Funding and Tender Alerts

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First Steps Enterprise Fund - Expressions of Interest now open

This fund is making a loan-grant package available for small community-led charities and social enterprises based and working in communities in England who are looking for their first loan to help them grow their services and become more sustainable. 

A loan-grant package of up to £30,000 (90% loan and 10% grant) is available.  Particular preference is being given to organisations that work in the following areas:

older people

health and wellbeing

employment for young people

For more information visit

Sport England to Launch New Families Fund

The aim of the fund will be to offer new opportunities for families with children to do sport and physical activity together.  A particular focus will be to support parents on low incomes with children aged 5-15 living in areas of high deprivation; to make sure their children have positive experiences of sport and physical activity.  For more information visit

Sport England - new funding streams - now open!

£3 million volunteering fund

Sport England's new £3 million funding streams aims to increase the diversity of people who volunteer and support people from lower socio-economic groups to volunteer in sport. The fund will be open in the New Year. For more information visit

Facilities - now open for bids

Places where people play sport have a really big impact on a person's experience and infuence the likelihood of them coming back regularly. In December the first phase of the new Community Asset Fund will be launched. If you're an organisation looking to take over sports facilities, a sports club that wants to expand or you have a great idea for a project that's clearly needed in the community, then this could be the fund for you. £7.5 million will be available for single and multi-sport community facilities in this phase. For more information visit Sport England website.

Homeless Link Announces £4.5 million Social Investment Fund for England

This is a new loan fund for charities and social enterprises working to reduce homelessness in England.  Homeless Link will invest £4.5 million over the next three years, offering unsecured loans of between £25,000 and £150,000 to homelessness organisations.  It is expected that the first round which opens on 19 June at an event in London will finance five projects.  For more information visit

EAGA Charitable Trust - Funding to Understand and Address Fuel Poverty (UK) - deadline 28 July

The Trust provides financial support for work that contributes to understanding and addressing the causes and effects of fuel poverty.  Grants of up to £20,000 are available during this funding round and projects should be completed within 12 months.  The priority for 2017 is

health, wellbeing and social cohesion aspects of fuel poverty

low-carbon policies, behaviours and practices

For more information visit  

Central England Co-op Fund - deadline 28 July

To apply to this fund you will need to be a Central England Co-operative member (for at least 6 months) and your club/group be based no more than 5 miles away.  The fund supports organisations such as sports clubs, community groups and schools with projects such as improving school playgrounds, buying special needs equipment, sporting activities, creating educational resources, building kitchen facilities and much more.  Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available.  For more information visit

Lord Taverners Minibuses Grant Programme (UK) - deadline 31 July

The Lord Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has announced that its Minibuses grants programme will re-open for applications on 1 May.

Applications will be accepted from schools/organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/sensory/learning disability. For more information visit

The Radcliffe Trust - deadline 31 July

Supports the development of the skills, knowledge and experience that underpin the UKs traditional cultural and heritage and crafts sectors.  For more information visit

The Woodward Charitable Trust - deadline 31 July

The trust primarily funds charitable organisations in the UK.  Woodward favours charities which make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate.  For more information visit

The Worshipful Company of Weavers - deadline 31 July

Funds projects working with young people in need or at risk, rehabilitation and resettlement of young prisoners and ex-prisoners.  Up to £15K.  For more information visit

Ernest Cook Trust - deadline 31 July

As well as offering a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people, this trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young peoples interest either in the countryside and the environment or the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.  For more information visit

The Woodward Charitable Trust - deadline 31 July

The Trust primarily funds charitable organisations in the UK and focuses on the following areas:

children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour

prisoners and ex-offenders. 

disadvantaged women covering refugees, domestic violence and parenting

disability projects

arts outreach work

projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers

For more information visit

The Anchor Foundation - deadline 31 July

This foundation offers grants for Christian charities who are working to address social exclusion with a particular interest in charities working within healing and the arts.  For more information visit

Bailey Thomas Foundation -deadline 1 August

Grants for charities supporting research or care around people with learning disabilities or autism.  For more information visit

Funding for Cancer Support Groups and Individuals affected by cancer - deadline 4 August

The grants scheme aims to fund individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care.  The grants available include:

start-up funds of up to £500 to support new self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer

development funds of up to £3000 to support the on-going activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer

For more information visit

Care Home Challenge Fund - deadline 4 August

Grants of £10,000 to £20,000 to care homes run by any CQC registered provider, for activities involving staff and residents together.  For more information visit

Macmillan - deadline 4 August

A rane of grants to support groups dealing with cancer, from start ups to existing groups.  For more information visit

EON's Energising Communities Fund - deadline 7 August

This fund is to help communities better manage their energy consumption.  Local community facilities that need to improve their energy efficiency and schools or charities looking to add a spark through energy education, can all apply for funding.  Successful projects will receive anything from £50 to £2,000.  For more information visit

Co-op Funding for Good Causes - deadline 8 August

The Co-op have relaunched their community grant programme which is open to charities, scout or guide groups or registered CASC's.  The Co-op will choose up to 3 projects in each local area.  Projects will then be displayed in store and online, so that their members can choose which ones they want to support.  The funding available depends on the local area, but appears to be in the region of around £20K, divided between up to 3 projects.  For more information visit

Arts Council England Launches Catalyst Small Grants - deadline 10 August

The new £3 million fund will provide one-off grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to not-for-profits arts and culture organistions, museums and libraries to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture.  For more information visit

Heritage Lottery Fund - deadline 14 August

The grants for Places of Worship programme is for projects that involve urgent structural repairs to public places of worship that are listed at Grade I,II* or II.  For more information visit

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust - deadline 15 August

This trust gives grants to further the advancement of horticulture in the UK and abroad, grants are available for projects in support of horticultural research, the creation, preservation and maintenance of public gardens, publication of books on horticulture, study visits, plant collecting expeditions and training schemes for gardeners.  For more information visit


Postcode Dream Fund - deadline 22 August

The fund supports charities to develop innovative solutions to society's most challenging problems.  The fund will offer a total award fund of £3 million for charitable organisations to deliver their 'dream' project.  Charities can apply for grants of between £500,000 and £1 million to deliver a project 24 months in length.  There are 4 themes:

supporting families

green communities

young people

improving people's lives through animals

For more information visit

Libor Grants - deadline 25 August

Substantial grants available for the benefit of serving of veteran members of the armed forces, or emergency services and their families.  For more information visit

Veolia Environmental Grants - deadline 31 August

Grants of £5,000 to £75,000 for capital work improving public amenities.  For more information visit

Arts Council England Launches Round 2 of Celebrating Age Fund - deadline 31 August

Arts Council England is inviting applications from arts and cultural organisations.  Grants are being offered of between £50,000 to £100,000 (match funding of at least 10% is required) to support cultural spaces and other organisations working collaboratively, in a partnership or as a consortium to do one of the following:

support arts and cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people

taking arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage For more information visit

Will Charitable Trust - deadline 31 August

Grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to charities who support blind people, people with learning disabilities, or those suffering from cancer.  For more information visit

BBC Children In Need Main Grant Programme - deadline 1 September

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through:

illness, distress, abuse or neglect

any kind of disability

behavioural or psychological difficulties

and/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation

For more information visit

BBC Children In Need Small Grant Programme - deadline 1 September

Not for profit organisations such as schools, registered charities, voluntary organisations or churches and community interest groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 for projects that help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect, disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties and deprivation.  For more information visit

A B Charitable Trust - deadline 15 September

Grants of several thousand pounds to charities to combat abuse and violations of human rights, and to support the disadvantaged.  For more information visit

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that the final deadline for applications to its £20 million Big Potential programme is 12 noon on 11 October.  For more information visit

GSK IMPACT Awards - deadline 22 September

This annual competition offers cash prizes to registered charities that work in the fields of health and social care.  The awards are designed to recognise and reward small and medium sized charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health in the UK.  Charities that are registered, have been in existence for at least three years, have a total annual income of between £80,000 to £2.5 million, and target community health needs in the UK may enter this competition.  For more information visit

Greggs Foundation - Community grants - deadline 24 September

Grants up to £2,000 for projects to smaller not for profit organisations that improve resilience within communities of interest.  For more information visit

Greggs Foundation - Environmental grants - deadline 29 September

Grants up to £2,000 for projects that improve people's lives by improving the environment.  For more information visit