February’s funding news

February 23, 2024
Published by Dudley CVS

Welcome to February’s funding update.

This update is split into two parts. Section A features funders with a local or regional focus. Section B features funders who work across England. In both sections, funders are listed in order of deadline date, soonest first. Funders without a deadline date appear after this.

Many grants to support groups and individuals with the cost-of-living crisis have now closed. You will find those that are still open in our April funding update.

This update can only provide a snapshot of these funders so we recommend visiting the funders’ websites for full details before you apply. Most funders in this list have a website, which you can access by clicking on the name of the funder. Full contact details have been provided for funders that do not have a website.

A. Funders with a local / regional interest

Baron Davenport’s Charity

Deadline: 15th March 2024
Who can apply: Grants are awarded to not-for-profits, social enterprises, voluntary and faith organisations, alms-houses, hospices, residential homes for older people, children’s organisations and older people’s organisations. Applications from national charities should be submitted by the local branch where appropriate
Size of grant available: Discretionary
Priorities: The Charity awards grants in the following categories:

  • Alms-houses, hospices and residential homes for older people
  • Organisations for the benefit of children/young people (under 25 years of age)
  • Organisations supporting older people
  • Single woman and mothers living alone, and fatherless children

How to apply: There are two rounds of funding each year. The deadlines for applications each year are as follows:

  • 15 March for consideration in spring.
  • 15 September for consideration in autumn.

Applicants must register online with the Charity before applying for a grant. An application form is available to complete at the Charity’s website.

 Severn Trent Community Fund

Deadline: 9th April 2024
Who can apply: Any constituted not-for-profit including community groups, registered charities and CICs and companies limited by guarantee
Size of grant available: £2,000-£10,000
Priorities: Funding for projects that link to at least one of the three key elements of community wellbeing:

  • People – projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
  • Place – projects that help to create better places to live in and use
  • Environment – projects that will help look after the natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water

How to apply: The criteria, guidelines and application form are available on the Severn Trent website.

 Harry Payne Fund

Who can apply: Registered charities and constituted community groups
Size of grant available: Up to £2,000
Priorities: The funding is for community and social welfare projects. The fund aims to:

  • Help those who are disadvantaged
  • Helping smaller causes where modest donations can make a difference

How to apply: Guidelines and online application form are available on the Heart of England Community Foundation website.

 Wesleyan Community Grants Fund

Who can apply: Constituted not-for-profit organisations like registered charities, voluntary groups, community organisations and CICs (registered by guarantee with at least three unrelated directors)
Size of grant available: £2,000-£10,000
Priorities: This grant supports The Wesleyan Foundation goals of:

  • Climate Action – To fund groups who work to enhance our environments and combats the effects of climate change
  • Quality Education – To fund groups who remove barriers and enable access to quality education
  • Reducing Inequalities – To fund groups who drive equality for disadvantaged groups including the BAME, Religious and LGBTQ+ communities
  • Gender Equality – To fund groups who drive equality for women, men and the non-binary or transgender community
  • Good Health and Wellbeing – To fund groups who support good health and wellbeing for communities across the UK

How to apply: Online application and guidance are available on the Heart of England Community Foundation website

 Bernard Piggott Charitable Trust

Who can apply: Registered charities only
Size of grant available: Discretionary
Priorities: Funding is for projects that address the following areas:

  • Elderly
  • Care
  • Youth
  • Education
  • Theatre/arts
  • Heritage/buildings
  • Faith
  • Community
  • Health/medical
  • Disabilities
  • People
  • Poverty
  • Animal welfare
  • Environment
  • Other charitable purposes.

How to apply: Applications can be submitted at anytime and are considered twice a year by the Trust in May/June and in November/December. An online application form is available on the funder’s website.

B. National funders

Deadline: 13th March 2024
Who can apply:
Small to mid-sized UK registered charities that are based and working in the UK. Applicants may apply if they have not received a grant from the Foundation within the previous two years (or submitted an unsuccessful application within the last 12 months).
Size of grant available: Although funding is at the discretion of the Trustees, the Foundation notes:

  • Typically, grants of up to £5,000 are regularly made and occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved
  • Smaller charities may receive smaller grants of £250 upwards

Priorities: The scheme is intended to support smaller charitable organisations undertaking projects for young people, the disabled, terminally ill patients and others in need. The main objective of the Trustees’ grant-making is to improve lives and to lift people’s aspirations
How to apply: Guidance and application forms are available on the funder’s website.

