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External funding

In addition to community grants we also support our local voluntary and community sector by signposting to other funding opportunities. See the latest funding news below or click on the category links for more listings.

For access to a database of funding opportunities, not for profit organisations can register with Herts Community's fundraising tool and search for appropriate funds, grants or awards.

Latest external funding news

Holiday grants for disadvantaged children
Added: 3 March 2017
Deadline: 19 May 2017
Schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities will be able to apply for funding to take disadvantaged or disabled children aged 13 and under on a recreational trip or holiday. Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available and must be used to cover a maximum of two thirds of the trip. Decisions will be made on a first come, first served basis until all the money is gone.

Funding to combat abuse and violations of human rights
Added: 15 March 2017
Deadline: 19 May 2017
UK charities with an income of between £150,000 and £1.5 million are eligible to apply for funding from the AB Charitable Trust for projects that consider:

  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Prisoners and penal reform
  • Those addressing the needs of the most marginalised and neglected groups in society.

Funding for projects benefiting physically and mentally disabled and disadvantaged adults
Added: 8 November 2016
Deadline: May 2017
Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available to trusts, associations, institutions or organisations registered as charities in England. Preference will be given to applications for specific projects rather than to supplement funds used for general purposes.

Funding for projects that support the environment
Added: 7 March 2017
Deadline: 25 May 2017
Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations within the vicinity of a Veolia site that want to deliver activities including:

  • Community buildings and rooms - such as community centres and village halls.
  • Public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways or cycle paths
  • Play and recreation areas - for example skate parks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms. 

Twenty per cent of funding towards the project must have been secured before a full application can be submitted.

Funding to use digital technology for vocational training
Added: 20 April 2017
Deadline: 25 May 2017

The UFI Charitable Trust's VocTech Seed fund offers grants of up to £50,000 for new projects lasting up to a year. UFI will be looking for projects with interesting approaches to using digital technology for vocational learning.

Funding to support people with dementia
Added: 16 May 2017
Deadline: 28 May 2017

The European Foundation's Initiative on Dementia has prizes of up to €10,000 available for 10 initiatives that will create and promote a voice for people with dementia in order to value their expertise and to respect their autonomy and citizenship.

Funding to support new community businesses
Added: 4 May 2017
Deadline: 31 May 2017
Community groups can apply to the Bright Ideas Fund for grants of up to £20,000 to set up a new community business.

Funding for music and arts projects
Added: 7 March 2017
Deadline: 31 May 2017

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust is making £5,000 available to registered charities that have an income of over £500,000 to deliver projects that relate to music and the arts. Priority will be given to projects that focus on:

  • Homelessness
  • Domestic abuse
  • Prisoners/offenders
  • Training/education
  • Counselling/support
  • Activities for those with limited access or opportunities.

Funding for breakfast clubs
Added: 3 March 2017
Deadline: 31 May 2017
Kellogg's, Forever Manchester and Northumbria University are working together to provide online training to help run successful breakfast clubs. Clubs that have completed the training will then have the opportunity to get further support in the form of a £1,000 sustainability grant. To be eligible, the breakfast club must have already been set up in a UK school or community organisation.

Funding to support classical projects
Added: 15 March 2017
Deadline: 1 June 2017
The Classical Association is awarding grants for groups to run classical projects.

Funding for projects which support the arts
Added: 27 February 2017
Deadline: 1 June 2017
The Fidelio Trust is offering up to £5,000 to help individuals and groups carry out arts projects or activities that they would not be able to do without financial support. 

BBC Children in Need grants programmes
Added: 30 January 2017
Deadline: 1 June 2017

This programme is offering over £10,000 per year for up to three years from the main grant programme, and up to £10,000 from the small grants programme to each non-profit organisation or school that works with young children who are experiencing disadvantage through: behavioural/psychological difficulty, disability, abuse or living in situations of deprivation.

Funding for pathology-related events throughout the UK
Added: 16 February 2017
Deadline: 5 June 2017
The Royal College of Pathologists is looking to give financial support of up to £1,000 to individuals or organisations who wish to develop pathology-related events or public engagement activities.

Funding for women's organisations to challenge gender inequality
Added: 4 May 2017
Deadline: 15 June 2017

The second round of Rosa's Voices from the Front Line grants programme is now open. Between £500 and £2,000 will be offered to women's organisations to support charitable advocacy work across Rosa’s four pillars: leadership and representation, safety, health and economic justice.

Funding for environmental projects in schools
Added: 15 March 2017
Deadline: 24 June 2017

The Greggs Foundation is offering up to £2,000 to community groups and schools who wish to deliver projects that will improve the local environment.

