Monday, 9 January 2017

WHSmith Community Grant (UK)

Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates.

There are two application rounds each year. The deadline for the current funding round is the 31st March 2017. The next deadline will be the 30th September 2017. Read more at:

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund

The Weavers' Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 30 November 2016.

Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society.

The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release.

Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not fund large organisations.

To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000.

Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Rank Foundation

UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation - Small Appeals programme.

To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.

We are currently accepting applications for our November 2016 trustees’ meeting.


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Grants for small-scale projects in rural Hampshire

Two schemes to specifically help rural areas are being run by Hampshire County Council: the Rural Retailers and Community Enterprises Grant, and the Community Challenge Fund.

There are grants of up to £20,000 available under the Rural Retailers and Community Enterprises Grant Scheme. The scheme has been set up to provide financial support to help rural retailers grow, increase their productivity and provide new services, as well as encourage the development of both new and existing community enterprises which have a retail element.

Groups can also apply for grants of up to £5,000 under the Community Challenge Fund.

Communities interested in the grants should contact Jennie Pell ( ) or Emily Preston ( ) on 01962 846571.

Other Hampshire County Council grant schemes of interest to rural communities include: the Small Grants Scheme Countryside Access; the Community Buildings Fund and the Community Transport Grant and the Valuing Hampshire Communities Grant.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Power to Change awards grants to grow and develop community businesses

The second window for applications to our £10 million Community Business Fund is now open until 31 August.

We will also have an application window open in October. If you are a community business that needs funding for a business development project which will make your organisation more sustainable, then you should consider an application.