0191 643 2626
admin@voda.org.uk

funding

Edward Gostling Foundation

The Foundation provides grants with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically those on low income who have a physical or mental disability or those with long-term illness, across the following themes:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Independent living at home
  • Respite
  • Transition

Due to the Covid-19 crisis the Foundation has taken the decision to suspend accepting applications from charities with a gross income in excess of £5 million and to focus resources on helping smaller charities providing front line community services who have less than six months’ of free reserves. This funding can be used to support their core operating costs.

Read more and apply here

Read more

Percy Bilton Charity: Grants for organisations

Capital grants are available for whose primary objectives are to assist one or more of the following groups:

  • Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (under 25 years of age)
  • People with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities) or mental health problems
  • Older people (aged over 60)

There are two programmes – large grants (£500+) and small grants (up to £500).

No deadline

Read more and apply here

Read more

BlueSpark Foundation

BlueSpark provides funding for projects of up to £5,000 that aim to improve the education and development of children and young people (age 5-22) by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities. It will give particular consideration to projects that it believes will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Funding must support a specific project and must constitute a significant proportion of the costs of that project. Funds are made for relatively small-scale projects that might not happen at all or would only happen on a smaller scale without the support of BlueSpark.

Grant applications must state exactly what the grant will be used for – e.g. physical assets, such as sports equipment or lighting for stage productions, services or facilities, such as music or drama tuition, or the provision of experiences,such as theatre visits. These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive.

Read more and apply here.

Read more

George Bairstow Charitable Trust

Grants are available for the provision of Emergency Aid in communities, the encouragement of volunteering among young people and the enhancement of skills among young people. The Trustees acknowledge the unique challenges faced by the world at this current time and remain ‘open for business’, welcoming new grant applications.

The Trust has few restrictions on the purpose for which a grant may be made, providing it is in keeping with the aims. Capital investments, expeditions, projects and other costs will be considered. Trustees are particularly keen to support small organisations or groups that make a direct impact on communities. Previous grants have typically been for less than £10,000.

No deadline

Read more and apply here

Read more

Ragdoll Foundation – Open Grants Programme

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Our vision is to support quality arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. All applications are expected to contribute to the Ragdoll Foundation’s primary purpose.  There are two strands to the Scheme: Small Grants and Main Grants.

  • The Small Grants Programme, piloting in 2020, is for small one-off projects, pilots, or research and development to inform a new project or programme of work. Applications for up to £1,500 can be made and there are five deadlines per year.
  • The Main Grants Programme, launched in 2016, is for new, larger projects, or a significant development in the scope or scale of an existing programme, project or pilot. The majority of grants we make are in the region of £5k to £20k, however we accept applications of up to £50k for multi-year projects from organisations with appropriate experience.

Deadlines:

  • Main Grants Programme (formerly Open Grants Scheme) – stage one applications received between April and end-July should be for projects where delivery begins no earlier than January 2021 and organisations do not need to be fully committed to the project until mid-October 2020.
  • Small Grants Programme (NEW for spring 2020) – the next deadline is 3 July, for projects beginning in September or later.  Please see guidance notes on the website for all deadlines. 
  • The Ragdoll Foundation is a small organisation and assesses applications on a rolling basis – please submit your proposal when it is ready and don’t wait for the end of the round if you can get it to them sooner.

Read more and apply here.

Read more

The Catherine Cookson Trust

 

 

 

 

 

The Catherine Cookson Trust supports a wide range of activities including education and training, environment and conservation, arts and culture as well as general charitable purposes. The Trust’s principal aim is to identify and meet the local needs of the area in which Dame Catherine was brought up and resided. In particular the Trust supports work with young or disadvantaged people.

The Trustees funds registered charities and prefer projects and schemes which involve or are directed towards capital expenditure.

They do not generally consider applications for core funding or on-going financing, applications with a foreign element, individuals or applications for Sports Clubs/Associations.

There are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Although grants awarded range from between £250 and £10,000, the majority of grants are not above £1,000.

Application process: Catherine Cookson Trust website

Read more

Community Foundation: Enviresearch

 

 

 

The Enviresearch Fund will support activities that inspire 10 to 13-year-old children to learn about science by adding that extra wow factor to the school curriculum on science.

This is through visits to the museums, science field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside of school.

This is a rolling programme, there are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Between £750 and £1,000, with one or two larger grants of up to £4,000 made

Read more and apply here.

 

Read more

Places to Ride

British Cycling is working closely with Sport England to develop a national network of new cycling facilities that meets local demand. Funding is available to any organisation developing cycling activity in their community, and can be used for anything from equipment packages to activate a local space, through to a new cycling facility.

Support available:

  • Large scale grants (£50,000  £500,000): typically for new facilities or significant improvements to existing venues. Organisations will need to provide partnership funding (ideally 50 per cent). Applicants are likely to be local authorities, charitable organisations or community organisations.
  • Small-scale grants (£1,000  £50,000): for equipment, cycle storage, small-scale facilities or venue improvements. Most grants are expected to be towards the lower end of the amount available. Organisations will need to provide partnership funding (ideally 50 per cent and no lower than 25 per cent). Applicants are likely to be clubs (existing or new), community organisations, educational establishments or charitable organisations.
  • Equipment packages: for equipment packages to activate a local space. Places to Ride will cover 80 per cent of the cost in return for a commitment to deliver and report over three years. Applicants are likely to be local organisations such as clubs, community groups and schools.

No deadline (open until January 2021)

Read more and apply here

Read more

Naturesave Limited

Naturesave Limited, an ethical insurance company, provides funding of £500 to £5,000 to support environmental and conservation projects. Grants cover a wide scope but may be focused on:

  • science and education
  • renewable energy
  • sustainable communities
  • nature conservation.

Read more and apply here.

Read more

Wakeham Trust (Grant – UK)

In general, the trust likes to help projects that are small scale (with grants of typically £125 to £2,500) , that would find it hard to get funding from big trusts and where the grant can make a real difference. It is becoming increasingly focused on education, in the broadest sense of the term.

Things the trustees ask when looking at applications include:

  • Is it something new for this particular area?
  • Is it small?
  • Is it run by ordinary people, not professionals?
  • Will it find it hard to get support elsewhere?
  • Does it have the potential to become self-supporting?
  • Is it outward looking, rather than being focused on its own members?

Recent grants have included:

  • Helping teach English to refugees and immigrants who want to work in the social care sector.
  • Young volunteers offering beach lifeguarding.
  • A patchwork quilting group for vulnerable adults and OAPs.
  • The creation of a Wildlife Pond and and wildflower beds/banks on the expanse of landscaped grass at the rear of an ‘extra care establishment’.
  • A drop in cafe for 11-18 year olds.

No deadline

Read more and apply here

Read more