January’s funding news

January 26, 2024
Published by Dudley CVS

Welcome to January’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

Enovert Community Trust

Deadline: 1st March 2024
Who can apply: Non-profit distributing organisations can apply. It is not necessary to be a charity, but any surplus made must be used to further their organisation’s aims and objectives.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a constitution and/or memorandum and articles of association/trust deed.
  • Have secured all permissions and consents required for the project before submitting their application.
  • Be able to deliver their project within six months of receiving a grant.

Their project must be located within 10 miles of the landfill site operated by Enovert Limited in Kingswinford.

Size of grant available: There is no fixed maximum grant value, however the Trust give a figure of £50,000 as a guide.

If the project requires higher levels of funding at least 60% of the total funding required must be secured before making a submission to the Trust.

The Trust requires all applicants to secure 10% independent third party funding (e.g. for a grant of £20,000 a third party must be found who will be willing to contribute £2,000 to Enovert Management Ltd to reimburse it for the tax credit).

ENTRUST, the scheme’s regulator, has now said that the project proposer can now provide this 10% contribution, as long as it does not use landfill tax credits to make the payment, or funds from a contractor that is working on the project, nor should they derive a unique benefit from the project going ahead.

Priorities: The Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects across the UK. These include improving community halls, the creation of new play areas and skate parks, and restoring green spaces.

Enovert Community Trust operates to fulfil the following objectives:

  • Funding of high-quality projects which bring maximum impact to as broad a section of the community as possible.
  • Funding of projects in communities that are located within ten miles of a landfill facility operated by Enovert Limited or within ten miles of a waste facility managed by the company. Many of these communities are disadvantaged compared to the national average and the Trust seeks to prioritise projects that improve community amenities in such areas.
  • Funding of projects that help deliver biodiversity conservation for UK species, but which also engage with the local community where possible.
  • Funding of projects that will deliver enhanced recreational facilities which are accessible for the whole community.

How to Apply: Application forms and guidelines can be found on the Enovert Trust website.

 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 and the following information is required:

  • The organisation’s aims and activities.
  • How the last grant benefited the organisation (if applicable).
  • Project details and how many people are expected to benefit.
  • Costs of the project or work and the amount of any money raised so far.
  • Details of how the project’s success will be measured.
  • A copy of the organisation’s latest audited accounts.
  • The organisation’s bank details.


Deadline: 9th February 2024
Who can apply: Registered charities only
Size of grant available: £1,000-£5,000
Priorities: Projects must relate to at least one of the Trust’s priorities:

  • Children and young people
  • Disability and health
  • Environment & heritage
  • The arts
  • Work in the community
  • Social support
  • Hospices

Grants can cover project, capital expenditure or core costs
How to apply: Full guidelines and an online application form can be found on The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust website.


Owen  Family Trust

Who can apply: Eligible organisations must be a UK registered charity; however applications from ‘umbrella’ bodies that hold funds are also acceptable. Organisations must be in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Size of grant available: Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees, but grants tend to range from £1,000 and £5,000.
Priorities: Funding is intended to support Christian youth centres, community associations and national schemes and organisations undertaking a variety of charitable activities.
How to apply: Applications should be made in writing and should include:

  • A project budget.
  • The organisation’s annual report.
  • A copy of the organisation’s accounts.

Contact the Owen Family Trust for further information:

Owen Family Trust
Mill Dam House, Mill Lane
Tel: 01213531221
Email: owenmdh@btinternet.com


Cadent Foundation – Winter Support Fund

Who can apply: Applications will be considered from the following:

  • UK Registered Charities.
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs).
  • Exempt charities (under the Charities Act 2011).
  • Companies limited by guarantee (with articles of association that prohibit them from generating profit).

To be eligible to apply organisations must have been registered with the Charity Commission for a minimum of two years at the time of application and have an income of more than £25,000 for the previous financial year.

Size of grant available: Grants of up to and over £10,000 are available.
Priorities: Grants are available to support charitable organisations offering advice, support and practical measures to households to help improve their financial well-being and be more energy efficient.

The aim is to assist people living in vulnerable situations to remain safe and warm in their homes over the winter period.

How to apply: Expressions of interest (EOI) can be made at any time until March 2024.

