Cash4 Clubs

Awards are available for sports clubs throughout the UK to improve facilities, buy new kit and equipment, and increase sporting opportunities. Grants of £500 and £1,000 are awarded at the discretion of Paddy Power Betfair and the judging panel.

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The deadline for applications is 27 September 2019 with notification to winners in October 2019. Match funding is not a specified requirement.

Funding can be requested for anything that will add to the sustainability and effectiveness of the sports club, including buying new equipment, improving facilities or helping members to gain coaching qualifications.

Examples of previously supported projects include the following:

  • Training for Coaches to ensure they are all level 1 standard.
  • Junior paddles and safety equipment.
  • Underwater camera for monitoring swimmers’ technique.
  • Equipment for a golf club team.
  • Racing wheelchair and other athletics equipment.
  • New rugby kit, tackle bags, balls and corner flags.
  • Kit for a junior netball team.
  • Tennis court resurfacing.
  • Floor mats and low balance beams.
  • First aid training for coaches and new first aid equipment.
  • Lifejackets, radios and paddles.
  • Developing links with local disability schools to get more disabled children to play cricket.
  • Funds for a new floor.
  • Purchase of Dojang matting.
  • Tennis ball machine and new balls and nets.

Applications should be made using the online application form at the dedicated Cash4 Clubs website ( Contact Betfair for further information at

ESF Community Grants – Staffordshire 2019-2021

Grants are available for VCSE organisations offering local skills, training and job opportunities for individuals aged 16 and over who are unemployed or economically inactive and from the hardest to reach communities in the area.

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There is a total of £900,000 to cover the lifetime of the programme. Grants of up to £20,000 are available.

There will be multiple funding rounds between April 2019 and July 2021. Applications will be considered at a panel meeting every other month.

The funding is for community projects that can help move individuals aged 16 and older into work, or closer to employment, by providing vocational training, advice, guidance and information. Match funding is not required.

The funding is intended to support projects which aim to:

  • Develop the capacity of the community and to meet local needs.
  • Undertake activities that promote social inclusion.
  • Build employment and enterprise skills through the voluntary and community sector.
  • Provide intensive support to help upskill participants and move towards and enter work.
  • Engage those participants who are the hardest to reach through innovative approaches.

Although all sections of society can be targeted, priority will be given to the following groups:

  • B.A.M.E. (Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities)
  • People with disabilities.
  • Young People (aged between 16-24).
  • Over 50 year old.
  • Women.

Organisations interested in applying for funding should contact the Foundation first before starting the online application form.

For 2019, applications submitted between:

  • 30 May and 10 July will go to the panel on 31 July.
  • 11 July and 3 September will go to the panel on 25 September.
  • 4 September and 7 November will go to the panel on 27 November.

Contact the Community Foundation for Staffordshire for further information on 01785 339540 or or see their website (

Sheldon Trust

A small number of grants are available for registered charities in the West Midlands undertaking projects to relieve poverty and need in society, specifically community projects; special needs groups; youth development; and holidays for the disadvantaged. The Trustees are willing to consider applications for funding of up to £10,000, when warranted. Multi-year commitments, up to three years, can also be considered. The criteria are:

Community projects within the West Midlands that address identified local needs of a community nature.

Special needs groups within the West Midlands which assist groups that are at a disadvantage in society due to age, health or learning issues.

Youth development (nationally) which address the needs of 16-25 year olds, especially those not in education, employment or training (NEET). Applications are encouraged from programmes which encourage individual young people to expand their experiences and challenge their capacities.

Holidays for the disadvantaged for beneficiaries from the West Midlands or Greater London.

For Holiday Funding applications, decisions are made throughout the year. For other awards, the Trustees meet in April and October to consider around 15 to 25 applications at any one time, depending on the amount of funding available for grant making. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline provided by the Trust. However, applications received too late for one of the Trustees meetings will be considered at the next review.

Please note: Deadlines are subject to change without notice. The online application process will close as soon as a sufficient number of applications have been received. Applicants are urged to check the website ( for updates.

Contact the Sheldon Trust for further information on 020 7821 8211 or

Elephant Trust

Grants are available to artists in the visual arts, small organisations and galleries within the UK to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. Grants are usually limited to £2,000, but larger grants up to £5,000 may be considered. The Trustees’ main objective is to support new work.

The Trust aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and art institutions and galleries that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.

The next deadlines for applications are 17 June 2019 and 14 October 2019. There are normally four deadlines each year.

All applications should be submitted by post (email applications are not accepted). There is no application form but a set of guidelines and a downloadable cover sheet can be found on the Trust’s website (

Groups that have not heard within six weeks of the application deadline can assume that their application has not been successful.

Contact The Elephant Trust for further information by telephone 020 7922 1160 or email

Comic Relief – Ahead of the Game, Sport and Mental Health

Grants are available for new or existing work in the UK, Ghana, Uganda or Rwanda that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental well-being.

