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AB Charitable Trust

Supports charities working with marginalised and excluded people, in particular:

  • migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • criminal justice and penal reform
  • human rights, particularly access to justice

Most grants awarded are between £10,000 and £20,000 and they are given to charities with annual income between £150k and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses.

The trustees meet four times per year and there are quarterly deadlines.

Next deadlines: 30 November 2018 and 1 March 2019

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Community Foundation: Pen & Palette Club Fund




Grants of up to £1,000 are available to organisations and groups for activity associated with literature, music and visual arts.

The fund will look for the public benefit of proposals to enhance the quality of events (for example; poetry readings, art workshops and master classes) to improve facilities & equipment and provide support towards the cost of exhibitions.

Examples of grants

  • Towards the costs of professional fees
  • Costs associated with putting on a performance or workshop
  • Towards the costs of marketing an exhibition

Next deadline: 5pm on 7 December

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Community Foundation: Growth and Resilience Fund





Provides grants and non-monetary support to organisations with a turnover under £1m who want to change, survive, adapt and grow so they can better address needs in communities. The fund will prioritise organisations working in the areas of poverty, mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, and educational disadvantage.

The Fund aims to make grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 and provide access to non-monetary support via existing Community Foundation initiatives (e.g. pro-bono support  and TrusteeMatch) and external schemes.

Applications are sought from charitable organisations and social enterprises:

  • Working in the North East (Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Tees Valley area with priority given to those working in Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham and the Tees Valley).
  • Priority will be given to those organisations with a turnover under £500k, however the Fund is open to organisations with an average annual turnover of between £100k and £1m.

Applicants MUST demonstrate that the application is driven by the lead staff person in the organisation (CEO etc.) See the website for a list of example areas groups could be looking to develop in.

There is a two-stage application process.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 9am on Monday 10 December

Applicants selected following stage 1 will be invited to present to a panel made up of the partners in the week commencing 4 March 2019. Applicants will be asked to talk about their plans for 10-15 minutes which will be followed by up to 15 minutes of questions and discussions with the panel.

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Help the Homeless: Deadline 15 December






Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to charitable organisations whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.

Applications are open to small and medium-sized charities with an annual turnover of under £1m and unrestricted reserves of under six months annual running costs, based on their latest published annual accounts. Please note, they do not consider any ‘tangible fixed assets’ as unrestricted reserves and will not fund IT equipment.

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Next deadline: 15 December 2018

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Comic Relief – The Power Up: Resourcing women’s and girls’ movements





Comic Relief has launched a new funding programme to support a diverse range of women’s rights organisations to fight against systems which perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives.

Grants for 3 to 5 years are available for the following total amounts:

  • Single organisations: £150,000 – £300,000.
  • Partnerships: up to £500,000
  • Women’s funds or others sub-granting: up to £750,000 may be considered.

The funding can be used to cover the core costs, overheads of organisations and partnerships, as well specific projects and activities.

Deadline: 7 December 2018

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Armed Forces Covenant Trust: Tackling Serious Stress in Veterans, Carers and Families





This new programme will fund a small number of projects that will enable charities and health professionals to work together to develop and try new ideas that they have developed with veterans and their carers and families. The programme will support projects where there is good evidence to suggest that the idea might produce outcomes that are better than current sources of support on offer.

The Trust will make grants to Single Lead Organisations who will manage a portfolio of delivery organisations. The work within this portfolio will support the beneficiaries. Lead organisations must be a registered charity or statutory organisation.

The programme will make around five grants in the region of £300,000 to £700,000. It is anticipated that the programme will fund one portfolio each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and two portfolios in England.

Deadline: 31 December 2018

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Santander Foundation: Discovery Grants






Santander Foundation awards Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities and CICs to help disadvantaged people make the most of their future. Grants will support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges and that fall into one or more of three priorities:

  • Explorer: to improve people’s knowledge, for example, Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget.
  • Transformer: improving skills and experience, for example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges, for example, a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet.

Examples of project beneficiaries may be people on restricted income or who are rurally isolated or disabled and can include people anywhere in the UK, not just in areas of high deprivation, who are excluded or who face barriers to taking part in day-to-day activities.

Funding is available for small complete local projects lasting up to 12 months and can cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials specific to the project.

There are no deadlines for applications.

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Community Foundation: Women’s Fund




This Community Foundation fund helps local women in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to overcome disadvantage, support each other and achieve their potential.

It is now able to offer larger grants of up to £5,000. The fund previously awarded grants up to £3,000 so this is a significant change and the Foundation hopes it will encourage more applications.

The fund recognises that women need and want women’s only services so that they feel safe, supported and confident when confronted by lack of opportunities, discrimination and abuse.  It therefore awards grants to voluntary and community groups that run successful women’s only projects.

Next deadline: noon on Thursday 1 November 2018

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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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Yapp Charitable Trust




The Trust make grants to small registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 to sustain their existing work within the following areas:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 to 25
  • People with disabilities or mental health problems
  • Moral welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

Grants are for core funding and are only awarded to registered charities that have been formally established for at least three years.

The Trust prioritises:

  • Work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders
  • Services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people
  • Applicants that can demonstrate an effective use of volunteers
  • Charities that seek to be preventive and aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, education and campaigning
  • Applicants that can demonstrate (where feasible) an element of self-sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees to service users

There are no deadlines specified.

Grant size: Up to £3,000 per year for up to three years

Application process: Yapp Charitable Trust website

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