Below is a list of possible funders for VCS Groups working with children and young people within the Wakefield District. Young Lives try to provide up to date and accurate information, but we are not responsible for the information on these websites and you must contact the organisations direct, or visit their websites, for the up to date position or for further information.  

Alec Dickson Trust

The Trust is passionate about volunteering and about young people making a difference. Grants of up to £500 are available. Grants are available for projects in the applicant's local area that involve local people and can demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society. Preference is given to supporting innovative projects. Applications are invited from individuals aged 30 and under and from small groups of young people in the UK. Recipients are expected to report on how any support was used and how it helped to fulfil the aims of the project. Visit the website for full details:  

Allen Lane Foundation

The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits people in the groups such as asylum-seekers and refugees, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people, gypsies and travellers, migrant workers, offenders and ex-offenders, people experiencing mental health problems and people experiencing violence or abuse. There is a 2 stage application process which takes between 2 and 6 months to process fully. The grants are relatively modest. Single, one-off grants range from as little as £500 up to £15,000. Grants repeated for more than one year vary from about £500 per annum up to £5,000 per annum, for a maximum of three years. Visit the website for more information:  

Andrew Lloyd Weber Foundation

The objects of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation are to promote culture, heritage and the arts for the public benefit. As well as providing Musical Theatre scholarships, the Trustees welcome applications to support projects in the areas of culture, heritage and the arts and will consider funding towards projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people's lives. All applications to The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation must be completed on line on their website as detailed below. The overarching principle that will guide the trustees in making funding decisions will be a desire to make:
"Awards to projects that make a real and ongoing difference to people's lives"
Priority will be given to the area of performing arts (music, dance and drama) but other areas will be considered. All applicants must ensure they read the Standard Terms and Conditions for Grants which can be found on the website below:-

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

The AFMT funds projects that give disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. They prefer that applicants have done some fund-raising and usually support organisations, but if an individual wants to apply, they need a referee. The AFMT doesn't fund taster sessions or one-off residential trips and are unlikely to support environmental organisations, unless there is a strong outdoor element to the application and they are unlikely to support foreign trips or support capital projects.
Apply in writing, preferably by email, answering the questions above. Written applications will be acceptable. Visit the website for more information:  

The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust. The Archer Trust was set up in 1994 in memory of Ronnie Archer, who rose through the ranks of Unilever to become Vice-Chairman. It is hoped that the Archer Trust will be a fitting memorial to a talented but modest man.
Guidelines for applications for grants - Criteria:
You are a small UK charity for whom a grant of between £250 and £3,000 will make a big difference. In one way or another, you provide aid or support to a defined group of needy or deserving people, for instance those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged. You are competently run and can support your application with up-to-date accounts.
The Trust prefer to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation. They favour charities which make good use of volunteers. The Trust support projects both in the UK and overseas, but for overseas projects only via UK charities which can ensure that funds are being well used.
Apply in writing - any correspondence should be addressed to the Secretary, The Archer Trust, Bourne House, Wadesmill, Ware, Herts, SG12 0TT.
Visit the website at:  

The ASDA Foundation

The ASDA Foundation supports a range of good causes around the UK. ASDA colleagues will support many local charities, local community groups, schools, playgroups, community centres and football teams for example. To apply visit a local ASDA branch and ask to speak with one of the local ASDA colleagues.

Aspire-I Community Fund - West Yorkshire

It will consider applications that fit with its vision to ‘change lives for the better through learning and work' and will fund things such as buying equipment, IT hardware and software, training programmes for staff/volunteers, employee or premises costs etc.
Application Form: Available to download form the website along with an application pack.
Deadline: Period 2 opens on 1st October and closes on 31st December. There will be a further £25,000 available during this window.
Contact: Aspire-i Limited (Head Office) Onward House, 2 Baptist Place, Bradford, BD1 2PS
Tel: 0800 6959000 or 01274 829400. Visit the website at:  

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

The trustees welcome applications for funding projects of between £1,000 - £5,000 within the following areas for the next three years - children, youth, the elderly, medical, music and the arts, overseas, and community. The deadlines for applications for music and arts are 1 June 2011 and 1 November 2011. The deadlines for applications for children and youth are 1 June 2014 and 1 November 2013.

