Funding List - Grants For Small UK Charities And Community Group Projects

This grant funding list is for small UK charities and community groups, including unregistered ones. Register to access the Funding Finder database and use its small charities and community groups search category to find far more

General Grant Funding - Small Charities & Community Groups

Community Foundation Network

There are 46 accredited community foundations in the UK, covering all of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England, which support local charities and groups. These are often a good place to start, if you're new to fundraising. There are 46 in total - click the link to find yours.

National Lottery - Awards For All

£300 to £10,000. Open to most non-profits, including schools. Funding can be used for a wide range of purposes, including running costs, buildings and equipment, events, staff costs, etc. This link is for England, but other UK countries have their own. 

B&Q Foundation

Up to £5,000 available for local charities that support people experiencing bad housing or homelessness, as well as community projects looking to improve their spaces.

Aviva Community Fund

Small charities with forward-thinking ideas and to provide even more causes with vital resources and sustainable support. Projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in two key areas: Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments by building inclusive and resilient communities; or Financial capability and inclusion: promoting financially inclusive communities, where people can better manage their finances and avoid problem debt.

Ashworth Charitable Trust

Registered charities, with an income under £1m pa, including those working in the developing world. Wide range of causes including the vulnerable, disability, women, the homeless, human rights and young people. Usually up to £3k, sometimes £5k. Trustees hold biannual meetings in May and November.

Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation

Grants to organisations that support people who fall through the cracks in society. One of the areas of focus is the small charity sector. 

John Ellerman Foundation

Core Funding - small to medium organisations, whose work has national significance. We aim to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world by focusing on the arts, environment and social action.

Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

UK registered charities that are: supporting vulnerable people; working in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK); and have an annual income under £200,000. Up to £3k.

Woodroffe Benton Foundation

Core Funding - smaller UK registered charities for relief of hardship; care for the elderly; environment and conservation. Up to £2.5k. 

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General Funding - Small Charities & Community Groups Cont'd

Ford Britain Trust

Large grants for registered charities, Schools/PTAs and non-profit organisations, between £250 and £3,000 and up to £250 through the small grants programme. The local community/environment, young people/children, promote education/schools (mainstream) as well as special schools, the teaching of engineering and to support special educational needs and people with disabilities.

Oak Trust

Registered UK charities supporting people who are disadvantaged, medical and environmental charities. Preference for small charities. Grants £250 - £4k. 

People's Health Trust - Active Communities

For community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 pa or an average of £350,000 over 2 years, seeking between £5,000 and £40,000 for projects lasting up to 2 years to address health inequalities in the UK and create fairer places in which to grow, live, work and age. Small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. 

Rank Foundation - Pebble Grants

UK registered charities and recognised churches, income under £500k pa, which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £150,000. For capital costs (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short-term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people).

Lady Neville Charity

Arts and Heritage projects (UK wide), and any charitable activity in key areas of Company interest (specific London boroughs and West Kent). Grants of up to £1,000 for capital items. Registered charities or not-for-profit organisations in the UK with annual turnover under £100,000.

Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

17 different independent grant-making trusts, which fund registered charities or activities with a clearly defined charitable purpose. 

Tesco Community Grants

Core Funding. Projects that benefit the community - from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events. Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations -£1,500, £1,000 or £500, depending on the number of votes a project receives.

Truemark Trust

Small, local charitable organisations addressing social distress and disadvantage, with a preference for neighbourhood-based community projects and for innovative work with less popular groups. Spend £650k pa.

Grant Funding For Community Groups & Unregistered Charities

Allen Lane Foundation

Core Funding - small grants for start-up, core or project costs. Asylum-seekers and refugees, LGBTQI+, Gypsies and Travellers, Migrant workers, Offenders and ex-offenders, Older people, mental health problems and violence/abuse. Also supports groups that are not charities.

Edge Fund

Core Funding - up to £3k for unfunded grassroots communities, campaign groups and activists struggling for social, economic and environmental justice.

KFC Foundation

Registered charities, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities, with income under £300,000 pa, local to a KFC, empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, mentoring and helping to unlock talent and build life skills to improve their chances to gain meaningful employment. Work that helps young people to create firm foundations, by addressing their needs through early intervention. Up to £2,000.

Lush Charity Pot -

Small volunteer-run grassroots organisations, and particularly campaign groups, working in environment, animal protection and human rights in the UK and overseas with priority for less popular causes that aim to create long-term change and struggle to find funding.

Matthew Good Foundation - Grants For Good

Small charities, community projects, social enterprises, with income under £50k. Every three months, they share £10,000 between 5 shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment. Will fund UK registered charities that operate overseas, but not sports, or the promotion of political or religious beliefs.

Core Funding - Small Charities & Community Groups

Albert Hunt Trust

Core Funding – charities with income under £250k, capital, core/running costs, hospice, homeless, health & wellbeing, UK wide, not overseas.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

UK Core Funder - total £9.5m, in 2-year unrestricted grants of £50,000O to 190 small charities with an income between £25,000 and £1m across England and Wales. The priority is charities tackling complex social issues such as homelessness, trafficking and domestic abuse. No deadline.

Marsh Christian Trust

Core Funding - social welfare, arts and heritage, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare, education and training. Max value £2k, long-term core funding for small registered charities.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Core Funding - disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (up the age of 25 years) or to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life. Small grants scheme for core funding, max £15k for up to 3 years, for small charities with income under £500k pa.

Newby Trust - Small Charities

Core Funding - or overheads, in particular for very small charities, but would expect a broad description of what the grant will be used for. May provide small grants for short-term emergency relief.

Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - Ann Rylands

Core Funding – The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.

Tudor Trust

Core Funding - smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society in the UK. Normally £10k plus, for up to 3 years. Will consider grants to help strengthen your organisation and may consider making short-term loans and multi-year grants.

YAPP Charitable Trust

Core Funding - core costs and existing work, registered charities, with income under £40k pa. Prioritise work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders and services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people. Priorities: Elderly people, Children and young people, People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges, Social welfare, and Education and learning.

Small Local Community Group Grant Funding

Ancaster Trust

Objectives of the Trust are non-specific, but it has a record of supporting disadvantaged people, social deprivation and the environment. Grants reportedly £100 to £300. Annual spend £100k.

Asda Foundation - Green Token Giving 2021

Each superstore will feature 3 community projects online that have been nominated by customers and colleagues. The one with the most online votes will receive a £500 donation with 2nd and 3rd place each receiving £200. Asda Foundation is committed to giving over £1m to local communities through digital Green Token Giving in 2021. 

Boost Drinks

Grants to support a range of community groups, including CICs, community sports clubs, community action groups, youth work, music groups and food banks to get involved and nominate themselves. Amounts £1000 to £10000. Applications will be shortlisted three times throughout the year in May, July and September 2021.

H D Wills

Registered general charities, which are small enough in size or are applying for support for a modest project such that the charity will benefit substantially from a donation of between £250 and £500. 

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