Other Sources of Funding

Updated 25.9.20

Please note funding opportunities are listed in order by deadline date so continuous rolling programmes of funding are listed further down the list.

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Grants of £5,000 are available for charities with a minimum income of £1 million. This round is for people aged 60 and over:

Supporting projects that focus on the many complex issues that have arisen from the Covid 19 pandemic that address the specific needs of people aged 60 and over.

Priority will be given to charities that work within BAME communities.

Deadline for applications is 30 September 2020

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PRS Foundation - Open Fund for Organisations

Grants up to £10,000 are available for any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators in the UK.

Deadline for applications is 5 October 2020

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DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

The Foundation gives grants to registered charities helping disadvantaged young people in the UK and Ireland. There is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter. They say the maximum is £30,000 per year for up to two years, however past grant lists show very few above £10,000.

They look for groups working in the areas of education or health with children and young people:

  • with disabilities
  • who are sick in hospital
  • who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

Deadline for applications is 6 October 2020

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D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Grants of £500 - £5,000 are available for UK registered charities. It can cover core costs or projects. The following areas of interest:

  • the advancement of the arts
  • health and medical welfare
  • environmental protection or improvement.

Deadline for applications is 8 October 2020

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Aviva Community Fund

Every three months, £250,000 will be shared equally among Aviva UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for funding of up to £50,000 and Aviva employees will decide how the funding is distributed

The guidance says that they will support forward-thinking causes that are helping push communities forward. Projects must fall into one of their 2 key themes:

  • Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent
  • Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

Projects should also be developing a new approach, product or technology, piloting a new scheme, implementing a new initiative, or expanding an existing service to a new area or beneficiary group within the UK.

Religious organisations can apply but must show that the project is open to all religious beliefs.

For this round, Aviva are particularly interested in applications with the below themes:

  • Climate/environmental issues
  • Financial resilience and inclusion
  • Using innovation to bring about change and build communities.

Applicants must have been running for at least 12 months and have an annual income of less than £1million, as evidenced by information submitted to the Charity Commission, HMRC or Companies House.

A UK registered charity, a registered community interest company or a registered community benefit society are eligible to apply.

Deadline for applications is 23:59 on 13 October 2020

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Festival UK Research and Development (R&D) Project Fund

Grants of up to up to £100,000 to support 30 creative teams, consisting of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics fields, to develop major public engagement projects showcasing the UK’s creativity.

Businesses, charities and community interest companies are eligible to apply. Applicants can come from across the UK or as a team representing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.

The guidance says that you do not need to have an idea for a project, but you do need to be able to collaborate and be willing to invest your time to develop a concept for a potential Festival commission. They are encouraging big ideas, so think how you could involve millions of people!

Deadline for applications is 3pm on 16 October 2020

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ESFA Community Training Grants

The grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available in Thames Valley Berkshire for projects supporting unemployed and economically inactive people on their journey towards employment. The deadline for applications to be considered for the next round of funding is 9am Monday 26th October. For more information please see link below.

Deadline for applications is 9am on 26 October 2020

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VCSE health and wellbeing fund applications 2020 to 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care are inviting applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to give BAME babies the best start in life. These arte major grants of £200,000 to £510,000 over three years.

Projects must:

  • have run for at least 3 years
  • develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old, so they receive the best possible start in life
  • be focused on improving health outcomes in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas)

Deadline for applications is midday on Friday 30 October 2020.

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Magic Little Grants 2020

The fund will be awarding grants of £500 to community projects to support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. The primary aim is improving the physical health of participants. Groups must have an income below £250,000 or be less than one year old.
They are happy to support projects that support people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or YouTube. Applications will receive any funding within two months of submitting a complete application.

Deadline for applications is 31 October 2020.

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Masonic Charity – Children and Young People Grants Programme

This programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to 25) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life

Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a small grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years. These grants are unrestricted.

Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years.  Grants are between £10,000 and £150,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £80,000. Large grants must be used to fund a specific project.

Deadline for applications is 31 October 2020

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Masonic Charity - Later Life

This grant programme is open to local and national charities who are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life.

Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a small grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years. These grants are unrestricted.

Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years. They range upwards from £10,000 averaging from £20,000 to £80,000. Large grants must be used to fund a specific project.

Deadline for applications is 31 October 2020

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British Science Week 2021 Community Grants

The community grant scheme is available to support British Science Week (5-14 March 2021) activities.

This scheme offers £500 to £2,000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

Deadline for applications is 5pm on 9 November 2020

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British and Foreign School Society

Grants are available for UK registered charities to advance educational opportunities for vulnerable or deprived children and young people in the UK and around the world.