EOIs should be submitted to Cadent by email to enquiries@cadentfoundation.com including an outline of the proposed project. If successful at the initial stage Cadent will provide further details of the application process.


West Midlands – Access Programme

Who can apply: Grants and blended finance are available to social enterprises and charities based in specified areas of the West Midlands.

To be eligible, organisations must be seeking to diversify and root their service models in enterprise activity.

They must be providing one or more of the following critical services:

  • Food and emergency supplies (e.g., food and baby banks or the provision of hot meals, clothes, or toiletries).
  • Emergency shelter (e.g., night shelters or other accommodation for people experiencing homelessness).
  • Safe spaces (e.g., domestic abuse services and youth services).
  • Warmth – warm rooms and spaces.
  • Financial and housing advice – giving people advice because of the increased cost of living.

Size of grant available: Two types of funding are available:

  • Grants of between £5,000 and £7,500.
  • Blended finance payments (combined loan and grant) of between £20,000 to £40,000. Grants can make up to 50% of the total blended finance payment.

The repayment term for loans is 60 months and there is an arrangement fee of 5% of the loan value. The annual interest rate for loans is 9.75% (fixed).

Priorities: A combination of grants and loans are available to support charities and social enterprises in expanding their activities to meet rising demand from the cost-of-living crisis in the following areas of the West Midlands:

  • Coventry
  • Warwickshire
  • Birmingham
  • Solihull
  • Sandwell
  • Dudley
  • Wolverhampton
  • Walsall
  • Worcestershire
  • Staffordshire

How to apply: No deadline for applications has been given.

Applicants should complete the Enquiry form on the Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust website to initiate the application process.

Contact the Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust for further information.

Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust Ltd
Enterprise Centre
Coventry University Technology Park
Puma Way
Tel: 02476 551 777


B. National funders

Delamere Diary Foundation

Deadline: 29th February 2024
Who can apply: Charities, community groups and social enterprises with a bank account and a constitution or governing document
Size of grant available:  Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available
Priorities: The funding is intended to support the work of charities and organisations whose purpose fits with the objects of the Delamere Dairy Foundation for the benefit of the public, namely:

  • The advancement of agriculture and of environmental protection.
  • The advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society.
  • The relief of financial hardship.
  • The advancement of education.
  • The relief of sickness.

How to apply: There are two funding rounds, one in the spring and one in the autumn. Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the Delamere Dairy Foundation website.


 Inman Charity

Deadline: 29th February 2024
Who can apply: Charities registered in the UK may apply.
Size of grant available: Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees and no minimum or maximum level of funding is specified.

Most grants tend to be between £2,000 and £5,000, with an occasional larger grant.

Priorities: The scheme aims to fund projects with a social welfare focus and those working with disadvantaged people.

How to apply: Applications are considered twice a year: at the Spring (April) and Autumn (October) meetings.

Applications must be received by the end of:

  • February for consideration at the April meeting.
  • August for consideration at the November meeting.

Application is by letter providing the following information:

  • The registered Charity Number, the aims and objectives of the Charity, and any other relevant factors.
  • Details of the total amount required.
  • Contributions received to date.
  • Proposed timing to complete the work.
  • A copy of the latest annual report.
  • A set of the most recent audited accounts.

The directors do not acknowledge applications and will only contact those to whom grants are awarded.

For further information on how to obtain this fund, please contact the following:

Inman Charity
BM Box 2831

Naturesave Trust

Deadline: 29th February 2024
Who can apply: Applications are accepted from a range of UK based organisations, including charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations, small grassroots community groups and businesses.

To be eligible, the organisation and/or project must:

  • Be entirely based in the UK.
  • Have a website or social media presence.

Size of grant available: Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available.
Priorities: The funding aims to support specific UK-based environmental, conservation and community renewable energy projects.

The theme for the current round is sustainable food.
How to apply: The January–February application window is now open. The deadline for applications is 29 February 2024.

The Trust operates three funding windows per year:

  • January to February
  • May to June
  • September to October.

The guidelines and online application form can be found on the Naturesave Trust website.


