At whatCharity, we’re proud to match grantmakers with grant seekers. We strive to make it easier for grantmakers to find high-quality applicants and for charities to find grant programmes that are relevant to them.

Below, we’ve gathered together a list of corporate brands whose foundations give grants to charities. We’ve put together as much information on each grant as possible to make this (sometimes difficult!) process easier for applicants. Take a quick look to see if there is something new for you here.

ASDA FOUNDATION – Engage with your local ASDA

The ASDA Foundation wants to have a strong reputation for managing, coordinating and delivering programmes which really make a significant difference to local communities and the people who live there.

About the grant

The Significant Local Community Projects programme allows ASDA colleagues to nominate initiatives which will make a real long term difference, benefiting the wider community with their vision to ‘Transform Communities’, improving lives locally.

Green Token Giving also provids the opportunity for a member of the public to nominate a charity or good cause in the community for extra funding.

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

Charities that can apply evidence from programmes of community needs and aspirations to develop their existing model.

Find out more about what they fund here https://www.asdafoundation.org/what-we-fund and take the eligibility test to find out if your charity is suitable: https://www.asdafoundation.org/eligibility-checker

Application tips

Build a relationship with the local store as they are in an important role in supporting your application.

Link to register/apply

If the store or home office wish to work with you and process your application form please ensure you complete all of the application forms including financial reports and 3/5 year plans where applicable to support your application.

Applications must be approved and signed by the project coordinator and the General Store Manager.

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John Lewis Foundation 

The John Lewis Foundation invests in disadvantaged communities that support the John Lewis business throughout the world to acquire the relevant skills required for meaningful employment. The Foundation welcomes applications for projects with these objectives both in the UK and overseas.

About the grant

The John Lewis Foundation fund projects focused on improving the local environment, employability, or social inclusion within the target group.

They fund transport and consumables, recreation, holiday or respite care, courses or conferences, to provide for the development of an app or idea, marketing or other promotional materials, or for sponsorship for an individual or group

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

In The UK, The Foundation only gives grants to groups and organisations that are registered with the appropriate Charity Commission or where the grant is for an exclusively charitable purpose. Organisations that are ‘exempt’ or ‘excepted’, such as schools, qualify under those criteria.

Application tips

As applications take time and resource to prepare, they recommend that unless you’re fully eligible you seek funding from a source that provides for your area of interest. If you have any further questions on eligibility, please contact them directly johnlewisfoundation@johnlewis.co.uk

Link to register/apply

Apply here: http://www.johnlewisfoundation.org/content/fnd/en/how-to-apply.html

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Boots Charitable Trust – Nottinghamshire focus – closing soon!

At the Boots UK support office, they want to give something back to the local community in Nottinghamshire. Established in 1970, the Boots Charitable Trust is an independent registered charity in the UK, wholly funded by Boots UK. To date, it has donated over £10 million to charities across the county.

About the grant and what type of charities should apply

While they look at nominations from all kinds of different charities, their main focus is on the following areas that are very close to their hearts and heritage:

  • Health: both community healthcare such as home care or support for sufferers of medical conditions as well as health education and prevention
  • Lifelong learning: for example literacy and numeracy projects
  • Community development: such as supporting councils in providing voluntary services
  • Social care: be it personal, social or community activities or schemes

Application tips

Please read the policy of giving before applying

See also product donation policy and application here

Link to register/apply

Apply here http://www.boots-uk.com/corporate_social_responsibility/Boots-Charitable-Trust/Login.aspx?action=register

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Lloyds Bank Foundation – Round opening soon!

Every year Lloyds Bank Foundation make grants to hundreds of small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales.

About the grant

Lloyds Bank Foundation provide long-term funding for charities with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change through deep, person-centered and holistic support. They understand that sometimes the most life-changing charities may not always look perfect on paper, and they’re not afraid to take risks where they see great potential.

Their Invest grants provide long-term funding for the day-to-day running of your charity (core costs), and/or the direct delivery of your charity’s work.

Their Enable grants fund opportunities for your charity to develop, or trial new approaches to service delivery, so you can become more effective in your work

The application period

2019 round 2 timetable has not been confirmed yet, but it is likely to be in September. Please check the dates here regularly https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/wefund/fundingtimetable

It is good to start the application process early to ensure the best result. Please see the required application content here: https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/wefund/preparingyourapplication

The charities passing through the initial application stage will be visited in the second assessment stage before the final panel decision. The entire process takes approx. 6 months.

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

They fund registered charities with income between £25,000 and £1 million, who work to support people aged 17+ who are facing one or more of our specified complex social problems. Charities can make sure they meet Eligibility Criteria before filling in the application.

Application tips

Tips for how to apply can be found here https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/wefund/how-to-apply/

Charities are also asked to set objectives with the outcomes you seek to achieve for the people you support and have appropriate monitoring sytems in place.

Link to register/apply

Apply here https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/wefund/how-to-apply/

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The 7Stars Foundation – For projects for 16-year-olds and under

The 7stars are the UK’s most successful and largest independent media agency, planning and buying campaigns across all media channels, for a number of challenging, inspirational and extraordinary advertisers.

