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Society Foundation/ homelesss,ex-offenders,NEET/ 8 July 2024

Where: UK

Amount: A limited number of micro-grants up to £2.5k


The Society Foundation is an independent registered charity, funded and supported by the executive search firm Society. The majority of the Foundation’s money comes in the form of an annual donation from Society, equal to at least 10% of the firm’s net profits. Employees of the firm also undertake activities to support the Foundation’s work and to raise additional funds.

The Society’s funding is in line with the following principles:

  • They aim to work in partnership with the organisations they support, setting mutually agreed goals with clear time scales.
  • They aim to keep the grant application process ‘light touch’ and accessible.
  • They try to foster a relationship of trust and honesty with the organisations they fund.
  • They never commit to a project unless they are sure they have the funds to see it through.

The funding is intended to support people from the following groups to move toward paid employment:

  • The recently homeless or vulnerably housed.
  • Ex-offenders.
  • Young people (16-24 years old) not in employment, education or training (NEET).

Website: https://society-foundation.org/about

Who can apply?

Applications are accepted from the following:

  • UK registered charities.
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) or Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO).
  • Organisations with a governing document showing a clear charitable aim/purpose as defined by the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a turnover under £500,000 per annum.
  • Work with one or more of the following groups
    • The recently homeless or vulnerably housed.
    • Ex-offenders.
    • 16-24 years olds not in employment, education or training.
  • Be able to show that they increase the employability of their beneficiaries.
  • Be able to supply at least one year of independently verified accounts.

How to Apply:

The 2024 application window opens on 3 June and closes at midday on 8 July 2024.

The application form and guidelines can be found on the Society Foundation website.

Cycling UK/Cycling /25 June 2024

Grants available:  up to £3,500

District: UK

Application closes: 25 June 2024

Who is the funding for: Community Groups

Link:Apply for grant funding to deliver Big Bike Revival | Cycling UK


Cycling UK is offering grants of up to £3,500 for voluntary and community cycle groups across England to deliver projects and activities that:

  • Encourage people who don’t cycle to cycle.
  • Encourage people to cycle more often.
  • Increase short cycling trips.
  • Improve the perception of cycling safety.
  • Improve people’s confidence to cycle.

For the Summer 2024 funding round, there is a focus on encouraging partners to inspire participants to return to subsequent events, to help sustain increases in cycling, and to help make a much bigger difference through Big Bike Revival.

The Big Bike Revival Grants Programme will support events and activities that use the ‘fix-learn-ride’ model to provide sessions for people groups that are underrepresented in cycling, such as:

  • Women.
  • People on low incomes.
  • People who suffer from poor mental health.
  • People who are not meeting physical activity guidelines.
  • People who are lacking confidence.
  • Unemployed people.
  • Military veterans.
  • People who are experiencing substance abuse.
  • Ethnic minorities.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers.
  • People who are experiencing transport poverty.

Funding can be used for costs including but not limited to:

  • Staff costs.
  • Volunteer expenses, such as refreshments and travel.
  • Equipment purchases, including tools, bikes, bike parking, locks, helmets, high-vis jackets, and pumps.
  • Equipment hiring, including cones, high-vis jackets, helmets, or bikes.
  • Consumables, including brake pads, inner tubes, cables, lubricant, or small parts.
  • Venue hires or location fees.
  • Participant refreshments such as reasonable drinks and snacks.
  • Promotion costs.
  • Transport, including transportation of goods to and from the event location.
  • Personal Protection Equipment.

Funding is for activities delivered between 29 March 2024 and 31 October 2024.

Who can apply:

Delivery partners are typically volunteer-led groups, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises that are rooted in local communities and working to address a range of local needs.

They are experienced in engaging with non-regular cyclists and people in need in terms of social, economic and health deprivation.

True Colours/Disabled Children/ rolling

Grants available:  up to £10k

District: UK

Application deadlines: at anytime

Who is the funding for : disabled children and young people



The True Colours Trust is offering grants of up to £10,000 for registered charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £350,000 across the United Kingdom. to deliver projects that work to improve the lives of disabled children and young people up to the age of 25, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

The Small Grants Programme will provide funding for projects such as:

  • Activities for disabled children, children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
  • Activities which support siblings of disabled children or siblings of children with life-limiting conditions.
  • Bereavement support for children and young people and families bereaved of a child.
  • Family support/parent-led peer support for parents of disabled children.
  • Respite which supports the whole family.

Eligible costs include renovation work, upgrading, and additional equipment for hydrotherapy pools and multi-sensory rooms, minibuses, and specialised play equipment or access to play for disabled children, children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from UK-registered charitable organisations and community interest companies that:

  • Have an annual income of less than £350,000.
  • Are delivering projects in the UK.
  • Are working with children and young people aged from 0-25 years.
  • Are open to children and families of all faiths, backgrounds and cultures.

The Trust is particularly keen to receive applications from organisations which operate in areas of high deprivation.

