Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. Of particular interests are projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000. The funding provided by the BlueSpark Foundation and can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (such as theatre visits). These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive as to the funding which BlueSpark may provide to support projects. Applications can be submitted at any time and must be made online on BlueSpark Foundation’s standard application Form. Funding for Projects that Support the Education and Development of Children and Young People (England)

Not-for-profit youth organisations supporting disadvantaged young people (aged 14 – 25) can apply for grants of up to £150,000 spread over three years to help young people who face complex transitions to adulthood. The purpose of the fund is to help youth organisations to sustain or expand their work. The funding is available to support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation. Examples of what can be funded include developing volunteers; additional fundraising or income generation capacity; and upgrading IT systems or website to reach young people online; etc. The funding is being made available through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund and applications can be submitted at any time. Funding to Support Youth Organisations (UK)

Small-to-mid-size registered charities helping to improve the quality of life of people in the UK, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable can apply for grants of up to £5,000. The funding is being made available through the Hedley Foundation. Each year the Foundation makes around 250 grants for initiatives which benefit the lives of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers. Occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved. Applications should be received at least 6 weeks before the next review meeting on the 2nd November 2022. Grants to Improve the Quality of Life for Disadvantaged & Vulnerable People (UK)

Community led organisations can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to highlight the achievements of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, women, LGBTQ+ communities and disabled people in public spaces. This can include murals, artworks, plaques, benches, memorials, gardens, play areas, etc. The funding is being made available through the second round of the Mayor of Untold Stories grant programme. A total of £490,000 is available during this funding round and the closing date for applications is 4pm on the 5th October 2022. Grants of up to £25,000 to Highlight the Achievements of Minority Communities (London)

Small grants of up to £400 are available to support vulnerable older people living on low incomes in England and Wales. Friends of the Elderly currently have four grant streams open for older people who are of/over state pension age, have savings of less than £4,000, and who do not fit the criteria for other funders. The funding is available to help with the cost of replacing everyday items, small home repairs and mobility adaptations; help older people get online; to help with unexpected bills; and essential living costs including clothing, food, medicines and books. Applications must be made via a third-party Referral Agent such as charities, local authorities, housing associations, community organisations, Information, Advice and Guidance providers and social services representatives. Applications can be made at any time, but resources are limited. Grants for Older People on Low Incomes (England & Wales)

Small community groups, local charities and individuals can apply for grants of between £100 and £5,000 for equipment and to support projects that tackle loneliness amongst older people and adults with a disability. The funding can be used for day trips, outings and group holidays in the UK, activities, transport as well as equipment and materials. Grants for individuals, must be completed by a third party who knows the individual in a professional or community-based capacity such as healthcare professionals, social workers or charity or support group representatives. The funding is being made available through the Barchester Healthcare Foundation and applications can be submitted at any time. Grants of up to £5,000 for Projects Tackling Loneliness Amongst Older People and Adults with a Disability (England, Scotland and Wales)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to schools, charities and local authorities for small one-off projects lasting up to one year that promote the life-chances of children and young people through education and family support. The funding is made available through the John Lyon’s Charity’s and projects supported must be located in the boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, City of London. Requests to the Small Grants Fund are considered at least six times a year and there are no deadlines. Grants Available for Projects Benefitting Children and Young People (London)

Local children’s groups and organisations such as playgroups and sports classes providing services to support disadvantaged and disabled children can apply for grants of up to £2,000. The funding is being made available through the Little Lives UK Children’s Community Support Programme. There is no minimum grant that groups can apply for, and Little Lives UK will additionally support the work of successful applicants through their social media channels and on our website. Four or five grants are awarded on a monthly basis, and the next application deadline is the 30th June 2022. Grants of up to £2,200 Available to Support Disadvantaged and Disabled Children (UK)

The Volant Trust has still accepting applications through its Covid-19 Response Fund. The Trust is accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The level of grant awarded is at the discretion of the Trustees. The final closing date for applications is the 31st July 2022. Volant Trust – Covid-19 Response Fund (UK / International)

UK registered charities, or those affiliated with a registered charity working to help those at disadvantage in society can apply to the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation for support. Grants of between £250 – £1,000 are available to cover the costs involved in directly supporting those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues. Previous grants have gone to organisations supporting young people in applying for jobs and towards the purchase of a portable multi-sensory environment, that will turn any room into a sensory room. The Foundation accepts applications from UK registered charities with a turnover of less than £1 million per year. Applications are reviewed every quarter. The next deadline for applications is the 8th August 2022. Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant (UK)