A selection of funding sources for organisations, beginning with Giving Tuesday, and including two which have limited application periods and only OPEN on 9 November. Funding available for solutions to food poverty, digital investment, rural and urban deprivation, vulnerable people and homeless support.

Giving Tuesday – 1 December

Giving Tuesday is a day of global giving, following the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (the days of shopping after the US’s Thanksgiving celebration at the end of November). Find out how you can tap into this phenomenon on the Giving Tuesday website. There are free resources to help you create a campaign.

Co-op Food Fund

Grants between £2,000 and £10,000 are available to UK charities and community organisations operating at a local level to provide access to food and establish sustainable solutions to food poverty.

Grants are awarded in line with the fund’s priorities of:

  • Access: providing easy access to nutritious food and balanced meals for customers with a limited budget.
  • Communities: food programmes for vulnerable communities delivered in those communities.
  • Redistribution: redistributing surplus food to the people who need it most in local communities.
  • Upskilling: educating and upskilling customers on low cost meal solutions, limiting food waste and shopping smartly, and/or
  • Young people: supporting future generations by prioritising the wellbeing of children and young people struggling with food insecurity.

Deadline 13 November. Find out more on the Co-op Food Fund website.

Peter Sowerby Foundational Digital Good Causes grant

Different from the regular Peter Sowerby Foundational grants, this one awards two types of grants:

  1. Grants of up to £10,000 for digital skills development/digital investment (vital to increasing access to services for participants) within smaller organisations.
  1. Grants of up to £25,000 for the transformation of existing services through digital development.

The Foundation’s priorities are arts, community, environment and healthcare innovation. For more details, see their website. Deadline 16 November.

The Woodward Charitable Trust – opens 9 Nov

Advance notice of the Trust’s next application round, which opens on Wednesday 9 November. The Trust provides one-off core funding grants up to £3,000 for small UK charities working in the areas of arts outreach, disability, disadvantaged women and families, isolated children and young people, minority groups, and prisoners and ex-offenders. For more details, see the website. This doesn’t look like one of those where the awards window is opened at 10 and by 1.30 all the places are filled. They don’t warn about that, but no closing date is given.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation – opens 9 Nov

Following a period spent reviewing its grant programmes and processes, the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation – one of the UK’s largest independent grant-makers – reopened its Small Grants programme to applications a month ago, and aims to open its Major Grants programme on Monday 9 November.  Both are rolling programmes which will accept applications from UK not-for-profit and charitable organisations at any time.

The Major Grants Programme offers grants specifically focussed on areas high on the Government’s Indices of Multiple Deprivation, in the areas of:

  • Rural Issues in rural towns/villages/communities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants, in the top 50% IMD
  • Urban Deprivation in cities/towns with a population of more than 10,000, in the top 15% IMD.

Grants for revenue costs (including salaries, overheads and project costs):
* Small Grants of £2,000 to £7,500 for one year.
* Major Grants of £7,500 to £20,000 per year for one to three years.

Grants for capital costs (one-off costs for building projects, including buying a building, repairing it or fitting it out):
* Small Grants of £2,000 to £7,500.
* Major Grants of £7,500 to £60,000.

Homeless Winter Transformation Grant

The £2 million Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and will award grants of between £10,000 and £100,000. It will be distributed by Homeless Link in partnership with Housing Justice. The Fund is open to organisations in England directly working with people experiencing homelessness, and where more than 50% of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness. Applicants must have an annual turnover of up to £5 million.

The deadline for applications for the first round of funding has passed, and for the second round is 2 December. Read more on the Homeless link website.

Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Grants

Small grants up to £3,000 are available for small UK registered charities supporting vulnerable people in areas of high deprivation. Grants are available for capital, revenue and core costs. The Company usually operates two application rounds each month, which close as soon as 50 applications have been received. Dates for these are given on the website.

The Company is particularly keen to receive applications from charities support the use of leather within the footwear, fashion and other industries, education in leather technology and the leather trade. Charities that can demonstrate partnership working with other organisations and value for money are likely to be prioritised.

For more details, see the website.