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.

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THE ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE FUND CULTURAL RECOVERY FUND£1 million programme offering grants up to £50,000 for charities and social enterprises occupying historic buildings. Grants are  to develop new business plans and strategies following COVID-19. Deadline Noon 9th November.

The ISLA Foundation – rapid turnaround grants of between £300 and £2,000 for UK voluntary and community organisations, clubs and societies, schools, Parent Teacher Associations and entrepreneurial individuals for small-scale, short-term projects that create a positive change in people’s lives and in their communities

The Charities Aid Foundation COVID-19 Resilience Fun– new £20 million grant programme offering grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to charitable organisations in England that are supporting communities hardest hit by COVID-19. 

Giving Tuesday 2020 – Giving Tuesday for 2020, which takes place on 1st December, has launched a ‘Give Back’ campaign to encourage support for charities through such things as donations, professional support and volunteer time.  The Giving Tuesday website also has a number of useful free resources for charities. In 2019, Giving Tuesday – which holds the world record for the most money raised online in 24 hours – produced over £14 million for charities. 

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.

Community Business Renewal Fund – For community businesses in England to adapt, renew and rebuild their business so they can remain financially viable.

Dorset Community Foundation – Surviving Winter grants of £200 now available for households experiencing fuel poverty in Dorset (including BCP)

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)  has funding available for charitable groups who would like to re-use historic/vacant buildings in Town Centre’s to create new community facilities.  They can fund viability works, project costs and capital works.  They also have a crowdfunding match funding scheme and cultural recovery fund.

Funding to Build Resilience of BAME-led Voluntary and Community Organisations Funding to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis,  building wellbeing, resilience and capacity.  Deadline 30th October.

The Prince’s countryside fund – Rural Community Resilience. Grants of to £10,000 are available to locally-focussed, legally-constituted not-for-profit organisations. The funding is for projects which protect or boost community assets and enterprises, or otherwise strengthen the sense of community and applications should build on the amazing projects that came about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effect that this had on rural communities. .   Deadline  – Midday 3rd November

THE GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION WESTON CULTURE FUND One-off grants of between £100,000 and £2 million for UK cultural charities with an annual income of over £500,000 to enable them to restart, refresh activities and develop plans to rebuild audiences following closures due to COVID-19. Deadline – 5.30pm on 9th November.

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.

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.

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.

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.  The Trust does not maintain a website. Email

‘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

Dorset SME Recovery Grant Dorset Growth Hub has opened applications for Dorset based SME businesses that are trading in the tourism sector as well as the wider economy. – For grants between £1000 and £5000.

The Social Enterprise Support Fund Applications are particularly welcomed from organisations that are led by people from BAME backgrounds, people with disabilities, from the LGBTQ+ community or by people with lived experience of their beneficiary group(s). 

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.

Historic England Fund for emergency risk to heritage buildings and site.

Arts Council England Emergency Measures and Funding.

Covid-19 adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families.

THE ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE FUND CULTURAL RECOVERY FUND£1 million programme offering grants up to £50,000 for charities and social enterprises occupying historic buildings. Grants are  to develop new business plans and strategies following COVID-19. Deadline Noon 9th November.

NESTA’s Rapid Recovery Scheme, applicants must specify the route they wish to chose to gain support to access jobs or financial help. Closes 26th October.

THE GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION has announced a £25m fund to help cultural organisations. Grants of between £100,000 and £2m to visual arts organisations, arts centres, museums and galleries with a minimum annual income of £500,000.

LGBTQ+ COVID-19 FUND – Grants up to £15,000 for grassroots, locally based grassroots organisations supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning) (LGBTQ+) community through and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline, Wednesday 30 September for Medium and Large Grants.

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.

Groundworks, in conjunction with the Comic Relief Big Night In Funds, will provide grants of £4,000 to English grass roots organisations in order for them to respond to the current crisis and recover through enhanced Capacity building grants of £1000.

More than a Pub from the Plunkett Foundation – Provides business development support to enable the community control of pubs in both rural and urban communities.

The Barrow Cadbury COVID-19 Support Fund – Second Round. Open to those providing services and support for refugees and migrants. The maximum grant available is £50,000, or three months’ expenditure. Grants must be spent within six months or by 19 April 2021 at the latest. Closes as soon as there are enough applications to ensure the funds are spent.

Dorset Growth Hub are offering support to SMEs with Small Growth Grants of £1,000 – £5,000 for projects with a value of £4,000 or above.  Successful applicants are provided 25% of eligible project costs. Deadline 3rd December 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 – Closes for application Thursday 31st December.

The RAFT Transition Fund is a £1 million grant programme designed to support ‘high impact’ small charities and social enterprises as they adapt to a post-COVID world. Round 2 will open in September.

Sport For Good Support Fund – Aims to ensure that sport for development programmes can continue during the pandemic and that vital new channels to young people can be created.

Allchurches Trust’s Hope Beyond grants programme is to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities.

The Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemasa new £30 million fund to enable non-profit and independent cinemas to put safety measures in place, protecting employees and audiences following the coronavirus  outbreak.  Film Festivals, touring and pop-up cinemas are not eligible. Deadline 30th October. 

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

BBC CHILDREN IN NEED COVID-19 NEXT STEP FUND – Grants of between £5,000 and £80,000 for UK not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children aged 0-18.

Social Enterprises can consider the COVID-19 Social Enterprise Support Fund Partnership  – Stage 3 will open in September and information will be available on their website.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner now invite applications for up to £5,000 from the Safer Dorset Fund COVID-19 Grant.

Covid-19 adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families.

