Latest grant funding news - disability, ageing, health and connections with environment

May 2019

Funding is difficult to find so we thought we'd share some funding news when it comes our way. This isn't comprehensive but we have also added links to general funding sites where you can find more details on grants and other funding streams.


The People's Health Trust - Active Communities - UK

Grants between £5,000 - £25,000 per year to support local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well. Funding opens in different areas at different times.


The National Lottery Community Fund

Note the name change from the Big Lottery Fund. A major source of grant funding supporting work that benefits disadvantaged communities. It includes UK programmes and ones specific to England, Wales and Scotland, and programmes regularly update so it's an important one to bookmark. Awards for All provides grants up to £10K, while programmes like Reaching Communities support larger projects.


Heritage Fund - connecting with heritage

Previously called the Heritage Lottery Fund, providing grants for projects that engage people with heritage in the UK. The programme funds capital works and projects that increase access to heritage, and in particular initiatives that encourage active community engagement.


Santander Discovery Grants

Grants up to £5,000 for UK Charities working to help disadvantaged people through education and training or financial capability. Santander says just visit any Santander branch and complete a Community Plus Nomination.


SUEZ Communities Trust

Grants up to £20K for community projects in qualifying areas, eg improvements to community amenities such as village halls, public parks and sports facilities, historic buildings and structures. The primary funding programme offers grants up to £50K.


BBC Children in Need - disadvantaged children - UK

Grants for not-for-profits supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Small grants up to £10K and main grants over £10K for up to three years.


Comic Relief - UK

Comic Relief aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities and helping some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK. Small grants up to £10k are managed by the local Community Foundations so check details with your local CF. Large grants are mostly between £20-40k per year up to three years.


Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grant scheme

Charities in Scotland, Wales and the North of England can apply from £500 - £20,000 to deliver projects that positively impact their local community.


Gardening for the Disabled Trust

Grants of up to £1000 for individuals to adapt private gardens to meet the needs of disabled people.

Links to funding websites

There are lots of trusts and foundations that support specific causes. These funding websites can help you navigate this and find ones that may be interested in supporting your cause:

Funding Central - free for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprise

Cornwall VSF - a grants guide for individuals in need in Cornwall

j4bcommunity - free searchable website for voluntary and community sector

disability-grants - free site set up by the parent of a disabled child to help carers and families find grant support

Community Foundations - there are 46 Community Foundations providing support to local community initiatives in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

Directory of Social Change (DSC) - DSC is an information-providing charity. They have a subscription website giving information about trust and foundation funding.