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BizGive/ local groups and communities/ 8 July 2024

Where: UK

Amount: They are providing a further £50,000. They are accepting applications for grants up to a maximum of £10,000.


The Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT) invests in the transition to net zero. On top of their investments in renewable energy assets, we are looking to provide grants and volunteering support to innovative opportunities that enhance the environment and improve local communities.

They are particularly interested in supporting initiatives that promote a “just transition”, ensuring the benefits of the green economy transition are shared more widely and help those who stand to lose economically.

Application Criteria

Entities Supported

  • Any

Eligibility Checklist

  • Individuals or groups must have a constitution and a bank account in the name of the organisation.
  • Entities must not support the advancement of religious or political objectives.
  • Grants must not fund long-term core revenue costs such as wages, utilities, rents etc. These will only be considered for a maximum of two years of funding.

Applications accepted between: 08/04/2024  – 01/08/2024

Please note, that applications must have start dates after the decision date of 2nd September 2024.

Wolfson/ Capital/ Closes 1 July

Where: UK


The size of the grants varies across different programme areas. The usual grant ranges are:

  • Charities working with disability funding – £20,000–£75,000.
  • Charities working in mental health funding – £20,000–£75,000.
  • Charities working with older people funding – £20,000–£75,000.
  • Historic buildings and landscapes funding – £15,000–£100,000.
  • Hospices and palliative care organisations funding – £30,000–£125,000.
  • Libraries and archives – £15,000–£100,000.
  • Museums and galleries funding – £50,000–£500,000.
  • Performing arts organisations funding – £50,000–£150,000.
  • Public engagement with science organisations funding – £100,000–£250,000.
  • Secondary schools and sixth form colleges funding – £15,000–£50,000 (for equipment); £15,000–£100,000 (for new build and refurbishment).
  • Special needs schools and colleges funding – £20,000–£75,000.
  • Universities and research institutions – £250,000–£1 million.

The minimum grant available is generally £15,000 (except for universities and research institutions funding which is £100,000).


The Wolfson Foundation, established in 1955, is an independent charity that awards grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities. The funding is intended to support capital infrastructure in these fields.

Since 1955, the Foundation has awarded over £1 billion in grants (£2 billion in real terms) to more than 14,000 projects all over the UK.

Objectives of Fund

The main objective of the Foundation is the funding of capital infrastructure in the following areas:

  • Science and medicine.
  • Arts and humanities.
  • Heritage.
  • Education.
  • Health and disability.

Who can apply? 

See above

How to Apply:

There are two funding rounds per year, and the Foundation operates a two-stage application process.

The application window for Round 2 is now open for all of the programme areas listed above.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 1 July 2024 (23:59) with decisions in December 2024.

Arnold Clark/ Community/ Open until Dec 2024

Where: UK

Amount: Up to £2.5K


Arnold Clark, the UK’s largest independently owned, family-run car retailer, has been offering grants to communities in the areas in which it operates since 2021.

This year, registered charities and other not-for-profit groups and organisations from across England, Scotland and Wales can apply for the following support:

  • Cost of Living Support – funding to any registered UK charity or community group whose work directly supports those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis, such as foodbanks, accommodation, poverty relief and where people/communities in the UK are the primary and immediate focus of investment.
  • Our Communities Support – funding to projects embedded in the communities in which Arnold Clark operates and is available to organisations who provide services widely accessible to those within Arnold Clark local communities, addressing the needs of those living within them.
  • Gear Up for Sport – 150 sports kits are given away each month to support youth sports teams across the UK. Any youth team with up to 30 members aged 4 to 15 years can apply.

Projects applying for ‘Our Communities Support’ must address one of the following categories:

  • Animal welfare (benefiting humans)
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community development
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Relief support
  • Mental health support


Website: https://www.arnoldclark.com/community-fund

Who can apply?

Registered charities and other not-for-profit groups and organisations

How to Apply:

Funding is at the discretion of Arnold Clark Community Fund with a possible maximum grant of £2,500.

Applications are reviewed when they are received. Arnold Clark will contact successful applicants on a weekly basis.

Applications are expected to be accepted until the end of December 2024.

Starbucks and Hubbub/ Foodwaste/ Opens 14 June

Where: UK

Amount: 6 Grants up to £60K


The Eat it Up Fund was created last year with funding provided by Starbucks (using the money coming from Starbucks 5p cup charge) in partnership with Hubbub Foundation UK, an environmental charity.

Now in its second year, the grant fund is offering six grants of £60,000 each to support innovative ideas to tackle food waste in the UK. The grant must be used within a year.

The fund will support UK registered organisations with an early-stage food waste project with potential for impact at scale.

The funding is for initiatives that do one or more of the following:

  • Address pre-farmgate waste (the food production process, up to the point where the products have been harvested and prepared as produce for sale).
  • Prevent food from being wasted at the manufacturing and processing stage.
  • Minimise food waste from retailers.
  • Find creative ways to use surplus food in communities or at home.

The fund can support ideas that are ready to test, or concepts that have been tested and are ready to progress further.

The focus for this funding is as high up the food waste hierarchy as possible. Priority will be given to prevention and edible recovery/ repurposing over initiatives that do not result in food being kept within the human food chain.

Website: https://www.eatitupfund.org.uk/

Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from any organisation that can prove they are an officially constituted body, registered in the UK.

This includes:

  • Registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations and not for profit companies.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Schools, universities and colleges.
  • Local authorities.
  • Micro and small businesses with a clear social purpose.

Applications from a collaboration of organisations are welcomed as long as the lead organisation is one of the types of organisations listed above.

How to Apply:

A Q&A webinar will be held on 4 June 2024 (11:00 to 11:45am). Registration is required for this Zoom session.

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.


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 .