External Funding Opportunities

We are not the only source of funding to the Community and Voluntary Sector.  External funding is money awarded from grant giving organisations such as;

  • the National Lottery,
  • national or local trusts,
  • European funds and
  • central Government.

Funding bodies are generally keen to see evidence of partnership working between the private, statutory and voluntary sectors.

Funding Central is a free smart website for the whole community and voluntary sector providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities.

COVID-19 Funding

A number of funding bodies have established grants to support community and cultural organisations during this challenging time. Please note that due to increased demand on funding, some funds will have very tight deadlines, and others may be paused to cope with demand so please check the websites for more details.

Communities

  • The National Lottery - Bringing People Together programme offers funding, up to £300K, to fund collaborative projects that focus on equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly amongst communities disproportionality affected by the pandemic such as people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, and asylum or refugees seekers. Applications can be made at any time from charities, voluntary and community organisations, CICs, CIOs and statutory bodies.
  • Scottish and Southern Electricity’s Resilient Fund will fund non-profit making Communtiy groups based within the SSEN distribution area with a constitution between £1,000 - £20,000 - for projects that protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness / To enhance community facilities, services and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event. Deadline: 10/06/2021

  • The A B Charitable Trust funds charities (with turnover between £150,000 and £1.5m) between £10,000 to £20,000 to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers / criminal justice and penal reform / human rights, particularly access to justice. Deadline: 25/04/2021
  • The Screwfix Foundation supports charities and not for profit organisations (up to £5K) to fix, repair, maintain and improve the properties and community facilities of those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage. Quarterly applications. Next deadline: 14/05/2021
  • The Friends Provident Foundation - Building Resilient Economies programme supports projects that deliver: “Systems Change” or “Local Economic Resilience” up to £200,000. Deadline: 26/04/2021
  • Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme supports households with lower incomes (under £30K pa) with energy efficiency improvements to their homes such as deep insulation, heat pumps and solar panels
  • The Arnold Clark Community Fund  offer grants of up to £1,000 to charities & local community groups in need of financial assistance due covid-19, to continue their work which may be at risk. Deadline: 31/05/2021.
  • Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust's Force for Change programme offer grants of up to £10,000 to support Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area. Open to charities or CICs who support Armed Forces communities; an Armed Forces unit or base; a local authority; or school. Deadline: 12/04/2021
  • The Home Instead Bring Joy Foundation offers grants of up to £500 for small organisations & up to £1500 for Registered Charities, for events, activities or pastimes that prevent social isolation and loneliness amongst adults over the age of 55 years. No deadline: Rolling programme.
  • Digital Lifeline funding Offers grants of up to £1,000 as an emergency response project to get devices, data and digital skills support to people with learning disabilities. Devices, data plus a grant of £100 for every person they support (minimum is 10 people). For support & community-based organisations. Deadline: 15/03/2021.
  • Magic Little Grants Offer small grants of up to £500 to small charities, community groups, school and groups connected to schools to launch or strengthen their services. Deadline: 31/10/2021
  • The Lloyds Bank Foundation offers grants of up to £50,000 to small, local charities, to enable them to help disadvantaged people overcome complex social issues. Rolling programme to end-2021.
  • The Lankelly Chase News and Media Fund Offer grants of up to £30,000 to charitable and non-charitable organisations, constituted groups and networks to enable people who are either currently under or misrepresented in the news to have their stories read and heard.
  • Grocers' Charity - Memorial Grants offers grants (up to £5,000) to small registered charities for work in the specific areas of: relief of youth poverty, the disabled, the elderly, health, military, and the arts and heritage.4 deadlines per year.
  • The Prospectory - Idea Fund offers grants (between £250-£5,000) to individuals or small groups with a novel technical idea which they want to try out. Projects should deliver a social or environmental benefit / be intriguing, inventive and have an element of fun. No deadlines.
  • The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust offers grants of £1,000 to charitable organisations for projects which support people who are homeless who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are most limited. Priority will be given to applications that help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Deadline: 28/02/2021.
  • Warburtons Community Grant scheme supports charities and charitable organisations with charitable with up to £400 for projects that have a direct and tangible social impact on families and solve significant social issues. Deadline: 10/05/2021.
  • The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund will provide grants of up to £100,000 for nature projects which tackle climate change, create and restore habitats, or improve water quality. Open to environmental groups, local authorities, businesses & other not-for-profit organisations. Deadline: 26/03/2021.
  •  The Veolia Environmental Trust offers Community Grants between £10,000-£75,000 (for not-for-profit orgs and local authorities) to create or improve buildings or outside spaces for the benefit of the community and Environmental Improvement Grants for Environmental Bodies. Deadline for both grants: 15/04/2021.
  • The Women Thrive Fund offers support to women’s organisations working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Up to £15,000 with a turnover of £200,000 inclusive / up to £40,000 with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999. Deadline: 25/03/2021.
  • The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Inclusion Small grants programme supports local charities with grants between £500-£15,000 for projects that help reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people aged over 50. Opens: 01/03/2021. Deadline: 31/03/2021.
