Community and citizenship

Community and citizenship

Introduction

Here you will find funding opportunities from other organisations relating to our universal theme of community and citizenship.

Aberlour Children's Charity

The Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund awards cash grants to assist children and young people (aged 21 and under) across Scotland, and their families, who are suffering extreme hardship. This support is usually via cash grants to assist with a range of needs, such as food, prepay power cards, clothing, bedding or other essentials. To qualify for cash grants from the trust, a sponsor must submit a fully completed and legible application on an official application form.

Deadline: none currently.

Apply here.

Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund (AIPFF)

Access Sport, a charity that works to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas to play sports, is providing the Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund (AIPFF) with grants ranging between £2,500 and £5,000 to local community groups, sports clubs, and charities working in deprived areas of Greater Manchester, Oxfordshire, Greater London, and the West Midlands. Larger grants may be available. Projects should focus on including young people (up to 25) who otherwise be excluded from sport, such as disadvantaged young people; women and girls; disabled children and young people; and young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities as well as projects intending to grow capacity to reach more young people. To find out more about applying to the AIPFF, please email Aipff@AccessSport.org.uk.

Deadline and more info.

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

Charities working to improve the lives of socially disadvantaged and disabled individuals of all ages across the UK are invited to apply for funding from the Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust. To be eligible, charities must be registered in the UK and have an annual income of less than £1 million. Funding amounts are determined by the Trustees and have typically been in the range of £1,000 to £6,000 in the past.

Deadline: applications can be made at any time and are considered twice a year in spring (May) and autumn (November).

Apply here.

BA Community Fund

British Airways Better World Community Fund provides 50% of project target funds to charities or social enterprises in support of innovative projects that focus on creating positive impact. Key themes include: the environment; diversity, inclusion and wellbeing; education and employability; thriving communities. Applicants must be over 18 years or older, based in and benefitting the UK, registered charities or social enterprises.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

Charles Hayward Foundation

Grants of up to £7,000 are available to charities in the UK to support preventative and early community based intervention programmes that focus on helping older people stay in their own homes and maintain their independence. The funding is being made available through the Foundation's Small Grants programme.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant making trust that distributes grants to UK charities. They welcome applications from across the country and encourage applications from all areas outside London and the South East. The Main Grants Scheme supports charities registered and operating in the UK with a core remit of the arts or learning. Smaller arts or learning charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum are usually more suited to the Small Grants Scheme.

Deadline: none currently. Please note the Foyle Foundation will complete its grant giving programme in 2025.

Apply here.

Friends Provident Foundation

Charities, social enterprises, and private companies can apply for funding from the Friends Provident Foundation's 4D Economy Grants to support projects and activities that promote fairness and sustainability in the economy. The grants focus on four key areas: diversification, decarbonisation, democratisation, and decentralisation. Main grants of up to £200,000 are available for projects or core funding and applications can be made at any time, with decisions within 3- 6 months. Small grants of up to £10,000 are also available to new and emergent organsiations, specific projects wishing to test an idea and projects bringing forward current marginalised voices in the economy, with decisions made within 6 weeks.

Deadline: rolling. The next deadline is 15th April 2024 at 5pm.

Apply here.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland

The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is committed to supporting underfunded, grassroots charities that enable people, especially disabled and disadvantaged people, to play a fuller role in society. Applications are accepted from organisations with recognised charitable status, which fit within the published grant-giving criteria. The foundation aims to support those who are disadvantaged and/or have additional needs in the community. In order for organisations to be eligible to apply for grant programmes, they must have an income of less than £1 million in the previous 12 months. For registered charities with a headquarters based outside Northern Ireland, the income of their Northern Ireland operation will be the figure used to assess eligibility.

Deadline: none currently.

Apply here.

Henry Smith Charity

Grants ranging from £500 to £2,750 are available for schools, youth groups, non-profit organisations, and charities to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of disadvantaged or disabled children who are 13 years old or younger. Applications from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK will be given priority. The grants can cover up to two-thirds of the total cost of a holiday or trip, which can last from one to seven days.

Deadline: Applications for the next period are due to open on 13 March 2024.

Apply here.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

The fund from Lloyds Bank supports small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. They have three unrestricted funding programmes and one which is focused on collaborations seeking to influence locally and regionally. The three unrestricted funding programmes are: 1) for small specialist charities supporting people facing complex issues; 2) for small charities working with and led by people experiencing inequity because of their race or ethnicity; and 3) for d/Deaf and Disabled people's organisations.

Deadline: none currently. Subscribe to their newsletter to hear when new funding programmes open.

