Categories of funding opportunities and grants to support groups:


Arts, music and culture

The Art Fund

Grants for museums and galleries for art of all types and media from across history. They also support special collections and help to place gifts and bequests. Grants range in value from a few hundreds to thousands of pounds. Recipients include UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives that open for at least half the week for at least six months of the year and which are fully or provisionally accredited under the Arts Council Scheme.


Arts Council - National Lottery Projects Grant

Grants from £1,000 to £100,000 for individuals and organisations for art, museum and library projects that engage people in the arts and culture. Applications must meet the programme’s four criteria: Quality, Public Engagement, Finance and Management.


Ernest Hecht Foundation

Funding is available for a broad range of UK registered charities which are working to support or improve the lives of people through art, healthcare, literature, music and theatre. To apply you must:

  • be a charity registered in the UK
  • be able to provide copies of your most recent 2 years audited accounts.


Greater London Authority Culture Seeds Funding

Not for profits with an annual turnover of less than £50,000 can apply for funding of between £1000-£5000 until Spring 2020. The funding is for community led cultural projects in London boroughs. Projects might focus on: visual and performing arts (like music, dance and theatre); filmmaking and film screenings; heritage; digital art; cultural events/festivals; literature - spoken word, reading groups; craft and making activities; choirs/singing groups; creative writing.


Capital/core costs

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

One-off grants for capital projects, e.g. new buildings, refurbishments, transport and equipment. (They do not fund running costs) Grants are from £1,000 upwards and the majority (roughly 80%) of grants awarded are under £5,000. Grants are awarded for projects in the following categories: CommunityEducationHealthSocial Welfare


Fidelity UK Foundation

The Foundation seek to work on strategic, transformational projects. They aim to help organisations to increase their impact, reach, effectiveness, earned revenue, operational efficiency or long-term financial sustainability. Grants are made for capital improvements; technology projects; organisational development and planning initiatives. Most grants range between £25,000 to £150,000.  Grants will not normally cover the entire cost of a project and grants are generally made only to organisations with an annual operating budget in excess of £250,000.


Garfield Weston Foundation

Grants to registered charities and a range of not for profit organisaitons for a wide range of work - the arts, community, education, environment, faith, health, museums and heritage, welfare and youth. There are 2 types of grants available:  regular grants of up to £100,000 and major grants for applications of £100,000 or more. They support capital, revenue/core and project costs.


The Charles Hayward Foundation

This grant-making charitable trust funds charities which are registered in the UK. They run a main and small grant programme:

Main grant programme, £15,000 - £25,000: Social & Criminal Justice and Heritage & Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and Overseas (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000).

Small grant programme , up to £7000: Social & Criminal Justice and Older People (for charities with an income of less than £350,000).

Within all of the above they fund project costs and capital expenditure.


Premier League and The Football Association

The Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities. They'll award up to 50% of the total cost of items such as: replacement of unsafe goalposts; portable floodlights; storage containers; grounds maintenance equipment - check the website for further items. The grants are open to a wide range of applicants including clubs, local authorities and schools.



Social entrepreneurs providing solutions to any issues can apply for a range of support - access to technical business support, connections to mentors, support to prepare for investment, including the opportunity to secure repayable capital of up to £50,000.

They also have specific areas they focus on - building employability; building resilient communities and soluntions for an ageing society and they encourage social entrepreneurs tackling these focus areas to apply.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Their focus is on supporting smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations within the UK, with a total annual income under £500,000, who work in the most deprived urban areas or the most remote and socio-economically deprived rural areas. Grants of between £2,000 and £60,000 are available for work in the areas of community support, performing, visual and creative arts, education and heritage. Examples of work might include:- youth clubs; training schemes to help people out of unemployment; drop in centres for the homeless. For urban deprivation they mean postcode areas that are ranked within the most deprived 20% of the latest Government Indices of Multiple Deprivation, within cities/towns with a population of more than 10,000 people.

Funding can be used towards general running costs including core costs, salaries and projects costs or capital expenditure on buildings or essential equipment.


Yapp Charitable Trust

This Trust make grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. In brief:-

  • grants only to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000
  • do not fund work that does not focus specifically on one of their priority groups
  • only fund running costs
  • Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year and they'll fund for up to three years.
  • most grants are for more than one year because they like to fund ongoing needs.

Trustees meet 3 times a year to consider applications.


