Community Grants

Charities and Trusts

The Allen Lane Foundation

The Foundation funds small community groups and voluntary organisations from specific areas which includes the elderly and people experiencing mental health difficulties.

It is open to groups throughout the UK except where the beneficiaries of the work all live in London. The single, one-off grants range from £500 up to £15,000 while repeated grants (up to a maximum of 3 years) range from £500 to £5,000 a year.

Examples of previous funding activities include advocacy, self help groups, arts activities and befriending.

To apply, download a registration form and send to the Foundation office with a detailed written application about the organisation and the reasons for applying for the grant.

The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust provides funding for small UK charities who support needy or deserving people including those with physical or mental disabilities and the disadvantaged.

Grants vary from £250 to £3,000. They prioritise organisations working in areas of high unemployment/deprivation and favour charities who make good use of volunteers.

Apply in wrting to The Secretary, The Archer Trust, Bourne House, Wadesmill, Ware, Herts, SG12 0TT.

Trustees only meet twice a year (normally in March and September) so replies may take some time. They do not reply to unsuccessful applications.

Asda Foundation

The Asda Foundation offers grants to help transform communities and the lives of people in the UK.

It has 4 funding programmes:

  • Significant Local Community Projects - supports charities/not-for-profit organisations who support the wider community by tackling an underlying problem in the local community
  • Top Up Funding Grants - provides funding for smaller local projects
  • Chosen by You Given by Us - for good causes nominated by customers
  • Colleague Hardship Fund - a fund to support current, retired or past employees (colleagues) who find themselves at risk of financial hardship

To apply for funding contact your local store or depot.

The Foundation has previously funded a respite centre in Northern Ireland and a local health centre in Scotland for individuals with long term health conditions.

Axis Foundation

The Axis Foundation supports charitable and community based projects in it's operating area mainly London, the South East and the West Midlands.

Supported projects must make a positive difference to improve the lives of the underprivileged,  the vulnerable and the disabled to help them reach their full potential.

The organisation has previously funded equipment to enhance patient comfort, a riding therapy programme and the Demelza Children's Hospice.

It is also donating a mini bus to a worthy cause - accepting applications until the 21st November 2014.

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of community charities and organisations that include children, the elderly, health and social welfare.

The Foundation has previously provided funding for the Drake Music Project (for disabled people), National Blind Children's Society and the Homes for Heroes Charitable Foundation.

Applications are to be made by letter including details of funding required, money raised and substainability of the project.

Chidwick Trust

The Chidwick Trust awards funds to charities who provide support to the disabled children and adults including the elderly.

Grants usually range between £2,000 and £10,000 for projects.

The Trust also provides funds to charities which support the Jewish faith and the care of Jewish people in need.

To apply applicants should write to the Trust Administrator. Download further guidelines for details.

The CLA Charitable Trust

The CLA Charitable Trust supports projects that promote and provide facilities for the disadvantaged and disabled to access the countryside.

It prefers to help small projects and organisations by funding specific capital purchases or identifiable parts of projects.

Previous awards have been made to a Riding for the Disabled group and special schools for residential weeks on working farms.  They may also be willing to fund equipment for countryside pursuits.

The Trust does not provide core funding or applications for sensory gardens.

Applications should be made in writing providing details of your organisation, the proposed project and costings.

The Concertina Charitable Trust

Concertina provides grants to other charities in England and Wales that provide musical entertainment and related activities to the elderly.

It supports smaller organisations that might have difficulties in finding funding. 

Grants are awarded up to a maximum of £250.

The Trust has previously funded singing groups, concerts, music for reminiscence groups and music therapy.

To apply: download an application form from the website.  Accounts and financial statements will be required.

Co-Operative Membership Community Fund

The Co-Operative Membership Fund is open to communities, self help or voluntary groups, charities or local branches of a national charity.

The projects must be of long term benefit to the community and support Co-operative values and principles.

To apply complete the on-line application form.

