Funding for charities

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Grants, awards and other sources of funding available to VCSE groups. Find out which opportunities your group may be able to apply for.

  • Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation – Mercia Park Community Fund
    Clock IconDeadline 22/07/2022 12:00 pm
    The Mercia Park Community Fund - the Final Round will give grants to projects that: 1. Help strengthen local communities (particularly their quality of life and life chances) within a 5-mile radius of the Mercia Park Development at Junction 11 M42. 2. Improve the natural environment within a 5-mile radius of the Mercia Park Development at Junction 11 M42. Priority will be given to: • Organisations who can clearly demonstrate that they are addressing a need in the local community and offering localised support. • Smaller charitable organisations that have limited access to larger funds. Size of Grants You can apply for: • Up to £5,000 for a 12-month project. • In exceptional circumstances, larger grant amounts of up to £10,000 may be considered, for a project that the group can evidence clearly that they have applied to a variety of other funds and grants for match funding and the project could not be completed without a higher budget. We would highly recommend that you call the grants team to discuss your project before completing an application for a higher amount.
  • Allen Lane Foundation
    Clock IconDeadline 05/08/2022 12:00 am
    The Foundation has six priorities for projects from small registered charities, voluntary groups and charitable organisations. If you are UK Wide organisation your income must be under £250,000, if you are a locally based (working across a village, estate or town) your income must be less than £100,000. The maximum grant size is £15,000 and must support one of the following beneficiary groups: • Asylum seekers and refugees • Gypsies and Travellers • Offenders and ex-offenders • Older people • People experiencing mental health problems • People experiencing violence or abuse. A programme with a focus on young people is launching soon but the above programmes focus mainly on adults.
  • Living Well with Dementia Fund – LLR
    Clock IconDeadline 31/08/2022 12:00 am
    The voluntary and community sector (VCS) contributes an enormous wealth of expertise and experience to support the health and wellbeing of the population of Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland (LLR). The partners meeting as the Dementia Programme Board would like to support VCS organisations to continue and develop their work with people living with dementia and their family or informal carers. Round 2 (1st July 2022 – 31st August 2022) is aimed at organisations bidding for grants of over £5,000
  • Thomas Wall Trust
    Clock IconDeadline 19/09/2022 12:00 am
    The Thomas Wall Trust is accepting applications from UK charities with a turnover of £10,000 to £500,000 that have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years. Grants of up to £5,000 are available, and the Trust can support annual repeat funding for up to three years. The funding will support a project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the communication skills ready for employment. Priority will be given to: Match funded projects. Charities that can provide compelling evidence of impact. Charities working with collaborative networks. Self-sustainable projects, with a view to becoming less reliant on grants in the future. There is particular interest in hearing from groups supporting people experiencing multiple deprivation or major hurdles to employment including women, people with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.
  • National Churches Trust – Foundation Grants Programme
    Clock IconDeadline 31/10/2022 12:00 am
    The Foundation Grant Programme offers our small grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should be up to £10,000 excl. VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.
  • Blaby District Council Community Grant Scheme 2022-23 Now Open
    Clock IconDeadline 01/03/2023 5:00 pm
    We are still offering our core range of Revenue, Capital, Everyone Active and Green grants. There is also a new one-off Commonwealth Grant for the first round and revised criteria relating to our revenue grants to help organisations that are still struggling financially as a result of the pandemic or due to high energy and fuel costs. As usual, full information, including eligibility criteria, guidance notes and our online application form can be found on the Community Grants webpage . Please do make sure that you read the guidance notes available on the webpage before you begin any application. Application deadlines for this year are 5pm on: 1 June 2022 7 September 2022 30 November 2022 1 March 2023 The grant panel usually meets two weeks after the grant deadline and applicants notified within a further week.
  • Community Shares Booster Fund
    The Community Shares Booster Fund offers business development grants and match funding to community businesses in England wanting to raise finance through community share offers. Community shares are a way for groups of people to come together and take ownership of local buildings and land, or to develop projects and services that benefit their community. Individuals purchase shares – from as little as £10 – and receive a financial return as well as a stake in the business. The Booster Fund has relaunched to support new and existing community businesses in England that are at all stages of a community share issue. This includes the very early stages of exploring whether it’s the right choice, through planning a community share issue to being ready to launch, or in exceptional cases, recently launched. Development grants – averaging £5,000, to prepare a community share offer: financial planning, governance support, marketing costs and being awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark. Equity match investment – typically matching £1 for £1 up to £25,000 invested by the Booster Fund, providing the minimum share offer target is achieved.
  • Masonic Charitable Foundation – Small and Large Grants
    CREATING THE BEST START IN LIFE FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE and REDUCING ISOLATION AND LONELINESS FOR OLDER PEOPLE: Charities registered with the Charity Commission or relevant Central registry of the respective Guernsey, Jersey or Isle of Man’s government can apply as long as their beneficiaries are in England and Wales. The Foundation offers large grants starting from £10,000 up to around £60,000, and small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. Organisations with an income of less than £500,000 can apply for a small grant covering core funding, while those with an income exceeding £500,000 can apply for a large grant covering project and delivery costs. Final decisions are expected in around two to three months for small grant applications, and around three to four months for large grants.
  • Dr M A Gerrard’s Kegworth Old People’s Benevolent Fund
  • Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation – Making Local Life Better Fund