Woodroffe Benton Foundation Small Grants Programme

Four rounds of grant funding annually for charities working in the following categories: relief of hardship; care for the elderly; education & youth development; environment & conservation;  human physical well-being. Grants are usually between £500 - £2,500. Applications are considered at the Trustees' quarterly meetings in January, April, July and October with the deadline for applications normally six weeks prior to the meeting. If you apply after the deadline, your application is automatically held over for consideration at the subsequent one. They prefer to contribute to core operating costs.


Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme

Scheme designed to support smaller UK-registered charities (especially those working at a grass roots and local community level), in any field, across wide range of activities. Applications welcomed from charities with annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 available for core costs, equipment or project activities. Scheme make one-year grants for core costs, equipment or project funding to charities which can show how grant will make a significant difference to their work.


Children & young people

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

Grants that enable disadvantaged young people to take part in outdoor activities. They usually support programmes run by schools or youth groups.


Buttle UK – Grants for Individual Children

Buttle UK, a charity helping children and young people in need, has established the COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund, with the support of The National Lottery Community Fund and others.

It is an emergency response to children living in poverty who were already very vulnerable and living in crisis, but whose situations have worsened in the pandemic and lockdown.

On offer are individually tailored grants of up to £2,000 for children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or significant change in life to improve their social and emotional wellbeing and increase their capacity to engage in education.


Disability access fund

The disability access fund (DAF) is a measure for early years providers. It is  designed to support  children with disabilities or special educational needs.  The DAF aids access to early years places by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings and helping with building capacity (be that for the child in question or for the benefit of children as a whole attending the setting).


  • Three and four year olds will be eligible for the DAF if they meet both of the following criteria:
  • the child is in receipt of child disability living allowance (DLA)
  • the child receives free early education

Note:  Four-year olds in primary school reception classes are NOT eligible for DAF funding. Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn three.



Happy Days Children's Charity

Grants are available for families with children aged 3-17 who are disabled, have a special need or have been abused. There are 3 streams of funding: day trips and visiting theatre; family respite breaks and group activity holidays.


Kickstart Scheme

On 1st September, the Chancellor launched a new scheme to create 6-month work placements for those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding. If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Scheme, you can submit your application directly. If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements, you cannot apply directly.

You must partner with other organisations to create a minimum of 30 job placements before applying. If you are in this second category, then please let us know by emailing and we will try and bring together suitable partners for you.


Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity

Marvellous Family Grants are for families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness. Grants of up to £1000 are available to help families cope. Applications have to be made by health or social care professionals on behalf of the family. No deadline and applications are reviewed at monthly meetings.


Variety - The Children's Charity

Variety have a range of grants for children and those working with children, (up to and including the age of 18) who are experiencing sickness, disability or disadvantage:


Variety: The Children’s Charity - Youth Clubs Grants

Funding for tangible resources including, but not limited to:

  • Sports, gym and games equipment
  • Computers, printers and IT equipment
  • Photography and film equipment
  • Consoles, accessories and games
  • Arts and crafts materials
  • Musical instruments and recording equipment

Allocation will very much depend on how many eligible applications the Charity receive and the funds available to the Youth Clubs Committee at any one time. Currently, the average grant is between £250 and £600.

To be eligible for a Youth Club Grant, you must be affiliated to a national youth organisation such as Ambition, UK Youth or Association of Boys and Girls Clubs. At present uniformed organisations are not funded.


Wooden Spoon

Grants of up to £30,000 available for projects or physical assets that benefit children and young people under 25 years old and disadvantaged by either physical or mental disability or social deprivation – or any combination of the three.


Community improvement

Clarion Housing

Clarion Housing Group provide all sorts of grants for projects which benefit their residents and their local communities. Take a look here at the full range available:


Community Training Grants available in area which includes Bromley

Groundwork London are administering Community Training Grants in areas of London North and East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership which includes Bromley), as funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. Grants of between £5000 and £20,000 are available for projects which support participants who are over 16 years of age, eligible to work in the UK and either unemployed or economically inactive.  Individual charities and small organisations can apply.  A wide range of activities are supported including projects providing vocational training, advice, guidance and information. Your organisation must also have an annual turnover of less than €10 million Euros.