Wessex Water Foundation – Recovery Fund. For this year only, Wessex Water Foundation are providing a Recovery Fund that will support local projects strengthening communities following the Coronavirus outbreak. Grants of up to £2,500 are available. Apply via Dorset Community Foundation.   Deadline  – Midday 4th December.

The Dorset Council Leisure Development Fund Round 2 is now open, the Council awards small grants to voluntary, not-for profit community organisations and Town and Parish Councils. Closes on 31st December.

THE ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER FOUNDATION Grants for UK not-for-profit organisations, including charities, companies and community trusts, for projects in the areas of culture and the arts that make an ongoing difference to the quality of people’s lives in the UK.

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. 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 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.

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.

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.

The BAILY THOMAS CHARITABLE FUND – . The Fund provides Small Grants up to £10,000 and General Grants over £10,000 for projects that assist the care and relief of people affected by a severe learning difficulty, together with autism. Funding is available for projects benefiting children or adults. Deadline is 1st December 2020.

Disability Action Grants are available for grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 needs of local disabled people.

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.

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 now 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.

Rural Community Energy Fund Grants to develop renewable energy projects providing economic and social benefits to their communities and earn money selling back to the grid. Two grants are available; a feasibility grant of up to £40,000 approx to investigate the renewable energy project and up to £100,000 grant for viable green projects.

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.

Consortium LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund – Non-profit LGBT+ organisations can apply for main Grants of between £5,001 and £15,000.

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.

The Paravicini Charitable Trust – Grant up to £1,000, for a range of causes working in the areas of animal welfare, the arts, disability and hospice care are regularly supported, the information can be found through the Charity Commision.

The Health and Wellbeing 2020/21 “Starting Well” Fund Grants between £200,000 and £510,000 over 3 years for  for projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas including coastal and rural and/or from BAME backgrounds. Deadline midday 30th October 2020.

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’.

The Goldsmiths’ Company General Community Grants Up to £30,000 available for general charitable purposes, including people who are disadvantaged, social welfare and culture and the arts. There are two levels for differing charity sizes and no announced deadline.

Music For All Grants – Up to £2,500 for UK community groups to bring musical projects to local communities. The deadline is Sunday 1 November 2020 for projects commencing in January 2021.

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.

Health and Wellbeing Alliance now open to applications for the period 2020-23. The Department of Health and Social Care is inviting voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to apply to join the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, part of the Health and Wellbeing Programme, promoting health equalities while reducing health inequalities across the UK.  The Alliance is a partnership between the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and  Public Health England and 20 voluntary sector partners and consortia.   Members of the Alliance receive grant funding on an annual basis of up to £80,000 for their core work.  Deadline is midday Friday 6th November.

The Gigglemug Charitable Trust – Recently formed grant-making Trust with a limited budget that awards small grants to a wide ranges of charitable causes in England and Wales. The Trust is discretionary and will consider grant requests for a wide range of charitable causes. Grants ranged from £3,000 to £6,000. Please note that the Trust does not maintain a website. Further information is, however, available on the Charity Commission website. The Trust holds regular meetings to discuss requests for funding, which should be made in writing addressed to: The Gigglemug Trust, Trust Services, 1st Floor, Trinity Quay 1, Avon Street, Bristol, BS2 0PT.

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

The Headley Trust – Grants for charities working in the arts, heritage, education, health, social welfare, cathedrals and major churches to name a few.

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.

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.

Force for Change – Local grants programme from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund for one-year grants of up to £20,000 for projects promoting social inclusion and reducing isolation in Forces communities.

The Tackling Loneliness programmeLarge grants from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund for two-year fixed grants of £70,000 for projects tackling loneliness and isolation within Armed Forces communities.

The Foyle Foundation – Their Small Grants Scheme (suitable for smaller arts or learning charities) and their Main Grants Scheme is now reopened to applications.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is currently inviting applications from charities, community groups and schools across the UK in areas where the NFU has offices. Closes 1st December.

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.

The Dorset Performing Arts Bursary – To support young people (14-21) with a recognised performing arts talent.

Specialist social welfare legal advice organisations who provide advice and support to people who are pushed into crisis can consider the Community Justice Fund.

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.

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).

Funding available for groups near to an Assura building.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, prioritising Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture.

Wessex Water Foundation funding scheme for projects across the Wessex Water region.

Screwfix Foundation Re-opens for Applications – funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.

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: 

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.

Soldiers Charity – cases will initially be submitted to the appropriate Regimental and Corps charity.

The Wakeham Trust – Grants generally between £125 and £2,500 for charities who are new or experimental with a strong community emphasis.

ASDA Foundation Healthy Holiday Grants,  specifically for school holiday related activities.

BlueSpark Foundationsupporting the education and development of children and young people.

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is encouraging charities and groups who serve the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to apply for funds.

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation, small grants up to £2,000 for charities working with those with special educational or other needs.

THE LANGDALE TRUST – Small grants for those providing youth projects, social welfare activities, the relief of poverty and/or medical care.

Grants for Front-line Food Aid Charities of up to £100,000 to help continue the provision of food to the vulnerable. The Dept. for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs assess applications in the order they are submitted – so act quickly.

Funding for Organisations Supporting Children at Risk of Youth Violence.

New Funding up to £1,000 from Movement for Good.

Funding for Dog and Cat Rehoming & Rescue Centres.

Magic Little Grants Programme for grants up to £500.

W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation – For care provisions and wellbeing for older  people.

Sovereign Housing Pay it Forward Scheme has joined with Crowdfunder.

£10 million to boost tree planting in 2nd auction of Woodland Carbon Guarante

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.