Funding opportunities

We’ve gathered a list of relevant funding opportunities for local organisations. They range from small one-off grants to larger long-term programmes. Please check the deadline, funding priorities and criteria for each opportunity before applying – your organisation won’t be eligible for everything.

If you would like support to improve your fundraising skills, please contact our development team. We also offer regular courses on funding applications, fundraising and funding strategy; see our dedicated training and events website, the VCSE Academy, for details.

Small Grants for community organisations

5 October, 2021 - 16:11

Magic Little Grants 2021

This programme is now live and accepting applications from small charities and community groups until 31st October 2021. Funding can go towards any of the below...

Persimmon Community Champions

22 September, 2021 - 14:24


Persimmon Housing are offering two grants of £1,000 each month for community projects in the Bristol area.

The application is only 250 words - so make every letter count!


Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund

22 September, 2021 - 14:17

With more than 50 years’ experience and over 69,000 homes across England, Sanctuary Housing is one of the UK's leading social landlords.

Their fund is open to projects that will make a difference to the lives of Sanctuary residents in communities impacted by Covid-19. 


Alpkit Grassroots Grant

22 September, 2021 - 14:11


Alpkit offers small grants (typically £300 - £500) to grass-roots direct action projects that tackle issues such as diversity & inclusion in the outdoors, participation, education, conservation and protection of our natural environment and health & well-being.

In ...

Together for Our Planet

15 September, 2021 - 11:29

We’re offering from £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change.

Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like:




Outdoor Learning Grant

15 September, 2021 - 11:23

Local School Nature Grants

Product Catalogue

If successful you will be able to mix and match items from a product catalogue of hundreds of items, up to the value of £500.  The packages offer a wide mix of products to appeal to a broad range of ages, are customisable, enabling...

Strategic Legal Fund

15 September, 2021 - 11:17

About the SLF

The SLF supports strategic legal work in the UK which benefits asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. We define this as those:

• Who are living in poverty, and
• Who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their immigration status....

Round 2 of Community Ownership Fund set to open in December

23 August, 2021 - 13:46


The UK government has announced that Round 2 of the new £150 million Community Ownership Fund is due to re-open for applications in December 2021. The fund is part of the UK Government’s strategy to build back better from the pandemic and to foster a sense...

Henry Smith Charity Strengthening Communities grants

10 August, 2021 - 15:16


The Strengthening Communities grant programme aims to support small (up to £500k income per annum) grass roots organisations who are embedded in the community, working within the most deprived areas of the UK.


Grants for capital projects

27 July, 2021 - 09:36


The Clothworkers Foundation Grants are awarded towards capital projects which are defined as:

  • Buildings: purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment.
  • Fittings,...


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