The Drapers' Company Charitable Fund

This Fund awards grants to help improve the quality of life for people and their communities. They focus on the disadvantaged and socially excluded, with grants in the fields of education and young people, and social welfare. Grants are also awarded in support of textiles and heritage. There is no minimum or maxiumum grant. Grants are normally awarded for sums between £5,000 and £15,000 to charities working in Greater London. 


Housing Innovation Fund

The Mayor's Innovation Fund is available for those using innovative ways to deliver more affordable homes in London. This is part of Homes for Londoners, which brings together the Mayor's work to tackle the housing crisis.

Innovation can take many forms, but the Mayor is keen to understand how funding can support:

  • community-led housing
  • offsite and precision manufacturing of homes
  • new accommodation for homeless households

We are encouraging proposals from those that provide genuinely affordable homes to Londoners.


Covid-19 relief/recovery

The British Red Cross Hardship Fund

The British Red Cross has recently launched a Hardship Fund to provide financial support for the most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis. 

The fund then provides short term financial help for people who can’t afford the essentials:

  • Food and toiletries
  • Somewhere safe to sleep
  • Access to a telephone and the internet
  • Fuel to keep the lights on, cook or stay warm


Buttle UK – Grants for Individual Children

Buttle UK, a charity helping children and young people in need, has established the COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund, with the support of The National Lottery Community Fund and others.

It is an emergency response to children living in poverty who were already very vulnerable and living in crisis, but whose situations have worsened in the pandemic and lockdown.

On offer are individually tailored grants of up to £2,000 for children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or significant change in life to improve their social and emotional wellbeing and increase their capacity to engage in education.


London Resilience Fund: Supporting innovation in resilience

The London Resilience Fund is the Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £1m innovation programme to support London’s businesses and community groups in their recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and to ensure they’re better prepared for future emergencies. The Fund is open to a broad range of public, private and third-sector organisations in London that are looking for solutions to the challenges they are experiencing and who are set to benefit from the innovations.

The fund will support the designing and testing of innovation with grants that enable:

  • the creation of tools to help London’s economy
  • emerge from the current crisis, and fare better during future stresses and shocks
  • London’s community of small businesses and community organisations to adapt, diversify and deliver services in new ways, while boosting their levels of preparedness, awareness, skills and capacity
  • positive social change that addresses London’s major stresses – from inequality and food insecurity to poor health and wellbeing

The first round of applications opened in September 2020. Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to support designing and testing these innovations. 


Rank Foundation’s Covid-19 Response Programme

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rank Foundation has launched a new DCMS Covid-19 Response Programme to provide support to 200 small-medium charities and social enterprises within the social sector. In partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Foundation will provide funding in two strands: the Covid-19 Recovery Fund, which will provide grants of up to £25,000 for RankNet member organisations with urgent and immediate financial needs as a result of the pandemic and the Covid-19 Time to Shine Leadership Programme.


Return to Play: Active Together Fund

An additional £1.5m of National Lottery funding has been made available to continue supporting clubs and local organisations to set up and run their own crowdfunding campaigns to help sustain them through the Covid-19 pandemic and return to play. Sport England’s Return to Play: Active Together Fund is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund successful Crowdfunder campaigns by up to £10,000. Sports clubs and organisations in England affected by the crisis are invited to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs. Through the Fund, Sport England will also provide expert guidance and support. 



Gardening for Disabled Trust
Small financial grants for individuals and small groups to help people continue to garden actively.  Their most common request is for raised beds and planting tables: they often pay for accessibility ramps, handrails for outside steps, adapted tools, polytunnels and much more.  Sometimes funding is simply to pay for seeds or bulbs. People with all kinds of physical or mental abilities can apply.


Ernest Cook Trust grants programme

Grants for registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations working to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside and the environment. As of January 2019 they are reviewing the focus of their grant giving. Keep an eye on their website for news.


Alpkit Foundation grants

The Alpkit Foundation is the charity that helps people ‘Go Nice Places Do Good Things’. The Foundation supports by making small awards to people, groups and schools that work to remove the barriers in getting outdoors and experience wild places. The Foundation support grass-roots direct action projects that tackle issues such as the community response to Covid 19, diversity & inclusion in the outdoors, participation, education, conservation and protection of our natural environment and health & well-being. Support takes the form small awards to many projects and help projects get off the ground.


DPD Eco Fund

The DPD Eco Fund (the "Fund") is a fund to be spent on sustainability-related programmes by a range of different organisations. The maximum amount that an applicant may receive from the Fund is £2,000 per application.

