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.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund – Managed by Social Investment Business (SIB), provides emergency loans to social enterprises and charities experiencing disruption as a result of COVID-19. Loans can be used to provide working capital until normal business resumes, cover delays in trade payments, or meet the increased demand for services. Interest free for 12 months. Deadline is Wednesday 31 March 2021.

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

Learning Together The deadline to apply for a place on the free South West network has been extended to 25th January 2021. Please ensure application forms are sent to and for more details on Learning Together and to download the application form please click here.

£4m Local Connections Fund  – Book clubs, walking groups and other community projects will be able to apply for a £4 million fund designed to help reduce loneliness in the coming months. The Local Connections Fund – made up of £2 million from the Government and £2 million from The National Lottery Community Fund – will be used for hundreds of small grants worth between £300 and £2,500. These investments are designed to help local organisations bring people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Applications should be made through The National Lottery Community Fund website  Applications will close on 26 January and the project must be completed by 31 March 2021. 

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.

Dorset Council are providing grants on behalf of the Government as part of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) is for businesses that are required to close under the imposed coronavirus restrictions for the second National lockdown. No mentioned closing date, but limited funds and grants are first come first served basis. 

‘Surviving Winter’ grants of £200 now available for households experiencing fuel poverty in Dorset (including BCP) Every year Dorset Community Foundation runs the Surviving Winter campaign, raising money to support older and vulnerable people in fuel poverty who cannot afford to adequately heat their homes over the winter. Click for more information and to donate to the appeal. To apply for a Surviving Winter grant or to support someone to do so, please either contact your local Citizens Advice office, call the Citizens Advice dedicated fuel poverty advice line on 01929 775500 or email their dedicated fuel poverty email address at

The Theatre Artists Fund for theatre workers and freelancers who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the impact on the theatre sector.

THE SYLVIA WADDILOVE FOUNDATION UK COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND – Grants up to £1,000 for small to medium sized not-for-profit organisations that are finding it difficult to manage the financial impact of COVID-19. Currently not accepting applications, but may reopen, check website. 

Christchurch Town Council support local organisations with small grants.Closes 18th January.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund – Managed by Social Investment Business (SIB), provides emergency loans to social enterprises and charities experiencing disruption as a result of COVID-19. Loans can be used to provide working capital until normal business resumes, cover delays in trade payments, or meet the increased demand for services. Interest free for 12 months. Deadline is Wednesday 31 March 2021.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that have been required to close due to temporary local restrictions. Closing date not advertised.

Additional Business Support Grant – For those unable to qualify for other funding. To qualify you must have been open before the November national restrictions, and must have been required to close due to national restrictions that came into force on 5 November 2020, and must not have a liability to pay business rates, or may be eligible if it has remained open during the national restrictions but has been significantly impacted and suffered a severe loss of income directly as a result of the national restrictions (severe loss is defined as 50% or more, compared to your usual or forecasted income for this time of year). Closing date not advertised.

Sport England Return to Play – Community Asset Fund Opens for Applications  Supporting local groups, clubs and grassroots organisations impacted by the pandemic with a particular focus on tackling inequalities. Grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 are available for projects that are ready to start within six weeks. Closing date not advertised.

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.

Community Business Renewal Fund – For community businesses in England to adapt, renew and rebuild their business so they can remain financially viable. Rounds open between 10am and 1pm. Round 2 will open on 12th January, Round 3 on 2nd March. Openings are short so read their page beforehand.

UNICEF and Sustain launch “Food Power for Generation COVID” grant programme. Working through the local Food Power alliances, ‘Food Power for Generation COVID’ awards grants to community food projects that reach the those most in need. The initiative will run until the end of February 2021.

The Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund – Set up by JK Rowling, offers grants for charitable organisations focussed on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the pandemic – Round 2 closes 31st July 2021.

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.

DCF Bursary Fund to support Young people (16-25) on vocational courses and traineeships – Dorset wide. Deadline 15th January 2021.

ESFA Community Training Grants Now Available Do you have a project which helps people improve their employment prospects? Grants of £5,000 – £20,000 are available for Dorset projects which help move individuals either into employment, or establish a route towards employment. Deadline 9am, 18th January 2021.

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 GILCHRIST EDUCATIONAL TRUST ORGANISATIONAL GRANTS PROGRAMME One-off grants generally between £500 and £4,000 for UK voluntary and community organisations for projects that fill gaps in educational provision or make a specific aspect of education or learning more accessible. Deadline: 28th February 2021.

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.

THE SCHRODER CHARITY TRUST – Grants up to £5,000 for UK charities supporting education, communities, the environment, health, arts and culture, international development, heritage, and the armed forces. Applications will be reviewed in June 2021.

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.

The Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust, there are two differing channels of support for Equine Welfare and Care for the Elderly, both are through this same link. Next rolling deadline is 31st March 2021.

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.

Screwfix Foundation Funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings. 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 in March 2021.

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.