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Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. Our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future. We can fund heritage projects from £10,000 up to £10million.

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Defra is working with Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) to scope the Community Green Spaces Fund with applications expected to open in early summer.

Extension to the Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund will be also managed by ACRE. Further detail and guidance on applications is expected to open in Summer 2024.


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The Veolia’s Sustainability Fund - Deadline Monday 30th September 2024

The Veolia’s Sustainability Fund supports projects that make a positive, sustainable difference to local areas and deliver long-term social and environmental benefits. The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations and smaller local groups and aims to empower people to take positive action across their local area. 


The fund launched for the first time in Tendring, on 22 May, the International Day for Biological Diversity, if you have a project that: 


  • Enhances biodiversity

  • Protects resources

  • Uses recycled or reclaimed materials 

  • Promotes reduce, reuse and/or recycle 


Then we would love to hear from you and for you to apply! Projects can apply for up to £1,000.


Some examples of projects which were funded last year in the Southend area are:


  • Mendip Community Garden, was until last year a derelict waste ground that is being transformed into a sustainable community garden with planting areas, a wildlife garden and a picnic area. 

  • Wellbeing at Garon Park, they are creating a well-being garden, an area of their Vitality park for local people to come and take some time out or to participate in their gardening and horticulture activities. The garden is designed to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress and improve their overall sense of well-being.

  • Little Heroes ASD Support Community Hub, They are transforming a new venue, which has an unloved space to the front and the rear. Recycling wooden crates and unused wood to make play trays for the garden area, mud kitchens and planting areas for the children to enjoy. 


To find out more about the fund and how to apply,


Applications will close on Monday 30 September 2024



Funding for Work Raising Awareness of Issues Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities Face

This grantmaking trust funds specific groups that experience marginalisation and/or discrimination within the UK, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups as well as organisations that work directly with, and provide support to, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities.

The Foundation has announced that it is keen to receive applications that ‘support work that raises awareness of the issues Gypsy and Traveller communities face, and work to combat hate crime, stigma, discrimination and inequalities, including the lack of appropriate accommodation or other service provision’.

In the past grants have been made towards providing advice and advocacy; building the capacity of community groups; supporting victims of domestic abuse; law and policy reform; inclusion projects and work aimed at changing attitudes. Groups who have other ideas are welcome to contact the funder to discuss their proposed project.

Small registered charities, constituted voluntary groups, charitable organisations and Community Interest Companies can apply as long as their work does not benefit people only in London.  Applicants working locally should have an income of up to £100,000 per year. Those working nationally should have an income of around £250,000 per year.

Although the maximum grant available is £15,000 (either as a single grant or spread over two to three years) the average grant size is between £5,000 and £6,000.

Applications can be made at any time. There are no fixed deadlines. Applications received will be considered at the next Trustees’ meeting.

To be considered for the October 2024 meeting, applications should be received by the end of July/early August.



Funding for Community Tree Planting Projects Across the UK
The International Tree Foundation is offering grants for community-based organisations across the UK to deliver tree-planting projects that protect and restore indigenous trees and woodlands, support community engagement in tree planting, and increase awareness of the importance of trees and forests to environmental and human well-being.

The UK Community Tree Planting Programme will support projects that meet the following essential criteria:

  • Plant trees in public/publicly accessible spaces: sites that are readily accessible to the public, including schools, parks, rights of way, and sites managed by community groups.
  • Plant indigenous tree species: this may include traditional fruit trees and ‘honorary’ natives where appropriate.
  • Engage community members in tree planting and enjoying the benefits of woodlands.
  • Have clear plans for maintenance and sustainability.

In addition, for this funding round proposed projects must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Engage children and young adults in tree planting and learning about trees.
  • Engage vulnerable groups and groups with low access to woodlands.
  • Create biodiversity in habitats.
  • Conserve soil and water.
  • Demonstrate new approaches, such as agroforestry.
  • Support rewilding and natural regeneration.
  • Support work or research on tree pest and disease resistance and climate change adaptation.
  • Support urban tree planting.

Grants are available across two funding streams:

  • Grants for community woodland/hedging projects that range from 100 to 25,000 trees planted per year, with a maximum price equivalent to £1.95 per tree.
  • Grants for community orchard projects of up to 30 trees planted per year.

There is a two-stage application process. Groups must first submit an online Expression of Interest form before being shortlisted to complete a full application.

The deadline for applications is 13 December 2024 (noon). 



