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B&Q Foundation – Improving and developing community spaces- Deadline 30th Aug 2023

Grants available: Usually around £5,000

District:  UK wide

Applications close: Rolling

Who is the funding for:

For charities who are supporting people in need in the UK – those experiencing
homelessness, in financial hardship, impacted by health, disability, or other
disadvantage or distress.


Link: About | B&Q Foundation (bqfoundation.org.uk)


B&Q Foundation believe everyone needs a place to feel at home. So, they are looking to fund
projects to decorate, renovate, or create spaces where people can feel at home and
have a sense of belonging. This can be both indoor and outdoor.

Next deadline 30th August 2023 

Crowdfunder for Charities/Cost of Living Crisis campaign/rolling deadline

The cost of living is effecting every charity… it’s time to start fighting back.

We are all being faced with the same question:

“How do I encourage a population that is facing tough financial times to donate to my charity?”

Crowdfunder says:

As part of our Cost of Living Crisis campaign we’ve got over £10m in +Extra funding from our partners to donate to projects started by charities to help tackle the current crisis. Aviva’s community fund is even offering up to £50,000 to individual causes, think of it as an extra big pledge to your project or charity.

Our charity profiles are the gateway to opening your charities potential to raise more. Register or login and you will be able to…

  1. Gain more donations: By setting up a Crowdfunder charity profile, you can gain further donations from our Cost of Living and #DonateTheRebate campaigns.
  2. Access +Extra Funding: Once you’ve set up a profile, you can start your own project and look to access +Extra funding from one of our partners. Our partners are looking to back projects that are specifically targeting ideas to support those effected by the Cost of Living Crisis.
  3. Allow easy fundraisers on your behalf: With a charity profile your supporters can raise money that comes directly to your bank, with no need for them to collect the money raised and they don’t need bank details to get going.
  4. Collect Nectar points: We’re working with Nectar and can boast they we are the only platform that converts Nectar points into cash for your charity. There’s millions of unused Nectar points that could be converted to help your cause.
  5. Big donations from businesses: If you have a big business willing to make a sizeable donation to your cause, then hold up before you bank that cheque. By working with us we can use that donation to encourage more people to donate to your charity, knowing that their donation will be doubled up to the amount provided by the business. It’s a great way to encourage more donations.

Employee giving: We can work with your business partners to enable them to allow their staff to donate to your charity as they matchfund any donations made.

Get started here.

Independent Age: Cost of Living Fund / Practical support measures and advice / Closing 16th September

Grants available:   25 x £40,000

Deadline to apply:  September 16th 2022

Who is the funding for? Charities, community groups and social enterprises with annual turnover >£100k

District: UK

Link: Grants Fund: Helping charities to rebuild services for people in later life | Independent Age


In response to the cost-of-living crisis Independent Age are looking to provide 25 grants of £40,000 (£1million total) to charities and community organisations to get more money into the pockets of older people and help ensure they do not have to choose between buying food to eat and heating their home this winter.  Projects must be in addition to or an extension of existing work – we cannot fund business-as-usual projects.

This fund will support projects like:

  • advice and information initiatives – such as helplines, drop-in sessions or community outreach work – that provide guidance to establish whether someone is entitled to relevant benefits
  • active support programmes that, through guidance to fill in forms and the like, help over 65s to claim benefits they are entitled to
  • budgeting advice and/or support to access better energy deals
  • debt advice, where an organisation is appropriately registered to give this
  • short-term help, such as access to grants to deal with one-off costs or emergencies or subsidised property maintenance, for older people already struggling financially.

Grants are available to registered and exempt charities, CIOs and CICs, with annual turnovers exceeding £100,000, or partnerships/collaboratives where the lead body meets these criteria. Priority will be given to smaller organisations and those embedded in the communities we are particularly targeting for this fund.

We are not able to fund individuals directly, or provide funds for capital investment, such as building projects, through this programme.
See the guidance for more information about the eligibility and prioritisation criteria for the fund.

Future plans

Organisations ineligible for this fund – specifically those working with older people to deliver other types of support, and/or community organisations with a turnover of less than £100,000 a year, are invited to email us to register their interest in future grant programmes. We will then send you a survey to find out more about your work.