Awards for All England

Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000. The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. To do this we want to fund projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes:
• People have better chances in life - with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.
• Stronger communities - with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems.
• Improved rural and urban environments - which communities are better able to access and enjoy.
• Healthier and more active people and communities.
The application form is short and simple. Email the completed form to them and you will find out if you are successful within six weeks. Visit the website to find out more:

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established primarily to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations working in this field. Grants from £250 can be awarded for capital and revenue costs, including project and core costs. The Trust funds work around severe learning difficulties and autism but does not fund work focusing on mental illness or dyslexia. Grants will not normally be awarded to individuals. Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations that are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. They consider projects concerning children or adults. Grants will not normally be awarded to individuals. Visit the website for more information: 

Barnardo's Get Started Grant - Wakefield

The Barnardo's Get Started Inclusion Team has grants available to voluntary mainstream leisure providers, such as dance clubs, scouts or guides and art clubs. The grants aim to support groups to be more inclusive of disabled young people. The grants are for up to £500 and could be spent on equipment or training. They are for voluntary groups in the Wakefield District.
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.
Contact: Barnardo's: DSI, 'Get Started' Inclusion team, The Courtyard: Unit 1. 110-118 Church Street, Hunslet' Leeds, LS10 2JA Tel: 0113 2720832 email:  or

BIG - Reaching Communities

Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference. It funds revenue projects of between £10,000 and £500,000 and/or capital projects up to £50,000. Projects can be new or existing activities, or be the core work of your organisation. They want to fund projects that respond to needs identified by communities, and those that fund projects that help those most in need including those people or groups who are hard to reach. They want to encourage the following changes to communities as a result of their funding:
• people having better chances in life, including being able to get better access to training and development to improve their life skills strong communities, with more active citizens,
• working together to tackle their problems improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy healthier and more active people and communities.
You can apply to Reaching Communities if you are: a registered charity a voluntary or community group a statutory body, (including schools) a charitable or not-for-profit company a social enterprise - a business that is chiefly run for social objectives, whose profits are reinvested in the business rather than going to shareholders and owners.
Reaching Communities has proven to be a popular and highly competitive programme. Sadly, they have had to turn down some very good projects. You should note the high levels of interest in this programme and consider whether your project would be better suited to another Big Lottery Fund programme.
Application Form: For the first stage you submit an outline proposal form following the guidance on the website.
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.
Contact: Call their national helpline for advice Tel: 0845 410 20 30.

Boost Charitable Trust

Boost Charitable Trust was created in 2005 to Build On Over-looked Sporting Talent, to champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport.  Boost believes that sport is for everyone and they hope to work with people from all ages, races, colours, creeds and physical abilities.  The Trust will only support charities or non-profit making organisations with a focus on sport.  See website for details for how to apply.

Boparan Charitable Trust

The Boparan Charitable Trust is a new charity supporting children and young people under 18 years who live in England or Wales and are disadvantaged through poverty, disability or terminal illness. To apply download an application pack from the website. Financial details are required and three independent quotations if you are applying for specialist equipment. Visit the website for full details:  

Breaks4kids - YHA

Breaks 4 Kids is a charitable fund, founded and supported by YHA (Youth Hostel Association). They help to fund youth group and school trips for children from low income households, by contributing up to 50% of the cost of their YHA accommodation and food. This gives children who would otherwise be left behind, the chance to be included in the trip with the rest of their group. Residential trips and activities allow children to expand their horizons, build their confidence and self-esteem, and develop important skills in communication and team building. They believe that all children should have the opportunity to experience learning beyond their classroom, allowing them to appreciate the countryside and the cultural value of our towns and cities. Visit the website for full details:  

Brelms Trust

The Brelms Trust CIO is a small Charitable Incorporated Organisation, originally set up as a Charitable Trust in 2007, offering grants to a wide variety of charities and community projects. Funding is given exclusively to charities based in Yorkshire and directly benefitting only Yorkshire communities.