Major Capital Grants for Veterans’ Accommodation in the UK – Round 3 Now Open

This funding opportunity is for charities and registered social housing providers with at least five year’s housing experience to support new builds and significant refurbishments, including extensions, of rental accommodation offering high quality support for veterans with a housing need within the UK.

Grants of between £75,000 and £500,000 are available for projects that will:

  • Enable major refurbishments of existing social rented or affordable rented homes for veterans.
  • Enable extensions of existing buildings to increase the availability of veteran housing.
  • Increase the number of new build, homes/housing units available to veterans at affordable or social rents.
  • Ensure properties meet decent homes and energy efficiency standards.

The grant can be used to pay for most things needed for the project and could include the following costs:

  • Direct building costs relating to the building project.
  • Staff time for this fixed-term project to manage it effectively.
  • Professional fees that are directly related to their building project, such as qualified project managers.

Priority will be given to:

  • Single Veterans.
  • Veterans and their families, including veterans who have shared custody arrangements for their children.
  • Veterans with disabilities or limited long-term health conditions.
  • Homeless, including rough sleeping Veterans.
  • Female Veterans.
  • LGBT Veterans.
  • Veterans leaving prison.

Larger grants of between £500,000 and £1 million may be available for exceptional projects if they meet additional criteria.

Applications will be accepted from either:

  • A registered charity, that has been registered in the UK for at least three years and can show it works with Veterans or
  • A registered social housing provider or Registered Social Landlord in Scotland that can show it works with Veterans.

There are two more opportunities to apply for funding which will be awarded in 2025.

Round 3 is now open for Expressions of Interest with a deadline of 8 January 2025 (midday).



Postcode Places Trust (East of England) - Opens 24 June (1 Week to Apply)

Unrestricted grants are available for not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £1 million across the East of England.

This year’s funding aims to support smaller charities and good causes to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet.

Projects must have a clear alignment with one of the Trust’s 2024 themes:

  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Enabling participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and tackling inequality
  • Improving biodiversity and responding to the climate emergency
  • Improving green spaces and increasing access to the outdoors
  • Providing support to improve mental health with a focus on organisations that are actively supporting specific mental health issues rather than general mental wellbeing activities.

Depending on their not-for-profit legal structure, organisations can apply either for a grant of between £500 and £2,500 or between £500 and £25,000.

If the round is oversubscribed, priority will be given to charities and good causes which meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Organisations with an annual income of £250,000 and below.
  • Communities that rank as being within the top 15% on the English Indices of Deprivation
  • Groups that are led by and provide services for people from the following minority/marginalised groups:
    • Communities experiencing racial inequity.
    • People with disabilities.
    • LGBT+ people.

The funding offered is unrestricted and therefore flexible. It can be used however it is most needed.

This is the second of three application rounds in 2024. Each has an application window of one week.

Applications for Round 2 open at 9am on 24 June and close at noon on 1 July 2024.


Funding for Projects Supporting Vulnerable Household Across Britain

The Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme, known as the Energy Redress Scheme, is funded through voluntary payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. Energy Saving Trust, an independent organisation, manages the allocation of payments for the scheme, which has been in place for six years.    

Registered charities in Great Britain can apply now for a Main Grant or a Small Project Grant, which aim to:

  • Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
  • Deliver benefits to the types of consumers that were negatively impacted by the specific issues that triggered redress payments.

Vulnerability can impact consumers at different points in their lives and can manifest itself in several ways, such as facing difficulty in paying energy bills or being less able to make effective choices in the energy market. A wide range of factors can exacerbate vulnerability, ranging from living on a low income to having disabilities or illness and/or a reliance on electricity for heating.

Funding for Round 8 (Summer 2024 round) is as follows:

  • Main Fund offers grants of between £50,000 and £1.5 million for projects that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • Small Project Fund offers grants of between £20,000 and £49,999 for projects that will support households in vulnerable situations.

The grants can be used for capital or revenue funding and can provide up to 100% of the project cost.

Examples of the kind of activities that can be funded include:

  • Engaging vulnerable consumers with energy issues and delivering energy advice and support that does not duplicate existing services.
  • Installation of energy saving or renewable energy measures that cannot be funded from other sources.
  • Training and education on energy issues that are targeted at supporting vulnerable consumers.
  • Crisis support, linked to energy bills or the energy efficiency of a property, only as part of a wider energy advice project aimed at providing sustainable change for a client.

Organisations that have not yet registered with the scheme must do so 10 working days before the relevant fund closes to allow time for eligibility checks to take place.

