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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.

Government/Community Assets/Final Round late May

Grants available:  up to £2 million (average grant £250,000)

District: UK

Application closes: Final round will open in May 2024

Who is the funding for: Community Groups

Link:Community Ownership Fund Round 4: how to express your interest in applying – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


This fund helps community groups buy or renovate assets that would otherwise be lost to the community.

Assets are venues and meeting spaces used by the local community, such as:

  • community centres
  • cinemas and theatres
  • galleries
  • museums
  • music venues
  • parks
  • post office buildings
  • pubs
  • shops
  • sporting and leisure facilities

Assets can be at risk of being lost to the community from:

  • closure or end of lease
  • neglect or dereliction
  • an unsustainable current business model
  • being for sale
  • being listed for disposal
  • being part of a community asset transfer

The asset must offer value to local people. You must be able to run it sustainably for the long term.



NLCF/Climate Change Action/ Open from 27 March 2024

Grants available:  between £500k-£1.5m

District: UK

Application opens: From 27 March 2025

Who is the funding for : involving more people in climate change action

Link:Awards from the UK Portfolio | The National Lottery Community Fund (tnlcommunityfund.org.uk)


The new funding will provide up to 25 grants of between £500,000 and £1.5 million (over three to five years) for projects that involve more people in climate action in the UK and inspire ‘bold and exciting change’. Some exceptional projects of up to £3 million, for up to seven years, may be funded.

The funding is for partnership projects that reach more people by either:

  • Linking climate action to the everyday lives and interests of local communities and inspiring them to take action.
  • Influencing work with communities at a regional or national level, for example by linking up groups across locations, or a campaign that inspires change across one country, or the whole UK

NLCF will be holding three information sessions:

  • 27 March 2024 (13:00 to 14:00) (including British Sign Language).
  • 16 May 2024 (11:00 to 12 noon) (Welsh and English).
  • 21 May 2024 (14:00 to 15:00).

Advanced registration is required and can be done on the NLCF website.

A session recording will be uploaded to the Climate Action Fund webpage after the sessions.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from partnerships with:

  • A mix of organisations and sectors.
  • Smaller groups that represent the people they are working with
  • It is not necessary to be a climate or environment-focused organisation to apply.




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.

Benefact/Charities and good causes/ 18 March (quarterly)

Grants available:  between £1k-£10k

District: UK

Application closes: there are various deadlines depending on grant size and sector

Who is the funding for : good causes



The Benefact Group has announced that it will be giving more than £1 million to charities and good causes across the UK and Ireland this year through random draws.

The Benefact Group is ‘an international family of specialist financial services companies that give all available profits to charity and good causes’.

The Movement for Good Awards is the Benefact Group’s annual programme of giving and this will be its sixth year.

The way it works: charities and good causes are nominated by the public to be entered into a draw.

Once nominated, the charity will be included in all the remaining £1,000 draws in 2024.

Winners are drawn at random. The more times a charity is nominated, the more chances it has to be selected.

There are two different draws: one for grants of £1,000 and another for grants of £5,000.

£1,000 draws are open for nominations all year (from 1 January to 19 December 2024) with draws taking place on:

  • 18 March 2024
  • 20 May 2024
  • 22 July 2024
  • 23 September 2024

£5,000 special draws support one charity sector with 10 awards of £5,000 each for the following sectors:

  • Health – nominations from 22 April to 26 April 2024
  • Youth – nominations from 17 June to 21 June 2024
  • Environment -nominations from 12 August to 16 August 2024
  • Arts and Culture -nominations from 21 October to 25 October 2024.

12 Days of £1,000 draws start on 5 December 2024 and ends on 20 December 2024.

In addition, later in the year, 50 larger grants of £10,000 each will be awarded. Charities can register their interest now on the Benefact Group website.

The closing date and time for submitting a nomination form for each draw is 23:59 the day before the draw. The winners will be published on the Movement for Good page several days after the draw.

Who Can Apply

Registered charities, non-registered charities, churches, not-for-profit organisations and Community Interest Companies (CICs) in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man can be nominated.




ACRE /Village Halls/ Dec 2024

Grants available:  between £2k-£5k

District: UK

Application closes: The fund is open from 1 February 2024 until December 2024, or until available funding is fully allocated.