  • The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Inclusion Large grants programme supports local charities with an annual income over £500,000 (with grants between £10,000-£80,000) for projects (up to three years) that help reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people aged over 50. Deadline: 30/03/2021.
  • The Heart Research UK and Subway Healthy Heart grant scheme offers funding (up to £10,000) for groups in the Meridian ITV region for new & innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease. Deadline: 01/03/2021.
  • The Localgiving & the Postcode Community Trust - Magic Little Grants - for small charities and community groups with annual income of below £250,000. Grants of up to £500 to launch or strengthen their services. Deadline: 30/10/2021.
  • Barchester's Charitable Foundation offers grants (between £100 - £5,000) to connect / re-connect older people with others in their local community, help combat isolation and loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged. 
  • Charities Aid Foundation has a Resilience Fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19.
  • There are a number of funds available through The Good Exchange, including specific support through the coronavirus crisis from Sovereign and the Miss Lawrence Trust.
  • The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government offering support for innovative community engagement projects (to celebrate and commemorate the positive impact of the Windrush Generation on modern Britain) that make a positive impact in: celebration, commemoration and/or education. Between £2,500 - £25,000. Deadline: 10th March 2021
  • The Trussell Trust is offering support to food banks.
  • Neighbourly are awarding micro-grants to their existing members to support vulnerable members of the community. 
  • The Leatherseller's Company is offering small grants to registered charities which are which are currently supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence, and nursing care to vulnerable patients. 
  • The National Lottery Communities Fund has a few community funding schemes open in England: Reaching Communities, Partnerships, and Healthier Communities Together. The National Lottery Communities Fund and the Government has launched a coronavirus fund to support small and medium sized organisations at the heart of their local communities which are making a difference during the outbreak.The National Lottery Local Connections Fund is designed to help charities and community groups that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them to build connections across their communities.
  • The Morrisons Foundation is awarding grants to community projects that make a difference to people's lives. 
  • Sporting Capital offer loan and grant funding to organisations which run community and sport-based services to address local need.
  • Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to local groups who are working to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness.
  • The Social Entrepreneurs Programme, from Lloyds Bank and bank of Scotland, is offering support to social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations through the Start-up and Scale-up programmes.
  • A Good Food Fund has been launched to support organisations to tackle childhood obesity.
  • Warburtons offer micro-funding to charitable organisations to deliver broader activity. 
  • The Co-operative Bank awards Community DirectPlus account holders small grants towards special projects. 
  • Persimmon is giving donations towards community groups and charities that give support to the over-70s.
  • AB Charitable Trust offers grants to charities that work to support migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, criminal justice and penal reform, and human rights. 
  • The Tudor Trust awards grants to community-led organisations that work directly with people at the margins of society and support positive changes in their communities. 
  • The Dulverton Trust is prioritising making grants to organisations that are well-placed to support vulnerable communities through the coronavirus crisis and also fit their funding criteria. Though priority will be given to previous recipients of their grants, the Trust is open to new applicants. 
  • Social Investment Business has launched a Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption to their normal business model due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Allen Lane Foundation awards grants to projects which will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems, are aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination, and encourage or enable unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community. They have launched a new Social Cohesion Programme that funds projects that aim to proactively break down barriers and tensions between different groups of people, and build a more cohesive and inclusive community for all.
  • B&Q donates unsellable materials and products to community groups, charities and schools to re-use and recycle. B&Q are also offering grants to local charities to improve homes of community spaces.
  • Alpkit has repurposed its grants programme to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis.
  • FareShare's Surplus with Purpose fund helps companies seeking to unlock new or hard to reach surplus (or ‘waste’) food to be diverted to charities in need.
  • Leeds Building Society Foundation donates to projects and good causes which support those who are disadvantaged or in vulnerable circumstances.
  • The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust has a programme of small grants for smaller charities that provide support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.
  • The Yapp Charitable Trust offers core funding to small charities that work in one of their priority areas.
  • The Government has announced that it will allocate £360million to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. It has also said that charities can access much of the support available to businesses.
  • Support Adoption for Pets offers grants to charities and not-for-profit organisations that rescue and rehome UK pets or provide temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners.
  • UK Power Networks' Power Partner funding is available to support organisations that have found new ways to provide vital support for vulnerable members of communities and help people facing fuel poverty, particularly during the current restrictions.
  • Groups, clubs, committees or charities working in or directly serving the community within the Littlemore Parish Council area can apply for small grants to support the community through COVID-19.
  • Oxford Hospitals Charity offers small grants towards projects or items that can make a real difference to a hospital service or department, staff or patients. They are particularly keen to hear from frontline staff.
  • The Schroder Charity Trust offers grants for a broad range of charitable purposes: education and young people, health, communities, environment and conservation, heritage, arts and culture, international development, and the armed forces.
