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.

Children in Need to fund core costs for the first time

5 September, 2022 - 14:16

BBC Children in Need will for the first time directly fund charities’ core costs over the next three years as part of its new strategy and in response to the economic climate. Children in Need will offer grants through three streams including one for core organisational and...

Bristol One City Social Action Grants - cost of living crisis programme

5 September, 2022 - 12:51

The aim of this funding is to help mitigate the impact of the cost of living crisis, with a particular focus on activities during the winter months. Grants are available:


  • To support events and outreach that...

Small grants for individuals with complex needs

1 September, 2022 - 12:09

In response to the cost of living crisis in the UK, Sense, the national disability charity, has launched a fund to provide financial support to people with complex disabilities who live in the family home and are on low incomes. The Sense Cost of Living Support Fund will award...

Grants for Christian churches supporting Ukrainian/Afghani refugees

30 August, 2022 - 16:40

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to Christian churches and registered Christian charities offering activities and services to welcome and support refugees arriving in England from Ukraine and Afghanistan. This could include services and activities such as supplying...

Energy Affordability Fund – launch of new round

30 August, 2022 - 11:27

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to support not-for-profit organisations seeking to help people struggling to pay for heating bills and suffering from a cold home.

This year, the Energy Affordability Fund – funded by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and administered by the Centre for...

Major national youth funding - target areas in Bristol

2 August, 2022 - 13:03

A £368m fund, launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has opened for applications.

Youth services in the country’s most underserved areas are being encouraged to apply for a portion of the Youth...

Commissioners crime prevention fund

2 August, 2022 - 11:50

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that help to prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the Avon and Somerset police force area. Charities, community groups, CICs, faith organisations, community sports clubs, and other not-for-profit organisations...

Grants for LGBT+ led organisations

25 July, 2022 - 16:47

Not-for-profit organisations led by and for under-represented groups within the LGBT+ community in England can apply for a share of £465,000 in funding to help them stay well resourced, sustainable and resilient. The LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund will award grants of up to £25,000...

Funding to support disadvantaged young people and offenders

20 July, 2022 - 11:02

Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in...

Funding to support blind and partially sighted people

20 July, 2022 - 10:57

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to improve the capacity and sustainability of sight loss sector organisations to implement new and innovative services focusing on education, employment and engagement which increase independence and improve the lives of blind and partially...


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