Grants of between £150,000 and £450,000 are available for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years.

The requested amount must be proportionate to the annual income of the organisation, and this will be looked at as part of the assessment process. Comic Relief aim to fund no more than 40% of the applicant organisation’s total income in any one year. Capital costs must make up less than 25% of the funding amount being requested.

The funding has two aims:

To support new or existing work that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental well-being.

To contribute to the growing body of evidence by learning from projects about what approaches are effective for whom, in what contexts.

There is a two-stage application process:

The deadline for the first stage applications is 1200 GMT on 31 May 2019.

Shortlisted applications will have a further four weeks to submit a full proposal. The deadline for second stage applications is 1200 GMT on 9 August 2019.

Stage two proposals will then be shortlisted for a full assessment

Once assessments are completed, the funding decisions will be made by the Comic Relief Trustees by the end of January 2020.

The eligibility quiz and GEM, the online application and grant management system can be found on the Comic Relief website (

Contact Comic Relief for further information on; tel 020 7820 2000 or email

Power to Change – Community Business Fund

Grants are available to help locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term.

There will be approximately £3 million for Round 7. It is expected that around 17 community businesses will receive funding.

Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 are available for:

Building-related capital costs (purchasing, renovating or adapting), applicants can request up to a maximum of 75% of these costs.

Non-building related capital costs (purchasing other equipment and physical assets); applicants can request 100% of these costs.

Project specific revenue costs of running the business, applicants can request up to 75% of the revenue costs associated with the project.

Round 7 is open for applications until 22 May 2019 (12 noon).

Funding is available to increase the social impact of the community business, and make it more viable in the long term by increasing traded income, securing an asset or reducing revenue costs.

Projects must have a charitable purpose, be for the public benefit and share one or more of the following impact goals:

  • Reduce social isolation.
  • Improve health and wellbeing.
  • Increase employability.
  • Create better access to basic services.
  • Improve local environment.
  • Enable greater community cohesion.
  • Foster greater community pride and empowerment.

The current guidelines, FAQs, and online application form can be found on the Power to Change website

For more information the funder can be contacted by telephone 0300 1240444 or email

Sir John Middlemore Charitable Trust

Grants are available to support not-for-profit organisations working to directly benefit children and young people under the age of 18 and for those with a disability, 25, in the West Midlands. Grants of up to £3,000 is available through the scheme.

Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered four times a year. The majority of support is focussed on Birmingham, however, applications are accepted from organisations across the West Midlands.

The Trustees are particularly keen to support smaller organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Trust’s website ( or requested by email ( The completed application forms should be returned by email. Postal applications will also be accepted if applicants cannot access email.

In an effort to reduce administration costs, no correspondence or telephone conversations will be entered into with regard to applications.

Feminist Review Trust

Grants are available for projects in the UK and internationally that transform the lives of women. Grants of up to £15,000 are available. However, the Trustees rarely give out awards of this amount. The Trust receives a very large number of applications; far more than it can fund. The current success rate for applications is 1–2%. [This may seem low but a good application will no doubt stand a better chance.]

In 2018 and 2019, the Trust particularly welcome applications from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas:

  • Lesbian and transgender rights
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Disabled women and girls
  • Refugee women and girls

The 2019 application deadlines are:

  • 31 January 2019 (for 30 May decision)
  • 30 April 2019 (for 5 September decision)
  • 10 September 2019 (for 15 December decision)

An application form and more detailed information can be found on the Trust’s website ( The completed form should be returned by email to the Trust. The Trust only accepts electronic applications.

Contact the Feminist Review Trust for further information by email on

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – Early Years’ Preventative Work

Grants are available for registered charities to support work that will improve the life chances of some of the most disadvantaged children (aged 0-3 years) in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work.

There is no minimum grant size. The maximum grant available is £50,000 per year. Grants may be awarded for one, two or three years.

Stage-one applications can be submitted:

  • Between 26 March and 14 May 2019.
  • Between 1 October and 29 November 2019.

The Trust will be looking for proposals that:

  • Have defined outcomes built in with clear measurement tools and evaluation procedures in place.
  • Have the flexibility to adapt to changing external factors.
  • Have wide application or which have relevance for specific groups.
  • Look to build on existing good practice or to trial new work.

Successful organisations must be prepared to share learning from the funded work with other organisations, to increase the impact.

There is a two-stage application process:

  • The first step is complete the online pre-application checklist, which can be found on the Trust’s website. Those who are eligible will then be able to complete a stage-one application form.
  • Organisations that are successful at this point will be invited to submit a stage-two application.

Contact the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust for further information by website (, telephone (01707 259259) or email (

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 (improve health and well-being; reduce loneliness in the community; demonstrate environmental benefits; and supports the local rural economy.

The Fund is making a total of £3 million available. It is expected that around 100 projects will be supported. 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.

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

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.

Contact ACRE for further information on 01285 653477 or