On this page you will find a wide range of funding opportunities, which we hope you will find helpful. If you would like any other support with finding funding and grants, please call us on (029) 2048 5722.      

Hau Third Sector Fund 2018/19

The Cardiff Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council in partnership with Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) and Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) have allocated £42,750 in total, to fund new and innovative third sector sustainable preventative community activities and services in Cardiff and the Vale.  The Fund is administered by C3SC in partnership with GVS.

The Fund is to help deliver solutions in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan against the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 four fundamental principles: Voice and control; prevention and early intervention; wellbeing; and co-production.  In addition, applications must demonstrate at least one of the five ways of working of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Act) 2015 - prevention, involvement, collaboration, integration and is long term (sustainable).

The Programme is open for applications from Tuesday, 13 November 2018 with a deadline for submission of 12 noon on Tuesday, 4 December 2018.

Aim of the Programme

This scheme is intended to support opportunities to be put in place locally to promote health, wellbeing and independence.  This revenue and capital Fund aims to support proposals for sustainable preventative initiatives which improve the quality of life for priority groups across Cardiff and the Vale by ensuring people are able to engage in their local community, develop or maintain their independence and access appropriate support at the right time.

We are looking to support proposals for NEW services or activities which respond to a need or a particular problem, build on community assets and maximise the impact of sustainable preventative services.  For example, you may wish to set up a new self-help group or forum, or a lunch or sport club, youth group, carers support group, neighbour support, provide information and advice, organise a special event or a community befriending service.

Application forms, and guidance, are available from  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by telephone 029 2048 5722


Grants of up to £100,000 available through the Justice and Equality Fund’s ‘Now’s the Time’ large grants programme.

Now’s the Time is the second programme from the Justice and Equality Fund managed by Rosa. The programme aims to amplify the voices of individuals and groups who are calling for an end to sexual harassment and abuse, in their workplaces and in their communities.

The Justice and Equality Fund aims to bring an end to the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity by resourcing an expert network of advice, support and advocacy organisations and projects. Inspired by the phenomenal campaigners of #metoo, TIME’s UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movements and others, a group of UK-based women from the entertainment industry have come together to challenge the culture that permits people in positions of power to sexually harass and abuse others.

We want to resource imaginative, collaborative and creative grassroots activism so we are asking organisations to partner up and apply by answering the question: What would you do towards ending sexual harassment in work places and in communities? We will only accept partnership applications to this, the large grant programme. You can apply for a grant over one to three years and we want to fund:

  • Prevention work
  • Awareness raising activities
  • Imaginative and creative grassroots activism
  • Influencing work
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

We are particularly keen to see cross-sector partnerships where the expertise of specialist voluntary sector organisations at the forefront of this work is shared with others to help drive broader change.

How to apply

It is important that you read our programme guidance and application guidance as both go into further detail about the criteria for applying along with the aims and deadlines for the programme.

We will be hosting two ‘How to Apply’ webinars which will introduce you to the Justice and Equality Fund and take you through the fund’s Now’s the Time (large grants) programme, offering guidance on making an application. Please register to attend by clicking on your preferred date:

Monday 15th October: 10.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday 14th November: 2pm – 3pm

You must then complete an online application form with key questions explaining:

  • What you and your partner(s) does
  • How you would use a grant
  • Why you want to take this approach
  • What you expect to learn from this work and how will you share learning
  • Your track record in this field

Closing date: Friday 14th December 2018 at 5pm
Assessment: If your application is shortlisted you can expect to hear from us to discuss your application as part of our assessment process.
When will you hear the outcome: Mid March 2019

Still unsure? We’d like to talk to you! Please email us to request a chat and one of our team will get back to you.
Contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.rosauk.org

Localgiving has teamed up with the Postcode Community Trust to provide over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups

Thanks to support from the players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Magic Little Grants Fund provides small charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.

To benefit from funding, projects need to meet either of the following themes:

  • Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
  • Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities

Applications are able to be made from 15th May to 31st October 2018. As part of the grant, organisations who are not currently members of Localgiving will also be awarded an annual Localgiving membership, worth £96, that will enable them to benefit from Localgiving's online fundraising support and services.

More information: https://localgiving.org/what-we-do/magic-little-grants/

Funding: Mind and Agenda launch the Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme 


Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, are delighted to announce that their £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme is open to applications, with a closing date of 15 October. 

The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly those experiencing multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services. 

Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund:

  • Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives with women experiencing or at risk of multiple forms of disadvantage. 
  • Capacity building, knowledge, and networking and influencing ‘Hubs’ to support and promote delivery of women’s mental health peer support
  • Find out more and how to apply at www.mind.org.uk/womenspeersupportprogramme where you can also sign up to face-to-face information sessions and webinars.

The Wesleyan Foundation Fund

The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017 to continue to support various good causes throughout the UK and specifically Cardiff in Wales. 

The Wesleyan Foundation provides support in the following areas:

  • Health - Projects working to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community
  • Education - Projects that work to promote education and lifelong learning
  • Social - Projects that create innovative solutions to social challenges, promoting community cohesion and developing resilience within communities.

Who can apply?

  • Charities, constituted not for profit groups and organisations running projects and activities for the benefit of their local community (e.g. after school clubs, training and skills building projects, luncheon clubs, memory cafes, befriending services etc.).

Grants Available:

Two sizes of grant are available to organisations working in the City and County of Cardiff:

Small Grants:

  • Local constituted community groups and registered charities with an income below £250,000 can apply for grants of up to £2,000.

Large Grants:

  • Constituted community groups and registered charities with an incomebelow£500,000 can apply for grants of between £2,000 - £10,000.
  • Grant requests should be no more than 20% of the organisation’s annual income (in the last financial year)
  • Any requests for salary, equipment and volunteer costs should be clearly budgeted and only used for the project applied for.
  • Applicants should be able to provide 2 years of accounts

Please note:

  • Grants will not be awarded retrospectively i.e. for costs already incurred prior to receipt of the grant offer letter and signed terms and conditions.
  • Applicants will hear the outcome of their application within 16 weeks of the deadline.
  • A regularly used email should be included as this is a completely online process, correspondence will be via email
  • Applicants must provide documentation to support their application
  • Applicants will be required to provide a brief update at 6 months into the project, and complete a monitoring form at the end of the project.

Grant are available for:

  • Individuals or sole traders
  • Capital builds
  • Promotion of religious or political activity
  • Schools, churches, parish councils or PTA’s unless wider community benefit is demonstrated
  • Animal welfare, unless the project benefits people (eg. Disabled riding schemes)
  • Groups with more than 12 months of running costs in reserve
  • Direct replacement of statutory obligation eg. within education, NHS or government.

This is a new grant giving programme, and the criteria may change in the future.

This fund is open

For futher information and how to apply, click here.

Innovate to Save Fund - Increased grant funding for public service innovation

The Innovate to Save fund is now offering up to £30,000 for projects exploring new ideas to improve and generate savings for Welsh public services. A second round of bidding is currently open for the Innovate to Save Fund, a joint initiative between the Welsh Government, Nesta, Cardiff University and WCVA.

Innovate to Save supports public and third sector organisations to explore new ideas that have the potential to generate savings for Welsh public services and improve the quality and impact of service delivery. First launched in February 2017, the programme seeks to tackle some of the most complex issues facing Welsh public services while generating cashable savings.

The deadline for new applications is 16 July 2018. More details and how to apply here

Supporting Older People in the Vale

Third Sector Preventative Intervention Fund Now Open

The Cardiff & Vale Integrated Health and Social Care Partnership has allocated £27,000 to pump prime new and innovative third sector community activities and services for older people in the Vale of Glamorgan.  The Fund is provided via the Welsh Government Integrated Care Fund 2018 – 19 and is administered by Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS).

The Third Sector Programme is open for applications from 29th May 2018 with a deadline for submission of 12 noon 6th July 2018.

This revenue only fund aims to support proposals which improve the quality of life for older people in the Vale by ensuring that opportunities are put in place locally to promote health and wellbeing and independence.  The overall aim is for older people to remain living in, and engaging with, their communities for as long as they wish.

We are looking to support proposals for NEW or ADDITIONAL services which respond to a need or a particular problem, build on community assets and maximise the impact of preventative services.  For example, you may wish to set up a new self-help group or forum, or a lunch or sport club, carers support, neighbour support, provide information and advice, organise a special event or a small scale community befriending service.

Application forms, and guidance, are available from Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS), telephone: 01446 741706 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Grants for Remembrance Day Installations –Taking Part

Applications are now open for micro-grants of up to £500 for installations to support their Remembrance Day activities for the centenary of the First World War.

This programme will allow communities to remember and commemorate by accessing our silhouettes for benches and chairs free of charge thanks to the support of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

These silhouettes can be placed within community halls, places of worship and places of education, bringing to mind those who went to war and did not return. You can apply for an award to purchase up to 10 silhouettes.

As part of the award, your organisation will need to hold a self-funded event to bring your local community together.

Applications are open until the 16th July 2018. 

Who can apply for an award?

Your organisation will need to be one of the following:

  • A charity
  • A Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • A school
  • A place of worship
  • An Armed Forces base
  • A chapel or other place of worship, or multi-faith facility within a hospital or Armed Forces base, where people would not otherwise be able to engage in remembrance and engagement activity without financial resources
  • A community organisation with a constitution and a community space (Including Parish Councils)


You can find out more information and apply here.

Please also see the website gallery to see more images.

Applications now open for match funding in the Christmas Challenge

The Big Give is on the lookout for more charities to join the Christmas Challenge in 2018

After a record breaking campaign in 2017 which raised over £11.3 million for over 500 charities, the Big Give wants to support even more charities in 2018. Participating charities offer their supporters the opportunity to double their donation for one week only. Since its 2008 launch, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £90 million for participating charities, with donations matched by Big Give ‘Champions’: Trusts, Foundations, philanthropists and corporates who support the initiative, as well as charities’ major donors. Match funding also provides opportunities to secure new donors, with 96% of charities receiving donations from new supporters last year, and 74% of charities reporting that current supporters gave more than normal.

Case study

The Christmas Challenge had a transformative impact on small children’s charity, The Family Trust, who took part for the first time in 2017. They saw an incredible uplift of 1,082% on their own annual appeal in 2016. The Family Trust had previously relied on an ongoing annual grant award and held a fundraising appeal for the first time in 2016, which raised £725 from 13 donors. In 2017, The Family Trust took part in the Christmas Challenge for the first time and successfully hit its £4,000 target by the second day of the campaign. Eventually the charity doubled that amount raising a total of £8,500 from 24 donors. Each donation via the Christmas Challenge was worth an average of £346 to the charity, compared with around £40 per donor in the 2016 appeal. The team at The Family Trust also  benefited from the buzz of taking part in the campaign and have significantly increased their confidence in fundraising as a result.

