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.

Each month we gather together a list of grants that are open for applications now. Some of the following opportunities close at the end of July 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 programmes listed include some grants for charities working in health, wellbeing, social welfare, human rights other general charitable purposes. We have included grants that cover both project and core costs. 

Only 2 grants are available to view for those charities who do not have a premium profile on whatCharity. In order for charities to get access to the full list of available grants, you need to be a premium member. Find out more information about premium profiles at the bottom of this post, or by clicking here now

The Woodward Charitable Trust (for charities with an annual turnover of less than £300,000)

This is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, which share a joint administration. This charity operates somewhat differently to others in that it gives a large number of small grants in response to open application. The Trust primarily supports charitable organisations in the UK, although occasionally overseas projects supported through UK charities.

About the grant

There is a General Grant scheme, which accepts applications for their March and October rounds; and a Summer Play Scheme for May, for summer play schemes that take place in July and August. There are small grants of up to £5,000 and larger grants which have to be discussed with the administrator prior to submissions, as they are usually given to charities known by the trustees.

The Trust awarded 206 grants in 2016/2017 which totalled £261,500.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

In the Trust’s words, Woodward favours charities which make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate. Their grant-making continues to be primarily reactive but with selected projects initiated by the trustees. The Trust’s grant-making focuses on the following areas:

  • Children and young people: isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders: projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and or ex-offenders are supported as well as requests to help prisoners’ families.
  • Disadvantaged women: covering refugees, domestic violence and parenting.
  • Disability projects which include the rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled.
  • Arts outreach work by local groups for the benefit of disadvantaged people.
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups including refugees and travellers.

The trustees usually favour small-scale and locally-based initiatives. Funding is primarily for one-off projects, but the trustees will consider funding core costs and salaries.

 Application tips

Charities should make sure to submit a project budget with their application. The Trust will not fund charities whose annual turnover exceeds £300,000, construction projects such as playgrounds, village halls, and disability access, general school appeals, hospices, medical research, parish facilities and request for vehicles.

Application forms are available from the Trust and can be downloaded from its website. Potential applications whose project falls within the criteria are invited to telephone the administrator in advance to discuss the advisability of making an application.

Accounts are only required to be submitted in they are not already available on the Charity Commission website.

All applications are acknowledged within six to eight weeks. Charities will be contacted if further information is needed.

Link to register/apply

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The AB Charitable Trust

The AB Charitable Trust was established in 1990 and has a preference for funding “unpopular” causes, particular those that promote and defend human dignity. They support charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances.

About the grant

Grants are awarded to charities registered and working in the UK and tend to be one-off donations. Preference is given to charities with an annual income of between £150,000 and £1.5 million, which do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Core funding is available, and most grants range from £10,000 to £20,000. In 2016/2017 79 grants were made totalling £1.2 million.

What kind of projects and charities should apply?

The Trust is particularly interested in charities that work with marginalized and excluded people in society, with a focus on:

  • Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • Prisoners and penal reform
  • Human rights, particularly access to justice

Grants are normally awarded to charities registered and working in the UK, the ABC Trust does not normally fund charities with large national or international links.

 Application tips

Charities should complete an online application form via the Trust’s website.  They suggest reading their funding guidelines and FAQs to check that the charity meets their criteria. Before filing the application, you may also wish to look at the questions you will be asked and download the list of questions and notes from their website. Applications should include administrative and financial details from the latest accounts, an overview of your charity’s work and proposal – including background, aims, objectives, activities, and achievements – in a maximum of 1,200 words.

The trustees meet four times a year – in January, April, July, and October – to consider funding applications.

Link to register/apply

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