The application window for Round 8 opens on 13 June 2024 and closes on 8 July 2024 (17:00).


Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation Accepting Applications for Autumn Funding

The Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation was established 24 years ago by Skipton Building Society. Since then it has given away more than £3.4 million to good causes across the UK.

The funding is intended for UK registered charities based and working in the UK whose purpose is to:

  • Benefit children and adults particularly those living in socially deprived areas, through education to develop core skills and support wellbeing and mental health.
  • Benefit the wellbeing and welfare of children and adults by preventing or reducing poverty and homelessness in the community.
  • Support the elderly and improve their wellbeing by reducing isolation, helping reduce the effects of Dementia and Alzheimer’s and support later life/palliative care.

Grants of up to £6,000 are available, though the Foundation prefers to give smaller amounts with the aim of supporting as many good causes as possible throughout the UK.

The grants are to be used for items or activities that have tangible benefit to the charity’s beneficiaries.

For example, equipment to:

  • Support young people as they transition from homelessness to new accommodation such as toiletries, bedding, cooking utensils.
  • Engage the elderly in activities, exercise and experiences to help improve mental and physical wellbeing such as a large, digital interactive activity table for a care setting.

Applications are considered quarterly.

The next deadline for applications is 31 July for consideration at the September 2024 meeting.


MSE Charity to Open for Applications on 19 June

Following a strategic review earlier this year, MSE Charity has announced that from June 2024, the funding approach is changing from two themed grant rounds per year to two grant rounds per year with no specific themes.

Instead of a specific theme, all applications must be aligned with MSE Charity’s vision of funding activities which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money.

Project grants of up to £10,000 will be available (this is an increase of £2,000 from previous rounds).

A new staged application process is being introduced:

  • Eligibility quiz and Stage 1 Outline proposals open on 19 June.
  • Stage 1 Outline proposals close on 31 July; however, please note the closing date may be earlier if too many Stage 1 proposals are received.
  • Assessment of Stage 1 proposals during August
  • Notification of Stage 1 outcome by 30 August
  • Full applications close on 4 October
  • Notification of funding decisions in mid November 2024.

Full details will be provided as soon as they are available from MSE Charity.

Stage one applications are expected to open on 19 June and close on 31 July 2024 (or sooner depending on the number of proposals received).


Core Funding for Small Charities Working With Disadvantaged Families, Prisoners and Ex-Offenders (UK)
The Woodward Charitable Trust, a grant-making trust, is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Twice a year it awards grants to UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £200,000 who are making ‘a real difference in their communities and who stand out in the work that they do’.

The funding is for charitable organisations in the UK working in the following areas:

  • Children and young people (up to 25 years) who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour. This covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring, as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community.
  • Disadvantaged families. This covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners’ families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.

The majority of an applicant’s beneficiaries (more than 50%) must be within at least one of these areas to be eligible.

Although grants of up to £3,000 are available, most grants are for £1,000 or less. The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year.

The grants are for core costs rather than specific projects and will cover staff salaries, rent, utilities, general office costs, accountancy/audit costs, fundraising, governance and compliance, and costs supporting the core programmes of the organisation.

Applications will be considered from UK registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), community interest companies (CICs) and exempt charities with an annual turnover of less than £200,000.

Organisations may apply for a grant for up to three years in a row, or three times within a five-year period. Once this has been reached they must wait two years before reapplying.

There are two application windows each year with applications usually considered in March and November.

The current deadline for applications is 26 July 2024 (noon).


Funding for Charities Serving Disadvantaged/In-Need Communities in England and Wales

This charitable foundation offers grants to registered charities in England, Wales, the Isle of Man, and Republic of Ireland as well as to organisations linked to a Roman Catholic Diocese in these countries.

The funding is for charitable projects that are based in and for the benefit of people living in England, Wales, the Isle of Man or Republic of Ireland.

To be eligible, projects need to address one or more of the Foundation’s current funding priorities:

  • Victims of modern slavery
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Ex-offenders and their families
  • Homelessness
  • Medical research
  • Support for people with terminal illnesses / life limiting conditions and their carers
  • Drug and substance misuse
  • Support for people with intellectual disability
  • Care leavers: to give them a chance to succeed on a par with other young people
  • Worship and associated community outreach
  • Amateur sport
  • Care for the elderly

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have ranged from £5,000 to £2.25 million.

