Imminent Deadlines:

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MSE Charity: Grant Scheme is now OPEN. It gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. The grant round closes on Friday 28th September 5pm or earlier if they have already accepted 40 applications.  More information here.


Social Investment Business - have launched the Fund to support charities and social enterprises tackling social problems in disadvantaged communities, to increase their social impact and financial resilience, raise investment, and grow their business. The two-year pilot programme provides repayable grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 (where repayments are linked to whether the recipient organisations achieve revenue growth over the two-year term), along with non-financial business support and advice, with the aim of enabling organisations to:

  • Break through the barriers to growth and deliver social impact at scale.
  • Increase the number of beneficiaries and/or social impact in the communities they serve.

Applications are invited from registered charities, Community Interest Companies, companies limited by guarantee, co-operatives or Community Benefit Societies, and companies limited by shares (not profit distributing) that are based and operating in England. The deadline for expressions of interest is 21 September 2018 (12pm). More information here.


Latest Funds:

Tampon Tax Community Fund: Now open for applications. For community groups and charities who deliver projects that support women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks. Contact for further information.


Cheshire Community Foundation Small Grants Programme (grants up to £1,000): For grants up to £1,000 and specifically for  smaller charities (with a turnover of less than £300,000) and to assist local grass roots organisations that support one, or more, of the following priority areas:

•            Homelessness

•            Disadvantaged and exploited young people, with a preference for prevention and early intervention projects

•            Education (for ages 3 to 18)

•            Community support to include older people

It’s a rolling programme. More information here.


Masonic Charitable Foundation – Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme

Grants for charities in England and Wales that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (up the age of 25 years) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life.


New Transform Foundation Funding
New funding programme designed to fund the development of new websites for smaller charities. They class 'smaller' charities in this instance as charities with an annual income of between £100k and £350k.


Cheshire East Council Grant Scheme

Funding to support the continuation of community activity and the formation of new community groups to support the needs of local communities. Examples could include: Running costs for organisations established for less than 6 months; equipment, materials or specialist kit to help the organisation develop; volunteer training courses. Maximum grant £5000. See attached poster for more information.


Mind Women's Mental Health Peer Support Programme: The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services. It builds on our experience of peer support approaches that we have seen reach women within their communities and that women value.

Peer support differs from other forms of mental health service and support in important ways. It happens when people who have similar experiences of something difficult come together to support each other. It is through this development of meaningful, two-way relationships that peer support works. Crucially, the people involved play an active role in creating a safe environment for each other.

Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund:

  • Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives delivered for and by women experiencing multiple disadvantage. Multiple disadvantage is defined as women who experience several issues such as mental health problems, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, abuse and violence, offending, and family breakdown. They may have one main need complicated by other factors (eg race, sexuality, age or disability) or lower level issues which together combine to constitute multiple disadvantage. 
  • 'Women's Peer Support Hubs' - women's organisations working to improve the capacity of individuals and community based organisations to lead effective peer support activity delivered for and by women. 

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2018 (5pm). Application forms for both funding strands are available to complete and submit via Mind's online application portal. More information here.


The Archer Trust

This charitable trust makes grants of £250 - £3,000 towards social welfare projects, particularly those which involve a Christian element. 

High Sheriff Fund 2018-2019:The programme supports local creative arts organisations, with grants up to £2000, over one year. Click High Sheriff Fund Programme Criteria for more details.  This programme will be managed on a rolling basis, with applications assessed monthly  and organisations will be notified within 6 to 8 weeks.  Grant funded projects must be fully delivered by 31st March 2019.

MBNA Inspiring Education Programme is a three year programme set up by MBNA, to support extra-curricular activities in state secondary educations organisations (High Schools, Academies and Multi Academy Trusts). For this programme, MBNA staff, who work at the MBNA Chester HQ Campus, will nominate schools to apply, where they have a personal connection.  MBNA staff members will provide a link to the online application form, when they nominate schools.  Grants available up to £8,000, for one year and so we are likely to make around 25 to 30 grants each year.   Priority will be given to secondary education organisations in areas, which are most densely populated by MBNA staff, working at MBNA’s Chester Campus. MBNA Application form will go live 1st September 2018

#iwill Fund – November Round Applications For the  November round of the #iwill fund (formerly Youth Social Action), the maximum grant size has been increased to £10,000. 

Building Connections Fund Youth Strand Accepting Applications

The Youth Strand is open to UK based not-for-profit organisations with existing youth-focused activities that could be effective at helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in more depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision and share learning as part of a national network.