Apply here.

Matthew Good Foundation

Every three months, the Matthew Good foundation will share £15,000 between five shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment. Charities and projects are welcome to apply all year round, and your application will be considered in the next funding round. Your application must be on behalf of a local community group, charity, voluntary group or social enterprise that has a positive impact on communities, people or the environment and has an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Deadline: applications accepted all year.

Apply here.

National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Awards for All supports smaller charities and community-led groups to prosper and thrive. This is a UK-wide funding programme for voluntary, public sector or community organisations for awards of £300 to £20,000. The funder will prioritise applications from organisations that will do at least one of these things:

  • bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
  • support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Deadline: ongoing.

Apply here.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Youth Fund from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation supports organisations that help young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood. Support is concentrated on those experiencing the most challenging circumstances: young people who are socially excluded or marginalised, whose experiences are often hidden or less well known, and whose voices are often erased or ignored. Organisations must be non-profit and work at either local, regional or national levels, to support young people aged 14-25, with an income between £25,000 and £5 million.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Ashley Family Foundation

Support is offered to organisations based in Wales, particularly in mid Wales, in the areas of Arts, small-scale arts projects and organisations that provide a wide range of educational and creative activities as well as funding arts education with a focus on helping promising young Welsh talent.

Support for: Rural projects that open up opportunities and help alleviate isolation and other rural hardships that affect communities.

A range of projects that bring people together to help each other out and make their community a better more joyful place with a focus on helping those who suffer from isolation and/or social disadvantage.

Deadline: 31 March 2024.

Apply here.

The Cosaraf Charitable Foundation’s Hardship Grants

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charities, housing associations, schools and social services providing support for individuals and families across the UK who are in financial need. Grants will support individuals and families who have exhausted all other sources of funding and are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, work- or education-related expenses, or rent arrears. Priority will be given to the most financially excluded people, families over individuals, those with caring responsibilities, and to items that will make the most difference to the individual/family’s long-term future.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant making charity. They support UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts. The trust will prioritise organisations that are medium-sized (with income between £200,000 and £3 million), have a national footprint and do not receive a significant proportion of income from government or local authority contracts.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Edward Gostling Foundation

The Edward Gostling Foundation provides financial support to UK registered charities that are seeking to create significant and positive change to the lives of disadvantaged people; those living not only on a low income but who have the added ‘challenge’ of a long-term illness or disability. They must also support their charitable vision “that people living on a low income who have a disability or long-term illness should have as many as possible of the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others more fortunate than themselves”.

Through their Capital Grant Programme, they seek to encourage charities to bring forward major capital projects aligned with one or more of their 4 themes that will build new capacity, promote sustainability and bring about step change in the way care is provided. Capital projects are defined as the construction and fitting out of new buildings and/or extensions to existing buildings costing at least £1 million.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Leathersellers' Company

The Small Grants Programme from the Leathersellers’ Company will consider applications from UK registered charities that are working in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK) to support vulnerable people. Charities must have an annual income under £200,000.

Deadline: applications open on 12 March 2024.

Apply here.

The Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. Grants are available to fully fund projects up to £10,000. Charities must have been registered with the Charity Commission or OSCR for a minimum of one year, and projects must support people in a local community in England, Scotland or Wales.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Shears Foundation

The Shears Foundation welcomes applications for grants of £5,000 from registered charities. The Foundation will support core costs, including staffing but will not contribute to capital projects. Charities must be working in one of their priority areas, currently:

  • The development of culture and the arts.
  • The development and provision of educational opportunities for adults and / or children.
  • Protection, preservation or enhancement of the natural environment.
  • Creating stronger / better / more sustainable communities.
  • Promoting health and medicine, with an emphasis on research or education. They currently don't consider applications from Hospices.

Deadline: applications considered on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is 29th February.

Apply here.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust offers grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 that are undertaking work with:

  • Elderly people.
  • Children and young people aged five to 25.
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending).
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children).

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

Trust for London

A new Disability for Justice fund from Trust for London and City Bridge Trust supports organisations led by Deaf and Disabled people to push for change in our society. The Fund offers development grants of up to £20,000 for new and small organisations, and larger grants for up to £180,000 over a period of 2-3 years and is keen to fund organisations fighting for the rights of disabled people. This includes work that strengthens the ability of DDPOs to engage in campaigning, policy, advocacy and to push for change. Or projects that enable DDPOs to do behind-the-scenes work so that they can be better run, including work that contributes to growing, broadening and diversifying the Disability movement.

Deadline: 4 March 2024, 5pm.

