Seven funds and grants you can apply for

Seven funds and grants you can apply for

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If you think a little bit of cash will help your event or project have a more lasting impact in the community, have a quick look through the funds and grants available below. It’s not an exhaustive list, so we suggest doing a search for local funding too.

Please remember some of these funds give grants only to organisations or registered charities, others require several months’ notice, or only process applications at certain points throughout the year. To give yourself the best chance, make sure you carefully read the criteria on the individual websites, tailor your application to closely meet the criteria and leave plenty of time for it to be processed.

National Lottery Fund — Awards for All | £300 - £10,000

Please note applications take around 18 weeks to assess. We would recommend you submit five months in advance of anticipated project start date.


If you are a voluntary or community organisation, school, health body or a parish or town council, have a UK-based bank account in the name of the organisation, that requires at least three people who are unrelated and do not live at the same address, you should be able to apply. You will also need a written governing document e.g. set of rules, articles of association or constitution. They do not fund individuals or sole traders. Funding is available to not for profit groups who have a bank account that requires at least two unrelated people (not living at the same address).

Visit the Awards For All website for more info or call the Big Advice Team on 0345 4 10 20 30.

UK Community Foundations

UK Community Foundations manage a range of locally provided grants and funds. Contact your local Community Foundation to see if there are any which are relevant to your area and which fit with your timings.

Comic Relief's Building Stronger Communities

Basic Criteria

  • Grants are awarded to support work where there is clear evidence of a sustained beneficial impact on the lives of people who are excluded or disadvantaged.
  • Priority is given to small, locally-based groups or organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions to address these needs.

Application process

  • Contact your local community foundation or funder for local deadlines and application procedures.
  • There will be periods when the grant round temporarily closes so check early.

Visit the Comic Relief page on the UK Community Foundations website for more info.

​Quartet Community Foundation | Up to £2000

Quartet Community Foundation (covering Bristol, Bath, North, NE Somerset and South Gloucestershire) – up to £2000

Basic Criteria

  • For small, community-based charities and voluntary groups in the West of England whose work benefits disadvantaged or isolated local people.
  • Sometimes they focus on funding specific types of activities — check the website for more details.

Application process

  • 6 weeks — it's a rolling programme, open throughout the year.

Visit the Quartet Community Foundation website for more info.

Supporting Communities Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Communities - we share funding available in Northern Ireland on a regular basis on our Facebook page The Big Lunch Northern Ireland, and in our regional network group NI Eden Project Communities.

People and Communities Fund Scotland

Basic Criteria

  • Aimed at registered social landlords and other community anchor organisations such as community development trusts.
  • Supports these community organisations to grow and strengthen by delivering outcomes to meet and respond to the aspirations of their communities.

Application Process

  • Aims to provide a decision within 10 weeks of receipt of a complete application.

Visit the Scottish Government website for more info.

Funding Scotland

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations launched Funding Scotland in 2014, a free online tool to help source the right funding for your community group, charity or social enterprise. There are over 800 Scottish funding opportunities in their catalogue.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with other funding opportunities.