Funding News – March 2020

Grow Wild

Grow Wild has launched new grants for nature projects.

They’re looking for creative people aged 14-25 who are buzzing with project ideas to help the environment. Do you know someone?

They have £500 grants and support for creative projects anywhere in the UK where people study, work and relax. People aged 18-25 from London can also apply to join our unique exhibition.

Applicants get to try something new and bring friends along on the journey. As well as add to their CV and develop communication skills and confidence.

Every project needs a Supporting Organisation to receive the funding.Are you aged 14-25 and buzzing with project ideas?

Apply by 30 March 2020

Find out more about Grow Wild

Children In Need Small Grants Programme

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:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • 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.

In their Small Grants programme they are looking for projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

The next deadline is 16 March.

Find out more about the Children In Need Small Grants Programme

The Hilden Charitable Fund — Summer Play Schemes Guidelines 2020

The Fund has allocated a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities.  Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show BME involvement.

Trustees look to fund:

  • Projects for children aged 5 to 18 years
  • Locally based schemes lasting from 2 to 6 weeks
  • Schemes with strong volunteer support

Applications are accepted from voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000.Applications must be received by Friday 29 May. 

Find out more about The Hilden Charitable Fund — Summer Play Schemes Guidelines 2020

Help the Homeless

The organisation gives grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only – those with a turnover of under £1m per annum.

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society.

Next deadline is 15 March.

Find out more about Help the Homeless

DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme
Grants of up to £30,000 are available per year for up to two years to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas: Children & young people with disabilities Children & young people who are sick in hospital Children & young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care) Deadline: 5th May 2020.
Youth Music Charity funds projects
Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances as well as for projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider music making sector.  Small grants fund offers £2000 to £30,000.  Deadline for applications 3rd April 2020. 
The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme
Funding of £500-£2,000 to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming to encourage wider uptake in their local community. Deadline 13th March 2020
Capital Grants from the cloth workers Foundation
Large (£25,000 average) and small (less than £10,000) grants for charities, CICs, and NfP’s working with a wide range of beneficiaries including disadvantaged young people and minority communities, older people and homeless, ex-offenders, people with disabilities, or visual impairment, domestic & sexual abuse and alcohol and substance mis-use. Rolling programme so no deadlines
Thomas Wall trust – Grants for skills to aid employment
Grants up to £5,000 available towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects. Charities must have an income below £500,000 and be at least three years old.
Deadline for EOI 25th  March 2020 (2 stage process) .  See: and

Citizen Food Waste Behaviour Change Grant

Closing date: 25 March – 13:00

WRAP is looking to identify new behaviour change interventions that can be tailored to food waste prevention.

Applications for Stage 1 are open for registration from Thursday 30 January until Wednesday 25 March at 13.00. Please email your application to

Your application must demonstrate that your project idea will have a direct influence in changing behaviour.

We are looking to support interventions that will specifically focus on two behaviours:
• Buy what you eat (BWYE), and;
• Eat what you buy (EWYB).
Examples could be interventions that:
• Help promote a better understanding of Best Before Date vs Use-By Date
• Promote and encourage consumers to buy/shop better – buying the ‘right’ quantity for what is required. For example, shopping planners
• Educate citizens on how to store or freeze food correctly
The scheme is open to small or medium size enterprises or not-for-profit and public funded organisations (such as a local authority) in England only. The scheme will award grants between £25,000 and £100,000 for both capital and revenue project expenditure.

Find out more about Citizen Food Waste Behaviour Change Grant

Digital Confidence Fund
Grants and mentoring available to grow the digital confidence of organisations in The National Heritage Fund’s 13 Areas of Focus.
Click here to for more information

Hilden Charitable Fund – Summer Play Schemes Grant
Grants are available to voluntary and community groups in the UK to help run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children.
Click here to for more information

Hilden Charitable Fund
Grants for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).
Click here to for more information

Road Safety Trust
Grants are available to public and professional UK-based organisations for activities that will reduce the risk of death and injury for all road users.
Click here to for more information

This programme offers up to £3 million of grant funding (over three years) to empower voluntary and community sector organisations to work together with the local health and care sector to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities..
Healthy Communities Together

What are the grants for? Healthy Communities Together is a new programme developed in partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund. The programme aims to support local areas to develop effective and sustainable partnerships between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities and empower communities. As well as providing grant funding, the programme will support the development of relationships between partners, identifying and agreeing how best to work together, to ensure the involvement of organisations working across communities, and create a plan of activities. For further information please click here.

Margaret Dobson Trust

Grants of £3,000 – £10,000 for charities (or CICs) supporting young adults with learning disability, after leaving school, with the aim or giving them practical skills to prepare them to be able to lead independent lives.

The Trustees are also interested to hear from organisations that support activities, that enable people with learning disabilities, and their carers, to understand better life skills and the social care system.
Deadline is 31 March 2020.

Find out more about the Margaret Dobson Trust

Masonic Charitable Foundation: Later Life Inclusion

Small grants (to £15,000) are available to charities with incomes less than £500,000 working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50.

It supports: Mental and physical health; improved service access e.g. transport and technology, Community based approaches, and Advocacy, social and welfare.

The deadline for small grants is 17 April 2020. The large grants programme opens on 20 March.

Find out more about Masonic Charitable Foundation: Later Life Inclusion

Masonic Charitable Foundation: Support for disadvantaged children and young people

The Early Years Opportunities scheme offer grants of £500 – £15,000 per year for up to 3 years to charities (with income <£500,000) to help disadvantaged children and young people to overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Deadline for this round: 17 April 2020.

Find out more about Masonic Charitable Foundation: Support for disadvantaged children and young people

With thanks to Slough CVS, Volunteer Centre West Berks and Wokingham Involve for information and articles

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