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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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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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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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Armed Forces Community Covenant Small Grant Scheme

The aim of the Ministry of Defence’s National Covenant Fund is to support the armed forces community. Funding of up to £20,000 is available to support the integration of armed forces personnel within their community and the coordination and delivery of support services:

Community Integration: projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community and civilian communities. They should be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration and in improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. MOD want to see projects that are rooted in their communities and that have grown out of a specific local need. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.

Delivery of local services: for local projects that offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans and their families. Projects must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations, and be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.

Schools, registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unique Identification Number) can apply as long as they have experience and a track record of working with – and a real understanding of the issues facing – the Armed Forces Community. Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.

Deadlines: Although there are no specific deadlines, applications are considered four times a year – the next review is 30 September 2018

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Concertina Charitable Trust: Deadline 31 October




Concertina awards small grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies that provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. The charity is particularly keen to support smaller organisations that might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding.

There is a simple application process and examples of previously-funded projects can be found on the website.

Next deadline: 31 October 2018

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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: Creative Civic Change

Creative Civic Change is a new programme aimed at helping people make positive change in their community using the arts and creativity.

The Foundation will provide funding to at least 10 local areas in England over the next three years, and is most interested in supporting local communities that have often been overlooked for funding in the past, and may face some or all of these issues:

  • The decline of local industry.
  • High levels of unemployment.
  • A pressing need for services or activities.
  • A high proportion of children in poverty.
  • People in the area in poor health relative to the general population.
  • Other characteristics that demonstrate need.

Local communities can mean anything from a few streets or part of an estate, to a neighbourhood or a cluster of villages (must be areas smaller than a local authority). They welcome responses from areas that are already part of the Big Local initiative and those who are not but share similar characteristics – that is, areas that have been overlooked in the past and are facing a range of issues.

Funding of between £50,000 and £300,000, plus a range of support are available.

Deadline: 28 September

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Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme: Small Grants





The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million Government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

Approximately 150 grants of between £300 and £2,000 will be made to grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote.

Round 3 of the fund closes on 14 September 2018.

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