External funding

In addition to community grants, we also support our local voluntary and community sector by signposting to other funding opportunities. See the latest funding news below or click on the category links for more listings.

For access to a database of funding opportunities, not-for-profit organisations can register with Herts Community's fundraising tool and search for appropriate funds, grants or awards.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation is an independent charity that provides a range of grants to support the county's community and voluntary groups.

Latest funding opportunities

Free trees for community groups and schools
Added: 10 September 2018
Deadline: Prior to March 2019 delivery date

The Woodland Trust has announced that it has thousands of free tree packs available to community groups and schools. The trees are available for planting on an area that is accessible to the public so that it can be used and enjoyed by others.

Grants to support small charities working in the developing world
Added: 14 December 2018
Deadline: 28 March 2018

Small charities (annual income of under £250,000) can apply for up to £50,000 to carry out work with the poor, vulnerable and marginalised in priority countries.

Grants for families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness
Added: 12 March 2019
Deadline: 29 March 2019
Families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness can apply for grants of up to £1,000 per child to fund a variety of essential items and services. These include (but  are not limited to) specialist equipment, creative therapies, hospital travel expenses and everyday items to improve the child’s quality of life. The funding is being made available through the Roald Dahl Marvellous Family Grants scheme.

Funding to support people who suffer social or employment exclusion
Added: 25 January 2019
Deadline: 31 March 2019

The Vinci UK Foundation offers one-off grants of £3,000 to £20,000 to independent small and medium-sized registered community interest or not-for-profit organisations that support people who suffer social or employment exclusion. This can only be used for capital items.

Small grants for summer playschemes
Added: 19 March 2019
Deadline: 5 April 2019
Charities, social enterprises and community interest companies (with an annual income of less than £100,000) can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000 towards a playscheme that runs for a minimum of two weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays. Priority is given to small local playschemes involving a large number of children, especially those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Grants for community businesses
Added: 27 February 2019
Deadline: 9 April 2019
Aspiring community groups have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000 to help set up their own community business. To be eligible to apply, businesses must be locally rooted, accountable to the local community, trading for the benefit of the local community, and delivering broad community benefits.

Funding for community cohesion projects
Added: 14 February 2019
Deadline: April 2019
The Allen Lane Foundation has announced a new Social Cohesion Programme, established to provide support to local communities. Proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Funding to support the Armed Forces Community
Added: 23 July 2018
Deadline: 26 April 2019
The British Legion is accepting expressions of interest for funding from services who deliver welfare support directly to the Armed Forces community.

Funding to improve the wellbeing of children
Added: 14 December 2018
Deadline: 30 April 2019

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional well being of children.

Funding for community radio stations
Added: 19 March 2019
Deadline: 7 May 2019
From 9 April 2019, licensed community radio stations will be able to apply for funding to help support their core running costs. Grants can be awarded to support management costs, fundraising to support the station, administration costs, financial management and reporting and community outreach.

Funding to support arts projects
Added: 14 February 2019
Deadline: 28 May 2019 
The Fidelio Trust is offering grants of up to £5,000 in support of the arts, in particular music.

Grants for projects that help the homeless
Added: 21 March 2019
Deadline: 15 June 2019
Homeless charities can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to help homeless people resume a normal life.

Grants for fabric repairs
Added: 5 March 2019
Deadline: 29 July 2019
The Church of England's ChurchCare scheme is offering grants of up to £10,000 for essential fabric repairs to Anglican parish churches in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Funding to help disadvantaged children and young people reach their potential
Added: 28 December 2018
Deadline: 31 July 2019

Registered charities can apply for funding to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Funding to promote participation in canoeing
Added: 21 March 2019
Deadline: 31 August 2019
The Canoe Foundation aims to "positively change lives through canoeing" and focuses on improving accessibility to use available water and facilities. Clubs, community groups and regions with an active interest in wider canoeing participation are welcome to apply for grants of up to £20,000.

Grants to cover running costs for small charities
Added: 14 March 2019
Deadline: Ongoing
The Marsh Christian Trust is offering grants of £300 to £1,500 to small charities to help them pay for running and core costs. The funding is available to registered charities (Community Interest Companies are excluded) working in the areas of literature, arts and heritage, social welfare, environmental causes and animal welfare, education and training, and healthcare.

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  • Arts, culture and heritage

    Ragdoll Foundation Open Grants Scheme
    The Ragdoll Foundation's Open Grant scheme supports not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    PRS Music Foundation Composers’ Fund (UK)
    The Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Foundation, the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres, has announced the second funding round of its new Composers' Fund. The deadline for applications is 16 October 2016.

    Artists' International Development Fund
    This funding stream is for artists to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists can apply for small grants of  between £1,000 and £5,000.

    The Architectural Heritage Fund (UK)
    The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings in the UK and is now open for applications.

    Arts Council - Strategic Touring Programme
    The £35 million Strategic Touring Programme provides in excess of £15,000 for projects that encourage collaboration between organisations, so more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

    War Memorials Grant Scheme (England)
    English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation, in association with Friends of War Memorials, are providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England. These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials.

