Below is information which covers both ‘Small Grants’ and ‘Large Grants’. Each grant is for a specific cause, click the links to find out more information and to find out which is most relevant to your organisation.
Alternatively you can also check the Tower Hamlets Council’s website for information about current funding opportunities
Grants of up to £5,000 for VCS organisations based in Tower Hamlets
Deadline: Ongoing for a limited period
For a limited period, VCS organisations in Tower Hamlets will be able to apply for funding and organisational support. Two grants are being offered:
Fund Priorities: The Tower Hamlets Council Small Grants Fund is designed to support voluntary and community sector activity across Tower Hamlets that will make a positive difference to the lives of local residents. The Small Grants Fund is being administered by EECF and will award grants of up to £5,000 to support projects delivering activities under the following themes:
Grant Amount: Grants of between £200 and £5,000 are available.
Application Deadlines: Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered after each deadline.
The application deadlines in 2021 are:
Lloyds Bank Racial Equity Fund
Grant support to charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues. We offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change. Deadline: Ongoing.
Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 [PDF] are available for projects that can demonstrate: positive outcomes for people facing significant barriers to health, a new approach/thoughtful development of service & partnership between health and community organisations.
Deadline: 3rd June, 5pm.
Grants of £500 – £25,000 are available to support small women’s groups and organisations, to develop innovative ways of empowering women in their local area and build the capacity of small organisations.
Deadline for this round: 28th May
Small grants will be available to informal groups or organisations with a turnover of less than £100,000 to host activity during the festival, which will run between 28th June and 23rd July. If you would like to host an event, activity, moment or celebration as part of the festival you can express your interest through this form.
The Mayor of London is offering new funding towards Research & Development projects by London based D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists or organisations. Grant funding available is for projects ranging from £3,000 – £10,000 and successful applicants will be invited to share their project for Lewisham’s London Borough of Culture in January 2022.
Deadline: 30th June.
Small community groups with an annual income of under £100,000 can apply for this fund if they provide support for people to access services, to speak out about issues which directly affect them, and/ or organise activities which help promote a sense of belonging.
Deadline: 1st June, 1pm.
This fund is open for projects that help people access food, improves mental wellbeing or provides opportunities for young people to develop new skills and make a difference in their community.
Deadline: 30th May.
The operating office of 17 different independent grantmaking trusts established by members of three generations of the Sainsbury family. It exists to provide economies of scale in the management of the trusts’ activities. Each trust is an independent legal entity with its own separate and autonomous board of trustees, actively led by an individual member of the Sainsbury family. Each trust’s charitable giving follows the family member’s own interests, priorities and ways of working.
The trusts only fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. They do not make grants directly to individuals.
The programme aims to equip adults with basic digital skills for work and life, helping them access the online world. Organisations are welcome to apply for grants up to £5,000. The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is Friday 25th June 2021.
The Tower Hamlets Council 2021 Holiday Activities and Food Programme seeks to increase the number of disadvantaged children accessing free holiday provision during the 2021 Summer Holiday period. The Programme aims to support children to eat healthier, take part in physical activity, and to reduce the impact of social isolation. The primary focus of the HAF Programme will be engaging and supporting children eligible for Free School Meals. Apply for funding by midday on Wednesday 26 May. Find out more.
East End Community Foundation, who are managing the applications, are hosting an online drop-in session on Zoom (Meeting ID: 891 8003 4066; Passcode: 864200) on Tuesday 18 May at 10am. The session will last for one hour and will include a short presentation about the programme. There will be time for local organisations to ask questions about the HAF Programme, and the application process.
Triangle Trust’s Development Grant scheme enables organisations supporting young carers or the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders to undertake a progressive development to improve future resilience. This might be a short piece of work requiring investment over a few months or a more significant programme of work requiring dedicated support for up to 3 years. Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of 6 months to 3 years. Read more.
Theatres Trust’s Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, funds small projects that make a big impact to a theatre’s resilience, sustainability or accessibility. This new scheme will provide grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future. Eligible projects include small capital works, the installation of key plant and machinery, and works which make theatre buildings digital-ready. Applications are also welcome for projects that help theatres re-open as COVID-secure. Please submit your application by 5pm on Monday 7 June. Find out more.
