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Virgin Money Foundation Community Anchors’ Fund (Grant – North East)

The Foundation believes that everyone has the right to live in a vibrant, diverse and thriving community and they want to support those vital local organisations that act as the “bedrock” in a neighbourhood – providing a place where people feel welcome, where problems can be solved and where good ideas are helped to grow. For this reason they have launched the Community Anchors’ Fund in partnership with the Clay Hill Trust.

Grants of £10,000 to £50,000 can be used to cover core costs or on designing and launching new activity.

Organisations should:

  • be a local organisation, committed to making long-term positive economic, social and environmental changes within their neighbourhood.
  • offer open, voluntary access for the local community.
  • have strong, long-lasting local relationships.
  • be independent, but working in partnership with others.
  • bring money and/or jobs into their community.
  • own or trying to acquire or revitalise important local assets.
  • provide a voice for local people in shaping the future of their community.
  • have a track record of resilience.

The Foundation will make awards totalling £500,000 over the year and expect to make between 10 and 15 awards.

No deadline –  but applications will be assessed as part of a rolling grants programme. When all of the available funding has been allocated the programme will close and so organisations are advised to apply as soon as possible.

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Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund

The fund aims to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport.

Applications can be made for grants, of usually £2,500 to £3,00, towards some or all of the following types of projects with the intention of growing capacity to reach more young people:

  • The development and improvement of playing fields and other facilities.
  • The development and training of volunteers including the provision of qualifications.
  • The purchase of specialist disability equipment.
  • The development of long-term sustainability, for example marketing and finance expertise.
  • Where it can be demonstrated that a grant will help unlock additional funding from other funders, this is encouraged.

Usually £2,500 – £5,000 (larger exceptionally). VCSE / sports clubs. Deadline 31st July 2019.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation Enable Grant

Through Enable grants they fund opportunities for your charity to develop, or trial new approaches to service delivery, so you can become more effective in your work. You may want to improve your charity’s capability in areas such as business development and planning, monitoring, leadership and governance and communications; an Enable grant could put your charity in a stronger position to deliver services and attract more volunteers, funding and support. They can provide up to a total of £15,000 across one or two years.

No deadline

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North of Tyne Community Led Local Development

North of Tyne Community Led Local Development is currently looking for projects that will support local people to:

  • Improve skills
  • Overcome barriers to training and employment
  • Progress towards employment

There are lots of ways this support can be delivered and they are keen to hear your ideas. They are also interested in how partnerships could work between smaller local groups and a larger organisation.

They are able to support you with every stage of your application:

  • 1-2-1 meeting to discuss project ideas and CLLD funding
  • facilitated session for staff/management committee/trustees to refine project ideas
  • project development support
  • help to identify match funding
  • support to complete your EOI and prepare your presentation
  • support to develop a full application

Deadline: This call is open on a ‘rolling basis’ until Friday, 29 November 2019 (or until the funding available has been allocated).

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Sport England – Community Asset Fund

Sports clubs, local authorities, schools and community organisations can apply for grants of £1,000 to £150,000 to enhance local sports and recreational facilities. The aims of the fund are as follows:

  • Improve and protect existing sports facilities that support the needs of local communities.
  • Invest in new and different places that meet the needs of local communities.
  • Ensure capital investment reaches organisations who have not accessed Sport England funding before.
  • Create a more resilient, sustainable, less grant dependent sport sector.

The funding can be used to enhance traditional sports facilities as well as outdoor spaces like canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces etc. that can be used as part of an active lifestyle.

Statutory bodies and education establishments need to provide a minimum of pound-for-pound partnership funding and demonstrate the strategic need for their project proportionate to the scale of investment requested.

Sport England typically expect their awards to be either

  • small-scale investments typically ranging from £1,000 to £15,000. These will address emergency works due to something like storm or flood damage, or something totally unexpected that is stopping people from being able to stay active right now.
  • medium-scale investments typically ranging from between £15,000 to £50,000. These will address more substantial changes. This might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community.

By exception, Sport England will consider larger investments ranging from £50,000 to £150,000. This will be when organisations can demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under-represented groups.

No deadline

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Henry Smith Charity – Recreational Trip Grants for Children

Grants from £500 to £2,500 are available for schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations, and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children aged 13 years and younger who experience disadvantage or disability and live in an area of high deprivation

Key Criteria:

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities in the UK are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. This means areas that fall within the bottom 20% according to the National Indices of Deprivation.


  • Applications will be accepted between 1 May and 2 July 2019 for holidays taken between 1 July and 31 August 2019.
  • Applications will be accepted between 3 July and 16 November 2019 for holidays taken between 1 September and 31 December 2019.

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Hadrian Trust

Hadrian Trust supports causes and communities in the North East. Grants are normally between £500 and £2,000. Applications are considered for running costs, project costs, part salaries and basic equipment under the following headings:

  • Social welfare
  • Youth
  • Disabled or elderly
  • Women
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Environment
  • Education
  • The Arts

Deadline: Next deadline 28 June

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Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme (UK)

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities (turnover less than £150k) – especially those working at grass roots and local community level – in any field, across a wide range of activities.

One-year grants of £1,000 to £10,000 for core costs, equipment or project funding are available for charities that can show such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. Demonstrating ongoing sustainability is also important, particularly if the charity has recently lost local authority or other regular funding.

Applications will be received at all times but it may take up to four months to obtain a decision from Trustees. If applying for funding towards a capital project charities should apply towards the end of their fundraising campaign, when the majority of funding has been raised and they have an estimated start date for the works. Please note that the Foundation does not fund feasibility studies.

No deadline.

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Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund (England)

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to help fund the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities that seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness.
  • Positive impact on the environment.
  • Support for the local rural economy.

There will be greater emphasis given to applications who have already secured most of the funding.

The scheme will fund up to 20% of eligible costs, meaning overall costs should be between £50,000 and £375,000. £3 million has been made available to ACRE to fund this grant scheme.

Halls should be in towns or villages of under 10,000 population. Applicants should have a freehold or leasehold interest in the hall in place. If there is a lease in place there must be at least 21 years left to run. Applications from the following legal entities will be eligible:

  • Registered Charities.
  • Charitable Trusts.
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations.
  • Community Associations which are registered Charities.
  • Multi-purpose Church Halls and Scout and Guide buildings where they are open for the whole community, there is no alternative village hall in situ, they are not single use and they are clearly advertised as multi-purpose.
  • Charitable Companies.

Please check with ACRE to ensure that you are sufficiently ‘rural’ to qualify before applying.

Deadline: 31 March 2020 / until funds are fully committed.

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Woodroffe Benton Trust






The Foundation provides grants of £500 to £2,500 to charitable organisations for the following:

  • Relief of persons in need, hardship or distress by reason of disaster or as a consequence of social or economic circumstance.
  • Provision / maintenance of care and accommodation for the sick and elderly.
  • Promotion of education (in particular within the Derbyshire region).
  • Environmental conservation / preservation / protection / improvement – in particular where this would encourage the provision of access by members of the general public.

The Trustees prefer to support smaller charities since modest donations are capable of providing potentially greater benefit. They also prefer to contribute to core operating costs rather than to a specific project where the funding will be legally “restricted” or to capital expenditure – applications in this latter category are, however, not excluded.

Deadline: Trustees meet quarterly in January, April, July and October. The deadline is normally six weeks prior to the meeting (applications received after the deadline are automatically held over for consideration at the next meeting).

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