UK projects - £30,000 to £100,000 for projects of one to five years (maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects) to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of young carers and looked-after children.

Deadline for applications is 30 November 2020.

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Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

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LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund

LGBT+ Futures, from the National Emergencies Trust Fund, will be delivered by the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations.

This new £350,000 fund is to support the immediate response and support of UK based LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects most adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are 2 grant programmes, Small Grants, up to £5,000, and Main Grants, £5,001 - £15,000. The guidance says grants over £10,000 will be exceptional.

There are no deadlines, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the funding has been allocated. The funding awarded must be spent by 31st May 2021.

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Funding opportunity from Get Berkshire Active

Get Berkshire Active are looking to identify a few organisations in Slough with a focus on projects that help to reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity. 

We may be able to support through small grants from £100-£4,000.  If you have a project or idea (that can be delivered between now and the end of 2020) that could benefit from  our ‘Tackling Inequalities’ funding and will help to get people active in Slough please get in touch. 

There is an opportunity to discuss ideas with groups, charities, organisations etc that work with one or more of the following audiences in helping to keep them more active whether that be virtually, through gardening or more formal sport and physical activity:

  • BAME
  • People on Low Incomes
  • Disabled people  
  • Individuals with long term health conditions

Key questions we will need information on include:

  • What your organisation does?
  • The impact COVID-19 has had on your organisation.
  • How are you staying in touch with participants and managing the sustainability of your organisation during this period of restricted movement?
  • Please tell us a bit about your project idea or if it is not a complete idea, tell us about how you/your organisation might help achieve the aims?
  • If you have details on how much funding you would need for your project idea, please detail?

Please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail.

Contact: Cathy Carr, Healthy Communities Manager (East Berkshire), Get Berkshire Active
Telephone: 07912 178652
Email: cathy.carr@getberkshireactive.org

Low Carbon Workplaces Grants for Berkshire Businesses

Low Carbon Workspaces are now delivering a total pot of £375,000 in grant funding to help small and medium sized enterprises in Berkshire identify energy reduction opportunities and to subsidise the cost of energy efficiency solutions. 75 grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to help fund up to a third of the cost of energy saving measures such as insulation, LED lighting, energy efficient boilers, air-source heat pumps and electric vehicles.

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B.A.M.E Infrastructure Support Fund

UK Community Foundations wants to help BAME groups apply to the Covid Response Fund, which gives grants up to £5,000 to support communities through the pandemic. 

To do this, they are offering grants to BAME led infrastructure organisations (this means that they support other groups) to help people apply to the fund.

The infrastructure organisations can apply for grants of £5,000 - £20,000 over three months to do things like:

  • Awareness-raising via marketing and communications
  • Mentoring/supporting of groups through the local Community Foundation application process
  • Support with monitoring and reporting
  • Provision of micro grants to enable applications for NET funding through community foundations
  • Building relationships to help community foundations identify and address barriers to funding BAME-led organisations and communities

Continuous rolling programme.

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Social Enterprise Support Fund

Grants of £10,000 - £300,000 for social enterprises that support people who are at high risk from COVID-19, or supports people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Groups must have an income of £25,000 - £1.5million and be ‘substantially reliant’ on trading income.

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Radian Community Grant

A Community Grant is money that is available to any community or voluntary group in areas where Radian has homes. Groups can apply for grants of up to £1,500 to support work that meets the needs of Radian residents and the wider community.

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Do It Now Now

Do It Now Now is inviting applications for the Common Call COVID Fund. The fund is specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities to ensure that they can survive the COVID period. Grants of between £1,000 to £3,000 are available.

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UK Community Foundations (UKCF)

UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is making a new infrastructure fund available for organisations that can help even more BAME-led organisations to apply for NET grants through their local Community Foundations. An initial £250,000 has been allocated for this purpose, with more funds anticipated on a rolling basis.

UKCF is seeking applications from BAME-led infrastructure organisations to access the new fund. Grants between £5,000 – £20,000 over a maximum of three months are available. The panel will award grants as applications are received from an open call on a rolling basis.

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FareShare Go

FareShare is working to help charities and community groups access much needed food during this challenging time, helping you to reduce weekly food budgets. Tesco Community Food Connection Project along with other supermarkets are offering some fresh surplus food.

FareShare will match you with your local store which will send you a notification on your chosen donation day to collect. Then simply pop into store and pick up the food from a friendly member of staff.

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Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund

Funds allocated to Berkshire through the National Emergencies Trust Appeal for Coronavirus, together with the support we have received for our Vital for Berkshire – Coronavirus Appeal, are available for grants to be allocated to local charities, community and voluntary groups working to help people affected by the crisis in Berkshire.

Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.


To help organisations respond to immediate needs, for instance, as a result of restrictions to normal activity.

To help organisations with stabilisation i.e. short term core cost funds to keep organisations supporting those in need afloat.


Priority will be given to organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated, including:

  • Older people
  • People with physical or learning disabilities
  • People with mental health needs
  • People on low incomes
  • Families with young children


Grants up to a maximum of £10,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability.

Applications for this funding stream will be considered on a weekly basis – subject to the number received.

Your application form must be completed on-line and submitted along with governing documents – Constitution, latest Annual Accounts, Bank Statement and Safeguarding Policy, by 12.00 pm on Wednesday.

Applicants will be informed of the Grants Panel decisions as soon as possible.

Berkshire Community Foundation receives many more applications than there is funding available, and there is no guarantee that an application made will be successful.


Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who are supporting people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Small and new groups which are not constituted may apply where they are working with the local CVS, Parish Council or Local Authority.

If you are interested in applying for funding, please check the who can apply page to see if your organisation is eligible and then complete the following questions. If you meet the criteria of the fund, you will be sent a link to an application form.

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Persimmon Community Champions

Persimmon, UK house builders, Community Champions’ funding programme is awarding grants of up £1,000 to community groups and charities that support the over-70s – a vulnerable group in our society that they feel need their support at this time of crisis.

Continuous rolling programme.

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National Allotment Gardens Trust

The National Allotment Gardens Trust awards funding of between £250 to £2,000 to allotment gardens that meets the following criteria:

  • The committee must be officially recognised by the landlord of the site.
  • Must have a written and signed constitution.
  • Have a bank account with three signatories.
  • Have a forwarding address and named contact.

The amount of funding that is awarded to each applicant will be at the discretion of the Board of Trustees and may not necessarily be the total sum that is applied for.

If your completed application form is accepted it may be necessary for one of the trustees to contact the committee submitting the application so a telephone contact number should be shown.

Deadline: Continuous rolling basis. Applications will be assessed by the Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis; the deadlines for applications to be considered at the next meeting are 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October each year.

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The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation has issued an update on its grant-making policies in the light of COVID-19. Its Small Grants Scheme has now reopened. This is designed to support charities with an annual turnover of less than £150,000, especially those that work at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

The Main Grants Scheme is now also open for applications

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Asda Foundation

In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams, both with grants up to £500:

Hygiene Grant: focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. Applications can come from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.

Healthy Holiday Grant: to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.

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The Tree Council Branching Out Fund

Thanks to the generosity of donors, The Tree Council Branching Out Fund have funds available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree and hedge planting projects this winter (November 2020 – March 2021), preferably during National Tree Week – 28 November – 6 December 2020.

They will fund 100% of the cost (excluding VAT) of strong applications from £300 to an increased upper limit of £1500.

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Small Theatre Grants: Theatre Reopening Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 to help not-for-profit theatres across the UK to make Covid-19-related adaptions and prepare for reopening.

In response to the coronavirus crisis, Theatres Trust has repurposed our small grants schemes to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure.

The Theatre Reopening Fund will support building improvements and purchasing equipment that will support the theatre to be able to open viably and safely. It will not cover revenue costs.

No deadlines. Decisions in four weeks.

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The MK Community Foundation

The MK Community Foundation has launched its latest round of funding, the ‘recovery fund’. This is open to voluntary and community organisations in Milton Keynes, to support costs resulting from a loss of income, adapting services to continue providing support to vulnerable people, or any unplanned costs. Grants of up to £25,000 are available.

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‘Berkshire Better Health Funding opportunity’ 2020

Sport England are providing Get Berkshire Active with funding through the ‘Tackling Inequalities Fund’ to distribute to community organisations who support the following priority groups to be active:

  • BAME Communities
  • Lower Socio-economic Groups
  • People with Disabilities
  • People with Long Term Conditions

Who can apply:

  • Charities, community groups, social enterprises, community Interest companies or other not for profit organisations that already do or can include physical activity opportunity for these priority audiences
  • Focused health projects that meet the ethos of the Better Health campaign and can be delivered by March 2021
  • Organisations must be based or delivering in Berkshire

Applicants can apply for grants of £1,000 to £5,000.

Berkshire Better Health Fund 2020 is supported and administered by Get Berkshire Active.
For more information and an initial phone call to discuss your project idea before progressing to an application please contact: Cathy Carr (Healthy Communities Manager Berkshire East): 07912 178652 or email: cathy.carr@getberkshireactive.org
Kirsty Heath (Healthy Communities Manager Berkshire West): 07394 564540 or email: kirsty.heath@getberkshireactive.org

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