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.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation is an independent charity that provides a range of grants to support the county's community and voluntary groups.

Latest funding opportunities

Funding to support disadvantaged young people
Added: 8 August 2018
Deadline: 15 December 2018

Registered charities that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers' Company's grants programme.

Funding to address disadvantage
Added: 3 October 2018
Deadline: 19 December 2018

Funding is available for projects that address disadvantage and support causes which are less popular. Further details can be found on the Hilden Charitable Trust website.

Funding to support education in disadvantaged areas
Added: 14 December 2018
Deadline: 2 January 2019

Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to carry out educational work with children and young people in disadvantaged areas.

Funding to raise the educational attainment of SEND pupils
Added: 22 October 2018
Deadline: 14 January 2019

Organisations working in educational settings can apply for funding to improve attainment and other educational outcomes, such as social and emotional learning, for children with special educational needs or disability (SEND).

Funding to support the Armed Forces Community
Added: 23 July 2018
Deadline: 25 January 2019, 26 April 2019
The British Legion is accepting expressions of interest for funding from services who deliver welfare support directly to the Armed Forces community.

Funding to support young people with their mental health
Added: 29 November 2018
Deadline: 15 February 2019

Voluntary and community groups and organisations in England are being invited to apply for funding to help children and young people with their mental health. Applications are invited from organisations with existing mental health schemes that wish to trial new approaches.

Grants to strengthen family ties
Added: 14 December 2018
Deadline: 1 March 2019

Registered charities whose activities support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Free trees for community groups and schools
Added: 10 September 2018
Deadline: Prior to March 2019 delivery date

The Woodland Trust has announced that it has thousands of free tree packs available to community groups and schools. The trees are available for planting on an area that is accessible to the public so that it can be used and enjoyed by others.

Grants to create employment opportunities for women on low incomes
Added: 14 December 2018
Deadline: 4 March 2019

Charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 for projects that enable women on low incomes to access new skills, training, confidence building and employment opportunities.

Grants to support small charities working in the developing world
Added: 14 December 2018
Deadline: 28 March 2018

Small charities (annual income of under £250,000) can apply for up to £50,000 to carry out work with the poor, vulnerable and marginalised in priority countries.

Funding to improve the wellbeing of children
Added: 14 December 2018
Deadline: 30 April 2019

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional well being of children.

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  • Arts, culture and heritage

    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.

    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's Green Business Fund
    This fund provides 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 Charitable 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 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.

    St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation
    UK small charities and schools for children with special needs can apply for up to £10,000 from the St James's Place Charitable Foundation's small grants programme. The Foundation will support projects that provide services to young people under the age of 25, who suffer from physical or mental health difficulties, a long term life-threatening illness, or who are disadvantaged in some way.

    Henry Smith Charity
    UK charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises can apply for grants from the Henry Smith Charity if they wish to reduce social and economic disadvantage. Grants are usually between £10,000 and £60,000. The funding opportunities available are:  

    • Improving Lives Fund
    • Strengthening Communities Fund
    • Holiday Grants for Children
    • Christian Projects.
  • Education and training

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation
    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
    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 
    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
    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.

  • Schools

    Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme 
    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 
    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)
    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
    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
    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.