The Bridge Renewal Trust is working to encourage and support organisations to apply for funding. Subscribe to our Community Impact News Bulletin here to receive regular updates on funding opportunities.

Please let us know if you decide to apply for any of the funds below. You may also contact us if you need clarification and support to enable you to apply. Please let us know by emailing [email protected]

The opportunities below are not focused on the COVID-19 crisis

Applications with deadlines

The Rowing Foundation

The Rowing Foundation offers grants to help organisations who are involved in the promotion of rowing in under 18’s, or those with disabilities of all ages. in order to be eligible for a grant the applicant must be affiliated to British Rowing.

Organisations reaching out for support from the Foundation can apply for grants of between £500 and £3,000, with a preference from The Rowing Foundation of the grant making up, up to 50% of the overall project costs.

Those applying must demonstrate how they intend to complete the project in full, and the grant applied for is distributed to support rowing only, not an umbrella of ‘outdoor sports’.

Application deadline: 26 October 2020

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The Culture Mile 

The Culture Mile has launched a microgrants programme to support people living around the City of London to develop new creative, cultural and community ideas. Supporting the community to create projects that will benefit the area and the lives of the people in it. Open to all and any projects – community gardening, workspace, food events, creative workshops, arts projects, local radio – anything you’d like to have a go at with your friends & neighbours. Grants available up to £500.

Applications deadline: 26 October 2020

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Enterprise Development Programme - Equality

The Equality strand of the Enterprise Development Programme focuses on organisations or partner Enterprise Development Programme ships working to advance equality and human rights in relation to women, Black and ethnic minority people, LGBT+ people, or disabled people; and organisations working across more than one of these groups or intersectionally.

To be eligible for the equality strand of the programme, you must be a legally constituted charity, voluntary sector organisation, or social enterprise, whose primary aims, mission, purpose or strategy is to: 

  • achieve systemic social change by advancing equality and/or human rights in policy or in practice in relation to race, disability, LGBT+ and/or women’s equality, or combination; and/or
  • address discrimination, prejudice or inequality, or lack of human rights because of race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex, or a combination of these.

Application deadline: 29 October 2020

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Postcode Dream Trust - Postcode Recovery Fund 

Postcode Dream Trust Launches Postcode Recovery Fund. Priority areas for support include educational inequalities, homelessness, domestic violence, health and wellbeing, poverty, social exclusion and isolation. Applications where there are other clear benefits to the community will also be considered

Award: between £500,000 - £1 million

Application deadline: 30 October 2020

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The PwC Foundation – Grants for Black-led Social Enterprises and Charities that benefit Ethnic Minorities (UK)

The PwC Foundation is a registered charity which aims to promote social inclusion and sustainable development in the UK. The Foundation has recently set up a ColourBrave Charity Committee which will allocate grants to Black-led social enterprises, as well as charities with ethnic minority beneficiaries for projects which help to continue to build an inclusive culture and tackle racial inequality. Award: between £2,000 - £25,000

Application deadline: 30 October 2020 (notification 27th November 2020)

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The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust 

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust was set up in 1998, to promote and support charities in the United Kingdom working in agriculture, rural development and insurance. They have made a positive difference to education, research, social welfare and poverty relief. The Trustees have achieved this by making one off donations and grants to charitable initiatives connected with agriculture, the countryside and the insurance industry.

Funding can vary from £1,000 to £50,000. However, the Trustees’ funding is limited, therefore the larger donations are used to support organisations which have a significant impact on rural communities at a national level.

Applications deadline: 30 October 2020

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The Golsoncott Foundation  

Supporting projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, be it in performance, exhibition, artistic craft, or scholarly endeavour. Grants rarely exceed £3,000, and are given on a non-recurrent basis with some exceptions.

Funding available for organisations and other charities whose focus on the arts is part of their wider social, youth, educational, faith-based, or therapeutic work. Such laudable work, though, is concerned with participation in the arts rather than excellence and the promotion of the highest standards. Given the fierce competition for grants, the trustees favour applications from arts organisations whose raison d’être is the art form itself, and its perfection or excellence in performance.​

Additionally where applications concern young people, the trustees are interested in a long-lasting connection between them and the art, rather than a project offering little scope for further involvement.​

Application deadline: 31 October 2020

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The A B Charitable Trust

The A B Charitable Trust was founded in 1990 with the aim of defending human rights and promoting respect to others. The Trust are specifically keen to offer grants to charities who work within the areas of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, penal reform and human rights.

