Charitable Grants For Small UK Charities & Funding For Community Projects

Grants for small UK charities and funding for community projects, including unregistered groups. And use the free charity Funding Finder grant directory and its Small Charities & Community Group search to find far more grants for charities and community projects, or Help Finder for companies that make donations to small charities and community projects.

Charitable Grant Funding For Small UK Charities And Community Projects

A list of charitable grant funding available for small UK charities and local community projects, including unregistered groups.  Click the link to go to the grant maker's website.  At the end are tips and FAQs on how to get small charity and community group grant funding.

Getting Started With Small Charity Grants & Funding For Community Projects

The National Lottery Awards for All makes grants to local small charities and, is aimed at funding for community projects.  This link is for England, but each UK country has its own version.

It's a simple online application for grant funding for community projects of between £300 and £20,000.  You can apply for funding at any time, it has a good grant award rate and a reasonably quick turnaround time.  Register, then login and the in-system AI bunny will write funding case for support for you to use in your grant application.

General Grant Funding - Small UK Charities & Community Projects

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, increasing to £20,000 autumn '23.  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 Grant Funding - Small UK Charities & Local Community Projects Cont'd

Ford Britain Trust Large grants for registered charities, community groups, 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 Projects & 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 Grant Funding - Small UK Charities & Community Groups

Albert Hunt Trust Core Funding – UK charities and community groups 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 Project 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.

Grants for Small Charities and Community Projects FAQs

  • How do we write a good grant application? You can maximise your chances of success by ensuring you meet eligibility criteria and priorities, engaging the grant maker, if possible, and submitting a succinct application that is urgent, compelling and emotionally engaging, and supported by facts and evidence.
  • How can we secure grant funding quickly? Generally, small grants will have quicker turnaround times.  However, grant makers often consider applications quarterly, or even annually, so look for those with approaching deadlines.
  • Can a local community group apply for a charitable grant? Some charitable grant makers will only make grants to registered charities but many will make grants to groups that are constituted (have a non-profit constitution) and a bank account in the group’s name.
  • What are the best grants for local charities? Each UK country and each English county has its own community foundation that makes a range of grants to local charities, as do many councils.
  • What are the best grants for small charities and community groups? For small charities and community groups, the best grants are probably local grants, as these are less competitive and more straightforward to apply for, or national grant makers that only fund or prioritise smaller charities and constituted groups.
  • What are the best grants for new charities? New charities have no track record and may not have experience in making grant applications, so small local grants may be best, as these are simpler to apply for and usually have less competition.  The National Lottery Awards for All is a good national grant to try, if you work with your local community.
  • Where can we find grants to apply to?  Most charities search for grants using a grants directory.  Many have to be paid for but the Charity Excellence Funding Finder is optimised for small charities and is completely free.

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