With our monthly grant blog posts, whatCharity aims to match grant makers with grant seekers. We strive to make it easier for charities to find grant programmes that are relevant for their organisations and activities, in order to help them increase their impact on their communities.

Below, we have gathered a list of grants that are open for applications this June. Some of the following opportunities close in July so, if interested, charities should start their applications as soon as possible. We have included information about each grant and some tips for the application process.

The following programmes include funding aimed at improving the digital resources of organisations, awards for charities working in the Bristol and London areas, and grants for generable charitable purposes across England and Wales. There are some opportunities to cover both project and core costs.

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Transform Foundation (grants to improve digital resources of charities)

The Transform Foundation is an organisation established with the aim of helping small and middle-size charities transform their digital presence in order to reach more people, raise funds and better serve their beneficiaries. The foundation does this by giving grants, funding research, delivering digital skills trainings and organising educational events.

About the grant

The Transform Foundation has set a grant for small and medium charities to help them improve their online marketing potential, as a way of recruiting donors, volunteers and campaigners. Their Facebook Grant programme covers £5000 – with the potential of scaling-up – for Facebook Advertising and their Website Grant programme covers the full costs of a new charity-specific website, including strategy, design, development and training.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The Transform Foundation offers funding for registered charities with an annual income of between £350,000 and £30 million, or who have the resources to follow on their funding through internal investment. They aim to provide a minimum of five grants a month for both their Website Grant and their Facebook Grant programme.

Application tips

The Transform Foundation seeks to support those charities with enough internal resources to deliver their projects. They suggest charities should have someone committed to at least two-hours a week to managing their websites. They encourage the senior leadership to be involved in the grant application process.

Link to register/apply

Facebook grants: https://formsubmission.typeform.com/to/PorXub

Website grants: https://formsubmission.typeform.com/to/JnVNgW

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Tesco Bags of Help (for community-based projects)

The program Tesco Bags of Help is a local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is used to fund thousands of community projects across Great Britain. The projects must bring benefits to the local community.

About the grant

Bags of Help is open for applications on a rolling basis. The applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which ones go forward to the customer vote. Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout Great Britain, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will be given a grant of up to £4,000, the project in second place will receive £2,000 and the project in third place will receive up to £1,000.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

Bags of Help can fund 100% of project costs, so charities do not have to have any match funding. However, there is no limit to what additional funding can be, and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can be part of wider project costs. Charities will need to complete their project within twelve months of receiving the grant.

Application tips

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this ranging from:

  • Purchasing items
  • Making improvements to a building that benefits the local community
  • Developing an outdoor space play area
  • Running a community event
  • Supporting seasonal activities.

 Link to register/apply

Charities should first locate the postcode of their nearest Tesco store following this link: http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/. Then they will need to complete an eligibility quiz here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W3PFP2D. If the project meets the criteria, charities will be sent a link to the application form.

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Culture Seeds – Greater London Authority Grants (for charities working with community-led cultural programmes across London)

Culture Seeds is a two-year rolling programme, part of the Mayor of London’s draft Strategy for Culture. It is aimed firmly at grassroots organisations to set up more local arts and culture activities created and put on by local people in London. It is managed by Groundwork. 

About the grant

The grants will be used to support community-led cultural projects in every London borough. Culture Seeds will support small informal organisations for which it is often harder to access funding. They will prioritise projects that support people on lower incomes and connect communities that lack access to cultural resources and funding.

The programme will also offer successful applicants help with:

  • marketing and monitoring projects
  • applying for future funding
  • recruiting and working with volunteers

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The grants are aimed for arts, culture and heritage projects and activities. This includes:

  • visual and performing arts (like music, dance and theatre)
  • filmmaking and film screenings
  • heritage projects
  • digital art
  • cultural events/festivals
  • literature, spoken word, reading groups
  • craft and making activities
  • choirs/singing groups
  • creative writing

Application tips

Charities should have a bank account with two signatories or nominate an organisation who can accept the funds on their behalf. They must also provide two referees who can vouch for the work of the charity in the local community.

Link to register/apply

To apply, charities must complete the eligibility checker and then they will be taken through the online application form. It can be access here: https://glagrants.org.uk/home/culture-seeds-grants/

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John James Bristol Foundation (for charities located in Bristol)

 The John James Bristol Foundation was established in 1983 by John James, a businessman and philanthropist from Bristol. This foundation awards grants to charitable causes that directly benefit communities in Bristol.