The Trust encourage applications from Registered Charities that meet their guidelines and criteria, which can be seen on their website. This criteria includes having a turnover of between £150,000 and £1.5 million a year and not holding have excessive reserves. Grants given are predominantly between £10,000 and £20,000 and can be for either project or core costs, however capital appeals are rarely supported.

Areas covered by the Trust:

  • Migrants and Refugees
  • Criminal Justice and Penal Reform
  • Human Rights, particularly Access to Justice 

Application deadline: 31 October 2020

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Masonic Charitable Foundation – Later Life Inclusion Grants Programme

The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to local and national charities that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life.

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Masonic Charitable Foundation – Children and Young People grant

This programme is open to national and local charities helping disadvantaged children and young people to overcome the barriers they face.

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You can apply for a small or large grant:

Large grants are for larger charities whose annual income exceeds £500,000. They are to fund projects and can be used for salary costs, activities, materials etc. Large grants start at £10,000 and usually range from £20,000 to £60,000. They can be awarded over one to three years.

Application deadline: 31 October 2020 (5pm) 

Small grants are for charities whose annual income does not exceed £500,000. These grants are unrestricted. Small grants range from £1,000 to £15,000 and can be awarded over one to three years. 

Application deadline: 23 December 2020 (4pm)

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Music For All - Community Project Funding

Grants are available to UK based community groups and schools who would benefit from a “helping hand” to bring music to their community and fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes.

The funding which is being made available by the charity Music for All, can be put towards musical instrument costs, workshops/training, using music to break down barriers, providing a variety of educational opportunities as well as helping to find ways to integrate many diverse and minority groups positively into society. Grants of up to £2,500 are available, but due to increased demand most awards will be for less than this amount.

UK based community music groups and educational organisations are eligible to apply. Applicants are encouraged to look for other sources of funding to add to the amount needed to deliver the project. Funding of up to £500 is also available to individuals who do not have the means to access musical instruments and lessons.

Application deadline: 01 November 2020

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National Churches Trust - Cornerstone Grants Programme 2019-2023

The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of major urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT.

We will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost.

Next application deadline: 02 November 2020 (for a decision in March 2021)

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Enterprise Development Programme - Youth

Centre for Youth Impact is the national partner for this sector. They can help to explain the programme, support you with applications to join it, and will have a key role in helping successful applicants to progress their ideas and grow their enterprise activity.

Your mission is to work with young people aged 10-19, or 10-25 in certain circumstances. This does not include community organisations who work with young people as part of their work with the wider community;

  • You can demonstrate intent on behalf of your trustees and/or executive to pursue diversifying income through trading
  • You can commit to playing an active part in contributing to the learning and research aspects of the Programme
  • You are based in England with the majority of your beneficiaries also in England; and
  • You can commit to playing an active part in contributing to the learning and research aspects of the Programme.

Application deadline: Thursday 12 November 2020 (4pm)

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The Grocers’ Charity

The Grocers’ Charity typically provides one-off grants up to £5,000 for U.K. registered charities working in the following grant funded areas:

- Disability
- Health
- Children & Young People
- Environment
- Heritage & The Arts
- Relief Of Poverty
- The Elderly, Military

Next deadline: 14 November 2020

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 Les Mills Fund for Children 

We award the funds we raise to registered charities and accountable non-profit organisations who we believe will do their most to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-16. Your work may focus on one or more of these areas:

  • Living in poverty
  • Physical and mental health problems
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Living with disability

We invite applications for up to £1,000. We want to support a wide range and number of youth causes that inspire children to get active.

Next deadline: Tuesday 17 November 2020

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The Mayor's Resilience Fund

The Mayor’s Resilience Fund, supported by the London Economic Action Partnership, is a £1 million innovation programme for small businesses, social enterprises and community groups. Grants of up to £30,000 are available to build digital tools and resilience and create positive social change.

The are looking for applications which demonstrate the following:

  • A range of challenges which reflect the stresses facing London, and the geographic and socio-economic diversity of the city 
  • Practical challenges which have a well- defined problem that demonstrate awareness of the wider context and long-term impact

Applications are now open to registered companies or charities until December 2020.   

