Rank Foundation – Pebbles Grants

Funding is available for charities and churches for projects that benefit UK residents in UK communities. The Foundation does not publish deadlines or maximum amounts as this is dependent on the number of applications received. The most commonly donated amount is £1,000. The total cost of the project should not exceed £150,000.

The Rank Foundation has announced that it has now reopened applications for the July 2020 meeting. Any applications received after early June 2020 will be considered at the November 2020 meeting.

Organisations must have an annual income of less than £500,000.

The funding can be used for either:

  • Capital costs – funding for fixed, one-time expenses incurred on the purchase of land, buildings, construction, and equipment.
  • Short break – funding is targeted towards respite breaks for children or adults, and short-term activities or programmes.


Applicants must have already raised a third of the total costs.

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Running costs or salaries.
  • Any projects that take place outside the UK.
  • Projects for the benefit of visitors to the UK.
  • Projects that are for the benefit of only one ethnic or religious group; facilities must be open to the wider community.
  • Causes supported elsewhere by the Rank Foundation. This includes hospices, mainstream schools, specific individuals and film-making.
  • Areas that are under the provision of state aid, such as medical requirements.

The online application forms can be found on the Foundation’s website (https://rankfoundation.com/pebble-grants/).

Contact the Rank Foundation for further information at contactus@rankfoundation.com.

Tree Council – Branching Out Fund

Grants are available to assist schools and community groups in undertaking well-planned tree planting projects across the UK, preferably during National Tree Week. Grants of between £300 and £1,500 (excluding VAT) are available. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and organisations will receive a decision within four weeks.

If the cost of the planned project is likely to exceed the £1,500 limit, the Tree Council suggests that a funding application is made for a stand-alone section of the project.

Planting is to take place between November 2020 and March 2021 but preferably during National Tree Week (from 28 November to 6 December) or as near as possible afterwards, depending on when trees are available from supplier (seasonal variations affect this date).

The application form, guidance material and supporting resources can be accessed on the Tree Council’s website (https://treecouncil.org.uk/).

Applications should be submitted by email.

Contact the Tree Council for further information geraldine.creaven@treecouncil.org.uk.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Food Charities Grant Fund

Grants are available for front-line food aid charities to help them continue to provide food to the vulnerable. There is a total fund of £3.45 million with grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 per organisation being made available. The deadline for bids is 6 July 2020 (12 noon).

Front-line food aid charities can apply.

Applicants will be eligible if they:

Are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities.

Have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020.

Are receiving food from the FareShare charity.

The funding is to be used to provide for people:

  • Who are unable to afford food.
  • Who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, or the newly homeless.

Defra’s webpage (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-apply-for-the-food-charities-grant-fund) has more information.

Application Procedure:

Application is through the eSourcing portal (https://defra.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.html).

Applications will be assessed strictly on a first come first served basis.

The outcome of the application will be sent by email.

Contact Defra for further information at foodgrant@defra.gov.uk.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Emergency grants are available for small to medium-sized charities and social enterprise organisations in England to help them continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by coronavirus/COVID-19. Applications will be assessed in the order in which they are received.

Three kinds of grants are available:

  • Grants from £300 to £10,000.
  • Grants from £10,000 to £100,000.
  • Grants for organisations working in partnership, from £10,000 to £100,000.

The funding is to cover an organisation’s spending for up to six months after the award has been granted. Larger awards or longer time-frames will be considered particularly for organisations working across more than one area of England. This will be on a case-by-case basis.

It is anticipated that there will be a high demand for this funding and it will be oversubscribed.

The Fund has two key objectives:

  • To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  • To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

The application process is designed to be fast and simple. Groups can fill in an online form, or email answers or submit a video instead.

Details of the application process can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website (https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding).

Contact the National Lottery Community Fund for further information using 028 9568 0143 or general.enquiries@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.

The Antonio Carluccio Foundation

Grants for charities in the UK working to feed those in need and promote a better understanding of food origins and nutrition. Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

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During the current coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, the Foundation is making a total of £500,000 available for 2020.

The funding is for the prevention or relief of poverty and hunger and education on nutrition in the UK.

Examples of recently funded projects include:

  • Chefs in Schools, aiming to improve children’s health through better food and education in schools through tailored training programmes, campaigning and the development of Hackney School of Food.
  • Lakefield Hospitality College, a Hospitality Training College for young women from the age of 16 to 24 from a range of social backgrounds. Currently responding to the Covid-19 crisis by developing course content for online fulfilment.
  • Foodcycle, providing free weekly community meals, run by volunteers and using surplus food for vulnerable people across England. Currently responding to the Covid-19 crisis by delivering up to 1,500 food parcels a week to vulnerable people.
  • Compassion London, professional chefs and other volunteers cooking and delivering nutritious meals to NHS workers, the sick and vulnerable children.

