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. 

The Woodroffe Benton Foundation

Any charitable organisation based in the UK is eligible to apply for a grant, as are any educational institutions (schools, universities, etc.) whether or not they have charitable status.

If you are interested in making an application for a grant from the Foundation we recommend that you consult our Information for Applicants before submitting the form as this may increase the chances of your application proving successful. Grant funded areas are as follows:

a) Relief of Hardship
b) Care for the Elderly
c) Education & Youth Development
d) Environment & Conservation
e) Human physical well-being

Applications to be submitted by 03 June 2020.

Apply here

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: 05 June 2020

Apply here

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.​

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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)

Apply here

Cadent Foundation

We will work with UK charities or groups with charitable purposes to fund projects, up to £100,000 that have a positive impact to people, the environment and communities.

  • People – Projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations
  • Environment – Projects that will help protect and preserve the environment
  • Communities –  Projects that provide a better and healthier community to live in and use

Apply here

Jewish Child's Day

At Jewish Child’s Day we aim to assist disabled, disadvantaged, neglected or abused Jewish children worldwide.

We do this through awarding financial grants to organisations that have programs which help those children. Grants may be given for items of equipment or a specific project. Grants are never made to individuals or for capital projects.

All grants made must directly benefit children up to the age of 18.

Jewish Child’s Day is a pluralist organisation and therefore will support projects from all sections of the Jewish community.

Apply here

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

Apply here

The Concertina Charitable Trust

Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly.

Concertina is keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Grants are a maximum of £250.

Apply here

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund  

Grants 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.

Apply here

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. 

Apply here

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

Apply here

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People - Central Grants

Applications from registered charities working in the areas of education or health with one of our four chosen focus groups are selected or considered:

  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)
  • Mental health of children and young people

If favoured, grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval. The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project.

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Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

The Foundation will only accept applications from UK registered charities with a turnover of less than £1m. Donations usually fund items of "capital expenditure". That means items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity's running costs. 

The Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Deadline: 03 August

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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 August 2020

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This page was last updated 26 May 2020