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The Allen Lane Foundation

The Foundation funds small community groups and voluntary organisations working with specific beneficiary groups including the elderly, and people experiencing mental health difficulties. 

However, it does not fund organisations specifically working with physical disability or learning disability.

It is open to groups throughout the UK except where the beneficiaries of the work all live in London. The maximum grant is £15,000, either as a single grant, or over two or three years.

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

Visit the Foundation's website to check the criteria and find information about how to apply for funding.


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.


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.


Boshier-Hinton Foundation

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation supports registered charities registered charities working on behalf of children or adults with special needs or other needs.

To apply: download an application form from the website.


Champneys Charitable Foundation

The Champneys Charitable Foundation provides funding for other charitable bodies and individuals across the UK.

It's main focus for grant funding is the sick, disabled, disadvantaged adults and children.

In the past the Foundation has helped in the purchase of specialist disability equipment such as wheelchairs, play and sensory equipment, computers and car seats.

Applications should be made to the Charity Administrator, Bev Strong.

Telephone: 01462 810712

Email: charity@champneys.co.uk


Childwick Trust

The Childwick Trust awards funds to charities who provide support to those who are terminally ill, or have a serious illness, the elderly, adults and children who have mental health problems or a learning disability.

Funding is only available to charities whose work benefits people living in the south & south east of England.  Grants usually range between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects.

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

To apply: complete the online questionnaire.


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 Local Community Fund

The Co-Operative Local Community Fund gives a 5% reward to shoppers on their purchases of Co-op own-brand products and services, together with an additional 1% given to local causes of their choice. 

A share of the plastic bag charge is also contributed to the fund.

It is now open to applications from small locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects that help local communities.

Grants have been up to £2,500 in the past.

To apply: complete the online application form.

Applications open until 8th April 2018.


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.


Dunhill Medical Trust

The Dunhill Medical Trust provides funding towards projects that support the care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care.

It fund time limited projects that focus on the development of care and support services for older people.  Priority is given to projects that enhance existing services.

Grants range from £5,000 to £40,000.

It is also able to help towards funding building and infrastructure developments.


The Edge Fund

The Edge Fund is a member-run fund supporting work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice.

It has previously provided grants to the Black Triangle Campaign and DPAC (Disabled People against Cuts) in Manchester, Glasgow and Norfolk.

It rarely funds charities as they tend to not have radical aims, being constrained as they are by the charities legislation on politics and campaigning activity.

To apply: complete the online application form.

The Edge Fund is currently closed for applications.


The Edward Gostling Foundation

The Edward Gostling Foundation (formally the ACT Foundation) provides grants to other registered charities who enhance the quality of life of people in need. 

The charity particularly supports those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness. 

It has four priorities:

  • Health and Wellbeing - supporting access to community facilities to maintain, improve and enhance general welfare.
  • Independent Living at Home - helping people to live independently in their own home for as long as possible.
  • Respite - enabling carers to take a break from responsibility of caring for a loved one.
  • Transition - supporting the journey through education and personal development programmes into employment, long term volunteering or other meaningful daytime activity, housing and independent living.

Applications may be made at any time.


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.

It has previously funded a deaf rugby team, an eye gaze tracker for a disability group and a new pony for disabled riders.

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


Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a large charitable grant making foundation that supports a broad range of causes across the UK.  These range from small community projects to large national organisations.

It has previously funded a parent led charity supporting families with children with special educational needs, a musical group for the elderly, a LGBTQ mental health service and a brain injury charity in Northern Ireland.

To apply: Initially find out if your charity is eligible to apply through a quick eligibility quiz and read the application guidelines.

If eligible either apply by setting up an account online or download a postal application form.

Applications may be made at any time.


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. Charities need to have identified clear development areas that will support their growth.

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

Grants will only be given to registered charities or Community Interest Companies.

Applications for Invest open on 28th August 2018 until 5th October 2018.

Applications for Enable are currently closed but will be reopening with different guidelines on 28th August 2018.


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 £500 for start up projects to £3,000 for existing projects.

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


Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation provides grants to charities which help people to live happy, fulfilling lives and to participate actively in society.

Its current target areas are:

  • Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people
  • Reducing isolation in later life
  • Medical research into degenerative disease
  • Care services in the hospice sector

The Foundation offers:

  • Small grants -  up to £15,00 for smaller charities with an annual income of less than £500.000
  • Large grants - from £10,000 to £150,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years.

There are four funding deadlines throughout the year.


Morrison's Foundation

The Morrison's Foundation was set up to make a difference to local communities.

It is able to match fund money raised by Morrison's colleagues up to £500 twice a year.

The Foundation is also able to registered charities looking for funding towards projects that improve people's lives.

To apply: download the application forms from the website.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


OneFamily Foundation – Community Awards

Customers of OneFamily are able to nominate community groups and projects for funding from the Foundation.

