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Trust and Grant Funding 

To find out more about each fund and deadlines click on each link. Please read carefully and make sure you meet all the requirements of the fund before submitting an application. These funds also regularly open and close so take note of those that are currently inaccessible but fit your criteria as they may be open in the future.

We have access to over 8,000 Trusts and grants so please do get in touch with us to find out more

Edward Gostling Foundation

Small Grants of less than £5,000 available to charities with an annual income of less than £3million

 Large Grants of more than £5,000

 Applications can be submitted at any time

The Edward Gostling Foundation provides grants to UK registered charities with the aim of enhancing the quality of life or people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled or those with long-term illness.

Applications must address at least one of the four themes of the Foundation:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Independent living at home
  • Respite
  • Transition

UK registered charities may apply. Charities must have been registered for at least three years.

The Matthew Good Foundation

Up to £3,500
Applications can be submitted at any time

The Matthew Good Foundation was formed in honour of Matthew Good from the John Good Group, who passed away whilst running a marathon for charity in 2011. Each year, the John Good Group donates money to the Foundation to support good causes in the UK and around the world. Every three months, the Grants for Good Fund will divide £10,000 between five shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people, or the environment. The shortlisted projects will be voted on by John Good Group employees. The Grants for Good Fund has been launched to extend the impact of the Matthew Good Foundation, and allow small charities, community projects and social enterprises to apply for funding directly.

A total of £10,000 will be made available every three months, and five shortlisted organisations will each receive a share. Funding awarded will be based on the number of votes received by employees from John Good Group, in the following order:

First place – £3,500
Second place – £2,500
Third place – £2,000
Fourth place – £1,000
Fifth place – £1,000

Local community groups, charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises in the UK with an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months are welcome to apply. Applicants must have a bank account in the organisation’s/project’s name.

The following are not eligible for funding:
Activities that promote political or religious beliefs
Sponsorship/fundraising events
Sports clubs or sponsorship

Grants are intended for projects that have a positive impact on communities, people, or the environment.
Funding will be awarded every three months in April, July, October, and January, with an application deadline of the 15th of the month before.

Football Foundation 

Grants of up to £50,000

Applications are accepted at any time

The funding is intended for smaller capital projects that help to support grassroots football in England, improving the experience of playing football for everyone involved. The following can be funded:

  • Fencing
  • Goalposts
  • Minor works to changing rooms and club house refurbishment
  • Pitch maintenance – contractor services
  • Pitch maintenance – drainage
  • Pitch maintenance – maintenance machinery
  • Portable floodlights
  • Storage containers
  • Improvements to playing surfaces

Applications are accepted from football clubs and community sports organisations. Organisations must first create an account for the Foundation’s grants portal and can then access the application guidance notes and the online application form.

Community Challenge Fund

Sometimes it only takes a small amount of money to bring a good idea to life in your community.
The Community Challenge Fund is the simplest way to access money to make a real difference in your community.
You can bid for between £300 and £2,000 to fund a new, not for profit scheme, group, initiative or idea. This fund is available in Clacton, Harwich, Canvey, Harlow, Rural Braintree and parts of Colchester and Basildon.
Perhaps you have been sitting on an idea for a while of how you can enhance your community and it has just lacked the necessary funding to get it started. If so, then this fund is for you. You may want to set up a food growing initiative in your local community to create a garden and social space, or perhaps you want to create an informal childcare club of likeminded parents in your local library.
This new fund is simple to apply for, so don’t worry if you have never applied for funding from a Council before.
The Community Challenge Fund forms part of Essex County Council’s commitment to reducing inequalities between different areas of our County, and Levelling Up Essex.

Examples of how the grant could be used include:
• training and equipment to share skills and create training opportunities,
• printing for a local event or newsletter,
• hosting and promoting an online magazine for young people,
• setting up a local community seed exchange,
• providing taxi or licensed hire vehicles to bring isolated residents together,
• setting up a clothes swap in a community hall.

