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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.


Coronavirus Response - Funding and Support

Local Community Funding

The following organisations are providing localised support and funding to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

Cumbria

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

The Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritise funding to charitable projects across the county that are supporting people affected by the virus, helping to keep them safe and supported in their homes and reducing pressure on the NHS.

Hertfordshire

More info:http://www.hertscf.org.uk/coronavirus

Grants of up to £2,000 for groups dealing with the emerging issues in the community caused by the threat of the Covid-19 outbreak. Priority for funding will be given to organisations providing services and support to older and vulnerable people as well as those with low and insecure incomes. We also invite applications from groups applying to support people of all ages with mental health issues.

North Hampshire

More info: https://greenhamtrust.com/our-funding/coronavirus-fund/

Greenham Trust are providing emergency funding to organisations working in their local area, to provide support during the coronavirus emergency.

Kent

More info:https://kentcf.org.uk/funding/Coronavirusemergencyfund

Emergency relief for community organisations working in Kent. Grants of up to £10,000.

Midlands

More info: https://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/coronavirus-resilience-fund/

We are opening the fund to constituted groups who are providing services such as foodbanks, delivery of emergency medicine and food parcels, outreach services and befriending services.

Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

More info: https://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/coronavirusfund/

Helping local charities and community organisations across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland respond to the outbreak and recover from its impact. Response is about getting extra money to organisations that we know are supporting older people and other vulnerable groups affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Recovery is about funding a wider group of local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected so they can recover and continue their activities once the outbreak eases.

Wiltshire

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

Wiltshire Community Foundation Coronavirus response fund will provide emergency help to voluntary groups across the county to support those most affected by the pandemic.

Northern Ireland

More info: https://communityfoundationni.org

Funding for community organisations to help them to deliver support around emerging issues relating to the virus.

Nationwide and International Support

Innovate UK Coronavirus Response

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

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, are investing up to support UK businesses to focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industries during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. Applicants must demonstrate both realistic and significant benefits for society (including communities, families and individuals) or an industry that has been severely impacted and/or permanently disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Successful beneficiaries will be able to claim up to 100% of your project costs up to the maximum of £50,000.

LifeArc Research Fund

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

LifeArc has made available an initial £10M for the identification of therapeutics that can be rapidly deployed to treat COVID-19. The aim is to run trials in patients during the current epidemic. It is anticipated that applications will be for funding to repurpose one or more drugs that are generic, already licensed, or are in late stage development for another indication.

World Health Organisation COVID-19 Response Fund

More info: https://covid19responsefund.org

Donate to support the WHO respond to COVID-19. Donations support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.

Upcoming Deadlines

March

Rockefeller Foundation Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

Deadline: 3 March 2020

More info: https://www.nesta.org.uk/project/smart-ageing-prize/

Great for: This one's not a grant fund! Instead, The Rockefeller Foundation are offering $20,000 plus mentoring and access to an community of entrepreneurs for students who have developed innovative solutions to problems faced by communities living in poverty.

Comic Relief London Together

Deadline: 13 March 2020

More info: https://www.comicrelief.com/funding/funding-opportunities/london-together

Great for: The programme aims to strengthen communities and reduce social isolation through sport. It's a London specific fund, aimed at organisations who deliver sports projects.

British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

Deadline: 20 March 2020

More info: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/funding/outreach-grants/

Great for: Individuals and organisations looking for financial support to organise ecological public engagement events. Proposals must seek to engage a non-academic audience, and increase public understanding of ecology.

Sea Changers

Deadline: 31 March 2020

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, but the next deadline for main grants is 31 March.

Daiwa Small Grants

Deadline: 31 March 2020

More info: http://dajf.org.uk/grants-awards-prizes/daiwa-foundation-small-grants

Great for: Daiwa are providing small grants for individuals and organisations to support collaboration between Japan and the UK. Grants are usually around £3,000.

Weavers Company Fund

Deadline: 31 March 2020

More info: http://www.weavers.org.uk/content/grant-application-guidelines

Great for: The fund supports work with young offenders, prisoners and ex-prisoners and young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement. They are focused on supporting smaller organisations which offer direct services. Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. Grants are usually up to £15,000 per annum.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.