Funding Links

We aim to keep this list as up to date as possible. Please note that the below are simply links to third parties and not necessarily guidance or information. Please refer back to our main page of COVID-19 updates for responses and communications from Funders or contact one of our Advisors to discuss your individual requirements.

Please note: This information would have been discussed at the most recent webinar or session, it may not necessarily be the most recently released, instead it may be highlighted due to relevance to our area, specific entry requirements or a short closing date.

England’s Culture Recovery Fund Emergency Resource Support – Grants for England’s cultural organisations, across all sectors, that were previously solvent but now find themselves financially at-risk because of the impacts of coronavirus. The latest they can accept a permission to apply request is 12pm (midday) on 18 January 2022 (permission to apply is normally granted within five working days after submission) with the deadline for applications being 4th February 2022.

Funding for Water Fountains in UK’s Coastal Communities Reopens for 2022 –  Sea-Chnagers aims to protect coastal and marine environments through the provision of well-placed water fountains that will reduce the use of non-recyclable plastic bottles. Funding of up to £2000 is available for community groups who have identified a need for a fountain near a UK beach, marina, or coastal area and are well-positioned to get the stakeholder involvement needed to move ahead.  Deadline for applications is 13 February.

Co-op Community Fridge Fund – Grants of up to £4ooo are available to non-profit organisations across the UK to establish a new Community Fridge to minimise food waste. The funding is intended to support the development of Community Fridges that help to reduce food waste and meet the needs of diverse populations.  100 Community Fridges are expected to be funded. Deadline is Midnight on 1st February. 

Museum Collections Care and Conservation Grants Open to Applications – Aim to support small to medium sized museums to care for their collections. The grants support small to medium sized museums to care for their collections more effectively and efficiently and to meet the standards required for Accreditation. The three grant programmes available are: 1 – Collections Care Audits – Grants available to enable small museums to undertake a basic professional collections care audit. Audits are undertaken by an accredited conservator (ACR) to help museums identify key collection care issues and priorities. Grants are £1,100 plus travel and VAT (if applicable) to cover the cost of a fully accredited conservator undertaking a three-day audit. 2 – Collections Care Scheme – Grants to help museums with under 50,000 visitors or a turnover of less than £300,000 pa to develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections through improvements to collection care. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to enable museums to receive tailored, specialist advice, purchase equipment to implement advice and train staff and volunteers. 3 – Remedial Conservation Scheme – Grants to help museums with 50,000 visitors or a turnover of less than £300,000 pa with the conservation of objects in their collections. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to conserve objects that are part of a museum’s permanent collection. Conservation work should be carried out by an accredited conservator unless in exceptional circumstances. Eligible applicants must be AIM members. Deadline for applications is 31 March. 

Your Best Friend Fund Opens for Projects Addressing Toxic Relationships in Young People – Schools, community health services and voluntary sector organisations in England and Wales can now apply for their share of a £300,000 funding pot aimed at empowering young girls, women and non-binary people to spot and stop domestic abuse in their intimate relationships. The Fund is part of a Government Tampon Tax-funded campaign and offers the following grants; 30-40 small grants of £1,000 to £10,000 and 6-8 large grants of £10,000 to £25,000. Projects should increase understanding about healthy and toxic relationships, and give young people the knowledge and confidence to keep their friends safe too.  The first deadline for large grants is 18 February 2022 while applications for small grants can be submitted

Screwfix Foundation Accepting Applications for First Round of 2022 – Funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings. Next deadline 10th February 2022.

England’s Culture Recovery Fund Emergency Resource Support – Grants for England’s cultural organisations, across all sectors, that were previously solvent but now find themselves financially at-risk because of the impacts of coronavirus. The latest they can accept a permission to apply request is 12pm (midday) on 18 January 2022 (permission to apply is normally granted within five working days after submission) with the deadline for applications being 4th February 2022.

COVID-19 Response Funding for UK National Heritage Assets
Funding is available to community and public sector organisations in the UK for projects to protect nationally important heritage assets that are at risk due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The £40 million COVID-19 Response Fund, distributed by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), is open for applications.

Applications will be accepted from charities, non-profit organisations and public sector organisations with responsibility for an asset of outstanding importance to the UK’s national heritage which is at risk due to the impact of COVID-19.

Funding is intended to support any heritage asset which may be at risk, including:

  • Works of fine and decorative art.
  • Museum collections.
  • Archives.
  • Manuscripts.
  • Items of industrial, transport and maritime heritage.
  • Historic buildings and land.

Application deadlines:
There are no deadlines for applications. The fund will close at the end of April 2023.

