Many funding organisations operate ‘open’ application processes, without deadlines, or which draw a line under applications received by a certain day in the month, for consideration at a meeting, and immediately begin building a list for the next meeting.

Here is a collection of those, offering funding for construction/repair projects, community, heritage & biodiversity projects, environmental projects, disadvantaged groups, disabled children, drug and alcohol rehab, racial equality, asylum seekers, and seafarers. Some larger grants available.

Screwfix Foundation

Offering capital grants up to £5,000 for environmentally-friendly projects carried out by local and national UK registered charities to construct, maintain, repair and improve community facilities and other venues for people in need in the UK.

Eligible projects can include decorating the homes of people with a long-term illness or disability, or bringing buildings that are in a poor condition back into public use. Grants up to £5,000 are available with no matched funding requirement.

Further information is available on the Screwfix Foundation website.

Suez Communities Fund

Offering capital grants up to £20,000 for community, heritage, recreational and biodiversity projects within 2.5 miles of an eligible landfill site. Suez (formerly SITA) has quite a few eligible sites Cornwall, including, Penzance, St Erth, Helston, Penryn, Pool, St Day, Tresillian, Indian Queens, Newquay, Bodmin, Liskeard, Tintagel, Kilkhampton. (See their main website to find them all, or use a postcode checker on their Fund site to see if you qualify).

For full details about what they will and will not fund, and how to apply, see the Fund’s website.

DPD Eco Fund

Offering grants up to £2,000 for registered charities, community groups, schools and other educational facilities, as well as start-up companies in the UK for projects that benefit the UK environment.

You can find out more on the Green DPD website – scroll down a long way to find details of the fund.

The Swire Charitable Trust

Offering grants generally up to £50,000 for core costs, salaries and capital expenditure for UK registered charities directly addressing the challenges faced by the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of society, as well as environmental causes and UK heritage. FUnding is awarded under the headings of

  • Environment (involving people, protecting and regenerating biodiversity)
  • Heritage (restoration, and safeguarding endangered skills)
  • Opportunity (supporting children and young people in care, in the criminal justice system, from disadvantaged backgrounds; ex service personnel; victims of slavery & trafficking)

For full details, and an online application form, see their website.

Constance Travis Charitable Trust

Grants generally between £20,000 and £100,000 for local, UK national and international registered and exempt charities and registered community amateur sports clubs working in a wide range of areas, including animal welfare, arts outreach, community projects, education, environmental protection, international aid, medical care and research, and social mobility.

This Turst does not maintain a website. You can see details of the awards made to date on the Charity Commission website, and applications must be made in writing to: Mr. Ernest Travis, Chair of Trustees, The Constance Travis Charitable Trust, 86 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9SB.

True Colours Trust

One-off grants up to £10,000 for smaller UK registered charities and Community Interest Companies working with disabled children and their families in the UK. 

Applicants should be UK registered charities and Community Interest Companies with an annual income under £350,000, that are working to:

  • Improve the service delivery and the support available to children with complex disabilities, their families and siblings in the UK, and/or
  • Strengthen palliative care services for children and their families in the UK.

Organisations that are providing services in areas of significant deprivation and/or are working with children and families from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities are likely to be prioritised.

See the Trust’s website for more details.

Leigh Trust

Small grants averaging just over £3,000 for registered charities in England and Wales that are working in the areas of criminal justice, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, racial equality and education, and support for asylum seekers.

The Trust does not maintain a website. Further information about its work is available, however, on the Charity Commission website. Requests for grant support must be concise and ideally summarised on a single side of A4 and should include the most recent audited accounts, a registered charity number and – most importantly – a cash flow statement for the next 12 months.  All applications should also include a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Contact details for the Trust are: The Leigh Trust, Bonhill Street, London,

Seafarers UK

Seafarers UK is a leading provider of grants to maritime charities and charitable maritime projects, working to help serving and ex-serving seafarers and their families who are experiencing hardship. They meet this aim through supporting organisations which provide welfare and support services for seafarers.

Their grants policy is to support seafarers who are:

  • Older seafarers, over the usual age of retirement, and their dependants.
  • Working age seafarers working at sea in the maritime industries, former seafarers under retirement age and Merchant Navy cadets and trainees.
  • Families and dependants of current or former seafarers who are still of working age.
  • Young people in maritime youth groups focusing on those considering or pursuing a career at sea.

There are not clear details available on maximum or minimum amounts, but there are three funds – main grants, COVID-19 emergency grants and Merchant Navy Fund. Full details, and an eligibility quiz are available on their website.