The Drapers' Company

The Drapers Charitable Fund awards grants to charities that support disabled adults. Especially individuals with less visible disabilities such as hearing impairment, dyslexia, mental health issues, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Grants are provided for both capital costs (buildings and equipment) and core costs for salaries. They are usually one off payments but may be awarded for a longer period up to a maximum of 3 years.

Applications should be made in writing on the organisation's headed notepaper with financial information appropriate for the request.

Engage Mutual - Community Awards

Customers of Engage Mutual are able to apply for community awards to make a difference to their local community.

Awards of £5,000 to £25,000 are offered every year.

Applications should be made using the online application form.  Once the project proposal has been reviewed it will appear online.  Winners will be decided by customer and public vote.

The Foundation has previously funded a wheelchair swing for a special needs school, a sensory gardens, sensory room and disability groups.

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The First Utility Foundation

The First Utility Foundation is an independent charity funded and created by First Utility.  

It supports projects that make a genuine difference to the lives of vulnerable families and individuals across the UK.  It awards grants to charitable initiatives that can deliver real improvement to their quality of life.

The Foundation specifically supports projects that:

  • Change the lives of the UK's most vulnerable families and children for the better.
  • Improve the lives of older people
  • Make life better for people with disabilities

Grants are provided for core costs between £3,000 and £10,000 a year and charitable projects up to £20,000 a year.

Further guidance and application forms can be downloaded from the website.

The Gannett Foundation

The Gannett Foundation provides funding to registered charities in areas where the Newquest group operates in the UK (there are many locations from Glasgow to Falmouth!).

It supports local projects and organisations that bring a lasting benefit to communities served by it's newspapers. This includes schemes for the disadvantaged, the disabled and youth development.

The Foundation will consider single events and projects of a limited duration.

Awards usually range between £5,000 and £10,000.

To apply download an application form or obtain one from your local Newsquest office. Completed application forms should be returned to your local office. 

The Greggs Foundation

The Greggs Foundation (part of the Greggs Bakery) delivers four grant programmes.

Their Major grants and Hardship fund are only open to organisations and individuals in the North East of England. The Breakfast Club and Regional Grants are open to applications from the whole of the UK.

  • Major Grants - prioritises core funding for salaries and its able to offer £15,000 a year up to maximum of £45,000 over 3 years.
  • Hardship Fund - individuals will need to be referred from agency such as social services and is able to provide grants from £50 to £150 for essential items.
  • Breakfast Club - aimed at primary schools where 50% of its children receive free school meals.
  • Regional Grants - available for Community groups including carers groups and people with disabilities up to a maximum of £2,000.

Details of the application process are available on their website.

The Hedley Foundation

The Hedley Foundation provides grants to registered charities for one-off projects that benefit young people, the disabled and terminally ill. This includes the provision of specialist equipment and support for carers.

Funding is provided up to a maximum of £5,000.

To apply download an application form from the website.

The Henry Smith Charity

This is a large grant making charity which provides funding for a number of different types of organisations and charities.

In particular, it provides grants toward Carers projects (including Young Carers) and Disability projects providing rehabilitation, training or advocacy support to people with disabilities.

It runs the following programmes:

  • Main Grant Programme - for grants over £10,000 providing capital grants and revenue grants for 3 year core funding costs.
  • Small Grants Programmes - for grants under £10,000 a year
  • Medical Research
  • Holiday grants for children - for organisations, schools and youth groups organising holidays for disabled children under 13 years or holidays for children who live in an area of high deprivation. Funding is usually between £500 and £2,500 and is normally limited to two-thirds of the total cost of the trip.

As each of the programmes has a different application procedure do check the individual guidelines for each of the programmes on the website.

LLoyds Bank Foundation

The Lloyds Bank Foundation invests in small and medium sized charities supporting people (over 17 years) to break out of cycles of disadvantage.

It offers short and long term grant programmes:

  • Invest - A long term core funding programme providing up to £25,000 for two or three years
  • Enable - Smaller, short term grants providing funding for development and improvement costs  grants are up to £15,000 for up to two years.

Applicants will be required to produce at least one year of published accounts and must operate mainly in England and Wales.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support have a grants programme " Supporting you to help others" for groups and individuals who support people affected by cancer.

