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

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.


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:


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.


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.


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:


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. 


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.



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.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


People at a disadvantage/isolated/low income/homeless

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.


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.


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.


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.


People with learning/physical disabilities or mental health difficulties

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.


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.


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)

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. 


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.