Arts Council England National Lottery Projects Grants – Available for individual artist, community and cultural organisations to support arts, museums and libraries projects that engage people in England with arts and culture. The programme will aim to support individuals and organisations to get activities up and running again, and to help people take their first steps in getting re-engaged with culture and creativity. Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available. The funding can support projects lasting up to a maximum of three years.

National Lottery Community Fund Re-Opens Regular Funding Programmes for England After being paused due to the coronavirus crisis, the National Lottery Awards for All, Reaching Communities, and Partnerships funding programmes are open for applications again. Organisations can apply for funding to continue to deliver activity – whether the community needs crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity, or change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges. The Community Fund emphasised that it will continue to support people and communities that are most adversely impacted by the crisis and will be flexible and responsive to the needs of communities and the organisations supporting them. Applications for all three programmes are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Sport England Return to Play – Small Grants Programme Opens for Applications Not for profit organisations delivering community sport and physical activity in England can apply now for funding to help them adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on tackling inequalities. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to not-for-profit voluntary groups, sports clubs, community clubs, registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises, not-for-profit companies and leisure operators, operating a single site in England. Closing date not advertised.

The RAFT Transition Fund (Round 2) is a £1 million grant programme designed to support ‘high impact’ small charities and social enterprises as they adapt to a post-COVID world. Closing date not advertised.

Allchurches Trust’s Hope Beyond grants programme is to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities. Closing date not advertised.

Please note: This section will eventually move across to our members only area, to find out more information on becoming a member, and see if your organisation is eligible for our free membership rate, please click here to read more and see the extra benefits you could gain from DCA. 

Dorset Community Foundation – Arts Council Lets Create Jubilee Fund – The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop new creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. The fund has been created by Arts Council England (ACE) with funds from the National Lottery. Grants from £750 to £10,000 are available. Art and culture should be at the heart of your project. Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with an artist, creative or cultural organisation that has been in receipt of ACE funding within the last 4 years to help deliver their project. Although this is not an essential requirement, in general we would expect larger awards (i.e. 5-10k) to be made to projects that involve a partnership between a community organisation and an ACE funded organisation. Closes 28th February.

Screwfix Foundation Accepting Applications for First Round of 2022 – Funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings. Next deadline 10th February 2022.

Funding for Cross-Sector Partnerships to Create Systemic Change in Local Youth ServicesA small number of grants are being made available to organisations working collaboratively to create systemic change in the area of youth services in 83 areas of England. The Connected Futures Fund is a £6.1 million fund from the Youth Futures Foundation split into the following phases:

  • Phase 1 (June 2022 to December 2023) – six to eight grants of up to £125,000 for partnerships exploring problems with employment support for young people and mobilising stakeholders around a shared ambition for change.
  • Phase 2 (January 2024 onwards) – grants of up to £1.5 million will be made to deliver on these ambitions in two to four of the places supported during Phase 1.

Applications will be accepted from partnerships of at least three organisations, representing at least two of the following:

  • Community-based partner (eg charity, social enterprise, social purpose, non-profit).
  • Local partner with statutory responsibility for young people aged 16 to 25 (eg borough, district or town council, school or further education provider).
  • Collective employer body (eg Local Enterprise Partnership, Chamber of Commerce, SME networks) or a large not-for-profit employer.

All partners must be legally incorporated, and the accountable partner must have a turnover of at least £100,000 per annum and have been in operation for at least three years. The purpose of Phase 1 funding is to allow collaborative working to explore a problem with how support is organised or delivered that affects young people facing disadvantage. This may include participatory research, cost/benefit analysis and exploring evidence or experiences from other places.
Phase 2 funding will support collective local efforts to address the problems explored in Phase 1. This may involve new interventions or services that can fill gaps in current provision, or may focus on relationships, processes, incentives or decision-making to achieve systemic change. The deadline to apply is 17 January 2022 (midnight).

The Comic Relief Community Fund is supporting community led organisations with an income of less than £250,000 to deliver projects within four strategic themes. Rounds close June 2022 and January 2023.

The Ashworth Charitable Trust is a small grant-making charity. For the most part, the Trust looks to fund projects and not core funding. The Trust prefers to help fund humanitarian projects and activities that share our vision. Applications considered in February and November.

