Through 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 would be relevant for their organisations and activities, in order to help them grow and increase the impact they have in their communities.

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

The following programmes include some grants for charities working with children, older populations, people with disabilities, the arts, faith and other general charitable purposes. We have included grants that cover both project and core costs. 

Ballinger Charitable Trust (for charities working with children, young people or older people – only for north-eastern England)

The Ballinger Charitable Trust was founded in 1994 and seeks to support charities, voluntary organisations and community groups through grants and funding. They focus on the following causes:

  • Health, development and well-being of young people
  • Older people
  • Cultural/arts projects based in the northeast of England

About the grant

The Ballinger Charitable Trust specifically favoursthe following areas of work:

  • Activities that deliver health, development and well-being to children and young people
  • Activities that deliver health and well-being to older people and their carers, particularly people living with dementia.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The Ballinger Charitable Trust offers grants to non-profits working in north-eastern England. In 2016 the trust awarded a total of £2.3 million in grants, each ranging from £185,000 to £10,000, as well as other smaller grants.

Application tips

There is no minimum or maximum threshold. The application process is different for amounts under £5,000 and for amounts over £5,000. For the smaller grants, applications should be made in a letter sent by post to the address provided on the website. For amounts over £5,000, applicants must first complete an initial application form on the website. 

Link to register/apply

https://www.ballingercharitabletrust.org.uk/

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BBC Children in Need (for projects working with disadvantaged children)

The charity BBC Childrenin Need was registered in 1989, with the vision that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood, and the chance to reach their full potential. The charity awards grants each year to organisations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children.

About the grant

The charity offers two types of grants:

  • Main grants: open to all charities and non-for-profits applying for grants of over £10,000 per year, up to three years.
  • Small grants: open to all charities and non-for-profits applying for grants of up to £10,000, up to three years.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

Charities that are looking for grants to cover specific projects centredon preventing or overcoming the effects of disadvantage in children. BBC Children in Need favoursprojects related to:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behaviouralor psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Application tips

Projects must be based in the UK and cannot account for costs higher than £20,000. They cannot promote religion or related to political activity. Projects must start within 12 months of the grant award date.

Charities must meet the minimum standards to be eligible for these grants. More information can be found here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/pudsey/External-Minimum-Standards.pdf

The selection is a two-stage process in which charities must first submit an initial online application.

Link to register/apply

For Main Grants: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3XW7FvN20PD3xr2c1T62Xly/main-grants

For Small Grants: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4fJVTzz5QmQx5rx0S4NVg0Q/small-grants

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Dulverton Trust (excludes charities working in the Greater London area – for charities working with people living with a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness)

The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity. They support UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts.

About the grant

The Dulverton Trust awards both single year and multi-year grants.Single year grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000.Multi-year grants are usually for a period of 2-3 years andare only awarded to charities which have previously received another Dulverton grant. The trust also awards smaller grants via their community foundation partners (click here for more information).

In 2017/18 the Dulverton Trust awarded 89 grants, totallingalmost £3.9 million.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

To be eligible, charities must have an annual income of between £200,000 and £10 million. Preference is given to charities with an income of £5 million or below. Newly established charities – usually founded within the last eighteen months – and preservation charities are exempt from the minimum income rule.

The projects must be centred around the following areas:

  • Youth Opportunities
  • General Welfare
  • Conservation
  • Preservation
  • Africa
  • Peace and Humanitarian Support.

Application tips

Charities should carefully read their guidelines and the section of “What we don’t fund” for further information of eligibility criteria. The trust allows charities to contact them directly to discuss prospective applications.

Link to register/apply

Charities can take the required eligibility quiz before submitting their applications here: https://www.dulverton.org/eligibility-quiz/

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The Edward Gostling Foundation 

The Edward Gostling Foundation – formerly The ACT Foundation – provides grants for people living with a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness, in order to provide them with the same choices, quality of life, opportunities and aspirations as others.