It is able to help with:

  • Start up funds to support the start up of a new self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer
  • Development funds - to help existing groups to expand and extend their reach.
  • User Involvement Grants - to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services
  • Individual Development Grants - to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others affected by cancer.

Grants range from £300 for start up projects to £3,000 for existing projects.

There are four funding deadlines throughout 2015 - the first deadline is 13th March 2015.

The application form and further information can be downloaded from the website.

Paul Bush Foundation

The Paul Bush Foundation is able to assist registered UK charities working with physically disabled adults and children.

Grants up to a maximum of £10,000 are awarded for one year and preference is given to discrete projects with defined outcomes.  

For example they have previously funded projects which improve the health and wellbeing of physically disabled individuals and services to for individuals and their families overcome social deprivation related to their disability.

To apply: download an application form.  Financial details will be required.

Trustees meetings are held twice a year in April and October.

People's Postcode Trust

The People's Postcode Trust provides grants from £500 to £10,000 (£5,000 in Wales) to small organisations, charities and community groups.

In England it will only accept applications from the following regions: Yorkshire and Humber, North East England, Liverpool and Merseyside, East and West Midlands.

It supports projects in six main areas:

  • Poverty Prevention
  • Health
  • Citizenship and Community Development
  • Sports Participation
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Protection

To apply: download an application from. Guided notes are also provided on their new eligibility criteria.

The Percy Bilton Charity

The Percy Bilton Charity provides grants to organisations who support:

  • Educationally or socially underprivileged or disadvantaged young people under 25 years
  • Individuals with physical or learning disabilities, or mental health difficulties. This includes children, young people and adults
  • Older people over 60 years

It offers two grant programmes:

Large grants - Approximately £2,000 and over for capital expediture such as furniture, equipment and building refurbishment

Small grants - Up to £500 towards furnishings and equipment for small projects.

Applications should be made in writing on headed note paper providing information on the organisation and how the money would be used. Further details are available on the`website.

Pink Ribbon Foundation

The Pink Ribbon Foundation funds projects and financial support to UK charities who relieve the needs of people who are suffering or have been affected by breast cancer.

Applications are open to registered charities that benefit those affected by breast cancer through any specific initiative.  This might include nurses to provide support, complementary therapies, research initiatives and the provision of a pleasant and comforting environment.

To apply: download an application form from the website.

Porticus UK

Porticus UK provides funding for charitable and not for profit (faith and non faith) organisations operating in England, Wales and Scotland.

It has four priority programme areas:

  • Education
  • Society
  • Faith
  • Care - includes organisations providing support networks, connections or respite for families where there is a bereavement, disability or illness.

Porticus considers applications for core and project costs including staff salaries.  Most grants are awarded for amounts over £10,000 but may occasionally offer smaller grants.

Applications can be made at any time.

The Santander Foundation

The Santander Foundation funds registered UK charities who support disadvantage with 3 grants programmes:

  • Community Plus - grants up to £5,000 to cover salaries, equipment or materials for small local charities or local projects of national charities.  Applications are made via a local branch.
  • Learn and Grow - offers grants up to £10,000 to fund activities which help disadvantaged people improve skills, build confidence and employability.
  • Money Skills - offers grants up to £10,000 to help.

There are no deadlines for applications.

The Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation supports projects run by registered charities that help fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need in the UK.

Projects can be varied from improving facilities such as heating systems to redecorating homes for those living with disability or sickness.

An application form can be downloaded from the website.

The Skinners' Company Lady Neville Charity

The Lady Neville Charity provides funding for registered charities and not for profit organisations working in the areas of disability, local community, local heritage, performing and visual arts.

Grants in the region of £500 and £1,000 are availabe for items of non recurring expediture eg: Equipment or an event.

Click here for further details.

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust supports children, young people and the disabled.

It is able to provide funding to Hertfordshire and UK organisations working with socially and disadvantaged young people and those that improve the lives of the disabled.

