Community Development

Funding for projects that bring together, support and improve communities

NEWS AND UPDATES

The Empowering Women Fund offer revenue grants up to £25,000 available to women's groups, centres and organisations. Funding is designed to support the development of innovative ways of empowering women in their local area. The deadline to apply is Friday 28th May.

Music for all Community Project Fund offers grants to community groups and schools to bring music to their community to establish themselves as a sustainable music programme. The deadline to apply is Thursday 1st July.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Grants for Larger Initiatives offer one-off grants around £10,000 available to VCSEs (charity reg not a required need) to fund projects that support the education of young people in rural areas and/or work to reduce poverty. The deadline to apply is Friday 28th May.

For the diary: Magic Little Grants are set to reopen on Monday 1st March. A popular programme awarding registered charities, CICs, CIOs, social enterprises and other NFP community organisations small grants from their pot of just over £1 million. This year the theme of projects has changed to: improving mental wellbeing, enabling community participation in the arts, preventing the impacts of poverty, supporting marginalised groups, increasing biodiversity, participation in physical activity, responding to the climate emergency and increasing community access to outdoor space. Applications will be accepted from Monday 1st March until Sunday 31st October.

The Constance Travis Charitable Trust offers grants between £20,000 and £100,000 to registered and exempt charities and registered community amateur sports clubs. Funding available to support animal welfare, arts outreach, community projects, education, environmental protection, international aid medical care and research and social mobility. Applications can be submitted in writing at any time. The Trust doesn't operate a website, contact details can be found on the Charity Commission site.

The Swire Charitable Trust offers grants up to £50,000 for registered charities to address the challenges faced by the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of society, enrironmental causes and heritage. The grants can cover core costs, salaries and capital expenditure. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Prince's Countryside Fund offers grants up to £10,000 to registered charities, community benefit societies, CICs, companies limited by guarantee, NFPs, social enterprises and unincorporated associations. This is a revenue grant programme seeking to develop rural amenities, improve mental health, physical health and social isolation in rural communities. Interested parties are able to sign up to a free webinar on Wednesday 3rd March ready for the fund to open.

The Hilden Charitable Fund offers project and core grants circa £5,000 to charities and CICs. Their current priority areas are: homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees and community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25).  The next closing date for applications is Friday 16th April.

The Matthew Good Foundation offers grants up to £3,500 to small VCSEs with an annual turnover under £50,000 working to have a positive impact on communities, people and the environment. The Foundation will donate £10,000 between 5 organisations each round, their employees will then vote. Organisations receiving the most votes will receive £3,500 down to 4/5th place who will each receive £1,000. The Foundation will meet in April, July and October to pick the 5 organisations.

The Windrush Community Fund offers grants from £2,500 to £25,000 to registered charities, community groups and grassroots organisations working on projects to raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme. The deadline for round 1 is Friday 12th February, round 2 has a deadline of Wednesday 30th June.

Power to Change have launched the Community Business Renewal Initiative. Development grants up to £5,000 available to support Community Business to raise community shares capital to support recovery, pivot or expand the business in response to Covid-19. EOI can be submitted at any time.

Porticus UK offers revenue grants for VCSEs working in child protection, criminal justice, migration and human trafficking, primary and secondary education and vital church communities. Grants awarded are varying and no minimum or maximum amount indicated. A formal introduction can be submitted at any time, successful organisations will be invited to submit a full application.

The Woodroffe Benton Foundation offers grants from £500 to £2,500 for small charities and exempt VCSEs working to support the sick, elderly, conservation, environment and social relief for those in need. Applications can be made at any time.

The Andrew Anderson Trust offers grants up to £1,000 to registered charities supporting work in education and training, health and sickness, religious activities, and overseas aid. Applications can be made at any time. The Trust doesn't operate a website, more information can be found on the CHARITY COMMISSION site.

The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust offers grants up tp £2,000 for charities and community organisations working to support children and young people, older people and people with a disability in the UK. Applications can be made at any time. The Trust doesn't operate a website, more details can be found on the charity commission site.

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Main Grants Programme have announced their new areas of priorities: improving the natural world, securing a fairer future, and strengthening the bonds in communities. Charities and Charitable organisations can apply for grants from £30,000 with no maximum amount for project costs. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Basil Trust offers grants between £1,000 to £5,000 to registered charities working in the areas of education, culuture, medicine and social welfare. The Trust doesn't operate a website, contact details can be found on the chairty commission site. Applications can be submitted in writing at any time.

