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.

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Funding to support disadvantaged and disengaged young people

21 July, 2021 - 16:46


Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales. Priority is given to projects designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 16 to 30...

Small grants to support families experiencing problems

21 July, 2021 - 16:42


Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding...

Government community ownership fund

21 July, 2021 - 16:39


The UK government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help communities across the UK take ownership of local facilities, community assets and amenities such as at-risk local pubs, theatres, post offices, sports grounds,...

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Grants to support older people's mental health

8 July, 2021 - 10:21


The St Monica Trust has launched its Mental Health and Older People Fund 2021 and is looking to fund at least five organisations for up to £45,000 over a period of 18 months - enough time to establish a project with a target of 12 months and upwards for actual delivery...

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Children in Need - next Main Grants deadline

5 July, 2021 - 16:46


Grants of over £10,000 per project for up to three years are available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme, for projects that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind...

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Local Connections Fund reopens for applications

29 June, 2021 - 09:41


The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that round two of the £4 million Local Connections Fund has reopened for applications.

The Local Connections Fund provides grants of £300 - £2,500 to small, local...

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Grants for projects that reduce the digital divide

22 June, 2021 - 14:09


Ufi VocTech Trust has released details of its Challenge Fund, which aims to tackle digital exclusion and reduce the digital divide in adults. VocTech stands for 'vocational technology'.

The challenge it has set is to 'address barriers and build bridges to create a step-change in...

Local Access Partnership delivery opportunity

21 June, 2021 - 15:05


Bristol's Local Access Partnership (LAP) has an exciting opportunity to innovate in the sub-£50k social finance market, to make loans more equitable for social enterprises coming from communities experiencing inequality in Bristol. Bristol LAP is looking for an outstanding and...

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Holiday grants for organisations supporting disabled or disadvantaged children

17 June, 2021 - 15:24


One-off, short-term grants are available for small charities, non-profits and schools to fund day trips for disabled or disadvantaged children aged under 13.

This year, The Henry Smith Charity has opened its Holiday Grants programme with more flexibility than ever before, in...

Grants to reunite communities and groups post-COVID

8 June, 2021 - 11:51


The Asda Foundation has launched a new grant to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness, and support groups as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease across the UK during July, August and September.



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