VoiCeS Funding Special 18th May 2015

O2 Think Big

Projects have to help the community or tackle a problem with society. Think Big Level 1 provides £300 cash for the project, training and support, merchandise pack, communications tools and support from the team of O2 helpers. Think Big Level 2 could receive up to £2,500 cash for the project, free O2 broadband for a year and support from O2 mentors.

Individuals or groups between the ages of 13 and 25 can apply.  People of any age can get involved.

Deadlines:10 June, 9 September, 11 November. 2015

Together in Service

Together in Service is a new programme supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government (
DCLG). Its objectives are to:
  • celebrate the practical contribution that faith communities make to society through social action
  • support faith groups in undertaking new multi-faith volunteering projects at local level.
Grants of £2,000 - £5,000 are available. Match funding of half the amount is needed, which can include volunteer time.

Applications throughout the year

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Registered charities or not-for-profit organisations, which propose work to benefit the UK’s cultural life, education and learning, arts, the natural environment or enable people who are disadvantaged to participate more fully in society, can apply for Esmee Fairbairn Foundation funding. The average grant size is around £80,000 and loan funding is also available.

Applications throughout the year

Garfield Weston Foundation

Funding for projects under £10,000 and grants of up to £250,000 for larger organisations is provided to support projects in the areas of the arts, community, education, welfare, medical, social, religion, youth and environment.

Applications throughout the year

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation's grants programme supports projects in the UK which address issues in rural communities and/or areas of urban deprivation. Within these themes, the Foundation is interested in 3 areas : Community support, Disability and healthcare and Arts, education and heritage.

It awards around 300 grants totaling roughly £2 million each year. The Foundation awards Fast Track Grants of £5,000 and under, Small Grants up to £10,000 and Large Grants up to £30,000.

Applications throughout the year and considered in July and October/November.

The Freemason’s Grand Charity

The Freemason's Grand Charity provides minor grants of between £500 and £5,000 to smaller charities whose annual income does not exceed £1million and major grants of £5000 and £50,000 to larger national charities for a specific purpose. The average major grant size is between £10,000 and £25,000. Charities can apply for grants in the following areas: medical research, support for vulnerable people and youth opportunities.  

Applications are considered in July and October

Childcare Investment Readiness Fund

The Childcare Investment Readiness Fund is a £500,000 pilot fund, managed by SIB on behalf of Department for Education. It aims to support early years and childcare social enterprises looking to expand in the early years market. It will provide grants to early years and childcare social enterprises for the purchase of specific capacity building support to help their growth and appeal to investors.

Deadline: Register by July

BBC's Children in Need

The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. They give grants for projects supporting children and young people of 18 years and under, experiencing disadvantage.

Deadlines: 15 May, 15 September, 15 January 2015

Young Philanthropy 

Charities and social enterprises are invited to join the Young Philanthropy (YP) syndicate, for an opportunity to receive funding and business skills from
its YP Teams. Teams have been set up in major employers across the UK including Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, EY, Accenture, Allen & Overy, Coutts, Hoares Bank, and the Civil Service. Charities addressing issues tackling NEETs, women's empowerment, homelessness to human trafficking, have benefited from more than £250,000 and 4,500 skills-based volunteer hours given by YP Teams.

Applications throughout the year
Fiver Challenge 2015

Young Enterprise, in partnership with Virgin Money and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), is providing primary school children with a £5 loan. The aim is to challenge young people to set up mini businesses to create products or services they can then sell at a profit - which they keep - and then return the original loan.

Open to organisations working with 5–11 year olds.

Deadline: 5 June

Youth Charity Ambition

Ambition, a leading national youth charity, has launched Ambition Giving, a grant scheme available for not-for profit groups working to deliver activities to young people (aged under 24 years) within their community.

Applications throughout the year

The Ernest Cook Trust

Schools, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust.

The Trust offers a small grant usually around £1,000—£1,500 with applications considered bi monthly. Large grants are also offered usually around £4,000—£10,000.

Deadline: 31 July

Shackleton Foundation

Funding up to £10,000 of seed funding and support to enable aspiring leaders and social entrepreneurs to establish their own ventures. Projects should provide solutions to social problems faced by disadvantaged and socially marginalised young people.

Deadlines: the last day of June, October and December

Young Roots

The Young Roots programme from Heritage Lottery supports projects between £10,000 and £50,000, that:
  • involve young people aged between 13 and 20 (up to 25 for young people with special needs);
  • link to the varied heritage of the UK and last up to 18 months;
  • are delivered through a partnership with at least one heritage partner e.g a museum or local wildlife trust;
  • increase opportunities for young people to learn about heritage;
  • promote involvement and inclusion.
Applications considered throughout the year at the monthly advisory meeting

Red Nose Day Programmes

Comic Relief provides two categories of Red Nose Day awards: under £5,000 and over £5,000.

Funds support - work with those aged 11 to 21 in key areas: young people with mental health problems, young people with alcohol problems and young people abused through prostitution and trafficking.

Fund under 5 themes—better futures, safer lives, stronger communities, fairer society and healthier finance. Applications throughout the year for grants under £5,000.

Deadlines twice a year for grants over £5,000.

EU Erasmus+ Programme

The Erasmus+ programme (Youth) aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The level of grants awarded vary depending on the type of project and number of partners.

The deadline for submission depends on the project theme.

Childcare Business Grants Scheme

The Grants Scheme encourages and supports the starting up of new childcare services and businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant. The scheme offers grants of £500 to prospective child minders or £1000 to those looking to start up nurseries/out of school clubs in England. Applicants are required to contact their local authority before applying for this grant.

Applications any time.

Henry Smith Trust

Henry Smith, one of the largest charitable trusts, offers Main grants and County grants supporting a wide range of groups including carers, community service, disability, healthcare, mental health, young and older people.

There are no application deadlines but Trustees meet up quarterly in June, September and December to consider applications.

The Trust also runs a Holiday Fund to provide disadvantaged children under 13 in the UK
with a recreational holiday or day trip they would not otherwise be able to go on. The children should be from areas of high deprivation, experiencing disadvantage, or have a disability. Schools, youth groups and charities are all eligible to apply for grants between £500 and £2,500. 

Deadlines vary depending on the date of the trip.  Awards are made on a first come first served basis.
Children in Need

BBC Children in Need awards grants each year to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people, who are 18 years old and younger, through its Main grant and Small grant programmes. The Main grant programme is for grants over £10,000 to support projects for up to 3 years. Small grants are up to £10,000 in 1 year.

Deadlines: 15 May and 15 September.

Tudor Trust

Tudor Trust helps smaller, community-led groups, which are supporting people at the margins of society.  Funding can cover core costs of running an organisation, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs. The Trust also provides project grants, capital grants for buildings or equipment and grants to help strengthen an organisation. No minimum or maximum grants.

Applications throughout the year

Santander Foundation

Support for projects that help disadvantaged people in the areas of education and training, financial advice or community regeneration. Community Plus provides grants up to £5,000 and Learn and Grow grant up to £10,000 to help disadvantaged people to up skill.

Applications throughout the year

Percy Bilton Charity

The Percy Bilton Charity provides small grants of up to £500 and large grants over £2,000. Support is provided for projects assisting disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (under 25), people with disabilities, or older people (over 60).

Applications throughout the year

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, now and in the future. Funds projects under the following three themes: Arts, Education and Learning, and Social Justice. Average grant size of £19,300. In particular projects which are concerned with children and young people, and others who are disadvantaged.

Applications throughout the year

Eaga Charitable Trust

Grants are for projects that contribute to understanding and addressing the causes and effects of fuel poverty.

Deadline: 1 June.

Money Saving Expert (MSE)  Financial Literacy

The MSE Charity addresses the problem of financial illiteracy by funding relevant guidance and education for individuals and groups. Grants are up to £5,000 to constituted groups and charities, to promote financial literacy, including consumer and debt issues.

Deadlines: 31 May, 30 September, 31 January

Comic Relief

Comic Relief has announced their new UK Main Grants Programme, with significant differences to the previous one. There are 5 broad themes and the issues they want to address: Better futures, Healthier finances, Safer lives, Stronger communities, Fairer society. The application process is now over two stages, allowing early identification of projects unlikely to succeed.

Applications accepted at any time. Grants are for a minimum of £10,000. There is no upper limit although most grants are expected to be between £20,000 to £40,000 per annum.

Applications throughout the year


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