Mind and body

Our list of funders covers physical and mental health, disability and support for older people

As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects.

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Mcarthy Stone –  We provide financial grants, volunteers, and project support to grassroots charities and organisations with an income under £250,000, who bring connection, engagement and purpose to older people.

  • We will focus on 1-1 support in our Spring grants and then group-based support in our Autumn round, with both programmes focused on tackling loneliness, isolation, social exclusion and social participation.
  • We know that applying for funding can be a time-intensive undertaking and so we will be concentrating our work on loneliness and social isolation during 2024.
  • Our Spring programme will be focusing on QUALITY of relationships, with support targeting befriending and other 1-1 direct support services. In Autumn, we will be focusing on QUANTITY of relationships, aiming to make more spaces available for older people to connect with others in their community.

Both grant rounds will be focused on the country’s most deprived areas for older people, as there is clear evidence to show that deprivation widens the health gap and leads to all-around poorer outcomes for older people experiencing loneliness or social isolation.

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Forces in MindEach year approximately 15,000 people leave the UK Armed Forces and for the vast majority they transition successfully into the civilian world, their lives having been enormously enriched by their time in service. However, some need additional support, and it is these most vulnerable people that Forces in Mind Trust exists to help. All our grants and commissions are intended to generate sustained change that improves the lives of ex-service personnel and their families. We fund projects to improve:

  • Understanding of veterans’ health needs and clinical priorities
  • Faster ‘triage’ of veteran health and wellbeing issues
  • Awareness of veteran health and well-being support pathways
  • Understanding of veterans’ mental health
  • Understanding of common addictions in the ex-service community
  • Quality of life support about conditions attributable to service in the Armed Forces
  • Health and wellbeing understanding and support for families
  • ‘Intelligent’ network of health and wellbeing provision for veterans and families

We welcome applications from various organizations from small not-for-profit groups and charities to larger institutions such as universities.

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Birketts Endowed Cambridgeshire FundThe Birketts Endowed Cambridgeshire Fund provides grants for projects supporting mental health, people with disabilities, children and families, and homelessness. This fund has no maximum grant size, with an average grant amount of £1,600.

Each year, the fund makes grants to support small, local non-profit organisations undertaking charitable work in Cambridgeshire.

The focus for grant making from the Fund is to support groups working with:

  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Children and Families
  • Homelessness

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Good Life Fund  The Good Life Fund offers grants of up to £1500 to people in our local community to help set up groups that connect people, such as book clubs, craft classes, or activities that encourage people to learn new skills.  Small grants can catalyse people to take the first steps to become engaged in their communities, inspiring them to develop their ideas for groups and activities.

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Family Action’s Welfare Grants programme –  aims to help prevent an immediate crisis from spiralling and threatening the stability of families and individuals.

Welfare grants are an integral part of our whole family approach to finding solutions for those who need them the most. Coupled with emotional and practical support, grants help us to create a safety net for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society.

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St James PlaceThe Foundation funds small and medium-sized UK-registered charitable organisations with an annual income under £9m. We provide funding for direct delivery costs of services and support activities across the four core funding themes, which for example might include salary costs or specific activity costs. We also provide multi-year funding to charities.  The Charitable Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for those people in need as a result of disability or disadvantage. It seeks to achieve direct, tangible results from the support given.

The Charitable Foundation supports young people (under the age of 25) who suffer from physical health difficulties or conditions, a life-threatening degenerative illness or are disadvantaged.  We also support veterans, people of all ages with mental health difficulties, those affected by cancer as well as the hospice sector.  Where charities include other groups, 75% of beneficiaries must fit within the above parameters.

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The Tudor Trust We fund a wide range of organisations working to support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities around the UK.  We are developing a new strategy to consider how Tudor can best support the visions, priorities and needs of those working towards social, racial and economic justice.

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The Happiness Fund putting the fun into funding. – We fund grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects throughout the UK. The Happiness Fund is available to enable and support projects which improve mental health, wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities. Ultimately it creates happier people and neighbourhoods.  To build happy, strong, resilient communities by supporting grassroots, not-for-profit projects that enable sustainable outcomes in:

  • Mental health Wellbeing & Happiness
  • Inclusion
  • Learning and skills development

The fund is intended to help new groups and activities, to be successful. Applicants will need to indicate how the activity/group can become self-sustaining or able to attract funding from other sources in the longer term.

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Tesco Community Grants The scheme is open to all schools, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people. The funding aims to make a positive difference – because where our communities thrive, our business and our colleagues thrive too.  Tesco Stronger Starts is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500.

Grants will be awarded to schools, voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

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Cameron Grant Memorial TrustThe Cameron Grant Memorial Trust offers small grants to individuals, charities and not-for-profit organisations wishing to do any of the following:

  • Trial a new service
  • Create an asset, piece of technology or performance
  • Fund research
  • Or experiment in any way that supports the treatment of mental health

Great emphasis is placed on innovation. This includes using new methods, channels, technology or approaches to create positive change. Such ideas should typically fit into one of the following categories:

  • Destigmatising mental health
  • Reducing mental health care barriers
  • Improving the mental well-being of beneficiaries

Grant sizes are up to £2,500, and are ideal for ‘seed funding’ opportunities.

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The Mrs Smith & Mount Trust –  gives grants to registered charities whose beneficiaries are based in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey and London.

  • It aims to assist disadvantaged people towards a better quality of life.
  • Its current priorities are focused on mental health, homelessness and health in the community.
  • For mental health projects, there are several specifics to be aware of. Applications to fund counselling services will only be supported where at present, these are either free or very low-cost and are provided specifically to address mental ill health as it results from social disadvantage or discrimination.
  • Charities applying for this opportunity should have an annual income of up to £1 million. Smaller charities with incomes of up to £500,000, particularly those working in rural communities, could be considered for larger grants of up to £20,000 paid over two or more years.

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Last updated: 29 February 2024

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