Funding Update 22nd March 2021


The Women Thrive Fund (Deadline: 25 March 2021)
Delivered by Rosa and Smallwood Trust, the Women Thrive Fund is distributing grants of up to £40,000 to specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Organisations should be working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience. They can apply for:

    • Grants of up to £15,000 with a turnover of £200,000 inclusive
    • Grants of up to £40,000 with a turnover of £200,001 – £999,999.
    • Organisations can also apply for an additional 25% of their grant request for work which will strengthen their organisation. Find out more and apply here


Derwent London – Tech Belt Community Fund  (Deadline for applications is 5pm on 26 March 2021) Applications welcome from local community groups, residents and local business owners in Tech Belt. The aim of the fund is to support projects that will bring benefits to the local area and community, in particular, focusing on local community events, increasing employment opportunities for disadvantaged local people, health and well-being, small public space improvements, arts, culture and educational projects.  In recognition of the ongoing difficulties that community projects/registered groups face during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fund will once again consider applications towards the core funding of your group (i.e. the general administration costs of your charity/community enterprise). For further information and how to apply: Please visit the website: Community Fund or contact us on Tel: 020 7659 3000 or email

Hedley Foundation   (Deadline: 31/03/2021) The Hedley Foundation provides grants to smaller charities operating across the spectrum of social need. They support hundreds of small charities, improving lives and lifting people’s aspirations. Click here for more information

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Grants Programme. Core funding grants are available to support small and medium-sized local charities with a proven track record of helping people aged 17 years and older in England and Wales achieve positive change in one or more of the complex social issues as specified by the Foundation.  Click here for more information . A Q&A webinar with the members of the Lloyds Bank Foundation’s grants team will be held on 30th March between 2pm – 3.30pm. Applicants can register for the webinar here.

National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund: Funding for activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19 and to help organisations overcome financial difficulties faced because of the pandemic. Please Click here for more information

National Lottery Community Fund: The National Lottery Community Fund general programmes are now open for applications.  This includes the ‘Awards for All’, ‘Reaching Communities’ and ‘Partnerships’ Programmes, please see the links below for more information

Awards for All Programme  | Reaching Communities Programme  |Partnerships Programme

Sport England Return to Play: Community Asset Fund. Grants to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open spaces to help their local community return to play safely. Capital awards between £10,000-£50,000 are available for clubs and community groups. There are different funding streams, including small grants, community assets, and tackling inequalities.  This is a rolling programme. Please click here for more information

Football Foundation – Small Grants: Grants are available for purchasing equipment and items to enable grassroots football organisations in England to restart activities after the period of COVID-19 restrictions. The Small Grants programme seeks to enable grassroots football organisations in England to restart activities after the period of COVID-19 restrictions by providing funding for purchasing equipment and items such as goalposts or pitch maintenance machinery. Grants of up to £25,000 can be awarded.  Please click here for more information

Comic Relief Community Fund – Capacity Building Grant: Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to become stronger and more robust and better able to deliver projects that bring about lasting change. The Fund aims to deliver long lasting community driven change by awarding Capacity Building grants to organisations in England whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes: Capacity Building grants of up to £1,000 are available. Click here for more information

Green Recovery Challenge Fund: Funding is available for environmental charities and partners to kick-start projects to halt the loss of wildlife and address climate change under at least one of the following themes:  Nature conservation and restoration, including eco-system restoration and species recovery; nature-based solutions, particularly for climate change mitigation and adaption. For grants up to £250,000 Deadline 14 April 2021 @noon. Click here for more information

Mrs Smith and Mount Trust. Grants are available to registered charities in the East of England, South East and London in the areas of: Mental Health; Learning Disability; Homelessness; and Health in the Community. Click here for more information

Islington Council’s Local Initiatives Fund – Open Programme. The Local Initiatives Fund is available to voluntary and community organisations working with residents in Islington.  The funding is allocated by local ward councillors for projects and activities which will provide positive change and tackle inequality in their wards.  It is important that projects can demonstrate benefit to the residents of the ward they are applying to. There is currently an open process for applications, with organisations responding to Covid-19 being given priority.   If you would like to find out more please contact or check out the website for information. Click here for more information

The Feminist Review Trust. The Feminist Review Trust gives grants to projects in the UK and internationally that support women, recognising that Covid-19 presents particular challenges for women’s projects. As a funder, they are continuing to accept applications within the same existing schedule. We want to reassure projects with current awards that we understand you may need to adjust plans and reporting deadlines.  In 2020 and 2021 we will particularly welcome applications from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas:

  • Lesbian and transgender rights
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Disabled women and girls
  • Refugee women and girls

The deadline for this round is 30 April 2021Click here for more information

BBC Children in Need – Small & Main Grants Programme (Deadline: 12 April 2021) 

Grants for work with Children and young people aged 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Funding covers project delivery (Including staffing and salary costs) and organisational costs to support stability and adaptation (including the day-to-day running costs of an organisation as opposed to specific project costs). Small grants – up to (and including) £10,000 per year. Main grants – £10,001 or more, per year.

Click here for more information

Julia and Hans Rausing Trust (UK)
Registered charities that run youth centres can apply for a share of £8 million to help them survive and recover from the impact of Covid-19. The funding is available to support the core costs associated with running youth centres and delivering youth work. There is no fixed grant amount and charities may request the amount needed to cover eligible costs for the period 1 April – 30 September 2021. The funding is being made available through the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust and aims to ensure that youth centres remain viable and are able to re-open or continue to deliver services as the country emerges from Covid-19 restrictions.
Deadline: 31st March 2021.

The Baring Foundation
The Baring Foundation has launched a new fund to support activity to redress the under-representation of participatory artists from ethnically diverse communities in arts and mental health. This funding round is being launched together with the new report – Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse – in which experts and practitioners with personal and professional experience explore the challenges and barriers in this field and draw out good practice. Grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 are available.

Hope Beyond
In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making funding available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. The Hope Beyond Programme are making grants of up to £50,000 available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need. The Programme will look to address three themes: the issues of loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience. Funding can be used for capital projects and some revenue costs.
Applications can be made at any time.

Alpkit Foundation (UK)
In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis. Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak. Funding can provide support for activities which might include helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating, supporting the homeless, providing access to food, medicines or social care, supporting foodbanks, increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries, and bringing exercise indoors.

Applications can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis