Funding opportunities that are closing soon – health and wellbeing, financial literacy skills or the environment, working with disadvantaged communities, long-term stability in offender rehabilitation, projects connected with the railways, and hard-to-reach families.


Closing date 9 October.

Grants of £1,000, £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000 from a total funding pot of £2m are available from the Aviva Community Fund.

Community groups can apply for funding for projects concerning health and wellbeing, financial literacy skills or the environment. Groups applying for the £1,000 grants must have annual incomes of less than £100,000; those applying for the larger grants must have annual incomes of less than £1m.

The first 1,000 submissions from Aviva customers are guaranteed £200 if they do not otherwise receive an award. This year, for the first time, Aviva is partnering with Crowdfunder UK to allow groups to raise money as part of the application process. Applicants can ask people to vote for them to receive a grant. This is a voted-for funding scheme, with projects being supported according to whether they receive enough public votes.

For more information, visit the Aviva website.


Aziz foundation

Closing date 12 October

Grants of up to £15,000 available for registered charities and charitable community groups whose work addresses significant problems in or faced by disadvantaged communities or sections of society within Great Britain. The trust can usually only fund up to 25% of a project.

The current funding priorities are:

  • Community Development – To identify needs, raise awareness and strengthen capacity for self-help in disadvantaged communities. In addition, to invest in and develop the leadership capacity and human capital of disadvantaged communities, so that they may better address their needs.
  • Public Engagement – To strengthen the representation, visibility and voice of disadvantaged communities in policy, media and public discourse, and arts and culture.

For more information, visit the Aziz website.

Triangle Trust

Closing date 23 October

Development Grants of up to £80,000 over 3 years are available to fund core costs and develop sustainable income streams to ensure long-term sustainability. This is available to specialist community and voluntary organisations working with carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders within the UK.

For more information, see the Triangle Trust website.


GWR Customer and Communities Improvement Fund

Closing date 31 October

For projects that can be delivered between April 2019 and March 2020, and bring community benefits to areas of need across GWR’s rail networks. There is not a maximum or minimum bid specified, but a total pot of £750k is available for projects connected with the railways.

Bids relating to education, outreach, railway history and heritage, station enhancements, cycling, provision of information, research, walking and transport integration will be welcomed.

For information and application forms, see the GWR website.

Together for Families VCSE grant

Closing date 9 November

Grants between £500 and £7,000 are available for voluntary sector organisations looking to deliver services to the hardest to reach families.

Grants of £1,000 are also available to fund short pilot projects.

CRCC has been commissioned by Cornwall Council to administer this small grants scheme as part of the Council’s Together for Families programme.

For more information, visit the CRCC website.