Deadline: 19th March 2024
Who can apply: Schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to projects that will benefit disadvantaged and disabled children in the most deprived areas in the UK. This means areas that fall within the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation. For groups of children with disabilities, more flexibility will be given regarding the level of deprivation
Size of grant available: One-off grants of between £500 and £2,750
Priorities: The Charity’s three main priorities are as follows:

  • Increasing resilience – Empowering people, encouraging integration and personal independence, helping people to recover and move on
  • Creating opportunities and life chances – Raising aspirations and equipping people with new skills, unlocking and enabling potential, and providing the means to improve life circumstances
  • Empowering communities – Strengthening and connecting communities and making people feel valued, providing opportunities for social connections and relationships, encouraging participation and inclusion

How to apply: An online application form and a set of guidelines can be found on the funder’s website
Further deadlines: 22nd July 2024, 19th November 2024.

 Woodroffe Benton Foundation – Small Grants Programme

Deadline: 31st March 2024
Who can apply: Registered charities with income under £750,000
Size of grant available: £500-£2,500
Priorities: The Foundation’s next funding round opens on 1st March. Its priority for the round is improving the quality of life and social engagement for older people
How to apply:
The guidelines and online application form are available on the funder’s website.

Deadline: 31st March 2024
Who can apply: Registered charities and CICs
Size of grant available: Up to £5,000
Priorities: Funding to support projects that work with young adults with a learning disability, with the aim of giving them practical skills to better prepare them to be able to lead independent lives. Priority will be given to applications from projects which additionally meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Designed for, and aimed, at people with learning disabilities aged 18 to 25 outside the school environment. Those age 16+ who are not in formal education, training or work will also be considered
  • Have been adversely affected by Covid-19 and its implications
  • Offer the opportunity for people to gain transferable life skills, which may include how to access support
  • Offer employment experience
  • Build in accredited training
  • Enable social interaction with other people and allow self-expression and confidence building
  • Applications from smaller organisations which are demonstrating an entrepreneurial approach to a locally identified issue
  • Working in partnership with relevant local organisations and service providers

How to apply: Guidelines and the application form are available on the Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust website.

 National Churches Trust – Medium Grants Programme
Deadline: 16th April 2024
Who can apply: Places of worship of any Christian denomination
Size of grant available: £3,000-£10,000 and match funding of at least 50% is required
Priorities: The Medium Grants programme (formerly Gateway Grants) will support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Some funding will be awarded to local church trusts for strategic or capacity building projects. Grants can be used either for:

  • Project development – developing a church building project such as feasibility studies, options appraisals, investigative work and development work up to RIBA Planning Stage 1
  • Urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects costing between £20,000 and £80,000 including VAT

Grants of up to £10,000 will also be awarded to local church trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to churches in their area, or that deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area
How to apply: Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the funder’s website
Further deadline: 13th August 2024

 A B Charitable Trust

Deadline: 26th April 2024
Who can apply: Registered charities only. To be eligible, charities must provide three years’ worth of accounts, with a minimum income of £150,000 and a maximum of £1.5million for each year
Size of grant available: Most grants range between £10,000 and £30,000 per year and are awarded from one to three years
Priorities: Funding to support charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances. Projects should address at least one of the following categories:

  • Migrants and refugees In this priority area, funding is available for charities which do any or all of the following:
    • Deliver services directly targeting migrant communities, and people who are refugees or seeking asylum
    • Influence policy and/or counter negative narrative
    • Strengthen the voluntary sector and support charities delivering work in this area.
  • The justice system and penal reform In this priority area, funding is available for charities which do any or all of the following:
    • Deliver services to improve outcomes for individuals (and their families) who are in the justice system (at any stage, from contact with police to courts and prison)
    • Support effective rehabilitation in the community
    • Work to influence policy and to reform the justice system
    • Strengthen the sector and support charities delivering work in this area.
  • Human rights and access to justice
    • Human rights – in this priority area, funding is available for charities which do any or all of the following:
      • Deliver activities to protect the human rights framework and the principles of human rights and the rule of law, including campaigning, advocacy, and narrative change work
    • Access to justice – in this priority area, funding is available for charities which do any or all of the following:
      • Provide specialist legal advice and representation
      • Work to influence law, policy and practice through eg strategic litigation or public law challenges
      • Strengthen the sector and support organisations delivering work in this area