South Somerset District Council offers Community Grants between £100 to £12,5000 for local groups and organisations working to improve the quality of life for residents in South Somerset. Community, Voluntary and charitable organisations, constituted NFPs, Parish/Town Councils, and exempt organisations are able to apply. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Equitable Charity Trust offers discretionary grants to registered charities supporting education, the relief of poverty and religious education. Applications can be made in writing at any time. The trust doesn't operate a website, details can be found on the charity commission website.

The Pret Foundation offers grants up to £5,000 for small, grassroot registered charities working to support homeless people in areas close to Pret A Manager shops. The Foundation will make donations for food and kitchen equiptment. Previous projects awarded have included a choir for homeless people, skill based classes and running drop-in services. Application can be submitted at any time.

The Census Support Service delivered by the Good Things Foundation offers grants to organisations to support people to complete the 2021 Census, the first one to be done via an online platform.

The Somerset Mental Health Alliance are offering grants up to £15,000 via the Open Mental Health Grants programme. Projects must be Somerset based and develop and expand mental health provision within the county. Capital and revenue costs covered. Partnership bids will be considered, the primary bidder must be a voluntary sector organisation such as CIO, CIC, unincorporated group or social enterprise. Applications for grants under £2,000 can be submitted at any time, grants over £2,000 have an application deadline of Wednesday 14th April.

The Ninevah Charitable Trust offers grants around £4,000 to charities, CICs and Schools for projects that develop the health, welfare and education of the general public, the study and appreciation of agriculture, silviculture, ecology and land management and/or the study and appreciation of land and estate management that encourages conservation of the countryside. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Barnard Kenneth Hufton Charity offers grants from under £2,000 up to £118,000 to charitable organisations supporting amateur sport, children and young people, education, training, health, older people, religion and general charitable causes. Applications can be submitted at any time in writing. The Charity does not operate a website, contact details can be found on the charity commission website.

The Hadley Trust offer grants around £45,000 to small to medium sized registered charities carrying out social welfare activities. Projects should benefit communities and address poverty. Applications can be submitted at any time.  The Trust doesn't operate a website, contact details can be found on the Charity Commission site.

The George and Esme Pollitzer Charitable Settlement offers grants around £5,000 to registered charities working in the areas of the Armed Forces, community and the environment, disability, the elderly, health and medical research, the Jewish faith and parenting, family and child support. Please write to the charity for details of how to apply. Contact information can be found on the Charity Commission website.

The Mary Kinross Charitable Trust offers capital, core revenue, one-off and recurring grants to registered charities working towards community development, health, mental health, medical research, penal affairs and young people. Grants range from £1,000 to £100,000. The Trust does not maintain a website, contact details can be found on the charity commission website. Applications can be submitted in writing at any time.

The Leathersellers' Company offers capital, revenue and core cost grants up to £3,000 to charities and CIOs supporting vulnerable people in areas of high deprivation. The Company operates a series of grant rounds, usually two rounds per month. Once 50 applications have been submitted they will close the round. The next round deadline is Saturday 1st May.

The Roger & Sarah Bancroft Clark Charitable Trust offers small grants under £2,000 to registered charities supporting education, religion and general charitable purposes with a heavy preference for Somerset.  Applications can be submitted in writing at any time. The Trust does not operate a website, contact details can be found on the Charity Commission site.

One Stop Community Partnership Programme are working with Groundwork to support groups and organisations who are tackling food poverty and/or supporting the elderly within their community. Applicants are encouraged to visit their local One Stop Store for more information.

The Marsh Christian Trust offers grants between £300 to £2,000 to registered charities (not CICs ) with annual incomes under £25,00. The grant can be used for core costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. Areas funded by the Trust include: arts and heritage, education and training, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare and social welfare. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The Isla Foundation Immediate Impact Grants offers grants between £300 and £2,000 for voluntary and community organisations, clubs and societies, schools, PTAs and entrepreneurial individuals. Grants can be used for activities, capital costs, equipment, one off events, core costs, running costs and staff costs. Applications can be submitted at any time.

The A B Charitable Trust offers grants between £1,000 to £20,000 for small/medium sized charities that support vulnerable people, especially: migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Grants awarded can be used for running costs. The next deadline for applications is Sunday 25th April.

The Jeremy and John Sacher Charitable Trust offers grants between £1,000 to £22,900 (average award was £7,000) to registered charities across a wide range of issues. They have previously funded a Literacy Festival, Community Choir, Counselling Trust and Theatre Trust. The Trust does not operate a website, more details can be found on the Charity Commission site.