Priority in our grant giving is given to charities working at the heart of communities to tackle disadvantage and to provide sustainable benefit to the community. Applications are welcomed from a diversity of organisations and can cover staff salaries, volunteer expenses and running costs, as well as direct service provision.

Our grants range from £1,000 to £5,000 per year, either as a one-off grant or up to a maximum of 3 consecutive years. In exceptional circumstances the Trustees may award a single grant of £7,000.  Visit website for more information.

Brit Trust

All money collected by the Trust is awarded in the form of donations to a wide variety of charities that embody The Trusts guiding ethos "to encourage young people in the exploration and pursuit of educational, cultural or therapeutic benefits emanating from music". The BRIT Trust considers all applications, which meet the criteria within its mission statement; "To encourage young people in the exploration and pursuit of educational, cultural or therapeutic benefits emanating from music." The BRIT Trust does not consider individual grants, scholarships or capital grants or grant donations outside the UK.

Please note that The BRIT Trust is only able to consider applications from To apply for funding from The BRIT Trust, please complete the application form on the website (please note that applications are only considered annually at a Trust meeting in September - all applications should be received by The Trust no later than August and should be for projects planned for the following year). Visit the website at:  

Broadband Community Partnership

Grants available from the Partnership are: 
Small grant: funding small projects by local community groups to benefit the local community 
Partnership fund: to help improve the quality of life for residents in Broadland. The Partnership will prioritise projects from community groups which:

  • Support older people

  • Support young people

  • Support 'community champions'

  • Support the environment

How much can you apply for? 
Small grant: up to £500 for small projects (total cost under £5,000) 
Partnership fund: up to £5,000 
Applicants may apply for up to 100% of their costs. This will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances where the applicant meets the Partnership's core aims and has fully discussed this option with the Partnership Coordinator.  Please note: all grants are subject to funds being available.  Further information is available on the website at:

Buttle UK

Our Small Grants provide a personal and fast response to families living in crisis, when there is no one else that can help. By paying for basic items such as a cooker, fridge or bed, our grants offer relief from a critical situation. We are proud to also distribute grants through the BBC Children In Need Emergency Essentials Programme.
We work with over 5000 voluntary sector or local authority partners across the UK, which enables us to provide far-reaching support for those most in need. These agencies make applications for children and young people experiencing a wide range of issues such as illness, disabilities, behavioural and psychological problems. Other social issues surrounding their family life may include abuse, neglect, domestic violence, homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency and living in severe poverty.
We are able to assist children who are aged 18 years and under who are either:
• Living in single or two parent families;
• Those cared for by grandparents and other relatives or friends;
• Those that have been adopted.
We also support vulnerable young people aged 20 years and under who are living independently of their families due to being orphaned or estranged.  

Building Futures

Yorkshire Housing are running the Building Futures Programme funded by Unltd. The project is looking for young people aged 16-21 who want to improve their local community or help others. Individuals or informal groups can apply for a Try It Award of up £500 to take their idea to the next stage, and there is also the opportunity to apply for a Do It Award of up £2,500. 
Contact: 07917 556533. Email:

  Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Innovation Fund

The foundation aims to maximise the beneficial effect of its funding and partnerships and focuses on areas where they may have most impact. Apart from their new Innovation Fund almost all of their work is proactive. Not-for-profit organisations can apply for R&D funding to scope a new idea which enables them to work together with other organisations or experts outside their usual practice, or to enable them to undertake active research into areas they would not normally have the time or money to explore. This fund is not open to individuals. They particularly welcome ideas that take the perspective of people at the receiving end of activities or services, whether as audiences, participants or clients. They are also looking for ideas that demonstrate a cross-sectoral approach. It is expected that grants will average between £10,000 and £25,000.
For more details and information about how and when to apply visit the website at:

Cash for Clubs

Sport in the community is about local people, local facilities, local groups and organisations working together to provide opportunities to enjoy sport. Betfair and SportsAid recognise the importance of community sport, so Cash 4 Clubs has been set up to facilitate fundraising for community sports clubs throughout the country. Cash 4 Clubs offers all sports clubs in the UK the chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £1000. It is a simple scheme aimed at giving community clubs a helping hand and provide the opportunity to raise the money they need to invest in their club.  

