Funding for Community Groups June 2022

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva has launched the next round of its Community Fund. Aviva has teamed up with the fundraising platform Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community. 

Every three months, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Aviva wants to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in the areas of climate action and financial wellbeing. 

To take part the project must also be raising funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group. All beneficiaries must be in the UK. Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to.  Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

Deadline for applications is 12 July 2022

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Woodward Charitable Trust

Grants up to £3,000 (but mostly below £1,000) for core funding for smaller registered charities with an income below £200,000. They support work with isolated children and young people, disadvantaged families, and prisoners and ex-offenders in the UK.Deadline for applications is noon on 29 July 2022

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Thames Valley Community Fund

The Community Fund (previously known as the Police Property Act Fund) is intended to support voluntary and community groups that help to prevent crime and keep communities safe. Community Fund are pleased to share details of when the next round is due to open for applications (subject to change):

Launch of Community Fund applications: Monday 22 August
Close of Community Fund applications: Monday 12 September (12 noon)
Announcement of successful applicants: Friday 30 September

Please click here for more information:

Great Western Railway Community Fund
Grants are available for small and medium not-for-profit projects that have a community benefit or address an area of social need across the GWR network and can be completed within one year.
Application deadline: 27 June 2022.

Please click here for more information:

Funding to Combat Loneliness Among Older People and Adults with Disabilities Across Great Britain

Grants are available for small groups and charities across England, Scotland, and Wales to support older people and adults with physical, learning, and mental disabilities to get active, connect with people, and engage with their local community. Please click here for more information:

Asda Foundation – U18 Better Starts Grant

Not-for-profit organisations working to benefit children and young people under 18 years of age can apply for funding of £500 – £1,500 for a range of activities in the summer that address the following:

  • Provision of essential items eg, food, hygiene products.
  • Encourage physical activity.
  • Improve mental health.
  • Celebrations within communities eg, summer holiday events.

Application support and guidance are available from Asda Community Champions based in local Asda superstores.

Deadline for applications is 19 August 2022

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The Barrack Charitable Trust
The purpose for which the trust is established  are as for the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture, the provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational facilities, with the object
of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities are primarily intended, and, the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health and disability. All applicants must complete the Trust’s Application Form and return it, signed and dated. Grants range in size from £500-£5,000. Applications
will be accepted via post, but the preference would be to receive them by email to Next deadline is at the end of October. Click here to learn more.

The February Foundation
We makes grants to a range of charities and charitable activities in accordance with its grant making policy which is set out in our annual report and accounts. The Foundation supports project or core or capital costs. Our median award is £5,000. We are happy to part-fund projects. We support capital as well as core costs. Re-applications can be for the continuation of previously-funded projects. It normally takes a maximum 12-weeks from application to applicants being informed of the trustees’ decision. There are no application deadlines as trustees normally make grant decisions on a monthly basis. Click here to learn more.

The Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund – deadline on 31 July 2022

The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. They cannot cover costs already incurred or activities which have already taken place.

Who can apply?

Registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations and social enterprises.

What can the grant be used for?

They specifically provide funding towards project and administrative core costs. Although for the Covid-19 response fund, applications can be submitted for projects which include PPE or other essential medical equipment with awards made at the sole discretion of the Trustees. They will not generally fund capital expenditure.

Is there a deadline? Applications are open now and run until 31st July 2022, with decisions to be made by  October 2022. Click here to learn more

The Wakenham Trust
 We have been established since 1975, and in 2020 we are still supporting many of the same sorts of micro-scale community projects we helped back then, though we have added education (in its broadest sense) to our list of priorities. Our core goal is to help small groups of people who are getting together to make a difference in their communities. On the whole, we don’t support big or established charities. We are especially interested in helping groups that are starting up and need a little seed money to help them get going.

We are privately funded, so we can take risks (and support unpopular causes) in ways that big charities and government bodies find hard to do.   We are entirely run by volunteers, so our costs are low.

We usually make VERY SMALL grants to VERY SMALL projects because they often find it hard to appeal to larger and more formal funding bodies.

We recognise the vital role that Parish Churches, Mosques, synagogues and similar bodies can play as community hubs, and we sometimes can help with their work in the wider community (though NOT with building appeals, and not with evangelising or religious instruction).  Click here for more details.

Newly Reopened: Music for All – Community Project Funding

Are you working in groups and educational organisations within your community? We support projects and initiatives bringing music to communities. We have opened Round #3 of funding for the year that consists of seven categories for you to apply in. To read more click here.

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