Staffordshire Community Foundation—COVID-19 Emergency Grants

Grants are available to support voluntary and community organisations providing vital services to people in Staffordshire and Shropshire with the immediate and unexpected costs created by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

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Three levels of grants are available:

  • Up to £1,000 – decisions made and transfer of money to successful applicants within 48 hours.
  • £1,000 to £5,000 – decisions within 48 hours, but the transfer of the grant could take up to 72 hours. (A more detailed project plan is required for these grants.)
  • More than £5,000 – applicants must call to discuss projects and timescales. (These grants have a more strategic aim and anyone wishing to apply should initially contact the Foundation to discuss their project.)

Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Organisations must be based in, or working for the benefit of people, in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin:

An online application form can be found on the Community Foundation for Staffordshire’s website for organisations applying for £1,000 or less ( All other applicants should contact the Foundation by phone in the first instance (01785 339540).

Contact the Community Foundation for Staffordshire for further information on 01785 339540 or

Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

Grants are available to update and improve rural village and community halls in England so that they are fit for purpose and can provide activities that benefit their local community.

The Fund is making a total of £3 million available. Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 can cover up to 20% of eligible costs, which means the overall scheme costs would be between £50,000 and £375,000.

The funding is intended for the updating and refurbishment of village halls in order to enable them to provide activities that achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their community:

  • Improved health and well-being/reduction in loneliness.
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment.
  • Supports the local rural economy.

Applications can be submitted at any time until the Programme ends on 31 March 2020 or until it is announced that the Fund is fully committed.

The following criteria apply:

  • Halls must be in towns or villages of under 10,000 people.
  • 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 on the lease.

The funding is intended for village hall committees to support the refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, which can cover improvement works on existing facilities as well as new meeting rooms.

The funding can support a number of different things, including, but not limited to:


  • Internal reconfigurations
  • New roof and roof refurbishment which includes insulation
  • Improvements which help to increase energy efficiency
  • Refurbishment of toilets and kitchens
  • Damp proofing
  • Installation of Wi-Fi
  • Guttering, repointing and drainage
  • Replacement of external and/or internal doors.

Match funding of at least 80% is required. Groups that have secured most of the funding will be given ‘greater emphasis’.

Guidelines and the application forms can be found on ACRE’s website.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • The first stage is completion of an online application form and costings.
  • The second stage is the submission of a full application at any time before 31 March 2020 or until it is announced that the Fund is fully committed. Please note that only groups that are successful at stage one will be invited to submit a full application.

See their website or contact ACRE for further information by email ( or telephone 01285 653477.

Canoe Foundation

Grants for clubs, community groups and regions across the UK with an active interest in wider canoeing participation. The funding is for projects that will improve accessibility to waterways and facilities thereby enabling greater use of them. There is particular interest in enabling enhanced participation in paddle sports for all people.

Grants are typically between £2,500 and £5,000 although exceptional projects are considered and funding application for between £2,000 and £10,000 can be submitted. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is 28 February 2020.

The funding is intended for the following purposes:

  • New or improved launching points in urban or rural locations or as part of a water trail, such as steps or pontoons. Linked promotion of access points including signage or maps to increase participation and use.
  • Incorporating better accessibility or facilities at waterside locations which might improve the parking or changing aspects of a site.
  • Improving the quality of the waterways and oceans through support, for example practical kits, for a clean-up or an improved natural habitat.

The focus for the current funding round is on:

  • Increasing and protecting public access points, steps or platforms.
  • Improving the suitability of launching and landing sites, to and alongside water, for all sectors of the community.

An online application form can be found on the Canoe Foundation’s website ( Any questions about the Canoe Foundation should be made using the ‘Contact Us’ ( form on the Canoe Foundation’s website.

Please note that although the Foundation has no full-time staff at this time and relies mainly on volunteers, it ‘will endeavour to acknowledge applications and respond within a week of receipt.’

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme

Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available per year for up to three years (£30,000 total request). The next deadline for applications is 2 December 2019 (11:59pm).

From September 2019, the Small Grants programme will no longer consider applications for projects delivering Child Sexual Exploitation related work. Instead all applications, regardless of grant size, should be directed to the Main Grants programme, which is currently closed but expected to reopen for applications in December 2019.

Funding is available to organisations that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Eligible projects will make these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

Applicants must refer to the A-Z Guidance document before making an application.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Children in Need website.

Contact BBC Children in Need for further information at their website ( or telephone 0345 609 0015 or email

Ouseley Church Music Trust

Funding is available for the promotion and maintenance to a high standard of choral services in England, Wales and Ireland. No minimum or maximum level of funding is specified. The largest grant that has been made was for £50,000. The maximum that is likely to be given towards fees is ₤5,000.

The next deadline for applications is 28 February 2020 for consideration at the Spring 2020 meeting.

Applications must be submitted by an institution in England, Wales or Ireland. Usually this will be a cathedral, choral foundation, parish church, choir or choir school.

There are two funding rounds per year with applications considered at a Spring and an Autumn meeting.

Application forms are available on request from the Trust. Applications submitted by fax or email will not be accepted. Contact the Ouseley Trust for further information.

The Ouseley Trust
PO Box 281

Tel: 01780 752 266

Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)

Grants of up to £250,000 are available to UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of VAWG. A total of £1.2 million is available. The fund is expected to make up to 15 investments of £50,000 – £250,000.

Comic Relief are continuing their partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s devolved administrations to open this £1.2 million fund to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG).

The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.

Funding will be provided to support those facing multiple disadvantage across one or more strands of Violence against Women & Girls (VAWG). These stands are defined as:

  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Coercive Control
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Harmful Practices (FGM, FM, HBV)
  • Image-based sexual offending
  • Misogyny
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence & rape
  • Stalking,
  • Trafficking.

Proposals should respond to one or more of the programme’s aims:

  • Maintain / improve support for women and girls who are experiencing or at risk of violence and abuse
  • Expand reach and support for women and girls who face additional barriers in accessing services such as BAMER (Black, Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee), older, LBTI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex), and disabled communities
  • Capture the lived experiences of women and girls to inform the design and delivery of services, practice and policy
  • Coordinate cross sector partnerships to build more trauma-informed, joined-up care pathways that meet the holistic needs of women and girls.

Latest Information:

The deadline for applications is 4 September 2019.

Key Criteria:

UK women’s organisations which provide frontline services to meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage (the overlapping experiences of violence / abuse, mental ill health and substance misuse) are eligible to apply.

UK women’s organisations are defined as those who work from a feminist and / or women’s rights perspective, are led by women, promote the rights of women and girls as their primary mission, and call for structural change to achieve gender equality

Funding can be used to cover specific project activities and core costs that can be evidenced as directly related to the proposed project. Funded projects will need to start-up in January 2020 and run for no more than 12 to 15 months.

Before beginning an application, applicants should take the eligibility quiz, check the main eligibility criteria and consult the guidance thoroughly (see For more information see the website or contact using 020 7820 2000 or

Truemark Trust

Grants are available for small, locally-based registered charities in the UK wishing to carry out community projects.

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Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £10,000. The average grant awarded is approximately £3,000. As a guide, in the financial year ending April 2016, £349,000 was given out to 123 registered charities.

The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time. Applications are considered at Trustee meetings which are held quarterly.

Applicants should note that this trust does not have a website. Applications should be made in writing. Contact the Truemark Trust for further information.

Mrs Clare Pegden
Truemark Trust
PO Box 2
GU33 6YP

Tel: 07970 540015

W F Southall Trust

Grants are available for charities in England and Wales working in the fields of community action; environmental action and sustainability; overseas development; peace and reconciliation; substance abuse, addiction and penal affairs; and the work of the Religious Society of Friends.

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Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Many grants are one-off and for 12 months; however, multi-year funding up to three years will be considered. Grants over £3,000 are available for Quaker based causes and can take up to 10 months to process. The Trust now has an online grant application process.

Guidance notes, an eligibility checker and an online application form can be found on the Trust’s website (

Contact the W F Southall Trust for further information, either by telephoning the Trust ( 0300 111 1937) or by using the online form on the Trust’s website.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Grants are available to smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to fund community support, arts, education and heritage projects in areas of extreme urban deprivation or remote, socio-economically deprived rural areas.

The Foundation offers the following support:

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Grants for revenue costs (including salaries, overheads and project costs):

  • Small grants of £2,000 to £7,500 for one year.
  • Major grants of £7,500 to £20,000 per year for one to three years.

Grants for capital costs (one-off costs for building projects, including buying a building, repairing it or fitting it out):

  • Small grants of £2,000 to £7,500.
  • Major grants of £7,500 to £60,000.

Applications are submitted via the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation’s website (

Applicants must first answer a few eligibility questions before being able to complete and submit the online application forms. There are three forms:

  • Small Grants
  • Major Grants
  • Village Halls/Community Centres.

Small Grants applicants should receive a final decision within four to six weeks of receipt of application (assuming no further information is required).

Major Grants applicants will be informed in six to eight weeks if their application will be included on the agenda of the next available Grants Committee meeting and usually informed of the decision within one week of the meeting.

Contact the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation for further information on: Judith Leigh, 020 7264 4990; Sandra Collazo, 020 7264 4990. Their wesite can be found at

Wakeham Trust

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Grants are available to small registered charities, community and voluntary groups in the UK to support small-scale projects with a community emphasis that would find it hard to obtain funding elsewhere. Organisations that are not registered charities can make an application through a registered charity in their area that can then pass the money directly on to their project.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. However, as a a guide, grants are normally given to projects where an initial £125 to £2,500 will make a real difference.

Preference is given to organisations that are run by ordinary people, not professionals.

Applications should be made by email providing the information below in the order requested:

  • Contact name, address (including postcode), telephone number and email.
  • Name and address of the project the applicant is applying on behalf of, plus its telephone number and email.
  • Name and address of a UK charity which is willing to accept a grant on the applicant’s behalf, plus the name of a contact the Trust can talk to at that charity.
  • Details of the project. Who does it help? How big is it? Is it new, or already established?
  • How much money is being requested from the Trust?
  • What would the money be spent on? Applicants should give a rough breakdown and overall budget.
  • How else has the applicant tried to raise funds and how successful has this been?
  • Has the applicant ever received a grant from the Trust before?

Contact The Wakeham Trust for further information.

Contact The Wakeham Trust at for further information or see their website