Funding Update: August 2018

With thanks to Reading Voluntary Action, Involve Wokingham, Slough CVS and Bruce Wright Funding Matters for information.

People’s Postcode Lottery opens for applications on 1 August

The People’s Postcode Lottery will open for application on 1 August. Charities and community groups will be able to apply for funding between £500 – £20,000. Funding will be available through the following 3 Trusts:

The People’s Postcode Trust

For projects promoting human rights and employability, and combatting poverty.

The Postcode Community Trust

For grass-roots health and wellbeing programmes.

The Postcode Local Trust

For programmes that aim to imporve biodiversity and outdoor space.

For all three, the application process is in two stages:

Stage 1 – expression of interest to be submitted between 1 August until 15 August

This is a very short expression of interest (EOI) which requires only some basic details about your organisation, as well as a very short summary of the project you are proposing. Successful applicants will receive an email with more details on how to complete Stage 2.

Stage 2 – applications to be submitted between 5 September until 19 September

The second stage requires applicants to provide more detail on both their organisation and the project, including:

  • More details on the origins, structure, core aims and activities of your organisation
  • A full project description, outlining the it’s need and chief activities
  • Projected short-term outcomes and long-term impacts of the project
  • Estimated numbers of beneficiaries
  • A full breakdown of the total project costs, proposed spend of our grant and other funding towards the project
  • Supporting documents: including your organisation’s constitution, articles or memorandum of understanding – as well as annual accounts and quotes for single items costing over £1,000.

They will aim to let all applicants know the outcome of their application within 8-12 weeks.

Each of the above links contains further information on eligibility criteria.

Tesco’s Bags of Help

Tesco’s Bags of Help is a local community grant scheme where the money raised from plastic carrier bag sales is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.


Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers. This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.

Applications will not be funded where:

  • Individuals have applied, as groups must be fully constituted
  • Profit-making organisations are also ineligible for funding.

What For?

Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting community events.

They are asking their customers to nominate local projects that they’d like to see receive some cash. Find out more by visiting Groundwork Tesco Bags of Help.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in their stores across England, Scotland and Wales, with the projects changing every other month. Each time you shop you will be offered a blue token at the checkout and be able to vote for your favourite project.

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, specialised medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.

Your project can be a stand-alone project or discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project. You will need to complete your project within twelve months of receipt of the grant.

How Much?

At the end of the voting period, all three projects will receive funding in each local area.

The amount of funding available for individual local projects will range from £1,000 to £4,000 – keep a look out for the results in store and online.


Bags of Help is a rolling programme, where community groups or charities can apply for funding all year round.

Big Lottery Fund – Tackling Loneliness

Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities. Grants will be available for projects which reach out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated, and encourage them to take part in activities, helping them to feel more connected. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport, using digital technology, or joining up local services to have a bigger reach. Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 will be available for projects applying to the Building Connections Fund. The deadline for applications is Friday 24th August 2018. Click here for more info & to apply.

Integrated Communities Innovation Fund

Grants are available to organisations for projects using innovative approaches to tackle the barriers to integration and build integrated communities in England. The ICI Fund is about stimulating new thinking, building new partnerships and testing innovative approaches. They want to support projects that will inspire others to adopt similar approaches more widely.
Application for funding from the ICI Fund is a two-stage process. Stage one requires applicants to submit an expression of interest by 23:45 Monday 20th August.
For more information & to apply visit:


Achieving No Net Loss of Biodiversity on the Greater West Programme

The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE) and Network Rail are working together to offer an exciting funding opportunity for biodiversity in Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Network Rail Infrastructure Projects (IP), the division responsible for delivering railway upgrades, is committed to a “measurable net positive contribution towards biodiversity in the UK”. No Net Loss to Biodiversity on the Greater West Programme (TGWP) is a pilot project, putting principle into practice by compensating for unavoidable habitat loss (mainly young semi-natural woodland and some scrub) during the electrification programme.  Although scrub, grassland and other low-lying habitats will grow back where trees have been removed, there has been some unavoidable loss to biodiversity.  Funding is available for the creation and improvement of similar habitats to those that have been lost.

What biodiversity projects are eligible?

  • Creating new woodland, providing better links and connectivity between woodlands, and enhancing existing woodland and scrub mosaic; other habitats could also be considered if in close proximity to the railway line
  • Projects are to be delivered over a four-year period and are expected between the range of £10,000 and £100,000
  • A key aim is to improve good quality areas by making them bigger and better connected to other wildlife sites and to improve the quality of existing habitats
  • The projects should be as local as possible to the railway line within the following local authority areas; Oxford City, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Berkshire, Reading Borough, Wokingham Borough, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Parish councils and other local authorities, local charities, not-for-profit organisations, and landowners are all eligible to apply

The next deadline for applications is 3rd September and the final deadline for applications is 26th October. There is further information available on our website  Please get in touch with us to explore ideas.

BBC Children in Need’s Small Grants Programme

BBC Children in Need’s Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations.
The Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years.

They give grants for…
Projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:
1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
2. Any kind of disability
3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation
Projects they fund make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

The next deadline is 2nd September 2018

Find out more about BBC Children In Need’s Small Grants Programme

Kelly Family Charitable Trust

The Kelly Family Charitable Trust is a grant-giving body founded in 2004 by members of the Kelly family.
They’re interested in funding charities whose activities involve all or most family members, where possible, in initiatives that seek to tackle problems facing one or more of its members. They’ve funded charities working in fields including early intervention, mediation, prison services and services for families affected by sexual abuse, physical abuse and domestic violence, among others.

