Funding Opportunities in December

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust grants

The Trust was established to encourage and assist the provision of leisure activities for the disabled.

The Trustees will consider grant applications related to the provision of leisure activities for the disabled but favour particularly applications whereby the potential beneficiaries meet one or all of the following criteria:

  • The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users
  • Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed
  • A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed

Applications meeting the above criteria will be considered from charitable organisations. Applications on behalf of individuals will only be accepted through a charitable organisation or equivalent recognised body
All applications should be submitted together with appropriate financial information. 

Find out more about the Bruce Wake Charitable Trust grants

BBC Children in Need main grants

BBC Children in Need has made changes to the main grants programme to make it quicker, simpler and clearer.

Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 and under in the UK can apply. Organisations must have been active for at least three years and have an income under £2million. 

Grants over £10,000 per year are available to support projects for up to three years.  Capital or building projects are not eligible for funding.

The deadline is 13 January 2020.

Find out more about BBC Children in Need main grants

YOR4Good Fund

Funding to support local voluntary and community organisations undertaking small scale projects which will benefit local communities within the area covered by the YORhub Frameworks. For more information please click here.

Climate Action Fund
Deadline: 18th December, 2019
Grants are available for community-led partnerships in the UK to make changes in their community that they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Greggs Foundation Community Grants – open until 23 February 2020

Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2000.

Who should apply?

They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work. Further details can be found by clicking here.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Hospice Grants

Widening Access
Grants of up to £35,000 are available to support projects running over a period of 18 months. The grants will seek to address inequality and widen access to hospice care for people experiencing homelessness (or who are vulnerably housed) and people with learning disabilities.
Deadline: 27 January 2020. See link for guidance and how to apply:

The Nineveh Charitable Trust: Countryside & Environment
Schools and not for profit organisations can apply for funding for projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research. Grants are normally less than £5000 per year for 1 to 3 years.  To apply see to apply.

The Wakeham Trust
Support for small volunteer organisations that meet the needs or benefit the community.  The trust helps projects that are too new to get support through established funding channels, or which are threatened by national or local policy changes. It generally provides an initial £125 to £2,500 where it can make a real difference. Organisations be registered charities or work with or be supported by a charity who would initially provide a holding account.

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available for registered charities to support community based projects that relieve suffering, hardship or poverty. They are usually for items of capital expenditure which will directly help those in need.

The deadline is 10 February 2020.

Find out more about Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

National Garden Scheme – Community Gardens Award
Deadline: 31st December, 2019
Grants are available to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

GEM Road Safety Charity Grants
Deadline: 31st December, 2019
Grants are available to support road safety projects which help to improve the safety of all road users throughout the UK through research, education, engineering or enforcement.

Pocket Parks 2019/2020
Deadline: 31st December, 2019
One-off grants are available for community-led organisations working in partnership with their local authority to create new pocket parks or bringing existing green spaces up to a safe, usable and inviting standard.

War Memorials Grant Scheme
Funds are offered to support for care and preservation of free-standing memorials to a high standard, and to prevent their decay. Individuals or organisations, including councils can apply for grants to a maximum of £30,000 for up to 75% of eligible costs.
Deadline: Apply by 31st March 2020.

Funding for Community Sports Facilities (England)
Sports clubs, local authorities, schools and community organisations can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £150,000 to enhance local sports and recreational facilities. Funds can be used to enhance traditional sports facilities as well as outdoor spaces like canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces; etc that can be used as part of an active lifestyle
For details, guidance and to apply see Apply anytime.

Daytrippers Foundation – Day Trip Grant 
Grants are available for schools, children’s hospices, support groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations to support recreational and educational day trips for groups of children and young people (aged 5-25 years) who have disabilities and life-limiting conditions, see for details.  Open to applications which must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the date of your trip.  Funds given on a first come basis.

Information courtesy of Wokingham & Bracknell Involve, Slough CVS, West Berkshire Volunteer Centre and Reading Voluntary Action. Thank you!

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