The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust

The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust offers grants to charitable organisations working in the UK with one of its priority areas being children and young people. Most grants awarded are £1,000 or less, but it has also awarded much larger grants too.  See this website for details of how and where to apply.

Charities Aid Foundation

They are helping to shape the charitable sector from the inside out. Today charities have over £2 billion of their funds in CAF branded products, ensuring that every pound is maximised. They provide the latest facts, figures and trends from the charity sector. They offer banking services, fundraising advice and guidelines, workshops and training etc. Visit their website to find out more.

Children's Services Innovation Programme

Seed grants of up to £10,000 are available to help develop innovative proposals that have the potential to transform outcomes for children who need help from social care services and/or be more cost-effective, and that have the potential to be applied widely across the system. Applications throughout the year.

Children Today Charitable Trust

Children Today was founded in 1994 to help disabled children and young people up to the age of 25 enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with the specialised equipment they need. Often children and young people with disabilities remain excluded from a lifestyle which other people may take for granted. They want to join in and take part in the same sorts of activities, within their capabilities, as other children. They want to gain more independence from their parents as they get older, but are often prevented from doing so.
The Children Today Charitable Trust awards grants for a wide range of equipment for children and young people with disabilities. Eligible equipment includes: powered, manual and sports wheelchairs; specially adapted tricycles, bicycles, buggies, and walking aids; and specially designed sensory equipment ie Fibre Optic Sprays. Visit the website for more information:  

Clothworkers' Foundation Main grants Programme & Small grants Programme

They fund one-off grants for capital costs such as building refurbishment and office equipment. They make grants under their Main Grants Programme for organisations with an income of more than £250k pa and/or a total project cost of more than £100k. They also make grants under their Small Grants Programme for organisations with an income of less than £250k pa and a total project cost of less than £100k. Visit the website at:  

Coalfield Regeneration Trust

The Trust's grants programme is about helping groups who respond to local need. But they're also proactive in developing ideas and projects that address key issues such as worklessness, isolation, skills, sector development and sustainability.
Main Grants Programme - The trust can make grants from £10,001 to £200,000 in England, £10,001 to £50,000 in Scotland and £10,001 to £100,000 in Wales, to voluntary, community and statutory organisations Awards can be for capital or revenue for up to 3 years or to the end of the funding programme. Different timescales apply in different countries and our regional offices can give you details. The application and assessment process involves a telephone interview or site visit and they aim to get a decision within 23 weeks of a complete application being received. All awards are reviewed annually and continued funding is subject to the terms and conditions of the grants being met. Applicants are expected to plan and prepare for the continuation of the project beyond the period of the grant.
GAME ON - Funded by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and The Football Foundation, GAME ON is an exciting football initiative designed to encourage the regeneration of lives, communities and facilities in former coalfield areas. The aim of GAME ON is to help re-establish football and other sports at the core of England's coalfield communities and so improve the quality of life for all, but particularly the area's younger generation.
For advice on how to apply for any of the Trust's funding programmes please contact your nearest regional office (see website below). They will supply the appropriate application forms and provide advice and support to help you submit your application. They can only accept a hard copy of the application form and this needs to be returned to the Trust at their Head Office; PO Box 97, Rotherham. S63 7WX Email : Tel: 0800 064 8560 Fax: 01709 765 599

Community Development Foundation

£30 Million is now available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country. People will be encouraged to give time, expertise and resources towards the projects they identify in their areas. The government will match these pound for pound, helping to stimulate local action towards meeting community needs. Community First Neighborhood Matched Fund is an initiative that provides local communities with the means to address their own priorities:
• Communities will set up local panels in each eligible ward, and will decide upon projects for funding in their area.
• It is a matched fund programme, which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time.
Funding allocation:
Funding has been allocated at ward level across every local authority in England. Eligible wards were selected on the basis of high levels of deprivation and significant increases in benefits claimants. The amount of funding for each area is based on the concentration of these characteristics within a ward. Because funding is targeted to reach the most deprived areas, only certain electoral wards are eligible in each Local Authority. Use the postcode checker to find out if your area is eligible.


