Funding for Community Projects

Funding Opportunities and Grants
for Community Projects

You will find below a list of links which can help you to find funding for your voluntary organisation or community project. We regularly update this page, so please check back for the latest information.

Last Updated: October 2021

UK Wide Grant and Funding Providers

BBC Children in Need - BBC Children in need funds for non-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under who live in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. The small grants programme donates fund for up to £10,000.

Community Investment Fund - The Community Investment Fund aims to improve the quality of life of individuals – particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and to enhance community engagement.  They support social enterprises and charities in England which are providing essential support or services to improve the well being or local residents. 

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. They award grants towards the promotion of cultural life, education, the natural environment and enabling people who are disadvantaged to participate more fully in society. 

The Woodward Charitable Trust - The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charities in the UK, focusing on the following areas: isolated young people, minority groups. Prisoners and ex-offenders, disability projects, homelessness, arts outreach work and environmental projects.

UK Community Foundations  - UKCF is an umbrella organisation for all community foundations . A community foundation is a vehicle for charitable giving, they help individuals, families and charitable trusts to design bespoke grant making strategies to tackle particular issues.  This site features a list of all community foundations so you can find out your local community foundation – and how to contact them.

The Wesleyan Foundation - The Wesleyan Foundation offer grants from £2,000 upto £10,000 for schools and voluntary organisations across the UK. In 2021/2022, their grants are available to organisations looking to resolve issues caused by the on-going pandemic. They are favouring outdoor projects or projects designed to improve mental health or personal and social development.

Regional Grant and Funding Opportunities
A selection of funding that is only available to certain areas:

Basildon Community Investment Fund - Local funding to help kick-start community projects in the borough.To qualify for this funding, projects need to show how they further the council's vision to create opportunity by enabling community and voluntary groups to deliver services meeting an unmet community need, and to promote and increase volunteering in the borough. Project which are eligible include: the refurbishment of a community building as part of a wider community project to increase usage.  Local voluntary and community groups can apply for grant funding of £2,000 upwards. 

City Bridge Trust - The City Bridge Trust offer funding via their Working With Londoners Grant. They have 7 different sectors to help the London area with Accessibility, Environment, Mental Health etc and can offer up to £500,000 to sector organisations and registered charities

North East England:
Hadrian Trust - The Hadrian Trust awards funding for projects within the North East of England whose aims are to improve areas such as: Social Welfare, The Disabled, Youth, Education etc. Their average grant ranges between £500 to £2,000.

The Adnams Charity – This award offers grants within the range of £100 to £2,500 to causes within 25 miles of Southwold. Their grants are made under the general headings of: Education, Health & Social Welfare, The Arts, Recreation, Buildings/Community Facilities and The Environment/Conservation.

Selected Area Grant and Funding Opportunities

Magnox Socio-Economic Scheme - Funding scheme offered by Magnox with the aim to mitigate the impact of decommissioning on local communities living near Magnox Ltd sites. Grants are offered between the value of £100 to over £100,000. Education establishments, community groups, voluntary groups etc local to these sites can apply for funding.

The Ford Britain Trust - Ford pay special attention to projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to their UK locations. Grant applications will only be considered for projects being undertaken/expenditure being made in locations near Ford Motor Company Limited’s UK operations.

SITA Trust - Sita trust offer an Enhancing Communities Programme for community improvement projects. This funding is available for non profit organizations and groups in any of the 115 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SITA UK, to find out if you are eligible visit their website.  These grants can range up to £60,000.

Veolia Environmental Trust - The Veolia Environmental trust reward funding to non profit groups who’s projects can aid the environment or the community. Their average award for funding ranges between £20,000 to £25,000. To be eligible for consideration your project needs to be in the proximity of a qualifying site operated by Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc.

WREN - The Waste Recycling Environmental group WREN is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and  heritage projects, both Small Grants (£2,00 to £15,000) and Main Grants (£15,001 to £75,000) are offered to projects which fall within WREN policy and the Landfill Communities Fund.

Other registered Landfill Site Operators also offer funding for projects within a specified distance of their sites. A list of registered landfill site operators is available from the HMRC website: List of Registered Landfill Site Operators

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