After last week’s reminder of the ‘big’ funders, here are a large collection of funders which offer small amounts, usually no more than £5k, and sometimes as little as £200, which can make a difference to a small organisation, or provide enough funding to test a project.

Listed by order of deadline, most recent first:

Inman Charity

Providing small grants generally between £2,000 and £5,000 for social welfare projects across the UK, particularly in the areas of support for the elderly, mentally and physically disabled including the deaf and/or blind, hospices, medical research and the armed forces.

Applications should be made in writing (by letter), with the details described on the Charity’s website.

Deadline 28 February.

KFC Foundation

Grants between £200 and £2,000 for grassroots UK not-for-profit organisations in areas where KFC restaurants are located, for activities that enable young people aged 11-25 to fulfil their potential.

There are KFC restaurants near Penzance, in Pool, in St Austell, in Bodmin, and several in Plymouth – but how close ‘near’ is unclear. Application must be made by an Expression of Interest form and a 2 minute film.

Deadline 28 February. Find out more on the website.

Get Creative microgrants

Five £2,000 micro-commissions are being offered to support projects around England that will help to bring people together through creativity while physical gatherings are not possible.

The commissions are designed to enable creative groups and organisations to work together with organisations who have the connections and experience to support those at high risk of loneliness and isolation, deliver participatory creative projects with these demographics and demonstrate how the project has improved their social connectedness.

Project delivery should take place during March and April 2021. 

Deadline 28 February. Find out more on the website.

Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust

Capital grants averaging £6,786 for UK equine charities and registered charities working with older people in the UK.

They seem to prefer equine charities, awarding only to those that are members of the National Equine Welfare Council.

Deadline 1 March. Find out more on the website.

The Big Give Green Match Fund

Applications are open for The Big Give Green Match Fund, a match funding campaign for UK charities working on environmental issues as part of their core mission. Match funding of either £2,500, £10,000 or £25,000 is available.

Deadline 1 March. Find out more on the website.

Lady Neville Charity

One-off capital grants between £500 and £1,000 for small UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations to support a wide range of activities in the fields of local heritage, performing arts and the visual arts.

Projects must cost less than £10k, and the applying organisation should have an annual income less than £100k. Other funding must be sought.

Deadline 12 March. Find out more on the website.

Tweed Family Charitable Foundation

The Foundation is seeking to award one or two grants up to £10,000 for registered charities in England and Wales working with disadvantaged young people aged under 25. This is a new grant-making charity, and not widely known yet.

The Foundation is seeking to support a limited number of community and educational projects that inspire young people to develop the social and practical that will enable them to achieve their full potential. The Foundation lists mentoring, educational and community activities as areas it is particularly interested in supporting. Opportunities or activities can be educational or vocational, may include core costs, and should provide experiences with a lasting impact that would otherwise be inaccessible to the young people concerned.

Deadline 31 March. Further information and an initial enquiry form is available on the Foundation’s website. The Foundation will send a full application form to applicants it may be interested in funding.

Hedley Foundation

Offering grants averaging £2,500 for smaller UK registered charities working with the elderly, people with a mental or physical disability, those who are terminally ill, young people and other social welfare projects, include those that benefit carers, the homeless and ex-offenders.

Deadline 31 March. Find out more on the website.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Children and Young People grant programme

Small and large revenue grants ranging from £1,000 to £60,000 over 1-3 years for registered charities in England and Wales. Grants are available for projects that enable disadvantaged and vulnerable children & young people aged up to 18 years (or up to 25 years for disabled young people) to overcome the barriers they face in life.

Grants are available for registered charities for projects that provide:

  • Learning and development, including language and communication skills, and social and emotional support.
  • Mental and physical health support.
  • Pastoral and advocacy support, and
  • Support for the whole family.

The following grants are available:

  1. Small Grants: grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 are available to charities with an income of under £500,000. Small grants can be used for general running and/or overhead costs of the charity, or
  2. Large grants: grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 (with the occasional higher award) for charities with an income exceeding £500,000. Large grants are specifically for projects and can be used for salary costs, activities and materials.

To apply, applicants should first complete the Eligibility Test on the Foundation’s website. If eligible, the applicant will be invited to complete an application form.

Application open 1 March, deadline 31 March.