Funding Opportunities in September 2020

Tesco’s Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund
The fund is open till the 18th September 2020 to registered charities, & community organisations, schools, health bodies, Parish, Town and community councils, social enterprises, social housing organisations across the UK. Grants of £500 are available to organisations that support vulnerable groups whose demand for services has been increased or disrupted, or which need to put new services in place.

Cash 4 Clubs
Grants from £500 to £5000 are available for local sports clubs throughout the UK to improve facilities, buy new kit and equipment, gain coaching qualifications and increase sporting opportunities. Apply by 8th September 2020:

COVID-19 Support
Grants are available to UK registered charities and organisations with charitable status that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and their families in the UK. The grant helps organisations to adapt their services to the new situation and to continue or resume supporting families safely. Please refer to the new guidelines
& apply online. Deadline: 21st September 2020.

Individual & Community Project Funding
Many projects and initiatives take place throughout the UK that all aim to bring music to their community. Most would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in
becoming truly sustainable music programmes. Grants are available of up to £500 for individuals & £2500 for communities. Deadline Nov 1st 2020:

Asda Foundation COVID-19 Grants
Grants are available for care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters supporting residents/patients in facilities in the UK, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support as a result of the current restrictions. Maximum Value: £500
The ASDA Foundation’s grants programmes aim to support grassroots charitable organisations working at the heart of its stores’ communities. Registered charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and other not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for support with initiatives that will make a real long-term difference, benefiting the wider community.

Hardship Fund
The British Red Cross Hardship Fund aims to address acute hardship and suffering to the those who are vulnerable, providing a short-term financial safety net for people most impacted by the pandemic. The fund aims to support up to 13,000 of the most vulnerable over a three-month period. Hardship Fund Info here

Magic Little Grants 2020
The fund will be awarding grants of £500 to community projects to support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. The primary aim is improving the physical health of participants. Groups must have an income below £250,000 or be less than one year old.
They are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube.
Applications will receive any funding within two months of submitting a complete application. The deadline for applications will be 31st October 2020.
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Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Grant – open until end of December 2020
Grants of up to £4,000 are available for local grassroots organisations with ‘lived experience’ to respond to the current local need as a response to the Covid-19 emergency, and it may also assist charities through short term organisational recovery.

Who can apply?
Your organisation must be a grass roots, not for profit voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies) with an annual turnover of under £250,000 and include members with lived experience. Please note that they are particularly interested in receiving applications from charities who support BAME and LGBTQ communities, who have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis. For further information please click here.

More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme
Want to take ownership of your local pub and run it for the benefit of the community? Need help getting it into community hands? The More than a Pub programme provides business development support to enable the community control of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England. For further details please click here.

Allen Lane Foundation
Grants are available to small registered charities, voluntary groups and charitable organisations in the UK for work that makes a difference to people’s lives as opposed to simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems and should aim to reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination. For further information please click here.

This post will be updated regularly over the month so please keep checking in with it our thanks goes to Berkshire’s brilliant VCS’s for the source of our funding news – Reading Voluntary Action, Wokingham & Bracknell InVOLve, Slough CVS and Volunteer Centre West Berkshire.

The KFC Foundation Community Grants

The KFC Foundation is funding applications for £200-£2000 from organisations which:
• Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
• Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
• Empower young people by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
• Are local to a KFC restaurant? (Find Your Local KFC)
• Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of our funding being received.
Expressions of interest must be submitted via a two-minute video and a short application form by the 25th September 2020. See

The Rag Doll Foundation – Cultural sector work with children and young people

Rag Doll Foundation supports quality arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. A variety of art forms can include: dance, drama, ceramics, creative play, film, music, puppetry and storytelling. Eligible projects need to support equality of opportunity, can include families. Preference for projects committed to listening to children and allowing the perceptions and feelings of children to be better understood. The main interest is in applications involving early years, those for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Next deadline to apply for small grants to £1,500 by 30 October 2020. Main grants up to £50,000 over 3 years follow a rolling programme. See

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Children and Young People grant
Open to charities helping disadvantaged children and young people to overcome the barriers they face. For large grants (£10,000 to 60,000 for one – three years) apply by 31 October 2020. Next deadline for small grants (£1,000 to £15,000 for one- three years) 23 December 2020.

Later Life grant
Open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life
For large grants (£10,000 to 60,000 for one – three years) apply by 31 October 2020l. Next deadline for small grants (£1,000 to £15,000 for one- three years) 23 December 2020.

Bracknell Town Council Annual Community Grants

Grants up to £6000 available to local organisations involved in delivering valued services to the Bracknell community. Apply by 1st October 2020. Find details, guidance and application form on

The Parish Council offers grants for purposes that it considers to be ‘in the interests of, and will bring direct benefit to, their area, or any part of it, or all or some of its inhabitants” Applications for 2021 will open in September 2020. Applications for 2021 will open in September 2020. For details see

Church’s Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grant

Listed & unlisted churches and meeting houses can apply for grants of up to £500 (excl. VAT) towards the cost of building’s maintenance services. The grant covers up to 50% of the cost of works. To be eligible Churchs can book one of the following services through the MaintenanceBooker website for:
• Rainwater goods maintenance;
• Lightning protection system repairs;
• Asbestos removal;
• Masonry repairs and high level maintenance.
Rolling programme see

COVID Small Grants Programme
Grants up to £2000 are available to help local organisations respond to the immediate needs of relaunching or adapting their service and activities following lockdown. These include preventative measures such as physical barriers and screens, PPE; consultancies to assist with relaunch activities; training of trustees, volunteers or staff and developing marketing materials to promote relaunch or changes to service or activity. Eligible applicants must be working in the area of benefit. See for details and to apply. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Warfield PC Grants
The Parish Council offers grants for purposes that it considers to be ‘in the interests of, and will bring direct benefit to, their area, or any part of it, or all or some of its inhabitants” Applications for 2021 will open in September 2020. For details see

ESFA Community Training Grants
There is a need for positive interventions to ensure all those furthest from the labour market can access the employment opportunities being created in the local economy. Third sector and small organisations in the Thames Valley & Berkshire can apply for grants between £5,000 and £20,000. Application deadline is extended to 25th October, or apply by 19th October to get feedback on how to strengthen your application:

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