A selection of funding opportunities for disadvantaged and older people.  Some have deadlines in the next couple of months, so make sure you’re not too late to apply. Listed in order of deadlines.

Sun 50th Birthday fund

£1 million grant fund for charities *short deadline*
The Sun has launched a £1million grant fund as part of its 50th birthday celebrations.

The newspaper said grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 would be available to UK charities nominated by readers from the Sun50 Reader Fund.

Readers have been asked to submit 400-word statements explaining why a charity should receive funding, what it could pay for and how much it should receive.

There will be a limited number of £20,000 grants to give away because the paper focuses on awarding as many small grants as possible to help a wider range of good causes

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Nominations for funding can be made on the Sun website.


The Woodward Charitable Trust

The Trust has revised its small grants programme so that it can support the core running costs of small-to-medium-sized charitable organisations in the UK working in the areas of isolated children and young people, disability, disadvantaged women and families, prisoners and ex-offenders, arts outreach and community cohesion among minority groups.

The Trust prefers to support ongoing projects and/or existing costs rather than fund new projects, with its grant-making focused on activities to improve social inclusion.

The Trust will fund small to medium-sized charities with an income of less than £300,000 where small grants can have more impact. The grants vary from one-off projects to salaries, running costs and a few grants are made for small items of equipment.

Application deadline is Friday 31 January 2020. Find out more on the Woodward Trust Website.


The Inman Charity

This charity aims to fund projects with a social welfare focus, and those working with disadvantaged people.

The Trust is particularly interested in supporting UK registered charities working in the following fields:

  • Care of the elderly
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • The deaf and blind
  • Care of the physically and mentally disabled
  • The Armed Forces
  • Medical research

Application deadline: Friday 28 February 2020.

Applications should be made by letter and should contain the following information:

  1. The registered Charity Number, the aims and objectives of the Charity, and any other relevant factors.
  2. Details of the total amount of funding required.
  3. Contributions received to date.
  4. Proposed timing to complete the work.
  5. A copy of the latest annual report, and
  6. A set of the most recent audited accounts.

For more information visit the Inman Charity website.


The Stan Vidler Memorial Trust

A new grant making trust whose charitable objectives are to award grants to registered charities in England working in the following areas:

  1. To help children and young people, disadvantaged by disability or economic circumstances, to achieve their potential – especially children with a particular talent,
  2. To relieve financial hardship and poor health in older people (this group is currently prioritized)

Grants tend to be between £1,500 – £3,000, with no match funding required.

To enquire about applying for a grant, contact:

The Stan Vidler Memorial Trust
C/o Avtrinity Limited
77 Mount Ephraim
Tunbridge Wells
Tel: 01892 750700
Email: svmtrustees@gmail.com