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Grants & funds for charity & NGO digital work

  • Do you work for a charity or NGO?
  • Could your organisation have a bigger impact by doing better digital work?
  • Are you being held back from doing better digital work because of budget?
  • Do you have the sneaking suspicion that there are groups out there who are looking to fund great work like yours?
  • Would you love to get that funding but don’t even have the time or support to start finding out where it is?

...then you’ve come to the right place.

We’re a fully not for profit co-op digital agency and we believe that a lack of budget shouldn’t get in the way of amazing charities and NGOs from doing better digital work.

We also know that, usually, you get what you pay for and for most charities and NGOs, this means putting scarce resources into digital work. So what are you going to do if you’ve got a digital project you want to get off the ground but no budget? You need to find support and this often takes time, connections, and the ability to do some serious research. Or in this case, it means just scrolling down through the rest of this piece.

We’ve put together a quick breakdown of the best upcoming funds and grants that we’ve seen out there. We’ll keep this updated, so keep checking back here.

If you’ve looked through and don’t see anything that’s the right fit for you, get in touch and we’ll try to help you find a fund that fits.

And if you’ve seen a grant or fund that isn’t listed below (or you work for a funder not listed), then please get in touch or tweet us and we’ll add it in.

Now, without further delay, dive in and start looking for the perfect fund to make your idea a reality.


Community Foundations

More info: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/list-of-46-community-foundations

More info: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/covid-19

A number of community foundations are providing support for small charities and community groups helping people in their area. You can find a full list of community foundations here.

Coronavirus Relief Grants

More info: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/funding

More info: List of COVID funding

More info: https://www.charityexcellence.co.uk/Home/FundingFindersResources

Lists of resources and funding for coronavirus relief.


Upcoming Deadlines

July

GDI Hub Country Investment Fund (CIF)

Deadline: 31 July 2020

More info: https://www.disabilityinnovation.com/news/country-investment-fund-cif-launched

Great for: The aim of the CIF is to make direct investments in activities which deliver foundational, strategic, agreed national Assistive Tech (AT) priorities and reach disabled people directly with access to AT. Applications are sought from organisations that (1) are not a government entity (2) are able to provide approximately 50% match funding in cash or kind toward delivery of the aims (this can be toward the end of the programme to build sustainability) and (3) have the support of relevant Ministry/Ministries who lead on AT in the country in which they propose to work.

August

Cultural Impact Development Fund

Deadline: August 2021

More info: https://www.artsculturefinance.org/our-funds/cultural-impact-development-fund/

Great for: This one's not a grant fund! The Cultural Impact Development Fund is providing small-scale repayable finance to socially-driven arts and cultural organisations. The fund uses financial incentives to drive the achievement of social impact targets in its investment portfolio, making it one of the few impact investment funds with a clear trade-off of financial return for the attainment of social outcomes.


Ongoing

Anglo-American Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://www.angloamericangroupfoundation.org

Great for: Registered charities working on community development, education and training, environmental initiatives or HIV/AIDS and welfare projects

Architectural Heritage Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: http://ahfund.org.uk

Great for: The Architectural Heritage Fund supports communities across the UK find enterprising new ways to revitalise old buildings. They provide advice, grants and loans to support sustainable heritage projects.

Ashworth Charitable Trust

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: http://www.ashworthtrust.org

Great for: Humanitarian causes operating locally, nationally and internationally. For the most part, the Trust looks to fund projects and not core funding.

ASDA Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://www.asdafoundation.org/what-we-fund

Great for: Local charities and community groups

Baring Foundation - Strengthening Civil Society

More info: https://baringfoundation.org.uk/news-story/strengthening-civil-society-programme-new-funding-to-support-civil-society-through-the-pandemic/

The Strengthening Civil Society programme, which supports civil society to use the law to achieve social change, is launching three new funding streams to support grantholders and civil society to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/under10k

Great for: Community organisations, charities and social enterprises working in the UK.

City Bridge Trust

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://www.citybridgetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/grant-making/

Great for: Charitable organisations and projects with an emphasis on reducing inequality and enabling voice and representation for disadvantaged groups. Applicants must be based in London.

Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull Communities Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/coventry-solihull-warwickshire-communities-fund/

Great for: Up to £2,000 in funding available for community organisations in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. The Fund aims to help people who face some form of disadvantage or social exclusion.

Digital Freedom Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://digitalfreedomfund.org/grants/

Great for: The Digital Freedom Fund supports strategic litigation on digital rights in Europe that contributes to advancing human rights in the digital sphere.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Central Grants

Deadline: Ongoing, quarterly deadlines

More info: https://dmthomasfoundation.org/what-we-do/grants/dmtf-central-grants/

Great for: UK charities working with babies and young people up to the age of 25 can apply to the central grant scheme. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting projects that aim to help young people who have disabilities, are sick in hospital, or have a pre-existing life limiting condition. Grants of up to £30,000 per year are available.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk/what-we-fund

Great for: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation funds charities and social enterprises, and supports work that focuses on The Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Food and Social Change. Funding is targeted at larger organisations, with a turnover of over £50,000.