Confirmed funding for 2018

The Big Give has so far confirmed a wide variety of funding in a number of areas across the board including international development, child poverty in London, animal welfare and the elderly amongst others. The list of funders is due to grow over the coming  weeks and you can find full details about who has confirmed their participation as a 2018 funder here.

More than money

The Christmas Challenge has long been notable for its success in helping charities to raise millions of pounds in just a few days, but over recent years charities have revealed that the benefits stretch far beyond the most obvious financial results. Thanks to the free training and support package that the Big Give provides to all participating charities, in 2017 85% of charities which took part in the campaign said that they increased confidence in individual online fundraising online. They also indicated that they were able to develop skills in social media, individual giving, crowd-funding and PR, amongst many others.

How to join

To apply to join the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, charities apply in their Big Give account (free to register for any charities who are not yet on the platform). Applications are now open. The deadline for applications is 6th July although charities are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to secure more time to prepare for the campaign.

For more information and to apply, visit  theBigGive.org.uk. You can contact the Big Give via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any queries relating to your application.

Legacy Funding 2018

Grant Funded Opportunities 2018/19

1. Health and Wellbeing Service

2. Homework Clubs

Communities First ended in March 2018 and a small amount of funding has been made available this year through the Legacy Fund to pilot some innovative approaches to building resilient communities. Considerable stakeholder and community consultation has been undertaken during 2017/18 to help understand what would be the priorities for development after the closure of the programme.

Cardiff Council is inviting proposals from partners for two individual grants to deliver 2 specific areas of work as pilot projects. The Welsh Government Legacy Fund would fund these pilots during 2018/19 with an option to extend by 1 year (subject to the success of the pilots and continued Welsh Government funding).

The grant type and amounts available are set out below:

1. Up to £100,000 is available during 2018/19 for a Health and Wellbeing Service with the opportunity to extend in 2019/20

2. Up to £20,000 is available during 2018/19 for the Homework Clubs with the opportunity to extend in 2019/20

The Council has a corporate commitment to support vulnerable people and seeks to empower them to live as safely and independently as possible within the community.

Therefore, we are looking to establish services that provide a holistic model of support within the city that complements the new approach to building resilient communities and the development of the Wellbeing Hubs.

Service elements to be delivered for both the health and wellbeing and homework club pilots will include the provision of accessible community-based support using a strengths based approach. Services developed should not duplicate any existing provision, and should align and add value to existing programmes and services.

You can find the application pack here.

Completed Applications should be submitted via email by no later than Midnight 20 June 2018 by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Successful applicants will be notified by no later than 29 June 2018. Please complete the Application Form included with the specification in full. Only fully completed applications will be considered.

Grow Wild Youth Project funding 2018

Wildflowers and fungi are amazing! That’s why we’re inviting you to flex your creative skills to share and celebrate them in a whole new way. This year Grow Wild are offering not one, but two opportunities for young people to receive £500 to fund a creative project that promotes UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi to others. Applications close at midday on Monday 2nd July.

Option 1 – Creative projects in your community (14-25).

Young people can use their interest in photography, music, drama, dance, film, visual arts or more to celebrate UK native wild flowers and fungi in fun and inventive ways.


Option 2 – Co-created projects for emerging artists (18-25 only)

Apply to join with others across the UK to plan an autumn exhibition at renowned arts venue, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This will include an artist masterclass at the venue in July.


Want to know more?  Visit - https://www.growwilduk.com/creative

Welsh Government Wales for Africa Grant Scheme

WCVA are pleased to announce the first round of the Welsh Government Wales for Africa Grant Scheme is now open for applications. Grant funding will enable organisations throughout Wales to access funding for small-scale Wales-Africa projects.

To find out more information about project eligibility and to apply, please visit WCVA’s webpages on the WFA grant scheme here.

If you have any queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Benefit Scheme launching to enable community action on the environment

A new grant funding programme to help communities living within 5 miles of certain waste transfer stations or landfill sites take action for their local environment.

In April 2018 the collection of landfill tax was devolved to Wales. A portion of the monies collected from this scheme will be used to fund initiatives within the communities affected by proximity to a landfill site or waste transfer station. The grant fund will launch for applications 30 April 2018.

WCVA will be administering the grants which will support activities under three themes:

Landfill Icons - Biodiversity (english)Landfill Icons - Waste Minimisation (english)Landfill Icons - Nature Enhancement (english)

All applications will need to demonstrate the positive impact they will make on the community.

Speaking about the fund, WCVA's Grant Funds Manager, Catherine Miller said;
'The Landfill Tax Disposals Communities Scheme in Wales will replace previous schemes under the pre-devolved tax collections. We're pleased to announce that the new centralised all Wales scheme will open to applications not only from groups close to landfill sites, but also those close to waste transfer stations and treatment centres. It will also consider applications from all sectors.'

Main grantsbetween £5,000 and £49,000 will be available, there will be two grant rounds per year. There will also be the opportunity to apply for onenationally significant grantaward with a value of £50,000 to £250,000 made per year.

Talking prior to the launch of the Landfill Tax Disposals Communities Scheme, Sean McHugh of Wales Biodiversity Partnership said;
'It's great that this communities benefit scheme has such a strong environmental focus. Dedicated funding to support community level action on biodiversity and waste minimisation, plus the wider theme of environmental enhancement, is much appreciated to the environment sector in Wales. I am looking forward to seeing some great projects on the ground in the coming months.'

If you'd like to keep up to date with news about the scheme and to find out more about eligibility and the application process, check out these webpages.

Women and Girls funding via Comic Relief

Comic Relief are very pleased to announce the launch of a £4 million grant initiative to support organisations that are working to end violence and abuse experienced by women and girls across the UK.

The application phase will run from 17 April to midday, 2 July 2018.

The initiative is funded by Comic Relief with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with government funds raised through the Tampon Tax. The funds will be fully focused on work that supports women and girls at risk of violence who have multiple and complex needs. This includes those who have poor mental health, who use drugs, and/or those who are homeless, as well as less well-served communities or groups, such as BAMER, migrant and LBTI communities, and/or women who are older and/or disabled, among other groups. 

Applications are invited for grants of £60,000 - £120,000 across 1 to 3 years and are also open to current grantees. The fund aims to: 

  • Enable organisations to better support women within the target group.
  • Showcase how women's lived experience can inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy.
  • Provide opportunities for projects to try out new ways and models of working, for example by acting earlier, building community assets or using digital approaches. 
  • Enable cross sector partnerships to work together to provide high quality support.
  • Support approaches that can provide learning for other organisations and stakeholders across the sector.
  • Improve access to support for women with complex needs in less well-served communities, such as BAMER, older women, LBTI, disabled women.

To apply or find out more about the fund criteria and process, including detailed guidelines for applying, please visit the Comic Relief initiative page.  Further questions can be emailed to their team via their contact page.

SE Assist Fund

After two highly successful rounds of funding, the Social Enterprise Assist Fund is launching in Wales for the third time this month!

Ten social enterprises in Wales have already benefitted from this fantastic scheme and now’s your chance to join them.

If you need money to become more sustainable or increase your business capacity, and expert mentoring to help you focus your direction and growth plans, then you should seriously consider applying for this localised social investment initiative.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • An interest free loan from £10,000 – £30,000 (with the potential to borrow more at 6.5%)
  • Expert business mentoring support
  • Access to professional advisory services and a cohort of local ambitious social enterprises.

Even the process of application itself can be beneficial, helping you evaluate your current position with feedback from funders.

Social Enterprise Assist Wales is managed by Legal and General, CAF Venturesome and the Wales Co-operative Centre, with support from Welsh Government, Business in the Community and the Institute of Directors.

The team behind the Social Enterprise Assist Wales fund really believe that affordable finance, paired with local business support, gives social enterprises the greatest chance of success in scaling their impact and boosting their communities.

Applications open on 17 April and close on 18 May. To apply, please visit the SE Assist Wales website.

For more info and to register your interest in order to receive extra tips and advice please visit http://wales.coop/helping-social-businesses-grow/se-assist-wales/

Pink Ribbon Foundation re-opens for 2018 applications

The Pink Ribbon Foundation's mission is to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for revenue, capital or project costs. 

The Foundation provides financial support to charities in the UK whose objects are:  

  • To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.

  • To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.

The Foundation will consider applications from general cancer charities if any grant made will be used to benefit those suffering from, or affected by, 50 per cent of patients that suffer from Breast Cancer or for research into, or the dissemination of information about, breast cancer. 

The Foundation is keen to support initiatives which promote a positive view of living with breast cancer.  

The Foundation welcomes applications from all ethnic and minority groups. 

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018. 
Further details are available by calling 01689 858877 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust (MSCT) Youth Fund GrantMillennium Stadium Charitable Trust (MSCT) Youth Fund Grant

The Youth Fund opened on 1 January and will close on 1 May 2018. The trustees have chosen to provide a one-off grants scheme focussing on young people.

Applications must be for projects engaging with young people (salaries and overheads will not be funded). Funding must be for equipment, volunteer costs, training and may include, but cannot solely be for project delivery costs. 

The organisation applying does not necessarily need to be a youth organisation, but the project must be working with young people up to the age of 19 years of age. 

Further details are available on the website or call Sarah Fox, Trust Administrator, tel: 029 20 022 143, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Innovation Fund 2018

Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest annual learning festival. It aims to raise awareness of the value of adult learning, celebrate the achievements of learners and providers and inspire more people to discover how learning can positively change their lives. 

If you are involved in providing adult learning and skills, whether it’s formal or non-formal we’d love to hear about your plans for Adult Learners’ Week this year. It’s a great opportunity to promote what you do, launch a piece of research, test new provision or bang the drum for Adult Learning.

The Innovation Fund for 2018 is available to organisations working in Wales who wish to deliver outreach activities or events during Adult Learners’ Week and throughout the month of June.

They welcome applications from any group, organisation or partnership.

Deadline for submitting applications: Friday 23rd March.

Please visit the website for more information.

Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme - ‘Celebrating Women in Wales’

Under the Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme, we will provide grants of between £500 and £20,000 to third sector organisations, community organisations and community groups, for projects and/or events which will mark the 100th anniversary.

