The whatCharity monthly grant newsletter matches grant seekers with grant makers. We 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. We provide grants suitable for all types of organisations and have previously matched charities with exclusive grants of up to £40,000. 

Every month we compile a list of 10 grants currently accepting applications. Only 2 grants are available to view for those who are not whatCharity Matchmaking Members. In order to get access to the full 10 grants, upgrade your profile here.

In all our grant posts, we detail the grant eligibility criteria, the deadline, as well as some tips for the application process. The grants we list cover a range of charitable causes, including:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Environmental care
  • Young people 
  • Other general charitable purposes

The grants are of varying sizes, which cover both project and internal costs, as well as those whose reach extends across the UK and internationally – something for everybody!

1. Youth Music

The primary objective of Youth Music is ‘to advance the education of the public (especially young people) in the art and science of music. Youth Music supports music-making activities, particularly for the country’s most disadvantaged children and young people.

Deadline:  Round 18: Friday 03 April 2020
Notification of decision: Friday 03 July 2020

What kinds of projects/charities can apply?

Projects should be centred on either or both of the following:

  • Music-making for children and young people in challenging circumstances
  • Strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations, and/or the wider sector

About the grant:

They support around 350 projects across England each year, reaching more than 75,000 children and young people. The trust technically has three different funding categories, but only Fund A is currently open. Fund A awards smaller grants for high-quality projects that will help to achieve a musically inclusive England. The award is between £2,000 – £30,000.

Link to register/apply: https://network.youthmusic.org.uk/i-need-funding

Type of FundingGrant SizeTo WhomApplication DeadlineDecision Made By
Restricted£2,000-£30,000Music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstancesFriday 03 April 2020Friday 03 July 2020

2. The Eric Wright Charitable Trust

The trust was established on the belief that ‘the role of business in society was not to create wealth for the few but is instead fundamental to the building of a strong community’.

Deadline: Rolling application process

What kinds of projects/charities can apply?

The trust primarily works with charities based in the North West of England, with particular emphasis on the well-being of young people, services for older people, education and training, health and carers’ support.

About the grant:

There are two funds that accept unsolicited applications, the minor grants fund and the community grants fund.

Minor Grants:

  • Minor Grants are aimed at supporting small local charitable organisations which deliver services directly to beneficiaries.  While there is no minimum size requirement for the organisation, it is likely to have an income/expenditure of between £50,000-£100,000 per annum and have been in operation for at least 2 years.
  • Revenue (‘Core costs’) and Specific Service Delivery Project costs are funded.  They will, in exceptional circumstances, fund Capital costs.
  • Grant Size: £500 – £4,999

Community Grants:

  • Community Grants are aimed at assisting and supporting the development of smaller local charitable organisations which deliver services directly to beneficiaries.  While there is no minimum or maximum size requirement for the organisation, it is likely to have an income/expenditure of between £100,000 – £500,000 per annum and have been in operation for at least 3 years.
  • Revenue (‘Core costs’) and Specific Service Delivery Project costs are funded.  They will, in exceptional circumstances, fund Capital costs.
  • Grant Size: £5,000 – £10,000
  • Applications must be made via their online application form

Link to register/apply:
Minor grants: https://www.ericwright.co.uk/charitable-trust/major-grants/
Community grants: https://www.ericwright.co.uk/charitable-trust/community-grants/

Type of FundingGrant SizeTo WhomApplication DeadlineDecision Made By
RestrictedMinor Grants: £500-£4,999
Community Grant: £5000-£10,000
Charities based in the North of EnglandRolling applicationMinor Grants: 4 weeks after application submission
Community Grant: 6 weeks after application submission

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