Small grants of up to £500 are available to support vulnerable older people living on low incomes in England and Wales. The funding which is being made available through the charity Friends of the Elderly assists individuals and couples who are of or over the state pension age, have savings of less than £5,000, and do not meet the criteria for other funders. The funding aims to assist with various needs such as purchasing a new fridge, paying unexpected bills, obtaining food and clothing, or covering gas and electricity costs. To apply for these grants, individuals must submit their applications through a third-party Referral Agent. Acceptable Referral Agents include charities, local authorities, housing associations, community organisations, Information, Advice and Guidance providers, as well as social services representatives. Applications can be submitted at any time. Grants for Older People on Low Incomes (England & Wales)

Arts Council England has announced that its Developing your Creative Practice programme has re-opened for applications.

The next closing date for applications is 12 midday on the 11th April 2024

Arts Council England is looking for exciting, ambitious proposals that allow applicants working in dance, theatre, music, visual arts, literature, combined arts or museums to take that important next step in the way they do their work. Applicants are encouraged to consider their long-term needs and proposals can cover creative research and development, building networks or creating new work. Examples might include:

  • building new networks for future development/presentation of work
  • creating new work
  • experimenting with new collaborators or partners
  • international travel to explore other practice or work with mentors
  • professional development activities
  • research and development time to explore practice and take risks
  • practical steps to support your work to be more sustainable in future

This fund is only open to individuals over the age of 18 years who:

  • Are living and working in England
  • Have three years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context
  • Are working in Arts Council England’s supported disciplines i.e. they will be dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.

Organisations can not apply.

Awards of £2, 000 – £12,000 are made through quarterly funding rounds. Funded project activities can last up to one year.

Before making an application, applicants will need to have a validated profile on the online application portal Grantium.

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During the cost of living crisis, many more individuals will reach out to charities for vital support. We understand the pressure on services and staff alike, so we’ve put some of our key resources in one place.

Our Cost of living hub contains resources designed to help you to help others, especially those seeking welfare support, including The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need. Take a look here.

Capital grants of up to £250,000 are available to expand the capacity of UK registered charities and CIO’s working to improve the quality of life for people in need, particularly those living on very low incomes who have a disability or long-term illness. The Edward Gostling Foundation makes the funding available through its Capital Grant Programme. This programme encourages organisations to bring forward major capital projects costing £1 million or more that align with one or more of the foundation’s funding themes. These projects should build new capacity, promote sustainability, and bring about a step change in the way care is delivered. Applications can be submitted at any time. Funding to Boost the Capacity of Charities (UK)

The Matthew Good Foundation has opened the next round of its Grants for Good Fund. The aim is to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment. The Fund will share £15,000 between five shortlisted projects every three months, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £5,000, second place £3,500, third place £2,500 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £2,000. As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation wants to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running. To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months. TFunding is awarded every three months and the next deadline for the next funding round is the 15th June 2024.Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People or the Environment (UK)

Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000. Of particular interest are projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches to disseminate the outcomes to a wider audience. The funding is being made available through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. The next closing date for applications is the The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2024. Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)

Holland and Barrett, in partnership with Wellbeing of Women, has launched a new fund to address inequalities in menopause care amongst under-served communities across the UK. The Women’s Health Community Fund will provide small grants to groups and individuals for projects that raise awareness and improve education around the menopause, particularly amongst those from lower income families, ethnically diverse communities, those with disabilities and LGBTQ+. The types of activities that could be supported range from community events such as coffee mornings or fun activities, to events organised by individuals to raise awareness. Further details will be released in due course. Organisations are encouraged to register their interest in the first instance. Funding to Improve Menopause Support for Underrepresented Women (UK)

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Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people. Priority is given to projects designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 16 to 30, in England and Wales to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment. There is no minimum or maximum amount and projects can be funded for more than one year. The next closing date for applications to the Peter Cruddas Foundation is the 1st September 2024. Funding for Projects that Support Disadvantaged and Disengaged Young People (England & Wales)

Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of up to £5,000. Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered. The next closing date for applications is the The next closing date for applications is the 1st September 2024. Funding of up to £5,000 Available to Tackle Problems within Families (UK)