Funding opportunities

Funding Opportunities Update    18/08/17                               

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 Closing soon

 BME Participation Apprenticeship Contract

The BME Participation Apprenticeship contract has been republished. The contract is to provide and deliver a programme that will raise the Apprenticeship participation rate of BME young people in Leeds. The programme will engage with BME young people aged 16-24 years in the Leeds Local Authority. The provision will engage with the individual, identify and address barriers to accessing Apprenticeship opportunities using a range of specialist support to move the Participant into an Apprenticeship opportunity. The provision will include raising awareness and engagement activity to increase the number of Apprenticeship starts by BME young people. Delivery is expected to begin in September 2017 and run until August 2018. There is £35,000 available. The window for expressions of interest is open now until 24 August 2017. More information here.

 2017 Libor Grant Scheme

The 2017 LIBOR grant scheme is now open to applications from registered charities, CICs, and Armed Forces unit with a UIN. There is neither a minimum nor a maximum amount of funding, and the Treasury has not given a total amount for this round. In the past, grants have ranged from £100,000 to £5 million. The grants are to be used for projects that make a difference and have a positive outcome for people in one or more of the following categories: serving members of the Armed Forces, family members of those serving in the Armed Forces, veterans of the Armed Forces, serving Emergency Services personnel, family members of Emergency Services and former Emergency Services personnel. Projects can take place for up to three years and must take place after April 2018 and by the end of March 2021. The deadline for applications is 25 August 2017 (noon). More information here.

Postcode Dream Trust – Dream Fund 2018

Dream Fund 2018 is now open to applications from charities in Great Britain. All applications must come from at least two charitable organisations that have joined forces to deliver an innovative project. The lead partner organisation must be a registered charity. The other partners can be registered charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations. Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million are available to deliver a project 24 months in length between 2018 and 2020.

Funding is available for projects that meet one of the following themes:

  • Supporting families.
  • Green communities.
  • Young people.
  • Improving people’s lives through animals.

Applications must be innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream’. The deadline for stage one applications is 22 August 2017 (5.30pm). More information here.

 Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust UK Grants Programme- August deadline closing soon

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is interested in funding work that focuses on removing problems through radical solutions, and not simply about making problems easier to live with.

Applications are currently being accepted under the following priority areas: Peace and Security; Power and Accountability; Rights and Justice; Sustainable Future; and Northern Ireland. Organisations should be undertaking work at a national level. This means work that seeks to make positive change across the UK as a whole, or across one or more of its member countries – England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The deadline for applications for Northern Ireland, Sustainable Future and Cross Cutting applications is 21 August 2017 (12 noon).

The deadlines for Peace & Security, Power & Accountability and Rights & Justice applications is 4 September 2017 (12 noon).

More information here.

People’s Postcode Trust’s Small Projects Grants

Grants of £500-£20,000 are available for good causes that focus on the prevention of poverty and the upholding of human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. The funding is intended to help organisations find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its long-term consequences by, for example, helping people gain the skills, knowledge and resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as those associated with ethnicity, geography, gender and lack of educational and skills development. Please note this fund is ‘vastly oversubscribed’ and there is a two-step application process. The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017. More information here.

Postcode Community Trust – Community Grants

Grants of between £500-£20,000 are available for projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity as well as projects that improve the overall health and wellbeing of communities through exercise, counselling and training. Project should help people gain better access to community facilities, community activities and strengthen communities in ways that are different, sustainable and reach a wide number of people. The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017. More information here.

Postcode Local Trust

Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland or Wales can apply for funding for environmental, sustainability, wildlife and ecology projects. Grants of between £500-£20,000 are available. The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017. More information here.

Art and music

PRS for Music Foundation Open Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music, and enable songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally. The next deadline for stage one applications is 2 October 2017. More information here.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust has restructured its funding programme for 2017 and is now offering four rounds per year. This year the rounds are the Elderly, and Music and the Arts.

The deadline for applications are 31 October. More information here.

 Leeds Inspired Small Grants

Grants are available for between £100 and £1,000.