The first step in the application process is to complete a short form on the Foundation’s website. Those who are successful will be asked to contact the Foundation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.


Santander X UK Awards 2024: Funding and Support for University and Startup Businesses

Santander is offering early-stage startup enterprises across the UK the opportunity to win up to £25,000 equity-free funding and business support.

The Santander X UK Awards is Santander’s annual entrepreneurship competition for emerging businesses. To date the programme has supported thousands of early-stage entrepreneurs and provided more than £1 million of funding over the last 14 years.

This year’s programme has two categories: University (for new businesses looking to launch) and Startup (for growing businesses ready to scale).

To be eligible for the University category the applicant’s business must:

  • Be disruptive and innovative, with the ability to scale.
  • Be linked to a UK university (at least one team member must be a current student or employee, a graduate of the last five years (since 2019), or an entrepreneur from a university incubator, accelerator or spin-out).
  • Be preparing to go to market.
  • Have a team of two people or more (where the applicant is a solo founder this can include advisors/board members and/or full/part-time staff).
  • Have a minimum viable product (MVP).

To be eligible for the Startup category the applicant’s business must:

  • Be disruptive and innovative, with the ability to scale.
  • Be incorporated and registered as a UK company.
  • The business must also meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • Have a product and/or service already in the market with an annual sales revenue of £250,000 or less.
    • Have raised seed funding of between £50,000 and £850,000.
    • Have two to 25 full-time employees (this can include the founding team).

100 businesses (50 in the University category and 50 in the Startup category) will be shortlisted and the six winners (three per category) will receive up to £25,000 funding.

The deadline for entries is 16 July 2024 (23:59 BST).


DPO Centre Accepting Applications for Charity and Community Fund
DPO Centre is offering grants of up to £10,000 for charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK to access data protection consultancy advice and services to ensure they are run efficiently and remain in compliance with the law.

A total of £150,000 is available across three application periods throughout the year to help organisations achieve the following outcomes:

  • Provide immediate access to subject matter experts and a broadly experienced team of data protection professionals.
  • Remove ‘unknowns’ experienced when conducting a similar process internally.
  • Decrease the potential for compliance failure across an organisation.
  • Provide a substantial reduction in regulatory and reputational risk.
  • Improved trust, increased engagement, reputation, and organisational value.

Funding can be used for the following available services:

  • Information Asset Register and Data Mapping.​
  • Policy Drafting and Review.
  • Impact Assessments and Gap Analysis.
  • Data Protection Training.
  • Data Sharing and International Transfers.
  • Privacy-by-Design.
  • Data Protection Readiness.

There is a two-stage application process. Groups should first submit an online application through the DPO Centre website. DPO will then contact successful groups to request further information and complete a full application.

There are three application periods throughout the year.

The next deadline for applications is 1 August 2024. 


Veterans’ Foundation Makes Changes to Grants Programme

The Veterans’ Foundation has established a substantial grants programme to support charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK that provide support to those ‘in need’ among serving armed forces personnel, veterans, operationally qualified seafarers and their immediate families.

A potential, qualified beneficiary “in need” is one or both of the following:

  • At a disadvantage compared with non-armed forces citizens due to their service.
  • Someone who is experiencing challenges such as the following: unemployment, homelessness, mental and physical ill-health, injuries, poor welfare, a child’s loss of parent, or addiction.

Priority is given to charities and not-for-profit organisations who can demonstrate that they are directly involved in the provision of support to those in need and to those with a low to medium income.

The following grants are currently open for application:

  • Standard grants of between £5,001 and £30,000. This can be for one year or a multi-year grant for up to three years (eg, £10,000 per year over three years).
  • Salary grants up to £25,000 per year for up to three years, for the exclusive use of salary costs.

In addition, the Foundation will be introducing small grants of between £500 and £5,000 later this month. Once the programme opens, it will remain open for applications as it is a rolling programme and there are no deadlines. 

The Foundation recently updated its grant application process, including a new online platform, and revised guidance, eligibility criteria and application form and the new documents should be consulted.

The next deadlines for Standard and Salary grant applications are 30 July and 15 October 2024 for a decision by the end of the year.

Unrestricted Funding for Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations in England and Wales
For a second year in a row, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales invites Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations to apply for unrestricted grants of up to £75,000 over a three year period.

This year’s programme is aimed at registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs) which are led by and working for Deaf and Disabled people. Their organisation will work directly with Deaf and Disabled people over the long term to support them to have more choice and control over their lives, access their rights and entitlements and challenge the barriers they face.

