The Morrisons Foundation has been set up to make a positive difference to people living in the UK. They provide match funding for Morrisons’ colleagues and offer grants to charities undertaking projects that improve people’s lives. The Foundation would like to encourage grant applications for project funding from Welsh charities, both local and national, that make a difference to people's lives and to Welsh communities.
To find out more visit the Morrisons Foundation website.
Santander Foundation’s Community Plus
Funding: Up to £5,000
Community Plus grants of up to £5,000 are available for local charities or local projects of national charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Grants must directly help disadvantaged people in your local area.
The only criteria for the Community Plus grants are:
- must be a UK registered charity (or in Northern Ireland on the Deemed List)
- must be a local charity or local project of a larger charity
- the grant must benefit local disadvantaged people
To find our more visit the Santander Foundation website.
Welsh Government's Communities Facilities Programme
Funding: Up to £500,000
The Communities Facilities Programme enables community and voluntary groups, as well as social enterprises, to bid for capital grants of up to £500,000 to improve community facilities which provide services for vulnerable local people. It operates on a rolling programme which means that applications can be submitted at any time.
For further information, visit Welsh Government’s website.
Third Sector Loan Fund
Funding: £250,000 to £3 million
Loans of between £250,000 and £3 million are available to support registered charities and social enterprises working to improve the economic and social well-being of individuals, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, within the UK.
The loans can be used for working capital, growth capital, property purchase or renovation and other capital expenditures. Secured and unsecured loans of between £250,000 and £3 million are available at annual interest rates of between 6 per cent and 12 per cent. The loans can be repaid over flexible timeframes within the fund's 10-year lifespan.
The Third Sector Loan Fund has been set up by fund management company Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) with financing of £13.5 million from the high street bank Santander, £15 million from the social investment bank Big Society Capital and £1.5 million from the social finance company Social Investment Business (SIB).
An expression of interest can be submitted at any time. Further details are available from Big Society Capital.
The Dulverton Trust
Funding: Up to £30k
The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity that awards grants directly to charities operating at a national or a regional wide level.
The Trust currently supports a wide range of activities in the following categories: Youth Opportunities, General Welfare, Conservation and Preservation.
For further information visit the Dulverton Trust website.
The Allen Lane Foundation
Funding: £500 - £15k
The Foundation wishes to fund work which will make a lasting difference to people's lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems, as well as projects that are aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination and that encourage or enable unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.
To find our more visit the Allen Lane website.
Lloyds Bank Foundation
Funding: Up to £25k
The Foundation’s new grant programmes - INVEST and ENABLE are now open for applications. The new funding programmes invest in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promote practical approaches to lasting change. Support will be adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities (income between £25,000 and £1 million) that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage.
For further information and the online application process please follow this link: www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk
Community Buildings, places of worship and faith groups
This National Assembly for Wales update highlights the various funding opportunities available to organisations and groups for the construction, development and maintenance of community buildings and places of worship.
For more information, please follow this link: Funding: Community Buildings
Garfield Weston Foundation
Funding: Grants of up to £100,000
On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation ranging from the smallest community and volunteer projects through to large national organisations. Despite the diversity of organisations and projects the Foundation funds, the common themes are charities that demonstrate quality and excellence with projects that have clear outcomes and benefits, good leadership and sensible business plans.
To find out more visit the Garfield Weston Foundation website.
O2 Think Big Youth Project Grant
Funding: Grants of up to £300
The Think Big programme is aimed at benefiting and supporting young people’s projects that will involve a tangible improvement for their community or tackle a problem with society.
To find out more visit the 02 website
Oak Foundation Housing and Homelessness Grant
Funding: Various for South Wales
In the Housing and Homelessness Programme, Oak Foundation focus on preventing homelessness by funding sustainable solutions that improve the economic and social wellbeing of marginalised youth, adults and families. They have three priorities: promoting economic self-sufficiency; increasing the availability and supply of affordable housing; and preventing homelessness.
You can find out more on the Oak Foundation website.
Coalfields Community Grant
Funding: £500 - £7,000
The Coalfields Community Grants Programme in Wales can award grants from £500 up to £10,000. This programme is for community and voluntary organisations who can demonstrate that a grant will impact positively on people living in the former coalfield communities of Wales.
View the Coalfields Regeneration Trust website.
Big Lottery: Awards for All Wales
Funding size: £500 - £5000
Awards for All provides voluntary and community groups with a quick and easy way to get small National Lottery grants of between £500 and £5,000 for projects which aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. The programme encourages a wide range of community, health, educational and environmental projects.
You can find out more on the Big Lottery website
Big Lottery: People and Places
Funding size: £5,001 - £1,000,000
People and Places will fund capital and revenue projects that encourage co-ordinated action by people who want to make their communities better places to live. We will support local and regional projects throughout Wales that focus on: revitalising communities, improving community relationships, or enhancing local environments, community services and buildings.
You can find out more on the Big Lottery website.
Tackling Poverty Small Grants Fund
The Tackling Poverty Small Grants Fund will be used in Communities First clusters to benefit education initiatives, play facilities, child care, and job opportunities. The 52 Communities First Clusters across Wales will initially receive £50,000 for the next two financial years to support their work and will be able to apply for further funding from the remaining £400,000. All projects will be required to demonstrate their relevance to the Tackling Poverty Agenda and how they contribute to the activities of the Communities First Cluster.
To find out more contact your local Communities First cluster.
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Funding: Up to £30,000
The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation grants programme supports projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation. Within these two main headings, ther are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care.
Find out more on the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation website.
Capturing Creativity: Pat Chown Award
Deadline: Currently closed
Seventeen years ago, Community Housing Cymru set up an Award scheme to recognise housing innovation in memory of a special person - Pat Chown. The winner receives an award, a £1,000 donation to a Wales-based charity of their choice, and will be announced at CHC’s One Big Housing Conference in October. The Award's aim is to recognise innovation:
- New ways of responding to day-to-day issues.
- Genuinely new ideas about dealing with common problems.
- A much easier way of tackling a long-standing issue.
To find out more about the award, go to Cartref to read a post by John Chown, member of the judging panel.