The next deadlines are 12 noon 7 September, 2 November in 2017 and 4 January 2018. Grant forms and guidance notes are available from the Leeds Inspired website.

If you would like to talk about your project before submitting your application please ring to arrange a grant surgery on 0113 378 6009. More information here.

Leeds Inspired Main Grants

Grants are available for up to £10,000.

The next deadlines are 12 noon Thursday 26th October 2017 and 15th March 2018.  Grant forms and guidance notes are available from the Leeds Inspired website.

If you would like to talk about your project before submitting your application please ring to arrange a grant surgery on 0113 378 6009. More information here.

Arts@Leeds Development Programme

Open to all Leeds based cultural organisations, this four year programme aims to support and develop small to midscale arts organisations to survive and

thrive. An annual package of cash funding and business development from the council will be delivered to these organisations to enable them to grow.

Full details on suitability, criteria, how to apply and deadlines will be given at this briefing. For those wishing to apply, appointments will be available for funding surgeries from 21 August. Funds of between £4000-£50,000 will be available. More information here.

Arts@Leeds Investment Programme

This scheme aims to support larger Leeds based organisations, who in turn, can support the city to achieve a range of ambitions and objectives, creating

a greater quality of life for residents across the city, raising our international profile and changing perceptions and attitudes towards culture and the arts,

moving the focus from what they cost to what they create. Full details on suitability, criteria, how to apply and deadlines will be given at this briefing.

Following the session For those wishing to apply, appointments will be available for funding surgeries from 21 August. A briefing will be held on Thursday 17 August 2017 at 4.45pm at Leeds Town Hall. To book, email

More information here.


Architectural Heritage Fund Loans

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), an independent charity, encourages and supports the work of organisations dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural and historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market. Through the new Heritage Mortgage Scheme the AHF is offering mortgage-style loans of between £150,000 and £500,000 over terms of between 10 and 20 years (30 in exceptional circumstances) to assist registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to acquire buildings, or provide working capital for restoration projects. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a quarterly basis. More information here.

LandAid Grants

LandAid, a property industry charity, is open to applications for funding for small-medium sized charities in communities throughout the UK that want to undertake capital building work that is either refurbishment, conversion and extension of existing buildings of empty properties and also not-previously-empty properties or is a new building – using traditional methods built on site or using precision construction built off site in factories. Applications will be accepted from 14 August 2017 (10am) to 15 September 2017 (5pm). More information here.


Safer Communities Fund

The Safer Communities Fund has been launched to help voluntary, community groups, charities and partners keep their communities safe and feeling safe.  Grants will be awarded in line with the outcomes and priorities set out in the Police and Crime plan. Grant round twelve opens for bids on 4 September 2017- theme to be confirmed. The deadline for applications is 6 October 2017 (12pm). Funds will be awarded on 14 December 2017 and successful bidders must be present at the Safer Communities Fund Awards Night in order to receive their grant. More information here.

 Near Neighbours Small Grants

Small grants for local groups that are working to bring neighbours together to develop relationships and improve their communities. The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants of between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations working to bring together neighbours, and to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities. The Fund is available in areas that are multi-religious and multi-ethnic within specific parishes within Leeds and other cities and aims to encourage social interaction and social action.  Charities, religious organisations, community interest companies, social enterprises and groups of individuals focusing on community benefit can apply. Preference is given to applications from small faith or community organisations with a turnover of less than £150,000. Applications will be accepted until the deadline of 17 November 2017. More information here.

 Leeds Community Foundation Micro Grants

Grants of up to £500 are available as part of Leeds Community Foundation’s Leeds Fund for locally-based community activity across the city. You can apply as an individual or a small group. There is no set deadline, applications will be reviewed every two weeks. More information here.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme

This programme aims to support local communities that are drawing up a neighbourhood plan for their area. Town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums preparing a neighbourhood development plan or neighbourhood development order in England may apply as long as they are based in England. The programme is particularly keen to help ambitious groups, from all types of neighbourhood, who want to really influence how their place grows and changes going into the future. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018. More information here.

Paul Hamyln Foundation Shared Ground Fund

Funding for projects relating to migration which contribute to staying safe and/or living well together for up to two years. More information here.