For details about the grant scheme, please visit: http://gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/equality-diversity/centenary-grant-scheme/?lang=en

Action Grants Open under 2018 Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Work Programme

The EU's Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme aims to ensure people's rights and freedoms are effective in practice, by making them better known and more consistently applied across the EU. It also promotes the rights of children, and the principles of non-discrimination and gender equality, including projects to combat violence against women and children.

Two Action Grant Calls are currently open to applications under the 2018 REC Work Programme:

Call for Proposals to Improve the Inclusion of Mobile Eu Citizens and Their Political and Societal Participation and to Support and Enhance the Democratic Participation of Mobile EU Citizens, Particularly in Underrepresented Groups

The aim is to support Member States' efforts to address challenges arising from intra-EU mobility whilst also promoting and facilitating the effective exercise of the free movement rights by EU citizens and their family members. Project activities should foster the successful inclusion and participation of mobile EU citizens and their family members in the host EU country's civic and/or political life and/or their participation in the democratic life of the EU, particularly with a view to the 2019 European elections. Action grants will complement but not duplicate the work the Commission is funding in this domain following the publication of the 2017 Citizenship report, and of the work being funded through the European Parliament's pilot projects on e-voting and e-democracy.

Action is needed to support and enhance the democratic participation of mobile EU citizens, particularly underrepresented groups such as women and young people. This complementary call for action grants is to elaborate on the increased focus on the exercise of democratic rights in the run-up to the European elections, and of the work being funded through the European Parliament's pilot projects on e-voting and e-democracy, as a part of the Commission’s wider work on citizens’ participation.

The total budget is €1.5 million and the EU grant requested cannot be lower than €75,000.

Projects must be transnational; and the application must involve at least two organisations (applicant and partner). Applicants and partners must be public entities or private organisations established in an EU Member States including their overseas departments, and Iceland., or international organisations. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.

The deadline for applications is 26 April 2018.

Call for Proposals for Capacity-building in the Area of Rights of the Child - Putting in Place Robust National or Regional Integrated Mechanisms to Support Children Ageing out of/Leaving Alternative Care

Projects shall support capacity building of professionals working for and with children on the rights of the child and child protection: project activities shall focus on putting in place robust national or regional integrated mechanisms to support children ageing out of/leaving alternative care and they shall encompass a strong child participation component (in project conception and design/empowerment of children/the child’s right to be heard/children’s involvement in reviewing service delivery).

Project activities may include:

  • Mutual learning, exchange of good practices, cooperation.
  • Design and implementation of protocols, development of working methods which may be transferable to other regions or countries.
  • Capacity-building and training (train the trainer).

The total budget is €4 million and the EU grant requested cannot be lower than €75,000.

Projects can be either national or transnational; and the application must involve at least two organisations (applicant and partner. Applicants and partners must be public entities or private organisations established in an EU Member States including their overseas departments, and Iceland., or international organisations. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2018.

Steve Morgan Foundation Enable Fund

The Steve Morgan Foundation supports projects that help to make a positive effect on people’s welfare or quality of life. They want to improve opportunities and life choices for children and families, people with physical or learning disabilities, the elderly, or those that are socially disadvantaged.

The Foundation, established in 2001 by businessman Steve Morgan CBE, is committed to help people who most need it in North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire through their grant programmes:  

  • Main Grant Programme provides support to charities, organisations and community groups which help: children and families, the elderly, those with disabilities and the socially isolated;

  • Enable Programme for individuals and organisations offers support for disabled people of all ages in financial hardship, who are in need of specialist equipment;

  • Enable Smiley Bus Programme contributes funding for standard or wheelchair accessible minibuses for charitable and voluntary organisations, special needs schools, community transport groups, etc.

For more information please check their website:www.stevemorganfoundation.org.uk or call 01829 782808.

Community Foundation in Wales

The Fund for Wales was formed in 2012, and has raised £2 million in donations from match-funding and charitable donations from the public. Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to improve people’s chances in life, to build stronger communities and to preserve heritage and culture, to name a few. The fund is currently open, and more details about criteria and how to apply can be found by clicking here.

GC Gibson Charitable Trust

For more information and the criteria for applying, please visit www.gcgct.org/

Application is only by this online form, which is open yearly from 1st August to around 20th August.

Cardiff Community Endowment Fund

The Cardiff Community Endowment Fund is an umbrella of Funds and donations dedicated to enhancing education and strengthening communities in Cardiff.



1.To provide education bursaries for individuals in need e.g. course fees (where assistance is not otherwise available) and grants towards the costs of course materials and activities.  Applications should meet at least one of the following priorities:

•Educational attainment including lifelong learning

•Support for talented individuals in the form of scholarships, educational materials or other resources


2.To provide grants to community groups and local charities which support people facing financial disadvantage e.g. through grant funding of projects, small items and facilities.  Applications should meet at least one of the following priorities:

•Support for older people eg. Luncheon club

•Support for people living in crisis eg. Homelessness, those on low incomes etc.


 •Individual students who are resident in the Local Authority area of Cardiff, provided that the initiatives do not fall within statutory provision can apply under Objective 1 only.

•Community groups and local charities based in Cardiff whose work directly benefits the residents of Cardiff are welcome to apply under Objective 2 only.

Preference will be given to applicants who best show how they meet the Fund’s objectives and priorities, and who have not previously received support from this Fund. 


 •Individuals and organisations can apply for grants ranging between £500—£1,000 

Please note:

•Grants will NOT be awarded retrospectively i.e. for costs already incurred prior to the application closing date

•Individual applicants should have been resident within the Local Authority area of Cardiff for a minimum of three years prior to application.  Priority will be given to those that have attended a Cardiff Secondary School. You may be required to provide evidence of this.

•Applicants (particularly individual applicants) must be able to demonstrate the financial and social need the grant will address

•Grants will NOT be awarded to individuals towards costs where financial support is otherwise available e.g. tuition fees where the applicant is eligible for a student loan


All applicants must complete an application form which can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website www.cfiw.org.uk  Alternatively you can contact the Foundation on 029 2037 9580 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to have an application pack sent out to you. 

Applications will be considered twice a year: 31st August.

Active Inclusion Fund

The Active Inclusion fund is managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) supported by funding from European Structural Funds. It aims to reduce economic inactivity in Wales and improve the employability of disadvantaged people furthest from the labour market.

WCVA, as an Intermediate Body acting on behalf of the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), will offer the following areas of funding covering:

• West Wales and the Valleys for over 25s
• East Wales for over 25s

• West Wales and the Valleys for 16-24s

• East Wales for 16-24s

The fund will work with those who are designated long term unemployed or economically inactive and have complex barriers to employment. Further details can be found in the information sheets which can be downloaded from the 'More Information' section on the right of this page.

Active Inclusion will be delivered through two complementary strands:

Read more on the WCVA website

Social Business Growth Fund

WCVA's new Social Business Growth Fund (SBGF) is now open for applications. The fund will support social businesses in Wales financially to enable them to grow and create job opportunities. SBGF is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government and is added to the suite of investments administered by Social Investment Cymru.

The application process is split into two stages:

1. Eligibility Questionnaire (EQ) - this determines your suitability for the fund and gathers required information about your organisation

2. Financial Assistance Application - if you pass the eligibility questionnaire you will need to complete a specific application form in response to an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Please contact WCVA by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning 0800 2888 329 to discuss your project idea.

Find out more on the WCVA website.

Applications are ongoing.

Moneysavingexpert.com Charity Fund

There are four funds:

  • Raising the Next Generation
  • Living with Long Term Challenges
  • Life Changing Transitions
  • Building & Developing Resilience

Deadlines vary. Find out more at http://www.msecharity.com/

Transform Foundation Website Grant

The Transform Foundation is a charity that is offering grants of £18,000 to cover strategy, design and development to build an amazing website. The grant covers 100% of the upfront costs. Your organisation will only need to fund ongoing costs.

Who should apply?

The Website Grant is aimed at small- to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations with a social mission (including, for example Community Interest Companies). The grant is most suitable for non-profits with an income between £400,000 and £20 million. Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, Transform Foundation may require a preliminary discussion to determine whether it is appropriate.

Find out more at www.transformfoundation.org.uk/

Please refer to the FAQs section for more details.

The website grant process should take no more than a month from application to start and applications are received on an ongoing basis.

Heritage Lottery Fund - Resilient Heritage Programme

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has opened new £8 million annual investment programme, Resilient Heritage, to support UK based organisations to build their capacity or achieve strategic change in order to improve the management of heritage in the long term.

Not for profit organisations and partnerships led by not for profit organisations are invited to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £250,000. As Resilient Heritage is a flexible programme it has the ability to support a wide range of activities. Examples of what can be funded include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Activities to support a group taking on new responsibility for heritage, such as working with a local authority on an asset transfer process.
  • Conducting a viability appraisal or feasibility study looking at transforming the use of a historic building or other heritage asset.
  • Investigating and trialling new approaches to fundraising, trading or other income generating activities.
  • Conducting research into engagement with existing and potential audiences and customers, and identifying improvements that can be implemented.
  • Paying for specialist support to undertake a review of governance and an audit of trustee skills, and implement changes.
  • Getting advice and support from a professional to review the business and operating model, develop a new business plan for the organisation and implement the key stages.
  • Exploring alternative income streams and testing new approaches, which might include improving how the organisation demonstrates its social impact in order to attract a wider range of investors.
  • Identifying opportunities to reduce negative environmental impacts and make efficiency savings.
  • Providing short-term staff cover to release senior personnel from some of their duties, to increase their capacity to work on activities critical to organisational development.
  • Identifying and paying for training for staff, volunteers and trustees to support the organisational changes necessary.
  • Providing support for networking and mentoring activity to enable the organisation to increase its reach and impact.
  • Ensuring the organisation is prepared to take on a future capital project through undertaking specialist work such as condition surveys and initial planning to demonstrate long-term financial sustainability.
  • Exploring options for winding down or merging with another organisation, including getting support in passing on responsibility for a heritage asset to ensure it is well managed in the long term.
  • Exploring options on behalf of a group of organisations, for example, around the establishment of more formal networks or partnerships, and developing new strategic plans and approaches to looking after shared heritage.

Partnerships between heritage organisations and service providers, and umbrella organisations, can also apply for funding for activities such as training and capacity building for organisations with responsibility for managing heritage.

Applications above £100,000 will need to make a contribution of 5% towards the total project cost, made up of cash, volunteer time, non-cash contributions, or a combination of all of the above.

There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted online at any time.

Ford Britain Trust

The Ford Britain Trust was set up to help fund the education and advancement of neighbours.

