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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.

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. We’ve put together a quick breakdown of the best support, funds and grants on our radar. We’ll keep this updated, so keep checking back here.

Can'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. Spotted a fund that's missing? 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.

Advice and Support

More info: Digital Candle

More info: NCVO Digital and Technology

More info: Catalyst

DEV Support

Design Support

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://www.dev.ngo/design-support/

Great for: We're offering pro-bono support for charities and nonprofits looking for design support for digital projects. Register for more information.

Accessibility Testing

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://medium.com/@devsociety_/websites-accessibility-969a435b1a9b

Great for: Charities and nonprofits looking for support understanding web accessibility requirements prior to undertaking digital work or as part of a user testing process.

DEV Partnerships

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: You can book a 30 minute meeting with our Partnerships team at http://calendly.com/dev-partnerships.

Great for: Charities and nonprofits looking for an initial conversation with DEV about their digital projects.

Upcoming Deadlines


Internet Freedom Fund

Deadline: 1 September 2021 (rolling bi-monthly)

More info: https://www.opentech.fund/funds/internet-freedom-fund/

Great for: Funding of between $10,000 and $900,000 for technologists and activists. The fund promotes inclusive and safe access to global communications networks, counteracting censorship and surveillance, and mitigating digital security threats to Internet freedom. There's a focus on at-risk-users, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists and others living in repressive environments.


Aviva Community Fund

Deadline: 5 October 2021

More info: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/start-crowdfunding

Great for: Groups which fall within one of our three key funding areas: building back from the pandemic, climate champions and financial empowerment. Organisations should be raising funds to help develop a new approach, product or technology, implement pilot schemes, expand or adapt services. All beneficiaries must be based in the UK.

The William Sutton Prize for Social Innovation

Deadline: 6 October 2021

More info: https://www.clarionhg.com/william-sutton-prize/the-william-sutton-prize-for-social-innovation/

Great for: The prize will be awarded to an individual or organisation that has developed an innovative concept, product or service to meet this year’s theme of ‘A Home for All. They are seeking ideas for innovation in tackling homelessness and addressing temporary accommodation needs, creative solutions for housing for an ageing population and using tech and new ideas to support successful and sustainable tenancies. The prize is to enable the winning entrant to take their idea to the next stage in its development. The winning entry will receive £20,000 to support idea development and growth.

Sustainable Innovations Challenge

Deadline: 15 October 2021

More info: https://famae.earth/en/sustainable-innovations-challenge-2021

Great for: This is a prize (award) rather than traditional grant fund. Support innovative and concrete solutions to fight against climate change, everywhere in the world, around waste, water, food, habitat, energy and mobility. Total prize money of €1m.


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.

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!

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

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

Great for: Lloyds fund small and local charities with a focus on helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales. They support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million. Funding is unrestricted, including around core costs.

Lloyds also manage Racial Equality Funding.

Mozilla Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

More info: https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/what-we-fund/

Great for: Individuals and organisations working to create a better internet. Mozilla fund a number of different fellowships and awards.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Deadline: Ongoing/multiple

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

The National Lottery Heritage Fund provide grant funding for heritage projects from £3,000 upwards. TNLHF also run a number of themed grant programmes throughout the year.

More info: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/national-lottery-grants-heritage-2021-22

Funding for heritage projects, with a focus on long-term environmental sustainability in your plans, as appropriate.


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.