This programme offers organisational development support alongside a three-year grant of £75,000 (£25,000 per year). The grant will be unrestricted, so organisations awarded funding will be able to use the grant to support any costs that further their organisation’s social purpose.

To be eligible, organisations must:

  • Be based and working in England and Wales or the Isle of Man. Most of the organisation’s time and money is spent on activities helping people living in these locations.
  • Have an annual income of between £25,000 and £500,000 in the last set of published accounts.
  • Have a track record of delivering support, activity or services, for at least one year, to people aged 18 and over and must be currently delivering these services.
  • Led by and working for Deaf and Disabled people. This means a majority (at least 51%) of Directors/Trustees and half (at least 50%) of staff, at all levels of the organisation, self-identify as Deaf and/or Disabled people. Priority will be given to organisations where at least 75% of their Directors/Trustees and 50% of staff self-identify as Deaf and/or Disabled people.

A live webinar will be held on 13 June 2024 (10:30 to 12 noon) to talk through eligibility, shortlisting and prioritising criteria for this programme and answer any questions live. Registration is required and can be done via the Foundation’s website.

The deadline for applications is 28 August 2024 (17:00).

Freelands Foundation Invites Applications to Inclusive Practices Fund 2024

The Freelands Foundation, a registered charity set up in 2015, aims to broaden access to art education and the visual arts across the UK. The foundation works with teachers and educators to develop diverse and ambitious approaches to art education.

As part of their commitment to address racial inequality in visual art education, the Freelands Foundation and Runnymede Trust published the ‘Visualise race and inclusion in secondary education’ report earlier this year. The report made several recommendations dedicated to tackling the challenges within the education system. The Foundation wishes to act on these recommendations and to this end is offering the Inclusive Practices Fund.

This funding call is for projects that meet one or both of the following areas of interest:

  • Investigating engagement – support for boundary-pushing forms and methods of engaging young people in visual art education to reimagine what inclusive engagement could be.
  • Nurturing belonging – support for projects that work with communities and artists to challenge existing norms and create inclusive spaces that embrace curiosity and practice care.

Grants of up to £25,000 per year are available for project durations of one to two years (maximum grant amount is £50,000 over two years). Projects may only begin between 1 January 2025 and 31 March 2025.

The funding can be used for project staffing, materials, participant/artist costs, marketing the project, overheads of no more than 5% total grant request and a contingency of no more than 5% total project budget.

Applications will be accepted from visual arts organisations with charitable status that are based within the UK. This includes museums, non-commercial galleries, education organisations, studio providers, etc., working in the visual arts with experience of learning and participation work.

Projects which are delivered in partnership will be considered. This might be between a gallery and a school or, group of arts organisations and teachers, for example.

An Expression of Interest support webinar will be held on 28 June 2024 (10:30 am to 12:30pm) Registration required via eventbrite

There is a two stage application process.

The deadline for Expression of Interest is 19 July 2024 (12 pm).

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essential Programme Reopens for Applications

This programme, delivered by Family Fund Business Services, supports children and young people up to and including the age of 17 who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances with items that meets their most basic needs.

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs. The referrer’s organisation should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on their behalf.

The programme can deliver or fund critical items such as:

  • Cookers
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen equipment and small appliances
  • Children’s beds and bedding (including cots)
  • Washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • Baby equipment
  • Clothing for an emergency/crisis

The support is for children and young people under 18 years of age, who are UK or EU citizens normally resident in the UK, and whose family does not have access to support and insufficient resources to meet the child’s needs.

Consideration may be given where a child or young person, or their family, have an asylum application under assessment or in circumstances where residency criteria is not consistent across the family unit.

There are no deadlines. Applications are processed usually within 10 working days.

BFSS Changes Name to Educational Opportunity Foundation

The British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) has recently changed its name to the Educational Opportunity Foundation.

The Foundation awards around £900,000 in new grants each year to charitable organisations working to improve access to education or the quality of education for children and young people under the age of 25, both in the UK and internationally.

There are two funding streams:

  • UK projects – supports work to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of care-experienced young people under the age of 25 living in the UK. Projects must be interventions designed to improve their educational outcomes and life chances. Grants range from £30,000 to £90,000 for projects of one to three years (maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects).
  • International projects – supports projects to improve the quality, sustainability and access to education for young people within international marginalised and vulnerable communities. Grants range from £10,000 to £60,000 for projects of one to three years (maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects).

