March’s Funding News

March 23, 2022
Published by Dudley CVS

Sustain: Apply by 15th April 2022
Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 helping communities tackle food and climate change
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support communities to campaign and advocate making food in their area better for people and the planet through local action that focuses on areas that have a big impact locally
Contact details: Telephone 020 3559 6777

the7stars foundation: Project Funding, apply 1st March–30th April, 1st June–31st July, 1st September–31st October or 1st December–31st January for funding reviews in June, September, December and February
Size of grant available: Up to £2,500 for projects that have a direct impact/respond to need in an immediate manner addressing a lack of provision with long-term benefits
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support vulnerable young people aged up to 16 challenged by abuse/addiction, are young child carers or are homeless enabling them to have the best start in life
Additional information: Only registered charities in areas of deprivation/socioeconomic disadvantage with annual turnover below £1.5M can apply
Contact details: Telephone 020 7436 7275

Henry Smith Charity: Holiday Grants for Children programme 2022, apply 14th February–2nd May, 3rd May–30th June or 1st July–30th September 2022 for trips/holidays 4th April–3rd July, 4th July–4th September and 5th September–31st December 2022
Size of grant available: £500-£2,500 one-off short grants
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support organisations providing access to recreational day trips or short holidays for groups of disabled or disadvantaged children aged under 13
Additional information: Only small organisations with annual income or expenditure below £2M can apply and priority will be given to applications for disadvantaged children living in the bottom 20% most deprived areas according to the National Indices of Deprivation
Contact details: Telephone the Grants Team 020 7264 4970

Theatres Trust Charitable Fund: Small Grants Programme, apply by 3rd May 2022 with decision by end of June (send digital application by email to
Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 for small capital works such as installation of key plant and machinery, work that makes theatre buildings digital-ready and projects that help theatres reopen in a Covid-secure manner
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support small projects/essential works that make a big impact to a theatre’s resilience, sustainability or accessibility enabling them to be viable and thrive in the future prioritising work that removes barriers to participation/attendance
Additional information: Applicants must own or manage their theatre and, if lease in place, there has to be more than five years remaining on it
Contact details: Tom Stickland (Theatres Adviser), telephone 020 7836 8591

Dumbreck Charity: Apply any time
Size of grant available: 2020/21 most grants £500 or £1,000 (92%) averaging £950
Aims and outcomes of funder: Care of the elderly and physically/mentally disabled people; children and animal welfare; conservation; culture and the arts; medical; social welfare
Contact details: Telephone 07976 848390
Address: 41 Sycamore Drive, Hollywood, Birmingham B47 5QX

Wolfson Foundation: Funding for places, two application rounds per annum, apply via a two-stage process with stage one application windows 20th November-5th January and 14th May-1st July (stage two deadlines 1st March/September with decisions in June and December)
Size of grant available: Capital initiatives providing grants above £15,000 (usually £20,000-£75,000) for new buildings, refurbishment and equipment supporting excellence in education, science, medicine, health, disability, heritage, humanities and the arts
Aims and outcomes of funder: Care/services for older people affected by a neurodegenerative condition or are isolated; training, employment and supported housing for people affected by mental illness; disabled people encouraging their independence
Additional information: Only registered/exempt charities can apply and projects should increase access to services for new/existing users, improve quality and range of services and improve financial stability of the organisation (match funding required if project costs are above £50,000)
Contact details: Jessica Warner (Head of Funding) or Clair Sim (Grants Operations/Data Manager), telephone 020 7323 5730
E-mail: or or

Boost Charitable Trust: Apply any time
Size of grant available: Up to £750
Aims and outcomes of funder: Sport for disabled/disadvantaged people inspiring them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport so that they fulfill their sporting ambitions at any level
Additional information: Interested in projects over a wide spectrum of sport in three focus areas of hardship (financial/physical, mental or medical impairment and social exclusion)
Contact details: Liz Turtle (Administrator), telephone 020 7078 1966

Boshier-Hinton Foundation: Apply any time
Size of grant available: 2020/2021 average grant £3,220 for services or equipment
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work improving the quality of life for people with disabilities, learning difficulties or sensory impairment (and their families); support organisations providing facilities/advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs
Additional information: Only registered charities can apply
Contact details: Telephone 01692 630695

Key Fund: Northern Impact Fund, apply any time
Size of grant available: Up to £150,000 unsecured funding through blended finance (loans with up to 20% grant, average deal £48,000 comprising £40,000 loan and £8,000 grant) with maximum term five years (average term three years) and an interest rate of 6.5%/arrangement fee of 1%
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support new early-stage social enterprises in the Midlands and North of England with a clear social mission seeking finance to support growth/become more robust looking to develop or grow trading activity
Additional information: Grants are available due to partnership with Access (Foundation for Social Investment) and their partners (National Lottery Community Fund and Big Society Capital) providing the finance enabling community and social enterprises start up, become sustainable or grow by accessing social investment to expand their impact and trading activity
Contact details: Telephone 0330 202 0559

