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 for animal welfare
Added: 14 February 2018
Deadline: 1 September 2018

UK-registered charities that work to rehome and rehabilitate animals can apply for up to £35,000 to support their activities.

Funding to support disadvantaged and disengaged young people
Added: 20 March 2018
Deadline: 1 September 2018

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding for projects that benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people in England and Wales. Projects designed to support people between the ages of 14 and 30, and improve their education and employment prospects, will be prioritised.

Funding to support disadvantaged and neglected children
Added: 4 June 2018
Deadline: 2 September 2018

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to three years for projects that help disadvantaged or neglected children and young people.

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme
Added: 30 May 2018
Deadline: 13 September 2018

Through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme, not-for-profit organisations and schools can apply for over £10,000 per project per year for up to three years to deliver projects for the benefit of young people who are:

  • Experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Living with any kind of disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Funding to celebrate the women's vote centenary
Added: 30 May 2018
Deadline: 14 September 2018

Small grants of between £300 and £2,000 will be made available to grassroots organisations to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote.

Funding to promote local heritage, performing arts or visual arts
Added: 10 April 2018
Deadline: 14 September 2018

Small charities and not for profit organisations working in the areas of local heritage and the performing and visual arts can currently apply for funding through the Lady Neville Charity grants programme.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund
Added: 8 August 2018
Deadline: 30 September 2018

Funding of up to £20,000 is available to support the integration of armed forces personnel within their community and the coordination and delivery of support services.

Funding to support adults and children with disabilities
Added: 17 May 2018
Deadline: October 2018

The Paul Bush Foundation Trust is offering grants of up to £10,000 to charitable organisations in England whose objectives are solely related to the provision of services to people with an acquired disability as a result of an accident or birth injury.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Grant Programmes
Added: 3 July 2018
Deadline: 5 October 2018

The Lloyds Bank Foundation will be accepting applications for their two funding streams, 'Invest' and 'Enable', from August. 'Invest' grants are for the long-term funding for the day-to-day running of a charity (core costs), and/or the direct delivery of a charity’s work. 'Enable' grants are for charities with identified clear development needs.

Funding to support rural communities
Added: 4 June 2018
Deadline: 26 October 2018

Grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available to UK charities working in agriculture and rural development.

Funding to support the Armed Forces Community
Added: 23 July 2018
Deadline: 16 October 2018, 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 for projects that increase physical activity
Added: 3 July 2018
Deadline: 31 October 2018

There are over 400 grants of £500 available to small charities and community groups across the UK for projects that remove barriers to physical activity and improve social cohesion through sport.

Funding to support people with physical disabilities
Added: 10 January 2018
Deadline: 1 November 2018

UK charitable organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to support the needs of adults and children with physical disabilities in England.

Funding for research and projects that address serious learning difficulties
Added: 1 May 2018
Deadline: 1 December 2018

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is looking to support research and projects that support people with severe learning difficulties. The grant can cover capital projects and core costs (such as staff, general running and office costs) at charitable organisations, schools and centres.

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.

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  • Arts, culture and heritage

    Funding for the Restoration of Historic Buildings
    Funding is available to restore historic buildings through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Enterprise grants programme. The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites.

    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.

    Heritage Lottery Funding - Parks for People 
    For regeneration of public parks and gardens.

    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 Charity 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
    Applications can be submitted any time
    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
    Applications can be submitted any time
    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 
    Applications can be submitted any time
    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
    Applications can be submitted any time
    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.

  • Health and wellbeing
    Alcohol Education and Research Council
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    Grants of up to £3,000 are available for organising conference or other network events, and grants of up to £300 to enable researchers to be able to deliver a paper at a conference which is relevant to, or furthers the aims of, Alcohol Research UK's programme of work.
  • Schools

    Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme  
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    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 
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    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)
    Applications can be submitted at any time.
    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
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    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
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    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.