Any monies transferred from the Fund to an applicant shall be considered a donation and not an investment. In order to be eligible to apply for a donation from the Fund, applications must be made on behalf of a: 

  • third sector organisation;
  • charity;
  • school;
  • community organisation; or
  • a small or medium enterprise with less than 10 employees.



Allchurches Trust grants

Grant funding supporting projects run by churches of many denominations and Christian organisations. When considering applications, the Trust considers how well the aims of the project align with its areas of funding focus. These are:

  • Building communities, especially where they are hurting or broken
  • Helping people, especially those in particular need, to flourish
  • Growing churches, spiritually and numerically

Grants normally fund capital projects and equipment, not salaries or running costs.

The Trust’s primary charitable object is to promote the Christian faith or any other charitable purpose.

No application deadlines; applications are dealt with as they come in. Every application is reviewed by the Trustees and a decision communicated within three to six months. 



National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grants for Heritage

Non-profits and partnerships led by non-profit organisations can apply for grants of £3,000 to £5million. Private owners of heritage can apply for up to £100,000 and partnerships led by commercial organisations (for the purposes of achieving economic growth), £250,000 - £5m.


Historic England Grant Schemes

Historic England have different schemes available:-

  • Grants for people who own or manage individual historic sites and need to repair them or understand them better
  • Grants for local authorities, for sites and buildings in their area
  • and grants for organisations who want to encourage better understanding, management and conservation of the historic environment in its many and varied forms.

To find out more, take a look at their website and their funding priorities. They strongly recommend that you contact your local office to discuss your project before making any grant application.



LGBT+ Futures Fund

Grants are available for non-profit LGBT+ organisations across the UK to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the pandemic.

There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded.



Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust supports volunteering or community service projects that are organised and run by people under the age of 30. Grants of up to £500 are available. The trustees meet approximately once every three months to discuss applications.


The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme

The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.

Applications are only accepted from charities registered and operating within the UK. The Trust does not accept applications from individuals, faith-based charities, or from charities whose annual income exceeds £5 million.

Successful applicants are awarded grants of up to £1,500 towards the charity’s core costs or to support a specific project. This programme does not award multi-year funding or provide substantial sums for capital appeals.

Applications will be prioritised for charities which offer practical support for:

  • older people
  • people with disabilities or living with serious illness, or
  • people facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion, homelessness or other difficulties in their lives.

All applications must be submitted using the online application form. Charities are asked not to send appeals by letter or e-mail as these will not be considered.

There are no specific dates for submitting applications. Appeals may be made at any time and will be considered by the Trustees as soon as possible. Applicants should contact the Trust, should they have any further questions on


The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust, set up in 1994 in memory of Ronnie Archer, who rose through the ranks of Unilever to become Vice-Chairman. It is hoped that the Archer Trust will be a fitting memorial to a talented but modest man.

The Trust prefer to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation. They favour charities which make good use of volunteers. The Trust support projects both in the UK and overseas, but for overseas projects only via UK charities which can ensure that funds are being well used.

Deadline: At Any time


Axis Foundation

Grants of up to £10,000 for small, local projects or causes that will make a measurable impact on people’s lives. A range of organisations can apply, registered charities, community groups, schools, limited companies and individuals.


Building a Stronger Britain Together

The Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to increase the resilience of individuals and communities to extremism, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender.


Bromley Trust

Grants of between £5000 and £20,000 per year for up to 3 years, are available for registered charities that are working in the areas of human rights and prison reform. 


Caron Keating Foundation

The Caron Keating Foundation aims to support small cancer charities across the country by awarding grants for a variety of work/equipment e.g pieces of machinery which detect faster, counselling services, different types of hospice care, drivers to take cancer patients to and from treatment centres, complementary therapies to help with pain control and bereavement counselling.


City Bridge Trust

Small Grants - for organisations with an annual income of less than £75,000, grants of between £1,000-£10,000 over 12 months, for the following:

  • greening and growing projects which bring communities together and improve the local environment;
  • projects which enable disabled people and/or older people who are disadvantaged, to take part in the arts, sports and health and well-being activities.

Comic Relief Community Fund (England)

The Comic Relief Community Fund England is offering grants to grassroots community businesses with an income of less than £250,000. 

There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 (up to the age of 11) to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant (grants of up to £1,000) or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant (grants of up to £4,000).