 Graham Kirkham Foundation
Applicants may apply at any time

The Graham Kirkham Foundation provides a small amount of funding each year to charitable organisations working in the UK.
The scheme aims to fund a wide range of projects, including those focusing on the following:
The promotion or development of the study and/or appreciation of literature, art, music or science.
The advancement of education of persons at any age and the advancement of physical education of young people at school or university.
The relief of poverty and hardship by providing financial assistance and accommodation for affected persons and their dependants and relatives.
The relief of illness and disease by providing treatment, financial assistance and accommodation. The charity also supports research into treatment and prevention of illness.
The relief of the suffering of birds and animals through the support of rescue homes, hospitals, sanctuaries and other similar organisations.
The relief of poverty and hardship and promotion of the well being of persons connected to the armed services.
The provision of support and protection to those dependent upon or in danger of becoming dependent on drugs.
To provide, in the interests of social welfare, facilities for public recreation.
To protect and preserve buildings of architectural interest of sites of historical interest or natural beauty.

Last year the Trust awarded grants grants ranging from £500 to £10k with a couple of larger awards.

Match funding is not available.
Applicants are advised to contact the Foundation to confirm that exclusions do not apply and to confirm the application process.

Graham Kirkham Foundation
8 Ebor Court
Redhouse Interchange
South Yorkshire

The April Trust
Applications are considered at quarterly meetings normally held in January, April, July and October.

Generally grants will be between 5K and 50K and may include 10% for core management costs.
The trustees are looking for innovatory projects from charities with a demonstrably sound financial track record. They will be looking for specifics rather than generalities and will require regular reports and accounts from the projects that they are funding which will be considered at quarterly meetings normally held in January, April, July and October.

The charity’s objectives are:
The advancement of health or saving of lives
Arts, particularly music, culture, heritage
Environment and conservation

The trustees expect applications to be written in jargon free English and not to exceed one side of A4. The application should provide trustees with following information:

What the charity does and how long has it been in existence?
Who are the beneficiaries?
What does the charity want to achieve?
How will a grant from the Trust enable these objectives to be achieved?


Deadline: Continuous rolling programme.

Application should be sent by the end of the month preceding the month of the trustees meeting, i.e., by the end of January, April, July and October in advance of the February, May, August and November meetings.

The Golsoncott Foundation awards grants (normally up to £3,000) to arts organisations with projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, be it in performance, exhibition, artistic craft, or scholarly endeavour. The Foundation’s objective is to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and in particular the fine arts and music. The trustees particularly favour applications from arts organisations whose raison d’être is the art form itself, and its perfection or excellence in performance.​

Additionally where applications concern young people, the trustees are interested in a long-lasting connection between them and the art, rather than a project offering little scope for further involvement.​

The volume of applications is often very high, and the trustees may close the nominal deadline before the end of the quarter. Applicants therefore are advised not to wait until the end of the quarter before submission, the earlier the application the more considered the first appraisal.​

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Deadline: Continuous rolling programme.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation awards single year grants of between £2,000 to £10,000 to small, well-established charitable organisations (annual income under £250,000) whose postcode falls within the following on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation:

if you are located in an urban area, you must be in the bottom 15% most deprived areas
if you are located in a rural area, you must be in the bottom 50% most deprived areas
Projects must have a community focus and funding can be used for core costs, salaries, running and project costs.

The Foundation’s preference is for front line projects working directly with people in need. They do not support campaigning, organisational development or capacity building projects. They will consider new projects which are a logical extension of existing work, but do not support work which represents a significant shift away from the applicant’s existing core aims and experience.

Applicants must have already secured 50% of the total project costs and cannot apply for more than 50% of the total cost of the project/salary/core running costs

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme

BURG-WÄCHTER, Europe’s largest safe and post box manufacturer, is awarding up to £1,000 and security products/advice to charities, social enterprise, not for profit and community ventures to help secure their success.
Any grassroots project or activity that would benefit most from this scheme are those with a security aspect as well as a funding need. Projects must be organised by and benefit the local community which could include fetes, festivals and local shows. Any refurbishment, redecoration or maintenance projects that benefit local communities are relevant, including allotments, sports clubs, village halls, common land or community centres. Community events are also eligible from school fund-raisers to food banks, breakfast clubs or tea dances, firework displays or fun-runs.

Grants are available to support young people challenged by abuse and addiction, those who are young carers, and those without safe homes.

They offer three streams of funding: project applications for 16 year olds and under; long term applications for 16 year olds and under; and direct funding for 18 year olds and under.

 Family Fund 

The Family Fund helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. You can apply to Family Fund subject to a number of criteria which include that you are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under and that you have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.