Funding is available for new or pilot projects. The Foundation will fund between 25% and 100% of the total project costs, but will give preference to projects with some degree of matched funding. Annual grant payments cannot exceed 50% of an organisation’s three-year average income.

Applications are accepted from UK registered charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2.5 million, and at least three years of continuous accounts. Eligible organisations must be UK-based. Organisations must be directly involved in the provision of the project activities.

The Foundation has moved to a rolling application programme. The first step is to submit a short Stage 1 application. Those who are shortlisted will be invited to submit a Stage 2 proposal.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme Opens for UK Applications

Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years which help enhance early childhood education and childcare settings of young children from Armed Forces families.

Projects must clearly benefit Armed Forces families with a child under 5 by enhancing their access to high quality childcare and contribute to at least one of the following three outcomes:

  • Increased capacity at the setting to allow more Service children to attend.
  • Better learning environments for Service children.
  • Have provided appropriate training and development to staff to support Service children.

Applicant organisations must be based and registered in the UK, be a registered charity, a CIC, or a company limited by guarantee, or a local authority in one of the four countries of the UK. Private limited companies that have been registered, and been working in the Early Years sector, for at least three years can also apply.

There are two ways to apply for a grant under this programme.

  • Single Applications: Settings with 50% or more Service children on roll for the duration of the project can apply as a single application.
  • Groups or Clusters: Setting with less than 50% Service children on roll may apply as part of a ‘cluster’. This would include working with at least one more eligible setting in the area, which also has small numbers of Service children on roll. For a ‘cluster’ application, one nursery setting, or the local authority, would need to be the lead applicant.

The Armed Forces Covenant Trust, which is delivering this programme on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, will hold An Early Years Programme Lunch and Learn webinar on 12 June 2024 (12pm-1pm). Registration is required and can be done on the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website.

There are two funding rounds this year.

The deadlines for applications are 12 noon on 24 July 2024 and 20 November 2024.

Armed Forces Families Fund: Early Years programme 2024-25 : Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Greene King IPA Proud To Pitch In Fund for 2024

Grants of up to £4,000 are available for registered charities, community groups, social enterprises, community amateur sports clubs, and other organisations across the UK to deliver grassroots sports activities that positively impact local communities. Examples of projects that have previously received funding include:
* Renovations of a club’s facilities to make them more inclusive and accessible.
* Coaching qualifications and referee courses.
* New equipment and kit.
Priority will be given to organisations that can demonstrate how their sports club or project benefits members of the local community, and projects that will have a long-term impact. Funded projects should be delivered by 31 December 2024.  The deadline for applications is 1 November 2024. Please click here for more information and to apply.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Opens 1 July for Applications Focused on Food Poverty (UK)

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Opens 1 July for Applications Focused on Food Poverty (UK)

The Trust supports registered UK charities that work with communities in the UK. The funding is intended to support those in society who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are the most limited.

The Trust operates a three-year rotation system, with different fields of interest being funded each year. There are normally four application rounds per year with applications accepted for one month only, usually in February, April, July and September. Charities can only apply for one round per calendar year.

Round 3 will accept applications during the month of July for projects that focus on the theme of Food Poverty. Priority will be given to projects that focus on enabling resilience and independence, in particular food education and cooking skills.


UK registered charities or organisations that are exempt from registration in the UK with an operating income of between £100,000 and £1 million can apply for grants of £1,000.

The September 2024 round which has the same theme of Food Poverty will offer grants of £5,000 to charities with a minimum operating income of £1 million (no maximum income).

Applications will not be accepted from CICs or not-for-profit organisations. The funding cannot be used for capital projects, minibuses or other vehicles.

The application window opens on 1 July and closes on 31 July 2024.


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Veolia’s Sustainability Fund - Applications will close on Monday 30 September 2024

We would like to introduce you to Veolia’s Sustainability Fund which supports projects that make a positive, sustainable difference to local areas and deliver long-term social and environmental benefits. The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations and smaller local groups and aims to empower people to take positive action across their local area. 


The fund launched for the first time in Tendring, on 22 May, the International Day for Biological Diversity, if you have a project that: 


  • Enhances biodiversity

  • Protects resources

  • Uses recycled or reclaimed materials 

  • Promotes reduce, reuse and/or recycle 


Then we would love to hear from you and for you to apply! Projects can apply for up to £1,000.


Some examples of projects which were funded last year in the Southend area are:


  • Mendip Community Garden, was until last year a derelict waste ground that is being transformed into a sustainable community garden with planting areas, a wildlife garden and a picnic area. 