About the grant

The main areas of focus of the foundation are education, health and older people. Grants in 2017/2018 totalled £2.3 million, and almost half were destined to educational activities. Grants usually range from £200,000 to £1,000.

Trustees meet quarterly in February, May, August and November to consider grant applications, which are due the 15thof January, April, July and October respectively.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The main areas of focus of the foundation are education, health and older people.

Application tips

Appeals should be submitted by post to the executive of the foundation to the following address:

Mrs Louise Hanson 
Chief Executive
John James Bristol Foundation
7 Clyde Road
Redland 
Bristol
BS6 6RG

Application should not exceed two pages and they should be supported with copies of the latest annual accounts and a copy of the charities safeguarding policy if the organisation works with children or vulnerable adults. All applications are acknowledged.  Enquiries regarding applications can be sent to:  info@johnjames.org.uk

Link to register/apply

More information about the grant can be found here: http://johnjames.org.uk/

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The Jane Hodge Foundation grants

 The Jane Hodge Foundation was established in 1962 and its objective is to award funds to non-profit organisations for the following causes: the encouragement of medical research, the advancement of medical and surgical science, the advancement of education and the advancement of religion.

About the grant

In 2015/2016 the foundation awarded 112 grants which totalled £3.2, especially for medical and education projects.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The foundation provides funding for the following areas:

  • Welfare: charities working with people who might be vulnerable or disadvantaged and who need assistance to improve their lives. This includes the elderly, homeless, disabled, special needs and mental issues.
  • Education: support for education and learning, both within formal school settings and practical approaches to learning which support young people to fulfill their potential, including those with special needs across the UK.
  • Medical: medical related charities specializing in the treatment and support for specific illnesses. Main focus has been local hospices, children’s care and research.
  • Religion: support towards projects such as facilities in church buildings and inclusive activities for the wider community.

Application tips

Applications can be sent by post or email. They should include a project description of no more than three pages, explaining your organisation’s charitable aims and objectives, as well as the target users that will benefit from the grant. It should also include a detailed budget and an annual report and accounts if your charity is not included in the Charity Commission website. If a charity’s income is less than £10,000, they require evidence of income and expenditure for the past three years. All applications are acknowledged.

Link to register/apply

More information on how to apply can be found here: https://www.hodgefoundation.org.uk/how-to-apply/

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The Shanly Foundation (for charities in South East of England – particularly Thames Valley, Home Counties and London –working with physical or mental disabilities)

The Shanly Foundation was established in 1997 to support local causes. It also lends support to other national and international causes, such as the Ebola crisis in 2014. Since 1969, the Shanly Group and the Shanly Foundation have contributed to those in need, including youth clubs, schools and centres for adults with physical and learning disabilities.

About the grant

In 2016, the Foundation made grants of a total of £1.52 million, distributed through different areas including community, education, health and welfare, disability, wildlife conservation and religious projects. Grants ranged from £8,000 to £336,5000.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The Foundation looks for applications from registered charities primarily working in the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, North London, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex areas. However, other national projects will be considered. Charities particularly assisting the physically and mentally disabled are especially welcome.

Application tips

Applications are made through their website, or alternatively, by post or email. Applicants must state clearly the reasons for making the application, accompanied with relevant back-up evidence.

Link to register/apply

Charities can complete a grant application following this link: http://www.shanlyfoundation.com/grants/make-an-application/. Charities can alternatively send their application by post or email.

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The Swire Charitable Trust

 This Trust, formerly known as the Sammermar Trust, was established in 1988 for general charitable purposes. Grants are made to a wide range of causes at the trustees’ discretion.

About the grant

In 2016, grants totaled £844,000. Grants are awarded to cover any costs, including core or running costs. Funding is usually provided for a period of one year, but sometimes the fund will cover costs for up to three years.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The charity provides funding to registered charities in England and Wales working in the following areas:

  • Welfare: activities supporting children and young people, ex-servicemen and women, victims of slavery and human trafficking and young offenders.
  • Opportunity: to narrow the attainment gap for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and equip young people with the essential skills they need to help them re-engage with education, training and employment or volunteering.
  • Heritage: projects related to heritage or with the potential to deliver substantial social and economic benefits to deprived communities or disadvantaged people.