Power to Change

Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder UK to deliver this programme to local communities to raise much needed money to bring new community businesses to life. The fund will also support existing community business to grow, by launching new business ideas that create positive changes for local communities in England. Crowdmatch helps to raise funding to cover key costs, build a network of supporters and provides match funding

Groups accepted onto the programme will receive help to raise funding to cover key costs, help build their network of supporters and receive match funding, up to £6,000.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Trust continues to support the smallest of charities (spending less than £40k per year) and only fund running costs (including rent, utilities and salaries) with grants of up to £9,000 over 3 years.

The Walter Farthington Trust

The Walter Farthing Trust is a long-standing independent foundation providing funds and grants to charitable projects and non-for-profit organisations in Essex.

The John Armitage Charitable Trust

The charity provides financial support to charitable organisations at the discretion of the trustees in accordance with the trust deed, with a focus on disadvantaged children and youth support, education, medical care, arts and culture, prisoners and young offenders and religious organisations. The principal objective of the charity is to help people to help themselves
Most grants are for around £5000.
Phone: 0207 4045040

Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund
Maximum value £ 5,000 The average grant is £1,500

Small grants are available for charitable organisations to support community-based projects in the areas of heritage and conservation, education, health and wellbeing, social inclusion, environment, and countryside. Grants are awarded for a single financial year.

The Wakeham Trust
Applications can be submitted at any time

The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in small neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though it never supports individuals. They aim to refresh the parts that other funding sources can’t reach, especially new ideas and unpopular causes. Because they do not appeal to the public for funds, they can take risks. Because the Trust is mostly run by volunteers, it can afford to make very small grants, without their funds being eaten up by administration costs. They favour small projects – often, but not always, start-ups and they try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established.

Financial Fairness Trust formally Standard Life Foundation

The Financial Fairness Trust n is an independent charitable foundation. Their mission is to contribute towards strategic change which improves financial well-being in the UK. They want everyone to have a decent standard of living and have more control over their finances.
Grant sizes: £10k – £200k
Number of grants awarded annually: 15-20.
Grant application deadlines: February and June each year.
Types of organisations that can apply: Registered charities, voluntary organisations, think tanks, campaigning groups, research bodies and universities.
How to apply: download their funding guidelines, which you should read before applying.

Essex Community Foundation

If your charity, voluntary or community organisation is based or working in Essex and needs financial support, they may be able to help.
You can tell them what you need support for at any time and their team will try to find the funds you need.

A B Charitable Trust

Deadline: January, April, July and October

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

  • migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • criminal justice and penal reform
  • human rights, particularly access to justice

Allen Lane Foundation

Continuous rolling programme

The foundation funds small registered charities, voluntary groups, and charitable organisations  that work with seven particular beneficiary groups

  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse

Particularly interested in unusual, imaginative or pioneering projects which have perhaps not yet caught the public imagination.

Maximum grant is £15,000 with average grant size around £5,000-£6,000

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

Decisions made Spring and Autumn

The trust gives grants to registered UK based charities who support people of all ages, who are socially disadvantaged and/or have mental and/or physical disabilities.

Antony Hornby Charitable Trust

Continuous rolling programme

The  Trust makes general charitable donations to organisations working in the following causes:

  • education, training and employment;
  • medical, health and sickness;
  • Arts and culture;
  • animals and environment; and
  • community development.

Grants are typically around £1,000, rarely over £5,000, however no maximum amount you can apply for is stipulated.

Mr Allan Holmes
Antony Hornby Charitable Trust
C/O Saffery Champness Llp
71 Queen Victoria Street

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Consult website for next closing date for applications

The Trust awards grants to registered charities that work in the UK with the aim to give grants to those in society who face the greatest challenges and whose opportunities are most limited.

For 2022, in light of the particular hardships faced by young people working in the arts because of the pandemic, and in light of the continued discrimination highlighted by Black Lives Matter, they are focussing on these specific groups within the arts.

Grants up to £1,000

Backstage Trust

Continuous rolling programme

The  Trust’s main focus is to support projects in the performing arts, mainly theatre, however the Trust is open to hear from arts organisations with projects in which the arts touch society in other ways. Trustees favour applications seeking to fund professional advice to provide support in areas where the organisation are unable to access expertise. For example, fundraising, HR, Law, setting up a capital project, and many other areas where paying for professional help would be costly.

There is no minimum or maximum amount you can apply for.