  • The Feminist Review Trust awards grants to projects that support women.
  • Aviva Community Fund offers grants to support groups to continue or adapt vital services to support communities in need at this time. They will fund projects working in financial capability and inclusion, and community resilience.
  • The Baring Foundation's Strengthening Civil Society Fund is open to charities to support legal action in all its forms – empowering, persuading, challenging – that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic from public authorities, businesses, and communities.
  • The Woodward Charitable Trust offers core funding to organisations with projects delivering impact in their priority areas.
  • The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund offers funding to charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to projects that have a positive impact on their communities and raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks.
  • Ford Britain Trust has two funding streams to offer funding for capital costs to community groups and schools that focus on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to local communities.
  • The Government has launched a scheme to provide funding for protective security measures to places of worship and associated faith community centres that are vulnerable to hate crime.
  • The Muslim Council of Britain has launched the Jummah Grants fund to support small UK mosques that are struggling due to lockdown.
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation offers funding in line with their strategic aims to unlock change: our natural world, a fairer future, and creative, confident communities.
  • PwC are allocating grants to BAME led social enterprises and charities with BAME beneficiaries to build an inclusive culture and tackle racial inequality.  
  • The Ministry of Defence is offering event funding for Armed Forces Day 2021. 
  • The Marsh Christian Trust provides funding to help small organisations working in their priority themes to pay for core outgoings. 
  • The Gamesys Foundation aims to preserve and protect the wellbeing of people suffering from mental health issues. They are providing grants to organisations that work in the mental health field. 
  • ISLA Foundation offers grants to support grassroots organisations and individuals that provide vital help to the most vulnerable in society.
  • The Smallwood Trust, with support from The National Lottery Community Fund, are awarding funding to organisations that are working with women most at risk of poverty and financial hardship due to the pandemic.
  • The Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund is open to applications from homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations in order to provide COVID secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter. 
  • Methodist churches can apply to Allchurches Trust's Methodist Grants Programme for funding towards building development projects that focus on church growth, community engagement and improving accessibility. Allchurches have also launched the Hope Beyond fund to support churches and Christian charities with projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope.
  • Comic Relief have launched the Global Majority Fund for which they are seeking partner organisations to help them distribute funding to smaller community organisations.
  • People's Health Trust has launched an Active Communities funding programme to support small local groups and organisations with ideas to make their communities better places to live.
  • The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust offers funding through different streams including the Force for Change programme for projects that support Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage with their local area, and the Positive Pathways programme for projects that support the mental health and wellbeing of Armed Forces veterans.
  • Asda Foundation has launched the Feeding Communities Grant to help community groups provide meals to people in need.
  • The 'I've Got An Idea' fund supports ideas that: are based on a technical idea or innovation; could deliver a social or environmental benefit; are intriguing, inventive and have an element of fun. 
  • The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is awarding core funding or project support to organisations that are engaging in long-term work in their priority area of Rights and Justice. 
  • Groundwork are awarding Comic Relief Project Delivery Grants to grassroots organisations that deliver projects in the following themes: Children Survive & Thrive, Fighting for Gender Justice and A Safe Place to Be. 
  • Voice4Change is awarding funding through the COVID-19 Grants Programme to BAME community groups and organisations working to deliver COVID-19 services. 
  • The Henry Smith Charity is awarding grants through their Improving Lives programme which supports charitable organisations working to one of their identified priorities and that help people where other sources of support have failed.
  • Oxfordshire Community Foundation is offering grants to organisations and community groups that aim to raise and awareness and promote positive relationships, sexual and reproductive health, particularly for young people, those experiencing homelessness and vulnerable groups.
  • The Foyle Foundation is awarding small grants to grassroots and community organisations that are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community.
  • The Volant Trust is offering support to charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the pandemic. 
  • The National Probation Service is making funding available to voluntary and charity-sector organisations who work with (or are led by) Black, Asian Minority Ethnic members of the community involved with the criminal justice system. To apply and for more details contact [email protected]
  • The Cruach Trust offers support to small charities, trusts or societies. The Cruach Trust primarily wishes to support gardeners, retired gardeners and preserving gardens, but also supports other charitable objectives.
  • NFU Mutual are awarding small grants to support community groups and charities, with a preference for those working in one of their areas of interest: connecting the community; ;providing care and support to vulnerable members of our community; relieving poverty; advancing education and experiences for young people.
  • Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation have announced that they will be launching the Tech For Good digital development programme 'Build' in January 2021.
  • Dove's CROWN UK fund is offering grants to Black-led grassroot organisations and projects who are working to eliminate barriers to progress for Black women and girls and driving for long-term systemic change.
  • The British Ecological Society have launched their Outreach Grant fund to support individuals and groups to promote ecological science to a wide audience.