The Trust pays special attention to projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to our UK locations. The Ford Britain Trust particularly encourages applications from Ford employees, but is open to all, provided that the qualifying organisations meet our selection criteria.
There are two types of grants to apply for: 
  • Small grants for amounts up to £250, available four times each year.
  • Large grants for amounts over £250 and usually up to a maximum of £3,000. Large grants are considered by the Trustees twice a year.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales - Enable Programme

The Enable Programme is open to applications on a rolling basis.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales provides funding to enable charities to break or prevent the cycle of disadvantage.

Grants of up to a total of £15,000 over two years are available to strengthen charities and CIOs in England and Wales which work with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life.

Funding can be used for a wide range of activity related to the development and improvement of the capability of the organisation, including:

  • Business and service developments and plans.
  • Development of monitoring systems.
  • Investigation of mergers, partnerships, shared services, contract diversification.
  • Consultancy support.
  • Quality standards.
  • Development of new income streams and enterprise.

Applicants must have identified specific organisational development, have a clear plan of activities and an idea of what they hope to achieve. They must also meet one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Improved activities and services.
  • Improved leadership/governance.
  • Improved strategic planning/policy.
  • Improved structures/systems.
  • Improved communications.

Applications may now be submitted at any time.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Every year, the Trust focuses on particular categories to support. These categories are repeated on a three-year cycle. In 2017, the focus is on 'Music and the Arts', and 'The Elderly'.

In 2017, the grant structure is changing. Charities with an annual income up to a maximum of £1,000,000 will be able to apply for a grant of £1000.

There will be four deadlines throughout the year (these will be confirmed in due course). Charities with an annual income above £1,000,000 will not be eligible to apply for this grant.

Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to UK registered charities for projects taking place within the UK.

Keep an eye on the website for 2017 deadline.

Children's Health Fund - holiday food provision grants now available

Do you run a holiday activity club with food? Up to £5k available now.

The Children’s Health Fund is inviting organisations that want to provide good food as part of holiday learning, play and activity programmes to apply for funding between £1,000 and £5,000. We expect funding applications at the higher end of our scale (£5,000) will be for more strategic bids.

The number of applications accepted for this round of funding is limited to 150 to ensure every application receives sufficient attention. Please remember to click submit in the online system for your application to go forward for assessment.

The Board will meet in November to decide which applications will receive funding. Funding awards will be announced in December.

Complete the application checklist and register for the grants round now.

Find out more at www.childrenshealthfund.org.uk/grants/

Viridor and Prosiect Gwyrdd Community Fund

Viridor is keen to support the activities of local community associations and projects. The Viridor & Prosiect Gwyrdd Community Fund can provide financial support to community initiatives that operate in the Local Authority regions that make up Prosiect Gwyrdd: Caerphilly County Borough Council, City of Cardiff Council, Monmouthshire County Council, Newport City Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council.

£50,000 will be made available each year from April 2016 for 25-years. This represents the term of the Prosiect Gwyrdd contract for Viridor to handle the treatment of its residual (non-recyclable) waste at the Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility, Cardiff. Funding of projects is awarded on a set of criteria based around sustainability, local need, community involvement, value for money and education.

Panel meetings will be held quarterly towards the first week of the month in: March, June, September and November. The closing date for applications will be 1 month before the panel meeting and applications will be circulated to the panel within 2 weeks of the meeting.

The Hospital Saturday Fund

The fund will consider giving grants to registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices and medical organisations within the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Various deadlines

Tesco Bags of Help grant

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of promoting community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces.

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and supported in Scotland by greenspace scotland.

How does Bags of Help work?
Bags of Help is now is always open to applications from community projects.

Groundwork assesses all of the applications received to ensure they are eligible. This is followed up by Tesco shortlisting groups who decide which projects go forward to the in-store vote.

Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across Tesco regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1000. Every year, over 7000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

Find out more on the Tesco community scheme website.

You can apply for the scheme all year round.

Triangle Trust 1949

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund is a grant making charity established by Deed in 1949 by Sir Harry Jephcott.

Tudor Trust

The Trust offers grants to voluntary and community organisations for work in the UK that meets the needs of people at the margins of society.

The Trust supports smaller groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence.

The Trust is particularly interested in supporting work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships which make an important contribution to the well-being and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities.

Grants can be used for the following:

  • Core organisational costs, such as salaries and day-to-day running costs.
  • Project grants.
  • Capital grants for buildings or equipment.
  • Grants to help strengthen the organisation.

Charitable organisations working in any part of the UK are eligible to apply. There is no maximum or minimum level of grant, although it is unusual for a grant of less than £10,000 to be made.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Care and Wellbeing Fund

The £12 million investment fund focuses on community-based provision, integrated health and social care services, and prevention and wellbeing approaches. It is looking to invest in ventures that are structured as social enterprises – either as CICs or limited companies - and that tackle the challenges faced by those with long-term health conditions.

Up to 30% of the Fund can be invested directly into social enterprises, supporting them to grow their delivery platforms and scale their impact. The Fund will tailor the structure of its investments to fit the needs of each organisation and can consider both equity and debt (secured or unsecured).

Social enterprises will have access to:

  • Analytical support to develop a fully costed and evidence-based model.
  • Financial investment to support development and growth.
  • Business advisory support and mentoring.

The Fund is looking to invest in projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Community focus - community based health and social care services, from prevention to clinical services.
  • Link to cancer - projects supporting people affected by cancer or generating learning that can benefit people affected by cancer.
  • Financial criteria - Projects of between £500,000 and £2.4 million with the potential to repay capital with a financial surplus.

Projects must meet at least three of the Fund's target social impact outcomes, including at least one from each of the following groups:

  • Direct impact:
    • Improved health and wellbeing.
    • Reduced health and economic inequalities.
    • Greater independence and dignity.
    • Co-created with service users.
  • Indirect impact:
    • Replicable approach.
    • Building capacity of local health and social care system.
    • Improving financial sustainability of health and social care.

Discussions can be held at any time. There is no formal application process or set funding rounds.

Comic Relief UK Grants

Comic Relief has launched its refreshed Grants strategy working towards a world in which all people are safe, healthy, educated and empowered.

This strategy builds upon the experience Comic Relief has gained over the past 30 years and will continue to fund established partners and projects whilst also supporting new initiatives that will help us to drive great ideas and sustainable change both here in all four nations of the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Over the last five years, the world has experienced rapid change. From digital innovations to mass movement of people, mass climatic events to changing geo-political insecurities and the introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to refocus international development.

The new strategy will ensure Comic Relief is able to respond to this ever-changing world, maximising our impact in the UK and around the world. It will help Comic Relief to achieve its vision of a just world free from poverty, where everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered.

Moving forward, all funding will be focused on the following four programme areas:

(1) Building stronger communities to tackle deprivation and poverty

(2) Investing in children and young people to be ready for the future

(3) Empowering women and girls to be free to lead the lives they choose

(4) Improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged people

Find out more at www.comicrelief.com/grants

Big Lottery Fund - People and Places

People and Places will fund capital and revenue projects that encourage co-ordinated action by people who want to make their communities better places to live. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7 things you didn’t know about People and Places (article dated 26 October 2015).

Covenant Fund Grant

The £10 million per annum Covenant Fund to support the armed forces community will open again in May 2016. The priorities this year are:

1. Veterans’ Gateway
2. Families in Stress
3. Improving Local Covenant Delivery
4. Community Integration / Delivery of local services

Find out more on the Gov. UK website.

Active Communities - People's Health Trust

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We're looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

Read more on the People's Health Trust website.

Read their top tips.

Will Charitable Trust Open to Applications Relating to Cancer Care in the UK

Applications are now being invited for grants for the care of, and services for, people suffering from cancer and their families.

UK registered or exempt charities are eligible to apply. Applicants must be based mainly within the UK, although some work abroad may be permitted. Applicant organisations must have proven track records of successful work in their field of operation or, in the case of newer charities, convincing evidence of ability.

Grants vary in amount, but generally fall within the range of £5,000 to £20,000.

Find out more at www.willcharitabletrust.org.uk/grantspolicy.htm

Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation has been established to make a difference to the communities in which they operate. The company's aim is to provide match funding for Morrisons colleagues as well as increasing support for charities that positively impact people’s lives.

Wales Flood Recovery Fund

On New Year’s Day the Community Foundation in Wales set up a new fund to help communities recover from this winter’s severe storms and flooding.

Grants of £500 & £5,000 are available to Community groups, charities, social enterprises and projects which are supporting local people who have suffered from the effects of the storms and flooding across Wales.

Please note that a grant of up to £10,000 may be awarded in an exceptional case for support.

Find out more on the Community Foundation in Wales website.

All Wales Grant Scheme - Keep Wales Tidy

Looking after and improving the quality of your local environment can be an expensive. So to help support groups across Wales to undertake practical environmental projects small grants are now available.

How much can you apply for?

Eligible applicants can apply for a maximum amount of £500. You cannot apply for more than one grant in any 12 month period.

When does the money have to be spent?

All grant monies will need to be spent and evidenced 6 months after grant approval. 

Who cannot apply for a grant?

  • Individuals.
  • Private sector organisations.

Find out more at www.keepwalestidy.org/grants/information

Keep Wales Tidy has other grants, too. Visit their website to find out more.

Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War Fund: Then and Now

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK with a bank account and a constitution can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000. The projects should enable communities to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people. In particular, Heritage Lottery Fund is keen to support projects that help young people (11 to 25 years) take an active part in the Centenary commemorations.

Find out more on the Heritage Lottery Fund website.

There are no deadlines. Applications may be submitted at any time until 2019.

Viridor Credits

Viridor Credits distributes funds to Biodiversity, Community & Heritage projects through the Landfill Communities Fund throughout the UK. You can find out what projects they have supported and how to apply for funding. There are various grant schemes available at www.viridor-credits.co.uk/apply-for-funding/

John Lewis - Community Matters

Community Matters is John Lewis's charitable giving scheme that runs throughout its shops. You'll also come across a similar scheme at your local Waitrose.

Read more at www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/helping-the-community

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

The Triangle Trust holds one round of Development Grants per year for organisations working with carers, and one round per year for organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders. This ensures applicants have a higher success rate and high quality applications are not rejected, compared to holding two or more rounds with lower success rates.

The application process is two-stage.  Following the submission of your initial online application, shortlisted applicants will be asked to host a visit from the Triangle Trust where they will be required to present their strategic plan for the next few years.