Barchester Healthcare Foundation

Barchester Healthcare Foundation is accepting applications from small community groups and small local groups helping adults aged over 18 with mental and physical disabilities, and older people aged over 65.

The Foundation’s priority is continued from 2016: connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive the highest priority throughout the year.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available to groups in England, Scotland and Wales.

Applications can be submitted online at any time. More information here.

New way of working for the BIG Lottery: Reaching Communities England

Reaching Communities provides funding between £10,000-£500,000 for voluntary or community groups.

Particularly interested in projects that support:

  • Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces
  • Communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other
  • Taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage.

They want to talk to you about your ideas early on so that they can give you the best funding advice. This is because they are trialling a different, more local way of working with you.

Please contact them by emailing or ringing 03450101112. Please do not download and submit an application form without calling first. Deadline is ongoing. More information here.

Barrow Cadbury Trust Connect Fund

The £1.8 million Connect Fund aims to make social investment work for a wider, more diverse range of charities and social enterprises. The Fund’s vision is to facilitate the development of a strong, sustainable, collaborative community of social investment providers that work together to build a better market. All projects should engage with the social investment market in order to shift the narrative to focus on the funding realities that social organisations face. It is expected that most bids will fall in the range of: £5,000 to £15,000, £20,000 to £40,000 and £45,000 to £60,000. The deadlines for expressions of interest are:

  • Data Projects – EOIs will be accepted at any time.
  • Feasibility Projects – EOIs will be accepted between 2 October 2017 and 5 November 2017.

More information here.

Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund

The Greggs Foundation’s Community Projects Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations across Great Britain for projects or for equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities. Projects can support a variety of people, including: disabled or suffering chronic illness, living in poverty, voluntary carers, homeless, isolated older people and other demonstrable significant needs. Eligible projects should also be able to demonstrate that they have achieved at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries: decreased social isolation, improved health and wellbeing, improved resilience/coping mechanisms, improved life skills and improved opportunities. The programme is over-subscribed and there is huge competition for the grants available. The deadline for applications is 29 September 2017. More information here.

Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Community Support

Large grants of more than £5,000 and small grants of up to £5,000 are available for registered charities who help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, sickness and disability or barriers to education and employment. There is a two-step application process for large grants. The first step is to complete an enquiry form and the deadline for this is 13 October 2017. Small grants applications can be submitted at any time but should reach the foundation by the third Friday of each month for consideration. More information here.

Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) Community Benefit Fund

Leeds Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) Community Benefit Fund has been established following the operational commencement of the RERF facility. The fund is credited each April and divided equally between the wards of Temple Newsam and Burmantofts & Richmond Hill. The fund will support community groups, activities and environmental projects in the two wards most local to the RERF (Burmantoffs & Richmond Hill and Temple Newsam). Applications for projects outside of these two wards will not be considered. The maximum award from this fund is £1,000 per application. What can be funded: Purchase, maintenance and repairs of equipment and supplies to support activities, sponsorship of one off stand-alone events, hire of premises and equipment for events, minor works to public amenity buildings/spaces, waste recycling and reuse projects, learning initiatives, community garden/allotment projects, energy efficiency projects, wildlife & habitat creation and improvement. This list is not exhaustive, proposals that are broadly consistent with the definitions and spirit of the fund may be considered. What cannot be funded: every day running costs, costs relating to projects with religious or political aims, projects that have already taken place, projects not benefiting the specific wards and revenue or staff costs.

To request further information and/or an application form and guidance notes please contact 0113 3785785 or email

Building a Stronger Britain Together In-Kind Support

The counter-extremism strategy encourages partnership between the government and people involved in projects that counter extremism and build stronger communities. In-kind support is available for organisations through the BSBT programme. Various support is available including advice and consultancy, brand, website and campaign development,  Event materials, leaflet and brochure design, video and film, PR and training. The call for in-kind support will remain open all year. Applications will be regularly reviewed for assessment and award, however funds are limited and early applications are encouraged. More information here.


