We appreciate the huge amount of work that goes into making a funding application. If your work genuinely doesn't fit with our priorities then your efforts may be better focused on applying to other funders. Below are links to some alternative funding sources.
There are a number of directories and websites containing information that may help you find appropriate funders for your work.
Free COVID19 funder database - registering to access the database takes 2 minutes and also allows use of the ‘health check’ assessment and access to the huge resource base, including the 4 charity COVID19 toolkits.
Beehive - a tech for good project that uses information about your organisation or project to identify suitable funds for you. Easily check if you meet a given funder's eligibility criteria to prevent you wasting time and effort applying to the wrong funder.
GrantNav - a free-to-use open data platform that enables you to access and explore funder information from UK grantmaking organisations. You can search by multiple criteria including by funder, recipient, location and keywords for thousands of grants.
NCVO Funding Central – a searchable database of grants, contracts and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international funding sources.
This is by no means an exhaustive list - just a few funders we know of that are currently open to applications. Please read their guidelines in full before deciding whether to apply.
Where they fund
What they fund
Barrow Cadbury Trust
Looks for long-term solutions and structural change by addressing the root causes of inequality in the areas of:
Children in Need
Children and young people
City Bridge Trust
Connecting the CapitalPositive TransitionsAdvice and Support
Garfield Weston Foundation
Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation (those that fall within the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation)
Heritage Lottery Fund
John Ellerman Foundation
Applicants must be doing work that has a national footprint.
Place based-funding for communities provided by Big Lottery. Find out if you are in a Big Local funding area here.
Lloyds Bank Foundation
England and Wales
Work addressing multiple disadvantage
The National Lottery Community Fund
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Dulverton Trust
England, Wales, Scotland
The Robertson Trust
The Tudor Trust
Smaller groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence.
The Wolfson Foundation
As a large funder with a relatively small staff team, we choose to concentrate our funding in larger long-term grants. The organisations listed below provide small grants (£60,000 or less). Please read their guidelines in full before deciding whether to apply.
Small grants details
What they fund
Provides grants from £10,000 - £30,000 individuals or arts organisations involved in arts-related activities.
Ideas and Pioneers Fund supports people with unusual or radical ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of people in the UK. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
08 June 2020
Tel: 020 7812 3700
Charity No. 200051