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The Dulverton Trust


The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity which supports UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts.

The Trust awards both single year and multi-year grants.

  • Single year grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000
  • Multi-year grants are usually for a period of 2-3 years, and are only awarded to charities which have previously received a Dulverton grant

Eligible applicants should have an annual income of between £200,000 and £10 million (but preference is given to charities with an income of £5 million or below). They will consider applications for the following:

  • Project costs
  • Core funding (usually for charities which have previously received a Dulverton grant)
  • Capital costs (usually under the preservation category)
  • Scholarships and bursaries (usually under the preservation category)

The Trust makes grants under the following categories: Youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation; preservation; peace and humanitarian support; Africa.

There are no deadlines for applications – applications all year around but Trustees make decisions in February, June and October.

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Mind: Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme






Mental health charity Mind and the alliance for women and girls at risk, Agenda, have launched a £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme. The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services.

Work will be funded for a maximum of one year, and they expect to make between 80 and 90 awards through the following two strands of funding. The programme aims to fund:

  • Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives delivered for and by women experiencing multiple disadvantage. Multiple disadvantage is defined as women who experience several issues such as mental health problems, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, abuse and violence, offending, and family breakdown. They may have one main need complicated by other factors (eg race, sexuality, age or disability) or lower level issues which together combine to constitute multiple disadvantage.
  • ‘Women’s Peer Support Hubs’ – women’s organisations working to improve the capacity of individuals and community based organisations to lead effective peer support activity delivered for and by women.

Through the programme, Mind intends to fund a broad range of voluntary, predominantly women’s sector, organisations that are able to reach the women they want this work to support. All applicants will therefore need to demonstrate a track record of delivering services and programmes developed specifically for women facing complex social issues.

Deadline: 15 October 2018

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Community Business Fund: Deadline 9 October




Provides grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to help Community Businesses progress towards self-sufficiency. The four key features of a community business are defined as:

  • Locally rooted
  • Accountable to local community
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community
  • Broad community impact

Round 6 of the Community Business Fund reopens on Tuesday 11 September and applicants will have until 12 noon on Tuesday 9 October to apply.

A free webinar: Is the Community Business Fund right for you? takes place on 13 September.

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Gillian Dickinson Trust




The Trust offers support to small charities in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham which promote creativity in young people and to help those who have a deprived life.

The Trust supports capital or one-off projects and makes a small number of large donations each year.

There is a short application process which can be found online along with examples of previously-funded projects.

Next deadline: 5 October 2018

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Lloyds Bank Foundation: Enable and Invest funds






The Foundation has recently launched a new strategy, Reaching Further, and has subsequently updated its funding approach and criteria.

The Foundation provides long-term funding for charities with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change through deep, person centred and holistic support.

They fund work which helps people aged 17+ overcome complex social issues:

Dependency Asylum Seekers and Refugees Care Leavers
Domestic and Sexual Abuse Homeless and vulnerably housed Learning disabilities
Mental Health Offending, prison and community service Sexual abuse and exploitation
Trafficking Young Parents


The Foundation offers two grant programmes, one for core costs and one for developing charities and organisations:


Provides long-term funding for the day-to-day running of charities (core costs) and/or the direct delivery of work. Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 for up to three years are available.

Application window: Initial applications can be submitted between 28 August and 5 October 2018


Enable grants fund opportunities for charities to develop or trial new approaches to service delivery e.g. through areas such as business planning, monitoring, leadership and governance and communications. Grants of up to £15,000 are available for one or two years.

There are no deadlines for Enable – this is a rolling programme.

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Sustainable Urban Development call for North East LEP

The government has issued a call to run a project supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy and promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management in the North East.


Project’s put forward under this call must cover the North East Local Enterprise Partnership area.


Up to £8,100,000 of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.


Outline application deadline: 31 January 2019

This call is looking to support the shift towards a low carbon economy and to promote climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management and specifically:

  • Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources.
  • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises.
  • Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector.
  • Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures.
  • Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies.
  • Promoting investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems.

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Bupa UK Foundation: Caring for Carers 2018





The Bupa UK Foundation is looking to support practical, community focused projects designed to help older carers to manage and improve their own health and wellbeing. Organisations must be able to demonstrate a track record of engaging, working with and supporting carers.

In deciding which projects to fund they pay particular attention to who will benefit, the difference a project is likely to make to their health and wellbeing and how this will be demonstrated, using simple and realistic measures. They also consider how a project might deliver a longer legacy or learning that can be shared more widely.

Grant size: Up to £20,000

Deadline: 5 October 2018

Application process: Bupa UK Foundation website

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Sea Changers: Marine Litter Fund – deadline 30 September





In addition to their main programme, Sea-Changers have announced a specific fund to address marine litter issues. The main objectives of the fund are to:

  • Address the root causes of marine litter in the UK
  • Prevent/reduce marine litter impact on UK coastal and marine environments and/or species
  • Add to the body of knowledge about the nature and impact of marine litter in the UK

Sea-Changers will look favourably on groups applying for projects that:

  • conduct beach cleaning activities
  • can demonstrate connections to existing wider beach clean activities
  • consider potential recycling options for material gathered

Grants of up to around £600 are available (up to £1,000 exceptionally).

Deadline: 30 September 2018

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Rosa Justice and Equality Fund: Now’s the Time Grant





Women’s organisations can apply for grants for projects that aim to stop sexual harassment and abuse of women at work and within their communities. The type of projects that will be supported will include the following:

  • Prevention work (including education and other initiatives)
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Grass-roots activism
  • Influencing
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse, to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Innovative uses of tech/arts/sports/etc.
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

The funding consists of two strands:

Women’s organisations applying for between £5,000 and £25,000 can apply by themselves, or in a partnership. The closing date for applications is 28 September 2018.

Women’s organisations applying for between £25,000 and £100,000 will need to apply in partnership with at least one other organisation. This strand will open for applications on the 24 September 2018 and close 14 December.

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MSE Charity: Next deadline – 30 September





The MSE (Money Saving Expert) Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups delivering financial life skills which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money. Grants are available for projects that aim to make people in ‘Life Changing Transitions’ become more financially capable. Grants will be offered to build financial capability by assisting groups who support the following:

  • Bereavement
  • Redundancy
  • Retirement
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Homelessness
  • Offenders
  • Resettlement

The next round of funding opens on 3 September – please check the website to see if the September 2018 theme of Building & Developing Resilience is the most suitable grant round for your organisation to apply to.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Deadline: 30 September 2018

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