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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 to exclusive grants of up to £40,000.

All grants listed are intended for charitable organisations rather than individuals.

The Clore Duffield Foundation

About the fund and who can apply:
The majority of this Foundation’s support is directed towards the cultural sector, and in particular to cultural learning and to museum, gallery, heritage and performing arts learning spaces.

Grants range from £10,000 to in excess of £1m, although larger grants are made infrequently. The majority of expenditure is for capital projects – only a small number of grants are made each year for programme funding.

(UK registered charities)

Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed and rejected on an ongoing basis, although all successful grants can only be awarded at meetings of the Trustees. These are held twice a year, usually in June and December.

Link to register/apply:

Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust

About the fund and who can apply:
This Trust concentrates support largely on the following:
• Charities and charitable projects focused on Merseyside.
• Charities benefiting women and unpopular and neglected causes but avoiding those with a sectarian interest.

1. Merseyside
Charities and charitable projects that meet our priorities and are based in, and/or delivered in Merseyside, particularly the more deprived areas of the county.

2. Holiday Fund
We hold a small holiday fund providing small grants for holidays and outings. This is restricted to charities helping disadvantaged children and adults from Merseyside.

3. National
Charities and charitable projects that meet our priorities, but only those that have a nationwide scope or remit – or whose work is not specific to any geographical area. We do not offer grants to local charities outside of Merseyside.

4. International
We consider projects delivered in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Sub Continent, plus Afghanistan and projects in Palestine, or supporting Palestinian refugees. Projects must be sponsored and monitored by a UK registered charity. In addition, projects must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • They will benefit women or orphaned children.
  • They will demonstrate local involvement in scoping and delivery, except where skills required are not currently available e.g. eye surgeons in remote rural areas.
  • They will aim to repair the damage in countries recently ravaged by international or civil war.
  • They will deliver clean water and sanitation.

Application Deadline Rolling application period

Link to Register/Apply:

The Battersea Power Station Fund

About the fund and who can apply:
Organisations applying for Spring Fund grants should show strong community ties to Lambeth or Wandsworth and meet some of these funding requirements in their proposals:

  • Encourage better connections between, and amongst local communities, so people feel a greater sense of ownership and responsibility for the places where they live
  • Improve the wellbeing of local people by building their confidence and strength of character
  • Open up new economic opportunities for residents
  • Create locally-based solutions to improve community conditions
  • Motivate residents to join in with neighbourhood activities
  • Improve the capabilities of local organisations to deal with neighbourhood issues.

(UK registered charities, especially those in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth)

Application Deadline: Rolling Application Period

Link to Register/Apply:

The Tampon Tax Fund

About the fund and who can apply:
The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

The 2020/21 round of Tampon Tax Funding is inviting charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations from across the United Kingdom to bid into one of three categories: violence against women and girls, young women’s mental health and well being, and a general programme.

Applications should be for £1 million or more. The fund distributes donations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Deadline for applications: Rolling application period

Link for more information:

Help the Homeless

About the fund and who can apply:
Help the Homeless offers assistance to small to medium sized charities which help rehabilitate individuals back in to society. All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Grants are available to small to medium sized charities with an annual income of less than £1million.

(UK registered charities)

Deadline for applications: Next deadline is 15th June

Link to register/apply:

Morrisson’s Foundation

About the grant/ who can apply:
The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000.

Charities applying for a grant from the Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund can apply for a maximum of up to £10,000. 

(UK registered charities)

Application Deadline: Rolling application period

Link to Register/apply:

The David Ross Foundation

About the fund and who can apply:
The David Ross Foundation was established in 2007 with the belief that every child and young person has passion and talent – it offers a range of educational opportunities to explore these talents. Their four main areas of interest are:

  • Education
  • Sport
  • Arts
  • Heritage

All applications are considered by The Board of Trustees. In assessing applications DRF are looking for: An outline of your project – it’s purpose and activities, financials – total budget, fundraising strategy and the level of funding you are seeking from DRF. Importance is placed on community support, sustainability and legacy of your project.

(UK registered charities)

Application Deadline: Rolling application period

Link to register/apply: Please apply in writing to the correspondent at DAVID ROSS FOUNDATION, 10 ST JAMES’S PLACE, LONDON, SW1A 1NP
Find more information here:

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

About the fund and who can apply:
The trust was established for general charitable purposes and benefits people and organisations mainly within Britain. The trust has 5 main areas of priority when it comes to funding. These are:

  • Peace and Security
  • Power and Accountability
  • Rights and Justice
  • Sustainable Future
  • Northern Ireland

Find out more about eligibility criteria here:

Application Deadline: There are four funding rounds, the next deadline for registration is August 7th. The trust requires all submissions well in advance.

Link to register/apply:

Francis C Scott Charitable Trust

About the fund/who can apply:
The trust’s core purpose is to support charitable organisations who enable young people from the most deprived areas of Cumbria/North Lancashire to achieve their full potential in life.

They are particularly interested in effective approaches to addressing the needs of children, young people and young adults (up to 24 years old) in the following areas:

  • victims/survivors of abuse and exploitation
  • homelessness and its underlying causes
  • those suffering from mental health problems
  • those leaving care
  • those leaving the criminal justice system
  • problems of isolation experienced in rural areas
  • enterprising solutions to job creation
  • targeted, issues-based youth work
  • those living in poverty

Application Deadline: Rolling application period – applications assessed three times annually, next meeting is July 2020

Link to Register/apply: (must contact director prior to application submission)

The Mrs Smith and Mount Trust

About the fund/who can apply:
The Mrs Smith and Mount Trust aims to assist disadvantaged people towards greater independence or a better quality of life.

Registered charities whose beneficiaries are in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey and London can apply. The trusts areas of funding priority are:

  • Mental Health
  • Homelessness
  • Learning Disability
  • Health in the Community

Application Deadline: There are three funding rounds, upcoming round is open for applications and the deadline is Friday 15th of May for consideration in June 2020

Link to Register/apply:

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