Tweed Family Charitable Trust

Deadline: 29th February 2024
Who can apply: Registered charities or not-for-profit enterprises with an annual turnover of less than £1 million will be considered. The Trustees will give greater consideration towards applications that support socially disadvantaged youth of teenage years.
Size of grant available: Grants consisting of one-off payments of £5,000 up to £10,000 per year for three years are available.
Priorities: The aim of the fund is to see young people develop their social and practical skills through mentoring, education and community activities.
How to apply: The 2024 funding programme will open for applications from 1 February 2024 and remain open for one month, until 29 February 2024 (midnight).

Full guidelines and an online enquiry form can be found on the Tweed Family Charitable Foundation website.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • The short online form is only visible when the Foundation is open for applications.
  • Those who are successful will be invited to submit a detailed application form.


Jerwood Foundation 

Deadline:1st March 2024
Who can apply: Groups working to make art available for public benefit can apply.

Groups must provide a copy of their organisation’s latest audited accounts (smaller charities should instead provide their annual budget with income and expenditure details).

Size of grant available: Up to £2 million is awarded each year.

There is no maximum or minimum award amount specified.

Grants of up to £180,000 have been awarded, although most grants range between £1,000 and £25,000.

Priorities: This fund aims to support organisations with a focus on making art available for public benefit and emerging talent in the arts throughout the UK.

How to apply: The next deadline is 1 March 2024 for awards to be made in April 2024.

Successful applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the trustee meeting date (for the April 2024 funding, successful applicants will be notified by 1 May 2024).

To apply, groups should provide the following in one document (word or PDF) by email:

  • A one-page summary of the project with a short description and start date.
  • A budget and fundraising plan.
  • Any other relevant information.

Guidance notes are available from the Jerwood Foundation website.


Armed Forces Day Events Grant

Deadline:1st March 2024
Who can apply: Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be able to accept a credit card payment as MOD will no longer be using BACs transfer for the grant payment.
Size of grant available: A maximum grant of £10,000 is available per application, provided that MOD funding accounts for no more than 50% of the total cost.

This grant is match funded and can cover up to half the total cost of the event. For example, if the total cost of the event is £10,000 and £5,000 has been raised, the grant could cover up to £5,000.
Priorities: The objective of the fund is to support Armed Forces Day events across the UK to show support for our servicemen and women, past and present.
How to apply: Applications for event funding and registration are normally accepted from 1 November to 1 March each year. The next funding round will be for events taking place in June 2024.

The first step in the application process is to register the event on the Armed Forces Day website.

Once groups have registered their event, they will receive a confirmation email within three working days. This email contains a link to submit an application for funding.

Contact the Armed Forces Day Grants Team for further information.

Ministry of Defence
Room 222
Old War Office
Tel: 020 7807 0970
Email: ARMEDFORCESDAY-Events@mod.gov.uk


 Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund

Deadline: 1st March 2024
Who can apply: Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity.  Exempt charities such as schools, Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply.
Size of grant available: The Charity operates the following grant schemes:

  • Small Grants: up to £9,000.
  • General Grants: over £9,000.

Normally one-off grants are awarded but exceptionally a new project may be funded over two or three years, subject to satisfactory reports of progress.

Appeals received with funding requests of £10,000 and below will initially be considered under the Small Grants programme and will be referred to the next Main Grant Board Meeting.
Priorities: The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund describes people with learning disabilities as having three things:

  • Global intellectual impairment (intelligence quotient less than 70)
  • Need for support/help to fulfil ordinary daily activities
  • Onset before the age of 18 years.

Learning disabilities may have a recognised cause, e.g. Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, but often the cause is not known.

Children, young people, and adults with learning disabilities often also have other physical and mental health conditions, disabilities, and/or impairments as well as having learning disabilities.
How to apply: Small Grant applications are accepted at any time and will be considered monthly, or as demand decrees.

The deadline for submitting a General Grant is 1 March 2024 for consideration at the June 2024 meeting.

Applicants should keep checking the website as submission deadline dates may be subject to change.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Fund’s website.

All applications to the fund will be subject to an independent review. Applications should be supported by two referees.

Contact Baily Thomas Charitable Fund for further information.


 Kelly Family Charitable Trust

Deadline: 1st March 2024
Who can apply: Registered charities based and working in the UK can apply.