Transform Foundation Website Grants

Funding of up to £18,000 is available to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimised website, with sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools. The grant covers 100% of the website design and build costs. Your organisation will need to cover ongoing costs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. More information here.

 Creative England Games Lab Project

Creative England are running a project called GamesLab Leeds, taking place in the Leeds City Region to help fund and assist creative organisations in Games and Tech. They have recently announced a new round of funding between £1000-£5000 for projects based on Storytelling, Diversity and Social Mobility and Research and Development. If you have an exciting idea for a project that involves Games and Tech in your community, they’d love to hear from you. The deadline for applications is 15 December 2017 but may be extended depending on funds. More information here.

Environmental and Animal Protection

Natura 2000 Awards

The Awards celebrate and promote best practice in nature conservation, and in particular, the management and promotion of the Natura 2000 network. Any organisation or person involved in the Natura 2000 network of protected areas can enter, including public and local authorities, businesses, NGOs, landowners, educational institutions and individuals. The deadline for entries is 29 September 2017. More information here.

Support Adoption for Pets Grants Programme

Funding of up to £50,000 for charities and non-profit organisations whose main objective is to find homes to UK pets. The grants are aimed at projects that have a direct impact on animal welfare, and make a real difference to the welfare of UK domestic pets in rescue. Grants can include running costs, and building costs.  Applications can be submitted at any time. More information here.

Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air

The Horizon Prize on Materials for Clean Air is a €3 million prize that will be awarded to the person or team who can most effectively meet the following challenge: develop the best innovative design-driven material solution to reduce the concentration of particulate matter in urban areas.

The contest is open to any single person and legal entity or group of legal entities established in EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. The deadline for entries is 23 January 2018. More information here.

Growing a Greener Britain Small Grants Programme

Grants of up to £1,000 available for projects which transform green spaces in Great Britain. They are looking for creative and innovative ideas that could help improve local spaces. Applications are accepted at any time. More information here.

Greggs Foundation’s Environmental Grants

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects in England, Wales or Scotland that deliver a real benefit to the environment that address one or more of the following: improving the local environment, ensuring involvement of local communities, delivering a sustainable and measurable difference and supporting people in need. The next deadline for applications is 29 September 2017. More information here.


Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme – 2018 Operating Grants

The annual call for operating grants aims to support the annual work programmes of European networks active in the area of rights of persons with disabilities and which have signed Framework Partnership Agreements with the European Commission. Grants will fund operating costs and those activities of the network which have EU added value and contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the REC Programme, including: analytical activities, training activities, mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities. Funding will enhance the capacities of the networks to contribute actively to the development and implementation of all relevant policies. A budget of €3.5 million is available for the 2018 call. The Commission expects to fund between eight and 12 proposals. Up to 80% of project costs will be supported. Applicants must guarantee co-financing of the remaining amount from their own resources or from other sources other than the European Union budget. The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017. More information here.

Families and children

BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme 2017

Large grants of over £10,000 are available to support projects for up to three years for not-for profit organisations that are supporting children and young people who are experiencing disadvantage. Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months.

The next deadline for applications is 13 September 2017. More information here.

Money Saving Expert Charity

The Money Saving Expert Charity has relaunched for 2017, and will be having a themed approach to each funding round. The first round has closed. The second round is Life Changing Transitions which will focus on bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders and resettlement. Applications will be accepted from 1 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. More information here.

Armed Forces Covenant Large Grants

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently accepting applications to the Families in Stress priority of the £10 million per year Covenant Fund. Grants of between £20,000 and £300,000 are available for programmes of work lasting between two to three years. The funding is for projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support. These life events could include: life-changing injury, bereavement, domestic abuse, relationship break-up, those subject to the civil or service justice system or mental health issues. Local charities (or a branch of a national charity) or community interest companies that provide specialist services can apply. The lead organisation must work in close partnership with one or more armed forces base. The applicant must be able to provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working between the charity and the armed forces base(s). Applications can be submitted at any time during 2017. Applications will be reviewed four times in every 12 month period so no one should have to wait more than 20 weeks for a decision. More information here.

BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects should use exciting and engaging science activities to encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons. Projects should be fun and ‘hands on’. To be eligible for funding, applicants should have a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18. Applicants do not have to be experts in science or even have delivered science activities before to participate. The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017. More information here.


Heart Research UK and SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants Programme

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations that have a new and innovative project designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

The application window for the Yorkshire region is 24 July – 8 September 2017. More information here.


 Parks for People

Grants of between £100,000 and £5 million are available for projects which revitalise a historic public park or cemetery. Applicants must show that the local community values the park or cemetery as part of their heritage. The 2017 deadlines for applications is 1 September. More information here.

Big Ideas Company- The Unremembered- Small grants

Big Ideas Company is offering small-scale funding for local communities in England to join in with The Unremembered project commemorates the efforts of the Labour Corps in World War One. You can apply for small-scale funding to hold your own Unremembered event from 1 April. Activities could include inviting a speaker, visiting a Labour Corps grave or holding a performance. Big Ideas can provide a resources pack for inspiration and send out email updates. To sign up or to find out more, email them on: or find out more here.

Heritage Lottery Fund: Then and Now

Grants from £3000 to £10000 are available for community projects that explore the heritage of the First World War. Project should make a difference for heritage, people and communities. There are also grants available through the Our Heritage stream for funding from £10000- £100000. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. More information here.

Human Rights

Law Society Charity Grants

Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available for projects which promote human rights, access to justice, and legal education.

There are two remaining deadlines in 2017: 1 September and 1 December 2017. More information here.

International and European Relations

 DFID Launches New Small Charities Challenge Fund

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to two year. The funding aims to support and strengthen the work of small not-for-profit organisations that are registered in the UK and working in specific countries abroad, to help enhance their capacity and efforts to tackle poverty, and towards achieving the Global Goals. Any small-sized, not-for-profit UK registered organisation with an annual income of £250,000 or less can apply. The funding is for projects to scale-up and increase the reach and efficiency of their interventions in:

  • Any of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI).
  • The countries that DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

Please note that this funding cannot be used for poverty alleviation work or awareness raising activities in the UK.

The fund will remain continually open, and all applications will be reviewed on a six-monthly basis. More information here.

 European Youth Foundation Grants

The European Youth Foundation provides grants for youth activities which serve the promotion of peace, understanding and co-operation in a spirit of respect for the Council of Europe’s fundamental values such as human rights, democracy, tolerance and solidarity. International youth non-government organisations (NGOs), international networks of youth NGOs, regional networks of youth NGOs, national youth NGOs and local youth NGOs can apply for the programme, which has a total annual budget of €3 million. The types of activities that are eligible for financial support include educational, social, cultural and humanitarian activities of a European character, activities aimed at strengthening peace and co-operation in Europe and studies, research and documentation on youth matters, amongst other areas. The next application deadline for international activities, work plans and structural grants (regional networks) is 1 October 2017. More information here.

 Older People

 Solutions for an Ageing Society Do It Awards

Leeds Community Foundation is seeking applications from individuals for their Solutions for an Ageing Society Do It Awards.

Awards of up to £5,000 are available to people of all ages who are are looking to set up a social enterprise which will help older people to live well by creating new services or technologies that ensure older people can independently, access activities, support or information or be more connected to friends and communities. Initially, applicants complete an Expression of Interest by phone. This can be done at any time. Full applications will be considered at panel meetings in September 2017, November 2017 and March 2018. More information here.

 IDOP Leeds Community Grants 2017

International Day of Older People is celebrated worldwide on the 1 October each year; in Leeds the celebration is stretched out over a week to allow organisations to hold events to celebrate the contribution that older people make to the city. The events focus on a different theme each year and the theme for 2017 is Diversity of Older People. Organisations can apply for Community Grants of up to £200. For an application pack or for more information please email

 Solutions for an Ageing Society

Grants up to £5,000 for social entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to help older people to live positive, independent lives in local communities. Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time. More information here.