Funding to help disadvantaged children avoid crime
Added: 16 May 2017
Deadline: 28 June 2017 
The William Wates Memorial Trust is looking to fund not-for-profit organisations or registered charities that wish to help 5 to 19-year olds avoid getting involved in criminal activity or anti-social behaviour.

Funding to support the local community
Added: 4 May 2017
Deadline: 28 July 2017
AF Blakemore and Son is offering community grants of £1,917 each to mark its centenary. The purpose of the fund is to support the local community and help grow sustainable business in the area.

Funding to encourage young people's interest in the countryside, science, literacy and numeracy
Added: 16 February 2017
Deadline: 31 July 2017
The Ernest Cook Trust is offering large grants of over £4,000, and small grants of less than £4,000, to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations that want to encourage young people to be interested in the countryside and the environment, the arts, science, or literacy and numeracy.

G & H Roberts Community Trust
Added: 7 March 2017
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Funding is available for small community projects that support the advancement of education, community development, human rights, environmental protection, conflict resolution and reconciliation.

Supporting You to Help Others Grant Programme
Added: 26 April 2017
Deadline: 4 August 2017
Individuals or groups affected by cancer, or organisations and professionals working with people who have been affected by cancer, can apply to Macmillan for the following:

  • Start-up funds - to support the start-up of a new self-help and support project for people affected by cancer.
  • Development funds - to support the ongoing activities and development of self-help and support projects for people affected by cancer.
  • User Involvement Grants - to encourage the involvement of people affected by cancer in the design and improvement of cancer services.
  • Individual Development Grants - to enable people affected by cancer to develop their skills and use their cancer experience to help support others.

Funding to advance educational opportunity
Added: 4 May 2017
Deadline: 14 August 2017
The British and Foreign School Society is offering grants to support schools with charitable or 'exempt charity' status and registered charities that wish to undertake educational work with children and young people in disadvantaged areas.

Funding for school musical equipment
Added: 20 September 2016
Deadline: 21 August 2017

Schools in the UK that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation's Instrument and/or Equipment Awards.

Funding to to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals
Added: 16 May 2017
Deadline: 1 September 2017
The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is offering UK-registered charities and organisations concerned with animal welfare the opportunity to apply for grants to work towards rehoming and rehabilitating animals.

Funding for arts and conservation projects
Added: 3 March 2017
Deadline: 7 September 2017
The Idlewild Trust runs two grant programmes of up to £5,000. One will consider funding charities that are running projects that encourage the talent of young adult professional creatives. The other concerns the conservation of historic or artistically important objects that are being lost due to a lack of funding.

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  • Arts, culture and heritage

    Funding for the Restoration of Historic Buildings
    Funding is available to restore historic buildings through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Enterprise grants programme. The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites.

    Ragdoll Foundation Open Grants Scheme
    The Ragdoll Foundation's Open Grant scheme supports not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    PRS Music Foundation Composers’ Fund (UK)
    The Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Foundation, the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres, has announced the second funding round of its new Composers' Fund. The deadline for applications is 16 October 2016.

    Artists' International Development Fund

    This funding stream is for artists to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists can apply for small grants of  between £1,000 and £5,000.

    The Architectural Heritage Fund (UK) 
    The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings in the UK and is now open for applications.
    Arts Council - Strategic Touring Programme
    The £35 million Strategic Touring Programme provides in excess of £15,000 for projects that encourage collaboration between organisations, so more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

    War Memorials Grant Scheme (England)
    English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation, in association with Friends of War Memorials, are providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England. These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials.
    Heritage Lottery Funding - Parks for People 
    For regeneration of public parks and gardens.
    The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 
    Helping to broaden access to, and the use of, museum collections and time limited collection works.
    The Elephant Trust 
    Offering grants to artists to develop and improve their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts.
    Fidelio Charitable Trust 
    Grants programme (UK) to support dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance.
    The Idlewild Trust 
    Supporting registered charities concerned with performing and fine arts and crafts, advancement of education with the arts and the preservation of lands, building and other objects of historic interest.
  • Business development

    Funding for charities to develop an effective web presence
    The Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities develop an effective web presence. The grants will cover all upfront costs, which means that the grant recipient will only need to fund ongoing costs. To be eligible, applicants must have an income of between £400,000 and £20million. Organisations outside of this income range may apply, but depending on the nature of the project, a preliminary discussion may be required to determine whether it is appropriate.

    Carbon Trust launches Green Business Fund
    The Carbon Trust has launched a new fund providing capital for smaller businesses to replace old, energy-inefficient equipment. The £7million fund has been made available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on a first come, first served basis, and will offer energy saving training, cost saving assessments, implementation advice and capital support for the installation of energy efficiency equipment.