In particular, we are considering offering organisations access to training, materials – including our own information and advice booklets – and additional support to help them keep up to date with good-quality advice, guidance and ways of directing older people to sources of help at this challenging time. If such a programme is of interest to you, please email us at grants@independentage.org.


Phase 1 applications will be accepted from 1 September to 16 September 2022.

The Big Give: Christmas Challenge 2022

Yes, it’s that time of year already. Christmas Challenge 2022 applications are now open! The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest digital match funding campaign. The Christmas Challenge gives your donors the chance to double their donations as you raise vital funds for your work. This year it will run from midday Tuesday 29th November to midday Tuesday 6th December. Last year, the Christmas Challenge raised a record-breaking £24.1m for 928 charities!


Up to £25,000 of match funding is available per charity. There are millions of pounds of match funding available for a wide range of charities and causes. We will have more match funding available this year than ever before! This means that we can support more charities and raise even more money for good causes.

As well as accessing Champion funds, evidence shows that donors are more likely to give and to give more in match funding campaigns. The Big Give also offers a free suite of resources, training and guidance for all participating charities.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 1st July. For more information, the eligibility criteria, and to apply, visit the Christmas Challenge page on the Big Give website.

If you would like to find out further information about the Christmas Challenge, you can watch the recording of our introductory webinar.

Read our latest blog to get some insider tips for starting your application.

Charities working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland can apply for the Women and Girls Match Fund through the Christmas Challenge. To learn more about this fund, please watch our special Women and Girls Match Fund webinar recording.


Community Ownership Fund

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom. It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets, such as spaces or buildings, at risk of closure. It will run for 4 years until 2024/25.

Voluntary and community organisations can bid for match funding. Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets.

Applications are subject to the eligibility requirements outlined here. The Fund will support a range of proposals that enable people and communities across the UK to thrive.

Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community.

Opens: 10 June

Deadline: 19 August

There will be 2 more bidding windows before March 2023.

£27m of Funding Available to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers and Reduce Carbon Emissions in Great Britain

The Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (Energy Redress Scheme) opened the first funding round in phase two of the scheme on May 5th. A total of £27 million is available as grants to charities and community energy groups that support households most at risk from cold homes and high energy bills across England, Scotland and Wales. Projects should also focus on enabling a just transition to national net zero carbon emissions targets and reducing the impact of climate change associated with energy consumption.

Organisations can apply for grants to deliver energy related projects through four different funding streams. As part of phase two, funding is now also open to community energy groups –  including community interest companies, co-operative societies and community benefit societies – who can apply to two of the funding streams: the Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund and Innovation Fund.

  • The Main Fund contains £18 million – aimed at projects seeking grants between £50,000 and £2 million that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Small Project Fund contains £1 million – aimed at projects seeking grants between £20,000 to £49,999 that will support households in vulnerable situations.
  • The Innovation Fund contains £4 million – aimed at projects that will develop innovative products or services to benefit households. Applicants can apply for grants between £50,000 to £1 million.
  • The Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund contains £4 million – aimed at projects that empower householders to reduce their carbon emissions and engage positively with the transition to net zero. The fund awards grants between £50,000 to £1 million.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 6 June 2022.

Further information on the scheme and the application process can be found at: energyredress.org.uk

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Brings Next Planned Round Forward to June

In response to the current cost-of-living crisis, the MSE Charity has decided to bring forward its next planned funding round, which was originally due to open in September this year. Non-profit groups will now be able to apply in June 2022 for projects which help to build financial resilience.

The theme for the next round is Building and Developing Resilience, and projects should focus on providing urgent money guidance and emergency debt help to those of in need of support through the cost-of-living crisis in the UK.

There is particular interest in applications which use memorable, innovative, and or creative ways of delivering financial life skills which will make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply, including UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions.

The Charity has updated its eligibility requirements, and will now accept organisations with an annual income of up to £750,000. Groups must also have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

Applications will open on 20 June 2022 and close on 22 July 2022 (or when 40 applications have been accepted).

Not sure if your organisation can apply? Take a quick Eligibility Quiz now, and review the Funding FAQs here.

Harry Cureton Fund

The fund supports healthcare in Peterborough and the area covered by Peterborough and Stamford hospitals. It supports both individuals requiring medical equipment and organisations who carry out healthcare activities.

The Harry Cureton Fund exists due to the generosity of the late Harry Cureton, who for many years lived at Eye, near Peterborough and donated a large lottery win to help local people.