Community sporting facilities

Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities. Part of Places People Play, Sport England's programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, it is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014. Community and voluntary organisations and parish and town councils will be able to apply for £20,000 - £60,000. The first deadline for applications is 5pm, 2 April 2012. Visit the website for more details:  

Co-operative Community Fund

Community Fund grants, between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups to run projects that meet the following criteria. To be successful, a group must carry out positive work in the community and a project must:
• address a community issue
• provide a good long-term benefit to the community
• support co-operative values and principles
• ideally be innovative in its approach.
Applications can be submitted at any time and you can submit an application via the website at:  

Creme of Nature Community Action Award

The Creme of Nature Community Action Award is all about giving something back to the many communities across the UK that have helped make Creme of Nature one of the most well known brands in the hair and beauty market for the past 30 years. This Award is all about making a real difference. So if you are small with a big idea and just lacking funding, the Creme of Nature Community Action Award could be just what you need to make your dreams come true and start to make a real difference to the community you serve.Visit the website at:  

Dickie Bird Foundation

The Dickie Bird Foundation provides support for individuals with the aim of helping disadvantaged young people (under 18) to participate in sport, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice, irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity. Eligible costs are sports kit, coaching and training. Grants given are normally between £100 and £5,000, although more may be given in certain circumstances. 

Disability Grants - Your Guide to Grants for the Disabled

Do you have a Disability? Are you a parent or carer of a Disabled child or adult?
If so, use this website to save time finding Disability Grants.
Charities and Trusts provide funding towards the high cost of disability equipment, holidays, housing, days fact anything above and beyond the normal costs of everyday living. Visit the website at:  

Drapers Charitable Fund

The Drapers Charitable Fund provides grants under £10,000 for charities working with the homeless, people under the age of 25 who are excluded, prisoners, the elderly and disabled adults. The charity aims to improve the quality of life and expectations of people and their communities within the UK, particularly those disadvantaged or socially excluded, through the award of grants in the fields of education and relief of need. Examples of what they fund -relief of poverty, young carers, disability, encouraging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue or further their education. Visit the website at: 

The Duke of York's Community Initiative

The Duke of York's Community Initiative  is a Royal Award presented to community projects based in Yorkshire.  It is to recognise the work of community groups that in one way or another make a real difference to either their neighbourhood or to the people who live in it.  The schemes need to be owned, developed and led by the people they serve.

  • The schemes should be of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others.

  • Individual awards are also given in recognition of exceptional leadership skills.

The benefits include

  • Royal recognition of excellence,

  • The use of the royal logo which enhances fund raising credibility,

  • The promotion of organisational pride,

  • Business management support through workshops, mentoring and networking

There will be a ceremony in October at which HRH the Duke of York will present successful applicants with their citations. The Initiative is open to any organisation, large and small, who in the words of its assessment criteria is: "of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others."  Visit the website for full details.

 Dulverton Trust

The Dulverton Trust includes the following areas of activity:
Youth and Education - This is our largest category and is concerned with educational activities and opportunities for disadvantaged young people, helping them to achieve their true potential. This includes enabling young people at risk of offending or exclusion to access education and employment. hey wish to encourage studies in science and technology that will open up career opportunities for young people in business and industry. They believe in the character-building value of challenging outdoor activities such as adventure training and sail training that encourage leadership and team spirit. We also wish to help children, particularly from urban and suburban areas, to value the countryside.
General Welfare - They support a wide range of activities that benefit disadvantaged people and communities, with particular interest in: maintaining active living and independence for older people strengthening and supporting family relationships the welfare of children in disadvantaged families and of children in care supporting carers the rehabilitation of prisoners and ex-offenders and help for their families to rebuild their lives helping young homeless people to move forward the welfare of former members of the Armed Forces developing tolerance and understanding between faiths Application Form: Online process via website (they rarely accept paper/email applications) Visit the website for full details  

