Current funding opportunities via Redbridge CVS – take a look!

See below for funding opportunities.  If you are interested and would like to find out if there are other start-ups, social enterprises or community groups that you could collaborate with, or support you please get in touch.

Thanks to Ola Kanu of Redbridge CVS for this information.  If you want to receive weekly emails from Redbridge CVS on all community related news email  If you want to receive Ola’s funding emails contact her on

Esmee Fairbairn announce new funding guidelines

The independent funder,The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, has announced new guidelines for funding. Its core priorities are the Arts, Children and Young People, Environment and Social Change and the Foundation aims to ‘unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change’. Read the details.

Partners for Health Grants

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects tackling the effects of poverty and health inequalities in London. Organisations that demonstrate a thoughtful response to local needs and partnership with an expert health agency are welcome to apply. There is a particular interest in the areas of mental health and addiction. Organistions with an annual income of less than £200,000 can apply.

To apply, visit the London Catalyst website and click on the ‘Partners For Health’ link in the opening paragraph of our Special Interest Grants

London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund
Friday, 29 May 2015 – 5:00pm


 Foundation Community Awards

Foundation Community Awards has reopened and is offering funding of up to £25,000. They have 15 awards of £5,000 and four awards of £25,000 available for community groups across the UK to access. Nominations need to be in on 26 May before a public vote determines the winners. Voting opens on 2 June and closes on 29 June. A second round will take place in September.

The Grocers’ Charity Memorial Grants

Aims/priorities: The relief of poverty (including youth poverty) and help for the disabled usually take priority, with medicine, the arts, heritage and the elderly also designated.

Eligibility: UK-registered charities.

Value: Up to £2,000 in relation to the elderly.

Process: First complete the Online Enquiry Form on their website, to which they’ll respond. Use the Log-In box (which appears when you press the Form link) to register.

Deadlines: Submit your Online Enquiry Form at any time.

Further Info:

or email

Tudor TrustAims/priorities: The social, emotional and financial needs of people at the margins of our society. Particularly interested in helping smaller, under-resourced organisations which offer direct services and which involve the people they work with in their planning. Grants can be for core funding (including salaries and running costs), project grants, capital grants (for buildings or equipment), loan funding, and even unrestricted funding.Eligibility: Work must be charitable but charity registration is not required. More likely to fund organisations with an income under £1M per annum.
Sometimes make grants to larger organisations, particularly for work which could be influential, or which a smaller organisation would not have the capacity to deliver.Value: No minimum or maximum amount. Awards are usually for one to three years. The average grant in 2013-14 was £54,398.Process: Has a 2 stage application process. Over 90% of those getting through stage one secure funding. Submit a first stage proposal and additional documents by post and as described on the website. You should hear within a month if you are to be invited to submit a full 2nd stage application. A decision to fund should take approx. 3 months after the 2nd stage application is submitted.

Deadlines: Apply at any time.

Further info: Tel: 020 7727 8522.

 Church and Community Fund (England)

The Church of England’s Church and Community Fund has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 30thJune 2015.

The overall aim of the fund is to grow the Church of England and develop its capacity to engage with the whole community. Community projects run by parish churches, deaneries, dioceses and other bodies connected to or working in partnership with the Church of England can apply for funding of up to £20,000 for projects that significantly expand the Church’s engagement with neighbourhood renewal; and seek innovative ways of developing established community projects so that they either grow existing or evolve into new communities of Christian Faith. In addition grants of up to £60,000 are available for projects that replicate models of successful community engagement across the wider church.

Projects that are seeking grants must be located in one of 50% the most deprived of parishes in England as listed by the Index of Multiple Deprivation rankings for parishes, 2010.

£650,000 Funding for Social Businesses from Big Issue Invest (England)

Early stage social businesses in England can now apply to the Big Issue Invest Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) 2015 programme.

The programme is specifically tailored for early stage social businesses who often face challenges when it comes to securing finance. Applicants don’t need to be trading to apply however providing proof of concept is essential. To be considered, applicants must operate in the following sectors:

  • Arts and culture
  • Education, employment and training
  • Tackling homelessness
  • Sustainable and community transport
  • Health and social care
  • Environment
  • And/or financial inclusion.

Applicants have the opportunity to pitch for up to £50,000 investment, receive mentoring from the programmes’ investment and support partners, attend professionally designed workshops and learn to how measure their social impact.

The deadline for applications is 25th May 2015.

Government Announces Changes to Childcare Business Grant Scheme (England)

The Government has announced that the Childcare Business grant scheme a grant scheme has been extended to the 31st December 2015.

In addition the value of grants has been doubled and is now also open to existing registered childcare businesses that have been operating for less than 1 year. The grants available through the scheme include:

  • £500 for new childminding businesses setting up in England (those who are looking after one or more children to whom they are not related, on domestic premises, for reward and for a total of more than 2 hours in any day)
  • £1000 for new childminding businesses, as above, that will provide care for disabled children (applicants will need to demonstrate that they have incurred additional expenditure in setting up their business as a result of this)
  • £1000 for new nursery, out of school club, or childcare on domestic premises setting up in England.

If you receive one to one fundraising support or emailed grants please remember to let me know the outcome of your grant applications.

Asda Foundation Opens for Applications (UK)

The Asda Foundation is currently accepting applications to its grant making programmes.

Local groups can apply for funding of between £5,000 and £10,000 for projects that benefit the wider community. Funding can be used for both capital (buildings, vehicles and equipment, etc) and revenue / running costs. Please note that projects seeking funding for running costs only are not eligible.

Applications need to be submitted via local Asda stores and the closing date for the current funding round is the 20th May 2015.