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Eranda Rothschild Foundation 

Support for charities in the fields of medical research, education and the arts. In addition, social welfare is supported, especially work known to the trustees. If charities work locally, priority is given to those in Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. We support registered charities, including Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and those correctly registered as charities in their own countries.

The Foundation does not make donations to individuals or to organisations that are not registered charities. Charities should make only one application per year.

Next deadline: 31 December 2020

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Applications on-going

The Crisis Grant 

The Crisis Grant is open to those who are employed in the UK social care sector in a role that is involved in or supports the provision of adult, elderly or disability care, and who have had a change in circumstances in the last year that has had a significant financial impact such as:

  • A sudden or unexpected loss of income
  • A sudden or unexpected illness or injury
  • A sudden or unexpected change in living circumstances or loss of home
  • A relationship breakdown
  • An issue of domestic abuse
  • Death of a close relative

Update: You can now also apply for Child Care costs for up to £2000

Grant awards are typically limited to a maximum of £500. Maximum grants for daily living costs are limited to £250, which can assist with:

Daily living expenses, essential white-goods, essential household items, moving cost, health improvement aids and adaptations, travel expenses to hospital, essential household repairs, car repairs, funeral costs, bankruptcy and Debt Relief Order (DRO) application fee, fees to prevent eviction

More information here

The Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000.

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The Edward Gostling Foundation - Small grants

Funding available for organisations working to enhance the quality of the lives of people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness.

Under this programme, the Foundation aim to make decisions within 1 month of the application date. This programme is aimed at charities needing urgent grant support of up to £5K to help maintain an existing service. Any grant awards made under this programme are unrestricted and may be used to meet the cost of any charitable activity, however the grant must be spent within 6 months of receipt.

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The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - Ann Rylands Small Donations programme

The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives. Applications are only accepted from registered charities. Successful applicants are awarded grants of up to £1,500 towards the charity’s core costs or to support a specific project.

  • Applications are prioritised from charities which offer practical support for:
  • Older people
  • People with disabilities or living with serious illness, or
  • People facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion, Homelessness or other difficulties in their lives.

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Yapp Charitable Trust

Grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England (total annual expenditure of less than £40K) to help sustain their existing work. Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year and we will fund for up to three years.

Priority groups:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 - 25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

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Youth Futures Foundation

Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. We are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people.

Development Grants
Financial support available: £30,000 – £100,000 pa for delivery and development
Duration: 1-2 years
Supporting towards employment: Over 50 young people per year

Impact Grants
Financial support available:Circa £100,000 – £800,000 pa for delivery +
An independent evaluation paid for separately by Youth Futures
Duration:1-5 years
Supporting towards employment: Over 150 young people per year

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The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund  

Grants general and research work with people with learning disabilities. “Learning disabilities” is the same as “intellectual disabilities”; these terms are inter-changeable.for general and research work with people with learning disabilities. 

Application for funding is normally considered for capital and revenue costs and for both specific projects and for general running/core costs. Grants are awarded for amounts from £250 and depend on a number of factors including the purpose, the total funding requirement and the potential sources of other funds including, in some cases, match funding.

The Fund operates two general grant funding streams, a General Grant Programme for appeals over £10,000 and a Small Grant Programme for appeals below £10,000.

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Marsh Christian Trust

Funding is available for registered charities such as small organisations to help pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. Marsh Christian Trust's funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for such costs, for organisations who depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs. Grant funded areas are as follows:

- Arts and heritage  
- Education and training 
- Environmental causes and animal welfare 
- Healthcare  
- Social welfare 

Grants are unrestricted and range from £300-£2,000. Successful new applicants can expect to receive a grant at the lower end of this scale. 

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Garfield Weston - Regular Grants Programme

The Regular Grants Programme is open all year round for grants under £100,000. The Foundation awards grants for Capital, Project and Revenue costs.

  • UK registered charities working in the UK 
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) 
  • Schools, universities or registered educational charities that are either exempt under Charity Commission guidelines or are
    registered charities 
  • Faith based organisations that are either exempt under the Charity Commission guidelines or are registered charities
  • Housing associations 
  • Museums and galleries 

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The Tudor Trust 

The Tudor Trust wants to support smaller groups which work directly with people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence.

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This page was last updated 20 October 2020

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