Young people

  • The Triangle Trust 1949 offer grants of up to £30,000 for up to two years (£60,000 in total) - to expand on existing projects that aim to raise educational outcomes for young carers up to the age of 25. Open to charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and CICs. Deadline: 11/05/2021

  • Youth Endowment Fund’s - Another chance - Diversion from the criminal justice system will fund 10-20 programmes that are ready for robust impact evaluation or could be supported to reach this point within two years. The aim is to evaluate different diversion approaches that work best at preventing 10 to 17-year-olds from becoming involved in violence. Open to charities, public or private sector organisations that receive referrals from a relevant statutory service. Opens: 19th April. Deadline: 14th May 2021

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation Funding to Support Youth Organisations funds not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 - 25) up to £90,000 over 3 years. To support the core operating costs of organisations who help young people in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging. Apply at any time
  • The BlueSpark Foundation offers grants of up to £5,000 to schools, colleges and community groups to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. Rolling programme (no deadlines)
  • The Scott Bader Commonwealth Community Hardship Fund Fund offers grants (between £250-£10,000) to registered charities to fund environmental and educational projects which help young or disadvantaged people. Deadline: 26/02/2021.
  • The 7stars Foundation will fund charitable organisations (up to £2,000) for projects which support young living in areas of deprivation and socioeconomic disadvantage who are challenged by abuse or addiction, who are young carers, or who are homeless. Projects should address a lack of provision, and provide immediate support. Deadline: 20/04/2021.
  • British Council's Turing Scheme will enable UK students to study and work abroad. The scheme, designed to replace the Erasmus+ scheme, will be available for HE, FE, VET organisations & schools. Applications open in March 2021 for 6 weeks.
  • The MSE Charity offers grants (up to £7,500) for projects aimed at the under-25s; to develop their financial life skills to help them thrive in these turbulent economic times. Deadline: 26/02/2021.
  • The KFC Foundation offers funding (between £200 - £2,000 - to groups with turnover less than £300K) for projects which empower disadvantaged young people in the UK to fulfil their potential. Deadline: 28/02/2021.
  • The Pye Charitable Settlement offers grants aimed at youth organisations and groups offering children's health and social care.
  • The BT - Lockdown Learning scheme provides free unlimited mobile data for families and carers supporting children with no internet access
  • The BT - Skills for Tomorrow online resources provides educational pages, offering information and advice on key digital skills as well as an educational activities for home learning for children aged 4 to 11 years
  • The Get Help with Tech scheme provides free internet access to those who need it in years 3 to 11
  • The Youth Futures Foundation awards grants to organisations working with young people towards employment.
  • Kellogg's and Forever Manchester are awarding grants to breakfast clubs at schools that remain open to vulnerable children and children of key workers.
  • The Les Mills Fund for Children offers small grants to youth causes that improve the education, and physical and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, and inspires them to get active.
  • Hope for the Young have established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to help support in the immediate health and well-being of the most at-risk and socially isolated young people.
  • Wooden Spoon offer grants to organisations which aim to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people.
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry offers outreach funding to enable groups and individuals to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.
  • Family Fund offer grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children or young people.
  • One Family are offering micro-grants to young people towards education and training.
  • The Ernest Cook Trust is offering funding to the environment and youth work sector to engage young people with environmental learning and action.
  • The Royal Institution is awarding grants for schools to experience Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths enrichment and enhancement.
  • The MSE Charity is offering grants for projects that target and support young people to learn and develop personal financial skills.
  • Thomas Wall Trust is offering funding to charities that support people with an emphasis on building confidence, knowledge and skills, and therefore increasing prospects of employment.
  • SEN (special education needs) schools and organisations that work with young disabled people can apply for adapted minibuses that suit their needs from Lord's Taverners.
  • Salix Energy Efficiency Fund is offering loans to reduce energy usage in individual academies, sixth form colleges, free schools, and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs).
  • The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has launched the Major Grants programme to support organisations that have a focus on Family Support.
  • UK Youth is offering funding to youth groups and organisations to deliver more sessions and to enhance and expand existing sessions. They are also offering COVID relief funding.
  • The Wolfson Foundation are offering grants to support special schools and colleges for building or refurbishment work, or new equipment. They are also offering funding to other schools and sixth form colleges to improve the teaching of specific subject areas.
  • The Alec Dickson Trust has small grants available to support young people who want to use volunteering or community service to do brilliant things in their community.
  • The London Mathematical Society has launched their Small Grants for Education scheme designed to support activities that stimulate interest and enable involvement in mathematics from Key Stage 1 through to undergraduate level and beyond.
  • The Ironmongers' Company is awarding grants to charities that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.
  • The True Colours Trust Small Grants programme supports organisations that work with disabled children and young people and their families.
  • Variety are offering grants to youth clubs to fund tangible resources such as sports and play equipment.
  • BBC Children in Need's Main and Small Grants programmes support not-for-profit organisations that make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.
  • Sport England are awarding Return to Play grants to help community groups and clubs to adapt and open important places and spaces to allow aport and physical activity to happen during the pandemic.