Cranfield Trust

Cranfield Trust offers free business related consultancy to voluntary organisations.
Organisations that are providing services or supporting people affected by poverty, disability or social exclusion, have an annual income in excess of £50,000 and have typically between 5 and 25 employees, are able to apply for free mentoring with business volunteers.
The Trust provides support to projects in areas where skills can be transferred between the voluntary and commercial sectors e.g.
- Business or strategic planning
- Marketing
- Human Resources
- IT
- Finance
- Logistics
- Specialist or technical projects

The Trust also covers a wide range of general management projects such as facilitating “away days” or merger discussions, or mentoring chief executives or senior staff. A typical project might involve 7-8 days of volunteer time spread over 3-5 months. More information is available on their website: www.cranfieldtrust.org
Contact: Campbell McKee tel: 01794 830338 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Film Festival Fund

Film festivals give audiences the opportunity to engage with a wide range of British and international films, celebrating the rich diversity of life in the UK and beyond.

The BFI has allocated Lottery funding of £1 million per year, for the four years from 2013-2017, to the Film Festival Fund. As part of the Audience Fund, the Film Festival Fund supports festivals which provide audiences across the UK with a greater film choice, as well as increasing audiences for specialised and independent British film.

Find out more at www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/partnerships/film-festival-fund

The Cinnamon Network micro grants

The Cinnamon Network invites local churches in Wales to start a Cinnamon Network recognised church based community project.

Find out more at www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/micro-grants/

Environment grants

The way that the Directorate for Environment and Sustainable Development allocates grant funding has changed from April 2015.

Find out more on the Welsh Government website. Timescales for applications for project funding will be announced shortly.

Heritage Lottery Funding for Anniversaries

Heritage Lottery Fund provides funding for projects to mark anniversaries of all kinds. Grants start at £3,000. Groups and organisations can apply under the Sharing Heritage, Our HeritageYoung Roots and Heritage Grants programmes.

Read more on the Heritage Lottery Fund website.

Santander Foundation’s UK Grant Programmes

From March 2016, the Santander Foundation will be known as the Discovery Foundation. The change in name has been chosen to reflect the important role it will play in Santander UK's new flagship community programme The Discovery Project, which aims to help disadvantaged people gain the confidence needed to make the most of their future.

The pre-existing grant programmes – Community Plus, Money Skills and Learn and Grow – have all now been streamlined into one singular grant scheme, the Discovery Grant. These grants will support projects addressing knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.

The application process has been simplified, and Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions are now also able to apply alongside registered UK charities. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects which support one or more of the following three priority themes:

  • Explorer - improving knowledge and insight: examples include a series of Money Management workshops to help people understand how to budget and identify the affordable credit choices available to them; a Freedom Training course giving abused women knowledge of how to regain control over their lives.
  • Transformer - developing skills and experience: examples include work-based training and mentors to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work; sign language training for parents with hearing impaired children; teaching young people with autism vocational skills.
  • Changemaker - innovative solutions to social challenges: examples include a new social networking program for visually impaired young people which uses specially developed braille laptops to access the internet; an inclusive cycling social enterprise which adapts bicycles to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

Grants are available for one year only and can be used to cover the costs of part time salaries, equipment and materials. The Discovery Foundation wishes to fund a whole project, rather than make a contribution to a larger budget.

A simple nomination form can be picked up from any local Santander branch, however applicants that are not near a branch can download a form online. Nominations can be made by organisations and members of the public as well as Santander customers and staff.

Find out more at www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

Applications will be accepted at any time and successful applicants will be notified by email within a month of submitting their application.

Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry will train five Finalists from each country to run amazing crowdfunding campaigns. They’ll then pick a winner or two and top-up your campaign with up to €10,000 and shout from the rooftops to get you kick-started.

Find out more on the Ben & Jerry's website.

The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust Local Fund 

Further information is available from their website: http://www.millenniumstadiumtrust.org.uk/

Sport Wales grants

On the Sport Wales website you will find details of the following:

- Community Chest

- Development Grant

- Coach Cymru

- Calls 4 Action

Visit the Sport Wales website to find out more.

Royal Astronomical Society RAS200 grants

The Royal Astronomical Society is running a major outreach and engagement programme, RAS 200: Sky and Earth, to commemorate the Society’s 200th anniversary in 2020. You can find details at www.ras.org.uk/200.

With a budget of £1 million its aim is to fund around 10 projects (about £100,000 each) to engage the wider public with the sciences they support, with their key goal being to work with groups that until now have been ‘hard to reach’.

The next stage of the project is taking place in the autumn, with regional ‘Town Hall’ meetings taking place at a number of locations around the UK. These will bring together potential national partners and / or their local representatives with more local groups, who are likely to provide the volunteer effort needed to make funded projects a success. Meetings will have a short overview of RAS 200, followed by initial pitches for ideas and a ‘speed networking’ session to allow partners to develop combined plans. There will also be a two-stage process for applications for funding. Firstly, applications will submit a ‘letter of intent’ or outline proposal. A review group will select a subset of these to go forward and to be invited to submit a more detailed application. After a second review, the first set of projects should receive funding from the spring of 2015.

UnLtd Spark Awards, supported by Santander

Apply for an award of up to £500 to facilitate peer support.

UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, is supporting a national movement of people who can pass on their own skills and experience gained from establishing a social venture. They've teamed up with Santander to offer support, advice and resources to help make this happen.
Find out more on the UnLtd website.

Persimmon Homes

Housebuilder Persimmon Homes has created a £750,000 community fund to support local groups and charities across the UK. These organisations can apply for up to £1,000 each to match money they have already raised themselves.
For more information see: www.persimmonhomes.com/charity

Lankelly Chase Foundation

Lankelly Chase Foundation’s mission is to bring about change to improve the lives of people facing severe and multiple disadvantage. By this they mean people who are experiencing a combination of severe social harms such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental illness, extreme poverty, and violence and abuse.
Find out about the Foundation's grants programmes on their website. There are also links to other funders and information about fundraising.

Healthy Heart Grants

HRUK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.


Biffa Award

Biffa Award currently provides funding through two grant schemes within our four specific themes: the Small Grants Scheme (SGS) offers grants between £250 and £10,000; the Main Grant Scheme (MGS) offers grants between £10,000 and £50,000.

On the website you can find all of the tools you will need to assist you as you research your eligibility and apply for Biffa Award funding. You are encouraged to make use of the application guidance notes and factsheets, which have been provided to ensure you create a strong application.
Website: www.biffa-award.org/apply-for-funding

Woodward Charitable Trust – Main Grants

Small grants of between £100 and £5,000 and large grants of over £5,000 are available to UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £300,000.
Applications must be in support of the following activities:
- Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour.
- Minority groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers. Projects that promote integration and community cohesion will be favoured.
- Prisoners and ex-offenders. Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders are supported as well as requests to help prisoners’
- Disability projects which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or have a learning disability as well as help to improve employment prospects.
- Homelessness, especially affecting young people and women, and covering facilities such as women’s refuges.
- Arts outreach work by local groups for the benefit of disadvantaged people.
- Environmental projects, especially with a strong educational element.
The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives.

Keep an eye on the website for further dates: http://www.woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/diary.html  

moneysavingexpert.com charity fund

The MSE Charity addresses the UK’s massive problem of financial illiteracy by funding relevant guidance and education for individuals and groups.

The MSE Charity provides grants to constituted groups and charities to promote financial literacy through education or other activities.  So if you’ve an innovative idea to help lots of people, or you're an established charity wanting funding for such a project grants may be available as long as it helps educate and inform people about  financial literacy, consumer or debt issues.

Find out more at www.msecharity.com

How to apply

Key dates

BIG - Heroes Return 2

Heroes Return 2 provides Lottery funding to help World War II veterans that saw active service and are resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland to take part in commemorative visits (within the UK and overseas) to mark the anniversary of events that led to the end of WWII.
The Big Lottery Fund has extended its Heroes Return 2 programme to enable veterans to apply for funding to make second trips. The programme deadline for closure will now be end of 2015. This will ensure Second World War veterans from the UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland who have already been funded since the programme opened in 2009, will have a second opportunity to apply for a grant towards travel and accommodation expenses to enable them to make trips back to places across the world where they served, or make a commemorative visit in the UK.
Grants are £150 - £8140, depending on the number of people taking part and the destination. Look at the FAQs on website below.
Application Form: Contact BLF to check eligibility. Application form available to download from the website.
Deadline: no fixed deadline for applications at this time - likely to be the end of 2015.
Contact: If you have any questions about the scheme and whether you are eligible, ring the application helpline Tel: 0845 0000 121
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_heroes_return.htm

Heritage Lottery Fund - First World War: then and now

The 'First World War Fund: Then and Now' aims to mark the heritage of the First World War by supporting community projects in the UK which explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War.

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK with a bank account and a constitution can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000. This includes a wide range of organisations, such as charities, trusts, clubs, interest groups, faith groups, history groups, community and voluntary groups, social enterprises, youth groups, schools and colleges.

The projects should enable communities to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people. In particular, HLF is keen to support projects that help young people (11 to 25 years) take an active part in the Centenary commemorations.

To be eligible, projects should have not started yet, last for no more than two years, and achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Outcomes for people - people will have learnt about heritage; developed skills; changed their attitudes and/or behaviour; and volunteered time.
  • Outcomes for heritage - heritage will be in better condition; better interpreted and explained; identified and recorded.
  • Outcomes for communities - more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage.

HLF is particularly keen that people will have learnt about heritage.

This programme has a short application form which is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.

Find out more on the Heritage Lottery Fund website.

There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime.

Awards for All Wales

Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All provides voluntary and community groups with a quick and easy way to get small National Lottery grants of between £500 and £5,000 for projects which aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. 

The programme encourages a wide range of community, health, educational and environmental projects.

Application deadline: ongoing.

Arts Wales - Small Grants

The Small Grants rolling programme is open.The Arts Wales Information Team is available Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
More information is available on their website: www.artswales.org.uk/what-we-do/funding/apply

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation's strategy focuses on six new priorities relating to the changes it wishes to see in the UK. The Foundation is one of the UK's largest independent grant-making foundations.