Frontline AIDS

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://frontlineaids.org/our-work-includes/rapid-response-fund/

Great for: Urgent situations where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) and men who have sex with men (MSM) struggle to access HIV services because of stigma and discrimination – often leading to threats and violence.

Garfield Weston

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://garfieldweston.org

Great for: UK charities, regardless of size.

Get Up Rise Up Direct Action Fund

Deadline: Ongoing, rolling basis

More info: http://directaction.beautifultrouble.org

Great for: The Get Up Rise Up direct action fund seeks to make resources available to local groups (both registered and unregistered) that often find themselves underfunded or under-resourced for a myriad of reasons, and who are planning creative direct actions as part of an ongoing campaign.

The Girl Generation

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://www.thegirlgeneration.org

Great for: Groups campaigning to end FGM

Green Hall Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://greenhallfoundation.org/how-to-apply/

Great for: The Green Hall Foundation makes around 100 grants per year to registered charities. Unlike most Trusts the Green Hall Foundation changes it priorities on an annual basis, with specific sectors invited to apply at two annual application periods. Also fairly uniquely each application period closes as soon as the Foundation has received 100 applications. The Foundation usually awards grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.

Heritage Emergency Fund

More info: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/coronavirus-update

The fund will be investing the £50m as short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites to ensure they are not lost to the public.

Islamic Bank Transform Fund 2020

More info: https://www.isdb-engage.org/en/challenge/call-for-innovation-via-transform-fund-2020

Through Transform, innovative ideas will be translated into real development solutions that will address development challenges and empower the communities and youth in particular to realize their full potential.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Deadline: Ongoing, several deadlines throughout the year

More info: https://www.jrct.org.uk/what-we-fund

Great for: JRCT fund projects across five priority areas: Peace and Security, Power and Accountability, Rights and Justice, Sustainable Future and the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict. Their funding priorities reflect the organisation's Quaker values of equality, human rights, justice and environmental sustainability. Funding applications are reviewed four times a year.

Lush Charity Pot

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://uk.lush.com/tag/charity-pot

Great for: Grassroots orgs working in environmental, animal and human rights. Selected organisations will be featured on Charity Pot body lotion & sold in Lush stores - so it’s a great opportunity to showcase the work you do!

Mozilla COVID-19 Solutions Fund

More info: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/03/31/moss-launches-covid-19-solutions-fund/

Providing awards of up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Deadline: Ongoing/multiple

More info: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk

Great for: The National Lottery Heritage Fund provide grant funding for heritage projects from £3,000 upwards.

Neighbourly

More info:https://www.neighbourly.com/NeighbourlyCommunityFund

Grants are awarded to good causes in UK and Ireland whose work involves supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. They are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.

Noel Buxton Trust

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: http://www.noelbuxtontrust.org.uk

Great for: The Trust supports voluntary and community based organisations in Great Britain and in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa. UK grants have a focus on the welfare of both families and prisoners.

People’s Postcode Trust

Deadline: Annual

More info: http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/applying-for-a-grant

Great for: Non-profit and community organisations working to eliminate poverty, combat discrimination or protect human rights.

Prince's Trust Coronavirus Response

More info: https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response

Support for young people aged 18-30 with a focus on young business owners and the self-employed.

Sea Changers

Deadline: Ongoing

More info:https://www.sea-changers.org.uk/grants

Great for: Sea-Changers gives grants to a range of UK-based, marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations. They are particularly interested in grassroots projects which galvanise community action and projects which increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation. A number of grants are available, including a rolling small-grants programme.

Schroder Charity Trust

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://schrodercharitytrust.org/

Great for: UK registered charities seeking grants of up to £5,000.

Wesleyan Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: http://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/wesleyan-foundation-grants/

Great for: Small, community-based organisations and charities working in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. Funding up to £10,000 is available.

Woodward Charitable Trust

Deadline: March, May, October

More info: http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk

Great for: The Trust fund a huge range of activities, but they focus on small charities with an income under £300,000 who meet the trust’s criteria.

Wolfson Foundation - Funding for Places

Deadline: Ongoing/Multiple

More info: https://www.wolfson.org.uk/funding/funding-for-places/

Great for: Capital initiatives (e.g. buildings) and equipment. Wolfson fund a broad range of organisations and sectors including education, science, health & disability, arts & humanities.