Below is information which covers both ‘Small Grants’ and ‘Large Grants’. Each grant is for a specific cause, click the links to find out more information and to find out which is most relevant to your organisation.
Alternatively you can also check the Tower Hamlets Council’s website for information about current funding opportunities.
Last updated: 13/09/2023
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The City of London Corporation’s charity funder temporarily paused taking applications from May 2023 as it switched over to new grant management software, with the aim of making the application journey smoother for organisations applying for funding. That process is now complete, and the trust is once again accepting applications through its new online portal.
This funding is for organisations to give extra support to young people in areas where they may be at risk of anti-social behaviour. The National Lottery Community Fund want to fund extra hours of youth work for additional activities that give these young people more places to go and positive things to do. This programme is funded by the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund. They can fund work with young people aged: 11 to 18 / up to 25 if they have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Funding size £30,000 to £100,000
Deadline: Friday 24 November @ 12 noon
Think & Do began supporting local Camden residents in 2021 by establishing ‘Sharing Spaces’ – turning under-used spaces on local estates into community hubs for climate action. Local residents were inspired to participate in refuse, reuse and recycling initiatives. Activities included clothes swaps and sharing surplus food meals, fix it sessions, energy saving advise, craftivism, and much more.
The collaboration with Ashden will support more Sharing Spaces to be established around London. Organisations applying for the grant need to be a registered charity, voluntary group, not-for-profit organisation with the support of a local authority.
Participating groups will receive a grant of £5,760, with additional small amounts of funding available to support ongoing projects.
Deadline: Thursday 30 November
Grant available: Between £5,000 to £50,000 for 12 months
In recent years, East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) has worked to nurture and grow its partnerships work with Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations across its footprint. ELFT believe that in doing so, they will better connect with our local communities, reduce inequalities of access, experience and outcomes, and collectively enable improved quality of life for people living in local communities.
Deadline: Monday 4 December
If you’re part of a Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) in Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Islington, Camden, Waltham Forest, Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Newham, City, or Hackney, here’s an opportunity for you. The North Central East London (NCEL) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Provider Collaborative is offering grants:
From a total fund of £1.5M, grants will range from £5,000 to £50,000. They are especially interested in projects that benefit children and young people with learning disabilities and autism.
Projects should be ready to commence in January 2024 and are expected to run for 12 months.
Deadline: Monday 4 December
Trust for London want to fund organisations fighting for the rights of Disabled people. This includes work that strengthens the ability of DDPOs to engage in campaigning, policy, advocacy and to push for change. Or projects that enable DDPOs to do behind the scenes work so that they can be better run. They are also keen to fund work that contributes to growing, broadening and diversifying the Disability movement. Trust for London are expecting to give away around £1.2 million in total. There are two strands of funding available:
Deadline: 4 March 2024 @5pm
Sport England Grants Programme seeks to develop opportunities for communities to get more people physically active and we’ll support new projects through providing National Lottery funding of between £300 and £15,000.
Sport England want to support projects that bring communities together and provide sport and physical activities for people who may be less physically active.
They also particularly want to support projects focusing on environmental sustainability.
Deadline: Sunday 31 March 2024
The National Databank provides free mobile data, texts and calls to people in need via Good Things Foundation’s network of local community partners. Think of it like a ‘food bank’ but for internet connectivity data. Community organisations can apply to access the databank, enabling them to provide data to people in their communities who need it.
Do you run a community group or any small organisation that supports One Housing or Riverside residents? One Housing have made £250,000 available in 2022/23 through their new Community Fund to help fund projects that promote opportunities and wellbeing and tackle poverty in our communities. If you’ve got an idea that could make a difference, they want to hear from you.
The 30th year of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE) gets under way with applications open from Tuesday 31 January. This could be your chance to secure: Up to £20,000 investment to start or grow your enterprise;
Membership to MeWe360’s Incubator programme, including 12-months of business support with MeWe360 and Deutsche Bank’s high calibre industry & business mentors. DBACE offers a range of fantastic resources to support you with your application.
From 2023, NCS will be awarding two different types of grants to local organisations delivering community-based experiences at a grassroots level, for the first time. The two new grant programmes are Open to All Grants, and Targeted Grants. There are a number of opportunities to find out more about the funds via grant workshops. Check website for details.
Good Things Foundation’s London Digital Inclusion Service, Get Online London, is made up of grassroots organisations in London that are all working to deliver digital inclusion support in their local communities.
If you’re a community organisation based in London that is or wants to support your community to get online and access the benefits of digital – then joining the service will help you do exactly that. It is free to join and offers a range of free benefits, including access refurbished devices such as laptops, computers and SmartPhones, access to the National Databank and training.
The Weavers’ Company is offering grants of up to £15,000 per annum to small UK registered charities working with young offenders, prisoners and ex-prisoners, young, disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement. Grants Committee meets in February, June and October of each year.
