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.

Latest external funding news.

Drapers' Charitable Fund
Added: 20 December 2018
Deadline: 20 February 2018

Registered charities can apply for funding for projects that focus on social welfare, education and training or textiles and heritage.

National Vegetarian Week 2018
Added: 20 December 2017
Deadline: 25 February 2018 (large grants), 22 April 2018 (small grants)
Not-for-profit organisations, vegetarian and vegan societies and informal groups of friends, parents or students can apply for funding to support community events during National Vegetarian Week 2018. Activities must promote National Vegetarian Week.

Funding to support recreational trips for disadvantaged children
Added: 20 December 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2018

Schools, youth groups, not-for-profit organisations and charities can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays in the UK for groups of children experiencing disadvantage or who have disabilities.

Funding to promote community tennis
Added: 7 November 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2018

Clubs, local authorities and schools can apply for funding from the LTA to create a community tennis network in their area. The LTA will fund up to 50 per cent of the total cost of the project and the organisations must show that they are working in partnership.

Grants to protect biodiversity and ecosystems
Added: 24 July 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2018

Patagonia has funding of up to $12,000 available for small, grassroots organisations delivering projects that address the root causes of environmental problems.

Funding to promote financial literacy
Added: 8 December 2017
Deadline: 28 February 2018

The MSE charity is supporting voluntary groups who want to deliver financial life skills. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that help those in life-changing transitions become more financially capable.

Funding to tackle the health issues of vulnerable people
Added: 14 February 2018
Deadline: 28 February 2018, 30 April 2018

Charities can apply for grants to help them deliver projects tackling health issues. Those with an operating income of at least £100,000 and no more than £1 million can apply until 28 February 2018 for up to £1,000; organisations with incomes over £1 million can apply between 1 and 30 April for up to £5,000.

Funding to support disadvantaged or disengaged young people
Added: 11 September 2017
Deadline 1 March 2017

Registered charities are eligible to apply for funding that will enable them to deliver projects that improve the education, training and employment opportunities of disadvantaged young people between the ages of 14 and 30.

Supporting families to tackle problems as a unit
Added: 18 September 2017
Deadline: 1 March 2018

Registered charities who seek to support and encourage the family to tackle family issues as a unit can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust.

Hospice UK Research Small Grants Programme
Added: 8 December 2017
Deadline: 2 March 2018

Hospice UK is offering grants of up to £500 to support hospices to engage with, generate and lead the development of hospice and palliative care research.

Funding to address disadvantage
Added: 4 January 2018
Deadline: 9 March 2018

The Greggs Foundation's Local Community Projects Fund offers grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 a year. The organisations must work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community.

Funding to help homeless people
Added: 4 January 2018
Deadline: 15 March 2018

Small and medium-sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1million), whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community, can apply for capital grants of up to £5,000 from Help the Homeless.

Funding to support local heritage and the performing and visual arts
Added: 28 November 2017
Deadline: 16 March 2018

Through The Lady Neville Charity grants programme, small registered charities or not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding for local heritage or performing/visual arts projects.

Funding for projects related to law
Added: 10 January 2018
Deadline: 24 March 2018

The Law Charity is offering between £5,000 and £15,000 to voluntary sector organisations whose work is related to the law to deliver projects that promote human rights, provide access to justice, and provide legal education.

Funding for medical projects
Added: 31 January 2018
Deadline: 26 March 2018

Registered health charities, hospices and medical organisations in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland have until 23 April 2018 to apply for a standard grant of up to £2,000 through the Hospital Saturday Fund for medical projects, care, training or research. 

Funding to plant fruit trees
Added: 4 January 2018
Deadline: 31 March 2018

The Tree Council is inviting UK registered charities and not-for-profit community organisations to apply for a grant of between £100 and £700 to pay for fruit trees to be planted during National Tree Week.

Funding to promote inclusion and employment
Added: 8 December 2017
Deadline End of March 2018

The VINCI Foundation will offer one-off grants of between £3,000 and £20,000 to independent registered community interest or not-for-profit organisations (small to medium size) that support people who suffer social or employment exclusion.

Funding to support education in disadvantaged areas
Added: 10 January 2018
Deadline: 9 April 2018

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

Funding to support conservation or the performing arts
Added: 10 January 2018
Deadline: 20 April 2018

The Leche Trust is offering grants of up to £5,000 to UK-registered charities or public authorities/ institutions who are working in the areas of the performing arts and conservation.

Funding for local environmental projects
Added: 4 January 2018
Deadline: 27 April 2018

Schools and community groups can apply for grants of up to £2,000 through the Greggs Foundation for projects that will improve the local environment. The Environmental Grant Scheme is funded by the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs' shops.

Funding to support the growth of charities
Added: 14 February 2018
Deadline: 30 April 2018

The Fore offers development funding and strategic support to help early-stage charities and social enterprises to grow and expand.

Funding to bring music to the elderly
Added: 7 November 2017
Deadline: 30 April 2018

Charities that provide musical entertainment and activities to older people can apply for up to £250 to deliver relevant projects.

Funding to support people with physical disabilities
Added: 10 January 2018
Deadline: 1 May 2018, 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 to support young people experiencing disadvantage
Added: 15 November 2017
Deadline: 1 May 2018

The Wessex Youth Trust is offering grants to registered charities that support and advance the wellbeing of disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 21.

Pink Ribbon Foundation grants
Added: 20 July 2017
Deadline: 31 May 2018

Any charities concerned with breast cancer can apply for funding to support people suffering from breast cancer.

Funding to improve community facilities
Added: 31 January 2018
Deadline: 30 June 2018

The Garfield Weston Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary by launching a one-off grants scheme to fund capital projects that create or improve community facilities. The fund is open to UK registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, state-maintained schools and places of worship. Each organisation will be able to apply for between £30,000 and £150,000.

Grants to protect ecosystems
Added: 14 February 2018
Deadline: 30 June 2018

Small grassroots organisations working on campaigns to preserve and protect biodiversity and the environment can apply to Patagonia for grants to run projects that protect local habitats.

The Wolfson Foundation Health and Disability Grants Programme
Added: 10 January 2018
Deadline: 1 July 2018

Organisations providing care and support can apply for between £15,000 and £100,000 for new buildings, refurbishments and equipment.

Funding to help disadvantaged children fulfil their potential
Added: 4 January 2018
Deadline: 31 July 2018

The Ironmongers' Company is offering grants of up to £10,000 for projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and participate in educational activities that develop learning and skills. The programme is open to registered charities.

Funding to encourage interest in numeracy, literacy, science and the countryside
Added: 20 December 2017
Deadline: 31 July 2018

Schools and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to encourage young people's interest in the countryside and environment, numeracy, literacy and science. The small grants programme is for grants of less than £4,000, and the large grants programme offers between £4,000 and £12,000.

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.

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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 launches Green Business Fund
    The Carbon Trust has launched a new fund providing 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.

  • Employment

    Coalfields Community Grants 
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    The Coalfields Community Grants programme provides funding from £500 to £10,000 to not for profit organisations for projects that benefit the local people. Funding is available for projects that help people into work; developing skills and improving health and wellbeing.

  • 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.