 Time to Shine Small Funds

Grants for organisations who are developing ways of reducing loneliness and isolation and strengthen communities benefiting older people defined as over 50 years of age. Closing date 12noon Wednesday 13th September 2017. More information here.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Grants

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation award grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities. Grants are awarded for projects tackling the following: rural issues and urban deprivation. Grants Committee meetings are held in February, late April/early May, July and late October/early November. Applications need to be received at least six weeks before a meeting to be included on the agenda. Small Grant applications can be made at any time through the year and will receive a final decision within 6 weeks. More information here.


ChurchCare Grants

ChurchCare, the Church of England’s national resource to support parish churches and cathedrals, offers grants to Anglican churches across England to help care for, preserve and conserve these buildings. A number of different grants are available including grants for: monuments, timberwork, metalwork, churchyard structures, church plates, books and manuscripts. ChurchCare works in partnership with various grant-giving organisations to provide funding to ensure that conservation projects in Anglican churches are carried out to a high standard. In addition to the grants programme, expert conservation advice is provided to ensure that repairs follow best practice.

The next deadline for applications is 13 November 2017. More information here.

 National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants Programme

Pilot programme offering grants of between £1,000 and £2,500 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to listed church buildings. Applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs.

The next deadline for applications is 6 September 2017 for a November decision.

More information here. 

Inter Faith Youth Trust Small Grants

Grants of up to £500 are awarded for proposals for inter faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years. Projects should take place during Inter Faith Week 2017 (12-19 November). The deadline for applications is 15 September 2017 (12pm).  More information here.

Sport and Recreation

Sport England Community Asset Fund

Grants available for community organisations, sports clubs, statutory bodies and educational establishments to enhance local community spaces which encourage people to play sport and get active. Three levels of funding available ranging from £1,000 to £150,000. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. More information here.

 The Rowing Foundation Grants

The Rowing Foundation, a registered charity, aims to promote the participation in rowing of young people (those under 18 or still in full time education) and the disabled of all ages. The Foundation is currently accepting applications from clubs and organisations in Britain that are supporting participation in rowing. The Foundation prioritises participation in rowing by the young or disabled through the provision of equipment, such as boats, sculls, ergos, oars and essential safety equipment. Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available, for up to 50% of the overall cost of the project, to initiate projects. The Foundation prefers to fund groups whose requirements may be too small or who may be otherwise ineligible for an approach to the National Lottery or other similar sources of funds. The next deadline for applications is 6 November 2017. More information here.

Sport England Families Fund

Sport England is providing grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 over a maximum term of four years to partners that have a successful track record in changing behaviour with families in lower socio-economic groups. These organisations do not necessarily need to be related to sport or physical activity but they do need to be eligible to apply for National Lottery funding. Sport England may look to broker partnerships between organisations submitting Expressions of Interest where appropriate. The grants can cover both revenue and capital costs for projects that offer new activities for families with children, particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, to get active and play sport together. Eligible projects must help to achieve at least one of the set outcomes and must target children between 5 and 15 years. The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 August 2017 (3pm). More information here.

Young People and Youth Issues

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Funding Stream for Young People Leaving Care

Funding support for organisations that develop supportive relationships for young people in and leaving care, or work that has a positive impact on the support that care leavers receive from their local authority and other statutory services. Applications can be submitted at any time. More information here.

East North East Leeds Wellbeing and Youth Activities Fund

The wellbeing funding is open all year round and the Youth Activity funding has a commissioning round at the start of the calendar year, with the possibility to apply for YAF throughout the year for the remainder of the funding left.  For more info and an application pack please contact: (0113 336 7634).


Homeless Link’s Social Investment Fund

Homeless Link, the national membership organisation for homelessness and supported housing agencies, is launching a £4.5 million Social Investment Fund on 19 June 2017. The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, through its Growth Fund. The money will be invested over the next three years and offer homelessness organisations in England unsecured loans of amounts of between £25,000 and £150,000. More information here.

Energy People Trust Grants

The Energy People Trust, with funding from Scottish Power, is offering grants to grassroots organisations that help people who are on low incomes, live in poor housing or suffer ill health. Grants of up to £50,000 are available. The deadlines for applications is 4 October 2017. More information here.

Building and Social Housing Foundation World Habitat Awards

Two prizes of £10,000 are available for projects which have provided practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.

