Funding Opportunities

Support from Community Foundation of Staffordshire during the Covid-19 Pandemic 


In response to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Community Foundation for Staffordshire has launched an appeal via JustGiving to raise funds that will enable them to support communities that have been severely affected by the pandemic. You can find more information and a full criteria on the grants that are currently available by clicking,6XOUD,WTA2EK,RW3JN,1

What funding is available?

?The Community Foundation for Staffordshire will be awarding grants from the Covid-19 local appeal and the NET Coronavirus appeal to organisations supporting those communities that have been affected. They may also use the local fund to make available Emergency grants for individuals. The aim of the fund is to support organisations with the immediate and unexpected costs the COVID-19 virus has created. Organisations would need to be supporting members of the community in this first phase. Grants are not intended to replace loss of income but is more to help with the costs of providing a vital service.

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The Allen Lane Foundation is funding community projects that work to bring groups together, particularly marginalised groups. Projects that heal divides and promote social cohesion are welcomed.

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Greggs Foundation Accepting Applications for Local Community Funding in Spring 2020

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Using the money raised from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops across Great Britain, the Foundation provides grants to small not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 for projects that make a difference to local areas.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available for projects and providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.

All projects must support a community of interest, for example people who are:

  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness.
  • Living in poverty.
  • Voluntary carers.
  • Isolated older people.
  • Other demonstrable significant need.

Eligible projects should be able to show that they meet at least one of the following Key Performance Targets for their beneficiaries:

  • Decreased social isolation.
  • Improved health and wellbeing.
  • Improved resilience/coping mechanisms.
  • Improved life skills.
  • Improved opportunities.

Projects should improve resilience within a community of interest and can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. The Foundation is also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting the community of interest.

This is a highly competitive grant scheme with only 15% of eligible applicants receiving funding last year.

The deadline for applications is 23 February 2020 with decisions expected to be announced in early May 2020.

Further information is available on the Greggs Foundation website


Veolia Environmental Trust

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Grants are available to constituted, not-for-profit groups with environmental and community projects that are located near a qualifying Veolia site in England.

The Veolia Environmental Trust, originally known as the Onyx Environmental Trust, was set up in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund (formerly the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme) and awards monies derived from landfill tax to support a wide range of environmentally focused projects throughout England.

The Trust is a charity and an Environmental Body registered under the Landfill Tax Regulations established to protect, preserve and improve the environment for the benefit of the public.

The funding is for capital improvement projects at a single site that fall in one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms.
  • Outdoor spaces.
  • Play and recreation.
  • Biodiversity projects.

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available under the following conditions:

  • The maximum project cost should be less than £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs).
  • Projects are required to secure at least 10% of the total project costs.
  • Successful applicants will need to pay 10% of the awarded amount to the landfill operator from a third party contributor.

Deadline 5th March 2020

For further guidance visit


AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme - Transformational Project Grants

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England towards the capital costs of work to restore redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres and bring them back into use.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity that promotes the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK by providing advice, information and financial assistance in the form of early project grants and loans for projects undertaken by charities and not-for-private profit organisations.

The £15 million Transforming Places Through Heritage programme is a new fund that has been launched by AHF, with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It aims to contribute to the reinvigoration of England’s high streets and town centres, helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper. The fund is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones. Together, these programmes form part of the Future High Streets Fund, which is administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Grants are available for non-profit organisations, such as charities and social enterprises, to support the development of projects that have the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres. Funding can be used for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership or that of charitable/social enterprise organisations.

The programme offers the following funding strands:

Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work (covered in a separate entry).

Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs (covered in a separate entry).

Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns (covered in a separate entry).

Transformational Project Grants: up to £350,000, for transformational capital projects.

Community Shares Booster Grants: development grants up to £10,000 and equity investments up to £50,000 for Community Benefit Societies and Cooperatives. This grant programme is being managed by Co-Operatives UK on behalf of AHF. (It will be covered in a separate entry).

For further information visit


Thomas Wall Trust - Digital Skills 2020 Grants Programme

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Grants are available for registered charities to support specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills in order to increase employment prospects within the UK.

This year (2020) marks the Thomas Wall Trust's centenary, and to celebrate it is running a new grants programme throughout 2020 that offers funding to organisations working towards improving basic digital skills for people in need.

The funding is intended to equip adults with basic digital skills for work and life, helping them access the online world.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a not-for-profit organisation or charity based in the UK.
  • Have been established for at least three years.
  • Have an annual turnover that does not exceed £500,000

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:

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

Closing date 25th March 2020

For further information and how to apply visit


War Memorials Trust Grants

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Grants are available to protect and conserve war memorials marking any conflict, in communities in the UK who could not otherwise fund the works required.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available for up to 75% of total eligible project costs.

Currently, the Trust considers awarding grants of up to:

  • £5,000 for non-freestanding war memorial.
  • £30,000 for freestanding, non-beneficiary war memorials.

Decisions will depend on the amount of funding available and the grant scheme for which the project is eligible. Of the 166 grants awarded in 2018-19 the median award was £1,830 while the average was £4,949.

For information on how to apply visit

Work should aim to manage the natural process of decay without damaging the war memorial’s overall appearance, altering the features that give it its historic or architectural significance, or unnecessarily disturbing or destroying historic fabric.

The types of work that can be funded include:

  • Like-for-like repair.
  • Structural repair/stabilisation.
  • Reinstatement of lost elements that form an integral part of the design.
  • Professional condition surveys and structural reports.

Priority is given to those memorials in greatest need. The Trust will be able to deal with an enquiry more quickly if the war memorial has an up-to-date entry, including condition report and photographs, on War Memorials Online


Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales - Grants Programme

Wed 11 Dec 2019

Core funding grants are available to support small and medium-sized local charities with a proven track record of helping people aged 17 years and older in England and Wales achieve positive change in one or more of the complex social issues as specified by the Foundation.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, an independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group, re-launched their grants programme in December 2019 with a simpler, more flexible and transparent approach. Changes to the Foundation’s grant-making processes are part of its Reaching Further strategy for 2018-2022.

The Foundation partners with small and local charities who help people overcome complex social issues. Through long-term funding, developmental support and influencing policy and practice, the Foundation helps small charities make life-changing impact.

Long-term funding, including core costs and tailored development support, is available to registered charities that have a track record of working to help people overcome the following issues:

  • Addiction and dependency
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Domestic abuse
  • Care leavers
  • Homeless and vulnerably housed
  • Learning disabilities
  • Sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Mental health
  • Trafficking and modern slavery

A full explanation of each social issue can be found in the guidelines which are published on the Foundation's website


Proceeds of Crime Fund

The commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund offers grants of between £3,000 and £15,000 for projects which support local community safety partnership activity. The funding pot is made up of money seized from criminals as Staffordshire Police continue to strip offenders of their assets.

The fund is allocated in two rounds each year. The funding deadlines have passed for 2019 but you can visit the Staffordshire Commissioner's website  to find out about the most recently funded projects.

People Power Fund 

The commissioner's People Power Fund sets out to empower local communities to find solutions to community safety problems in their area through small grants of between £100 and £3,000. 

The fund is allocated in two rounds each year. The funding deadlines have passed for 2019 but you can visit the Staffordshire Commissioner's website  to find out about the most recently funded projects.


The Coalfields Community Investment Programme is still going strong and you could be eligible for up to £10,000 in funding