Dulverton Trust

Categories of funding offered by the Trust:

  • Youth opportunities - the largest category, which aims to support charities working with socio-economically disadvantaged children and young people. We fund initiatives that support young people to develop the life skills to enable them to thrive.
  • General Welfare – support for a wide range of charities that benefit disadvantaged people and communities
  • Conservation – support for charities working to support the health and resilience of the UK’s wildlife habitat
  • Heritage – support for the development of craftsmanship in the traditional techniques of repair and restoration


Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme

Round six of the Energy Redress Scheme is now open for applications! There is an incredible £17 million available to help support vulnerable energy consumers and reduce fuel poverty.

The Energy Redress Scheme is open to supporting a wide range of different activities. It can provide capital or revenue funding and can provide up to 100% of the project cost. It can fund projects lasting up to 2 years and the minimum grant request is £20,000.

Deadline: Ongoing


Goldsmiths Company small grants

Grants of up to £5000 for charities working in 3 areas:- cultural projects; general welfare and medical welfare/disabled.  Grants are made to charities with a turnover of less than £5 million.


Henry Smith Charity

Various funding programmes are available. The Charity funds organisations that work with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage. Here are some of the programmes:

  • Improving Lives - grants of £20k-£60k per year for small and medium sized organisations to support projects and the running costs of the organisation.
  • Holiday Grants - one off grants of £500–£2,500 for schools, small charities and not-for-profit organisations towards recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under who are disabled or disadvantaged.
  • Christian Projects - grants of £10k plus per year to support projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith, helping to grow faith communities and churches.


Kent Community Foundation: Emergency Funding for Charities Affected by Coronavirus

Kent Community Foundation has been given a pot of emergency funding from the National Emergencies Trust (NET). NET are `particularly keen to support projects on the Coronavirus front-line with this funding and are able to consider requests from larger organisations with income up to £1m’. 

This NET funding is in addition to the Foundation’s own Coronavirus Emergency Fund which is still open and available to organisations with an annual income up to £200,000.

They will give priority to constituted community groups e.g. charities/CICs, with an average annual income of less than £200,000 and who are supporting the most vulnerable people at this time.


Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

There are two grant giving programmes for charities.

  • Main Grants Programme is for single and multiple year grants of £5,000 or more;
  • Small Grant Programme is a fast track grant assessment for one-off grants of up to £3,000.

They prioritise charities working for the benefit of people in Greater London, but do welcome applications from the whole of the UK. They also welcome applications supporting the use of leather within the fashion industry, education in leather technology and the leather trade.


Marsh Christian Trust grants

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. Grants are unrestricted and range from £300-£2,000. Funded areas are:

  • Arts and heritage
  • Education and training
  • Environmental causes and animal welfare
  • Healthcare
  • Social welfare

There is no deadline for applications. Applications are processed on an on-going basis. 


Morrisons Foundation – Charities funding boost

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000.

Application at any time.


National Lottery Community Fund has the following 3 funds:

1. Awards for All - Voluntary and community organisations, charities, schools, social enterprises and others, can apply for funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

2. Reaching Communities - grants of over £10,000 for organisations with projects focused on enabling communities to thrive. The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years.

3. Partnerships funding -  grants for community and voluntary groups of over £10,000 for partnership work on a shared set of goals and values. They'll support different types of partnership, including:

  • cross-sector partnerships
  • local place-based collaboration
  • local and national organisations working together around a particular theme.


One Stop shop grants

'Carriers for Causes' grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. In Bromley borough this includes (as checked February 2019):

Addington Road, West Wickham

25-29 Hazel Walk, Bromley 

High Street, Penge.

Grants, of up to £1000 are available to support projects that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places’. 


Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Various funding streams available for work which aligns with the Foundation's 6 strategic priorities. Their focus is to enable people to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and disadvantage; enable people to access, enjoy and benefit from the arts, and, to improve opportunities and life chances for young people.


Peer Support in the Community Hub (via Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind)

Small grants for peer support groups in Bromley:

Small grants of up to £250 are available for existing and new peer support activities in the community. Grants can be used for things like venue hire, leaflets, materials for activities and training.  Contact the new Peer Support in the Community Hub run by Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind.


The Percy Bilton Charity – UK

The Percy Bilton Charity is a grant-making trust and company limited by guarantee founded in 1962. Grants are made to organisations and individuals in need throughout the U.K.

Organisations assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants towards capital expenditure.

