Upcoming Deadlines

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Crewe Town Council

The Crewe Town Council Grants Scheme for the current financial year 2019 – 2020 is now officially open! You can apply for up to £2,500 for projects in Crewe.

There have been several changes to the scheme so please fully read the guidance before you begin your application. The deadlines for applications throughout the year are:

  • Sunday 18th August 2019
  • Sunday 13th October 2019
  • Sunday 5th January 2020
  • Sunday 1st March 2020


#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many young people as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership, it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action. Grant between £1,000 and £5,000 are available and the 2019 criteria can be found here 

Deadline : 23rd August

Co-op Foundation ‘Space to Connect’ Fund

Co-op Foundation are inviting organisations to tender for a contract that will help them learn how to maximise the use of community spaces to tackle loneliness and build connections.

Match-funded with government as part of the Space to Connect partnership, their contract will ask organisations to:

  • Draw together existing community development knowledge and learning and package it in accessible ways for dissemination to projects
  • Work closely with grant-holders to help them tell their stories, understand emerging learning and share across the fund to help shape work
  • Create iterative summaries of learning across the programme, drawing out key lessons from each phase which can be used to support, influence and inform projects and leave a resource for the future
  • Analyse evidence from the fund about the overall impact that maximising community spaces has on the fund’s ultimate goal of supporting social connections to reduce loneliness.

Up to £160,000, including VAT, is available with an aim for the contract to start in October 2019, and run to June 2021. Read more and find out how to submit your tender

The closing date for tender responses is midday on Friday 30 August 2019


Funding Opportunity for organisations in the Sandbach area

New Beginnings is a Social Enterprise formulated by the Lane End Group. The Lane End Group currently are building new homes on a site on Abbey Rd, Sandbach and, as with all of their sites they would like to support the surrounding area and be great neighbours for the time they are on site, hopefully leaving a lasting positive impact.

New Beginnings aims to help not for profit and charitable organisations within a 5 mile radius of their sites. Have a look at www.laneend.org/newbeginnings for an idea of the projects they support.

Kate Harrison, CEO of New Beginnings, says "There are a few things we can offer, from small donations of up to £500 to be used for specific community projects, to larger projects that we can work in partnership with other parties on. We also have volunteers from our team who can help with events or even utilise our supply chain to help with small renovation projects for community assets".

To discuss your project or apply for funding please contact via email newbeginnings@laneend.org or call 01925 907 920.


Involvement in healthcare

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the ‘Celebrating involvement in healthcare’ community grants scheme. The scheme is now open for applications and grants of up to £2500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service users and the public in improving health services.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 23rd September 2019.

Hays Travel Foundation 

Whether you're an organisation or an individual and have a worthy cause, don't hesitate to approach your local Hays Travel for help. While the Hays Travel Foundation primarily focuses on supporting young people, our branches have the freedom to make their own decision about who and what they would like to fundraise for. 

Max. application of £15,000


Ecclesiastical – ‘Movement for Good’ Awards

The £1m giving programme has two funding categories:

  • £1,000 donations to 500 charities 
  • £50,000 grants to 10 charities 

Ecclesiastical say: “We know that for many charities, £1,000 can make a real difference. We also know the importance of longer-term funding for charities, especially when trying to bring ambitious new ideas to life. Through our £50,000 awards, we’re actively championing innovation, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward. 


Magic Little Grants 2019

This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

With its simple 10-minute application process, the Magic Little Grants fund reduces the work required for local organisations to access the funding they need to launch or strengthen their services.

Follow this link for more information and to apply

Cheshire Community Foundation  - update

Next Main Grants rounds  for 2019: 

Re opens: 9am Monday 15/07/19

Closes: 5pm Friday 23/08/19

Grant panel: Thursday 03/10/19

Informed: Thursday 31/10/19

The Small Grant

The application process is still open to applications

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.

Homeless Link Funding:

Homeless Link Social Investment Fund – Dedicated support and flexible loan/grant packages from £25,000 to £150,000 to help you help more homeless people.

Contact jaishree.mistry@homelesslink.org.uk

Enterprise Grants

Helping homelessness sector organisations make a transition to new enterprise models or to grow existing ones:

● Feasibility Grants from £5,000 - £10,000

● Development Grants up to £50,000

Contact sophie.price@homelesslink.org.uk

Allchurches Trust

The Allchurches Trust funds projects that demonstrate a focus on the impact on people and communities, offering small grants of between £1,000 - £15,000 (larger grants are also available for projects costing over £1 million). 

The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation's Small Grants Scheme supports smaller, UK based, registered charities working at grassroots and local community level. Trustees will consider projects in 'any field, across a wide range of activities', provided your organisation has an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. 
One-year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to cover core costs, equipment or project funding. 

The Goodman Foundation 

This charitable foundation focuses on social change and improving the lives of those less privileged in the community. They make grants to charities working with people on low incomes, older people and those with disabilities or ill health. Their average grant is around £12,000, and they are known to give grants for equipment, project costs and warehousing/office space.

The foundation also offers fundraising and volunteer support as well as regular payroll donations to their chosen community partners. There are no deadlines and no application form - simply apply in writing to the Foundation's registered office: 

The Goodman Foundation
c/o ABP 
Unit 6290
Bishops Court 
Solihull Parkway 
Birmingham Business Park 
B37 7YB

The Sobell Foundation 

This charitable foundation provide grants of up to UK registered charities working in the following areas: 

  • Medical care and treatment, including respite care and hospices
  • Care for physically and mentally disabled adults and children
  • Education and training for adults and children with physical and learning disabilities
  • Care and support of the elderly
  • Care and support for children
  • Homelessness

Most grants are for amounts under £50,000. There are no deadlines 

The Radcliffe Foundation

Applications can be made to either the Music Scheme (next deadline 31st August) or the Heritage & Crafts Scheme (next deadline 31st July).  The Radcliffe Trust will only accept on-line applications.

The ACT Foundation (now the Edward Gostling Foundation)

The Edward Gostling 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.

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.


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. All applications are reviewed individually by the team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in February, May, August and November. 

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. 

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

The 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

The Henry Smith charity

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 Trust

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 enquiries@cvsce.org.uk or call 01270 763100.