Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust have awards of up to £500 for people under 30 towards local community projects.

The Arts Council

The Arts Council provides grants from £1,000 to £30,000 (average £5,000) for individuals or arts organisations involved in arts-related activities that benefit people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations in England to carry out their work. 0845 300 6200

Austin and Hope Pilkington

Contact Austin and Hope Pilkington for funding for projects relating to children, youth, the elderly and medical grants. Grants are for one year usually £1,000 to £10,000, with the majority being £5,000 or less. 

Awards for All

Awards for All award grants of between £300 and £10,000 for schools, and voluntary/community organisations in the UK running projects that enable people to take part in art, sport, heritage or community activities, or promote education, the environment or health in the local community.

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need award grants for projects working with disadvantaged children and young people, aged 18 and under. The small grants are under £10,000 for one to three years and the main grants are over £10,000 for one to three years. 0345 609 0015 


Biffa award grants to projects near Biffa sites that provide or improve community spaces, cultural facilities and places for outdoor recreation. 01636 670 000

Big Lottery Fund

Grants from £300 to £500,000 for projects in a variety of areas are available from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Clothworkers' Foundation

The Clothworkers' Foundation awards capital grants to UK charities with an annual income of less than £15m. 0207 623 7041

Comic Relief

Comic Relief provide grants for UK or international projects.

The Co-operative

Community groups and co-operatives can apply for support from The Co-operative.

Educational Grants Advisory Service

The Educational Grants Advisory Service helps students who are over 16, “taking their first steps on the educational ladder”, primarily assisting students who cannot receive statutory funding. Priority to lone parents, disabled, refugees, people from underprivileged backgrounds. It gives advice on how and where to obtain funds. Send a SAE to Family Welfare Association 501 – 505 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AU or call 0207 241 7459 for more information.

Football Foundation

The Football Foundation has a Facilities Grant Scheme for projects that improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities. 0845 345 4555

Ford Britain Trust

Ford Britain Trust have small grants of up to £250 for work supporting activities with clear benefit to the community, work with young people/children, schools, special educational needs, those with disabilities. Applications are invited from registered charities, schools/PTAs, not for profit organisations (including small clubs and societies).


The Community Spaces programme will help groups in England to create or improve green and open spaces to improve the quality of life in their neighbourhood. Grants between £10,000 and £50,000 are available.

Local Libraries

Reference libraries have guides listing trusts and charitable foundations. Those to look out for are ‘The Educational Grants Directory’, ‘The Grants Register’, ‘A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need’, ‘The Youth Funding Guide’ and the ‘Directory of Grant Making Trusts’ or ask for the software, ‘Grants for Individuals’

The Marine Society

The Marine Society has grants and loans available to young people taking up a career at sea, university entrants who want to follow a career at sea and those wishing to study A-levels before taking up a career at sea. 0207 654 7050

The Rank Foundation

The Rank Foundation provides support for young people to encourage leadership amongst them. Grants are available for local community initiatives.

The Savoy Educational Trust

The Savoy Educational Trust gives grants to people entering or working in the hospitality industry, or charities offering hospitality related education projects. Either scholarships of £5,500 to young people to help with their training or grants up to £500 to purchase items such as books, uniform and kitchen equipment e.g. knives. Initial contact/request for funding should be made in writing. 0207 849 3001​

The Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations which support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. 0207 727 8522

Turn 2 Us

Turn2us exists to help people access the money available to them – through benefits, grants and other financial help.

Their free, accessible website has been designed to help people find appropriate sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on their particular needs and circumstances. 0808 802 2000

University Grants

University Grants have compiled a selection of organisations that offer funding of this nature.


UnLtd are for 11- to 21-year-olds who want to tackle conflicts in their communities by using sport to bring people together. Funding of up to £1,000 is available for entrepreneurial young people. Help reduce violence in your area by getting young people to channel their energies into something positive. 0207 566 1100

The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers runs many charitable activities involving support and careers in the British furniture making industry. Please contact them for more information. 0207 256 5558

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust make grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. 0191 3893300