Social workers may apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment and clothing.

Organisation that may apply should be a registered charity in the U.K. whose primary objectives are to assist one or more of the following groups:

  • Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25)
  • People with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems)
  • Older people (aged over 60) 

Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next appropriate Board meeting. Applications for Small Grants are considered monthly.


Rayne Foundation

This foundation supports work which aims to tackle social issues through the arts, health, wellbeing, and education. They fund projects that can be replicated and are particularly interested in projects which focus on:

  • young people's mental health
  • arts as a tool to achieve social change
  • improved quality of life for carers and for older people.

Grants typically fall in the range of £10,000 - £20,000 per annum for up to three years. There is a 2 stage application process and you can apply any time.


Rhododendron Trust

This small family Charitable Trust makes grants of between £500 and £1500 to charities registered in the UK which support social welfare and humanitarian aid projects both in the developing world and the UK. It also supports some cultural and wildlife projects. It generally prioritises smaller charities over larger ones. Applications are made in writing. The trust meet annually, usually in January to consider applications. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed by email within about a month.


The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts 

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts is the operating office of 17 different independent grant-making trusts established by members of three generations of the Sainsbury family. The trusts only fund registered charities or activities with a clearly defined charitable purpose. None of the trusts directly supports individuals, education fees or expeditions. Collectively, the areas of interest, in the UK, are:

  • Arts and education projects in Southwark
  • Civil liberties and human rights
  • Practical autism projects
  • Support for older people and their carers
  • Family welfare
  • Youth work
  • Christian mission, education, evangelism, media and art
  • Literacy
  • Dyslexia
  • School inclusion
  • Sustainable environments, food or finance
  • Archaeology
  • Conservation of industrial, maritime and built heritage
  • Display, study or purchase of British ceramics
  • Regional museums and galleries, especially curatorial support and purchase of objects with local significance
  • Restoration and repair of cathedrals and major churches


Screwfix Foundation

Grants of up to £5,000 for registered charities and not for profit organisations, for work to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need, due to financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage or distress. Applications are reviewed on quarterly basis, in February, May, August and November. 


Social Investment Business
Social Investment Business provide loans, grants and strategic support to charities and social enterprises. Here's a summary of their funding programmes some of which you can apply to at any time. Some of the areas supported include youth and homelessness, addiction and criminal recovery, community regeneration.


Steel Charitable Trust grants

The Trustees make discretionary grants where they believe that their contribution will make a real difference. The five current funding priority categories are: Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Health, and Social or Economic Disadvantage - applications for purposes outside these categories are only permitted at the direct invitation of a Trustee. Grants are generally made as single payments between £2,500 and £25,000.

Applicants may apply for support towards:

  • capital projects
  • specific projects
  • research programmes
  • core costs

The Trust does not fund expeditions or projects that promote religion.


The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund

The Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position.

Grants are for a maximum of £1,000.

Eligible organisations must operate in one of the following categories:

  • Education (relating to non-domestic animals, such as organic farming, animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and surgery)
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Medical research
  • The relief of disability or severe illness
  • The accommodation of those in need


Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme which uses the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores to fund charities and community groups across the UK. Three community projects in each local area are voted on by Tesco customers, with projects changing every other month. The project that receives the most votes in its area receives a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Lots of different organisations can apply.


Tudor Trust

Awards grants to support voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK, with a focus on smaller, community-led organisations (in 2018/19 77% of their grants went to groups with an annual income of less than £500,000) that work directly with people who are at the margins of society.  There is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual for them to make a grant of less than £10,000. Thre is a two stage applicaiton process and on average it takes around four months for a grant to be approved.

The Wakeham Trust

This Trust helps projects that are small scale and would find it hard to get funding from big trusts. Their grants usually range between £125 and £2,500 and are only awarded to registered charities.  In recent years they have become increasingly focused on education, in the broadest sense of the term. N.B They do not help arts/performance and hard-science medical projects. Read more about who they will fund and how to apply at their website.


Waitrose Community Matters

If your organisation is looking to be supported financially, you can apply for the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. Speak to a Partner in store to apply or head to the Waitrose website to find out more.


Waitrose Community Support Fund

Last week, Waitrose & Partners announced a £1 million Community Support Fund to enable Waitrose shop managers across the UK to help those in need in their local communities throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Shops are using this fund to provide care packages to help local charities as well as elderly and vulnerable customers. To find out more and to see if your organisation could be supported, please head to your local Waitrose shop and speak to a Partner.