GARFIELD WESTON ARE NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS Grants for UK registered charities to support a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage. Regular grants of up to £100,000 can be used for; Capital costs, Revenue/unrestricted core costs and Project costs with those working in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage can apply. Match funding is required. The Foundation recommends that applicants have around half of their funding identified before applying. A grant is unlikely to be for more than around 10% of the total costs of the budget. There are no deadlines. Applications for grants of up to £100,000 can be made at any time and are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Small and medium-sized charities with income between £25,000 and £1 million can apply for two-year, unrestricted funding of £50,000 alongside dedicated development support. Charities can check their eligibility for funding under 11 complex social issues we focus on or our Racial Equity funding strand, where we are looking to support charities with more than half of their Trustee Board self-identifying as belonging to a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community. Application deadline: None.

THE NORTHWICK CHARITABLE TRUST – Grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 for UK registered charities working in the UK and/or overseas in the areas of conservation, the environment, the relief of poverty, mental health, physical disability and youth work. Application deadline: None (No website, info is government website.)

Local School Grants to Support Learning in Nature – Supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery, is providing support to schools and early years settings to enhance outdoor learning training for staff and purchase equipment. The two elements are; Fully funded outdoor learning training for staff, £500 of equipment for outdoor learning. Phase 6 to be announced.

The Matthew Good Foundation Foundation – 5 small UK not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of less than £50,000 have an opportunity to be selected to receive a share of £10,000 every 3 months. New projects and innovative ideas in the areas of community development/local communities, environment and people are supported. Rolling deadlines.

Sport England’s Return to Play – Small grants into rural areas with £10,000 capital and revenue available. Applications from village hall committees are welcome. There is no advertised closing date although 50% of the funds have already been allocated.

The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) funds, supports and evaluates programmes and community partnerships to build an evidence base of what works to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. They have one remaining themed grants:

  • A Supportive Home: Helping Families to Overcome Challenges – the programme will be run in partnership with Comic Relief and aims to find the most effective approaches to help families and carers create a supportive home environment for children aged 6-14 years old (including looked-after children), reducing the likelihood of them becoming involved in violence. Applications will open in September 2021.

Peter Harrison FoundationOpportunities though Sport supports sporting activities that provide opportunities for people who are disabled, or for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and develop personal and life skills. Applications are accepted from registered charities throughout the United Kingdom. No listed closing date.

The Hargreaves Foundation – Grants for UK charities and educational institutions which use sport and education to support children and young people aged 18 and under living with a mental health condition, disability, or who are growing up in poverty. The Foundation will prioritise applications from the South West region. The Foundation is specifically looking to support projects that; improve academic engagement and attainment, mental and physical health benefits of participatory sport, aid future employability, ensure sport is accessible and also fosters life skills. No listed closing date.

The National Lottery Community Fund Growing Great Ideas ProgrammeNew £25 million revenue and capital grant programme offering grants starting at £150,000 over multiple years to a wide range of UK not-for-profit organisations for innovative ideas and initiatives that can drive transformational, long-term change. No deadline advertised.

Postcode Local Trust – Funding for smaller charities and good causes in the west of England under the themes of mental wellbeing, participation in the arts, the impact of poverty, promoting equality, biodiversity, physical activity and sustainability. Rounds open each month.

The Pixel FundGrants of between £500 and £5,000 for UK-based registered charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) for projects that promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults aged 25 and under. No advertised deadline for applications.

Ashley Family Foundation Grants are available for projects in England and Wales that fit with the Foundation’s ethos of protecting rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts. Supporting community museums, farms, gardens, schools and other charitable organisations with small-scale arts and community projects. No deadlines mentioned.

THE BAILY THOMAS CHARITABLE FUND Small and large grants for registered charities, schools and voluntary organisations associated with a registered charity working with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in the UK. Applications closed for grants over £10,000 but Applications for under £5,000 however may be made at any time.

Sherling Charitable Trust Grants up to £5000 are available to charities in Buckinghamshire and Dorset working in education, sports, health and arts. The Charity does not have a website so for all enquiries contact: Trust Administrator, The Sherling Charitable Trust, Lincoln House, Woodside Hill, Chalfont St. Peter, Gerrards Cross, SL9 9TF.

Barclays 100×100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund is OPEN for applications. This is a very specific fund, with the aim of supporting farming and rural communities to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience. Applications will close when Barclays feel they have fit the parameters of the grant round.

Postcode Local Trust – Funding for smaller charities and good causes in the west of England under the themes of mental wellbeing, participation in the arts, the impact of poverty, promoting equality, biodiversity, physical activity and sustainability. Rounds open each month.

The Percy Bilton Charity UK  Those assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants towards capital expenditure. Social workers may also apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment and clothing. There is no advertised deadline for applications.

National Lottery Awards for All England – A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000.

