Funding News

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

Grants of up to £30,000 are available to UK registered charities that are working with young people (up to 25 years) with a particular focus on supporting the following target groups:

• Children and young people with disabilities
• Children and young people who are sick in hospital
• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

The Foundation will prioritise support to charities that demonstrate community involvement and volunteering opportunities as part of their working practices. The Foundation prefers to fund equipment and capital costs. Outright funding for salaries will not be considered. Grants can be awarded for refurbishment and equipment, but not for capital appeals or a new construction.
The Foundation will fund projects working towards accreditation or recognised qualifications for young people. This does not include teacher training. The Foundation prefers to support training programmes working directly with the young people, where they will work towards an accreditation.

Deadline: 5th February 2019, 7th May 2019, 23rd July 2019, and 8th October 2019
For more information:

The ACT Foundation (UK)

Registered charities can apply for grant of up to £10,000 for work that enhances the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. Priority is given to small and medium size charities making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising. Applications should address one of the key themes of the Foundation: Health and Wellbeing; Independent Living at Home; Respite; and Transition. Apply to the ACT Foundation for a grant at any time; the Trustees meet six times a year.

 Funding for Early Years Professional Development (England)

The second round of a grants programme that funds and supports early years education projects focused on professional development in order to improve the learning and development of children from low income families aged 0–5 is now open for applications. Any organisation working in schools and other educational settings can apply for projects aiming to improve outcomes for disadvantaged 3-5-year olds that are practical, cost effective and scalable. Applications are accepted from mainstream primary and secondary schools, charities, local authorities, academy chains, universities, social enterprises and community interest companies. The Education Endowment Foundation does not set minimum or maximum size of grant however past awards have tended to range from £90,000 to £1.5million. The closing date for applications is the 15th February 2019.

 Projects to Help Young People with their Mental Health (England)

Voluntary and Community groups and organisations in England are being invited to apply for funding to help children and young people with their mental health. Applications are invited from organisations with existing mental health schemes that wish to trial new approaches. These should focus on adopting a community and person-centred approach and support children and young people through life-changing events. The funding is being made available through the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019-20: Children and Young People’s Mental Health. A total of £510,000 over three years is available per applicant and the closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 15th February 2019. Match funding from a statutory partner, e.g. Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP), Local Authority (LA), must be secured.

Nationwide Building Society

A new funding initiative has been launched by Nationwide Building Society to help tackle the Housing Crisis in the East of England.   Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to charities that help vulnerable people with their housing needs. Essex Community Foundation is managing this grants programme and is calling for applications.

They can support:

  • Staff/Volunteer costs for project delivery
  • Development and capacity building costs
  • Activity costs
  • Small scale capital costs (e.g. items for project delivery such as computers, paint, gardening equipment)
  • Building works and refurbishment costs – where they are essential to the successful delivery of the project

Further information including eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the website:

Any charity that wishes to apply to this funding programme is encouraged to call ECF during a dedicated Phone-In Funding Surgery for a preliminary conversation about their work and funding needs. There are two upcoming dates: Friday 9 November from 10am to 12 noon and Tuesday 13 November from 10am to 12 noon

To take part, please call Essex Community Foundation, on the day, on 01245 355947. There is no need to book a slot.


Essex Community Foundation

The Tampon Tax ​Community Fund uses the money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to award grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to charities and community organisations.

To be eligible to apply, projects must demonstrate how they meet one or more of the three priority areas:

  • Building skills and confidence: This could be giving them the tools needed to apply for jobs and/or return to the workplace
  • Improving health and well-being: For example, educating women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health
  • Creating social networks: Such as, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with and support them to feel less lonely


If you could possibly help us to make your contacts aware, that would be most appreciated. Please direct organisations/groups to call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018.


More information and how to apply can be found here: on our website. Please note there is separate criteria and application form.

The deadline is Monday 5 November.

Essex County Council has recently launched the Community Initiatives Fund. The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is a small grants scheme designed to fund community projects that: create, procure or develop new community assets; enhance existing community assets; enhance or develop initiatives that strengthen a community. Further details can be found on the website


If you wish to ask questions, please email  or call Essex County council on 03457430430 ask for Paul Ashworth – Strengthening Communities Manager.

The High Sheriff’s Fund is now open for applications.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for local voluntary and community organisations that are working to make their communities safer and better places in which to live.
For more information and to apply, click here.