Apply here.

Aberlour Children's Charity

The Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund awards cash grants to assist children and young people (aged 21 and under) across Scotland, and their families, who are suffering extreme hardship. This support is usually via cash grants to assist with a range of needs, such as food, prepay power cards, clothing, bedding or other essentials. To qualify for cash grants from the trust, a sponsor must submit a fully completed and legible application on an official application form.

Deadline: none currently.

Apply here.

Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund (AIPFF)

Access Sport, a charity that works to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas to play sports, is providing the Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund (AIPFF) with grants ranging between £2,500 and £5,000 to local community groups, sports clubs, and charities working in deprived areas of Greater Manchester, Oxfordshire, Greater London, and the West Midlands. Larger grants may be available. Projects should focus on including young people (up to 25) who otherwise be excluded from sport, such as disadvantaged young people; women and girls; disabled children and young people; and young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities as well as projects intending to grow capacity to reach more young people. To find out more about applying to the AIPFF, please email Aipff@AccessSport.org.uk.

Deadline and more info.

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

Charities working to improve the lives of socially disadvantaged and disabled individuals of all ages across the UK are invited to apply for funding from the Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust. To be eligible, charities must be registered in the UK and have an annual income of less than £1 million. Funding amounts are determined by the Trustees and have typically been in the range of £1,000 to £6,000 in the past.

Deadline: applications can be made at any time and are considered twice a year in spring (May) and autumn (November).

Apply here.

BA Community Fund

British Airways Better World Community Fund provides 50% of project target funds to charities or social enterprises in support of innovative projects that focus on creating positive impact. Key themes include: the environment; diversity, inclusion and wellbeing; education and employability; thriving communities. Applicants must be over 18 years or older, based in and benefitting the UK, registered charities or social enterprises.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

Charles Hayward Foundation

Grants of up to £7,000 are available to charities in the UK to support preventative and early community based intervention programmes that focus on helping older people stay in their own homes and maintain their independence. The funding is being made available through the Foundation's Small Grants programme.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant making trust that distributes grants to UK charities. They welcome applications from across the country and encourage applications from all areas outside London and the South East. The Main Grants Scheme supports charities registered and operating in the UK with a core remit of the arts or learning. Smaller arts or learning charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum are usually more suited to the Small Grants Scheme.

Deadline: none currently. Please note the Foyle Foundation will complete its grant giving programme in 2025.

Apply here.

Friends Provident Foundation

Charities, social enterprises, and private companies can apply for funding from the Friends Provident Foundation's 4D Economy Grants to support projects and activities that promote fairness and sustainability in the economy. The grants focus on four key areas: diversification, decarbonisation, democratisation, and decentralisation. Main grants of up to £200,000 are available for projects or core funding and applications can be made at any time, with decisions within 3- 6 months. Small grants of up to £10,000 are also available to new and emergent organsiations, specific projects wishing to test an idea and projects bringing forward current marginalised voices in the economy, with decisions made within 6 weeks.

Deadline: rolling. The next deadline is 15th April 2024 at 5pm.

Apply here.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland

The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is committed to supporting underfunded, grassroots charities that enable people, especially disabled and disadvantaged people, to play a fuller role in society. Applications are accepted from organisations with recognised charitable status, which fit within the published grant-giving criteria. The foundation aims to support those who are disadvantaged and/or have additional needs in the community. In order for organisations to be eligible to apply for grant programmes, they must have an income of less than £1 million in the previous 12 months. For registered charities with a headquarters based outside Northern Ireland, the income of their Northern Ireland operation will be the figure used to assess eligibility.

Deadline: none currently.

Apply here.

Henry Smith Charity

Grants ranging from £500 to £2,750 are available for schools, youth groups, non-profit organisations, and charities to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of disadvantaged or disabled children who are 13 years old or younger. Applications from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK will be given priority. The grants can cover up to two-thirds of the total cost of a holiday or trip, which can last from one to seven days.

Deadline: Applications for the next period are due to open on 13 March 2024.

Apply here.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

The fund from Lloyds Bank supports small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. They have three unrestricted funding programmes and one which is focused on collaborations seeking to influence locally and regionally. The three unrestricted funding programmes are: 1) for small specialist charities supporting people facing complex issues; 2) for small charities working with and led by people experiencing inequity because of their race or ethnicity; and 3) for d/Deaf and Disabled people's organisations.

Deadline: none currently. Subscribe to their newsletter to hear when new funding programmes open.

Apply here.

