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Tampon Tax: Deadline midnight on 20th January 2019


Woodward Charitable Trust

This trust makes grants in a range of areas:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviours
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders
  • Disadvantaged women
  • Disability projects
  • Arts outreach work  involving disadvantaged people
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups

The trust makes grants ranging from £100 to £5000 for one year only. The next deadline for applications is 31st January 2019


Latest Funds:

New Homes Bonus - update

CVS has been one of many partners involved in shortlisting applications including individuals from a range of departments at Cheshire East Council, health organisations and Cheshire Community Foundation.

It is a long process as there were over 200 applications which surpassed the funding limit available therefore there is a slight delay in decisions being made and applicants should have been contacted by Cheshire East Council to be made aware of this.

Cheshire Community Foundation  - update

CCF will be having two Main Grants rounds in 2019 as follows:-

April CCF Main Grant (Round 1)

Opens: 9am Wednesday 02/01/19

Closes: 5pm Friday 08/02/19

Grant panel: Thursday 04/04/19

Informed: Thursday 09/05/19


October CCF Main Grant (Round 2)

Opens: 9am Monday 15/07/19

Closes: 5pm Friday 23/08/19

Grant panel: Thursday 03/10/19

Informed: Thursday 31/10/19

Please note that CCF will no longer have the link to the application form on their website as they prefer to discuss each application with the applicant briefly before issuing the link so that if there is an application which does not have a fit with available funds they can tell the applicant at a very early stage.


The ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation offers a small grants programme (under £10k) and a large grants programme (over £10k) and want all of their grants to have a significant impact across one or more of their 4 life "themes".  The themes are broad ranging and they support many activities within each. The 4 themes are

- Health and Wellbeing
- Independent Living at Home
- Respite
- Transition

For more details about the above themes and to apply click here

Postcode Community Trust

The Postcode Community Trust makes grants for grassroots projects that use sports, arts, recreation and wellbeing programmes to improve physical and mental health. Unregistered groups can apply for up to £2000 and registered charities for a maximum of £20,000.

Stage 1 applications are open from 6th – 20th February 2019.


Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

This funder supports registered charities for projects that work with people who have a learning disability and/or autism. Grants can fund a range of activities including employment schemes, play schemes, day and social activities, support for families and independent living schemes but also capital building/renovation and refurbishment works.

There is a rolling programme for small grants up to £10,000. Larger applications for over £10,000 fall under their Large Grants Programme and the next deadline for applications is 1st March 2019.



The Screwfix Foundation makes grants to registered charities and voluntary groups for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need. Maximum application £5000. Applications are reviewed quarterly so applications for the next round need to be submitted by end of January 2019.


Nationwide Community Grants - Nationwide Building Society was founded to help people into homes of their own and its ambition that everyone should have a place fit to call home stands firm today. The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across eight UK regions annually and is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen your local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords. Download their grant criteria here. Their top tips for a good application can be accessed here.


Armed Forces  Covenant Fund Trust: A small number of large grants will be made to single lead organisations who will work with delivery organisations to fund the development of new and innovative ways to support veterans with severe mental health needs who do not meet the criteria for hospitalisation, and to support their families and carers.


Charles Hayward Foundation: Has two grant programmes available for UK Registered Charities:Main grant programme: Social & Criminal Justice and Heritage & Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and Overseas (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000). Small grant programme:  Social & Criminal Justice and Older People (for charities with an income of less than£350,000).Within all of the above categories they fund project costs and capital expenditure. For guidance on the types and size of grants they make, please refer to specific category guidelines, also downloadable click 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.


The Archer Trust

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

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


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.

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.