BlueSpark Foundation aims to support the education and the development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural sporting and other projects. BlueSpark aim to support projects by many different organisations that enhance self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.
The deadline is on a rolling basis at approximately 8 week intervals
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, BBC Children in Need are expanding their Emergency Essentials programme to include a broader range of basic essentials to support children and young people living with severe poverty across the UK. The fund supports families with children who are living with financial, health and social difficulties, by providing items that meet children’s most basic needs such as kitchen appliances, furniture, baby equipment, beds, clothing, and other items and services that are critical to children’s wellbeing. Applications must come through a registered referral agency that is supporting the family or young person. The programme is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.
The Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Grants are provided for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers.
Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Community Business Crowdmatch to support new or existing community businesses responding to the Covid-19 crisis. The scheme will help community businesses, providing services or activities that help local people disproportionately affected due to the crisis, by match-funding each £1 raised, to a maximum of £10,000. Power to Change is keen to support new and existing projects in deprived areas and work with Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across England. Funding could be used to support new ideas to help local neighbourhoods, help meet increased demand, save a community space or bridge a funding gap.
Support for smaller, grass roots and local charities, with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community, either directly or through online support, can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial sustainability.
The Allen Lane Foundation is interested in funding work that promotes the inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees, their integration and settling into life in the UK. The fund work with refugees, asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers, including those held in detention. Grants between £5,000 and £15,000 are available. The Allen Lane Foundation funds organisations that work with asylum seekers and refugees regardless of where they originate from, it does not fund refugee community organisations (that work with single nationalities).
AB Charitable Trust is offering core and project funding to organisations focussing on: Delivering services directly targeting migrant communities and people who are refugees or seeking asylum, Influence policy and/or counter negative narrative, Strengthen the voluntary sector and support organisations delivering work in this area.
Two streams within the Company’s Disadvantage strategy, which includes a Small Grants Scheme, are for community-based charities operating exclusively in the London boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets. Charities applying for the above grants need to work with people who are in need on account of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or through some other form of disadvantage to be eligible.
Funding available for up to £10,000 per year, for a maximum of five years, for greening and growing projects which bring communities together and projects which enable disabled people and/or disadvantaged, older people to actively participate in wellbeing opportunities.
ChangeX has launched the £145,000 UK Community Play Fund, supported by the LEGO Foundation as part of its Build a World of Play campaign. The fund aims to enable communities across the UK to start proven learning through play projects and empower community groups, parents, and caregivers to create more playful experiences for children. Funding ranges from £500 to £4,700 per new project.
Nationwide is offering grants of up to £50,000 to charity organisations with solutions to the housing crisis. Proposed projects should be one of Nationwide’s following three aims; 1, Helping people into a home, 2, Preventing people from losing their home, 3. Supporting people to thrive at home.
Deadline for applications is when a set number of applications have been received.
The National Lottery Community, Climate Action Fund aims to help communities across the UK to address climate change. The Community fund is looking for projects that focus on the link between nature and climate. The fund aims to bring projects and other important social and economic benefits, like the creation of strong, resilient, and healthy communities or the development of “green” skills and jobs. Grants between £300,000 and £500,000 is available, grants of £50,000 to £150,000 over 12 to 18 months is also available to Constituted group or club, Voluntary or community organisation, registered charity, CIO, SCIO, CIC and more.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Little Lives UK are making grants of up to £1,500 available to support London based organisations working with underprivileged children who are in need of support during the crisis. Charitable children’s groups and organisations, such as play groups or sports classes, can apply for funding from the Children’s Community Support Programme to provide a range of initiatives which allow children to access free services and support. Funding could also be used for the purchase of equipment such as sports equipment or to help groups remain sustainable during the crisis. Little Lives UK will also promote successful applicants on their social media and website. Applications from start-up projects are also encouraged.
Deadline is the 1st of each month
The aim of the Trust is to enable young people, particularly those from disadvantaged or low-income backgrounds, to experience life-enhancing educational opportunities. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for. Sometimes projects are funded in their entirety while others require match funding. Areas funded include widening access and participation in further and higher education, truancy, and prisoner education.
Applications can be made at any time and will be considered three times a year (usually in March, June, and October)
The 7Stars Foundation is offering project grants of up to £2,500 to organisations with a turnover of under £1.5 million supporting young people ages 16 years and under. The 7Stars project grants aim to fund projects that have a direct impact and respond to (one/multiple):
The Shine Bright grants are to provide relief, respite and happiness at a time of anxiety and worry. The grants are awarded to regional charity partners to purchase educational and art materials, such as toys, books and emotional support for young people aged 16 and under who have been challenged by abuse, addiction, homelessness, or those who are child carers. The fund is only for charitable organisations with a turnover below £1.5million.