The Co-op Foundation
The Co-op Foundation’s new £2m fund to tackle youth loneliness is now open to applications.
The foundation is delivering the youth strand of the wider £11.5m Building Connections Fund announced in June. It will support projects in the 30% most deprived areas of England or which benefit young people facing specific disadvantages and risks of loneliness.
Please share this link if you know of any projects tackling youth loneliness who may be eligible to apply for funding. The deadline to apply is 26 September.
For more information go here

Wessex Youth Trust

The Wessex Youth Trust has a small amount of funding which it awards in grants to support charitable projects which provide opportunities to help, support and advance children and young people up to the age of 21 years in the UK. There is no set grant limit, but funding should be used where the donations make an enormous difference with a focus on helping those charities who are very rarely in the spotlight, either because they are too small or simply do not have the money or expertise to market themselves. Preference is given to pump-priming projects for development and more extensive fundraising initiatives. Specific project funding requests are preferred.

The deadline for applications is 1st November.

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Braintree District and Greenfields Community Fund

The Braintree District and Greenfields Community Fund has reopened for applications and grants are available to support organisations working in the Braintree District that either help to improve health and wellbeing, increase aspirations and opportunities, or develop skills through training. This is a two-stage application where applicants first complete an expression of interest. Due to this, we strongly encourage anyone that is considering making an application for funding to speak with us first.

Click here to find out more.

Funding for schools to support SEND pupils
A survey of head teachers by the National Association of Head Teachers shows that the majority are struggling to meet the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, with funding and support services critically stretched.

  • Only 2% of respondents reporting that the top up funding they received was sufficient to meet individual Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or statements for pupils with SEND
  • 94% of respondents find it harder to resource the support required to meet the needs of pupils with SEND than they did two years ago
  • 83% are not receiving ANY  funding from health and social care budgets to support pupils with statements or EHCPs
  • 30% of respondents are not receiving services from health and social care to support their pupils

25th July 2018

Closing date 31st July 2018
Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK or in larger areas should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year. The funding is being made available through the Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation and the closing date for applications is the 31st July 2018.

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK) Closing date 31st July 2018

Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 have until the 31st July 2018 to apply for funding of up to £10,000. Of particular interest are projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. The funding is being made available through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London.

New fund launched to tackle loneliness in England

In partnership with the Department of Digital, Culture and Sport (DCMS), Big Lottery Fund and Co-op Foundation, the £11.5 million Building Communities fund has been set up in response to the Jo Cox commission on loneliness.

Projects should:

  • Make the best use of community assets and joining up local services to connect people in different local places. Or in different ways, using digital or technology, transport and travel, participating in sport or volunteering.
  • Enable communities to bring people together and build connections, helping people across all ages, who may be more likely to feel lonely, and encouraging those who are at highest risk of loneliness to participate.
  • Understand more about the individual benefits of preventing loneliness and what works, resulting in benefits to people’s health and well being, so that they live longer, healthier, more independent lives and improve their opportunities for employment.

2 funding strands are available:

  • Main Funding strand – worth £9 million, this funding strand is seeking to fund organisations who have existing projects in place to reduce loneliness and projects that have a wide geographical reach.
  • Youth Funding Strand worth £2 million, this funding strand is operated by the Co-op foundation and will open for applications in August 2018.

Who can apply: Charities, Community and Voluntary Sector organisations, Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies.

Partnerships are also welcome to apply.

Maximum grant: £100,000

Deadline:  24 August 2018

Children Affected by Domestic Abuse Fund

The Home office have allocated £8 million of funding to fund interventions designed to support children affected by domestic abuse.

Interventions should:

  • Demonstrate evidence for proposed plans
  • Provide arrangements for safeguarding vulnerable children and young people as part of the planned activities
  • Show how proposed support will link into wider support for victims of domestic abuse at a local level

Who can apply: Local commissioners. This can include police and crime commissioners, local authorities, health commissioners, or any other suitable organisations across England and Wales.

Partnership applications are also welcome. For more information, read the fund prospectus.

Maximum grant: Discretionary

While there is not a formal cap placed on the amount an organisation can bid for, all bids must be scalable. Organisations must bid for a a minimum of £500,000.

Deadline: 19 September 2018

Please note, applications must be received through the contract finder notice.

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

Click here to find out more

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
Click here
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.
Click here
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