#Funding Friday

The Marsh Christian Trust

Small grants, often for core funding, of between £300 and £2,000 grants to small UK registered charities working in the areas of:

  • Social welfare
  • Arts and heritage
  • Education and training
  • Environmental causes and animal welfare
  • Healthcare.

Applications may be made at any time in writing following the guidelines on The Marsh Christian Trust website.


The Foyle Foundation Small Grants Programme

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for smaller UK charities for core costs or essential equipment.

The Foyle Foundation has recently opened its Small Grants programme to applications from small, grassroots UK charities with an annual turnover of less than £150,000, while taking account of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on small charities. The Foundation has revised its application criteria to offer flexible support to help charities impacted by COVID-19, while maintaining a focus on those that can clearly demonstrate a local need for their services and their financial sustainability over a twelve month period from the date of their application.

Applications should demonstrate:

  • The impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 on the charity to date
  • How the charity has retrenched, reduced staff and other costs, or cut back normal services
  • The impact on the charity’s volunteers (if applicable)
  • Which services the charity can still provide and to whom and by what means
  • What the revised annual budget and income/expenditure forecast is likely to be with regards to coronavirus/COVID-19
  • Any reserves and how they are being used to support the charity at this time
  • The income the charity has raised to date for the current year
  • The current shortfall for the year and how this can be met
  • Whether the charity is able to access any local government, public agency or lottery funding
  • The details of any other funding sources being applied for by the charity.

To apply and for more information please visit The Foyle Foundation website.


The Astor Foundation

Grants averaging £1,500 for UK registered charities working in the areas of medical research, children and young people, people with disabilities, the countryside, the arts, sport, carers groups and animal welfare.

Application deadline: Monday 31 August 2020.

In addition to its primary priority of medical research, the Foundation also supports projects that benefit:

  • Children and youth groups
  • The disabled
  • The countryside
  • The arts
  • Sport
  • Carers groups
  • Animal welfare.

UK registered charities may apply for a grant of between £250 and £1,500. Higher awards are occasionally made. There is no specified requirement for matched funding.

Please note that the Foundation does not maintain a website.

Applications should be submitted by 31 August for the October meeting and by 28 February for the April meeting.

Contact details for the Foundation are:

Mrs L Rothwell-Orr (Trust Secretary)
The Astor Foundation
PO BOX 168
Bideford
EX39 6WB
Tel: 07901 737488
Email: astor.foundation@gmail.com