Funding stream designed to support a broad range of activities helping to transform communities and improve lives. Support and funding what is needed and important to your community. Priorities are:
Applications should be submitted to the local ASDA superstore, which has a Community Champion role.
BlueSpark Foundation is a registered charity which supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects..
They support a wide range of projects initiated by many different organisations and individuals. We value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but we are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. Deadline: They review applications on a rolling basis at approximately 8 week intervals.
Up to £1,000 is available for charities & community groups whose work falls into the following categories: food banks, toy banks, housing and accommodation, and poverty relief.
Over the next four years, the Berkeley Foundation’s Resilience Fund will invest £900,000 in strengthening the youth voluntary sector. This will provide support for local and grassroots charities to invest in their ability to prepare for and adapt to challenges, building resilience for the future.
Up to £10,000 of match funding is available to back community businesses such as community-owned shops, hubs, pubs, sports facilities, local landmarks and more. You will need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding.
The Connect Fund currently has four programme areas: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Post Covid-19 Recovery; Peer Networks and Challenge Funds. The average grant size varies across the different funding strands.
This five-year programme aims to invest £10 million into the local communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest. This project will provide new jobs, learning, training and educational programmes through the means of arts, culture, innovation, public realm and creative place making.
The programme aims to transform and catalyse the lives and careers of people in East London by putting funding, resources and support straight into local people’s hands. Capital Grant Scheme has a pot of £100,000. Proposals will be accepted from £3,000 upwards.
Organisations assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards capital expenditure, such as furniture and equipment. Social workers may apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment, and clothing.
The Small Grants programme is provided by the Football Foundation, which aims to transform lives and strengthen communities through the power of football. The Foundation provides funding for smaller capital projects to support grassroots football in England, improving the experience of playing football for everyone involved.
The Hargreaves Foundation is a grant-making charitable foundation with funding available for projects that give under-18s, those living with a mental health condition, disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential, improving wellbeing, self-esteem and independence. Online application process and no deadlines.
The Get Out! Grant is awarded every month to primary, secondary schools, charities or CICs or micro businesses to enable them to purchase equipment; specialist training; travel and resource with the focus on supporting pupils getting outside learning. Applications open on the 1st and close on the 20th of each month.
Merchant Taylor has two streams within their Disadvantage strategy which includes a Small Grants Scheme is for Community-based charities operating exclusively in the London boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets. Any charity needs to work with people who are in need on account of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or through some other form of disadvantage.
A £1000 grant and additional business support will be available for Micro and Small Tower Hamlets based businesses.
The Barclays Community Football Fund, in partnership with Sported, is now open offering £500 grants, free training and exclusive ticket offers to help make football more accessible. Deadline: None specified
The Screwfix Foundation is passionate about making a difference to communities across the UK. Screwfix Foundation aims to support projects that improve, repair and maintain homes and community facilities used by those in need throughout the UK. Screwfix Foundation is offering grants of up to the region of £5,000, it is reviewed on a quarterly basis – the review dates are in March, June, September and December. Registered charity or not for profit organisations can apply. The types of projects Screwfix supports include, To improve energy efficient lighting and heating, Installation of new kitchen, bathroom, etc, Installation of a sensory room, General painting and decorating, Improving safety and security of a building,
Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply for grants of between £500 – £15,000 for projects lasting up to three years that support vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50. To be eligible the charity needs to have an annual income of below £500,000 per year.
Grants of £1,000 are available to support people of colour in the UK to develop and deliver a wide range of creative and cultural projects. The funding is made available by the Grand Plan, which awards ten grants every two months to support projects for which £1,000 would make a huge difference, ranging from poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, and photographs to workshops or events. It can cover the cost of equipment, courses, your time, materials, travel, whatever your project needs.
City Bridge Trust is in the process of reopening funding programmes which were temporarily closed due to Covid-19. The Stepping Stones Fund is a grant-making, social investment readiness facility for charitable organisations London, delivered in partnership with UBS. It aims to provide grants to pilot new ways of creating improved social outcomes.
There’s also Small Grants available of up to £10,000 per year, for a maximum of five years, for greening and growing projects which bring communities together and projects which enable disabled people and/or disadvantaged, older people to actively participate in wellbeing opportunities.
The aim of this foundation is to help raise the quality of life in the UK, particularly for those who are young, disadvantaged, or elderly. Each year grants totalling about 2.5 million are made to a wide range of charities.
Providing funding to Youth charities in London & Essex to hire young interns for a year.
support for smaller, grass roots and local charities, with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community, either directly or through online support, can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial sustainability.
Pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support pet rescues throughout the short and medium-term impact of the coronavirus. Organisations can apply for funding of up to £10,000, or up to 30% of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount. Funding must have a direct impact on animal welfare. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk.
Sport England has launched a new fund that will support groups, clubs and organisations that have been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle Covid-19. The Return to Play Fund includes: