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.

Latest external funding news

Funding for the provision of specialist legal advice 
Added: 6 February 2017
Deadline: 19 February 2017
The London Legal Support Trust is offering grants of up to £5,000 to any charities in London or the South East that offer free legal advice. The Trust is looking to support charities that are interested in:

  • Supporting new pro bono surgeries
  • Keeping pro bono surgeries that need time to regain sustainability open
  • One-off capital costs, particularly associated with capacity building or improving sustainability (i.e. reducing costs, increasing efficiency through new systems, technology or moving/altering premises)
  • The development of legal advice agencies where none currently exist.

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance
Added: 10 January 2017
Deadline: 22 February 2017
Applications are now open for the newly formed VCSE Alliance. The aim is to ensure that the Alliance covers a range of groups including:

  • The equalities protected groups (headings of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity are known as 'protected characteristics' in the Equalities Act 2010.)
  • Groups facing the most significant health inequalities
  • The breadth of VCSE providers and infrastructure

Funding for National Vegetarian Week
Added: 30 January 2017
Large grant deadline: 26 February 2017
Small grant deadlines: 26 February 2017 and 30 April 2017

The Vegetarian Society is offering small grants up to £200 and larger grants of up to £2,000 to fund activities that promote National Vegetarian Week. The large grant applications need to demonstrate how their activity will have a bigger impact, and the money is available to non-profit organisations, vegetarian societies and informal groups.

Funding for projects that help the elderly
Added: 6 February 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2017
The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust is awarding grants of up to £1,000 to registered charities that are delivering projects to help the older population. Only charities with an operational income of £50,000 - £1,000,000 per year are eligible.

Funding to promote digital solutions for vocational learning
Added: 6 February 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2017

UFI Charitable Trust has between £150,000 and £300,000 available to fund projects of up to 18 months. These projects must focus on innovative digital learning tools or methods of delivery which raise the skill levels of a significant number of learners.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation
Added: 20 September 2016
Deadline: 1 March 2017
Registered charities, as well as organisations and individuals supported by registered charities, can apply for funding through the Peter Cruddas Foundation for projects that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the UK.

Funding to tackle financial illiteracy
Added: 6 February 2017
Deadline: 3 March 2017 or when 40 applications are received
The MSE Charity is offering up to £5,000 to not-for-profit organisations with incomes under £500,000 and less than six months' free reserves, that are looking to deliver projects that tackle financial illiteracy.

Space Entrepeneurs of Tomorrow competition
Added: 14 February 2017
Deadline: 7 March 2017
The UK Space Agency is running a competition for 11-22 year olds who have interesting ideas about linking satellite and space data to everyday life. There are five awards of £5,000 for each age category and  £10,000 for an overall winner. The winners from each category will then be able to pitch their idea to a panel from the space sector, who will offer further prizes.

Funding to tackle fuel poverty
Added: 4 January 2017
Deadline: 8 March 2017
The Trust provides grants to registered charities for projects that address fuel poverty. Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £50,000.

Arts Council England - Capital: Small Grants
Added: 6 February 2017
Deadline: 9 March 2017
Arts Council England is providing grants of between £100,000 and £499,999 to ensure that organisations have the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work. The organisations in receipt of these grants must be National Portfolio Organisations by 24 February.

Engineering education grant scheme
Added: 6 February 2017
Deadline: 11 March 2017
The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers are offering grants to any organisation able to develop and deliver educational activities. The scheme aims to get young people, aged between five and 19, interested in engineering and develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting STEM education. There are awards of £5,000 for standard applications and up to four awards of £15,000 annually.

Tech vs Abuse grant initiative
Added: 30 January 2017
Deadline: 13 March 2017
Comic Relief is offering grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support organisations and partnerships who are looking to develop technology solutions that will make a difference to people affected by domestic abuse and enable service providers to extend their reach.

Funding for heritage projects
Added: 4 January 2017
Deadline: 16 March 2017
The funding, which is available through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Grant Scheme, is open to not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations for any project relating to national, regional and local heritage.

The Finnis Scott Foundation
Added: 4 January 2017
Deadline: 24 March 2017
Grants are available of between £500 and £10,000 to UK charities or individuals in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as fine art and art history. Funding can be used for both capital and revenue projects. Preference is given to making grants to smaller charities where the grant would have a significant impact.

Funding for tree-planting projects
Added: 30 January 2017
Deadline: 31 March 2017
The Tree Council is offering funding for tree-planting projects during National Tree Week in local authority-run/non-profit schools for children under the age of 16. They can fund projects between £100 and £700, and successful applicants will receive up to 75 per cent towards planting four fruit trees.

WHSmith Community Grant
Added: 4 January 2017
Deadline: 31 March 2017
The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates.

Comic Relief Try for Change: Small Grants Fund
Added: 16 February 2017
Deadline: 31 March 2017

Comic Relief and England Rugby are aiming to use rugby union to deliver social change by offering funding to organisations such as smaller charities, community groups, and local community rugby clubs in England. They can apply for between £2,500 and £10,000, to tackle a number of social challenges around education attainment, social inclusion, unemployment, mental and physical wellbeing, personal development and community cohesion.

Funding for playschemes for children
Added: 14 February 2017
Deadline: 7 April 2017
The Woodward Charitable Trust is offering registered charities the opportunity to apply for between £500 and £1,000 to run summer play schemes for children aged between five and 16.

Music grants for older people
Added: 8 November 2016
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Concertina offers grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies that provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. It is keen to support smaller organisations that might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding.

Paul Bush Foundation Trust
Added: 6 December 2016
Deadline: 1 May 2017
Individuals and charitable organisations in the UK can apply for grants of up to £10,000 (£5,000 for individuals) to support the needs of adults and children with physical disabilities in England. Funding is available to assist those individuals with a disability to improve their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing via the provision of grants to address short-term needs.

Funding for projects benefiting physically and mentally disabled and disadvantaged adults
Added: 8 November 2016
Deadline: May 2017
Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available to trusts, associations, institutions or organisations registered as charities in England. Preference will be given to applications for specific projects rather than to supplement funds used for general purposes.

BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme
Added: 30 January 2017
Deadline: 1 June 2017

This programme is offering over £10,000 to each non-profit organisation or school that works with young children who are experiencing disadvantage through: behavioural/psychological difficulty, disability, abuse or living in situations of deprivation.

Funding for pathology-related events throughout the UK
Added: 16 February 2017
Deadline: 5 June 2017
The Royal College of Pathologists is looking to give financial support of up to £1,000 to individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related events or public engagement activities.

Funding to encourage young people's interest in the countryside, science, literacy and numeracy
Added: 16 February 2017
Deadline: 31 July 2017
The Ernest Cook Trust is offering large grants of over £4,000, and small grants of less than £4,000, to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations that want to encourage young people to be interested in the countryside and the environment, the arts, science, or literacy and numeracy.

Funding for school musical equipment
Added: 20 September 2016
Deadline: 21 August 2017

Schools in the UK that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation's Instrument and/or Equipment Awards.

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  • Arts, culture and heritage

    Funding for the Restoration of Historic Buildings
    Funding is available to restore historic buildings through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Enterprise grants programme. The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites.

    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.
    Heritage Lottery Funding - Parks for People 
    For regeneration of public parks and gardens.
    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 launches Green Business Fund
    The Carbon Trust has launched a new fund providing 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 Charity 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 for England and Wales has announced that its grants programmes have reopened for applications. The 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.

  • Education and training

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation
    Applications can be submitted any time
    This programme supports innovation in educational practice to improve learning outcomes for young people in and out of school settings. 

    Artists in Residence Awards
    Applications can be submitted any time
    The aim of the Artists in Residence Awards is to support the residency of an artist in a higher education institution in order to foster a creative collaboration between the artist and the staff and/or students of that institution.

    Foyle Foundation Main Grants Programme
    Applications can be submitted any time
    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 
    Applications can be submitted any time
    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
    Applications can be submitted any time
    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.

  • Employment

    Coalfields Community Grants 
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    The Coalfields Community Grants programme provides funding from £500 to £10,000 to not for profit organisations for projects that benefit the local people. Funding is available for projects that help people into work; developing skills and improving health and wellbeing.

    Impetus Trust Grant
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    The Impetus Trust supports charities and social enterprises that help the economically disadvantaged tackle challenging issues such as long-term unemployment, persistent offending, violence and addiction with the aim of improving their levels of education, attainment or achievement and thus achieving higher levels of self-sufficiency and employability. The applicants must have a turnover of at least £250,000.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Alcohol Education and Research Council
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    Grants of up to £3,000 are available for organising conference or other network events, and grants of up to £300 to enable researchers to be able to deliver a paper at a conference which is relevant to, or furthers the aims of, Alcohol Research UK's programme of work.

    Healthy Hearts Grant 
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    Heart Research UK (HRUK) provides grants to projects that promote heart health. In the past, grants have been awarded to fund cooking sessions, theatre workshops, multi-sport activities, classroom-based learning, circus skills and tandem biking.

    Applications can be submitted at any time
    CRASH is the construction and property industries' charity for homeless people, providing support to organisations in England and Wales that help homeless people. It supports improvements to hostels, day centres, night shelters, training centres and move-on accommodation, for frontline homelessness agencies who work directly with homeless people.

  • Schools

    Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme  
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    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 
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    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)
    Applications can be submitted at any time.
    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
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    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
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    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.