The Edge Fund

The Edge Fund is a new funder which was set up this year by a small group of philanthropists and activists who wanted to explore how funds could be distributed in a way that both devolves the power of donors and creates real and systemic social change. It seeks to support communities, campaign groups and activists struggling for social, economic and environmental justice, especially those who are:
• Working for systemic change - those who seek to dismantle and replace the structures and processes that create oppression, inequality and environmental destruction
• Facing discrimination and injustice because of their class, ability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other factors - those
All information on their website - makes an interesting read. Visit the website for more details:  

Education Endowment Foundation

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) funds projects addressing educational disadvantage. They are particularly looking for projects which can be developed, scaled up and replicated and which will have a measurable impact on attainment. In the first two years funding will be focused on children eligible for free school meals attending primary and secondary schools targeted for EEF funding. There is further information on checking this out on the EEF website. The following organisations are eligible to apply:
• Registered charities
• Not-for-profit organisations
• Individual schools
• Clusters of schools
• Teacher groups
• Universities
• Colleges
• Academy chains
• Mutuals
• Co-operatives
• Any combination of these can apply for funding.
The smallest grant is likely to be around £50,000 per year. Projects should reach 100 pupils and preferably a number of schools. Deadline: applications may be submitted at any time but there are three review points per year when they will be assessed. The next three review points are: 3 October 2011, 2 December 2011 and 30 March 2012. Visit the website for more information:

Telephone: 020 8788 3223

Emergency Essentials Programme

BBC Children in Need have announced the creation of their Emergency Essentials Programme to deliver the charity's welfare grants for individual families. The programme will be administered by Buttle UK which works seamlessly with their own Small Grants Programme. The needs of the individual child are paramount to both programmes and reflected in their united mission to make a positive change to the lives of children and young people in need throughout the UK. The programme will give emergency grants for essential items for struggling families living in extreme deprivation throughout the UK. Visit the Buttle website for more information:

Equitable Charitable Trust

The Trust is an education charity. It makes grants of up to £1 million each year towards projects for children and young people under the age of 25 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or disabled.
Grants can be made for projects throughout the UK. Overseas projects are also funded, but only through UK registered charities. Organisations based outside of the UK are not eligible to apply.
Please read our guidelines carefully before making an application, including the section about what we cannot fund.   

Erach and Roshan Sadri Foundation

The Foundation will give grants that fall under:
• Education - grants which will make a difference, projects that are having difficulty getting started, capital projects, benefiting people of all ages and backgrounds.
• Welfare Purposes - including those concerning children to the age of 18. The Foundation defines welfare support as: ‘providing financial support to assist those who (person or community) need support during a period of difficulty or are disadvantaged by circumstances beyond their control'.
• Homlessness - The Foundation aims to support homelessness through existing charities that exist to alleviate the plight of the poor who live on the streets. The Foundation takes interest in those who are made homeless by natural disasters or political activity beyond their control. This definition does not extend to short-term refugees. The Foundation prefers to make one-off donations to get projects started or support specific projects.
• General Charitable Purposes - This is a broad area with limited funding which allows Trustees to consider grant applications which fall outside the four main criteria but have particular appeal to them.
For more detailed information and to apply please visit:-


Education and Training  Erasmus+ offers a range of opportunities for UK organisations to access funding for education, training, youth and sport activities.  Erasmus+ will give people the chance to study, train, undertake work experience and volunteer abroad with the aim of boosting skills and employability, particularly amongst young people, in the UK. 
Youth Funding
  Erasmus+ will also support transnational partnerships among Education, Training and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. It will also support UK national efforts to modernise Education, Training and Youth systems. 
In the field of sport, Erasmus+ funding will support projects that result in the development, transfer and implementation of innovative ideas and practices in sport at European, national, regional and local level. It will also aim to increase cooperation between sporting organisations and tackle issues such as intolerance, discrimination, doping and match-fixing in sport.