  • Equality, disability and inclusion

    Allan Lane Foundation Grants Programme
    The Allan Lane Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £15,000 to small voluntary not-for-profit organisations, where the work benefits groups of people who face hostility in UK society today. 

    Yapp Charitable Trust Grants
    The Yapp Charitable Trust is an independent grant making trust that aims to make grants totalling £300,000 to about 100 small registered charities each year. Grants of up to £3,000 per year for up to three years are available to sustain the work of registered charities (with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000) that work with disadvantaged groups.

    One Stop Carriers for Causes Grants
    Environmental charity, Groundwork, has partnered with the convenience shop chain One Stop to offer grants of up to £1,000 for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. The Carriers for Causes grants programme is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores. Carriers for Causes is a rolling programme, meaning that you can apply for funding all year round. Applications are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision, which will take place every three months.

    The Woodward Charity Trust
    Funding for UK-registered charities who work to address a wide range of social issues, including risk of exclusion and working with minority groups.

    Lloyds Bank Foundation
    The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has announced that its grants programmes have reopened for applications. The Foundation operates two funding programmes. The first is "Invest" - a flexible, long-term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Grants of up to £25,000 per year are available for between two and six years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for up to six years in total. The second programme is "Enable" - a smaller and shorter grants programme for charities that have identified clear development needs. This funding aims to help organisations deliver their mission more effectively. To be eligible, organisations are expected to be working with people aged 17 years or older, experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life.

  • Education and training

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation
    Applications can be submitted any time
    This programme supports innovation in educational practice to improve learning outcomes for young people in and out of school settings. 

    Foyle Foundation Main Grants Programme
    Applications can be submitted any time
    The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant-making trust that distributes grants to UK charities whose core work is in the areas of Arts and Learning. There is also a small grants programme to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. 

    Reaching Communities Programme 
    Applications can be submitted any time
    Reaching Communities provides grants to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need, including hard-to-reach communities. There is a small revenue and a capital scheme, and a larger buildings-only fund.

    Youth clubs grants
    Applications can be submitted any time
    Variety has grants of between £200 and £600 available for youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition or UK Youth. They can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure.

  • Employment

    Coalfields Community Grants 
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    The Coalfields Community Grants programme provides funding from £500 to £10,000 to not for profit organisations for projects that benefit the local people. Funding is available for projects that help people into work; developing skills and improving health and wellbeing.

    Impetus Trust Grant
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    The Impetus Trust supports charities and social enterprises that help the economically disadvantaged tackle challenging issues such as long-term unemployment, persistent offending, violence and addiction with the aim of improving their levels of education, attainment or achievement and thus achieving higher levels of self-sufficiency and employability. The applicants must have a turnover of at least £250,000.

  • Health and wellbeing
    Alcohol Education and Research Council
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    Grants of up to £3,000 are available for organising conference or other network events, and grants of up to £300 to enable researchers to be able to deliver a paper at a conference which is relevant to, or furthers the aims of, Alcohol Research UK's programme of work.
  • Schools

    Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme  
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    The Foyle Schools Library Programme gives priority to primary schools. This programme recognises that there is no statutory requirement for schools to have a library and that many school libraries are in a desperate situation through underfunding and underdevelopment. 

    Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme 
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note we are not able to support individuals.

    Magic Breakfast 
    Magic Breakfast supports schools across England with over 35 per cent free school meals, to work with them, in partnership, to reach the children most in need of a healthy start to the morning.

    UK-German Connection 
    The Instant Impact programme aims to support first-time visits by providing top-up grants for taster trips between UK-German school and youth partnerships.

    British and Foreign School Society 
    Society supporting education projects reaching out to remote or impoverished areas.

  • Sports and leisure

    Big Lottery Fund - Awards for All (England)
    Applications can be submitted at any time.
    Offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities and the lives of people within them. It is for voluntary and community groups, schools and  health organisations, parish and town councils.

    Lord's Taverners Grants Programme
    The Lord's Taverners have been raising money to give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance. They do this by providing incentives to play cricket in schools and clubs, enabling young people with special needs to participate in sporting activities, supplying minibuses to special needs' organisations and by creating recreational facilities in conjunction with the National Playing Fields' Association.

    Sport England - Small Grants Programme
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    The Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

    Boost Charitable Trust
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    Boost Charitable Trust was created in 2005 and aims to give opportunities to those who wish to fulfil their sporting ambitions, at any level. In particular, the Trust wants to fund projects that promote access to sport for socially or economically disadvantaged individuals, and people with disabilities.