There are a lot of funding opportunities around at the moment, and most of the other news is politics, or concerns manifesto promises which may or may not happen, so we’re looking at other things at the moment!

Children and Young People

The Daytrippers Foundation

Small grants to enable children and young people aged 5-25 with disabilities and life-limiting conditions in the UK to have the opportunity to have fun, improve their confidence and break boundaries through social, recreational and educational activities. Day trips can be for any destination but must take place in the UK and occur on a single day.

Grants of up to £30 per young person are available for groups of at least 8 children for UK schools, children’s hospices, support groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Applications can be made at any time and funding is allocated on a ‘first come’ basis until the Foundation’s annual grant budget is spent, so early application is advised.
Visit the Daytrippers website for further details.

The Ragdoll Foundation

The Ragdoll Foundation awards grants to support UK organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. The Foundation is primarily interested in applications that involve children during their early years (i.e. aged 0-10), but will consider projects that extend the age group up to the age of 18.

The Foundation will award grants of between £5000 to £20,000 for projects that:

  • Capture and develop the imagination of children and young people.
  • Allow the voices of children to be heard.
  • Apply creative and innovative approaches to directly benefit children.
  • Strive to improve equality of opportunity for children and young people.
  • Deliver a quality experience for participants, and
  • Explain how the project will be evaluated.

Applications may be made at any time.
Further information can be found on the Ragdoll Foundation website.



Sport England Small Grants

Grants up to £10,000 for not-for-profit sports clubs, local authorities and schools for local community sports projects that encourage more people to get involved in sport.
The programme aims to:

  • Get inactive people to become more active.
  • Develop lasting sporting habits, and
  • Develop more positive attitudes among young people.

Sport England will give priority to applications that can show they will involve people who face barriers to being, and staying active, particularly where projects involve:

  • People on lower incomes
  • Supporting inactive people to become more active
  • Women
  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, and
  • Children from the age of five to 13

Applications can be made at any time. Further information, guidance notes and the online application form can be found on the Sport England website.

Toyota Parasport Fund

A new UK-wide funding programme to improve the options available to disabled people to get active and make a lasting impact on the grassroots landscape.
Activity providers from across the UK who have registered on Parasport are eligible to apply for support to improve the quality and quantity of sport and activities available to disabled people. This £250,000 funding opportunity is available to support specialist equipment and training (depending on location).
More information can be found on the Parasport website.


Environment and animal welfare

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Grants of up to £10,000 for UK animal welfare charities benefit and protect animals, relieve the suffering of animals, address the conservation of wildlife, or encourage a greater understanding of animals.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 January 2020.
Find out more on the Jean Sainsbury Trust website

The G D Charitable Trust

Grants for registered charities for projects in the areas of animal welfare, the environment, disability and homelessness.

Grants range from £1000 – £60,000 and more information is available via their Charity Commission page.


Veolia grants for environmental projects

Not-for-profit organisations in England raising funds for environmental or community-based projects can apply for a grant of between £10,000 and £75,000 from the Veolia Environmental Trust.

The Trust awards funds derived from landfill tax to support environmentally focused projects throughout England and this round of funding is for capital improvement projects at a single site. These can be community buildings and rooms, outdoor spaces, play and recreation or biodiversity projects.

The facilities being created must be in the vicinity of qualifying Veolia site *, open to the general public, completed within 12 months and the project cost must be no more than £250,000 including VAT. In addition, applicants must have raised 10% of the total cost.

Check if your location qualifies and apply on the Veolia Trust website.

* It’s not possible to see whether there are Veolia sites in Cornwall on the website, only to put in a postcode and be told ‘yes’ or ‘no’ with regard to eligibility. However, there is at least a Biomass site in Cornwall, and probably others.  Use an incognito window to check, as it only lets you look once!