The Elmgrant Trust offers grants in the region of £450 for South West based projects working to improve the quality of local life and welfare. Core costs and project costs for small established organisations will be considered. The Trust meets three times a year, usually the last Saturday of February, June and October. Written applications must be submitted one clear month prior to the meeting.

The Fitton Trust offers registered charities up to £1,000 for a wide range of charitable causes. The Trust is a discretionary grant-maker, they have no restrictions on the types of good causes they support. Applications can be submitted in writing anytime, more information is available on the charity commission website. 

The LESLIE SELL CHARITABLE TRUST offers grants up to £5,000 for projects and/or trips for Scouts or Guide Groups. Small projects previously funded have included building works, equipment, new start up groups, one off events and transport. Applications can be submitted at any time on the Trust's website.

The Steel Charitable Trust offers grants between £2,500 to £25,000 to registered charities, CICS and CIOs. They have 7 key areas of interest: arts, economic disadvantage, education, environment, health, heritage and social disadvantage. Grants can be used for projects, capital and core costs. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 20th April 2021.

The E S G Robinson Charitable Trust offers grants around £1,000 to registered charities, with a preference for the West Country. Areas supported include: music and the arts, numismatics, older people, people who are disadvantaged, the environment, conservation and young people. The Trust does not operate a website, more information is available on the Charity Commission website.

The D L A Piper Charitable Trust offers grants averaging around £1,000 to registered charities delivering social welfare and medical research projects. The trust does not operate a website, applications can be submitted in writing at any time. More details can be found on the Charity Commission website.

The Comic Relief Community Fund supports grassroot VCSEs led by their communities, to support their comunities. Grants up to £1,000 to deliver change from organisations working in one of their three key areas: children survive and thrive, fighting for gender justice, a safe place to be and mental health matters.

The Frognal Trust is a Wiltshire based Funder offering grants to registered charities working with older people, children, the blind and otherwise handicapped, medical research and environmental heritage. Applications can be submitted at any time in writing. The Trust doesn't operate a website but more details can be found on the charity commission website.

The Enovert Community Trust offers grants up to £50,000 to organisations working in one of their 5 aims: opening up access to the public for previously unusable land, cleaning up polluted land, helping to improve, protect and/or maintain public land/buildings, protecting the environment and helping to preserve, maintain, restore and/or repair religious/historic buildings. Projects must take place within 10 miles of their Weston Super Mare site. The deadline for applications is Friday 4th June 2021.

The Fat Beehive Foundation is offering small charities grants up to £2,500 to help improve online digital presence. Funding will help organisations build websites and apps, digitise services and purchase digital products. Priority will be given to projects that focus on: environmental protection, human rights, international development, equality and diversity, social justice, education, arts and culture, health and wellbeing and prisoner rehabilitation. Applications can be submitted at anytime with quarterly Trustee meetings.

The Oak Trust makes grants of up to £4,000 to registered charities working to support people who are disadvantaged, as well as environmental and medical charities. Charities previously awarded have been working in areas in which deprivation, natural disaster or conflict are beyond what the national government can provide. Applications can be submitted at any time but the Trust's Board meets every 6 months.

Avon and Somerset Police are offering voluntary and community groups grants of £5,000 to improve road safety in their local communities. The next deadline is Tuesday 1st June,

LGBT+ Futures Grants Programme offers grants to organisations supporting LGBT+ communities who have been impacted by Covid-19. Organisations must have objects in their constitution specifically outlining their support of LGBT+ communities and they are openly inclusive. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Follow the links below for the most up to date information.

Asda Foundation

Aviva Community Fund

The Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust

B&Q Community Reuse Scheme

BIFFA Award Main Grants

Burg-Wächter Secure Communities Scheme

Comic Relief Community Fund

Co-operative Bank Donation Fund

Foyle Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation

Greggs Local Community Projects Fund

Henry Smith Strengthening Communities Grant Programme

Help the Homesless

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Morrisons Foundation

The National Lottery Community Fund - Awards for All

The National Lottery Community Fund – Partnerships Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund - Reaching Communities

Neighbourhood Planning Programme

One Stop Carriers for Causes Grants

Persimmon Community Champions Fund

Postcode Community Trust

Screwfix Foundation

Somerset Community Foundation

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund

Tesco Bags of Help

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Community Centres and Village Halls

SUEZ Communities Trust