How to apply: An online application form is available to complete on the AB Charitable Trust’s website. Initially, applicants are advised to select the priority that they wish to apply under to be taken through a four-step process to determine their eligibility before completing and submitting the full application
Further deadline: 26th July 2024

 Allen Lane Foundation

Who can apply: Any small constituted not-for-profit including voluntary groups, CICs and registered charities
Size of grant available: £500-£15,000. The average grant size is £5,000-£6,000
Priorities: The Foundation wishes to fund work which:

  • Will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems
  • Is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination
  • Encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community

To be eligible, the work must directly benefit adults from the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality)
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse
  • Young people (people aged approximately 12-21 from across a broader range of backgrounds)

How to apply: The first step is to go through the online eligibility quiz on the funder’s website. Those who are eligible will be directed to the application form.

Sport England – Small Grants Programme

Who can apply: Any constituted not-for-profit including voluntary groups, community sports clubs, CICs and registered charities
Size of grant available: £500-£15,000
Priorities: The funding aims to support local community sport projects that seek to encourage people, particularly those who are inactive or less active, in England, regardless of age, background or level of ability, to get involved in sport and physical activity. The funding is for projects that focus on supporting inactive and less active people to become more active, while reducing their impact on the environment – projects that can deliver both environmental and physical activity benefits for their community. Ideas should address any of three key environmental areas which are:

  • Reducing energy use – actions and measures supporting local efforts towards net zero
  • Encouraging responsible travel could include encouraging people to walk or cycle where possible and providing safe cycle/scooter/buggy storage options; promoting accessible and safe public transport routes and lift sharing; and using local community assets to minimise travel
  • Reducing waste and improving resources – measures and actions that seek to reduce and eliminate waste

How to apply: Guidance notes and the online application form are available on the Sport England website. First time applicants will need to register their organisation on the Sport England website before they can start an application.

 Albert Hunt Trust
Who can apply: Registered charities only

Size of grant available: The following funding is available:

  • Core funding of hospices – typical grant sizes range from £10,000 to £20,000
  • Core funding support for the homeless – typical grant sizes range from £5,000 to £10,000
  • Promoting health and wellbeing – typical grant sizes range from £500 to £5,000

Priorities: Grants are available to support local charities throughout the UK that:

  • Provide hospice care
  • Provide support for the homeless
  • Promote health and wellbeing, including providing support in the areas of mental health of children and young people, carers, cancer support, prisoner support and rehabilitation, social challenge and deprivation

How to apply: Groups that wish to apply under the health and wellbeing heading should first contact the Trust to see if their application would be considered. Applications are made using the online application form on the Albert Hunt Trust website.

 Clothworkers’ Foundation

Who can apply: Registered charities, CICs and other registered not-for-profit organisations with an annual income under £10million
Size of grant available: Funding is at the discretion of the trustees who will determine what level of grant they will give

  • For larger projects (£100,000+), the Foundation generally funds 10% or more of the balance to be raised. For example, if the project cost was £200,000 and the applicant had £150,000 left to raise, the grant award would be at least £15,000. The larger a project, the larger the grant is likely to be
  • For smaller projects (with a balance of less than £10,000), the Foundation generally funds between 50% and 100% of the balance

Priorities: This Foundation awards grants in the following areas:

  • Substance misuse and addiction – organisations supporting people and families affected by drugs and/or alcohol misuse
  • Disabilities (inc. mental health and visual impairment) – organisations supporting people who have physical and/or learning disabilities, and/or people experiencing mental health issues. The Foundation has a long-standing commitment to visual impairment, so it welcomes applications from organisations focused in this area
  • Communities experiencing racial inequalities – organisations supporting communities affected by racism, and organisations working to promote racial equity
  • Young people facing disadvantage – organisations supporting young people facing disadvantages, particularly (but not limited to) young people in care or leaving care and young people not in employment, education or training
  • Domestic and sexual abuse – organisations supporting adults and children affected by any form of domestic or sexual abuse
  • Older people facing disadvantage – organisations providing services for older people facing disadvantage, particularly (but not limited to) economic disadvantage and isolation
  • Homelessness – organisations providing services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • Prison and rehabilitation – organisations supporting people in prison and their families, those at risk of offending, and the rehabilitation of those leaving prison
  • LGBT+ and communities – organisations providing support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people facing disadvantage or discrimination
  • Economic disadvantage – organisations supporting individuals or communities experiencing poverty and deprivation

At least 50% of an applying organisation’s service users benefiting from the capital project must be from one or more of the above groups. Funding is available for capital costs. This means tangible items or work, including:

  • Buildings – purchase, construction, renovation and/or refurbishment
  • Fittings, fixtures, and equipment – this includes but is not limited to office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, software and websites, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment
  • Vehicles – includes (but is not exclusive to) minibuses, cars, caravans, people-carriers, 4×4 and boats. The Foundation is unlikely to fund the total cost of a new vehicle or award funding to an organisation that already owns a large number of vehicles

How to apply: Applicants must first complete an online eligibility quiz on the funder’s website to get access to an online application form.