    The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
    Helping to broaden access to, and the use of, museum collections and time limited collection works.

    The Elephant Trust
    Offering grants to artists to develop and improve their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts.

    Fidelio Charitable Trust
    Grants programme (UK) to support dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance.

    The Idlewild Trust
    Supporting registered charities concerned with performing and fine arts and crafts, advancement of education with the arts and the preservation of lands, building and other objects of historic interest.

  • Business development

    Funding for charities to develop an effective web presence
    The Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities develop an effective web presence. The grants will cover all upfront costs, which means that the grant recipient will only need to fund ongoing costs. To be eligible, applicants must have an income of between £400,000 and £20million. Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, a preliminary discussion may be required to determine whether it is appropriate.

    Carbon Trust's Green Business Fund
    This fund provides capital for smaller businesses to replace old, energy-inefficient equipment. The £7million fund has been made available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on a first come, first served basis, and will offer energy saving training, cost-saving assessments, implementation advice and capital support for the installation of energy efficiency equipment.

  • Equality, disability and inclusion

    Allan Lane Foundation Grants Programme
    The Allan Lane Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £15,000 to small voluntary not-for-profit organisations, where the work benefits groups of people who face hostility in UK society today. 

    Yapp Charitable Trust Grants
    The Yapp Charitable Trust is an independent grant making trust that aims to make grants totalling £300,000 to about 100 small registered charities each year. Grants of up to £3,000 per year for up to three years are available to sustain the work of registered charities (with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000) that work with disadvantaged groups.

    One Stop Carriers for Causes Grants
    Environmental charity, Groundwork, has partnered with the convenience shop chain One Stop to offer grants of up to £1,000 for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. The Carriers for Causes grants programme is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores. Carriers for Causes is a rolling programme, meaning that you can apply for funding all year round. Applications are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision, which will take place every three months.

    The Woodward Charitable Trust
    Funding for UK-registered charities who work to address a wide range of social issues, including risk of exclusion and working with minority groups.

    Lloyds Bank Foundation
    The Lloyds Bank Foundation operates two funding programmes. The first is "Invest" - a flexible, long-term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Grants of up to £25,000 per year are available for between two and six years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for up to six years in total. The second programme is "Enable" - a smaller and shorter grants programme for charities that have identified clear development needs. This funding aims to help organisations deliver their mission more effectively. To be eligible, organisations are expected to be working with people aged 17 years or older, experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life.

    St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation
    UK small charities and schools for children with special needs can apply for up to £10,000 from the St James's Place Charitable Foundation's small grants programme. The Foundation will support projects that provide services to young people under the age of 25, who suffer from physical or mental health difficulties, a long term life-threatening illness, or who are disadvantaged in some way.

    Henry Smith Charity
    UK charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises can apply for grants from the Henry Smith Charity if they wish to reduce social and economic disadvantage. Grants are usually between £10,000 and £60,000. The funding opportunities available are:  

    • Improving Lives Fund
    • Strengthening Communities Fund
    • Holiday Grants for Children
    • Christian Projects.
  • Education and training

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation
    This programme supports innovation in educational practice to improve learning outcomes for young people in and out of school settings. 

    Foyle Foundation Main Grants Programme
    The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant-making trust that distributes grants to UK charities whose core work is in the areas of Arts and Learning. There is also a small grants programme to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. 

    Reaching Communities Programme 
    Reaching Communities provides grants to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need, including hard-to-reach communities. There is a small revenue and a capital scheme, and a larger buildings-only fund.

    Youth clubs grants
    Variety has grants of between £200 and £600 available for youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition or UK Youth. They can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure.

  • Schools

    Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme 
    The Foyle Schools Library Programme gives priority to primary schools. This programme recognises that there is no statutory requirement for schools to have a library and that many school libraries are in a desperate situation through underfunding and underdevelopment. 

    Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme 
    The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note we are not able to support individuals.

    Magic Breakfast 
    Magic Breakfast supports schools across England with over 35 per cent free school meals, to work with them, in partnership, to reach the children most in need of a healthy start to the morning.

    UK-German Connection 
    The Instant Impact programme aims to support first-time visits by providing top-up grants for taster trips between UK-German school and youth partnerships.

    British and Foreign School Society 
    Society supporting education projects reaching out to remote or impoverished areas.

  • Sports and leisure

    Big Lottery Fund - Awards for All (England)
    Offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities and the lives of people within them. It is for voluntary and community groups, schools and  health organisations, parish and town councils.

    Lord's Taverners Grants Programme
    The Lord's Taverners have been raising money to give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance. They do this by providing incentives to play cricket in schools and clubs, enabling young people with special needs to participate in sporting activities, supplying minibuses to special needs' organisations and by creating recreational facilities in conjunction with the National Playing Fields' Association.

    Sport England - Small Grants Programme
    The Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

    Boost Charitable Trust
    Boost Charitable Trust was created in 2005 and aims to give opportunities to those who wish to fulfil their sporting ambitions, at any level. In particular, the Trust wants to fund projects that promote access to sport for socially or economically disadvantaged individuals, and people with disabilities.