Funding opportunities for charities and community projects

Includes grants to cover the running costs of small charities; improve children’s health & education; and support vulnerable older people.

Grants to cover running costs for small charities

The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 with the sum of £75,000 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE. His aim was to create a sustainable way to give something back to society by supporting organisations and people who are making a difference.

The Trust supports around 300 charities every year and focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

Charities will be working in the areas of:

  • Arts and heritage
  • Social welfare
  • Environmental causes and animal welfare
  • Education and training
  • Healthcare

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Masonic Charitable Foundation programme to support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people

Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply to the Later Life Inclusions grants programme run by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50.

Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology
  • Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support
  • Advocacy, social and welfare support

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Masonic Charitable Foundation - Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme

Charities in England and Wales can apply for Early Years Opportunities Grants through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to the age of 25 years) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.
  • Parental support, including whole family approach
  • Pastoral and advocacy support
  • Alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system.

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Genetic Disorders UK: Jeans for Genes 2020 grants

The 2020 Jeans for Genes grant programme is open for applications. Funds raised on Jeans for Genes Days provide grants to disorder-specific charities and patient groups to fund projects and services for children affected by genetic disorders.

Members of Genetic Disorders UK's partnership network can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to cover day-to-day support, equipment, nursing, patient support services and events which bring together affected children and their families.

Genetic Disorders UK will accept applications from charities and patient groups that support both adults and children as long as the focus of the grant is on children. Genetic Disorders UK will also accept applications from special needs organisations such as special schools, playgroups, hospitals and hospices that provide services to children with a wide range of conditions as long as children affected by genetic disorders are the main beneficiaries of the project.

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Grants to enrich the quality of life of sick children in hospitals

Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity provides grants of between £100 and £10,000 to registered charitable hospitals and hospices across the UK to enhance and enrich the quality of life of sick children in hospitals.

Since 2003, Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity has given over £2 million in grants to 312 projects in 100 different hospitals and hospices, providing life-saving medical equipment, free family accommodation, a range of arts, music and play therapy programmes, sensory equipment and facilities and respite care.

Organisations working within hospitals and hospices are eligible to apply where they have a supporting reference from the hospital/hospice itself.

The next deadline for applications to the Charity is Friday 18th October 2019.

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Grants to support children’s health and education

Grants of up to £30,000 are available per year for up to two years to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas:

  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  • Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme is the 8th October 2019. The Foundation distributes a total of around £200,000 per quarter.

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Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme

The Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme offers grants of up to £1,000 to schools in the UK to set up Breakfast clubs for those children in most need.

There are no closing dates and applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis.

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British Science Week Community Grant Scheme

The British Science Week Community Grant Scheme is due to re-open for applications in late September 2019. The scheme offers £500-£1,000 grants to community groups that run their own science activities during British Science Week (6-15 March 2020) aimed at audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity.

This can include:

  • People who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME);
  • People with low socioeconomic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income;
  • Young people facing adversity, including those not in education, employment or training;
  • People with a disability, defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities;
  • People living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people;
  • Girls and women.

The deadline for applications will be in mid-November 2019.

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Funding for community-based projects

The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants of an average of £5,000 to causes working at community level in the UK and developing countries which are less likely to be able to raise funds from public subscriptions.

Current UK funding priorities are: homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, and community-based initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 25 (to fund programmes that are helping these young people in the job market, with advice, training, volunteering and work placement schemes).

Hilden accepts applications at any time but the closing date for applications to be considered at the Autumn meeting of Trustees is the 12th September 2019.

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