Ernest Cook Trust

The Ernest Cook Trust is one of the UK's leading educational charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the Trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on educational opportunities on its estates and by offering grants. The gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment or the arts (in the broadest sense) or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy. Visit the website for more information:

Esh Group and the Esh Charitable Trust

In 2005 Esh Charitable Trust was launched through which Esh Group formally committed to support and to fund ‘good causes' involving:
 environmental work - including protection, education and awareness
 provision of skills and training to young people and disadvantaged people
 support for communities
The Trust reflects the culture and the values of Esh Group; that of a local business which cares about its people, its community and its marketplace. Reinvestment is a long-standing principle at the Esh Group. Cash funding of up to £1,000 is available to neighbourhood groups, organisations and charities across the whole of West and South Yorkshire to support projects or services which align with Esh Group's core values:
 help bring people in neighbourhoods and communities closer together
 Improve quality of life for local residents
 Support people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable communities
 Help to increase people's prospects of becoming employed
 Involve minority and hard to reach groups
 Promote healthy living, sustainability and promote equality
Esh Charitable Trust will support both ongoing projects and new projects. Where applications are made in respect of ongoing projects clear evidence must be provided to demonstrate that Esh Group funding will enable the project to either continue or proceed at a substantially improved level. Visit the website for details of how to apply:  

Esmee Fairburn Foundation - Main Fund

The Main Fund is responsive to requests for support across the broad range of their interests, which are: the arts, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society. There is a two stage application process. They will acknowledge receipt of your first stage application within a week of receiving it and email you within a month to say whether they would like to take it to a second stage or decline to support it. If they invite you to proceed to the second stage, they may ask you for additional information in order to clarify and expand on what you have already told them. Further details on types of projects funded and exclusions are available from the website. Apply in writing with an outline proposal. Visit the website to download guidance and an application form:  


The Family Fund 
The Family Fund helps families with severely disabled children and young people aged 17 and under to have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life. Grants are for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child, young person and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, computers and holidays. Any family caring for a severely disabled child where household income is less than £28,000 is eligible to apply for a grant. If you have previously been helped by the Family Fund, you can now apply for a grant on-line. 
Fidelio Charitable Trust

The Fidelio Charitable Trust supports the Arts and the Trustees aim to help individuals and groups who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support, particularly those who are at an early stage in their careers. Such individuals and groups must be recommended by an appropriate person in an institution, college, Arts Festival and similar organisations. Fidelio's funds are limited and no single grant will be greater than £5,000. The person representing the recommending institution or organisation must vouch for the competence and skill of those for whom they are applying to Fidelio and state how they were selected. They should explain their professional relationship with the individual or group, and describe accurately the project or activity for which money is required. It is important to give as much detail as possible about how much money is needed and how the proposed budget is made up. The trustees, while willing to provide support, may sometimes only be able to part-fund a project or activity. The closing dates for receipt of applications are 1st February, 1st June and 1st October. Fidelio Charitable Trust, 2nd Floor, 20-22 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LR Email:
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Fit4Funding help voluntary organisations with questions about what to do before applying for funding, sourcing funding, making applications and managing funds. They can also advise on what to do when funding ends. 

Football Foundation Grow the Game 

Organisations will be able to receive a £5,000 grant over two or three years with financial support being reduced in the second or third year of the project. Applications are accepted from any not-for-profit organisations in England. 
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Grow the Game is an extremely popular scheme and the assessment process is competitive, therefore, the Foundation strongly recommends that before making an application, applicants should contact the local County Football Association's Development Manager to discuss the project. 

Foresters' Fund for Children

Funding for projects related to improving the quality of life for children and specific educational schemes. The Trustees place emphasis on funding requests to support volunteer and educational efforts that help prevent abuse, deprivation, bullying and neglect of children. Contributions in the past have been given primarily to support three major areas: Activities, Community outreach programmes; Educational materials, public awareness campaigns and seminars; Volunteer, self-help and professionally facilitated support groups. Grant usually in the region of £400 - £700.  

Four Acre Trust
Four Acre Trust supports charities working in the following areas: 
Mentoring schemes - Mentoring schemes for young people aiming to achieve a significant change in lifestyle and aspirations. Youth work in local communities - Core costs of local youth organisations using volunteers to deliver programmes for young people aimed at improving their future prospects. 

