Funding Friday

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is open to all applications that meet their criteria, including support during COVID-19. With the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, they’ll continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19.

They can support you to:

  • continue to deliver activity, whether you’re supporting your existing users, responding to the immediate crisis or undertaking recovery activity
  • change and adapt, becoming more resilient in order to respond to new and future challenges.

In order to support communities to thrive, they aim to:

  • build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

The Awards for All programme can provide between £300 and £10,000 for up to one year. The Reaching Communities programme offers larger amounts of funding (over £10,000) for up to 5 years.

Foyle Foundation

This Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme.

The focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

The priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

Grants are available between £1000 and £10,000.

Find out more on the Foyle Foundation website.

Comic Relief Community Fund (England) – Groundwork UK

The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes.

One being:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 11 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.

Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant (up to £1000).

Administration of the local funding is being managed by community charity, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.

For more information visit the Comic Relief website

Emergency Essentials Programme – BBC Children in Need

Family Fund Business Services are working in collaboration with BBC Children in Need to deliver the Emergency Essentials programme supporting children and young people living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family.

The programme can deliver or fund critical items such as:

Gas or electric cookers

Essential household items

Furniture and kitchen equipment

Children’s beds and bedding

Washing machines

Fridges and freezers

Baby equipment

Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations.

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.

For more information and to apply visit the Family Fund website

The Constance Travis Charitable Trust

Grants generally of between £20,000 and £100,000 for local, UK national and international registered and exempt charities and registered community amateur sports clubs working in a wide range of areas, including animal welfare, arts outreach, community projects, education, environmental protection, international aid, medical care and research, and social mobility.

Please note that the Trust does not maintain a website.

There is no application deadlines, applications may be made at any time in writing addressed to:

Mr. Ernest Travis
Chair of Trustees
The Constance Travis Charitable Trust
86 Drayton Gardens
SW10 9SB

The Fitton Trust

Micro-grants usually between £150 and £350 for a wide range of charitable causes provided by registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales. The vast majority of grants awarded were for values between £150 and £350. Only 4 applicants over the last 2 years have received a grant of £1,000 or more. The Trust normally meets 3 times each year in April, August and December.

Please note that the Trust does not maintain a website.

Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time in writing to;

Mrs Karen Donovan, Secretary
The Fitton Trust
PO Box 289