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

Funding to engage disadvantaged children in science
Added: 30 August 2017
Deadline: 22 September 2017

BBC Children in Need and Wellcome Trust's 'Curiosity' partnership are accepting bids of up to £10,000 from not-for-profit organisations who wish to create change for disadvantaged children through science-based activities.

Lloyds Bank Foundation 'Invest' and 'Enable' schemes
Added: 20 July 2017
Deadline: 22 September 2017 

The Lloyds Bank Foundation has two grants schemes open to charities that help people experiencing disadvantage make positive and lasting changes to their lives. 'Invest' grants are from £10,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years. 'Enable' provides grants of up to £15,000 for up to two years.

Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund
Added 5 June 2017
Deadline: 29 September 2017
The Greggs Foundation is offering up to £2000 to not for profit organisations who work to improve the conditions of deprived people in the community such as the disabled, those living in poverty, voluntary carers and isolated older people.

Greggs Foundation Environmental Grant
Added: 20 July 2017
Deadline: 29 September 2017

The Greggs Foundation is making up to £2,000 available to community-led, not-for-profit organisations who have a Greggs shop in their region, and a turnover of less than £300,000 per annum, to deliver projects that improve the physical environment.

Funding to deliver financial life skills 
Added: 11 September 2017
Deadline: 29 September 2017

The MSE Charity grants programme offers voluntary groups the opportunity to apply for funding to deliver financial life skills. This funding round is focusing on helping people during life-changing transitions.

WHSmith Community Grants
Added: 24 July 2017
Deadline: 30 September 2017

Community organisations, charities and schools are eligible to apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust.

Grants to support creative endeavour
Added: 5 June 2017
Deadline: 30 September 2017

The Philip Bates Trust Arts Grants programme will support not-for-profit organisations and charities that aim to advance the education of young people under the age of 25 in the arts.

Funding to promote ecological science
Added: 5 June 2017
Deadline: September

Up to £2000 is available to individuals and organisations hoping to promote ecological science to a wider audience. The funding is available for projects that increase public understanding of, and engagement with ecology.

Funding for arts projects
Added: 6 June 2017
Deadline: 1 October 2017

The Fidelio Charitable Trust is offering grants of up to £5,000 to help individuals and organisations, such as colleges, arts festivals and other arts organisations, to carry out arts-themed projects - in particular, music projects involving opera, lieder, composition and dance.

Funding to combat social challenges through rugby
Added: 30 August 2017
Deadline: 2 October 2017

Charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to £100,000 for projects that last for two to three years and tackle social issues through rugby. The projects should seek to do one of the following: increase community cohesion/social integration, improve educational attainment, increase employability, reduce involvement in gangs and reduce the risk of reoffending or improve mental and physical health.

Funding to provide good food to children participating in holiday programmes
Added: 15 September 2017
Deadline: 6 October 2017

The Children’s Health Fund is making between £1,000 and £5,000 available to not-for-profit organisations who want to provide good food to children participating in holiday programmes.

Aviva Community Fund
Added: 30 August 2017
Deadline: 10 October 2017

Between £1,000 and £25,000 is available to community organisations for the delivery of projects that cover one of the following themes: health and wellbeing, skills for life, community support, inclusivity.

Funding to improve the lives of disabled or sick children
Added: 31 July 2017
Deadline: 10 October 2017

Registered charities can apply for up to £30,000 (although most of the grants will be under £10,000) to buy equipment, training and support to improve the lives of children with illnesses or disabilities.

Funding to support young men with mental health problems
Added: 15 September 2017
Deadline: 13 October 2017

Comic Relief's 'Thriving, not just surviving' fund seeks to help organisations support vulnerable and disadvantaged men, aged between 11 and 20 years, who are experiencing mental health problems.

Funding for organisations working in agriculture, rural development and insurance
Added: 6 June 2017
Deadline: 27 October 2017
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust supports charities working in agriculture in the UK. It is particularly interested in funding charities looking to educate young people in rural areas or tackle poverty in rural areas.

Ford Britain Trust
Added: 30 August 2017
Deadline: 30 October 2017, 31 January 2018

The Ford Britain Trust has a small grants programme (up to £250) and a large grants programme (up to £3,000.) It mainly funds projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled and youth activities.

Funding to support disadvantaged young people
Added: 11 September 2017
Deadline: 1 November 2017 
The Wessex Youth Trust is offering registered charities the opportunity to apply for funding to deliver projects that provide support to disadvantaged people up to the age of 21.

Funding to support organisations working to rehabilitate offenders/ex-offenders
Added: 18 September 2017
Deadline: 2 November 2017

The Triangle Trust's Development Grant scheme provides funding to not-for-profit organisations working with offenders and ex-offenders, to help them become more sustainable in the future.

Funding to support bands/artists develop their careers
Added: 18 September 2017
Deadline: 14 November 2017

Bands/artists can apply for between £5,000 and £15,000 to support their career development.

Funding to support disadvantaged young people
Added: 20 July 2017
Deadline: 21 November 2017

Registered charities and not-for-profit enterprises can apply for funding from the William Wates Memorial Trust to work with the most disadvantaged five to 19-year olds to enable them to fulfil their potential and avoid anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.

Funding for social prescribing
Added: 18 September 2017
Deadline: 21 November 2017

Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations can apply for funding for social prescribing schemes through the Health and Wellbeing Fund, working with the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.

Funding for classical projects or conferences
Added: 6 June 2017
Deadline: 1 December 2017
The Classical Association gives grants to classical projects in the following categories: summer schools, conferences, school teaching and outreach, major projects and other initiatives.

Funding for heritage projects
Added: 11 September 2017
Deadline: 7 December 2017
Not-for-profit organisations or not-for-profit led partnerships can apply for over £100,000 to deliver projects relating to national, regional and local heritage.

Wolfson Foundation Health and Disability Grants Programme
Added: 24 July 2017
Deadline: 5 January 2018
The Wolfson Foundation is offering grants of between £15,000 and £100,000 for new buildings, refurbishments and equipment for organisations, focusing on three themes:

  • Palliative care and hospices
  • Older people
  • Transitions and independence

Funding for animal welfare
Added: 18 September 2017
Deadline: 15 January 2018

Registered charities who offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals can apply for funding from the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust.

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 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.  

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.

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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 for England and Wales has announced that its grants programmes have reopened for applications. The 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.

  • 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.

    Impetus Trust Grant
    Applications can be submitted at any time
    The Impetus Trust supports charities and social enterprises that help the economically disadvantaged tackle challenging issues such as long-term unemployment, persistent offending, violence and addiction with the aim of improving their levels of education, attainment or achievement and thus achieving higher levels of self-sufficiency and employability. The applicants must have a turnover of at least £250,000.

  • 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.