Applications for both capital and revenue costs for healthcare activities are invited covering:

  • Preservation and promotion of good health and education about health issues;
  • Provision of palliative care in relation to terminal or chronic conditions;
  • Research into the causes, treatment and care for of all forms of illness (which can be undertaken anywhere in the UK);
  • Relief and treatment of all forms of physical and mental illness and rehabilitation from such illness

Applications for capital or revenue costs for healthcare activities relating to the delivery of Directed Enhanced Services (DES) will not be considered.

Applications are currently being encouraged from local charitable or community organisations that are supporting the health and wellbeing of all refugees and asylum seekers in the Peterborough area.

Criteria for grant applications:

Applications are invited by medical professionals on behalf of individuals in need, or by organisations.

Details and how to apply.

Deadline: 1 August

Crowdfunder – Support with Extra Funding for Projects

Crowdfunding is a different way to raise money for good ideas.

If you need to raise funds for a particular project, Crowdfunder have a pot of +Extra funding from a selection of national and regional partners which, depending on what your project is doing, may be available to help you raise more funds.

Their +Extra funding website page explains how it works and takes you through 5 easy to follow steps, starting with adding your project.

You can take a look at their national and regional funds to see if any would apply to your project.

Extra Funding FAQ’s

Is my project eligible for extra funding?

You could be eligible for more money on top of what you raise from the crowd, depending on what you’re doing or where you’re doing it. Each fund has varying and specific criteria, so explore the different funds available further up this page to see if your project fits the bill.

Do I have to crowdfund to get Extra funding?

In one simple word – yes. Accessing extra funding through Crowdfunder is slightly different (and often easier) than the traditional grant giving process, and there is a huge range of benefits that crowdfunding provides to take your project to the next level, such as idea validation and awareness of your project.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Recovery Fund


CCF has launched the Recovery phase of its Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Fund. Grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 are to help secure the finances of key organisations that have lost income due to the crisis and are directly supporting vulnerable people experiencing hardship as a result of the crisis. Funding will also support key organisations to adapt their operations, services and working practices.

Please note: for larger grants – £15,000 – £25,000 there is a two stage process.
The deadline for the Expression of Interest is next week – 19 August.

Recovery grants are available in two categories:

  • £10,000-14,999
  • £15,000-25,000

The fund will focus on funding organisations that can demonstrate that they are reaching the most vulnerable. This might be geographic communities or communities of identity. Understanding which communities are most vulnerable is an emerging picture and there is no definitive understanding. Your application should demonstrate and evidence how your work is helping those who are worst affected, in the longer-term. You should explain how you understand these needs through consultation with the communities you serve. The fund aims to build upon existing community assets and empower communities from the ground up.

If you are applying for core costs

You can apply for funding towards keeping your current services or activities going, whilst you adjust to the impact of the pandemic on your organisation. Grants may be awarded, wholly or in part, towards your core running costs (including salaries and overheads), operations or capital costs. If you are seeking this type of financial support you must have a good case for support. That means being able to explain what you will do with the grant and how you will return to financial stability within a short period (up to 6 months). You should also show who will benefit and how you know the work will make a difference to vulnerable communities, impacted by Coronavirus.
Your case for such funding should be supported by:

  • an organisational budget
  • latest management accounts
  • a brief business plan (where appropriate) to set out your strategy
  • a cashflow forecast might be useful to demonstrate your finance plan.

Applications will be favoured that can demonstrate a clear, thought-out plan backed up with figures.

Recovery Grant of £10,000 – £14,999

The deadline for Round 1 is 9 September 2020.
Outcomes will be received by the end of October.

Recovery Grant of £15,000 – £25,000

The deadline for Round 1 Expression of Interest Forms is 19 August 2020.
If you are then invited to submit a full application you should consider submitting a cash flow and a business plan to support your application.

The deadline for Round 1 Full Applications is 9 September 2020
Outcomes will be received by the end of October.

Go to the Cambridgeshire Community Fund website to find all the information about this fund, including full details on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

If your organisation needs any help with your application and any assistance with the supporting information you need to supply – such as a cashflow forecast or business plan – then please contact either CCVS or HuntsForum
Email: enquiries@cambridgecvs.org.uk
Email: info@huntsforum.org.uk