People at a disadvantage/isolated/low income/homeless

The 7 Stars Foundation

Project funding for those challenged by abuse; addiction; those who are young carers; those who are homeless/without a safe space to call home. Project grants awarded of up to £2,500. Available to organisations with a turnover of under £1.5M.


Allchurches Trust

Grants for registered charities and churches to tackle issues such as: homelessness and poverty; mental health and counselling; social exclusion and loneliness; ex-offender support; community health and wellbeing; substance misuse.


TNLCF logoBarrow Cadbury Trust and National Lottery Community Fund

Barrow Cadbury Trust is partnering with The National Lottery Community Fund to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England. The Trust has £5 million to distribute for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services.

Programme designed to support small to medium sized organisations with a mission to support refugees and migrants and with an income of £10,000 to £3 million. No deadline for applications but the programme will close once enough applications have been submitted. Applicants are advised to submit as early as possible.

Maximum grants available: £50,000 or three months’ expenditure, whichever is the smaller. Decisions will be made by mid-October and grants must be spent within six months.


Bromley Relief in Need

This charity, Bromley Relief in Need, often known as BRIN, offers small grants or purchased items (usually up to £300) to a person in need living in Bromley.  All requests should be sent from professional third parties such as health or social care professionals, charities etc.


Crisis – In This Together grants

The effect of the COVID19 virus has been significant on those supporting people who are experiencing rough sleeping and homelessness. Crisis is calling on national governments and local councils to take emergency measures to ensure people experiencing homelessness can receive the same care as other vulnerable population groups. Crisis also want to support groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and have established an emergency grant fund for this purpose.

Written application form consideration and decision within 24 hours of receipt of form.


Friends of the Elderly

Grants to older people living on low incomes. Applications can be for financial support towards the person’s home essentials, bills and household repairs. Training or equipment to enable them to get online is also provided, helping them to stay connected. Applications have to be made by a referring agent such as someone working in local health or social care teams, Citizens Advice, or other charities and community groups. Grants are on average around £300 and rarely above £500.


Hilden Charitable Trust

The Trust's grant making priorities for organisations working in the UK are: homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, and community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25. Average grants are £5,000.  Hilden will consider funding for more than one year. You can apply at any time during the year, they post their deadlines for their decision meetings on their website.


London Housing Foundation

Grants of up to £30,000 are available for organisations working to tackle the problems of homeless people. The Foundation has 2 key priorities:  developing partnerships amongst organisations working with homeless people in London and the second priority is to support organisations developing 'proof of concept' for innovative services or products.


The Morrisons Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000. Charities applying for a grant from the Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund can apply for a maximum of up to £10,000.


The British Red Cross Hardship Fund

The British Red Cross has recently launched a Hardship Fund to provide financial support for the most vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis. 

The fund then provides short term financial help for people who can’t afford the essentials:

  • Food and toiletries
  • Somewhere safe to sleep
  • Access to a telephone and the internet
  • Fuel to keep the lights on, cook or stay warm

Application deadline: Ongoing


Housing Innovation Fund

The Mayor's Innovation Fund is available for those using innovative ways to deliver more affordable homes in London. This is part of Homes for Londoners, which brings together the Mayor's work to tackle the housing crisis.

Innovation can take many forms, but the Mayor is keen to understand how funding can support:

  • community-led housing
  • offsite and precision manufacturing of homes
  • new accommodation for homeless households

We are encouraging proposals from those that provide genuinely affordable homes to Londoners.


Lloyds Bank Foundation

Grants available to charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1m that work across England and Wales tackling complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse and with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change in their local communities. Grants avaliable of up to up to £50,000 over 2 years that can be used entirely for core costs, with charities able to flex how much they spend each year. Your charity must also have been delivering direct services for at least one year and be supporting people over the age of 17. 


People with learning/physical disabilities or mental health difficulties

The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust, set up in 1994 in memory of Ronnie Archer, who rose through the ranks of Unilever to become Vice-Chairman. Grants available of between £250 and £3,000 to small charities.

Grants available to charities who provide aid or support to a defined group of needy or deserving people, for instance those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged.

You are competently run and can support your application with up-to-date accounts.

The Trust prefer to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation. They favour charities which make good use of volunteers.