Arts and Culture

  • Youth Music - Youth Making's funding programme is made up of several separate funds to fund developmental music-making projects for disadvantaged young people as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector. Open to schools and other not-for-profit organisations. Deadlines are: 07/07/2021 & 30/07/2021
  • Youth Music Network Incubator Fund offers grants (between £5,000 and £30,000) to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profit organisations working in the music industries - to help open up opportunities in music for young people aged 18-25; particularly under-represented groups / and support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent. Deadline: 20/08/2021
  • The Hitmaker Fund offers grants of up to £10,000 to further develop the careers of songwriters and producers working in popular music genres. Applicants must have at least 5 credited works registered with PRS for Music. Deadline: 02/06/2021
  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund - Heritage Trade Up Programme offers £10,000 Trade Back grants, leadership support and networking to build the capacity of heritage sector organisations to strengthen their resilience and overall sustainability. Deadline: 09/04/2021
  • The Theatre Improvement Scheme Offers grants of up to £20,000 to support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact. Deadline: 06/09/2021
  • The PRS Music Foundation’s Composers' Fund offers grants (up to £10,000) to composers with a strong track record in their field for whom access to funding could help move forward their career. Applicants must be members of PRS for Music or in a position to join. Deadline: 28/05/2021.
  • The Elephant Trust offers grants (up to £5,000) to artists for new, innovative visual arts projects. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions. Deadline: 11/04/2021 National Lottery Grants for Heritage offers 3 levels of funding (between £3,000-£5 million) to support projects that will strengthen the recovery of the Heritage sector from the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications can be made at any time.
  • The Help Musicians’ Do It Differently Fund offers grants (between £500 and £3,000) to empower independent, entrepreneurial music creators of all genres and disciplines who are at a crucial point in their career. Deadline: 15/03/2021.
  • Music for All for musical instrument costs, workshops/training, using music to break down barriers, providing educational opportunities and integrate many diverse groups positively. Open to music and education organisations. Deadline: 01/07/2021
  • Help Musicians offers grants for professional musicians through a number of different programmes.
  • The Deutsche Bank - Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) is a £60,000 cash prize fund and business support for a year to aspiring individuals who want to go into business in the creative industries, with a desire to create positive social impact through their enterprise. Deadline: 31st March 2021
  • The National Archives Scoping Grants offers a grant to produce a report that incorporates expert advice on a range of areas relating to collections management and the development of an organisation’s collection. Up to £3,000. Deadline: 19th April 2021
  • Fidelio Charitable Trust welcomes applications in support of the Arts, in particular music, including opera, lieder, composition and dance.
  • The Make A Difference Trust Crisis Fund is designed to provide support to those theatre industry members who are experiencing unexpected financial distress as a direct result of Coronavirus COVID-19 and which threaten to impact on well-being, either physically or mentally.
  • Music For All has two funding streams available: grants for individuals, to give people the opportunity to access musical instruments and lessons; and, grants to support projects that aim to bring music to their community.
  • The Dance Professionals Fund provides financial support to professional dance artists in time of need.
  • Concertina are providing micro grants to support smaller organisations that provide music activities for the elderly, including funding to care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.
  • The Society of Authors has launched the Authors' Emergency Fund to help support authors impacted financially during the coronavirus crisis.
  • Creative Debuts has launched a Black Artists Grant scheme to offer no-strings attached financial support to Black artists.
  • Arts Council is running the National Lottery Project Grants programme for arts, museums, and libraries projects until April 2021. The next round of Developing Your Creative Practice is open.