  • Wellbeing at Garon Park, they are creating a well-being garden, an area of their Vitality park for local people to come and take some time out or to participate in their gardening and horticulture activities. The garden is designed to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress and improve their overall sense of well-being.

  • Little Heroes ASD Support Community Hub, They are transforming a new venue, which has an unloved space to the front and the rear. Recycling wooden crates and unused wood to make play trays for the garden area, mud kitchens and planting areas for the children to enjoy. 


To find out more about the fund and how to apply,


Applications will close on Monday 30 September 2024

Biffa Change Makers
What if you had £10,000 to make a change?
 At Biffa, we help businesses to unlock the potential value of waste – through reuse, redistribution, and recycling. We work with innovative organisations, big and small, to create exciting and effective solutions that reduce waste and help leave a smaller carbon footprint. Whether it is electrifying our fleet of trucks or finding a new lease of life for unwanted inflatables.
 And we’re always on the lookout for more likeminded businesses and entrepreneurs working to reduce waste. Which is why we have launched our Change Makers competition. If you are making changes and are looking for support, you could win £10,000 and become the next Biffa Change Maker.
 You don’t even need to be an established business – you might just have an idea or a particular skill that you wish to grow into a business. If so then follow these 3 simple steps to enter.
Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) (

This fund has both a business section and a community section.

Groups in Clacton and Holland are not eligible to apply for this funding.
Within the community grants programme, organisations can apply for between £1,000 and £20,000 for capital works to improve perceptions of their local area, increase use of existing facilities and support local community programmes. There is £100,000 available in total.

Community Grants - Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner

The PFCC has launched its 2023-4 Community Safety Development Fund. The Fund will offer grants of up to £20k to community and voluntary sector groups whose work contributes to the delivery of the Police & Crime Plan.

 We are committed to working with our local voluntary and community sector partners to deliver on the ambitions of the Police and Crime Plan to keep our communities safe.  Recognising the value of these groups, and the vital work they do for local communities, Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex has reopened the Community Safety Development Fund. This £250,000 fund offers grants of up to £20,000 for community projects.

If you have a project which delivers against the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan please apply by Friday 1st March. 
Village Halls small grants fund - ACRE

Small grants made available to village halls in England

Defra funded grant scheme reopens for those managing rural community buildings, this time with a lower award threshold of £2,000 to support smaller projects and make it accessible to more groups.

In 2023, a £3 million village halls fund was launched to provide support for the modernisation and improvement of village halls in England. Managed by Action with Rural Communities in England (ACRE), the fund has already awarded over £1 million to rural communities, helping them undertake ambitious improvements to their building. Works undertaken or scheduled to take place include new roofs, insulation, extensions, and more energy efficient heating systems. Village halls small grants fund – ACRE
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
A grant making foundation giving grants to small and medium sized local organisations in the UK, with a demonstrable track record of success working to address local issues in communities of extreme urban deprivation and deprived rural districts
Small Grants – Single year grants between £2,000 and £10,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs
Projects must have a focus on Community Support
Major Grants – Single year grants between £10,000 and £100,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs or Multi-year grants for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period, for core costs, salaries, running or project costs. Organisations should have a focus on Family Support
Essex Multiply
Community grants will be awarded in support of Essex Multiply. Grants are available up to £10,000 per proposal. Multiply Community Grants are all about organisations supporting the Multiply programme by plugging their existing cohorts and outreach to new cohorts into the provision on offer. We are now able to accept community grant proposals from partners /organisations across the Community, Voluntary and Public Sectors to support the following:

· Provide community outreach for Multiply – to stimulate demand for learning amongst the most disadvantaged groups that skills providers currently find hard to reach

· Triage services to identify appropriate support and training for Essex residents

· Referrals to Multiply provision

· Provide ongoing support to the adults that you refer to Multiply provision

· Enable Multiply provision to be delivered from your premises, hosting these vital learning sessions for your cohorts via our Multiply providers

· Work with local Multiply providers to co-design and co-produce delivery of training

· Grants will be based on a minimum agreed number of 50 adults participating in Multiply.