Boshier-Hinton Foundation

Awards grants to charities and other organisations of up to £2000 to improve quality of life for people with disabilities, learning difficulties or sensory impairment, and their families. Apply at their website any time.


Barchester Health Care Foundation

Funding available to small community groups and small local charities that help older people (aged 65+) or adults (aged 18+) with a disability or with a mental health problem.  Applications that help improve people’s mobility, independence and quality of life are welcome and in 2019, they have a particular focus on combatting loneliness and enabling people to be active and engaged. Grants range from £100 up to £5,000.


Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Grants available for a range of organisations including voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity, schools and PTAs, for work to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.  Grants available include: general grants - 2 rounds of funding each year, research grants - 2 rounds of funding each year and small grants - apply any time for grants under £10,000.


Edward Gosling Foundation small and large Grants

Grants available for charities that support people of all ages living on low incomes who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness. Projects must support one of their 4 life "themes". Small grants of up to £5000 and large grants of over £5000 are available.


Gamesys Foundation

Grants are available for organisations with a minimum annual income of £50,000 who support individuals suffering from mental health issues and who focus on research in the mental health field. 

The Foundation predominantly fund registered charities and NGOs, however they will consider funding other types of organisation so long as they can be proven to have an impact with regard to mental health issues, support, and treatment. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount mentioned. 


Greater London Fund for the Blind

One-off grants of up to £20,000 are available for registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), educational establishments and social enterprises who are working with blind and partially sighted people in London. Grants are for work which focuses on their priority areas of:

improving access to education or employment; supporting wellbeing and mental health; supporting independence; work with minority groups; eye care and prevention of sight loss; supporting blind and partially sighted people facing additional challenges (including, but not limited to: those facing domestic violence, homeless people, refugees, care leavers, parents and carers). 

They particularly welcome applications for activities which take place in a small number of London boroughs, one of which is Bromley.  (In May 2019 they will be launching a new funding strategy)


Percy Bilton Charity

Grants available to organisations and individuals in need. Charities working with disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems and older people can apply for grants towards furnishings and equipment (excluding office items), building or refurbishment projects.

Professionals, e.g social workers can apply on behalf of individuals in financial need who have a disability or severe mental health problem, or who are over 65 on low income, for basic household items including white goods, single beds, flooring and clothing vouchers.

There are 2 types of grants: large grants of between £2000-£5000 and small grants of up to £500.


St James Place Charitable Foundation Small Grants Programme

Funding of up to £10,000 for registered charities and for Special Needs Schools. The main focus of their funding is: young people with special needs; disadvantaged young people; people with cancer.


Physical/mental wellbeing

Albert Hunt Trust

Funding for charities working to promote and enhance the physical and mental welfare of individuals, or groups of individuals. This excludes research or the diagnosis of specific medical conditions. Most grants are for £1,000-£2,000. Apply in writing. For more information and to apply contact:

The Albert Hunt Trust
Wealth Advisory Services
Coutts & Co.
440 Strand



Greater London Authority - Stronger Communities Fund

This is a new one year rolling programme awarding small grants of between £2,000-£5,000 for sport and physical activities which aim to increase social integration across London. Both individuals and orpganisations can apply. Projects should be delivered within 12 weeks. You'll need to be able to show how your project either (i) brings Londoners together from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, or (ii) helps lonely and socially isolated Londoners feel better connected in their communities. Apply at any time before 15 May 2020. 


Sport England National Lottery Small Grants

Grants from £300 to £10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations for projects involving adults and young people aged 14 or over which meet one or more of the aims of their ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy.  Funding might go towards things like purchasing new kit or equipment, coaching fees or helping youth groups to work together with local sports clubs. 


Sport England funding package to help sport and physical activity through Coronavirus

Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following: 

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment 
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England. 


Sporting Capital

Grants and loans to organisations that make a difference to individuals and communities through sports and physical activity. They're interested in supporting organisations that are, or aspire to become, local community businesses. There are a range of opportunities on offer, including

  • a £3m Sporting Capital Fund that provides un-secured loan funding of between £50,000 and £150,000 to eligible organisations
  • feasibility grants of between £5,000 - £10,000 to enable organisations to investigate and develop an enterprise proposition from the very earliest stage into a proposed delivery plan
  • an enterprise development programme is available to support organisations progress towards a social enterprise model
  • grants are available to support not-for-profit organisations, working in youth and homelessness services.