About the grant

The Edward Gostling Foundation provides a fast-track Small Grants Programme for applications of upto £5,000 and a Large Grants Programme for applications over £5,000

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

Charities must have been registered in the UK for at least 3 years before the submission of an application.

Applicants must work with at least one of their four funding themes:

  • Health and well-being: supporting access to community facilities to maintain, improveand enhance general welfare.
  • Independent living at home: helping people to live independently in their own home for as long as possible
  • Respite: enabling carers to take a break from the responsibility of caring for a loved one
  • Transition: supporting the journey through education and personal development programmes into employment, long-term volunteering or other meaningful daytime activities, housing and independent living.

Application tips

Once a charity submits an application via the online form, it will receive an acknowledgement e-mail. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis, and the Foundation will give priority to applications under our Small Grants Programme.  Charities applying for £10,000 or more may be visited as part of our due diligence.

The Foundation aims to make a decision on 90% of grant applications within 2 months of receipt.  Applications under the Large Grants Programme can take up to 6 months depending on the cycle of Trustee meetings and the due diligence visits

Link to register/apply

https://www.edwardgostlingfoundation.org.uk/content/apply-grant-0#whentoapply

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The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund (for charities working with people with learning disabilities)

The Bailey Thomas Charitable Fundis a grant-making registered charity established primarily to aid the research into learning disability and aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.

About the grant

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fundcombines two main funding programmes with one-off medium and smaller grants, for revenue and capital costs.Its two main programmes includeresearchgrantsand grants forservice/projects aiding people with learning and intellectual disabilities

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

Charities and organisations who aim to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. The Fund considers under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. In this area, they consider projects concerning children or adults. For full clarity on the Fund’s remit please refer to the published eligibility information. Please note that charities working with conditions such asspecific learning disabilities (as this is an overarching term for conditions like dyslexia, dyscalculia), specific language disorders or ADHD are not eligible to apply, as they are not considered under learning or intellectual disabilities.

Application tips

To apply, charities must fill an online application. The Fundrequires two referencesfor each application.

Link to register/apply

http://www.bailythomas.org.uk/grants/general-programme

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The Esmé Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmé Fairbairn Foundation was established in 1961 with the aim of improvingthe quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. Itdoesthis by funding the charitable work of organisations working across five main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Food and Social Change. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. Apart from their grant program, they also have a £45 million allocation to social investments for organisations.

About the grant

In 2017, the Foundation made grants of a total of £40.5 million. Each grant ranged from £5,000 to £3.9 million, with support lasting from one to five years. They also provide additional support for the recipients of its grants in three ways: free support (such as the use of the foundation’s central London meeting rooms), skills support and strategic support.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The Foundation seeks to fund work that is designed to have wider benefits beyond the direct participants and the life of a project. They favour charities and projects that tackle root causes.

Charities and organisations who want to apply should have a regular turnover of over £50,000. They do not support religious organisations or projects related with animal welfare. For the complete exclusion criteria, prospective applicants should check the Foundation’s website.

Application tips

The application is a two-stage process: first charities must apply online and the Grants Managers will decide whether to take each application further within a month. The second stage involves a set of questions from a Grants or Social Investment Manager. The final decision is made 2-4 months after.The Grants Managers are not allowed to give advice to charities regarding their application.

The Fund tries to give priority to work in parts of the UK with limited access to resources and opportunities. These areas might be experiencing geographic isolation, high levels of deprivation, social and/or economic disadvantage.

If applying for a large amount, charities should specify alternative sources of funding.

Link to register/apply

https://www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk/apply-for-funding

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Mercer’s Philanthropy – the Wellbeing Initiative (for London and Norfolk areas)

The Mercer Charitable Foundation was established in 1983 to make grants and donations for the benefit of a wide range of charitable purposes; including welfare, education, the arts, heritage and religion. The Foundation seeks to support a range of organisations with the common theme of providing effective services and facilities to those in need and to strengthen communities.