THE WAR MEMORIALS TRUST – Grants up to £30,000 (but averaging £3,783) for charitable organisations, town and parish council and individuals in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to conserve and protect memorials in the UK commemorating any conflict. Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time (pre-application form in the first instance).

The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust is a general grant-making Trust which supports a wide range of charitable organisations with a particular interest in the arts and museums, conservation, employment, education and training, homelessness, leisure, offenders, social welfare and young people. Grants are made for both capital and revenue purposes. They do not have a website, please email No application deadline.

COMIC RELIEF CAPACITY BUILDING GRANTS – Grants up to £1,000 for small local grassroots organisations in England to become more resilient and improve their ability to deliver local projects. No Application deadline. Who can apply: grassroots community organisations and charities in England with an annual income of less than £250,000. Eligible organisations include registered charities, constituted voluntary and community organisations, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and social enterprises.

Low Carbon Dorset programme has been extended!  Their three year programme was set to come to a close at the end of the year, but thanks to additional funds secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) they will now continue to deliver the programme until the end of 2022. This means that businesses, community groups and public-sector organisations   can continue to access support for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects for two more years. No advertised deadline, project runs till end of 2022.

The Leche Trust – grants generally around £2,000 for UK registered charities, community organisations and public authorities for the conservation of public buildings, professional excellence in the performing arts and overseas students outside of the European Union for the final six months of their PhD studies. Most awards are made in the area of performance arts, including music, opera, dance and theatre, particularly where the emphasis is on young artist development and the commissioning of new works. Deadline not advertised. 

TRUSTHOUSE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION Small grants with a focus on community support now open, major grants with a focus on family support. Deadline not advertised. 

THE DOUGLAS ARTER FOUNDATION – Grants between £500 and £2,500 to UK registered charities for projects that benefit children and adults with a physical or mental disability. No deadline mentioned but information can be obtained by emailing

The Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust The main charitable activities of the trust reflect the interests of the trustees in the support of music and the arts in a social and therapeutic context, particularly in the lives of children, the disabled and disadvantaged. Deadlines are 1st November each and every year.

Leslie Sell Charitable trust. One-off cash grants of up to £5,000 to scout and guide groups to help with the financing of small projects. No advertised deadline.

The Steel Charitable Trust. Grants between £2,500 and £25,000 for registered charities, CICs and CIOs working in the arts and heritage, economic and/or social disadvantage, education, health and the environment. No advertised deadline.

THE CENTRAL SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL TRUST Up to £1,000 for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide facilities for leisure activities that benefit disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 21. No advertised deadline.

THE E S G ROBINSON CHARITABLE TRUST. Small grants, £1,000 or less,for registered charities working in the areas of music and the arts, numismatics, older people, disadvantaged people, the environment, conservation and sustainability, and young people. The Trust has a stated preference for supporting causes in Dorset and the West Country. No advertised deadline. The Trust does not maintain a website. Email

THE WHITEHALL CHARITABLE FOUNDATION LIMITED – Small grants averaging £2,636 for UK registered charities supporting seafaring men and women and their families, and for educational and welfare projects. No advertised deadline. The Foundation does not have a website so please contact Simon Turnbull on Tel: 01252 343949 or Email:

THE CLA CHARITABLE TRUSTGrants averaging £2,500 for registered charities, registered companies, social enterprises (including Community Interest Companies) and voluntary organisations based and working in England and Wales to provide (a) facilities for people with a disability so that they can participate in country sports and recreation, and training in agriculture and horticulture, and (b) education in and of the countryside for disadvantaged children and young people. No advertised deadlines.

The Cooks Charity The Charity aims to provide funding that will benefit people of all ages and backgrounds in the context of food, cookery and catering. The vast majority of grants are awarded for educational projects. No advertised deadlines.

THE LADY COBHAM FOUNDATION – Grants between £500 and £5,000 for general charitable causes with a preference for Dorset and Hampshire. The foundation can be approached through The Lady Cobham Foundation, Charles Russell LLP, 5 Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RD, Tel: 020 7203 5000. No advertised deadlines.

Nineveh Charitable Trust funds those promoting a better understanding of the environment and countryside, facilitating improved access, education and research. Maximum grants have been £5,000 per year for up to three years. No advertised deadlines.

The Central Social and Recreational Trust – grants up to £1,000 for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide opportunities and facilities for disadvantaged children and young people aged 21 and under. No advertised deadlines.

The Morrisons Foundation– Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 for new projects that will benefit their local community. Initiatives that support people who are disadvantaged and that have struggled to secure funding from other sources are likely to be prioritised. No advertised deadlines.

