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Funding Opportunities

One Stop – Carriers For Causes

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Groundwork is working with One Stop stores to administer the Carriers for Causes grants initiative, to fund good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could be buying litter pickers and bags for a community cleanup days, plants, spades and forks to plant up a new community garden, the cost of a minibus for a day trip for a community group or the materials needed to paint a room at the local hospice.

Grants of up to £1000 are available to support projects that benefit local communities through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland.

For more information go to Groundwork

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme 2018-2022

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Deadline 30th January 2020

Town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums preparing a neighbourhood development plan or neighbourhood development order in England may apply for the following:

  • A basic grant of between £1,000 and £9,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.
  • An additional grant of £8,000 is available for groups facing more complex issues, giving a maximum total amount of £17,000.
  • Specific packages of technical support where needed.

The pilot schemes for 2019-2020 provides the following:

  • Groups wishing to bring forward Affordable Housing for Sale may be eligible for further grant funding of up to £10,000 to help develop these ideas.
  • In addition, groups wishing to develop a Neighbourhood Development Order for housing may apply for technical support and a project support grant of up to £50,000.

You can find more information here 


British and Foreign School Society

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Deadline 7th January 2020

The British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) provides grants to organisations with UK charitable status for educational activities.

The funding is intended to support charitable organisations with new projects, pilot projects, or projects which are planning a distinct new phase of development and that support the education or training for young people up to the age of 25.

The Society currently has three priority areas for which it particularly welcomes applications:

  • Conflict or natural disaster: Projects designed to address the need for re-establishing and renewing education where the provision of education has suffered from conflict or natural disaster.
  • Girls’ education: Projects that focus on enhancing the opportunities and reducing barriers for girls to access education.
  • Looked-after children: Looked-after children have significantly poorer educational outcomes than children not in care. BFSS welcomes projects that pilot approaches to improving the educational attainment of looked-after children so that in time they are able to take advantage of opportunities afforded by tertiary education and employment.

There are three funding rounds per year. The 2020 deadlines for applications are 7 January, 10 April and 19 August 2020.

For more information go to the Society website

Truemark Trust

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The Truemark Trust provides grants for charitable organisations throughout the UK. The Trust prefers funding small, local organisations undertaking innovative projects in the community for the relief of all kinds of social distress and disadvantage.

The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time. Applications are considered at Trustee meetings which are held quarterly.

The Trust does not maintain a website. Applications should be made in writing.

Contact details:


Truemark Trust
PO Box 2
GU33 6YP

Telephone: 07970 540015      Email: truemark.trust01@ntlworld.com

Variety Club – Equipment Grants

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The funding is intended to support organisations which work with sick, disabled or disadvantaged children up to and including the age of 18 years. In particular, the scheme wishes to provide funding for specialist equipment for direct use by children.

Applications can be made from non-profit making groups and organisations working with children up to, and including, the physical age of 18 years. These include statutory bodies (schools and hospitals), hospices and small registered charities. These applications must also be supported by a letter from medical professional.

Applications can be made on behalf of individual children. These must be supported by a letter from an appropriately qualified medical professional, such as an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or paediatrician

There is no lower or upper limit on the level of grant which may be awarded, but typically grants will be between £100 and £6,000. Most grants will be for less than £5,000

For more information go to the Variety Club website

The Lloyds Bank Foundation

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Core funding grants worth up to £100,000 are available for small and local charities. Those eligible are charities with an income between £25,000 and £1m across England and Wales that are tackling “complex social issues”.

The areas they are particularly looking to fund are:

  • Addiction and Dependency
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Care Leavers
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Homeless and Vulnerably Housed
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Offending, Prison or Community Service
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • Young Parents

Charities can check eligibility and apply for grants online through the Foundation’s website


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Deadline 13th December  

4Daughters is a charity focused on providing funding for initiatives, charities or organisations that are committed to making a real difference in: 

  1. Supporting older people to stay in or find meaningful work or volunteering;
  2. Strengthening communities that are inclusive of older people; and
  3. Supporting informal carers to develop their own peer-based approaches.

They have the capacity to fund up to £250,000 in this grants round and are open to any size of grant from small grants through to £200,000+ based on need. 

Concept notes should be submitted to Katie Mond in PDF or Word format and sent as an attachment to katie@4daughters.org.uk by Friday 13 December 2019 with the subject line: Concept Note – Ageing Well.  Concept notes should just be 1-2 sides of A4 but if you have a pre-exisiting document that you would rather share that is longer, that is not a problem. 

For full details on the funding round go to the website 

Day Trip Grant

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The Day Trippers Foundation provide grants for recreational and educational day trips for groups of children and young people aged 5-25 who have disabilities and life-limiting conditions in the UK.

Applications can be made for grants towards a trip occurring on a single day. For example, this could be a day out to a wildlife park, the beach or an outdoor activity centre. Each application will be considered on its own merit, and decisions are made on a first come first served basis until funds for that financial year are expended. On occasions where they are not able to award you the full amount requested, they will consider making a contribution.

Things you need to know:

  • They are now accepting applications for day trips taking place between 1st November 2019 and 31st October 2020
  • Applications are accepted all year round
  • Awards of up to £30 per child/young person with disabilities
  • One application per group per year
  • Applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the date of your trip
  • Min. of 8 children/young people with disabilities attending
  • Grants will be paid retrospectively, after they have received monitoring information

You can find out more here

The Road Safety Trust Small grants programme

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Deadline 20th December

The main aim of the Small Grants Programme is to improve road safety at a local level. The programme has been designed after reviewing the first four years of funding and listening to the views of stakeholders. This told them that there was a need for funding for smaller, local projects with a practical focus.

The Road Safety Trust are looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures. Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. Projects should have the potential for being brought to scale – with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.

The maximum project length under this grant programme is 24 months. The minimum amount that can be applied for is £10,000 and the maximum is £30,000 over two years in total. All projects should have other sources of funding, either cash or in-kind.

For more information and to apply go to the Road Safety Trust

Armed Forces Day funding

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Deadline 27th March 2020

The Ministry of Defence is offering grants to groups and organisations across the UK that are planning to host an Armed Forces Day event in their community next summer.

Armed Forces Day has been celebrated annually since 2009. The Day is intended to show support for the Armed Forces and provide a much-valued morale boost for troops and their families.

Armed Forces Day 2020 celebrations begin on Monday 22 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks across the UK.

The 2020 National Event will be held in Scarborough on Saturday 27 June. In addition, local organisations around the country are encouraged to host a local event within two weeks of Armed Forces Day, including weekends so the dates would be Saturday 20 June to Sunday 5 July 2020.

Last year, events took place in all parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They included flag raising ceremonies, picnics in the park, themed BBQs, street parties, parades, big band concerts, and live and static demonstrations. Smaller events have taken place in town halls, public buildings, schools, churches, community centres and in people’s homes.

Local councils, voluntary and community organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK can apply for a grant of up £10,000 (providing the grant funding accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

The funding can be used to pay for:

  • Road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches.
  • Decorations, flags and banners.
  • Newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event.
  • Marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event.
  • PA and communications systems.

The first step is to register an event on the Armed Forces Day website. This will enable groups to access details on how to apply for the funding.

For more information, visit the Armed Forces Day website

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