The Community Awards run twice a year and offer funding from £5,000 to £25,000 for customers to improve their local communities.

Community groups and projects throughout the UK can be nominated in the following four categories:

  • Active Living
  • Community Groups
  • Health, Disability and Social Care
  • Lifelong Learning

The Foundation has previously funded music therapy for people with Alzheimer’s, therapy rooms and spaces and sports equipment.

Customers can nominate projects by completing a simple online application form. A public vote will determine the winners of the awards.


One Stop Carriers for Causes

One Stop's Carriers for Causes grants scheme is funded through the 5p charge for carrier bags in it's stores.

It is open to non profit organisations including schools and voluntary groups.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop store.

It has previously funded fundays for children, days out for the disabled, arts group for individuals with Dementia and a fishing project for brain injury survivors.

The scheme is administered by Groundwork.  Applications may be made at any time.


People's Postcode Trust

The People's Postcode Trust provides grants from £500 to £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) to small organisations, charities and community groups.

It accepts applications for projects up to 12 months in length taking place in England, Scotland and Wales. 

It supports projects in the following areas:

  • The prevention of poverty
  • Upholding of human rights for vulnerable groups and promotion of equal rights
  • Helping people come together for the benefit of their area to resolve conflicts

2018 funding rounds have now closed.

The next funding round will open in early 2019, exact dates will be known later this year.


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.


Persimmon Community Champions

Persimmon Homes Community Champions helps local community groups, good causes and charities.

It will give donations of up to £1,000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves (match funding).

The fund has approximately £60,000 to give away each month.

To apply: complete the online form.


Peter Cruddas Foundation

The Peter Cruddas Foundation helps disadvantaged and disengaged young people aged 14 to 30 years in England and Wales.

It prioritises UK charities who provide:

  • support into education, training or employment for young people aged 14 to 30 years.
  • Work experience/skills projects for young people aged 16 to 30 years
  • Youth work in London for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 30 years

The Foundation has previously provided funding to Great Ormond Street Hospital,  Alzheimer's Society, Caudwell Children, Combat Stress, Irish Cancer Charity and Willow Foundation.

To apply: download the application guidance and application form.

There are two funding rounds on 1st March and 1st September each year.


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: contact the organisation for an application form.

Closing date for the next round of funding: Friday 26th May


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 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 currently only providing funding for Early Years Preventative work in England and Wales.

It is looking to support charities who work with disadvantaged children aged 0-3 years. Grants may be awarded for 1, 2 or 3 years with a maximum grant of £50,000.

To apply: complete the online application form


Tesco Community Grants

Tesco runs two grant schemes funded through the sales of bags for life.

  • Centenary Grants - for not for profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales.  There will be a vote by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, in July/August and November/December 2019.  The project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant: First place - Up to £25,000, Second place - Up to £15,000, Third place - Up to £10,000.
  • Bags of Help -  for not for profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales.  Maximum grant; £4,000 to fund capital improvement projects for local community green spaces.  This might include improving local facilities or purchasing specialised medical equipment.  This scheme is managed by the Groundwork Charity.


The Thompson Family Charitable Trust

The Trust is a grant making charity to other registered charities in the UK.

It has a large investment fund making over £3.5m in donations last year.

Last year's grants ranged from £500 to £500,000 to 3,109 charities with children's hospices and cancer charities generally getting the larger amounts. It will fund large capital projects.

Applications may be made at any time either in writing to Katie Woodward, Hillsdown Court, 15 Totteridge Common London N20 8LR or by email to: roy.copus@btinternet.com

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.


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.

Applications are considered four times a year.  Deadlines for applications:  15th March, 15th June, 15th October and 15th December.


Wheels for Good

The Wheels for Good Community Fund is the charitable fund for Easi Drive (part of the Edam Group)

The Fund will donate to a variety of charitable causes related to wheels and transport.

It has previously supported:

  • Whizz Kidz towards children's wheelchairs
  • An International wheelchair dancing event
  • Sale United Power wheelchair football club towards sports hire and equipment
  • Running costs towards a mini bus

It is easy to apply using the short online application form on the website.


The Will Charitable Trust

The Will Charitable Trust provides financial assistance to UK registered or exempt charities in the following areas:

  • Care and services for the blind
  • Long term care of people with learning difficulties
  • Care of and services for people suffering from Cancer and their families

The charity has previously funded a VI friendly kitchen, hospices, day care and residential provision

To apply: Applications should be made in writing to the Grants Administrator.


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 two priority areas are alleviating poverty and improving health/ saving lives.  This includes children, the seriously ill, the elderly, the homeless and the disabled in the UK.

 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.


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

British Legion - External Grants  (funding for charities/projects to help UK veterans)

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

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