THE ANDY FANSHAWE MEMORIAL TRUST – Grants up to £400 for individuals and not-for-profit organisations, including schools and youth clubs, for projects that enable disadvantaged young people in the UK to take up opportunities in ‘the great outdoors’. No advertised deadlines.

The Kilroot Foundation – Supports those helping to develop young people, as well as the conservation of the natural and built environment. The Foundation does not maintain a website. Further information is via the Charity Commission website. Applications should be made in writing, addressed to: The Kilroot Foundation, 13 Portland Road, London, W11 4LH. No advertised deadlines.

The Fat Beehive Foundation – Grants up to £2,500 are available for charities to build websites or digital products. Applications reviewed each quarter. 

The Headley Trust – Grants for charities working in the arts, heritage, education, health, social welfare, cathedrals and major churches to name a few. No advertised deadlines.

The Daniell Trust – a recently founded Trust that makes grants to a range of smaller, locally based charities. Preferred funding areas are support for children with special needs and projects that preserve the natural environment. Applications accepted until 30th September each year.

The Ragdoll Foundation Small Grants Programme – the Foundation’s Small Grants and Main Grants programmes are currently open.  Small Grants – offers grants of up to £1,500 for charities providing imaginative and innovative projects that see the world from a child’s point of view. No advertised deadlines.

The Foyle Foundation – Their Small Grants Scheme (suitable for smaller arts or learning charities) and their Main Grants Scheme have now reopened to applications. No advertised deadlines.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) charitable trust for charities, community groups and schools across the UK. No advertised deadlines.

THE YELLOW DOG COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION FOUNDATION GRANT PROGRAMME – Small grants up to £3,925 for conservation projects around the world to enhance communities, build partnerships and support conservation in places where fishing is found. No advertised deadlines.

GANE Trust – Grants up to £500 for art, craft and design, as well as social welfare and care activities, (with a preference for supporting individuals in South West England and South Wales). No advertised deadlines.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, prioritising Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture. No advertised deadlines.

Wessex Water Foundation funding scheme for projects across the Wessex Water region. No advertised deadlines.

The Truemark Trust – Grants between £1,000 and £5.000 for small local UK charities working to address social distress and disadvantage, with a preference for innovative neighbourhood-based community projects and unpopular causes. Contact Email: No advertised deadlines.

The March Christian Trust – Grants between £300 and £2,000 for UK registered charities working in the areas of social welfare, arts and heritage, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare, education and training. No Application deadlines.

Soldiers Charity – cases will initially be submitted to the appropriate Regimental and Corps charity. No advertised deadlines.

The Wakeham Trust – Grants generally between £125 and £2,500 for charities who are new or experimental with a strong community emphasis. No advertised deadlines.

BlueSpark Foundationsupporting the education and development of children and young people. No advertised deadlines.

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation, small grants up to £2,000 for charities working with those with special educational or other needs. No advertised deadlines.

W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation – For care provisions and wellbeing for older  people. No advertised deadlines.

THE ALBERT HUNT TRUST– Grants usually between £1,000 and £2,000 for small local UK charities promoting health and wellbeing, supporting the homeless and providing hospice care. Currently closed, check website as they may reopen for applications again.

ESFA Community Training Grant Applications have been simplified and improved: If you have any questions about applying or about your project then please give Groundwork London a call on 020 7239 1390 or email the team at

Charity Excellence, new Funders and functions have been included, check out the new platform and if you have any feedback, Ian would appreciate hearing from you. Sign up is required but it is free.

Local Restriction Support Updates – click here for the Dorset Council’s web pages.

The Architectural Heritage Fund are organising a programme of online events, in partnership with Heritage Trust Network, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Locality. These focus on community led regeneration and utilising buildings for community benefit. Sessions past and future can be found here –

Click for your guide to understanding the Energy Redress Scheme.

Latest developments on charity funding from NCVO.

The Association of Charitable Fundraisers have encouraged funders to contact their grantees and discuss how they can best support them.

Arts Council England Emergency Measures and Funding


How to access further funding:

Latest information from Dorset Council Fund Finder – Sign up here.  By signing up you will receive regular funding updates and be able to search their database.

Grants 4 Schools is the UK’s only dedicated funding portal for the schools sector. Sign up for their newsletters here and download their  funding news for September here. 

The Government has created a page which brings together all the different funding pots linked to the £750m support package.

Please do note that this page is kept as accurate as it can be although due to the nature of these funds as well as their opening and closing times for applications, there may be times when it is not 100% correct.