· Additional creative offers of support will be gratefully received and welcomed

Please email for further details 

Cancer Community Partnership Fund
Cancer Community Partnership Fund 
The Cancer Community Partnership Fund has been made available by the Suffolk & NE Essex Integrated Care Board (SNEE ICB). The purpose of the fund is to support the achievement of an increase in the proportion of those diagnosed with early-stage cancer (Stage 1 & 2).  There is collectively £300,000 of funding available over two years across Suffolk & NE Essex (SNEE) – applications for one or two years’ funding will be considered. The way in which this is proposed to be achieved is through the following four indicators: • Increased uptake of National Screening Programmes • Improved awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer • Reduced health inequalities and improved access for Inclusion Health across SNEE as relating to earlier diagnosis• Personalised Care For further information, please email 
National Lottery Awards for All England
National Lottery Awards for All England
Social connections and community activities are at the heart of creating healthier, happier lives and a flourishing society. That’s why we support amazing community-led projects. We offer funding from £300 to £20,000. And can support your project for up to two years.
You can apply for funding to deliver a new or existing activity or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges.
We can fund projects that’ll do at least one of these things:
bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities
improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.
Application deadline Ongoing. Apply at least 16 weeks before you want to start the activities or spend any of the money.
Update on our Public Health Accelerator Bid programme

Regarding the launch of Essex County Council’s new £7.5 million grant scheme, the Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) programme.

 The programme is made up of two grant funding streams:

  • small grants under £15,000
  • major grants over £15,000

I am now pleased to confirm we’ve reached an important milestone in the programme, with the opening of expressions of interest for the major grants.

We are inviting organisations to submit an expression of interest (EoI) in advance of submitting their formal application. If successful, they will then be invited to submit a formal application form in September. 

As a reminder, the PHAB programme will look to fund projects supporting the aims of the new Essex Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities Business Plan and aims to tackle health inequalities and improve the health of Essex residents. 

Alongside the opening of expressions of interest, I am pleased to also confirm today the launch of the new PHAB website.

The website brings together information on the programme, including the full guidance and expression of interest forms. It will continue to be updated with more information, including the application forms for both grants once live, as the programme progresses.

You can find the website at:

Questions on the programme can also be emailed to  

The deadline for the first round of expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 25 August. Further rounds will take place in due course.

Applications for the small grants and first round of the major grant for those whose EoI has been approved will open on Monday 4 September and we expect to award the first grants in November.

We look forward to receiving your bids later this year and welcome any questions you have on the programme.


The Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB)

The programme will fund new projects that are both grounded in public health principles and deliver services in new and innovative ways, focusing on those most affected by health inequalities.


Applications for the small grants (under £15,000) and first round of the major grants (over £15,000) open on Monday 4 September. We wanted to share the news with you well ahead of time so that you can begin to compile ideas and explore how your organisation could benefit from the programme.


Expressions of interest for the major grants programme will be invited from 1 August. There will be more than one round of applications for the major grant funding.

Full guidance for the programme will be available soon.


If you have any queries about the PHAB programme, you can email

22/11/22 - Screening Awareness Fund

The purpose of the fund is to raise awareness and increase promotion of cervical, breast, bowel and prostate screening services in the Tendring area. Also, to encourage taking up of smear tests, mammograms, home-test bowel kits, and prostate screening.

Applications of up to £2,000 are invited. They may cover raising awareness and promotion of all four screening services or cover one or two areas.

For guidelines, criteria, application form or further information email: (subject: Screening Awareness Fund). 

This funding is provided by The North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance and is administered though CVS Tendring  

21/02/22 - KFC Foundation

This grant programme is for registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities with a turnover of less than £300,000. We will make grants of up to £2,000. The KFC Foundation welcomes funding applications from organisations which: 

  • Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
  • Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
  • Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
  • Are local to a KFC restaurant? (Find Your Local KFC)
  • Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of our funding being received 
07/02/22 - Vodafone Charities Connected

Apply for free mobile connectivity to support your charity

If you’re a charity that needs support for digital inclusion programmes, you can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like – for example, to help stay in touch with service users, or deliver training to people in need.
24/01/22 - Cervical Screening Awareness

Cervical Screening Awareness and Promotion Applications of up to £1000 are invited for projects/ideas that are able to raise awareness and increase promotion of cervical screening services in the Tendring area, including encouraging take up smear tests. Applications will be assessed with regard to proposed activity, the numbers you expect to reach through this activity and what the outcomes will be. If successful, funding will be awarded as appropriate and relevant. Target Groups  25-29 age group  Women over 25 who have never had a smear test  Women over 50  Low socio-economic groups  Ethnic minority groups  Women with Learning Disabilities  Lesbian and Bi-sexual women,

For further information or application form email

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