Who is the funding for : village and community halls in rural areas



The Village Halls Small Grants Fund is provided by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and administered by the charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).

This is the latest release of the £3 million Platinum Jubilee Village Halls Fund announced by government in May 2022 in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee, and it is designed to help the volunteers running village halls make easy steps towards capital improvements.

The fund reopened earlier this month to new applicants who wish to undertake smaller projects such as disability access, toilet upgrades and new kitchens.

Grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 are available to cover 20% of the eligible capital project costs including the VAT. There is no upper limit for the total capital costs. Smaller projects will be prioritised. All project work must be complete before the end of March 2025.

The funding will support capital improvements only, where projects aim to upgrade, extend, or improve facilities and to purchase capital items.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from the following legal entities:

  • Registered charities
  • Charitable trusts.
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).
  • Community Associations which are registered charities.
  • Multi-purpose Church Halls, Scout and Guide buildings are also eligible where they are open for the whole community, there is no alternative village hall in the vicinity, they are not single use and they are clearly advertised as multi-purpose.
  • Charitable Companies.

To be eligible, the village hall must:

  • Be charity owned and managed by the community.
  • Be located in a local rural area with a population of less than 10,000 people.
  • Have a freehold or leasehold in place. If a leasehold interest, there must be at least 21 years left to run on the lease.




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.


Thomas Wall Trust / Disadvantaged adults/ 29 April 2024

Grants available:  up to £ 5,000

District: UK

Application closes: 29 April 2024 for assessment at the July 2024 meeting.

Who is the funding for local voluntary and community groups



The Thomas Wall Trust believes that communication skills are critical capabilities for people who want to improve their employment prospects, self-confidence, resilience, and life chances.

The Trust recognises that communication is underpinned by a set of key features and skills such as empathy, listening, emotional intelligence, confidence, and clarity, amongst others.

They are an inclusive charity, welcoming proposals which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, especially; women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities and refugees.

Objectives of Fund

The Trust offers grants up to £5,000 for specific projects rather than general organisational costs* that improve communication skills for disadvantaged adults and support NEET people into employment. Beneficiaries must gain at least one accredited vocational qualification during delivery

Who can apply:

  • A UK charity that has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 3 years
  • A project or running costs for a charity that equips disadvantaged people (aged 18 and over) with the necessary communication skills ready for employment
  • Annual repeat funding for up to 3 years – subject to satisfactory annual reviews of progress and impact
  • The charity’s annual turnover is between £25,000 and £500,000. 
  • Successful outcomes need to be evidenced.
  • Delivery must be based on an already proven successful model.
  • The project is operating in partnership with other local organisations.

We prioritise:

  • Match funded projects
  • Self-sustainable projects, to become less reliant on grants in the future

The next deadline to submit a first-stage application is 29 April 2024 for assessment at the July 2024 meeting. 

There is a two-stage application process.

  • Stage one is to complete an online Expression of Interest form (available on the Trust’s website) which requires some basic contact details and a description of what the funding is required for.
  • Stage two is by invitation only and involves completing a more in-depth application form and submitting a Project Plan, budget, the latest set of financial accounts and any relevant policies.

Greene King IPA / Proud to Pitch In/1 Nov 2024

Grants available:  up to £ 4,000

District: UK

Application closes: Grants will be given out regularly

Who is the funding for: Grass roots and community sports clubs in the UK (beneficiaries must be aged 18 and over)

Link:Proud To Pitch In | ActionFunde


Proud To Pitch In is an initiative from Greene King IPA, paying cash grants to grassroots and community sports clubs across the United Kingdom. Every pint they sell, will add 10p to fund supporting local clubs from the ground up, providing them with the tools clubs need to continue to play the sport they love. From football, rugby and cricket to roller hockey or netball, we want to support as many local teams across the UK as we can with donations which can go a long way to keeping everyone in action

Objectives of Fund

The aim of this fund is to support sports focussed projects that positively impact their club and/or the local community, and would tangibly benefit from funding. The fund is particularly focussed on sports projects that have a long term impact.

The fund is open to applications all year and grants will be distributed regularly.

Who Can apply

If you are involved in running a grassroots sports club you can apply .