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

Below, we’ve gathered together a list of grants that are available for applications now. We’ve put together as much information on each grant as possible to make this (sometimes difficult!) process easier for applicants.

The Fore (grant programme opens 1st April)

The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. They match successful applicants with friendly professional support – ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance.

About the grant

The Fore provides funding to UK-registered charities with an annual income less than £500,000. The number of registrations accepted for each round is capped to ensure they are able to give every application the attention it deserves. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so please register early.

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

The Fore offer unrestricted grants that can be used for any purpose, including core costs. They make grants that have a transformational impact on the organisations by unlocking exponential growth, sustainability, efficiency or some other major step forward. Applications should describe the impact that the funding would have on your organisation.

Past results and feedback: http://www.thefore.org/results/

Application tips

See their application guidelines by clicking here.

Additionally, they organise events with The FSI, TrustLaw and Cranfield Trust:

http://www.thefore.org/charities/

Link to register/apply

A link to the registration page will appear here on 1st April.

The Fore is committed to transparency and they work with 360Giving to publish information about their grants.

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Barrow Cadbury Trust (open grant application process)

Barrow Cadbury Trust is an independent, charitable foundation committed to bringing about a more just and equal society. The Trust has a Quaker heritage and looks for long-term solutions and structural change by addressing the root causes of inequality.

About the grant

The Trust has 3 programmes – criminal justice, migration, and economic justice, as well as a social investment programme which works in a different way from the others. They seek out new solutions for old problems and each funded project is a part of a bigger picture. See their different programmes by clicking here.

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

There are specific programme aims and they only fund work that contributes to those aims and do not respond to general appeals. Please see their video before applying as it gives a good idea what kind of projects they are looking for – click here to watch.

Application tips

Have a look at this PDF of their funded work which will give you some idea of the organisations they work with and the nature of the projects and initiatives which align with their model for change.

Link to register/apply

See the inquiry form by clicking here.

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City Bridge Trust (open grant application process)

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totaling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London.

About the grant

City Bridge Trust want to help make London’s communities stronger, more resilient and thriving through their Connecting the Capital Funding programme

They want to help Londoners experiencing inequality and disadvantage to make important transitions in their lives through their Positive Transitions programme.

They want to address inequalities in London by funding good quality advice and support when it comes to economic and legal circumstances and those who suffer from food poverty. They do this through their Advice and Support funding programme.

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

Their vision is for London to be a city where all individuals and communities can thrive and they support charities whose projects have London focus. A grant from the Trust cannot amount to more than 50% of an organisation’s turnover/income in any one year. Before applying please take eligibility quiz by clicking here. 

Application tips

City Bridge Trust recognises that individuals and communities can face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and may self-identify differently in different contexts. They particularly welcome applications that understand and tackle multiple causes and consequences of discrimination and offer appropriate, specialist responses.

Link to register/apply

You can apply for a grant by clicking here.

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Help The Homeless (grant deadline 15th March)

Help The Homeless was founded in 1975 and launched its first National Appeal chaired by Sir Robert Mark (the then Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police) which raised a substantial initial capital sum. Together with further donations and legacies since this capital has been carefully managed and invested to produce income which is distributed in the form of grants to charities and voluntary organisations throughout the UK.

About the grant

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

For tips, see their past funded projects by clicking here.

Application tips

Applicants should clearly describe the aims and structure of their organisation, their future plans and specific details of how any grant will be spent. A copy of the latest available audited accounts is also required.

Link to register/apply

Everything you need for applying for funding and the application link can be found by clicking here.

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The Rayne Foundation (open application round)

The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues.

Their role is to support work which is untried and tests new approaches but has clear objectives. They favour work which could change the way issues are tackled in our society and which could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.

About the grant

They will consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense, and those that cover social issues. They have a number of areas of special interest:

  • Young people’s improved mental health
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

The Rayne Foundation fund charitable and not-for-profit organisations.  They target funding towards issues and organisations which do not enjoy widespread public support. Large, national organisations or ‘household name charities’ are unlikely to receive a grant unless they are the only organisation in a position to tackle a particular problem.

Application tips

There is a two-stage application process. At Stage One you will provide a short outline application. They use Stage One to make an initial assessment of the quality of your proposal and whether there is a good match between your objectives and those of The Rayne Foundation.

More can be found on the guidelines by clicking here.

Link to register/apply

Please submit your application to applications@raynefoundation.org.uk

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Smallwood Trust (grant deadline 4th March)

Smallwood Trust helps women to overcome financial difficulties and improve their social and emotional well-being. Their mission is to enable women on low incomes to be financially resilient. The Smallwood Trust was originally founded in 1886 by the late Miss Edith Smallwood.

About the grant

These funds have been received from Tampon Tax fund and are matched with Smallwood Trust funding. The objective of the fund is to identify and document good practice that is achieving outcomes for women on low incomes by building their skills, confidence and aspirations to enable them to enter into employment. Read more by clicking here.

What kind of charities and projects should apply?

Projects should be proven and able to impact and good practice. This includes interventions that are not currently documented extensively or are being implemented in a new context.

Application tips

For this funding round they are looking to fund existing projects that are demonstrating good practice and learn from this funding to implement potential replication.

Link to register/apply

Click here to apply.

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For more information on why we feel it’s important to facilitate matching grantmakers and grant seekers, read our latest blog post by clicking here.

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