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Funding Opportunities

Split Infinitive

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The Trust’s main area of interest is in supporting live and performance arts, in general and in education. Applications with a Yorkshire or regional focus are favoured. Split Infinitive is a small trust with limited funds to distribute annually.

Average grants fall between £250 and £750 and are at the trustees’ discretion. They may be awarded to individuals or to organisations for specific projects. Grants for general running costs, for projects outside the UK, and charities seeking funds for their own grant disbursement, will not be eligible for support.

At the current time, the Trust’s efforts are focused on supporting students; the trustees feel it only fair to acknowledge that, given the increasing number of applications being received, worthwhile projects which meet the main remit may have to be declined in favour of the Trust’s priority area.

In terms of student applications, the Trust favours supporting performance arts courses (e.g. music, drama, dance) although it may consider other arts areas. If your arts course is not strictly within these categories please check with us first to see if your course might be eligible.

For more information go to the Split Infinitive website

Three Guineas Charitable trust

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The Trust is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

The trustees will consider proposals in the field of autistic spectrum disorder. Wherever possible, projects are preferred which include people with ASD in decision-making. The trustees do not usually fund capital projects in this area of grant-making. The trustees do not make grants directly to individuals, or fund pure research.

The Trust also considers proposals in the field of disability, violence and access to justice. This is a developing field of interest. At present grants in this area mainly arise from trustees’ own research and that of their expert advisers.

The trustees have an annual small grants programme for play schemes run in the summer school holiday which support children with ASD.

For information on how to apply click here


Transforming British Tennis Together

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deadline  28th September

This  is the largest and most exciting capital investment programme the LTA has ever undertaken.

This is the chance for local partners like you to work alongside the LTA to transform tennis facilities in your local community and get more people playing this great game.

Whether you’re a club, a local authority, an educational institution, or some other body, we want to help you to come together with other local partners to create the right mix of facilities to get more people playing tennis in your community.

They’re working towards two ambitious goals:

  • To double the number children playing tennis
  • To double the number of times infrequent adults play tennis

For more information go to the British Tennis website

Enid Blyton Trust for Children

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 The Trust provides small grants that support children under 16 who are disabled, sick or convalescent.

Grants are up to £2,500 for education, social welfare and recreation projects.

There is no website.

Applications in writing with project and financial details to Chair of Trustees, Sophie Smallwood, 3 High Path, Eastbourne, West Sussex, GU29 9BD.

William And Jane Morris Fund (Church Conservation Grants)

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Deadline 31st August

The Morris Fund was formed in 1939 following a bequest to the Society from May Morris, the younger daughter of William and Jane Morris. May Morris required that grants should be made only to support work that is carried out according to the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), which was founded by her father.

Grants are awarded to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not for structural repairs.

Awards are generally between £500 and £5,000

There are two grant rounds each year and deadlines for the receipt of applications are:

  • 31 March (applicants notified by 31 May)
  • 31 August (applicants notified by 30 November)

For more information go to the website

The Wakeham Trust

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The Trust like to help projects that are small scale and would find it hard to get funding from big trusts.

It is privately funded and doesn’t appeal for funds, so can take risks and support unpopular causes in ways that big charities find hard to do.   The Trust is entirely run by volunteers, so running costs are low.

These are the questions the Trust asks:

Is it something new for this particular area?
It doesn’t matter if the idea is tried and tested in other parts of the country.
If it is new for this community then the Trust is interested

Is it small? 
The Trust normally give grants to projects where an initial £125 to £2,500 can make a real difference. It almost never makes contributions to large appeals, such as for buildings or minibuses. In general, it looks at what it is costing per-head to reach the people the project is helping.

For more information and to apply go to the Trust website

Blue Spark Foundation

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The Foundation  is a registered charity which supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

They value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but  are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Projects which they support include:

  • Drama
  • Music
  • Sport
  • Art and design
  • Debating
  • Public speaking
  • Academic education,
  • Vocational training
  • Community projects
  • Enterprise projects
  • Educational excursions

This list is illustrative and not exclusive

For more information and to apply go to the Blue Spark Foundation

Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired

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This charity exists to provide financial support to children and young people who have a hearing impairment and to organisations who provide help to them

The main objectives of this charity are:

  1. To advance the education of children and young people with particular reference to those with a hearing impairment.
  2. To support any other Charitable Object, which promotes the welfare of hearing impaired children and young people which may conveniently be pursued in conjunction with the pursuits of the above…

The Charity makes grants to young people up to an age in their mid-twenties resident in the UK.

This funding provides support in a variety of ways and to organisations linked to deaf young people.

For more information go to the Trust

The Olive & Norman Field Charity

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The aim of the charity is to assist people in need, whether through illness or because of a change in personal circumstances or an exceptional culmination of events where financial support could improve their quality of life. Grants are awarded on a case by case basis, usually when funding cannot be accessed through the statutory sector or other bodies.

There are no age restrictions, however grants can only be made available to individuals or families.

The Trustees cannot award funding to organisations, groups or other charities, but monies awarded to individuals or families can be channelled through such bodies.

They will consider applications for:

  • Wheelchairs and other mobility aids
  • Specialised seating and car seats
  • Sensory toys and equipment
  • Technology to assist independent living
  • Help towards short term respite breaks or family holidays
  • Modifications to homes, where a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) has already been awarded

This list is not exhaustive, and all applications will be considered.

For more information, and to apply, go to the website

The Yapp Charitable Trust

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The Trust only offer grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 who are undertaking work with their priority groups:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 – 25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

For more information and to apply go to the Trust website