Sport England: Return to Play – Small Grants

Rolling fund

Sport England is committed to the creation of a world-leading community sport system.  This means focusing investment on organisations and projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport to create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

A total of £10 million with grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment.

The funding can cover a wide range of costs and items specifically linking to returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic. Sport England has adopted a flexible approach on the types of projects it will support.

For more information please visit the Sport England website here.

John Ellerman Foundation

The John Ellerman Foundation aims to advance the wellbeing of people, society and the natural world by focusing on the arts, environment and social action. They believe these areas, both separately and together, can make an important contribution to wellbeing..

They prioritise UK-registered charities with an income between £100,000 and £10m. If your income is greater than this they will only consider a grant if you are uniquely placed to help meet the funding objectives. They have a special interest in small, niche national charities which shine a light on a particular concern or area of interest.

They want their funds to make a difference, with as wide an impact as possible. This may involve creating art of the highest quality; working across a wide geographical area; or sharing, expanding or replicating successful initiatives.

National significance may look different in each of their categories:

  • Arts – the creation of new work in itself has the potential to create a national or international legacy to inspire others. Using excellence as a key criterion is designed to strengthen and widen impact, thus demonstrating UK-wide significance. Partnerships, whether cross-art form, cross-sector or geographical, may also enhance this significance, and touring may contribute to a national footprint.
  • Environment – certain species and habitats have national significance in themselves, due to their rarity. Some organisations occupy a distinctive, national niche; alternatively, the issue being tackled may be relevant to all or a large part of the UK. We also consider the biodiversity of the UK Overseas Territories to be of national and international importance.
  • Social Action – they look to support organisations whose work is rooted in practical experience and applied at a national or UK level. This significance may result from the importance of the subject tackled or the approach taken.

Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered regularly throughout the year.

For more information, go to the website

Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants

Next deadline  1st July

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants (SLF) is a fund to support legal work in the UK that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures to uphold and promote the rights of vulnerable migrant children and young people more generally.

The SLF aims to tackle injustices and inconsistencies in law and practice that disadvantage or discriminate against vulnerable young migrants as a result of their migration status. We do this by making grants to organisations to:

  • undertake pre-litigation research, or
  • make third party interventions to ensure that the key legal points are made in existing cases.

For more information go to the Fund’s website

Warburtons Community Grants

Next deadline 9th August

You can apply for a small grant from Warburtons (up to £250). They wish to support charitable organisations that require small grants to help them deliver a broader activity.

Based on their localism approach,  community investment funds are allocated to  local bakeries and depots. This helps  to make the best decisions for the local community. They will use your postcode to understand which of their sites is closest to you. They will then receive the application and make a decision.

Community Grants are reviewed on a quarterly basis to help streamline the process. This means that if you wish to apply for a Community Grant you will need to do so before the corresponding date each quarter. Decisions will be made within 6 weeks of the deadline, and charities will be informed thereafter.

For more information go to the Warburtons website

Warburtons also donates its products to support local community activities.

The Glasspool Trust

The Trust makes available small grants to help individuals in need, it has no restrictions on the type of beneficiary.

As the effects of Covid-19 look to continue for many weeks and months the Trust have changed how they work.

They are able to accept new applications from 11am each Monday (then between 9am to 6pm daily). Once they have received as many applications as they can potentially fund for a week, you will not be able to submit any new applications until 11am the following Monday. This will be a Tuesday if Monday is a bank holiday


They provide timely, small, one-off grants to individuals and families in need of financial support

In light of an upturn in applications the categories they consider for grants have now had to be prioritised. This is detailed as follows with the categories lower down the list only being provided with a grant in exceptional cases or not at all:

  • White goods (cookers, washing machines, refrigeration)
  • Beds & Mattresses
  • Bedding
  • Childrens’ clothing
  • Baby needs
  • Adult clothing
  • Household items
  • Flooring
  • Educational computer equipment/TV license
  • Vocational training/driving lessons

Equipment and adaptions applications will still be considered but within the budgetary constraints identified above.

They invite applications from referral agencies on behalf of individuals as they believe that by working with others they can provide greater support.

Apply any time.

For more information go to the Trust website

The Hospital Saturday Fund

Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 15th June

Standard Grants of £2,000 or €3,000 – deadline 13th July

The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered charity whose aims are to provide assistance through its charitable funds for registered health charities, hospices and medical organisations which are in need of grants for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training.

The Hospital Saturday Fund will also consider grants for running costs.

The Hospital Saturday Fund has two grant categories:

  • Standard grants of up to £2,000 or €3,000 OR
  • Large grants to up to £10,000 or €13,500 (please note this is the maximum sum that HSF will grant).

Organisations may make one application for a meeting and can apply for a standard or a large grant.

Deadlines:
Standard Grants of £2,000 or €3,000 – deadline 13 July 2021
Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 15 June 2021

Standard Grants of £2,000 or €3,000 – deadline 7 October 2021
Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 9 September 2021

Standard Grants of £2,000 or €3,000 – deadline 4 January 2022
Large Grants of up to max £10,000 or €13,500 – deadline 1 December 2021

For more information go to the Trust’s website

The Lady Neville Charity

Next deadline 17th September

The Lady Neville Charity is pleased to welcome applications from registered charities or not-for-profit organisations in the UK whose total annual income is less than £100,000, and the total project cost is less than £10,000.

Organisations applying must be working in at least one of the following three priority areas

  • Local Heritage projects which help local groups to conserve and restore their landmarks, landscape, traditions and culture
  • Performing and Visual Arts Groups involved in undertaking a particular activity in any field in this area
  • Any charitable activity taking place in communities where the Skinners’ Company has existing work or historical links

They can consider grants for capital items such as:

  • Equipment, an element of capital building works only

They can also consider grants for:

  • General funding towards one-off anniversary events that are not part of core activities. This does not include regular annual events.

All applications need to make a clear and significant contribution to a project

For more information go to the Skinners website

Arts Council Project Grants

Deadline 31st August

Grants of  between £1,000 – £100,000 are available for arts, museums and libraries projects that engage people in England with arts and culture. Additional guidance that explains how the fund will work between now and September 2021 is now available on their website.

They have prioritised reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible

Because of the circumstances during this COVID-19 period, they are particularly keen to support:

  • applications from individual creative practitioners (including time to think and plan)
  • research and development activity
  • organisational development activity
  • live activity that can be safely delivered within this period (rather than activity with a start date far in the future)

For full information, and to apply go to the Arts Council

Concertina Charitable Trust

Deadline 31st October

Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. This not only brightens up their lives, but also provides a therapeutic benefit to their health and well-being.

Concertina is keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Since its inception in 2004, it has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents..

Charities are invited to make an application to the Trustees via the Administrator at the Bodfach Hall, Llanfyllin, Powys SY22 5HS. They need to provide details of their charity’s objects, its financial position, the sector of the elderly community which it benefits, amount sought and proposed cultural activities or related facilities it intends to provide.

The trustees review applications after the deadlines of: April 30th and October 31st. Please submit your application in good time so the administrator can review it to ensure there are no omissions and that it is suitable before submission to the Trustees.

For more information go to the Trust website