Funding News

Garfield Weston Foundation

For 60 years the Trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have supported local charities across the UK. These small to medium organisations are often un-sung champions doing important work to keep our communities connected. To celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and the vital role of volunteers and community charities, we are excited to launch an additional grants scheme that will be open to applications from 5th January to 30th June 2018 exclusively – the Weston Anniversary Fund.  This is a Capital grants scheme and applying is a simple one-step process.

If this fund doesn’t fit your particular charity or project, then you may want to consider applying to our ongoing, regular grants scheme at

Anti-Knife Community Fund

The Knife-Crime Community fund has been set up to support community projects which:
•    Aim to reduce knife crime
•    Have a positive impact on young people at risk of committing knife crimes

Bids must demonstrate:
•    Delivery of outcomes to stop knife crime
•    Proven track record of delivering local interventions
•    Proven track record of ability to work with children and young people
•    Proven track record of ability to work in partnership with other organisations and services
•    Evidence of value for money

Who can apply: Voluntary and community groups
Maximum grant: £30,000
Higher funding may be considered for collaborative bids.
Deadline: 15 June 2018

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The Rayne Foundation
The Rayne Foundation supports work which is untried and tests new approaches but has clear objectives. It favours work which could change the way issues are tackled in society and could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.
Their areas of special interest are:
  • Young people’s improved mental health
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people
Who can apply: Charities and not for profit organisations
Maximum grant: £20,000
Deadline: Applications can be made at any time
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Essex Community Foundation: #iwill Fund
Grants of £1,000-£5,000 are available from the #iwill Fund for voluntary organisations and projects that offer activities which engage young people (aged 10 to 20) in their community and increase their understanding of local issues. This Fund has specific criteria and its own application form which can
be found here. Applications will be accepted throughout the year, but you are encouraged to apply soonest. Call ECF now on 01245 356018 to discuss your work and eligibility.
*Please note: This Fund was previously named the ‘Youth Social Action Fund’ and was only open to
organisations based/operating in Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford. The Fund is now called the
‘#iwill Fund’ and is open to applications from across the county.
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Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights (Deadline 18 May, 2018)
Registered charities in the UK that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights and help the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society can apply for funding through the A B Charitable Trust. This can include prisoners and penal reform; migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; and human rights, particularly access to justice. The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links.
Veolia Environmental Trust Grants (Deadline, 31 May 2018)
Grants of up to £75,000 are available to constitutes not for profit organisations and registered Environmental Bodies towards community buildings; parks and paths, play, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and recreational facilities; nature reserves; and bio diversity projects. To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation needs to be within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site; the projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs); the applicant must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application.
 Funding to Develop the Digital Skills of Vulnerable Young People (Deadline, 5pm, 30 April 2018)
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to organisations based in the UK or Ireland to help develop the digital skills of vulnerable young people aged 11-25. As well as the funding successful organisations will also have the opportunity to be part of a six-month accelerator of support workshops, project and staff development opportunities. The funding and support is being made available through the Carnegie UK Trust’s #NotWithoutMe Accelerator Programme and successful organisation’s will also have the opportunity to pitch for up to £40,000 further funding and a year’s support after the completion of the #NotWithoutMe Accelerator programme.
Registered charitable hospitals and hospices across the UK working to enhance and enrich the quality of life of sick children in hospitals can apply for grants of between £100 and £10,000. Projects funded could include providing life-saving medical equipment, free family accommodation, arts, music and play therapy programmes, sensory equipment and facilities and respite care. Organisations working within hospitals and hospices are also eligible to apply to the Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity where they have a supporting reference from the hospital/hospice itself.

 Funding for Summer Play Schemes (Deadline 1 June, 2018)
Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to help community groups run Summer Play Schemes, for disadvantaged communities. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show Black and Minority Ethnic involvement. To be eligible the applicant organisations must have an annual income of less than £150,000 per year, have strong volunteer support and the cost of the play-scheme must be less than £12,000. The funding is made available through the Hilden Charitable Fund.
Support for Children with Challenging Lives (Deadline 1 June, 2018)
Schools, registered charities, community and voluntary working with children and young people can apply for a free two-day break through the Youth Hostel Association’s Challenging Lives Programme. The programme is aimed at those children and young people(aged 8 – 18) who are or have recently experienced life threatening medical or mental health conditions, bereavement or homelessness. The programme also offers support to those living with a disability or life threatening medical conditions or who take on a caring role.
Funding to Get Children Active (UK) (Closing date 8th May 2018)
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 wellbeing of children. Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of the following areas: Living in Poverty; Physical & Mental Health Problems; Health & Wellbeing; Living With Disability. The funding is being made available through the Les Mills Fund for Children and the next closing date for applications is the 8th May 2018.
New £13 Million Fund Launched to Help Foster Relationships Between Frontline Professionals and Young People at Risk Of Sexual Exploitation
A new £13 million Government grant has been launched to help youth workers, police, nurses and other professionals form close, protective relationships with children and young people aged 10 – 17 at risk of sexual exploitation, gang crime or relationship abuse. The Trusted Relationships Fund will shortly invite local authorities to apply for funding to run projects aimed at fostering relationships between frontline staff and at-risk children. Through the fund, local authorities are encouraged to work with local partners to improve the way professionals, including social workers, youth workers, police and voluntary sector practitioners, work together to support vulnerable young people.
Funding for Young People to Develop Social Enterprises
UnLtd, in partnership with Sports Relief and the Spirit of 2012, has announced that young people who want to start, grow or build their social enterprise idea can apply for funding of up to £15,000. Young people can apply for a Test it Award of up to £500 or a Build it Award of up to £15,000. Awards can be applied for by an individual or small group of up to four people aged 11-30. Test it Awards provide young people with the chance to unlock their potential and make a positive difference in the community. UnLtd will also scale up successful projects by providing Awards of £15,000 to young people who are ready to build their ideas into sustainable social. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Comic Relief has launched a new grants programme working with Community Foundations across the Country.
The Core Strength – Local Communities initiative offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to voluntary and community groups to help with the cost of running their organisation. This includes items such as rent and staff training.
To make an application, click here or call 01245 356018 to speak with a member of the grants team.
White Fuse Media are offering grants of up to £5,000 for the creation of a new website. The grant scheme is designed for small charities or non-profits with a turnover of less than £1 million. The grant will cover all set-up costs of the website including content strategy, design, development and launch. You will still need to cover the support and maintenance costs on a monthly basis. Further details here.
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Promotes, facilitates and supports agriculture and rural development.  The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and the relief of poverty within rural areas.
The next meeting of the Trustees will be held in June.  Applications must be made in writing.  For full information on how to apply click here