Grants can also support projects based anywhere in England that mainly benefit young people with one or more of the following circumstances:

  • Being a carer.
  • Being unemployed or precariously employed.
  • Experiencing bereavement.
  • Having a disability or long-term health condition.
  • Having been in the care system.

Organisations can apply for up to £80,000, as follows:

  • Up to £10,000 (to be spent between December 2018 and March 2019) to engage young people in co-designing innovations to improve the impact of existing provision on tackling loneliness
  • Up to £70,000 (to be spent between April 2019 and March 2021) to implement and evaluate these innovations.

Projects funded through the Youth strand will participate in learning activities focused specifically on youth loneliness, as well as being part of the overall Building Connections Fund evaluation.

The deadline for applications is 26 September 2018 (5pm).

More details, including how to apply, can be found at here.

Litter Innovation Fund: The overall aim of the programme is to find new ways of reducing and preventing litter/littering through new methods and interventions, that have not been tried and tested before. The programme will award small grants of up to £10,000 to support innovative research projects (located in England only) that have the potential to be scaled up or replicated more widely. Applicants are required to contribute a minimum of 10% match funding, either in-kind or monetary. Please submit your completed Expression of Interest form by email to by no later than 17:00 on Friday 5th October 2018. More information here.

Comic Relief: Safe Place to Be
: Comic Relief has launched this funding opportunity focussed on preventing homelessness and insecure shelter. The fund is for 'locally rooted' organisations working to prevent long-term homelessness and shelter insecurity in the UK, India, South Africa, Zambia and Nigeria. 

  • Funding is available for 3-5 years.
  • Single applicants can apply for between £150k to £300k.
  • Consortiums can apply for up to £750k.
  • Funding can be used to cover the core costs/ overheads of an organisation/partnerships, or specific projects and activities, or a mixture of the two.

The deadline for first stage applications will be 1st October 2018 12pm GMT. Shortlisted applications will be given 5/6 weeks to submit a full proposal and the deadline will be 10th December 2018 12pm GMT. Decisions will be made by the Comic Relief grants committee and Trustees by March 2019. More information here.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation- New grants programme open for Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation in the 2 following areas: 'Community Support' and 'Arts, Education and Heritage'. 

The Royal British Legion's External Grants programme is open to applications from organisations running, or planning, charitable activities in support of the Armed Forces community.

Applications for projects supporting the following outcome themes will be prioritised:

  • Employment and training
  • Family support
  • Homelessness and outreach
  • Supporting the elderly

Please note that the Legion is not inviting applications for multi-year funding at this time. Applications will only be considered for 'one off' payments. Continuation funding may be applied for in following years.

The typical grant award is not likely to exceed £50,000 – smaller applications are encouraged.


Clothworker's Foundation - Capital Small Grants (upto £10,000) and Main Grants (No max grant but average of £25,000) open for  application for areas including: Alcohol and substance misuse, Disabled people, disadvantaged minority communities, Disadvantaged young people, Domestic and sexual violence, Older people, Homelessness, Prisoners and Ex-offenders and Visual Impairment.


Biffa Community Buildings Award - Grants from £10,000 - £75000 to provide or improve community buildings to act as a mechanism for community involvement


Steve Morgan Foundation: This grant supports people of all ages in financial hardship, who are in need of specialist equipment. Individuals or organisations can apply for this funding by clicking here


Following a review of its grant procedures, the Funder has refined its Main Grant programmes, separating it into two defined funds that aims to work with people for whom other sources of support have failed, been inappropriate or are simply not available.
Grant sizes are generally between £10,000 and £60,000 and are for charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises that are based and working in the UK.
There are no deadlines. Applications are considered on a regular basis, depending on the fund applied to.

Comic Relief 
Three  funding initiatives- Safety From: Spaces To: Try for Change Thriving, Not just Surviving: Young Men and Mental Health, To find out more click here.
Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards. For more information click here.
New Homes Bonus Community Fund - This fund has not yet been finalised.  Click on the title to view our voice article to get an update on progress and how CVS is supporting the development of this.

If you are thinking of applying for any funding let us help you!

Please don't forget our Grant Read Through Service
Remember that for Members, our Development Officers can read any bids prior to submission.
It can be so useful for someone outside your organisation to read through grant applications. Something may make sense to you, but not to a potential funder and could jeopardize your chances of a successful grant application.

Get in touch with us and we will be delighted to help you with your bids: email or call 01270 763100.