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Grants to look out for: funding opportunities currently available

Team Maanch
December 15, 2020

We’ve put together a Christmas list of some funding opportunities we’ve come across over the past few weeks. As charities, while you make your final campaign runs for the term, we hope you’ll find some of these useful!

The Edward Gostling Foundation


Theme: 4 life themes: Health and Wellbeing, Independent Living at Home, Respite, Transition.

Eligibility criteria: Has to be a UK Registered Charity for 3+ years and must provide a minimum of 2 full years of accounts.

  • Small Grants – limited to small and medium-sized charities with a gross annual income of £3M or less.
  • Capital Grants – open to all charities with a gross annual income of £5M or less.

Grant size:

  • Small Grants – is aimed at charities needing urgent grant support of up to £5K to help maintain an existing service.
  • Capital Grants – £5K+ towards the cost of funding a new project. Any grant awarded under this programme will be restricted and may only be used towards the cost of the project to be delivered.

Deadline: You may apply for a grant at any time. Trustees meet four times a year but procedures exist to give approvals between meetings.

The Henry Smith Charity 


Theme: Grants towards recreational trips and holidays.

Eligibility criteria: One-off short grants, For groups of children aged 13 and under who are disabled or disadvantaged.

Grant size:  £500 – £2,500

Deadline: Submission dates vary depending when trips or holidays take place, decision time is up to 6 weeks.

Theme: Christian Projects – Grants to support projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith, helping to grow faith communities and churches.

Eligibility criteria: Only applies to UK based organisations, revenue has to be under £1M. Organisation type include schools, churches, small charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Grant size: £10K per year, for up to 3 year.

Deadline: None, Decision time is up to 5 months.

St James’s Place Charitable Foundation



  • Small Grant – Supporting Young People with Special Needs.
  • Small Grant – Disadvantaged Young People.
  • Small Grant – Supporting People with Cancer.

Eligibility criteria: Only able to consider applications from UK Registered Charities as well as Special Needs Schools in the UK, with annual income of up to £1,000,000. Applications for a Small Grant will normally receive a visit from a representative of the Charitable Foundation, who will subsequently report to the Trustees. 

Grant size: maximum of £10,000 in any two-year rolling period.

Deadline: There are no deadlines or closing dates. Small Grants are considered on receipt and in rotation.

NOTE: Application forms are currently offline due to COVID-19 and the subsequent suspension of grant programmes until end of December 2020.

National Lottery Community Fund 


Theme: COVID-19 support.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Continue to deliver activity, whether you’re responding to the immediate crisis or supporting recovery activity. 
  • Change and adapt, becoming more resilient in order to respond to new and future challenges.

Grant size: Support available for 2 categories: above £10K and below £10K.

Deadline: None.

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland 


Theme: Crisis support and food supplies.

Eligibility criteria: only open to charities operating in Northern Ireland and if your income is below £1m.

Grant size: Approximately £2,500, depending on viability and criteria.

Deadline: None, on a rolling basis.

Morrison Homeless Support Fund 


Theme: COVID-19 Homeless Emergency Fund – Care for the homeless.

Eligibility criteria: Registered charities that can apply for support to cover three broad areas:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials.
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters.
  • Information and advice.

To be considered:

  • Be registered with the Commission/OSCR for a minimum of one year and have filed their documents (i.e. Trustee’s Reports and Financial Accounts) on time.
  • Work directly with homeless people and provide support of one (or more) of the areas the fund cover.
  • Accept payment electronically over the phone (i.e. by Credit Card or BACS).

Grant size: up to a maximum of £10,000.

Deadline: None, until funds are used up.


Theme: Need to fully fund a project.

Eligibility criteria: UK based charities and local outcomes in England, Scotland or Wales.

Grant size: up to £25,000

Deadline: None.

Yapp Trust 


Theme: Focuses on one of our priority groups:

  • Elderly people.
  • Children and young people aged 5 – 25.
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges.
  • Social 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).

Eligibility criteria: UK registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than 40,000£, that have been formally established for a minimum of three years.

Grant size: Bridging the Gap (Manchester) 7,500 pounds over 3 years, Host Nottingham, 6,000 pounds over 3 years.

Deadline: None

Big Society Capital


Theme: Loan program, intended for those organisations who face a problem because expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted.

Eligibility criteria: UK social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Grant size: £100,000 – £1.5 million, A minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years.

Deadline: 11.59pm on Sunday 31 January 2021.


Theme: Covid-19 Response Fund to assist organisations working in the criminal justice system during the pandemic.

Eligibility criteria: Voluntary organisations currently delivering services working in the criminal justice system with an annual income under £250,000 – to support their vital work through the winter.

Grant size: grants of £3,000 – £5,000. No organisation will be granted more than £10,000.

Deadline: 9am on Monday 4th January 2021, although early applications are encouraged.

UK Insurance and Long-Term Savings Industry



Theme: Covid-19 Support Fund to help support some of the people hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

Eligibility criteria: Immediate relief to charities affected by Covid-19, as well as a longer-term programme of support for people, communities, and issues where there is the greatest need, including:

  • Community based charities that are under unprecedented strain. 
  • Charities supporting the most vulnerable – in particular, families and children living in poverty and older people in isolation. 
  • Initiatives to promote wellbeing and mental health across society.

Grant size: Open.

Deadline: None.

MK Recovery Fund 


Theme: COVID-19 MK Recovery Fund to support voluntary, community and cultural sector (VCCS) organisations to recover from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Eligibility criteria: Funding for community groups in Milton Keynes.

Grant size: Strategic grant funding for the recovery and long-term sustainability of organisations would be considered for up to £25,000.

Deadline: On a rolling basis.

UK Government


Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak. The money is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Additional Tools  

🌐 Charity Excellence
🌐 Grants Online
🌐 Charity Bank
🌐 UK Community Foundation

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