The Foundation's grant funds support the priorities. These include:  

  • Shared Ground Fund
  • Youth Fund
  • Access and Participation Fund
  • Ideas and Pioneers Fund
  • Arts-based Learning Fund
  • Teacher Development Fund

Find out more at www.phf.org.uk/

Second call for innovative learning workshops - up to £3,500 available

NIACE Dysgu Cymru is working with Communities First Clusters on a project which will deliver learning and skills opportunities for adults. As part of this project, which is funded by Communities Division of Welsh Government, NIACE would like to commission some short learning sessions that will encourage adults into learning and help them on the path to fulfilling their ambitions. NIACE Dysgu Cymru is looking for learning providers in Wales, from any sector, to design and deliver innovative workshops, up to one day long, that will:-

  • attract those who are not currently in work or learning
  • provide participants with skills or learning outcomes
  • motivate participants to do more learning or take up another new activity

Workshop delivery will be linked to the NIACE Dysgu Cymru campaigns May/June 2014, August/September/Oct 2014 and January 2015. Workshops that contribute to employability, including the development of soft skills will be welcomed.Workshops that might lead to the development of further community activity will be welcomed.Workshops that can attract differentgenerationsof a family will be welcomed.Activities that can support the development of basic skills and digital literacy will be welcomed   Who can apply:You may be a learning provider in Wales ( in Higher/Further Education, Community Learning, Workbased learning, the Third Sector, Social Housing), a library, gallery, community artist, musician, storyteller, sports or health specialist, freelance trainer, etc.If you applied during the first call there is no need to send again. They will be keeping your idea in the portfolio.If you have an idea for creating some innovative learning opportunities to engage those most in need, then you can apply for funding to deliver it.The fee for delivering the workshops will vary according to the amount of work it involves and other necessary costs. For example, designing a new course, working with a cluster to tailor it to their needs and delivering it three times is likely to attract the full amount whereas a lower fee will be expected for delivering a tried and tested workshop.Communities First Clusters from all over Wales that are part of the project will be choosing from the workshops offered and NIACE Dysgu Cymru will commission the contract. This is an ongoing process and it will be to your advantage to submit an application as soon as you can.   How to apply:If you have a workshop that you would like to offer, please send a description of the activity (no more than 300 words) detailing target audience (if applicable), learning outcomes, any wider benefits or outcomes that might emerge from the workshop and the areas of Wales where you would be able to deliver it.  There is no need to send costings at this stage but bear in mind the maximum available is £3 500.Please send this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'C1stcommission – 2nd call'  in the email title as soon as you can.  

Access Broadband Cymru Extended until 2018 to Increase Superfast Broadband for Businesses and Communities in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced a two year extension of the Access Broadband Cymru scheme, which offers funding towards the delivery of faster broadband connections for businesses, residents and communities across Wales.

The initiative is targeted specifically at premises that currently receive slow broadband, supporting alternative solutions through targeted grants for those not be served by the Superfast Cymru programme. The Superfast Cymru programme is aiming to deliver superfast broadband by the end of 2017 to areas across Wales which are outside the roll-out plans of the private sector.

Access Broadband Cymru provides grant support to install alternative broadband solutions capable of delivering stable superfast download speeds. The scheme will offer a two tier voucher that provides grant support towards eligible costs for broadband connections that result in a download speed step change.

The voucher denominations are:

  • £400 voucher for 10Mbps and 20Mbps broadband packages.
  • £800 voucher for a superfast broadband package (30Mbps and above).

The scheme is open to individuals, businesses, voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations and communities in Wales where the broadband connection (if available) cannot deliver a step change in service provision of at least twice the current download speed.

The proposed new service must ensure an absolute minimum download speed of at least 10Mbps.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

GSK’s IMPACT Awards 

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.
To apply or to view winners’ films go to: www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards

Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available to registered charities and not for profit organisations that are based in areas in the UK where Tesco has stores.

Funding is available to provide practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people. Projects that may receive support include the following:

•             Improving diets and encouraging healthy eating.

•             Involvement in sport and physical activity.

•             Education and training programmes.

•             Support to vulnerable and disengaged groups.

•             Learning programmes for young people with disabilities.

•             Reducing food waste.

•             Local eco initiatives that contribute to global environmental impact, such as energy reduction, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation.

•             Projects that encourage sustainable living, such as reducing environmental impact and promoting social benefits.

Find out more on the Tesco PLC website. 

Environment Wales grants

Environment Wales has 5 grant streams, designed to aid projects in each step of their development.

Find out more on the Environment Wales website.

Healthy Heart Grants

Are you interested in promoting heart health in your community?  Does your organisation have a project in mind that could get a particular group into heart-healthy habits? Could you be Heart Research UK's next Healthy Heart Grantee and join the hundreds of others that have been helping people of all ages and backgrounds, across the UK, to take better care of their hearts?

HRUK Healthy Heart Grants that are available to UK based organisations and awarded twice a year.

HRUK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants that are awarded on a region by region basis at different times of the year.

Keep Wales Tidy - Tidy Towns Small Grant Scheme

This scheme is open to constituted, community groups to help cover the costs of tools, safety equipment, project materials and training. These grants are available to support voluntary groups to undertake practical environmental projects to improve their local community such as clean ups, planting and food growing projects, vegetation management, access improvements and habitat/biodiversity improvements.

Eligible groups and other organisations can apply for a maximum of £500 per year. You cannot apply for more than one grant in any 12-month period.

Find out more on the Keep Wales Tidy website.

The Dunhill Medical Trust

The Dunhill Medical Trust supports four main areas of activity:

  • the development of new and innovative projects
  • support for pilot research studies that could establish whether major funding is justified
  • pump-priming projects that have the potential to develop and attract other sources of funding
  • developing research capacity within the medical, clinical and scientific community, particularly where this relates to issues of ageing and older people.

Find out more on The Dunhill Medical Trust's website.

Various funds - The SIB Group

The SIB Group helps civil society organisations as a whole prosper through better access to finance, support and long term strategic thinking. All their funds provide capital, knowledge and expertise to help organisations thrive.

For a full list of funds, visit The SIB Group website.

Mrs D M France-Hayhurst Charitable Trust - UK

The Trust is currently focusing on supporting charities concerned with the advancement of animal welfare and charities that help people in need or that further educational projects through interaction with animals. Grants will be considered for project costs and capital expenditure. The Trustees will generally consider grant applications for up to £10,000, but in certain circumstances larger grants may be available.
Application Form: Available to download from the website: http://www.francehayhurstcharitabletrust.org.uk/
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at anytime. The trustees meet quarterly.
Penelope Byatt, Secretary, The Trustees of Mrs D M France-Hayhurst Charitable Trust, C/O Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, Second Floor, 3 Brindley Place, Birmingham B1 2JB.
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Sainsbury's Welsh Community Grant Fund

Grants of up to £500 will be awarded annually to charities and local community groups for a range of projects and activities which fit Sainsbury's core values of food, family, kids and health and also arts/culture, environment and social welfare. In this round they have £53,792.33 to award. Organisations can be any size as long as they support the community in Wales.

Find out more here.

Community Facilities Programme

This capital grant fund aims to develop and improve facilities for communities in order to tackle poverty and its effects. 

Up to £500,000 is available for facilities...

Read the rest of this article on the Welsh Government website.

Wooden Spoon - The Children's Charity of Rugby

Projects supported by Wooden Spoon vary greatly in size and nature but all fulfil Spoon's mission statement: "To enhance the quality and prospect of life for children and young people in the United Kingdom and Ireland who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially."

Find out more on the Wooden Spoon website. 

Merchant Navy Welfare Board

Depending upon its surplus income the Board will award grants towards capital projects and start-up costs.  Each application will be prioritised on merit against the total funds available that year.  In the case of larger projects the Board may consider partnership funding with other charities.  If a joint application to another maritime charity is being made, the Board will accept applications on the other organisations form.
The Board will consider grants of up to £5000 for small projects throughout the year.  Grants in excess of £5000 will normally be decided towards the end of each calendar year.  
All grants for local purposes must be reviewed by the appropriate Port Welfare Committee and their view will be taken into account.

Find out more on the Merchant Navy Welfare Board website.   

Wanted: young people with big ideas

O2 helps young people launch ideas and programmes that benefit the places where they live. O2 will provide £300 and the support to make it happen. This funding opportunity is for young people aged 13-25 who need money, support or training to help improve their community.

Find out more on the O2 website.    

Garfield Weston Foundation   

The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.

The Foundation makes grants across the UK to organisations in the following categories:

            Arts                           Education         
            Youth                        Health
            Community               Environment
            Religion                    Welfare

You'll find the guidelines and application form on the Garfield Weston website at http://www.garfieldweston.org/  

WCVA Property Fund

The Property Loan Fund is a tailored finance package for the third sector in Wales through Unity Trust Bank in partnership with WCVA.

The Fund is making £30 million available until 2018 to help organisations finance new premises or refurbish existing properties.

Loans of between £250,000 and £5 million are available, while valuation and legal services have been negotiated at preferential rates for applicants on an optional basis.

Find out more on the WCVA website.    

The Wales Micro-Business Loan Fund for the third sector

WCVA in a joint partnership arrangement with Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Cardiff and Vale Credit Union (representing ABCUL Credit Unions) has been awarded a contract by Finance Wales, with funding provided by the Welsh Government, to provide micro loan investment into enterprising third sector organisations across Wales.
The size of the loans to be offered are between £1,000 and £20,000 with a maximum repayment term of 5 years, interest rates will be 10% with a £150 setup fee. The £1 million fund is now taking applications and will be open until 2017.
The fund is aimed at providing micro loan finance to third sector organisations that want to expand or start enterprising activity that will generate income and create jobs in communities across Wales. The available finance can be used to fund revenue or capital investments.
Organisations can be start up in nature but they must be an incorporated organisation with an appropriate level of governance in place.
If you are interested in applying for the available finance you will need to work with your appointed loan officer to complete an application form. This application form with accompanying financial projections forms the basis of the information provided to the project’s credit panel for assessment and investment decision.
Interested organisations will in the first instance need to speak to a loan officer to confirm eligibility and suitability for the available finance before an application form is issued.

To discuss further loan officers can be contacted on:
WCVA – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0800 2888 329
Coalfields Regeneration Trust – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01443 404455
Cardiff and Vale Credit Union - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 029 2087 2379      

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund offers a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5million. In assessing applications, they take account of the broad range of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.

Follow the link above to see the wide range of grant programmes.  

Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund

A £14 million fund to support the growth of innovations that mobilise people’'s energy and talents to help each other, working alongside public services.

Find out more on the Nesta website.  

The Ironmongers' Company grant

The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Grants are only given to registered charities. Projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
  • Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
  • Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
  • Are within the UK

The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs, address behavioural problems or promote citizenship, parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.


