Arranged by deadline order, funding for vulnerable individuals/human rights, homelessness, improving digital skills in over 18’s, young people’s mental health, social change and easyfundraising, a scheme that allows good causes to receive corporate donations while their supporters to shop online.

A B Charitable Trust

Grants between £10,000 and £20,000 are available for small to medium-sized UK registered charities working to promote respect for vulnerable individuals and to defend human rights.

The Trust’s Open Grants programme offers revenue grants, which can cover core costs, to address one or more of:

  • Criminal justice and penal reform
  • Human rights, particularly access to justice
  • Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

Deadline 31 January, find out more on their website.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Offering grants of £1,000 for charities with an operating income between £100,000 and £1m (in February and July), and of £5,000 for charities with an operating income greater than £1m (in April and September).

There are 4 funding rounds this year, with those in February and April focussing on homelessness, and those in July and September looking to support refugees and asylum seekers.

This programme opens on 1 February, and closes on 28 February for round 1. You can find out more on the Trust’s website.

Thomas Wall Digital Skills programme

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects working with disadvantaged people aged 18 or over to improve their basic digital skills. The programme will support not-for-profit organisations/charities based in the UK that have been established for at least 3 years. Applying organisations must have an annual turnover of £500,000 or less.

Deadline 19 February. More information on the Thomas Wall website.

Headstart Kernow Young People’s Mental Wellbeing Fund

Headstart Kernow is working with Cornwall community Foundation to run a new grant programme enabling young people in Cornwall to access grants to support mental wellbeing. Applications will be considered and awarded by a panel of young people themselves.

Grants are available from £500 – £2,000 per individual for activities and interventions that make an immediate impact for young people in need of additional support. Applications for individual grants are made through a sponsoring organisation such as a youth group, community group or school.

See the CCF press release here, and find more details of how to apply on the CCF website. First deadline is 2 March, but may close early if there is an oversubscription.

Grants for Good – Matthew Good Foundation

Open for applications from small charities, community projects, social enterprises and individuals who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment. 

The fund is open to brand new projects with innovative ideas as well as established charities whose average income is less than £50,000 per year.Every three months, five shortlisted projects will be voted for by John Good Group employees. These five charities will all receive a share of £10,000 – the more votes a cause receives, the bigger the donation. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £3,500; second place £2,500, third place £2,000 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £1,000.

Charities and projects hoping to secure funding in the first round need to submit their applications by the 15 March 2021

Find out more on their website.

easyfundraising scheme

easyfundraising is a free to use fundraising platform which enables good causes to benefit from free donations from leading retailers. Supporters can raise free funds for your organisation when they do their normal online shopping via the website or app, and over 4,000 retailers are signed up to the scheme.

easyfundraising is offering a free webinar to find out how it works, see a live demo, get advice on how to sign up and ask the team any questions. Both webinar attendance and membership of easyfundraising are free.

Funds online

Funds Online is a subscription-based service that offers voluntary organisations searchable lists of grants available, from different sources, and filterable by different criteria. Subscriptions are available for 1 week or 1 year, with a starting price of £385+VAT for 1 year’s access to one funding type (no prices are given for 1 week, which can’t be purchased online). If your organisation applies for a lot of funding, this might be a cost effective way to narrow down the sources to which you apply, and get access to the expert information that is offered. You can find out more on the Funds Online website.

Dormant Assets scheme

The government intends to legislate to expand the Dormant Assets Scheme to include over £800 million in additional unclaimed assets from the insurance and pensions, investment and wealth management, and securities sectors for social and environmental causes. You can find out more about the scheme, and how it is hoped that the additional money will be spent, in the Government’s press statement.