Through our monthly grant blog posts, whatCharity aims to match grantmakers 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 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 at the end of August 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 special needs, children and young people, wellbeing, poverty, Jewish causes, overseas projects, and other general charitable purposes. We have included grants that cover both project and core costs.

The Peter Harrison Foundation – opportunities through sport and special needs and care for children and young people programmes

The Foundation was established for general charitable purposes by Peter Harrison in April 1999. The Foundation’s aims are to help people with disabilities or disadvantaged children/young people, principally through sport and education; support charitable activities which are well planned and demonstrate a high level of community involvement; fund projects where their grant will make a substantial difference to the charity funded and support projects that are likely to have a sustainable impact.

 About the grant

The Foundation administers four grant programmes for charities working in the UK. However, two of them are awarded only at the discretion of trustees. The two programmes accepting unsolicited applications are the following:

  • Opportunities through sport: in 2016/2017 the grants awarded amounted £995,000.
  • Special needs and care for children and young people: £544,000 given in funding in 2016/2017.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

  • Opportunities through sport is a programme that supports sporting activities or projects which provide opportunities for people with disabilities or who are otherwise disadvantaged to fulfill their potential and to develop other personal and life skills. Grants for this programme are often one-off grants for capital projects, even though trustees will also consider project funding.
  • Special needs and care for children and young people programme is aimed exclusively for charities working in the south-east of England, in the following counties: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex, and West Sussex.

 Application tips

For the two programmes mentioned above, the Foundation has a two-stage application process:

  • Initial enquiry: potential applicants are asked to first read the information on eligibility and grant programmes on the website. Eligible applicants are asked then to complete the online initial enquiry form, a link to which can be found in the “application process’ section on the Foundation’s website. Applicants are first assessed by the Foundation’s staff and then, if the project is of interest, a visit or phone call will be arranged with charities to discuss their application. If successful, charities will be invited to submit a full application. All candidates will be notified by email of the outcome of their application.
  • Full application: candidates will receive an application form by email. This application will be considered by the board of trustees. All applicants will be notified by letter, regardless of the outcome of the application.

Link to register/apply

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The Brenley Trust (for charities working in the UK and in Southern Africa)

This Trust was established in 2013 and its objectives are to support independent charities and individuals in relation to the reduction of poverty and hardship and for the improvement of education. Grants will mainly be administered to the United Kingdom and Southern Africa.

About the grant

Grants in 2016/2017 totalled £777,000. Grant size ranged from £2,000 to over £300,000.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

Charities working in the UK and in Southern Africa in relation to the reduction of poverty and hardship or the improvement of education.

Application tips

Applications should be made in writing to the correspondent. You may wish to contact for assistance with your application.

Link to register/apply

Patrick Riley, Trustee,
17 Princes Drive, Oxshott, Leatherhead
KT22 0UL

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