A selection of current grants and funding opportunities.


The Foyle Foundation Main Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation runs two schemes –

Small Grants Scheme opened to applications at the start of June, for smaller arts and learning charities with an annual turnover of less than £150k.

Main Grants Scheme  now open, offering grants between £10k and £50k, with a match-funding component. Capital and revenue grants are available for performing or visual arts, as well as projects that help with the acquisition of knowledge and learning.

There is no application deadline, and almost every type of organisation that is registered with the Charities Commission may apply.

This has undergone a change of focus for this year, with single-year grants only, and grants allowed to be used for core costs, essential equipment and re-equipping (particularly for homeworking, online digital service provision and education, or to allow social distancing). There are two streams to the programme:

  • Arts – to improve the sustainability of the arts and support groups which work to achieve this
  • Learning to support projects that facilitate the acquisition of knowledge such as through increased access to places of learning (for example, museums and libraries) and which have a long-term strategic impact

For more information, see their website 


Arts Council England Emergency Grassroots Music Venues Fund – SHORT DEADLINE

There’s a very short application window for this one-off government grant scheme with a £2.25 million budget, which is being administered by Arts Council England. Grants of between £1,000 and £80,000 are available for grassroots music venues in England, such as community centres, village halls and pubs, that are at imminent risk of insolvency due to COVID-19.

Deadline: midday Monday, 3 August
See the Arts Council website for full details, including exclusions.


D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Offering one-off grants between £500 and £5,000 for UK registered charities working in areas of UK arts, the improvement and protection of the environment and health and medical welfare. Open to all charities working in and for the UK.

Deadline 8 October

See their website for full details of the types of projects accepted under the three major headings: Arts, the Environment and Medical, as well as exceptions.


Lloyds Bank Foundation

Opening on 3 August, the Foundation will be opening new COVID-19 funding to support charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis. It will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future.

The fund is open to small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. Minimum a quarter of this fund will be given to charities that are led by and for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Grants are available to registered charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (but specifically not CICs) that can demonstrate a track record of working to help people aged 17 years and older to overcome the one or more of following issues:

  • Addiction and dependency
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Care leavers
  • Domestic abuse
  • Homeless and vulnerably housed
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents.

The Foundation’s Grants Team will hold a free Q&A webinar on Tuesday 11 August between 2pm – 3.30pm for interested applicants. Places can be booked on eventbrite.

You can find out more on the Foundation’s website

Deadline 11 September.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has launched two new programmes supporting the armed forces community.

Force for Change programme

A new, local grants programme awarding one-year grants of up to £20,000 for projects that seek to promote social inclusion and support Forces communities to become less isolated.

This closes at noon on 11 September, with decisions announced in November. See here for details.

Tackling Loneliness programme

A new, large grant programme will award two-year fixed grants of £70,000 to projects that seek to tackle loneliness and isolation within Armed Forces communities.

This closes at noon on 9 October, with decisions announced in Feb 2021. See here for details.

The Trust also has a programme closing on 25 August for active projects that have a positive impact on veterans’ mental wellbeing – Positive Pathways. See their website for full details.


The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world. The fund is looking to support recipients to strengthen their organisations, plan ahead, become more sustainable and refocus on the new needs of their beneficiaries. It is looking specifically to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.

The first round opened for registrations on 20 July, capped at 150, and closed almost immediately. If you are interested in apply to the second round, which opens for registrations on 21 September, make sure you get in there early on that day.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with a turnover of less than £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.
See the Fund’s website for details.


Sport for Good fund

This is a worldwide fund, administered by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation office in London, offering grants up to 10,000 EUROS (c.£9,100) to not-for-profits to enable them to continue delivering Sport Development programmes with young people in the aftermath of COVID-19.

There is no application deadline, but the fund does close one the budget has been spent, so early application is advised.

Funding is available for:

  • Delivering new or adaptive sport provision to continue to provide support to children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • Covering unavoidable organisational costs that result from the pandemic, ensuring that the organisation can continue to support children and young people going forward.

For full details, see the Fund’s website.


The 7Stars Foundation

Offering grants up to £20,000 for UK charitable organisations supporting young carers, young people without a safe home and young people facing abuse and addiction.

No application deadline.

UK charitable groups, organisations and individuals may apply for the following:

  1. Project applications (for 16-year olds and under): Project Grants up to £5,000 for organisations with a turnover of under £1.5 million.
  2. Long term applications (for 16-year olds and under – or 18 and under at the discretion of Trustees): Unrestricted Grants funding as a 2-year commitment, up to £20,000 per year for organisations with a turnover of under £500,000, and
  3. Direct funding (for 18-year olds and under): social, outreach, or support workers may apply for funding on behalf of a young person aged 18 years and under for a Direct Grant of between £100 and £1,000.

For full details, see the Foundation’s website.