Funding Opportunities

Y-Notts Charity : Financial Grants for Young People

Y-Notts is a Nottingham based charity that gives grants to young people, or groups, for the purpose of furthering education, training and personal development.  To qualify people should generally be aged 15 to 30 and live in Nottinghamshire.

Examples of grants made:

  • to individuals – essential equipment to enable an apprentice to complete their course; support for an individual to gain a qualification through distance learning; resources for a dyslexic learner; course fees for learners excluded from other funding streams.
  • to groups – funding a self-help group for young adult mental health patients; supporting initial set up for an asylum group; automotive equipment for an alternative education provider; hire of equipment for a music workshop.

The charity does not fund undergraduate tuition fees or postgraduate courses.

Grant value: Up to £3,000  Please note that grants are only made where no other funding is available and the charity only makes one-off grants.

Deadline:  This is a rolling programme with no deadlines – applications can be sent at any time for consideration in the relevant quarter.  Trustees consider applications quarterly and may require further information before making a decision, so it could take around 3 months for a decision. 

Further details:  Y-Notts Charity website

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Local Grants Scheme (UK)

The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities.  Projects should respond to the local needs of the Armed Forces Community, improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant and:

• help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or

• deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community

Applicants are expected to have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.

There are no application deadlines.

Big Issue Invest – Impact Loans England Scheme

Big Issue Invest offers social enterprises and charities a range of repayable finance options, corporate mentoring and investment programmes designed for early stage social businesses.

Through the Impact Loans England Scheme, they are offering loan finance between £20,000 to £150,000 to social enterprises and charities in England. This £5 million lending scheme is aimed at enabling social enterprises and charities to access loan funding. The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, with finance being provided by its partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time.

BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme

BBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands that support children and young people who are 18 years and younger.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

Deadlines for next application rounds :

  • 3rd March 2019 (decision due May 2019)
  • 2nd June 2019 (decision due August 2019)

Further details on the BBC Children in Need webpages 

Neighbourhood Planning Grants

The Government has allocated over £23m between 2018 – 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development orders.

All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for up to £9,000 in basic grant.  As well as applying for a basic grant, groups can also apply for technical support (provided they meet the eligibility criteria) to help with developing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.

Big Lottery Fund Relaunches Reaching Communities England

The Big Lottery Fund is seeking ideas for projects that will improve communities across England. The funding can support project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs and can support work for up to five years.

To be eligible, groups need to show how their ideas meet the following three priorities:

  1. Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities;
  2. Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities;
  3. Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Organisations that are interested in applying will need to have an initial discussion with the Big Lottery Fund about their proposed idea. If the idea is accepted, the Big Lottery Fund panel of staff will then invite a full proposal.

Grant value: More than £10,000

Deadline: NONE – This is a rolling programme with no deadlines

Further details: Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities

One Stop Carriers for Causes

Grants up to £1,000 are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop, paid for through the carrier bag levy. Grants will be available to support projects that benefit local communities – helping to improve lives and local places.

Carriers for Causes is a rolling programme, meaning that you can apply for funding all year round. Applications are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision which will take place every three months.

Applicants will generally know the outcome of their application within 20 weeks of applying.

Deadline:  NONE – this is a rolling programme with no deadlines

Further details: One Stop Carriers for Causes

Support Adoption for Pets funding to support UK Rescue Centres

Support Adoption for Pets is a registered charity that supports organisations whose main charitable activity is the rescue and rehoming of UK pets.  They work together with these organisations to reduce the number of homeless pets in the UK and to improve the lives of UK pets in rescue.

The funder prioritises groups for which the funding will have a real, direct impact on the welfare of domestic pets.

Applications can now be submitted at any time.

Veolia Environmental Trust Accepting Applications for Projects Starting in 2019

Who can apply: Constituted not-for-profit organisations can apply as long as their project is located within five miles of a Veolia Environmental Services facility. This could be a landfill site, Energy Recovery Facility or Materials Recycling Facility.

Projects should fall into one of 3 categories: Community building; Outdoor spaces including nature reserves & community gardens; Play and Recreation.

Grant Value: Between £10,000 and £75,000 for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates. Match funding of at least 20% is required, and applicants requesting grants of £40,000 or more require a Third Party Contribution.

Deadline:  10 January 2019 for projects taking place between 26 March and 18 June 2019.

Further details:

Last updated: 2 December 2018