  • The Association of Independent Museums is awarding grants to enable museums to tell the story of lesser known history makers.
  • Weston Culture Fund is supporting mid to large cultural organisations badly affected by the pandemic, to restart work, re-engage audiences, adapt to the current circumstances and generate income.
  • The Elephant Trust aims to support artists to complete new, innovative visual arts projects, when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts.
  • The Wingate Foundation is offering funding to charitable organisations that work within their supported categories: Music, Performing Arts, Jewish Life and Learning.
  • Museums Association has launched a Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund to help museums to creatively explore and innovate with their communities.
  • Nesta's Cultural Impact Development Fund has been updated to offer grant-funding, as well as loan investments, to arts and culture organisations working with people and communities in need.
  • The Scops Arts Trust is awarding grants to organisations that provide disadvantaged people with opportunities to access, enjoy and participate in the arts.
  • The Foyle Foundation's Main Grants Scheme is open to applications from registered charities that have a core remit in the Arts or Learning.
  • PRS Foundation's Women Make Music scheme aims to support women, trans and non-binary songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds. For organisations, the PRS Foundation has grants available through The Open Fund for Organisations.
  • The Leche Trust offers grants in two areas: performing arts and conservation.
  • Ofcom's Community Radio Fund is open to community radio stations that are taking steps to tackle loneliness and isolation within their communities.
  • The Theatre Artists Fund is providing emergency grants to support theatre workers and freelancers.
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama is inviting applications for DISRUPT 2021, a digital festival exhibiting performance based projects. It is open to communities, community organisations, researchers, creatives, artists, charities and arts organisations that work meaningfully together.
  • Youth Music's Incubator Fund is awarding grants to groups in the music industry, and is designed to help open up access to sustainable careers in music for young people aged 18 - 25.

Sporting, Physical and Outdoor Activities

  • The Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund funds grassroots clubs, leagues, charities and National League System Clubs (Step 1-6) with £2,500 to enhance pitches that are considered 'poor' or 'basic', or £750 to help them sustain pitches already at a 'good' level. Rolling till funds used up
  • The Football Foundation & Sport England offer grants of up to £2,500 to help clubs and organisations most in need to restart or deliver new football activity. Deadline: 28/05/2021. 
  • Sport England’s Return to Play Fund for community sports clubs and not-for-profit organisations to help them repair flood-damaged facilities. Small grants of up to £10,000 and large grants of £10,001 or more are available. Apply at any time.
  • The Whirlwind Charitable Trust supports registered charities with grants (between £2,000 - £10,000) for projects which encourage “at risk” individuals to participate in activities, to grow in confidence, ambition and achievement.
  • Sport England - Active Partnerships offers funding to enable schools in England to open their sports and swimming facilities outside of the school day to encourage pupils to be more physically active once the Covid-19 pandemic is over. Rolling programme.
  • Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund 2.0 offers funding (between £250 - £1,000) to cover loss of revenue or fixed costs eg: equipment or pool hire, event hosting fees for an event which has now been cancelled. Deadline: 26/02/2021
  • Sport England has teamed up with Crowdfunder to offer match-funding on funds raised through Crowdfunder. 
  • The Peter Harrison Foundation is awarding grants to organisations that are offering opportunities through sport, and addressing special needs and care for children and young people.
  • Localgiving offers Magic Little Grants to projects which support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.
  • Ron Pickering Memorial Fund is offering grants to young track and field athletes with talent and financial need.
  • The COVID-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund helps smaller horse rescue and rehoming charities and organisations that have been impacted by the crisis.
  • The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust is offering funding support for equipment, specialist wheelchairs, and other support to enable disabled people to play tennis.

