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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.


Upcoming Deadlines

October

Climate Action Fund

Deadline: TBC - applications open in Autumn

More info: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/climate-action-fund#section-2

Great for: Communities taking a stand on the climate emergency. Groups who want to be part of a wider movement for change. £100 million is being made available to support a network of groups across the UK.

National Geographic's Amazon Conservation Capacity Program

Deadline: 9 October 2019

More info: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/what-we-fund/amazon-conservation-capacity/

Great for: Projects that build the capacity and effectiveness of community-based organizations and Indigenous Peoples groups that are engaged in efforts to enhance forest conservation and sustainable forest management. Projects must either be led by a local community leader, or include team members with clearly defined roles from communities with which the project will work.

Northern England Community Partnering Fund

Deadline: 15 October 2019

More info: https://leedscf.org.uk/community-partnering-fund

Great for: Organisations in the North of England working to alleviate hardship associated with fuel poverty, and those promoting innovative energy-related environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon reduction. Funding is provided by Leeds Community Foundation in partnership with Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Whitley Awards

Deadline: 31 October 2019

More info: https://whitleyaward.org/apply-for-conservation-funding/how-to-apply/

Great for: Awards for mid-career conservationists leading wildlife conservation projects in developing countries. Awards are worth up to £40,000. Applications are open, and applicants do not need to be nominated.

November

AI for Good Accelerator Programme

Deadline: 15 November 2019

More info: https://socialtechtrust.org/news/

Great for: The programme, led by The Social Tech Trust in collaboration with Microsoft supports the organisation’s vision to transform lives with tech. It focuses on AI across four key areas: environment, accessibility, humanitarian action and cultural heritage.

ISCF Healthy Ageing Trailblazers: stage 1

Deadline: 27 November 2019

More info: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/...

Great for: Social enterprises and charities working in collaboration with business and public sector organisations who want to collaboratively design and develop products, services and business models which support people as they age.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest up to £2 million in stage 1 of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Healthy Ageing Trailblazers.

UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF)

Deadline: 28 November 2019

More info: https://www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/sccf/

Great for: Small UK registered charities working on projects in countries ranked in the bottom 50 of the UN Human Development Index (HDI). Organisations should have had an income of under £250,000 over the past three years. The SSCF looks to support organisations to scale their projects with a focus on increasing reach and efficiency.

December

Nesta CareerTech Challenge Fund

Deadline: 9 December 2019

More info: https://www.nesta.org.uk/project/careertech-challenge/careertech-challenge-fund-call-solutions/

Great for: UK companies and charities working to develop digital solutions that support people to feel more confident navigating the world of work. Grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 will be made available for innovative tech solutions that can build career adaptability skills and / or motivation to learn for people who are most vulnerable to workforce changes. Nesta are looking for tech solutions which can be delivered within the context of an existing (or adapted) online course of 15-50 hours that builds core skills such as communication, numeracy or digital skills so that beneficiaries can build a sense of agency to navigate the changing job market, at the same time as improving on skills employers are looking for.

Road Safety Trust Small Grants Programme

Deadline: 20 December 2019

More info: https://www.roadsafetytrust.org.uk/small-grants-2019

Great for: Local Authorities, Police Forces, Fire and Rescue Services or UK-based registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises or community interest companies can apply for up to £30,000. Funding is available for pilot projects to improve road safety at a local level.


Ongoing

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

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!

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

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.

ASDA Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

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

Great for: Local charities and community groups

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.

Schroder Charity Trust

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://schrodercharitytrust.org/

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

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.

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

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.

The Girl Generation

Deadline: Ongoing

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

Great for: Groups campaigning to end FGM

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.

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.

Garfield Weston

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://garfieldweston.org

Great for: UK charities, regardless of size.

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.

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.