Funding News

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.



Ford Britain Trust (Deadline 30 October 2017 (small) / 31 January 2018 (large))

The Ford Britain Trust has announced that its Large and Small Grants programme will re-open for applications on the 1st September 2017. The Trust mainly funds projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled and youth activities. Grant applications are considered from registered charities; schools/PTAs (non-fee paying, state sector schools only); and non-profit organisations (including small clubs and societies). Grants of up to £250 will be available through the Small Grants Programme and grants of up to £3,000 will be available through the Large Grants Programme. Visit for more information.

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.

Aviva Community Fund to Re-open for Applications (Re-opens 12 September 2017)

Community organisations will be able to apply for funding of between £1,000 and £25,000 to support their projects within one of the following four categories: Health and Wellbeing; Skills for Life; Community support; Inclusivity. Applicants will need support from the community for their application in the form of votes and the most voted for applications will go through to the final to be judged. Voting will start on the 23rd October 2017 and applicants will need to have submitted their project by the 10th October 2017. Visit for more information.

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