Helen Cave, Executive Administrator
North House
27 Great Peter Street

[email protected]

Biskra Charitable Trust

Continuous rolling programme

The Trust has been set up for the public benefit of all persons with special emphasis on organisations that operate for the benefit of young people.  The charity focuses on providing opportunities for self-improvement, learning, skills training and welfare support.

Grants range from £500 (smaller organisations) to £50,000 (larger organisations)

Mr John Milford Buckland BDO LLP
Biskra Charitable Trust
c/o Arcadia House
Maritime Walk
Ocean Village
SO14 3TL

Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation

The Foundation issues grants to charitable organisations with emphasis on those connected with the performing arts and the promotion of cricket.

There is no maximum amount you can apply for.

Mr Andrew Studd
Russell Cooke Solicitors
2 Putney Hill
SW15 6AB

[email protected]

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

Continuous rolling programme

The Foundation exists to improve quality of life for people with disabilities, learning difficulties or sensory impairment and their families.

R S Brownless Charitable Trust 

Continuous rolling programme.

The Trust aims to support charities throughout the UK undertaking general charitable purposes, with the Trustees’ having a particular interest in supporting projects within:

  • Long-term and terminal illness
  • Disability
  • Disadvantage

Grants range between £100 – £2,000 and are usually one-off .

Mrs P M A Nicolai, Trustee
c/o The R S Brownless Charitable Trust
Hennerton Holt
RG10 8PD

Burg-Wächter Secure Communities Scheme

Security products to the value of £150 to help increase security around community buildings, equipment or outdoor areas.

Available to any grassroots organisation that benefits the local community.  Applications only have to meet simple criteria: that they are a community organisation with limited access to funds with which to increase security . That means any charity, social enterprise, not for profit and community venture can apply so long as the security kits will be used locally.

The Calpe Trust

Continuous rolling programme

The Trust makes grants towards registered charities  benefiting people in need including refugees, homeless people, people who are socially disadvantaged, victims of war and victims of disasters.

Reginald Norton
Sandy Lane

[email protected]

Discussed at the quarterly board meetings  – no indication to exactly when these take place – contact funder directly.

Chapman Charitable Trust

Trustees meet twice a year to distribute the income of the charity

UK grant-giving charity focused on organisations which promote physical and mental wellbeing, conserve our natural environment, and increase the accessibility of the arts.

Charles Haywood Foundation 

Main grant programme: Social & Criminal Justice and Heritage & Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and Overseas (for charities with an income between £150,000 and £5,000,000). Grant Committee meets on a quarterly basis,

Small grant programme: Social & Criminal Justice and Older People (for charities with an income of less than £350,000). Continuous rolling grant programme and applications are considered every two to three months. Grants up to £7,000 are available.

Will fund project costs and capital expenditure.

Clore Duffield Foundation 

Continuous rolling programme

The Foundation supports performing and visual arts, culture and heritage, with a particular interest in engaging children and young people with art and culture. Some grants are also made in support of enhancing Jewish life and occasionally to the health and social care sectors.

Please note that the assessment process is thorough and it can take many months for a successful grant to be awarded.

Clothworkers Foundation 

The foundation’s primary aim is to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage, deprivation and/or discrimination.

Comic Relief  – various opportunities available

Their vision is to create a just world free from poverty by funding and investing in amazing organisations across the UK and around the world.

Dischma Charitable Trust

Continuous rolling programme

Grant for charitable organisations in the UK carrying out welfare, education, arts and conservation activities.

Previous grants have been for between £500 and £5,000.

Dischma Charitable Trust
Rathbone Trust Company Limited
1 Curzon Street London
[email protected]

DWF Foundation

Applications reviewed March, September and November

The DWF Foundation supports registered charities with an impact in one or more of the following areas:

  • Homelessness
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Employability
  • Education
  • Environment and Sustainability

Nationwide Building Society Community Grant Scheme

UK registered charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £50,000 to support their work in tackling housing issues affecting vulnerable people.

The grants are being made available across 11 UK regions through the £4 million Nationwide Building Society Community Grant Scheme. The program will fund between 50% to 100% of the total cost of projects lasting up to two years to help prevent people from losing their home, help people into a home or support people to thrive within the home environment.

Up to 20% of the amount requested can be used to cover core costs. Funding can also cover costs such as staff and volunteer costs, small-scale capital costs, and building works 

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