They generally offer grants worth up to £5,000 – though trustees will consider requests for higher amounts. They’re happy to fund charities’ core costs and they encourage applications from relatively new charities to help them become established.

Grants are awarded twice a year. Applications must be submitted by 1st March and 1st September.

Find out more about The Kelly Family Charitable Trust Programme

The Will Charitable Trust

The Trust awards grants to UK registered or exempt charities whose work fulfils the criterion:

Care of and services for people suffering from cancer, and their families.

In a typical year the Trust is able to respond positively to around 1 in 5 eligible applications with around 20 charities supported with grants varying from £3,000 to £30,000. Charities whose work is primarily the provision of care for people with cancer and their families are most likely to succeed, but the Trustees will consider other charities where projects are specifically aimed at the cancer care element of their work.
Applications should be submitted by 31st August.

Find out more about The Will Charitable Trust

The Inman Charity

The directors of the corporate trustee (‘the directors’) operate a grant giving policy with a view to making annual distributions of £300,000. They support a wide range of UK Registered Charities.
The directors are particularly interested in supporting the following areas of charitable work:-
• Medical research
• Care of the elderly
• General welfare
• Hospices
• The Deaf and Blind
• Care of the physically & mentally disabled
• The Armed Forces
The deadline is 31st August.

Find out more about The Inman Charity

Celebrating involvement in healthcare community grants 2018 – apply now!

Has your voluntary, community or social enterprise group done some amazing patient, service-user or carer involvement work that’s improved healthcare services?

If so we want you to tell us about it. In fact, we want to support you to tell everyone about it.

NHS England will be awarding grants of up to £2,500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.

In your application you will need to tell us about how you have involved patients and citizens in a healthcare project, and how you plan to use the grant to share and showcase your work in a creative way.

The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary organisation. Please ensure you read the community grants guidelines document before you apply, to check that your organisation and project is eligible. If you are eligible, you will need to complete the application form by 20 September 2018 using the ‘apply now’ button.

If you would like to receive the application form in another format such as large print or in Word please email

Magic Little Grants Fund

Localgiving has teamed up with the Postcode Community Trust to provide over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups. Thanks to support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Magic Little Grants Fund provides small charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.

To benefit from funding, projects need to meet either of the following themes:

  • Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
  • Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities

Deadline: 31st October 2018.

Find out more about the Magic Little Grants Fund

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation was created by Barchester Healthcare in 2000 to give something back to people in the communities where the Barchester care homes operate.

They help small community groups and small local charities.

They give grants to help reduce isolation and loneliness, promote group activities and generally improve people’s independence, mobility and quality of life. They aim to give grants that will help people lead more fulfilled lives and reach their full potential.

This year their focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive our highest priority in 2018.

Their grants range from £100 up to £5,000, with the average grant in 2017 being approx. £950.

Find out more about Barchester’s Charitable Foundation

Idlewild Trust

Idlewild Trust is an independent grant-making trust that supports conservation and the arts.

They support programmes that address the lack of opportunities for young professional musicians, dancers, actors, writers, artists and those involved creatively in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their career.
They also support the conservation of important works of art and historic objects being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.

Idlewild Trust believes that grants of up to £5,000 can have a positive impact in these areas.

Deadline: 6th September 2018 (midnight) for a decision in November 2018.

Find out more about the Idlewild Trust

Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund

Round 3 of the Smart Energy GB in Communities fund for 2018 focuses on organisations supporting individuals on a low income.  Grants of up to £5000 are available.

In 2018, they are targeting funding and support to organisations who reach people on a low income.

They are seeking applications from regionally or locally based organisations that can reach and deliver support to people on a low income. You will have a trusted voice in your community and will provide education, reassurance and direct support to people in our target group to help them overcome concerns around financial uncertainty. You will showcase the benefits of smart meters by demonstrating how they help with budgeting to increase the level of interest of people getting a smart meter installed.

This round will close at midday on 3rd September 2018.

Find out more about Smart Energy GB in Communities fund

The Woodland Trust: Free trees for schools and communities

The Woodland Trust is giving away free trees for:

  • Schools across the UK, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres
  • All kinds of different groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides and many more.

You can choose from a range of varieties. If you’re successful, you’ll get your pack in November, when the trees are dormant and perfect for planting. Before you start you’ll need to:

  • Know the grid reference of the land you wish to plant
  • Have permission from the legal landowner

Find out more about The Woodland Trust

The Radcliffe Trust

The Radcliffe Trust supports the development of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UK’s cultural heritage and crafts sectors.

This includes support for: craft and conservation training; practical projects, particularly those that include a strong training element; strategic and capacity-building projects which demonstrate clear benefits to the sector; Special Needs projects whose emphasis is on skills development.

However, the Trust remains committed to flexible, open and inclusive grant-giving and will consider other projects, should they fall broadly within its remit. The Radcliffe Trust wishes to promote standards of excellence through all its support.

Grants are generally in the region of £1,000-£5,000. Applications for grants in excess of £10,000 as a one-off payment will generally not be considered.

For consideration by the Trustees in December:  Music scheme deadline is 31st August.

Find out more about The Radcliffe Trust

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