The Toy Trust

As the charitable arm of the British Toy and Hobby Association and Toy Fair, the Toy Trust awards grants generally up to £5,000 to UK registered charities for equipment and services that support disabled and disadvantaged children aged 13 and under and their families.

Projects should:

  • Show real benefit for relieving hardship and suffering to beneficiaries.
  • Run for a minimum of one full year, and
  • Be in support of children and projects regardless of faith, sex or disability.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for equipment and services. There is a match funding requirement for this funding programme as all applicants are expected to demonstrate that they have sought and secured funding from other sources.

Applications can be made at any time via the application form here on the Toy Trust website


Healthy Communities Together Fund

A new funding programme for England aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged communities.

Independent Think Tank and charity King’s Fund have announced new £3 million funding programme to improve the health and wellbeing of the most deprived communities in England. Grants will help communities build capacity and enable areas to invest in new approaches  and new ways of working in partnership.

The New Healthy Communities Together fund will:

  • Open for applications in Spring 2020. They anticipate it will run for 4 years.
  • Be open to partnerships of voluntary sector and health and care organisations working in a local area, such as a town or city.
  • Specifically target areas that experience the most disadvantage.
  • Support up to 6 local areas for up to 4 years, helping to develop more effective partnerships between voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and the NHS and local authorities in their area.
  • Provide ‘substantial’ grant funding to build capacity and enable areas to invest in new approaches and new ways of working in partnership, and
  • Provide bespoke support to each area, such as facilitating work across the local health system, providing evidence of how best to integrate care and support in a place, and challenging organisations to think differently. The King’s Fund will also distil learning from the areas taking part and share it more widely.

Further information can be found at the King’s Fund website.


The Anders Foundation

A grant-making foundation formed in memory of the former badminton international, Anders Nielson, who lost his battle against cancer in 2010, aged 42. The Foundation awards grants to sports clubs and individuals who are enabling young people of all abilities to fulfil their sporting ambition.

Funding is awarded on a case by case basis throughout the UK to individuals and clubs/ institutions.

Although the Foundation has stated that badminton will feature prominently in awards made, all worthwhile causes are considered. The Foundation has, for example, previously awarded a grant to Riding for the Disabled.

Further information about the grant and how to apply can be found here on the Anders Foundation website.


Comic Relief Community Fund

Capacity building grants up to £500 and Project Grants up to £4,000 for small grassroots groups and charities in England to help them develop their organisation or to deliver projects that fit with Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  1. Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of five to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  2. Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  3. A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration, and
  4. Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

There is no application deadline, and funding is open to charities and community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

You can find out more on the Comic Relief Groundwork website.