HRUK & SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants (UK)

Heart Research UK (HRUK) is inviting applications from not for profit groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities through their SUBWAY/HRUK Healthy Heart Grants.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available in different SUBWAY regions to support projects that strongly promote heart health, not just healthy lifestyles. The grants are available in specific regions at certain times of the year. The scheme is currently open in Northern Ireland and is due to open in other regions during the year. In the past grants have been awarded to fund cooking sessions, theatre workshops, multi-sport activities, classroom based learning, circus skills, and tandem biking, etc.

For details of the application periods for each region click on the link below.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation (England & Wales)

The Peter Cruddas Foundation is a grant making Foundation that aims to support charitable works that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the UK by ensuring that their funding reaches those most in need. Priorities for funding are pathways/support for young disadvantaged or disengaged people in the age range 14 to 30 into education, training or employment; work experience/skills projects for young people aged 16 to 30; and youth work in London particularly evening work for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 30. To be eligible for funding an organisation must be a registered charity or an organisation / individual supported by a UK charity. There are no minimum or maximum grants and projects can be funded for more than one year. The closing date for application is the 1st September 2015.

Hilden Charitable Fund (UK)

The Hilden Charitable Fund is open for applications.

Within the UK, the Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are less popular. In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address:

  • Homelessness
  • Supports asylum seekers and refugees
  • Supports community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people 16 – 25
  • Penal affairs.

The average grant awarded is £5,000 and preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year. The Trust will consider funding project as well as core running costs of organisations.

The Hilden Charitable Fund also runs a Summer Playscheme Grants Programme. The scheme aims to help community groups run Summer Playschemes for the benefit of children from refugee and ethnic minority families. Funding of between £500 and £1,500 is available for Summer Playschemes for children aged 5 – 18 years lasting for 2 – 6 weeks with strong volunteer support. The funding is available to voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.

The closing date for applications is the 10th June 2015.

Persimmon Community Champions Fund (UK)

Persimmon Homes Community Champions fund has up to £750,000 funding over the next 12 months to fund local community initiatives. The charity match programme will give donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves. Up to £52,000 a month is available from Persimmon’s 24 businesses. To apply complete the online form with information on why your group or charity deserves the donation, along with details of much you’ve already raised and how donation you want. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For further information on the fund and to apply please click on the link below.

BBC Children In Need – Small Grants Programme (UK)

Not for profit organisations such as such as registered charities; voluntary organisations; schools; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme.

The grants are available for projects that:

  • Help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • And / or living in situations of deprivation.

Projects supported in the past include:

Corley Special School in Coventry which received a grant of £6,000 to provide lunchtime horse riding sessions for children with disabilities.

Caldercruix Youth & Community Development Project in Airdrie, which received a grant of £6,333 to help deliver 2 afterschool clubs a week to young people in an isolated village where children from low income families have little access to services.

The closing date for applications is the 1st June 2015.



Funding to Support Family Based Projects (UK)

The Kelly Family Charitable Trust is open to applications from registered charities for projects that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members.

The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other. The fund also welcomes applications from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with the above criteria. Grants are of between £1,000 and £5,000, but higher grants may be considered.

Projects supported in the past include the Hill’s Trust Home School Community Project which is a family education support project based in Hill’s Trust Primary School in Govan. The Project promotes parental involvement at all levels throughout the school and works directly with parents/carers and pupils. It offers support with issues such as attendance, behaviour and family issues, as well as a range of other services. The School is working with Glasgow City council to share its good practice with the aim of expanding the model to all Glasgow Schools.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st September 2015.

Funding for Financial Literacy Projects (UK)

The MSE Charity has re-opened its grants programme.

Through the programme, constituted community based groups (including schools) can apply for funding of up to £5,000 for projects to help fight financial and consumer illiteracy and to educate and inform adults and children about consumer and debt issues. Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £300,000.

Projects that have received funding in the past include:

  • The Nottingham Women’s Centre which received a grant of £3,850 to provide financial education training to female ex-offenders offenders to improve their financial well-being and build an independent life free of crime and debt.
  • The JAN Trust which received a grant of £2000 towards running a financial literacy and empowerment programme for 40 socially excluded and disadvantaged Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and refugee and asylum women (BAMER) in Haringey.

The closing date for applications is the 31st May 2015 or when 40 applications have been received.

Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged Young People (UK)

The next application closing date to the Weavers Company Benevolent Fund is the 3rd August 2015.

The Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, the Worshipful Company of Weavers is interested in helping smaller organisations which offer direct services. Applicants must be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. 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 should normally have an income of not more than £250,000.

Ford Britain Trust (England and Wales)

The next funding application deadline for the Ford Britain Trust’s Small Grants Programme is the 1st June 2015.

The Trust provides grants of up to £250 for the advancement of education and other charitable purposes beneficial to those areas where the Ford Motor Company Limited has its present activities and a long standing association with local communities, these are:

  • Essex (including East London)
  • St Albans
  • Bridgend (South Wales)
  • Southampton
  • Daventry.

Exceptions may be made for initiatives in which Ford Motor Company Limited employees and retirees are involved.

Grant applications supporting the following activities will be considered, these are:

  • Work that has clear benefits to the local community/environment
  • Work with young people/children
  • Education/schools (mainstream)
  • Special education needs
  • People with disabilities.

The Trust will accept applications from registered charities, Schools/PTAs (Non-fee paying, state sector schools only) and non profit organisations. Grants made by the Trust are usually one-off donations for a specific capital project or part of a project, typically items of furniture and equipment. The Trust also makes large grants for amounts over £250 and usually up to a maximum of £3,000.

The Large Grants programme is currently not accepting applications.

If you receive one to one fundraising support or emailed grants please remember to let me know the outcome of your grant applications.

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