The7stars foundation, established by the7stars, supports the most challenged 16-year-olds and under in the United Kingdom. Assisting forgotten young people lacking opportunity, to achieve their potential.

About the grant

Our grant funding prioritises areas of homelessness, addiction, abuse and child carers. They support 16-year-olds and under who are coping with unfair situations. The foundation’s grant programme will fight to further fairness for such individuals.

They’d like to hear from both organisations tackling obstacles faced by 16-year-olds and under, and 16-year-olds and under themselves who are experiencing difficulty.

Application tips

To apply to the foundation, you’ll need to send a short proposal detailing your funding request, along with how your application aligns to and promotes their values. Proposals are to be sent along with an official application form, which can be downloaded on their website. They prefer proposals by email if possible.

Link to register/apply

Organisation application form can be found here https://the7starsfoundation.co.uk/downloads/the7stars_foundation-organisation_application.pdf

Organisations can encourage individuals to apply for individual support with this form https://the7starsfoundation.co.uk/downloads/the7stars_foundation-individual_application.pdf

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The Goldsmith´s Company – Arts, culture, welfare

The Goldsmith´s Company plays an important role in support of the craft and industry, funding apprenticeships and assisting with the technical training of aspiring craftsmen. It has also made a £17.5 million investment by creating The Goldsmiths’ Centre, a unique community in the heart of Clerkenwell, providing training and workspace to goldsmiths, silversmiths and allied crafts.

About the grant

The Company has long supported a wide range of charitable areas and pursues a number of educational, culture and welfare projects. Their small grants focus on culture, general welfare, and disabled and larger grants focus on youth, rehabilitation of prisoners and aging population.

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

Registered charities. The Company Charity’s objects are as follows:

  • The relief of poverty in the Greater London Area, including the relief of poor members of the Goldsmiths’ Company and poor members of the Goldsmiths’ trade
  • The advancement of education
  • Any other charitable purposes

Application tips

Please read all information carefully: https://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/charity/general-charity/charity-guidelines/

Link to register/apply

If you have questions or need access to the application form, please email

grants@thegoldsmiths.co.uk

Larger applications are handled with three stage process and should be discussed with the Grants Manager as a first stage.

Please email the Grants Manager, Ciorsdan Brown atciorsdan.brown@thegoldsmiths.co.uk or telephone 02076067010 ext 2012. 

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GREGG’S Foundation

The Greggs Foundation is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and is closely associated with Greggs plc. The Greggs Foundation is a grant-making charity which improves the quality of life in local communities, distributing around £3 million per year to charitable organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

About the grant

The Gregg’s Foundation is interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

Charities working to make an impact with:

  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness
  • Living in poverty
  • Voluntary carers
  • Homeless people
  • Isolated older people
  • Other demonstrable significant need

Link to register/apply

Apply here https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/local-community-project-fund-grant-application-form

GREGG´S Foundation also has a core cost grant programme to help charities supporting people in need in the North East of England to thrive. Organisations are able to apply every 12 months.

Read more here: https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants

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Hays Travel Foundation

Hays Travel has been a familiar presence on the high streets for more than 35 years. Their extensive branch network is nationwide and is made up of over 160 stores.

Developing young people’s talent is at the heart of Hays Travel. They understand that many young people today, for one reason or another, lack access to what they need to achieve their full potential.

As an organisation, they strive to help and improve the communities where they work and live, and this is something they believe they have a strong track record of accomplishing.

Helping young people achieve and be the best they can be is part of their team’s DNA, which is why in 2015 they created the Hays Travel Foundation.

 

About the grant

It is part of their mission to provide financial support to gifted and talented youngsters from social and economic disadvantaged circumstances so that they may pursue their educational goals.

Registered charities in need of financial aid to support their overall mission or a particular project can apply for a grant. They have five main objectives with the main focus being on creating a brighter future for young people who need a bit of help to develop their potential.

Find out more here https://www.haystravel.co.uk/foundation/funding-charities.phtml

In addition, each travel agency branch has a yearly budget that they can use to sponsor any fundraising activities they want to organise or be part of locally.

Whether you’re an organisation or an individual and have a worthy cause, don’t hesitate to approach your local Hays Travel for help. While the Hays Travel Foundation primarily focuses on supporting young people, branches have the freedom to make their own decision about who and what they would like to fundraise for. Read more here https://www.haystravel.co.uk/foundation/funding-community.phtml

Who can apply?

To apply for a grant you must be a registered charity or a community interest company. There are two main criteria that they judge applications on:

1. Does your project help young people (up to 25 years) develop in at least one of these areas: education, prevention of poverty, health, arts, culture or sports?

2. Does your organisation operate or have an impact in an area in which Hays Travel have a branch?

If your charity is not located in an area in which they operate then you must provide evidence on how your project impacts the local community. Store locations can be found here: https://www.haystravel.co.uk/branch-locator

What type of charities and projects should apply?

The focus of the Hays Travel Foundation is on helping young people in the areas where Hays Travel operates.

Application tips

If you have any questions, please contact: enquiries@haystravelfoundation.co.uk

Link to register/apply

Apply here http://scv.haystravel.co.uk/FndApp.aspx?TestingCookie=1

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