Murphy-Neumann Charity Company Limited: Apply any time, trustees meet twice a year (donations made annually in January)
Size of grant available: £500-£2,500 (most grants £750-£2,000 averaging £1,220 in 2020/21)
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support vulnerable people to meet their basic/enduring mental and physical health/social care needs addressing economic/social disadvantage or hardship due to disability/social exclusion, alleviating chronic illness/disabling diseases and medical research
Additional information: Only registered charities can apply
Contact details: Mark Lockett (Trustee/Secretary), telephone 01206 323685
Address: Hayling Cottage, Upper Street, Stratford St Mary, Colchester, Essex CO7 6JW

Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations: LGBT+ Futures Equity Fund, apply any time until 30th October 2022
Size of grant available: £465,000 fund providing small grants £100-£25,000 to community-led organisations for running costs, projects and organisational/leadership development (grants must be spent by August 2023)
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support work focused on one of their five communities of focus: deaf, disabled and neurodivergent LGBT+ people, LGBTQI+ women, LGBT+ People of Colour/from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities, elderly LGBT+ people and Trans/Non-Binary people
Additional information: Only grassroots groups and organisations led by and for LGBT+ people can apply (potential applicants can access a weekly funding drop-in virtual event via Zoom every Wednesday 2-3pm by sending an email to
Contact details: Telephone 020 7064 6500

National Allotment Gardens Trust: apply by 1st January, April, July or October (trustees meet quarterly)
Size of grant available: £250-£2,000
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support allotments/gardens through education, training and workshops advancing and improving facilities for young/disabled people
Additional information: Only registered Allotment Associations looking to improve and develop facilities on permanent sites can apply (non statuary sites can also apply if a long term lease is in place)
Contact details: Telephone 0115 987 7347

Versus Arthritis: Inspiring Active Communities, apply any time (grants should be spent within six months of being awarded)
Size of grant available: £325,000 fund offering grants £1,000-£5,000 for work with people who have long-term health conditions to get active welcoming applications from organisations working with lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities and disabled people
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects addressing the negative impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic helping organisations recover from the long-term impact of COVID-19
Additional information: Fund launched in partnership with Sport England’s Together Fund
Contact details: Sophie Priestly (Trusts Manager) or Ashleigh Ahlquist (Physical Activity Manager), telephone 0800 5200 520

National Lottery Heritage Fund: Dynamic Collections, apply any time up to 31st March 2023
Size of grant available: Up to £250,000 supporting digital resources and knowledge sharing addressing long-term challenges that have been made worse by the Coronavirus pandemic changing needs of communities reflecting people’s history and experiences
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support collecting organisations become more inclusive and resilient building on innovative ideas and trends (particularly in digital engagement) focusing on engagement, re-interpretation and collections management bringing to life stories of people and communities
Additional information: This programme is primarily aimed at collecting organisations such as accredited and non-accredited museums, archives, historic libraries and community organisations that hold collections or are working in partnership to develop a collection-based project
Contact details: Telephone 0121 393 4734

Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation: Small Grants, apply any time (Small Grants Committee meet in February, May, July and October)
Size of grant available: Up to £5,000 for grassroots projects in diverse and deprived communities (average award £1,500)
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects transforming lives/building sustainable communities through heritage/conservation, education, health/wellbeing, social inclusion, environment and the countryside
Additional information: Only registered charities established for a minimum of two years with annual income below £1M can apply
Contact details: Telephone 020 4551 9330

Eveson Charitable Trust: Submit Expression of Interest/initial enquiry at any time (trustees meet monthly)
Size of grant available: Unrestricted grants averaging £7,000/£8,000 (success rate around 80%) for running/project costs and capital projects (including feasibility studies). Grants for small charities (income below £300,000 per annum) up to 15% of income
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support people with physical disabilities (including those who are blind or deaf), learning difficulties and mental health problems as well as disadvantaged or disabled children and young people aged up to 25, elderly people, homelessness, hospitals and hospices
Additional information: Only registered charities/Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) can apply (will not fund Community Interest Companies or social enterprises)
Contact details: Denise Bradley (Grants Assistant) telephone 07859 393380 and Karen Dobson (Grants Officer) telephone 07306 244624

February Foundation: Apply any time (decisions made monthly)
Size of grant available: Median Awards are £5,000 for project, core or capital costs (success rate below 20%)
Aims and outcomes of funder: End of life care; healthcare/patient support; education; physical or mental disabilities; environmental protection
Additional information: Only registered charities can apply
Contact details: Richard Pierce-Saunderson (Chief Executive and Company Secretary), telephone 01379 388200

Historic England Foundation: Celebrating Working Class Histories, apply by 23rd May 2022
Size of grant available: Up to £25,000 for community-led/people-focused projects that further the collective understanding of the nation’s past celebrating the built or historic environment (particularly interested in supporting small grass roots projects up to £10,000)
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support community/heritage organisations focusing on heritage that links people to overlooked historic places with a particular interest in recognising and celebrating working class histories
Additional information: Interested in projects that provide innovative volunteering opportunities for young people or people facing loneliness/isolation contributing positively to participants’ wellbeing encouraging them to connect with others in their local community
Contact details: Telephone 020 7973 3700/3001

Wooden Spoon Society
The Wooden Spoon Society provides grants above £5,000 for mainly capital projects that enhance/support the lives of disadvantaged or disabled (physically, mentally or socially) children/young people aged under 25 making a positive impact on their lives. Only applications/projects with a key rugby element to engage children/young people will be eligible.
Submit an expression of wish form for an initial assessment at any time (available funding for projects has been reduced due to the Coronavirus pandemic).
For more information, contact:
Tel: 01252 773720

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust support registered charities working with communities that face the greatest challenges in society and whose opportunities are most limited. In 2022 they are focusing on The Arts supporting young people in the early stages of their careers within the arts (grant rounds one and two) and projects/initiatives that help redress the balance on under-representation of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic people in the arts (grant rounds three and four).
£1,000 is available in the third grant round and £5,000 is available in the second and fourth grant rounds prioritising projects supporting young performers and creatives as well as outreach projects/initiatives increasing participation with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities.
Registered charities with annual operating income and expenditure £25,000-£1M can apply for £1,000 grants in the third round. Those with annual operating income/expenditure above £2M can apply for £5,000 grants in the second round and above £1M can also apply for £5,000 in the fourth round.
Remaining grant rounds in 2022 are:
• 1st-30th April (round two);
• 1st-31st July (round three);
• 1st-30th September (round four).
For more information, contact Karen Frank (Administrator):

Ford Britain Trust
The Ford Britain Trust support projects/activities focused on education/special educational needs, children/young people and disabled people providing clear benefits to local communities and the environment through two grant programmes:
1. Large grants £251-£3,000 for capital projects/expenditure such as refurbishment, furniture, equipment, computers and a contribution towards the purchase of a new vehicle. Apply by 31st January or 31st July for consideration in March and September.
2. Small grants up to £250 for capital projects/expenditure such as refurbishment, furniture, equipment and computers. Apply 1st April-30th June, 1st August-31st October or 1st December-28th February annually.
Whilst there is a preference for projects close to Ford UK locations supported by Ford employees they will accept applications from other areas provided applicants meet the selection criteria.
For more information, contact:
Tel: 01268 402790

Taylor Family Foundation
The Taylor Family Foundation’s objective is to empower disadvantaged children and young people aged 11-25 to better their future through the following areas of focus:
• improving chances of attaining success/leading fulfilling lives;
• improving access and engagement in the arts for those from deprived backgrounds;
• social inclusion for the homeless and deprived/struggling families.
Applications can be made at any time by completing the contact form available on the website detailing project aims and beneficiary details so that eligibility to apply can be discussed.
For more information, contact:
Tel: 020 8605 2629

National Lottery Community Fund
John Goodman (local funding officer Dudley and Wolverhampton) will be available to meet organisations either face-to-face or virtually on Mondays every fortnight to discuss potential applications to the Reaching Communities funding programme.
John suggests groups contact him directly to book a slot either at our office in Brierley Hill (7 Albion Street DY5 3EE) or at a convenient location to suit both parties. If preferred, he will set up a virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams.
If appointments are held at Albion Street attendees are requested to wear face coverings when entering our premises. The meetings will be held in an office where social distancing measures are in place.
In order to book an appointment contact John by phone or email:
Tel: 07837 248200
Reaching Communities Website:

This is the last time I will be contributing to our monthly e-bulletin as I’m retiring at the end of March. Over the last 14 years I have, in addition to supporting charitable organisations in the Dudley borough, been researching funding opportunities for these organisations. Over this time my funders database has expanded year on year and now contains around 900 funders with just under 1,200 different funds.
I hope you have all found the Funding Update part of the e-bulletin useful and secured grants to help with your projects, work and general funding needs.
I have written a farewell blog and it’s on our website at
Very best wishes to you all and carry on your great work!

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