The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2018. More information here.

Feminist Review Trust 2017

The Feminist Review Trust has funding grants of up to £15,000 available for projects which transform the lives of women in the UK and internationally. These can be hard to fund projects, pump priming activities, training and development projects, one-off events and other projects. There are three funding rounds per year, and the next deadline for applications is 30 September 2017. More information here.

Tesco Bags of Help Programme

Programme offering monthly grants to community groups with projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment or that encourage the use and long term stability of outdoor spaces. Deadline is ongoing and projects are funded every other month. More information here.

Veolia Environmental Trust

The Veolia Environmental Trust offers grants of up to £75,000 for projects located within the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site in England or Wales. Match funding of at least 20% is required, and applicants requesting grants of £40,000 or more require a Third Party Contribution.

The funding is available for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates. Constituted not-for-profit organisations can apply as long as their project is located within five miles of a Veolia Environmental Services facility. This could be a landfill site or a civic amenity site, or a transfer station or depot – as long as it is operated by Veolia. The next deadline for stage one applications is 31 August 2017 (12 noon). More information here.

Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation Grants

Grants between £5,000 and £15,000 per year, for up to three years, are available for projects that seek to influence values and attitudes, promote equality and social justice, and develop radical alternatives to current economic and social structures. The foundation has two main areas of interest: development of ways of resolving violent conflicts peacefully, and of addressing their underlying causes; and work that addresses the pressures and conditions that risk global environmental breakdown.  Projects must be pioneering, with potential to influence UK national policy.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2017. More information here.

Big Issus Impact Loans

Registered charities and social enterprises are invited to apply for loans of between £20,000 and £150,000 as part of Big Issue Invest’s £5 million Impact Loans England scheme. The funding can be used to: buy new equipment, hire new talent, and progress with business development plans. Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time. More information here.

Ideas that Change Lives

Kick Start Investment of up to £4,000 and Development investment up to £15,000 to support  social enterprise activity to support residents of Leeds, aged 16+, with care and support needs such as older people, people with a learning disability,  physical disability or sensory impairment, people with mental health needs, people with alcohol or substance use issues,  people with long term health conditions, carers and/or young people in transition between services. Closing date 12noon Wednesday 18th October 2017. More information here.

Dunhill Medical Trust Grants

The Dunhill Medical Trust offers grants to third sector organisations active in the UK who work directly with older people who need some form of extra support to make everyday living that bit easier. In particular grants are available to support: the care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care and projects which, if successful, could enable applicants to apply for funding from other sources.

The following levels of funding are available:

  • Projects – Grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 are available to support time-limited projects which focus on the development of care and support services for older people which are innovative and/or based on evidence of best practice and which can become self-sustaining within a planned period.
  • Building and physical infrastructure – Grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 are available to provide accommodation/developments in the built environment for older people to enhance and maintain their health, well-being and independence and/or specific pieces of equipment or furnishings which can be used for the care and support of individuals (for example, installation of a hearing loop system).
  • Capability – Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available to support the development of knowledge, skills and capabilities in community-based organisations.

The deadline for project grant applications is 29 September 2017 (5pm). More information here.

 SUEZ Communities Trust Landfill Communities Fund

Applications can be made to the Primary Fund for grants of up to £50,000, as long as the project has an overall cost of less than £100,000 and to the Smaller Project Fund for grants of up to £20,000 as long as the project has an overall cost of less than £40,000. Projects must fit within one of the following objects; public amenities, biodiversity and historic buildings, structures or sites. Organisations must own or hold a lease for the project site with at least 10 years remaining. Projects applying for Public Amenity, Biodiversity or Historic Building funding must be on a site that is in the vicinity (within three miles) of a landfill site or transfer station. The next deadline for applications is 2 October 2017 (5pm). More information here.


Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available for non-for-profit organisations to improve the quality of life and foster vibrancy in communities located within the vicinity of a Biffa operation. There are three different themes: Recreation, Community Buildings and Rebuilding Biodiversity.  There is one application date left this year: 12 December 2017 (rebuilding biodiversity and recreation). More information here.    


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