Grants usually range between £5,000 to £30,000 and may be given for one or two years (sometimes three) for specific projects although Core Funding may be considered.

To apply: Use the on-line link to access an application form.

Tesco Charity Trust

The Tesco Charity Trust runs two grant schemes - The Tesco Community Award Scheme and Larger Grants.

The Community scheme provides one off donations of between £500 and £4,000 to community and voluntary groups in the areas around their stores.

Funding is available to local projects that support children, the elderly, adults and children with disabilities.

They offer two catergories of Community Awards:

  • Grants to support children's welfare and education (including special schools)
  • Grants to support the elderly and/or adults and children with disabilities

There are four rounds of funding each year for these grants.

The Larger Grants scheme provides grants between £4,000 and £25,000 to charities working on an international, national and regional basis.

It considers requests from charities working with children's welfare and education, elderly people's welfare and adults/children with disabilities.

The trustees meet three times a year to consider these applications.

The Triangle Trust

The Triangle Trust offer funding for organisations working with carers and the rehabilitation of offenders or ex offenders in the UK.

It is only able to help specialist carer organisations and community groups.

Grants are available for up to £40,000 or 50% of the organisation's annual income - whichever is lower.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Foundation provides grants for running costs and one-off capital costs to charities and not-for-profit organisations running projects addressing rural issues and urban deprivation.

This may include transport for the elderly and disabled, contact networks for the young disabled, carers projects, arts and sports programmes for rehabilitation, outreach services and specialist equipment not available on the NHS.

Click here for further guidelines and to download an application form

Ulverscroft Foundation

The Ulverscroft Foundation provides grants to organisations that support the visually imparied such as schools, libraries, hospitals, social and welfare groups.

Applications should be made in writing detailing how many visually impaired people would benefit from the project and the amount of funding already obtained.

Contact: Mrs Joyce Sumner, The Ulverscroft Foundation, The Green, Bradgate Road, Anstey, Leicester, LE7 7FU.

The Wyseliot Charitable Trust

The Wyseliot Charitable Trust provides funding to charitable organisations in the UK for general charitable purposes.

This includes disability, age ill-health, financial hardship or some other disadvantage.

There is no maximum amount that can be applied for but grants usually range from £2,000 to £5,000. 

Applications can be made at any time and should be made in writing to  Jonathan Rose, The Wyseliot Charitable Trust, 17 Chelsea Square, London SW3 6LF.


Yapp Charitable Foundation

The Yapp Charitable Foundation provides grants to small registered charities in England and Wales towards core funding (running costs and salaries)for existing work.

It helps charities with an annual turnover of less than £40,000 and operating in one of their priority areas:

  • The Elderly
  • Children and young people (aged 5 – 25 years)
  • Individuals with disabilities or mental health issues
  • Moral welfare – individuals trying to overcome life-limiting social problems, such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, and offending.
  • Education and learning (with a particularly educationally disadvantaged adults or children)

Before making an application do check the eligibility criteria as Yapp will only consider charities who meet all of their eligibility requirements. An application form can be downloaded from the website.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

The Building Society provides financial assistance to charities and good causes across the UK .

It's main focus is children or those with physical/mental/communication disabilities, the elderly and vulnerable, people suffering hardship and animal causes.

Charities and good causes recommended by members and staff may receive up to a maximum of £2,000.  Groups that apply direct will be considered for grants up to a maximum of £500.

The charity has previously funded sensory toys and adapted equipment for individuals with physical, mental health and communication difficulties.

To apply: complete the on-line application form.

Zurich Community Trust

The Zurich Community Trust supports organisations that help disadvantaged people achieve a more fulfilling and independent lives.

It has local and regional grants programme across the UK in key locations. These are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Fareham, Farnborough, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Swindon

Grants range from approximately £1,000 to £5,000 depending on location. They normally award grants to cover project costs but may make contributions towards one-off running costs.

The trust will fund a range of issues including supporting carers, special needs children, older people, people with disabilities, counselling and the homeless.

See also:

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

The Forbes Charitable Foundation (for organisations that support individuals with learning difficulties)

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