 Masonic Charitable Foundation

Who can apply: Registered charities only
Size of grant available: There are two funding levels:

  • Large grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 in total which can be spread over three years are available to charities with an annual income of between £500,000 and £5 million
  • Small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 per year for up to three years are available to charities with an income of between £25,000 and £500,000

Priorities: The funder has a range of grant programmes for:

  • Children and young people with SEND (aged 0 to 25 years) for projects that will:
    • Increase their social inclusion
    • Increase their independence and connections to their local community
    • Improve their access to early intervention services and therapies, for diagnosed, suspected conditions and pre diagnosis
    • Ensure their parents/carers are better able to cope in their caring role and meet their child’s needs
    • Enable their parents/carers to be better informed of their child’s options and rights, and the services available to them
  • Vulnerable and disadvantaged children (aged 0 to 5 years) for projects that will:
    • Increase the likelihood of children achieving developmental milestones
    • Support children to make successful transitions to primary school
    • Improve children’s physical health through access to healthcare, nutrition, check-ups, immunisations etc.
    • Give families a better understanding of their child’s needs and improves confidence in parenting / caring so they are better able to meet the child’s needs
    • Increase families’ positive engagement in services enabling targeted support to address specific issues, such as domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse, neglect.
  • Children and young people (domestic abuse) for projects that work toward the following outcomes:
    • Learning coping strategies and tools to effectively handle challenges
    • Increased self-esteem, resilience, confidence, and feelings of safety and wellbeing
    • Families experience positive behavioural changes
    • Children will have better relationships with their family and peers
    • Decreased feelings of anxiety and isolation
    • Improved engagement with education and other related support services
  • People with dementia and their carers for projects that will work toward the following outcomes
    • Improved ability of carers to meet the needs of people with dementia (ie, resources, knowledge, skills)
    • Reducing loneliness, isolation and creating social connection
    • Improvements to physical health and cognitive function
    • Better access to support services
    • Increased independence and influence over their own lives and treatment

How to apply: The application process is as follows:

  • Complete the online eligibility checker on the MCF website
  • Those who are eligible may then complete a short online expression of interest. It takes about a month to receive a response
  • Organisations will then be invited to complete a full application.
 Seven Friends Foundation

Who can apply: Registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations seeking funding for charitable work
Size of grant available: Up to £3,000
Priorities: The funding is for charitable organisations and causes that are unpopular or do not receive widespread public attention. This could be due to negative focus within the media; due to difficulty in accessing statutory, voluntary and institutional funding; due to the cause being seen as politically controversial; or because the issue is not typically seen as a charitable cause. Examples of these types of causes or groups may be:

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • People experiencing violence or abuse
  • Sex workers
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Dependency or addiction
  • LGBT+
  • Sexual and reproductive health

This is not an exclusive list and groups with charitable causes that do not fall within this list are encouraged to contact the Foundation to discuss their work
How to apply: Applicants should first read the Aims and Criteria and Application Process which can be found on the Seven Friends Foundation website. There is no standard application form, and the instructions on how to apply are in the ‘application process’. Applications are to be made by email.

 Constance Travis Charitable Trust

Who can apply: Registered and exempt charities and registered community amateur sports clubs
Size of grant available: Up to £20,000 for small, local organisations. Up to £50,000 for larger national charities
Priorities: The trust offers grants to local, national and international charities in line with its strategic allocation covering activities in the following categories:

  • Medical, health, sickness
  • Economic, community, development, and employment
  • Environment, conservation and heritage
  • Arts and culture
  • Animals
  • Overseas aid and familne relief
  • Education and training
  • Relief of poverty
  • Disability
  • Accommodation and housing
  • Religious activities
  • Sports and recreation

How to apply: Applications must be made in writing. The Trustees may make grants with no formal application; however, if considered appropriate, organisations may be invited to submit a formal application. Write to: Administrative Manager, Constance Travis Charitable Trust, 86 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9SB. Email travistrust86@yahoo.co.uk



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