Phase 2 of the Windrush Community Fund is open. Charities, community organisations and grassroots groups can bid for financial assistance from a £500,000 fund to help ensure that organisations and groups can raise awareness and support engagement among those eligible for the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 June. Read more.
Grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools). Grants are awarded towards capital projects defined as:
In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis. Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak. Funding can provide support for activities which might include helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating, supporting the homeless, providing access to food, medicines or social care, supporting foodbanks, increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries, and bringing exercise indoors. Applications can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK registered charities to support people who are homeless. Priority to applications that help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, a group which has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is being made through the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and is available to UK registered charities with a minimum income and expenditure of £1,000,000. The next funding round will run from the 1st to the 30th April 2021.
The second round of the UK Government’s £40 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund has opened to applications in a bid to support environmental renewal whilst supporting thousands of jobs in England. Environmental charities and their partners can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £2 million from the fund in a bid to restore nature, tackle climate change and build the economy back from the coronavirus pandemic. Organisations applying for grants over £250,000 are required to contribute a minimum of 5% partnership funding and should submit expressions of interest by 12 noon on the 22nd March 2021. The deadline for applications under £250,000 is 12 noon on the 14th April 2021.
The Hedley Foundation awards grants to those charities that are able to demonstrate quantifiable outcomes to beneficiaries. Typically, grants of up to £5,000 are regularly made and occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved. Similarly, smaller charities often benefit from smaller grants of £250 upwards. Application Form is available to download from the website. Completed forms with any supporting documentation should be posted to the address below. The Trustees meet four times per year to review grant applications which should be received at least 28 days before the review meeting. Please check website below for the latest meeting dates.
The Thomas Wall Trust’s Grants for Registered Charities scheme awards funding of up to £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects. The deadline is Friday 30 April 2021 (Expression of Interest)
The Youth Endowment Fund exists to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice. Opens in April, with grant round workshops taking place march and April 2021
Charities working locally can apply for grants of around £5,000 for projects finding difficulty raising funding from other sources. The Fund’s focus is on adult homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers, refugees, and community-based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16-25. The deadline is 16th April 2021.
The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grassroots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is a Quaker trust which supports people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice. This support is provided, primarily, through grant funding. The deadline is 22nd March 2021.
Grant applications of up to £15,000 are available for projects supporting women from the Feminist Review Trust. They’re particularly welcome from organisations campaigning for lesbian and transgender rights, disabled women and girls, and refugee women and girls. The deadline is 30th April 2021.
Grants of up to £20,0000 are available to support arts, cultural and youth-focused organisations working with children and young people in the UK through the arts, artists and creative media. The deadline is 7th May 2021.
Grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 are available to arts organisations in the UK for projects that promote the role of creativity in the lives of people with mental health problems from ethnically diverse backgrounds. The deadline is 21st April 2021.
Healthy Holiday Grant – These grants are designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. If social distancing hasn’t been relaxed, the Asda Foundation will provide grants for groups to deliver provisions to children at home. The maximum grant available is £500.
Grants of up to £5,000 for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women). The deadline is 16th April.
Deadline Opens 1st April 2021, closes 30th June 2021
Voice4Change England (V4CE) are pleased to announce the Windrush Community Fund. This fund is open to community and grassroots groups and organisations to bid for financial assistance from a £500,000 fund to help ensure that community groups can give support to those of the Windrush generation who may have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status or who may have suffered losses because of this. Charitable, community and grassroot organisations across the UK that work with affected communities can bid for an award from £2,500 up to £25,000, to ensure all people affected by Windrush are aware of the support available and are not missing out on the schemes or latest information.
Seed funding grants of up to £2,500 are available for UK based charities and other not-for-profit groups and organisations to trial new and innovative ways to support people in the UK who are suffering with poor mental health. The deadline is ongoing.
The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. Areas include; arts and heritage, education and training, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare and social welfare. Grants of between £300 and £2,000 are available. There is a rolling deadline for applications.
Supports organisations working in areas of high unemployment/deprivation and who make good use of volunteers. Funding of up to £4,000 is available.