    Grants between £500 and £3,000 are available to local charitable groups for small local projects that benefit the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Funding is intended for projects supporting, involving, or set up by local people in Leicestershire and Rutland to improve the quality of local life and life chances. This is a rolling programme and groups can apply at any time.  National charities applying must to be able to demonstrate that they have a local branch. This would include a local bank account, finances, and demonstration of fundraising and delivery in the local area only. The Making Local Life Better Fund is made up of money from many local private donor funds that the Community Foundation attracts and manages. Between them, donors fund a wide range of needs, but all aim to support local people and local communities. Grants are available to support grassroots community groups and small-medium sized charitable organisations who are aiming to improve the lives of the people in their local communities.
  • Morrisons Foundation
    Charities registered in the UK can apply for grants from the newly established Morrison’s Foundation. The Foundation is looking to award approximately £2 million a year for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities; in the main grants are available to fully fund projects of up to £25,000. There is no specific grant amount that can be applied for but applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change. Applicants must also have financial information dating back three years and have raised some of the funding elsewhere.
  • Sport England – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
    The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding. We want to mark and help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year by supporting projects that bring a community together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active. Therefore, we want organisations to consider how they could work more collaboratively across their community, in order to make the biggest possible impact.
  • Project Launch Fund
    A new £2m grant scheme for healthcare in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland has been launched. Whether it's for an environmental improvement to a building, for equipment, training or ways of transforming the way you work, every small idea you have can make a big difference. Some examples of grass roots ideas include an activity focused wheelchair group to improve wellbeing and quality of life through exercise; sports clubs opening up their facilities for community groups and promoting health messages. The application process is very simple - no long forms or complicated entry requirements. Simply share your bright idea on the website and the positive difference it will make. Decisions will be made on a fortnightly basis so that fantastic ideas can be put into action right away, with access to specialist project and development support to help you on your way to success. There's no application deadline but the fund will close when all the money has been allocated.
  • The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme
    This fund makes grants to support charities’ core costs with a maximum award of up to £5,000. The programme was re-launched in January 2022 to enable the Trust to increase support for smaller charities whose work aligns with our mission to improve provision in health and care. The programme is designed to help smaller charities providing practical and emotional support to people with – or at high risk of – physical or mental ill health, people living with disability, and their families and carers.
  • Oakland Foundation Fund
    The Oakland Foundation have recently launched a fund for clubs, groups, organisations and schools to apply for funding to support children under the age of 16 and their families who live in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, focusing on the following themes: - Education: to ensure children get the best education, no matter what their background. - Health and nutrition: to ensure children have access to healthy food. - Sport: to ensure children have access to sport and activities irrespective of social background or physical ability.
  • The Yapp Charitable Trust
    Grants available to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 for ongoing core funding only. They define core funding as the costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year. YCT cannot fund new projects, extra services or additional delivery costs. They will cover costs for organisations working with: • Elderly people • Children and young people aged 5 - 25 • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending) • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children) Deadline: Trustees meet 3 times per year to consider applications and a decision time can take up to 5 months from the date of submission.
  • Charity Link Small Grants Scheme
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation – Racial Equity Strand
    We support charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues. We offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change.
  • Plunkett Foundation – Bringing Churches Together
    Plunkett Foundation is a national charity that supports rural communities across the UK to tackle the issues they face through community business. One of the main reasons many community businesses aren’t able to get up and running is lack of a suitable premises from which to operate. To help groups and churches explore the opportunities of locating within an active church or building they have partnered with All Churches Trust to offer:
  • North West Leicestershire – Community Groups Grants
    Are you a community organisation, voluntary group or charity in North West Leicestershire? Do you have a project, event or initiative that needs funding? North West Leicestershire District Council has grant funds available! Small Grants* Up to £500 for new projects or for one-offs (like equipment or other items) to help you to improve a service or just to try something different. Zero Carbon Grant** Between £50 and £500 for environmental improvements - climate change projects, litter picking equipment, composting, energy efficiency, transport issues, cycling and walking projects, wildflower meadows, community orchards, hedge planting, recycling… think green! Coalville Special Expenses Community Chest Grant £250 to support and encourage a range of community activities, initiatives and events for people in Coalville, Bardon, Snibston, Thringstone and Greenhill wards.
  • Motability Community Transport Grants
    Through this new grant programme we aim to help charities and organisations to make an immediate impact for disabled people, by awarding funding to develop, expand and improve community transport options. We are focussing our grant making for this programme on: ·         Funding support for staff or volunteer training and costs. ·         Funding to increase the number of vehicles available in the community to help organisations support disabled people. ·         Funding local, regional, or national initiatives to increase awareness of community transport and influence its inclusion in transport strategy and policy. ·         Funding to schemes, programmes and initiatives that already exist, and who provide best practice solutions, but need further support to remain operational or scale up the service they can provide to help more disabled people.
  • Making a Difference Fund – Hinckley & Bosworth Borough
    The Making a Difference Fund offers community grants of between £500 to £3,000 to kickstart new projects within the VCS network (volunteer & community sector) or to boost the impact of VCS groups across Hinckley and Bosworth Borough. Funding will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis as a rolling programme.

Commissioning and Procurement Opportunities

Public sector contracts to deliver services to the community, suitable for larger groups, or smaller groups working in partnership.

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