The application form can be found on the Antonio Carluccio Foundation website (https://antoniocarlucciofoundation.org/covid-19-response/?cli_action=1587383464.352).

Contact the Antonio Carluccio Foundation for further information (trustees@theantoniocarlucciofoundation.org).

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) – COVID-19 Fund

Grants are available to user-led organisations and small unconstituted community groups in England for activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Most grants will be for up to £1,000. In some instances, application for grants of up to £2,000 will be considered.

Applications can be submitted at any time and are assessed on a rolling basis.

Applications are accepted from user-led organisations or collectives or groups which may or may not be constituted. Charities are eligible if they are user-led. Examples of eligible groups include:

  • Peer support groups.
  • Mutual aid groups.
  • Community groups.
  • Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs)
  • Other User-Led Organisations (ULOs).

An online application form and guidelines are available on the NSUN website (https://www.nsun.org.uk/nsun-covid-19-fund).

After organisations have submitted the application form, they will be contacted by a grants manager via telephone/online call. Applications for:

  • Under £200 will be approved or rejected at that stage.
  • Over £200 will be taken forward after the call and considered at a panel meeting once a week.

NSUN anticipates that the timeline between application and decision will be between two and three weeks.

Contact the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) for further information.

Tel: 020 7820 8982
E-Mail: covidfund@nsun.org.uk

National Churches Trust—Gateway Grants Programme 2019-2023

Grants are available for listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK to support developing a church building project. Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available. Applications are considered three times a year. The next application deadline is 10 September 2020.

The funding is for projects which can demonstrate how they meet the outcome in line with the new strategy:

  • Preserving heritage.
  • Promoting sustainability.
  • Inspiring support.

Match funding of at least 50% is required. Applicants should have already raised 50% of the total project cost.

Guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the Trust’s website (https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/gatewaygrants).

Contact The National Churches Trust for further information using 020 7222 0605 or grants@nationalchurchestrust.org.

Smallwood Trust – Community Grant Partnerships

Grants for non-profit organisations with existing projects that support women to become financially resilient in specified areas of England.

A total of £450,000 is available. Grants of up to £25,000 per year for three years (maximum grant of £75,000) are available. The Trust will fund up to 20% management costs to run the programme.

The Smallwood Trust’s mission is to support women on low incomes to become financially resilient. The funding is to be used by the grant recipient to provide small cash grants (up to £1,000) for individual women to help them overcome personal and financial barriers, helping them to make changes in their lives

The Community Grant Partnerships fund is open to charities, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations who have existing projects that support women to become financially resilient and could offer grants to individual women linked to the following aims:

  • Employment stability
  • Financial stability
  • Housing stability
  • Mental health and well-being

The Smallwood Trust’s area of benefit for this round is the areas of:

  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Liverpool/Merseyside
  • Middlesbrough/Teesside
  • Rural communities in Staffordshire and the Tees Valley.

The deadline for applications is 19 June 2020.Successful applicants are expected to be notified in late July 2020.

Guidance notes and the application form can be found on the Smallwood Trust website.

Contact the Smallwood Trust for further information.

Tel: 0300 365 1886
E-Mail: emmacrump@smallwoodtrust.org.uk

Resourcing Racial Justice Fund

Grants are available for frontline organisations, grass-roots groups and community groups across the UK that are working to redress the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 and systemic racism on communities of colour.

Two levels of funding are available for organisations:

  • Emergency Recovery: grants of between £5,000 and £30,000.
  • Long-Term Structural Change: grants of between £30,000 and £50,000.

The Fund also offers grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 for eligible individuals.

During the first funding round a total of £500,000 will be awarded in grants.

Applications for the first funding round are accepted between 18 May 2020 and 15 June 2020.

Application guidelines are available on the website of the Resourcing Racial Justice Fund (http://resourcingracialjustice.org/). Organisations should submit their application via email as a word document or in form of a video clip.

Contact the Resourcing Racial Justice Fund for further information (info@resourcingracialjustice.org).

Thomas Wall Trust – Digital Skills 2020 Grants Programme

Grants are available for registered charities and not-for-profit organisations to support specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills in order to increase employment prospects within the UK. Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

The deadline for first stage applications is 12 June 2020.

The funding is for projects working with disadvantaged people aged 18 years or older to improve their basic digital skills. Priority will be given to:

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  • Projects that link digital skills with employment opportunities.
  • Match funded projects.
  • Organisations that can provide compelling evidence of impact.
  • Organisations working with collaborative networks.

The online application form can be found on the Trust’s website (https://www.thomaswalltrust.org.uk/).

There is a two-stage application process.

  • Stage one is to complete an Expression of Interest form which requires some basic information.
  • Stage two is by invitation only and involves completing a more in-depth application form.

Contact the Thomas Wall Trust by using the Trust’s online (https://www.thomaswalltrust.org.uk/contact-us/) message form.