  • Grants range from a few hundred pounds up to around £10,000. The average grant awarded is £4,000.
  • Grants must be spent within twelve months from the date of the award.
  • Recipients are expected to submit a written evaluation report within three months from completion of the project.
  • The Trustees will consider making grants over more than one year to longer term projects subject to a satisfactory evaluation of progress at the end of each year.
  • The Company’s support should make a recognisable difference, therefore preference will be given to requests where the grant would cover a significant element of the cost and to those from smaller organisations.


  • Large projects towards which a contribution from the Company would have limited impact.
  • General appeals or circulars.
  • Replacement of statutory funds.
  • General running costs. (A reasonable proportion of overheads will be accepted as part of project costs).
  • Counselling and therapy.
  • Course fees for professionals.
  • Medical research.
  • Fundraising events and sponsorship.
  • Projects that begin before the date of the relevant Committee meeting (see below).
  • Building work.


Application Procedure
  1. The Company’s Grant Application Summary sheet must be completed.
  2. A description of the project of no more than three A4 pages, typed on one side of each sheet, should be provided. Please include:
    • how the need for the work has been identified;
    • why the project is the best way to address this need;
    • the anticipated outcomes and the methods by which the success of the project will be evaluated;
    • a full breakdown of the costs involved, explaining how the figures have been calculated, within the three pages.
  3. A copy of the applicant’s most recent annual report must be enclosed but do not send audited accounts unless requested to do so.
  4. Completed applications should be sent to the Charities Assistant, Ironmongers’ Hall, Barbican,

    London EC2Y 8AA. Tel: 020 7776 2311. The Appeals Committee meets twice a year in March and October. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 August. Please note that applications are not accepted by email.

Carers Trust - Small Grants

After two successful funding rounds, Carers Trust is delighted to announce that we will be launching the third round of our small grants programme, Young Carers Can… early in September 2013.
Grants of up to £2,500 will be awarded to provide fun, social and structured activities that will tackle social exclusion and improve the self-esteem of young carers.
This programme is open to applications from Third Sector/not for profit organisations that wish to provide support activities for young carers across the UK from January 2014 until April 2014.
Keep an eye on the Carers Trust website for further details, including examples of what they have funded in the past.

GwirVol StreetGames Grants

StreetGames and GwirVol have teamed up with the support of The Co-operative to develop a grant programme to help develop sports volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-25 in Wales.

Project funding of up to £2,000 is available for activities that will develop volunteering within a sports setting for young people aged 14-25. Successful projects will have a positive impact on individuals, groups and the wider community through youth volunteering.


Are you eligible?

  1. Is your organisation a not-for-profit or public sector group?
  2. Can you provide volunteering opportunities for young people within a sports setting?
  3. Does your activity take place in Wales?
  4. Will your project benefit those in disadvantaged area?


Get in touch

If the answer to all the above questions is "yes", please download and read the StreetGames Guidance . Once you have read the guidance you can contact StreetGames to discuss your eligibility. Find out more on the GwirVol website.  

The Archer Trust

If you meet the following criteria, they may be able to help you:
You are a small UK charity for whom a grant of between £250 and £3,000 will make a big difference. In one way or another, you provide aid or support to a defined group of needy or
deserving people, for instance those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged. You are competently run and can support your application with up-to-date accounts.
The Trust prefers to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation. They favour charities which make good use of volunteers.
They do not support:
(a) Individuals (including GAP applicants),
(b) Conservation, heritage and environmental projects,
(c) Conversions for disabled access,
(d) Charities supporting animals,
(e) Research
Many applications are received and unfortunately they cannot give grants to them all. The Trust will reply at their own expense to successful applicants or to those whom we are seriously considering but need further information. They do not reply to unsuccessful applicants unless they have asked for further information. To save on your costs, please do not send a stamped addressed envelope. Replies may take some time because the trustees only meet twice a year, normally in March and September.
Applications should be sent by post to: The Secretary, The Archer Trust, Bourne House, Wadesmill, Ware, Herts, SG12 0TT.
Website: www.archertrust.org.uk/

Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust Grant 

The Trust supports organisations undertaking charitable projects, in particular with the following themes:
Heritage, education, health care and sports facilities.
Grants typically range from £1,000 to £10,000. Applications can be made at any time.
Contact: The Peter Stormonth Darling Charitable Trust, 7 Swan Walk, London SW3 4JJ  

Lush cosmetics

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics supports small, grassroots organisations around the world working in the following areas:-

  • Environment;

  • Animal protection; and

  • Human rights.

All applications within these fields will be considered irrespective of their geographical location or how the organisation is registered, however, they will not support any organisation that:-

  • Promotes or supports violence, aggression or oppression towards others (we will only support non-violent direct action groups);

  • Denies the human rights of others;

  • Is involved in cruelty or subjugation of animals, including testing on animals for research;

  • Forces or coerces others to change their religious beliefs;

  • Harbours racism, prejudice or judges others on anything other than their own actions;

  • Has not made every effort to be environmentally responsible.

Find out more about this funding opportunity on the Lush website.   

Happy Days Children’s Charity

Happy Days supports groups who work with disadvantaged and disabled children and young people aged three to 17, funding day trips, theatre trips, family holidays and residential trips.
An application form is available to download from the website:
Applications can be submitted at anytime.
For further information, please contact: Happy Days Children's Charity, Clody House, 90-100 Collingdon Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 1RX
Tel: 01582 755999  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Lord Barnby’s Foundation

The Foundation makes grants for charitable organisations and religious establishments, primarily for environment, conservation and heritage projects. Grants are generally between £1,000 and £5,000. The application process is ongoing and potential applicants can apply any time. Application should be made in writing and include a brief description of the organisation and project and a copy of the organisation's most recent accounts to PO Box 71, Plymstock, Plymouth, Devon PL8 2YP.  

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme   

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Applications are welcomed from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £100,000 per annum.
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to charities which can demonstrate that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. Applications can be made at any time but itmay take up to four months to obtain a decision from Trustees. More information is available at:

Sported Small Grants Scheme

Sported, the UK’s leading sport for development charity. Membership of Sported is free and open to not-for-profit groups who are changing young lives through sport. Being a Member of Sported offers a number of benefits including the opportunity to apply to the Small Grants Scheme, a one-off grant of up to £2000.
Richard Thomas the Wales Manager for Sported said “This is a great opportunity for groups here in Wales to benefit from the Small Grants Scheme. Sported already over 1000 organisationsacross the UK to deliver positive outcomes including reducing crime and antisocial behaviour, removing barriers to participation for excluded groups, educating in health and wellbeing, building stronger communities and providing young people with skills for work place and life.”
A free membership organisation created to help deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympics, Sported helps to transform the lives of disadvantaged youth by supporting community and voluntary groups delivering sport for development; helping them grow and run their organisations to the best of their ability. It provides the business support and funding groups need, allowing them to not only become sustainable, but allowing them to focus on what they do best – changing young lives through sport.
Sported is now open and accepting membership from groups across Wales. There is already great a great membership base across the country who are accessing Sported’s membership support. If your organisation is changing young lives through sport, apply to be Member of Sported at www.sported.org.uk 

Magdalen Hospital Trust

The fund benefits deprived children and young adults (regardless of gender) up to 25 years old; those in care, fostered and adopted; parents and children; families in need; and people disadvantaged by poverty.
Projects for deprived and disabled children and young people, with priority for literacy, special needs education, training for work and personal development; clubs; crime prevention; emergency care; play schemes; and counselling.
No grants are made to non-registered charities, individuals, charities with an annual income in excess of £150,000 or national charities. Grants are usually one-off and project-based. The Trust is happy to consider established or start-up organisations. Grants are normally within the range £500-£2,000.
Application Form: available to download from the website: www.magdalentrust.org.uk

Contact: Magdalen Hospital Trust, 9-13 Byron Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3HN. Tel: 01903 217108 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline: applications for the November meeting must be received by the end of September.

ACT Foundation

ACT provides grants with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, (specifically the mentally and physically disabled).
Grants generally fall into the following areas:

  • Building - funding modifications to homes, schools, hospices etc.
  • Equipment - provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment

including medical equipment to assist independent living.

  • Financial assistance - towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered

respite centre.
Apply in writing following the guidelines on the website: www.theactfoundation.co.uk
Applications can be submitted at any time.
For further information, please contact: The Grants Manager, 61 Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1QW Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Tel: 01753 753900  Fax: 01753 753901    

Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation

The aims of the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation are broad, although particular emphasis is placed on causes that support the following areas:
the care, welfare and support of children (including education); the promotion of health, welfare and the advancement ofmedical services; the relief of poverty, indigence and distress; the care, welfare and support of the aged, infirm, handicapped and disabled; and the support of the arts.
The Foundation will also consider granting a small number of substantial capital donations
for worthy causes that fall within its priority areas.
Further details are available from: Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, 2nd Floor, Fitzrovia House, 153-157 Cleveland Street London W1T 6QR
Tel: (020) 7383 5111   Fax: (020) 7383 4999  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Funding for older people in the community

The Barchester Healthcare Foundation, which is a registered grant making charity that helps
older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales, has
announced that for 2012, their grant making priority is to help older people (65+) in the
community, to improve their mobility, independence and quality of life.
Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available to both individuals and small community
groups. Applications can be submitted at any time. More information is available at:

Keep Wales Tidy Garden Centre Voucher Scheme

Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) endeavours to make Wales a ‘Clean, Safe and Tidy’ place for everyone. KWT works in close partnership with local authorities, schools and community groups to encourage participation and input from the public. For further details please visit: http://digbig.com/5barej  

KWT currently run a range of programmes including the Tidy Towns Project, which is able to offer financial assistance through the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme to constituted community groups who demonstrate a commitment to tackling environmental projects which will restore their local area to its former glory. The Keep Wales Tidy voucher scheme is typically up to a maximum of £300 per year, and available to help cover the costs of materials, tools, safety equipment and native plants and shrubs. For further details please visit: http://www.keepwalestidy.org/our-projects/voucher-scheme   

Greggs Foundation

The Greggs Foundation donates around £1.3million per year to disadvantaged people in the heart of Gregg’s local communities. The following two grant programmes operate in Wales:


Regional Grants
The regional grants programme makes grants of up to £2,000 to support charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales. Regional grants are administered by charity committees based in the bakeries around the country. The programme prioritises project costs including activities and equipment.


Breakfast Clubs
The breakfast club programme provides grants, food and equipment to primary schools to run breakfast clubs. There are currently over 150 breakfast clubs helping around 7,000 primary school pupils to get a healthy start to each school day.