About the grant

The Wellbeing Initiative falls under the Mercer’s Philanthropy Old People & Housing programme. Most awards will be between £10,000 and £50,000 and will be awarded over a maximum of three years

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The Wellbeing Initiative seeks to fund charities that work by engaging socially or economically disadvantaged elders in the arts and nature activities of their communities.

Application tips

The Foundation requires a breakdown of the income and expenditure related to each application. If the application is for a specific project, charities need to provide the project income and costs associated to it. They will also require a Project Plan, with an overview of the project’s activities, outcomes and how they are measured. If applying for core costs, charities must provide an organisational budget.

The Foundation provides a Project Plan and Budget Template if needed. 

Link to register/apply

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

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Mercer’s Philanthropy (for church and communities organisations in London, Northeast, Lincolnshire and Norfolk areas)

The Mercer Charitable Foundation was established in 1983 to make grants and donations for the benefit of a wide range of charitable purposes; including welfare, education, the arts, heritage and religion. The Foundation seeks to support a range of organisations with the common theme of providing effective services and facilities to those in need and to strengthen communities.

About the grant

The Church and Communities programme of Mercer’s Philanthropy seeks to support churches or other faith and secular community-based organisations; so as to enable adults and families to lead fulfilling lives. The program prioritizes proposals that will strengthen communities and families, building positive inclusive relationships between people and increasing a sense of belonging and reducing isolation.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

Projects cannot be designed solely for the advancement of a particular faith. Arts, culture and environmental projects which do not have a clear link with their priorities will also be excluded. The Philanthropy has divided the proposals in two types:

  • Stronger Communities: for the most disadvantaged areas and communities to come together and address what is important to them and also for community responses to supporting people who are refugees or homeless
  • Better Outcomes for Families: for proposals support families facing poverty or other challenges and carers and their families

Application tips

The Philanthropy favours organisations that are locally rooted and focused. They are especially looking for proposals that promote:

  • Community spaces and activities that help bring people together
  • Leadership in the community
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Spiritual nurturing

Link to register/apply

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

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Morrison’s Foundation 

The Morrison’s Foundation was established in January of 2015 by the supermarket chain Morrisons to support charities making a positive difference in local communities. Since launching in 2015 they have donated over £26 million to help good causes across England, Scotland and Wales. The Foundation awards grants for charity projects that improve people’s lives, and also matches funds that Morrisons colleagues raise for their chosen charities.

About the grant

In 2016/2017 there were 655 grants made, totalling£8 million. Most awards will be between £10,000 and £100,000, over a maximum of three years

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 grant awards to charities working with health issues. They have also prioritized the sectors of social investment, education and arts and culture.

Application tips

Applications are made on their website. 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

https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/grant-funding-request/

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The Backstage Trust (for charities working with Arts – especially theatre and performing arts)

 The Backstage Trustwas established in February 2012 for general charitable purposes. The trust’s priorities are dedicated to the arts, particularly theatre and the performing arts.

About the grant

The majority of grants are aimed at covering the financing consultant advice to help with professional development of small-scale arts organisations, assisting live arts projects involving disadvantaged children and young people, the feasibility studies for capital projects and consultant advice on fundraising, a case for support and recruiting development staff.

The grants in 2016/2017 accounted for a total of £6.4 million, from under £15,000 to £2.8 million. There is not a set amount charities can apply for, the amount awarded would be at discretion of the trustees

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The primary focus of the Backstage Trust is projects in live performing arts, mainly theatre. Charities should apply if considering advice to help with their own development or fundraising; or if seeking assistance with live arts projects for disadvantaged children and young people.

Application tips

Backstage Trust favoursapplicants seeking to fund professional advice and provide support where the organization is unable to access expertise, as well for longer-term restructuring that will help the non-profit in the future. Evidence of other fundraising plans is essential.

Link to register/apply

To apply, contact:

Kathryn Thompson
North House
27 Great Peter Street
London
SW1P 3LN

info@backstagetrust.org.uk

020 7072 4498

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