Barclays / Community Football Fund/ 12 April 2024/15 Sept

Grants available:  up to £ 1,000

District: UK

Application closes: 2 rounds closing dates 12 April 2024 and 15 September 2024

Who is the funding for : under represented groups (non-school football activities)



The Barclays Community Football Fund, in partnership with Sported, is a three-year programme, running from January 2022 to December 2024. During this time, it will offer grants and additional support resources to grassroots groups across the UK.
This is an access grant which aims to help improve access to football for all. The funding is for groups that are running football activities for one or more of the following underrepresented groups: women and girls, young people with disabilities, young people from racially diverse communities, young people from the LGBTQ+ community and young people from lower socio-economic groups.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Operate in an area of high deprivation and support the hardest to reach young people facing multiple disadvantage. Only organisations located in or supporting young people from IMD areas 1-3 are eligible to apply. (Please note that disability football applications from groups that sit outside of IMD areas 1-3 will be considered.)
  • Be already delivering football activities to young people under the age of 25, or you are wanting to start with support from the Access grant.
  • Be delivering services directly to beneficiaries from one or more of the priority groups as follows; women and girls, young people with disabilities, from racially diverse communities, from the LGBTQ+ community and from lower socio-economic groups.

Deep Impact grants are for existing grantees, who have already received a £500 access grant from the Barclays Community Football Fund in 2022 or 2023. They  can apply for further funding to develop and grow their football activities for those hardest to reach young people. Alternatively, some organisations will be contacted directly to apply.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Schools and other educational establishments.
  • Multiple teams or projects within the same organisation.
  • Trips abroad.
  • Costs associated with elite football or talent development.
  • School based football activities.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding can be used for anything that will support delivery of football activities to under-represented groups.

Typical examples of costs might include a contribution towards:

  • Venue hire including floodlights and heating.
  • Coaching costs
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Equipment
  • Kit
  • Marketing and communications
  • Training and qualifications
  • Insurances and affiliation

The funding should support engaging under-represented young people, particularly girls, and get them involved in football activities.


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 

The Flexible Frontline Fund – a new programme for Glasspool. Replacing the Essential Living Fund

The Flexible Frontline Fund – a new programme for Glasspool

From the end of January 2024, Glasspool’s flagship grants programme, the Essential Living Fund, will cease and The Flexible Frontline Fund will replace it as their primary grants programme.

The overarching purpose of the new programme is to increase financial wellbeing and reduce financial distress for individuals living in financial hardship. Individuals will receive quality whole-person support from frontline organisations and a grant for items or services.

To download the information pack, click here

For more information and an opportunity to ask questions, you can book to attend a webinar held via Teams at 2pm on Wednesday 7th June 2023 – register here

Full details can be found here.


Cycling UK / Funding to deliver cycling projects / 10th October

Grants available: Up to £3,000

Deadline to apply: 10th October (Applications are reviewed weekly every Monday)

Who is the funding for? Voluntary groups, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations

District: UK

Link: The Big Bike Revival | Cycling UK

About: Grants are available for voluntary groups, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations to deliver cycling projects and activities across England for people who do not normally cycle. This objectives of the fund are as follows:

  • Encourage people who don’t cycle to cycle.
  • Encourage people to cycle more often.
  • Increase short cycling trips.
  • Improve the perception of cycling safety.
  • Improve people’s confidence to cycle.

The Big Bike Revivial will support events and activities that use the ‘fix-learn-ride’ model to provide sessions on fixing unused or broken bikes, learning sessions such as maintenance workshops or cycle training/upskilling, or offering low milage-led rides on local routes to build up the confidence of participants. There is a particular interest in reaching new people, including groups who are underrepresented in cycling or face challenges and perceived barriers to cycling, such as:

  • Women.
  • People on low incomes.
  • People who identify as belonging to an ethnic minority group.
  • People not meeting physical activity guidelines.
  • People with perceived barriers to cycling.

Two levels of funding are available:

  • Grants up to £1,500 for the delivery of five events or more that focus on at least one element of the fix-learn-ride model.
  • Grants of up to £3,000 for the delivery of ten events or more that focus on at least two elements of the fix-learn-ride model

The deadline for applications is 10 October 2022.

Guidance notes and application forms are available from the Big Bike Revival website here.

Cost of living warm spaces / Cambridge City / Closing unknown

Grants available: up to £1000

Deadline to apply: Applications remain open until further notice.

Who is it for? The funding is for small projects and will support warm spaces, community meals or other local, community led initiatives that will make a real difference in tackling the health harms caused by cost of living crisis this winter.

District: Cambridge City district

About the grants: Communities across Cambridge have a difficult winter ahead, with the ongoing cost of living rises and new energy cap, there is a real possibility that households in Cambridge may come to harm due to the reality of choosing to eat or heat their homes.

These micro-grants of up to £1000 can help fund small projects and local community solutions. Projects such as providing warm spaces or community meals, or other local, community led initiatives that tackle isolation and the health harms caused by the cost of living crisis this winter and build community connections.

The projects must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Be deliverable between October 2022-end of March 2023
  • Make a difference to those most at risk / those struggling due to the cost of living crisis
  • Be delivered within Cambridge City district boundary
  • Prevent potential health harms

The fund is simple to apply for, express your interest using this online form  and someone will be in touch within 10 working days.