The Trust actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established.

The Trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.

Unsuccessful applicants must wait one year before resubmitting.
Size of grant available: Grants will generally be worth up to £5,000 but the Trustees will consider requests for higher amounts.

Applications are considered for repeat funding.
Priorities: The funding is for charities whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members.
How to apply: Applications must be submitted by 1 March 2024.

Application forms are available to download from the Trust’s website and should be returned by email along with the organisation’s latest annual accounts.

Trustees take a personal interest in the progress of the charities they support, and projects shortlisted for grants will usually be visited or contacted by the Trust’s Grants Administrator or other representatives of the Trust.

Contact the Kelly Family Charitable Trust for further information.


Green Hall Foundation

Deadline: 2nd March 2024
Who can apply: Charities registered in the UK may apply as follows:

  • Each March application round will be open to charities in all income brackets.
  • Each September application round will only be open to charities with an annual income of £250,000 or less.

A charity can only submit a further grant application a full 12 months after the date of their last application. This applies in all instances, even if the further application is for a different project.
Size of grant available: Grants typically range in value from £1,000 to £10,000.
Priorities: The foundation’s objective is to sustainably improve lives among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged, particularly in the UK.
How to apply: Only the first 150 applications will go forward to the Trustees for consideration at each meeting. Once the limit has been reached, the application cycle will be closed, which is normally within two days.

The Trustees meet twice yearly to consider applications, in May and November. Application rounds usually open 1 March and 1 September each year at 9am.

Applicants must register at the Foundation’s website to access the online application form. Only online applications are accepted.


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 are available.
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 aspiration – 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: Holiday grants ​applications for trips taking place in 2024 are now open.

Applications are accepted:

  • 27 November 2023 to 19 March 2024 (for trips taking place 15 January to 30 April 2024).
  • 13 March to 22 July 2024 (for trips taking place 1 May to 31 August 2024).
  • 12 July to 19 November 2024 (for trips taking place 12 July to 19 November 2024).

Grants are made on a first come, first served basis until the available funding for that round has been fully allocated. All applications should be received at least six weeks before the date of the trip to allow for administrative processing and decision making.

An online application form and a set of guidelines can be found on the Charity’s website.

Deadline: 13th March 2024
Who can apply:
Small to mid-sized UK registered charities that are based and working in the UK can apply.

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: Applications are considered at Trustee meetings which are held four times a year. Submissions should be received at least six weeks before the meeting.

The next closing date for applications to be considered at the 24 April 2024 meeting is 13 March 2024.

An application form can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website. Additional information to be submitted includes:

  • A copy of the most recent set of audited accounts.
  • A breakdown of the costs demonstrating how the grant will be spent.
  • The anticipated outcomes/impact and who/how many people will benefit.

Completed application forms should be sent by post to the Foundation.

Note: the Foundation receives more than 1,000 applications per year of which around 250 are successful.

Contact The Hedley Trust for further information.

Lucy Janes
Appeals Secretary
The Hedley Foundation
1-3 College Hill
Email: ljanes@hedleyfoundation.org.uk

Network Rail Community Tree Planting Fund

Who can apply: The following can apply:

  • Schools.
  • Further education colleges and universities.
  • Constituted community groups.
  • Tenant and resident associations.
  • Childcare nurseries or care homes (charity or community funded).
  • Parish/town/community councils.
  • Tree warden networks.
  • Community interest companies that are limited by guarantee.
  • Registered charities (smaller local charities will be given preference).
  • County/borough/district councils or unitary authorities.

Groups must have a bank account registered in the name of the organisation.

Size of grant available: The following award categories are available:

  • Main grants for projects between £2,500 and £5,000.
  • Large grants for projects between £5,000 and £15,000.
  • Flagship grants for projects over £15,000.

Flagship Grants will be awarded in limited numbers to projects that deliver a significant impact across the Tree Council’s programme priorities.

Priorities: This fund aims to support community tree-planting projects that are well-planned, sustainable, and will directly benefit people and communities.

How to apply: Applications can be submitted at any time.

Groups should email the Tree Council for more information on how to apply.

Guidance notes are available from the Tree Council website.













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