Individuals

  • The Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is offering small grants to individuals who are in financial hardship or need because of poverty, deprivation, or disadvantage.
  • Hospitality Action are providing Winter Fuel grant (£150) for those currently working within the hospitality industry receiving a low income. Deadline: 31st March 2021
  • The B&CE Charitable Trust provide help for individuals and their dependants needing financial or emotional support, information, guidance and advice.
  • Oxford Home Improvement Agency has support available for older, disabled and vulnerable residents within Oxford City to live safely and independently in their own home.
  • The Teaching Staff Trust provides financial support for people are in financial difficulty and who have worked in the education sector for five years or more.
  • myrTwellbeing is offering grants through the CaRe20 scheme to support people who work in retail or supporting service industries who are affected by COVID-19.
  • BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Fund supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family The fund will cover the purchase of critical items. 
  • British Gas Energy Trust offers individual grants to both customers and non-customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills.
  • Fashion and Textiles Children's Trust is offering grants to families who work in fashion and textiles industries, to fund essential items for their children during COVID-19.
  • One Family are offering micro personal grants to help people be more financially secure.
  • Households could get money off energy bills this winter under the Government's Warm Home Discount Scheme.
  • Friends of the Elderly are offering small grants to older people living on low incomes.
  • The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline for older people, that can offer conversation, information and advice, linking up with local groups and more. Call the Silver Line on 0800 470 80 90.
  • Individuals who have been told to self-isolate or have tested positive for COVID-19 might be eligible for a Test and Trace Support payment.
  • The Oxford Hamper Project aims to deliver 100 Christmas hampers to families in need. To receive a hamper or to donate, contact Shabnam 07888 659924 or Keith 07954 407742 or email them at [email protected]rdhomelessproject.org.uk.
  • The Oxford Christmas Lunch is bringing the community a free cooked lunch on Christmas Day. For more information, contact Sara at [email protected] or text 07535 314716. 
  • Turn2Us Elizabeth Finn Fund offers grants to individuals and families with professional backgrounds.
  • The Smallwood Trust can provide grants and support to women on low incomes who have specific needs and are struggling to make ends meet or trying to overcome financial problems.
  • If you are self-employed or a member of a partnership, you may be eligible to claim a grant through Government's Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

Entrepreneurs and businesses

  • The Biffa Award Partnership Grants scheme offer grants between £250,000 and £750,000  for: Built Environment projects that transform cultural, heritage or visitor centres / Natural Environment projects that restore or improve the environment and the natural systems or habitats that support it. Project site must be within 15 miles of a significant Biffa operation or active Biffa landfill site. Deadline: 01/06/2021
  • The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2021 offers opportunity for Green entrepreneurs to access one of five awards (between €100,000 - €500,000) for sustainable innovations or solutions that people can relate to, which can be used in everyday life and/or that can be turned into a consumer product, to tackle pressing environmental challenges. Deadline: 15/04/2021
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust  offers grants of between £1,000 to £100,000+ to support projects that challenge how power is concentrated, shared and used through globalisation, new technology, new channels of communication, extreme inequality and other factors. Deadline: 31/08/2021
  • The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund offers grants (up to £14 million) to businesses in energy-intensive sectors to cut their carbon emissions, while reducing their energy bills, protecting jobs, and improving air quality. Deadline: 14/07/2021.
  • SME Brexit Support Fund is set up to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the European Union (EU). SMEs who trade only with the EU will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for each trader. Open from March 2021.
  • The Government has announced that it will allocate £360million to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. It has also said that charities can access much of the support available to businesses. There is also support available to self-employed individuals, including those in partnerships.
  • The Government has launched two funding schemes for businesses: a Small Business Grant Fund and a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
  • The Government has also announced that dairy farmers will be able to access funding to help them overcome the impact of the COVID-19 out