including unexpected bills), digital connection and essential living costs.  Funds can be Grants are offered through a Referral Agent known to the older person in a professional or community capacity, including charities and community organisations.
  • SEGB Smart Fund/NEA Grants Programme between £5,000 and £25,000 dependent on funding area to regional organisations with a local reach to encourage and support people in vulnerable circumstances to fit smart meters. Organisations which have responded to covid-19 by developing a range of ways to contact people who are over 65, on a low income or who are carers. Applications by 12 noon, 11th February, 2022.
  • Volant Covid-19 response fund discretionary grants to charitable organisations working on social deprivation and with vulnerable groups.  Pandemic-specific costs  can include buying medical equipment or PPE.  Applications by 31st July 2022.

Funds supporting sports

  • Football Foundation – Small Grants to £25,000 to community and grassroots football organisations to restart activities after Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Sport England Together Fund targeted to vulnerable groups who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, restricting their ability to be physically active.   Funding availability extended to March 2023 through Active Partnerships: Local contact info@leapwithus.org.uk.

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.
  • Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021/22 Hospice Grants – Re-imaging Day Hospice Services working with Hospice UK, offering grants to £35,000 to full member adult and children’s hospices.  Funds are to support the return to service and the strengthening of service of day hospices.  This could include staff training, equipment, telephone support and capital costs. Applications by 17.00, 14th February 2022.

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.

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.