Andy Picken –November 2016 Funding round up.





As we approach Christmas the end of the financial year is looming. Often this means new funding rounds, or funding under-spends that need to be allocated, normally before the end of March (2017).

This is a familiar story for those in the voluntary and community sector or public sector. It is quite frustrating to receive a funding call, usually with two days’ notice given to complete a complicated application form and inevitable governance paperwork.

The best strategy is to forward plan and to have some ready-made projects on the shelf ready to pick out. That way you just need to flesh it out and tailor it to the fund criteria. Remember you are selling a project to a funder so show your passion.

To conduct a funding search use the £30 online facility I provide to tailor your results. You can do this here:


Church urban fund

The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants of between £250 and £5,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations

Working to bring together neighbours, and to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities to improve their communities.

Grants have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging community interaction and social action.

Our grants include the following criteria. Projects should:

  • Bring together peoples of two or more different faiths and/or ethnicities, to build friendships and develop relationships of trust.

 Grants Criteria and Guidance

  • Work locally. We want to see people who are living very locally (i.e. in the same street, estate or neighbourhood) come together.
  • Work sustainably. We want to see long term and natural relationships grow, that will last beyond the period of funding.
  • Work to improve the community. We want to see people working to

make their communities a better place to live.

  • Involve diverse people in planning and implementation. People from more than one faith group and/or ethnicity are involved in planning and implementing the proposal.



Grants of between £300 and £5000 are available for activities which benefit the local community.


Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) FUNDING

Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) is an environmental body which supports community and environmental projects. CETB awards grants under the terms of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), providing funding to a broad range of projects that have as big an impact on the community as possible. Roughly £50,000 maximum award.



The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. Wide funding remit without strict themes as the trust believes communities identify their own issues and propose solutions for funding. Large grants available.



Apply for a grant of £10,000-£50,000 to help young people aged 11 to 25 to explore their heritage, from green spaces, museums, and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.



Boost sport charity

Small awards £500. Apply by letter – Applications should be emailed to or sent to:

Boost Charitable Trust

5 St Bride Street




Hedley Foundation grants

Funds small charities working with young people in the areas of Recreation, Sport, Training, Health and Welfare.

Grant rarely exceed £5,000 – apply by letter Mrs Pauline Barker

Download and post application form here

The Hedley Foundation

1-3 College Hill

London EC4R 2RA




We support organisations that help disadvantaged people to have an improved quality of life. This includes organisations that are charitable in nature as well as registered charities.


Most of our funds that are open to apply to are designated in areas around our main office locations in Gloucestershire, Fareham and Farnborough in Hampshire, London and Wiltshire.  There are smaller budgets for Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff,  Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds.


We also consider applications for overseas projects provided that there is a UK partner organisation to administer the grant.

We do have limited funds and this means we have to lay down strict criteria for giving.

Therefore our focus is on giving money to organisations that  help to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people.

What do we mean by disadvantaged?

By disadvantaged people, we mean supporting organisations that help to alleviate the impact, on individuals, of being disadvantaged. For example:

Physical disability/learning difficulties

Economically disadvantaged

Health impaired

Life limited

Mental health


Carers/young carers

Vulnerable (young)

NEETS – young people not in education, employment or training.


For support on funding or bid writing services, including full lists of funders contact for prices.


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