Breaks and holidays for young people - They support charities providing opportunities for young people and their families to experience challenging activities on a holiday or short break. They expect beneficiaries or their families to contribute to the cost.
School holiday activity schemes - They will part fund so long as beneficiaries make a contribution to the cost.
Adventure and other training centres - They support charities booking places at adventure training centres.
You don't have to be innovative - just efficient at your service provision and must respond promptly, succinctly and factually to any queries they raise relating to your application.
Four Acre Trust, Treferanon, St Weonards, Hereford HR2 8QF Tel: 01981 580002 Email:

Foyle Foundation

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Applications are welcomed from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £100,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. Nor will the Scheme generally support charities that are able consistently to generate operational surpluses or which have been able to build up unrestricted reserves to a level equivalent to three months turnover. We plan to make one year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to charities which can demonstrate that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. If you cannot demonstrate this, your application will be declined. Please note that demonstrating ongoing sustainability is also important, particularly if you have recently lost local authority or other regular funding. No multi-year funding awards will be made. Visit the website for full details:  

Funders Online Portal 
Provides links to various sources of funders based or active in Europe. 
Funding Central 
A free website, Funding Central includes details of income opportunities, grants and contracts from local authorities, the Government and the EU. Charities can enter details of the type of work they do, their location and their size, and this will produce details of the funding they are eligible to apply for. There will also be a range of tools and resources to help identify the most appropriate income source.  
Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.  This includes education, arts community and youth.  Grants of up to £50,000 are available.   Find out how to apply on the website.

Giving World Online 
The idea of this charity is to match businesses with surplus stock to charities who need the goods. You have to be a registered charity or voluntary group and need to register with the site and log in. If you find what you need when you log in and search the site, you do have to arrange for the goods to be delivered and to pay the costs. Goods can include computers from companies upgrading their systems, books, DVDs, educational material, fabric and clothing, healthcare, stationery and toys. The site is well worth a visit. 
Golsoncott Foundation

The Golsoncott Foundation aims to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and in particular the fine arts and music. This includes providing access to the arts for young people and developing new audiences. Grants vary according to context and are not subject to an inflexible limit, but they are unlikely to exceed £5,000 and are normally given on a non-recurrent basis. The Trustees meet on a quarterly basis (February, May, August and November) to determine applications.
All applications for awards should be sent by post by the end of the month preceding the month of the Trustees meeting, and should include the following:
a clear and concise statement of the project; whether the award sought will be for the whole project or a component part; whether the applicant organisation is of charitable status; evidence that there is a clear benefit to the public; the amount requested should be specified; whether this is the only source of funding being sought (if not, all other sources of funding should be indicated, including those that have refused funding).
Wherever possible an annual report and accounts should accompany the application along with any other supporting information deemed relevant.
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Government funding 
Visit this site to find out about funding from the government. The Directory of Social Change (DSC) runs a website that provides funding information for the VCS sector. The DSC is planning to expand the content so that it provides the best possible service for the voluntary sector.
Grants Net UK 
Voluntary and Community Groups can apply to the Microsoft Giving Programme for small grants for software to help in fundraising or running groups. See the website fur further information. 
Grassroots Grants 
Grassroots Grants is a £130 million government funded programme managed by CDF. It includes and £80 million small grants fund for community groups. Community groups should apply directly to their nearest Grassroots Grants local funder. Visit the website to find the local funders. 
Greggs Foundation 
The Greggs Foundation operates a regional grants programme to support charitable organisations through the provision of small grants of up to £2,000. Their committees can also provide freshly produced Greggs products for community events and activities. Details of how to apply are included at the bottom of this page. The regional grants programme can support charitable organisations that are not set up to make a profit. The Greggs Foundation prioritises local organisations that help people in need in their local area. The mission of the Greggs Foundation is to: "Make a difference to people in need in the heart of Greggs' local communities" All of our applications must be able to prove that they can achieve the above. Additionally the Foundation prioritises the following people:

• People with caring responsibilities
• People with disabilities
• Homeless people
• Older people

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