Matthew Good Foundation

Every three months, the Matthew Good foundation will share £15,000 between five shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment. Charities and projects are welcome to apply all year round, and your application will be considered in the next funding round. Your application must be on behalf of a local community group, charity, voluntary group or social enterprise that has a positive impact on communities, people or the environment and has an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Deadline: applications accepted all year.

Apply here.

National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Awards for All supports smaller charities and community-led groups to prosper and thrive. This is a UK-wide funding programme for voluntary, public sector or community organisations for awards of £300 to £20,000. The funder will prioritise applications from organisations that will do at least one of these things:

  • bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
  • support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Deadline: ongoing.

Apply here.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Youth Fund from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation supports organisations that help young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood. Support is concentrated on those experiencing the most challenging circumstances: young people who are socially excluded or marginalised, whose experiences are often hidden or less well known, and whose voices are often erased or ignored. Organisations must be non-profit and work at either local, regional or national levels, to support young people aged 14-25, with an income between £25,000 and £5 million.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Ashley Family Foundation

Support is offered to organisations based in Wales, particularly in mid Wales, in the areas of Arts, small-scale arts projects and organisations that provide a wide range of educational and creative activities as well as funding arts education with a focus on helping promising young Welsh talent.

Support for: Rural projects that open up opportunities and help alleviate isolation and other rural hardships that affect communities.

A range of projects that bring people together to help each other out and make their community a better more joyful place with a focus on helping those who suffer from isolation and/or social disadvantage.

Deadline: 31 March 2024.

Apply here.

The Cosaraf Charitable Foundation’s Hardship Grants

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charities, housing associations, schools and social services providing support for individuals and families across the UK who are in financial need. Grants will support individuals and families who have exhausted all other sources of funding and are struggling with everyday costs, such as basic living expenses, household items and utilities, work- or education-related expenses, or rent arrears. Priority will be given to the most financially excluded people, families over individuals, those with caring responsibilities, and to items that will make the most difference to the individual/family’s long-term future.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant making charity. They support UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts. The trust will prioritise organisations that are medium-sized (with income between £200,000 and £3 million), have a national footprint and do not receive a significant proportion of income from government or local authority contracts.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Edward Gostling Foundation

The Edward Gostling Foundation provides financial support to UK registered charities that are seeking to create significant and positive change to the lives of disadvantaged people; those living not only on a low income but who have the added ‘challenge’ of a long-term illness or disability. They must also support their charitable vision “that people living on a low income who have a disability or long-term illness should have as many as possible of the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others more fortunate than themselves”.

Through their Capital Grant Programme, they seek to encourage charities to bring forward major capital projects aligned with one or more of their 4 themes that will build new capacity, promote sustainability and bring about step change in the way care is provided. Capital projects are defined as the construction and fitting out of new buildings and/or extensions to existing buildings costing at least £1 million.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Leathersellers' Company

The Small Grants Programme from the Leathersellers’ Company will consider applications from UK registered charities that are working in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK) to support vulnerable people. Charities must have an annual income under £200,000.

Deadline: applications open on 12 March 2024.

Apply here.

The Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. Grants are available to fully fund projects up to £10,000. Charities must have been registered with the Charity Commission or OSCR for a minimum of one year, and projects must support people in a local community in England, Scotland or Wales.

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

The Shears Foundation

The Shears Foundation welcomes applications for grants of £5,000 from registered charities. The Foundation will support core costs, including staffing but will not contribute to capital projects. Charities must be working in one of their priority areas, currently:

  • The development of culture and the arts.
  • The development and provision of educational opportunities for adults and / or children.
  • Protection, preservation or enhancement of the natural environment.
  • Creating stronger / better / more sustainable communities.
  • Promoting health and medicine, with an emphasis on research or education. They currently don't consider applications from Hospices.

Deadline: applications considered on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is 29th February.

Apply here.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust offers grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 that are undertaking work with:

  • Elderly people.
  • Children and young people aged five to 25.
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending).
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children).

Deadline: rolling.

Apply here.

Trust for London

A new Disability for Justice fund from Trust for London and City Bridge Trust supports organisations led by Deaf and Disabled people to push for change in our society. The Fund offers development grants of up to £20,000 for new and small organisations, and larger grants for up to £180,000 over a period of 2-3 years and is keen to fund organisations fighting for the rights of disabled people. This includes work that strengthens the ability of DDPOs to engage in campaigning, policy, advocacy and to push for change. Or projects that enable DDPOs to do behind-the-scenes work so that they can be better run, including work that contributes to growing, broadening and diversifying the Disability movement.

Deadline: 4 March 2024, 5pm.

Apply here.

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