You'll find details of how to apply here. 

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Through the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation's Merger Fund, support is available for not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are in the early phases of thinking about a merger. Funding is intended for organisations that are uncertain about what the decision might involve or those who need reassurance that a proposed merger makes sense.

Applications requesting funding for the following types of work will be considered:

  • Consultancy on pre-merger issues including feasibility work.
  • Consultation with staff, beneficiaries, members and other stakeholders.
  • Facilitation of discussions with the potential merger partner(s).
  • Governance, planning, financial, legal, HR or communications advice.


This is not an exhaustive list and consideration will be given to any reasonable request for work that helps to make the decision of whether or not to merge easier.

The focus of the merging organisations must come under the Foundation's areas of interest: the arts; education and learning; the environment; and social change.

The total value of the Fund is £100,000 and the Foundation anticipates making between 10 and 15 grants from this amount.

There is no closing date for the Fund. However, applicants should be aware that the Foundation is assessing applications as they are submitted and this means that once all the funds have been allocated no new applications will be considered.

Watch a video clip from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.


The True Colours Trust

The True Colours Trust is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children with special needs and their families. They believe that all children and their families should be able to live happy, fulfilled lives with opportunities for play, friendship and education without the burdens of poverty, exclusion and discrimination.
Who can apply?

Small organisations.
What can it fund?
The small grants programme is for one-off projects to help smaller organisations develop and deliver programmes for children, their siblings and families. They are keen on how these projects will be
sustained in the future.
How much?
Up to £10,000
Deadline: Application are accepted at any time and should be made using their online application form.
Contact: The True Colours Trust, Allington House (1st Floor), 150 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5AE
Tel: 020 7410 0330
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National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects through its Grant Programmes.
Repair Grants of £10,000 - £40,000 for the most urgent structural repairs of projects costing over £50,000. Partnership Grants of £2,500 - £10,000 for urgent repair projects with estimated costs of less than £50,000. Community Grants of £5,000 - £25,000 towards the cost of installing essential facilities, such as kitchens and toilets, improving access for people with special needs / disabilities.
For further details, please go to: http://nationalchurchestrust.org/supporting-you/grants/welcome.php
Tel: 020 7600 6090

The Chestnut Fund

The Chestnut Fund is an independent charity, and aims to encourage and enable community groups in the United Kingdom to carry out conservation activities.

Who can apply?
Small groups that carry out practical conservation work that have unrestricted reserves of less that £2000. Groups must be part of the BTCV Community Network to qualify for grants. Membership fees apply.
What can it fund?
Start-up grants: These are for groups who have no money who are in their first year of existence. The grant will enable them to begin practical work and will cover administrative expenses, e.g. postage,
publicity, hire of meeting rooms, telephone bills and/or the first year of BTCV Community Network Membership plus Insurance fees. The maximum grant will be £150.
Support grants: These are for groups who have no money for tools, equipment and training. Preference will be given to resources selected from BTCV sources. This grant is available to all groups, regardless of how long they have been constituted. (Groups within their first year can apply for both the start-up grant and the support grant). The maximum grant will be £350.
Deadline: Applications are accepted at any time.
Contact: Groups must discuss their grant application with their local office before they submit a  formal application. Forms can be downloaded or obtained from the Community Network Administrator
Tel: 01302 388 834
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Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust

The Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust aims to further the advancement of horticulture in the UK and abroad.
Who can apply?
Individuals, organisations and institutions with an interest in the furtherance of horticulture.
What can it fund?
Grants are available for projects that support:

  • Horticultural research
  • The creation, preservation & maintenance of public gardensPublication of books on horticulture
  • Study visits
  • Plant collecting expeditions
  • Training schemes for gardeners.


How much?
Small grants of up to £1,000 and larger grants from £1,000 to £10,000 are available.
Several horticultural traineeships are supported each year.
Grants may be awarded for the whole sum requested, or for a proportion of that sum.
Deadline: Grant applications should be submitted well before 15 February and 15 August each year and the end of March each year for traineeships.
Contact: Dr James Cullen - Director, Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust, Cory Lodge, PO Box 365, Cambridge CB2 1HR
Tel: 01223 336 299
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Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust

The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust operates three application rounds a year, one for each type of organisation - Local, Regional and National.
Who can apply?
National organisations include not-for-profit, constituted voluntary organisations; charities and groups working with local authorities.
Applicants should have an all Wales remit and be operating in the majority of Wales.
What can it fund?
Sport: Sporting opportunities for ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
The Arts: Projects for people to enjoy the diversity of performing and visual arts in Wales.
The Community: Tackling social, personal, economic or cultural barriers within communities.
The Environment: Projects that promote recycling, developing green spaces, green practices and use of public transport and the sustainable use and enjoyment of Wales' natural heritage in a way which contributes to local economic prosperity and social inclusion.
How much?
Varies - see website for details.
Deadline: Ongoing - please see their website for details.
Contact: Suite 1, 4 Bessemer Road, Cardiff CF11 8BA
Tel: 029 2002 2143 / 07805 122616
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The Co-operative Membership Community Fund

Thousands of Co-operative members have helped make a big difference to communities and community projects across the UK. Last year, they donated an incredible £1.9m.

The Co-operative Membership Community Fund welcomes applications for funding from across the UK - find out how you can apply for funding for a community project by following the link above.  

Turn2us - free funding website

Elizabeth Finn Care has been helping people overcome the worst effects of poverty for over a century. They aim to support people who were once self-sufficient, but who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in need of help. Turn2us is part of the Elizabeth Finn Care Group. It exists to help people access the money available to them through benefits, grants and other financial help.
This free, accessible website has been designed to help find appropriate sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on particular needs and circumstances of the individual. The website includes a:

Benefits checker

This service helps people ensure that they are receiving all the welfare benefits they are entitled to.

Grant search

This step by step wizard collects details of the individuals background, occupation and location to find the best match between their needs and possible grant funders. The grant search facility consists of a database of over 3000 grant-giving charities that may be able to help.

Managing Money

The website also has a section on managing money and it provides information on common issues and useful resources.


A free and confidential helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday on:
T: 0800 802 2000

Big Lottery Fund - People and Places (Wales)

The fund aims to bring people together to make their communities stronger and to improve their environment making their community a better place to live.
Who can apply?
Applications will be accepted from community, voluntary or public sector organisations based anywhere in the UK, but projects must benefit people in Wales. The Big Lottery Fund encourages match funding from other sources.
What can it fund?
Capital costs, revenue costs and overheads. An outline proposal form, available from the website below, must be submitted. Projects will be funded for up to three years and successful projects may apply for extra funding, subject to the continuation of the programme.
How much?
Grants of between £5,001 and £500,000 and strategic grants between £500,001 and £1 million are available.
Deadline: ongoing.
Contact: Big Lottery Fund, 10th Floor, Helmont House, Cardiff CF10 2NB
Advice line: 0300 123 0735
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 The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK provides grants for projects favoured by the late Miss Wadilove.
Who can apply?
Grants are available to registered charities with a turnover of less than £500,000. Community Interest Companies (CIC) may be considered if they meet the Foundation's eligibility criteria.
What can it fund?
Projects relating to education, music composition and performances, herbal medicine, medical research, disability, elderly and farming. Preference is given to small charities that rely on volunteers, will carry out the work themselves and can demonstrate a successful track history.
How much?
Between £1,000 and £10,000.
Deadline: the Trustees meet in January, April, July and October each year.
Contact: contact is preferred by email, quoting 'The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK'.
Pothecary Witham Weld, Solicitors, 70 St George's Square, London SW1V 3RD.
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The Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity.
Who can apply?
Registered charities or those with officially recognised charitable status.
What can it fund?
The Trust supports a wide range of activities in the following categories: Youth and Education; General Welfare; Conservation; Preservation; Peace and Humanitarian Support; Africa. (Please note: the last two categories are currently closed to applicants who have not previously received a Dulverton grant.)

While the Trust has a broadly Christian ethos, priority will be given to projects which are open to all members of the community, especially in areas where there is a significant amount of deprivation.
How much?
There are two levels of Grant. The minor grant is for up to £5,000. However, no upper limit is stated on the major grant.
Deadline: there are no deadlines or closing dates.
Contact: In Wales the trust is administered by the Community Foundation in Wales (CFIW). Visit www.cfiw.org.uk to find out more. Applications should be made directly to CFIW.            

Bodfach Trust

The Bodfach Trust Grant is provided and administered by the Bodfach Trust and is available for charities in the UK.

The scheme is intended to support projects in the following areas:

* Affordable housing.

* Care for the elderly.

* Helping young people.

* Preservation of old buildings.

* Supporting green spaces and public parks.

Annual deadlines for applications: 31 August and 28 February.  

Awards for All Wales programme

If you are planning a project and you need between £500 and £5,000, then Awards for All may be able to help you. Sometimes quite small sums of money can have a big impact.

The application form is short and simple, and you will find out if you are successful within eight weeks.

This is an ongoing programme.

Are you eligible?

You may only apply for an Awards for All grant if:

• you are a not-for-profit group, or you are a community or town council, school or health body

• you have a bank account that requires at least two unrelated people to sign each cheque or withdrawal

• you have a governing body with at least three unrelated members

• you can spend the grant within one year.

We cannot award grants to profit-making companies, statutory bodies or individuals. 

People and Places programme

The People and Places programme will remain open for applications until spring 2012. It will then be reviewed and replaced with a new programme in 2012. This will build on the success of the existing People and Places programme and is likely to have many similarities.

Capital and revenue projects will be funded that encourage co-ordinated action by people who want to make their communities better places to live. The programme offers support to local and regional projects throughout Wales that focus on:

• revitalising communities

• improving community relationships, or

• enhancing local environments, community services and buildings

Are you eligible?

Under this programme, grants will only be made to voluntary, community or public sector organisations either working separately or together.

Please call the Lottery Funding Helpline on 0845 275 00 00 or go to the Lottery Funding website.


Funding: Mind and Agenda launch the Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme

Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, are delighted to announce that their £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme is open to applications, with a closing date of 15 October.

The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly those experiencing multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services.

Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund:

·         Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives with women experiencing or at risk of multiple forms of disadvantage.

·         Capacity building, knowledge, and networking and influencing ‘Hubs’ to support and promote delivery of women’s mental health peer support

·         Find out more and how to apply at www.mind.org.uk/womenspeersupportprogramme where you can also sign up to face-to-face information sessions and webinars.