Application tips

The application process includes two steps. First, charities should complete the eligibility test, and if they pass, they will be automatically moved to the next step, for which they will have thirty days to complete. This second step requires filling  an online funding request form, at the end of which charities will have to upload a copy of their latest inspected or audited accounts. If your charity is new, a copy of a bank statement is accepted. All applications are acknowledged, and the trust might request a call or a meeting before determining the outcome of an application.

Link to register/apply

https://mercersphilanthropy.co.uk/further-information/

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National Lottery Awards for all

The National Lottery Awards for all makes grants from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. They fund organisations with project ideas that shape the places and spaces that matter to communities, bring people together and build strong relationships that enable them to fulfil their potential.

About the grant

Grants are divided between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and each region follows a different application process. However, some grants of over £10,000 are also available for UK-wide projects.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

Projects have to follow under the funding priorities stated above. Charities whose projects involve communities in their design, development and implementation are especially encouraged to apply.

Application tips

If you need more information or require support for the application process, you can contact them directly at general.enquiries@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk,  or 0345 4 10 20 30.

For their applications, charities will need to provide the following in their applications:

  • Contact details of two unconnected people from your organisation, who will be legally responsible for any grant awarded
  • Your organisation’s details
  • Account details: account year end date and total annual income
  • A copy of a bank statement from the last three months, or a bank welcome letter if you have opened a new account in the last three months.
  • Project details
  • 500 words on how the project meets their funding priorities and how it will involve the community in its design, development and implementation.

Link to register/apply

Formore information, charities should check the website: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/under10k

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The 29thMay 1961 Charitable Trust (grants are awarded with preference for charities working in the West Midlands and Birmingham area) 

This Trust takes its name from the date on which it was established by the settlor Helen M. Matin. The trustees give the following description of its grant-making policy: “the policy of the trustees is to support a wide range of charitable organisations across a broad range spectrum. Although for disclosure purposes grants are analysed into separate categories, the trustees are interested in funding initiatives which meet their selection criteria regardless of the charitable area into which the grant falls.”

About the grant

Some grants are one-off, some recurring, and others spread over two or three years. Preference is given to charities operating in the West Midlands, and in particular the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Grants in 2016/2017 were given to 351 organisations and totalled £4.5 million. Each grant ranged from £5,000 to £1 million. Main areas of interest include, but are not limited to, arts, social welfare, recreation and young people, homelessness and housing, employment, medical, offenders and conservation and protection.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The Foundation supports a wide variety of charities and all general charitable purposes. However, in the past they have granted almost half of their awards to charities working with projects related to health. They have also prioritized the sectors of social investment, education and arts and culture.

Application tips

Applications should be sent in writing to the correspondent, enclosing three copies of both the most recent annual report and accounts.

Correspondent:

Vanni Treves, Trustee

Ryder Court, 14 Ryder Street

London

SW1Y 6QB

Applicants must provide the contact details of the charity and of a contact person, plus the project details and project finances. 

Link to register/apply

Enquires can be set to enquiries@29may1961charity.org.ukor alternatively, charities can call 020 7024 9034.

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Reaching Communities England

Reaching Communities makes grants of over £10,000 to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities. Grants are awarded for up to five years.

About the grant

Grants are only given to charities that work along Reaching Communities’ funding priorities. These include:

  • Bringing people together and building strong relationships across communities
  • Improving places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

The available funds for this financial year add up to £190 million.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

Reaching Communities is interested in activities that are people-led, strengths-based and connected. This means that the people the charities are working with are involved in the development and delivery of the activity, that charities seek to make the most of the skills already existing in the communities, and that they show an understanding on what other relevant organisations are doing, and they can develop good working relationships with other local organisations.

Reaching Communities funds staff salaries, project activities, running costs, small-scale refurbishments, equipment and organisational development.

Application tips

Before submitting the full application, Reaching Communities requires a brief outline of what your charity aims to do. They are looking for general information on your charity’s project: its purpose, the expected impact, how the community is involved, the background of your organisation and budget details. For this, you can submit a form online, a video or an email.

Link to register/apply

Before starting their application, charities have to submit their idea following this link: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/reaching-communities-england#section-4

Charities can call Reaching Communities if they have any questions regarding their application process: 0345 4 10 20 30

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