The whatCharity monthly grant newsletter matches grant makers with grant seekers. We make it easier for charities to find grant programmes that are relevant for their organisations and activities, in order to help them grow and increase the impact they have in their communities. We provide grants suitable for all types of organisations and have previously matched charities with exclusive grants of up to £40,000. 

Every month we compile a list of 10 grants currently accepting applications. Only 2 grants are available to view for those who are not whatCharity Matchmaking Members. In order to get access to the full 10 grants, upgrade your profile here.

In all our grant posts, we detail the grant eligibility criteria, the deadline, as well as some tips for the application process. The grants cover a range of charitable causes, including:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Environmental care
  • Young people 
  • Other general charitable purposes

The grants listed are of varying sizes, which cover both project and internal costs, as well as those whose reach extends across the UK and internationally – something for everybody!

1. Aviva Community Fund

Aviva says: ‘Over the years we’ve learnt that the charities that make the biggest impact are those that have the chance to innovate and test new ideas. The new Aviva Community Fund programme backs the clever ideas that move communities forward, so together we can build a better tomorrow’

Deadline: 11th February 2020

About the grant

The power is now in the hands of Aviva employees to decide how the Aviva Community Fund money is distributed. Between them, they’ll have £250,000 of Fund money to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Up to £50,000 can be donated to one cause.

What kinds of projects/charities can apply?

Aviva wants to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty, so they’re investing in two key areas:

•  Community resilience: Tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

•  Financial capability and inclusion: Giving people the tools to become more financially independent

Application Tips:

Aviva believe that the charities that make the biggest impact are those that are given the opportunity to innovate and test new ideas without fear of risk. That’s why they’re focusing on funding small charities with forward-thinking ideas. To this end, any projects submitted should be to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group.

Link to Register/Apply:

Type of FundingGrant SizeTo WhomApplication DeadlineDecision Made By
RestrictedUp to £50,00UK based charities
with an annual income of below £1 million
Midnight on the 11th of February15th April

2. DCR Allen Charitable Trust (general charitable purposes but special interest in projects that support disadvantaged young people)

This trust makes grants for a wide range of charitable purposes but is particularly interested in supporting charities, organisations or projects which help disadvantaged young people.

Deadline: The application is rolling, trustees asses applications once monthly

About the grant

Grants may be made to fund capital expenditure as well as operational expenses. Small and medium-sized charities are favoured and well established nationally known charities are less likely to be considered. Grants are typically in the range of £1,000- £5,000 but larger grants may be considered, particularly in respect of specific or innovative capital projects.

What kind of charities or projects should apply?

UK registered charities are eligible for these grants, whilst the trust supports general charitable activity, they favour applications for projects that help disadvantaged young people. Projects which aim to help young people progress towards a more fulfilling life-style are of special interest.

Application tips:

The trust particularly welcomes applications from new candidates, so don’t be shy!

Exclusions include: evangelical or worship activities; animal welfare; medical research; heritage conservation/preservation; arts or collections

Link to register/apply
To apply please send applications directly to

Type of FundingGrant
To WhomApplication
Made By
RestrictedUsually between £1,000 and £5,000Charities in the UK that work to help
disadvantaged young people
Rolling, trustees meet monthlyUsually no
longer than a month after application submission

Remember, if you want to see the full list of 10 grants currently open for applications, upgrade your profile here.