Recognising that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 the Foundation, has pledged £500,000 towards its Homeless Support Fund to support charities working with homeless people. Areas of funding include outreach and support for rough sleepers, delivery of services in hostels and shelters and information and advice.
Grants of between £10,001 to £50,000.
Sports clubs, local authorities, schools and community organisations can apply for grants to help clubs and community groups through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to return to play. The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund provides capital funding, to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely. The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play. Priority will be given to projects located in areas of high deprivation and to organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus.
Grants of up to £3,000
The Golsoncott Foundation aims to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and in particular the fine arts and music. This includes providing access to the arts for young people and developing new audiences.
If your project is in the UK or Ireland and shares the aim of making a positive impact on the lives of children and young people, it may be eligible for a Wooden Spoon grant. Check guidance on types of projects funded.
Grants of between £300 to £10,000 to cover six months of expenditure.
Support for organisations to continue delivering services to people and communities affected by COVID-19
Deadline: 31st July 2021
The Trust is accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding is available to support running and core costs as well as for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. There are no funding levels indicated at the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees.
Grants of between £300 £10,000.
Deadline: apply any time
For charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community. The aim of the grants programme is to support communities to thrive by funding projects that:
Grants of over £10,000.
Deadline: apply any time
For projects that make positive changes in their communities. The aim of the programme is to support communities to thrive by funding projects that:
Grants of up to £10,000.
Deadline: apply any time
For voluntary and community organisations in England which work together with a shared set of goals and values to help their community thrive. The aim of the programme is to encourage organisations to work in partnership to help their communities thrive by focusing on the bigger picture, rather than just what their organisation can do on its own. The funding can support different types of partnership, including:
Grants of between £3,000 and £100,000.
Deadline: apply any time
For organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. The funding is intended to help the UK’s heritage sector respond to the impacts of coronavirus/COVID-19 and to adapt and thrive again. This funding is designed to focus on organisational resilience or on projects that deliver inclusion in heritage.
Grants of between £1000 to £5,000 available for elegible small and medium enterprises.
Support and help to access business and professional services such as legal and financial advice, or help to adopt new technology and purchase equipment that will help them get back on track, following the impact of COVID-19.
Grants of up to £1,000.
Deadline: apply any time
To support small community organisations to become stronger and more robust and improve their ability to deliver, both during and after the Covid-19 crisis.
Grants of between £300 and £10,000 – small grant, £10,001 to £50,000 – large grant
Deadline: apply any time
Sport England has launched a new fund that will support groups, clubs and organisations that have been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle Covid-19.Small grants will help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment; large grants will help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely.
Grants of between £300 and £2,000 – small grant, £10,001 to £50,000 – large grant
Deadline: apply any time
The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. Areas include; arts and heritage, education and training, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare and social welfare.
Grants of between £2,000 and £20,000
Deadline: apply any time
The Foundation gives priority to programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the 14-30 age range to pursue pathways to education, training and employment, with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.
Grants of under £15,000 – small grant; over £15,000 – large grant
Deadline: apply any time
The Arts Council is offering grants to respond to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during COVID-19.
Grants of between £1,000 and £15,000
Deadline: 31st March 2021
charities in England and Wales for projects that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people aged up to 18 years (up to 25 years for disabled young people) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life.
Grants of between £500 and £15,000
Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply for grants of between £500 – £15,000 for projects lasting up to three years that support vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50. To be eligible the charity needs to have an annual income of below £500,000 per year.
They are looking for green projects across the United Kingdom that they can fund and help support environmentally friendly projects like yours. They are offering grants of up to £1,000 for small projects and organisations. They want you to overwhelm them with your applications, so get inspired and let them know about your green project idea!
The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. 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. Apply at TheWakehamTrust@icloud.com
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000
Support for core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services. The grants are aimed at smaller, grassroots and local charities, with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community, either directly or through online support.
Grants between £1,000 and £5,000
Grants are available for local charitable organisations carrying out projects and activities that benefit the residents of North East London and Essex.
Applications are now open for projects that improve the natural world, secure a fairer future, and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK. Esmee’s new strategy will focus on the following three interdependent aims: Improving our natural world; Tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future; Nurturing creative, confident communities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.