Here is a selection of some of the larger or more important funders of voluntary and community organisations.
- Arts Council – Championing, developing and investing in the arts and culture in England
- Awards for All – Offers grants of up to £10,000 for projects to improve communities
- BBC Children in Need – Awards grants each year to groups supporting disadvantaged children
- National Lottery Community Fund – Gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes
- City Bridge Trust – Supports charitable activity across Greater London
- Comic Relief – Major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a world free from poverty
- Heritage Lottery Fund – funds a range of projects from preserving buildings to community heritage
- Lloyds Bank Foundation – Invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage
- London Community Foundation – Connecting people who need help with those who are willing to give
- Sport England – Helping people across the country create sporting habits for life
- Trust for London – Funding work to tackle poverty and inequality in the capital.
For a list of local funding sources, click here.
THE MARSH CHRISTIAN TRUST
The Marsh Christian Trust provide funding for core running costs and like to support work which fits into the following headings Arts and Heritage, Education and Training, Environmental causes and Animal Welfare, Healthcare and finally Social Welfare. They like to build longstanding relationships with grantees and offer grants ranging from £300-£2,000.
Applications must be sent in writing and details of how to lay out your proposal and where to send it can be found here. For more information click here
THE SKINNER’S COMPANY
The Skinner’s Company has a strong focus on education and supporting young people not in employment, education or training. Grants up to £10,000 per-annum are available and multiyear funding may be considered. The next deadline is 6th March 2020 and details on how to apply can be found here.
They also have an individuals programme called the Lawrence Attwell Charity which may be suitable for a young person who accesses your services. The programme gives grants to young people from low income backgrounds to help them gain vocational, accredited qualifications.
To be considered for funding they must be aged between 16-26 (on the date the course starts), be from a low income household, and a British citizen, asylum seeker or refugee, or have lived in the UK for 3 years.
The full eligibility criteria and application process can be found here.
THE YAPP CHARITABLE TRUST
The Yapp Charitable Trust make grants of up to £3,000 for core funding. They support projects working with young people aged between 5-25 years old and will only support charities with an income of less than £40,000.
The Trust welcome pre-application enquiries and details of how to contact them along with the application form can be found here.
THE CHAPMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
The Chapman Charitable Trust have an interest in increasing the accessibility to the arts for young people. The Trust meets twice a year in March and September and offer grants of £1,000 – £2,000 for registered charities working within this remit.
They have a short application form which can be accessed here
Greggs Local Community Projects Fund
Greggs not only make wonderful baked goods, but they also have a Local Community Projects Fund for groups with a turnover of less than £300,000.
Grants up to £2,000 are available for projects which improve resilience in the community and help people who are living in disadvantage. Preference is giving to groups working in areas where a Greggs bakery is situated.
Round 1 is now open and closes on the 23rd of February 2020. The application form and guidelines can be found here.
CHARLES HAYWARD FOUNDATION
The Charles Hayward Foundation works to prevent individuals from entering the justice system and supports those who have been involved in crime to make positive changes and rebuild their lives.
They have a main and small grants programme with grants up to £25,000 available for projects which are preventative and steer young people away from offending.
Further details of the fund can be found here.