For more information contact: community.resilience@cambridge.gov.uk

Thomas Pocklington Trust: Funding to Support Blind and Partially Sighted People

The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is offering grants to registered charities to support projects and activities that deliver positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people across the UK.

TPT will support new and innovative projects that aim to make a positive impact in at least one of their four priority areas:

    1. Education: Enabling opportunities for blind and partially sighted children and young people in and entering education;
    2. Employment: Creating employment opportunities for blind and partially sighted people;
    3. Engagement: Facilitating the voice and encouraging self-determination of blind and partially sighted people;
    4. Collaboration and Sustainability: Promoting positive change to improve the capacity and sustainability of the sight loss sector and organisations which work with blind and partially sighted people.

Funding will also be considered for applications in the following areas:

  • Infrastructure and impact – including developing technological capabilities, restructuring reviews, Theory of Change, feasibility studies, partnership working (including resource sharing) and integrations and mergers.
  • Insights and research – including gaps in data and evidence that can improve knowledge across the sector.
  • Innovation Seed Fund – initial funding for ideas and projects which can have a transformative benefit to the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

Funding can be used to cover costs such as new staff posts, professional fees, paid training, resource development, or capital items. Most grants will be around £10,000 or less, but larger amounts will be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The deadline for applications is 5 February 2023, however the programme may close early depending on demand.

For more information and to apply via the TPT grants portal click here

Peacocks Meadow Secures Funding as it Provides a Safe Space for Local Residents

Some downtime during lockdown – plus Support Cambridgeshire’s Funding Alert emails – gave this community garden the impetus to go on a fundraising blitz.

Family Learning at Peacocks Meadow community garden

A local family in the Peacocks Pop-up Library

We recently received a lovely email from Deborah Curtis, in which she wrote, “I thought you might like to know that here in the Peacocks Meadow community garden in Littleport, we have achieved £18,000 in grant funding in three months, using your wonderful monthly funding lead newsletter! The funds will enable us to create a sensory garden and woodland play area for our diverse residents.” We were delighted and intrigued, so we got in touch with Deborah to find out more.

Peacocks Meadow is a community garden, tucked away beyond the car park on Limes Close in the centre of Littleport, East Cambridgeshire. It was originally farmland owned by the Peacock family, which was donated as allotments in the 1930s. It is currently owned by Sanctuary Housing, leased to Littleport Parish Council and managed by a community group called Friends of The Woodland Garden (Peacocks Meadow).

In 2017 they received a Facilities Improvement Grant from East Cambs District Council to turn it from a neglected space into a community garden. It’s been well used and looked after since then, but when COVID-19 hit, everything stopped. Funding opportunities dried up as funders raced to support pandemic relief projects.

That left committee member Deborah Curtis with some time on her hands to think about the garden’s future. She is on the mailing list to receive Support Cambridgeshire’s Funding Alert emails, which provide a round-up of the latest funding news plus on-going funders arranged by theme such as Education, Environment and Small Grants.

A weekend of inter-generational nature-based learning, thanks to a Family Learning Grant from Cambridgeshire Skills

This inspired Deb to fire off some funding applications in early 2021, hoping that some of them might be successful. The timing turned out to be fortunate. At the beginning of the pandemic, funders had focused on responding to people’s basic needs, but by 2021, there was much more of a focus on recovery.

“We’ve been astounded at how successful we’ve been,” said Deb, “because the target for many funders now is children – getting them outside, getting them active – and our garden is ideal for that.”

In just three months, she has had seven successful applications. They received £3,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth and Community Fund to engage young people in the creation of a sensory garden area for the benefit of adults and children with learning disabilities. There was £500 from East Cambs District Council’s Covid Recovery Fund for ground clearance and rubbish removal, £500 from Littleport Rotary for skip hire and ground clearance, £9,975 from Awards for All for the creation of a woodland play area, £1,000 from Persimmon Homes Community Champions fund for timber play equipment, £400 from Warburtons Family Grants for balance stones and a mini picnic table, and £900 from Sanctuary Housing for a living willow den. The latter included a certified landscape tutor, incorporating community learning in willow construction. Most recently, Deb secured £1,800 from Cambridgeshire Skills for nature-themed family learning workshops.

Funding has been secured for a sensory garden area, which should be ready to open in September

This impressive list is a testament to Deb’s hard work, but it also goes to show that funders often like to see an organisation or project that has a healthy amount of co-funding, along with a clear vision for how the funding will benefit local people.

Their socially distanced community event at Easter was a great success. Organised by The Port, a local youth club, it welcomed 250 people to the garden in a single day.

Deb sees the pandemic as a time when Peacocks Meadow really found its purpose. “In those months of lockdown, the visitors and volunteer engagement improved astronomically and people really took it to their hearts. We’ve created a safe space for people – people with disabilities, people with young children, older people. That discovery of the garden and the pleasure in it has continued as lockdown has eased.”

Deb has just been awarded Citizen of the Year by Littleport Parish Council – a fitting way to thank her for bringing so much happiness to the residents in her village.

Find out more about Peacock Meadow via the Facebook page.

Sign up for Funding Alert emails here.