Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Grants are available to voluntary organisations and charities in the UK to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability in the UK.

The Charity operates the following grant schemes:

  • Small Grants: from £250 up to £10,000.
  • General Grants: over £10,000.

Funding is normally considered for capital or revenue costs and for both specific projects and general running and core costs. Normally one-off grants are awarded but exceptionally a new project may be funded over two or three years, subject to satisfactory reports of progress.

Small grant applications are accepted at any time.

The deadlines for submitting a General grant for over £10,000 (if both satisfactory references are received) are:

  • 1 March for consideration at the June meeting.
  • 1 August for consideration at the November meeting.
  • 1 December for consideration at the interim meeting in March the following year.

New emergency flood relief fund for sport

  • Sports organisations hit by Storm Ciara can apply for funding from Sport England
  • Badly affected areas including Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire invited to apply now
  • Grants of up to £5,000 available

Sports pitches and facilities destroyed by Storm Ciara can apply for National Lottery funding from Sport England to help them get back up and running quickly.

Sport England is making available funding for emergency flood and storm relief works to help people across England restore pitches and repair sports facilities damaged by the rising water and gale force winds.

The funding is available to sports clubs, local authorities and other community sports organisations to help pay for emergency repairs to damaged facilities such as football, rugby and cricket pitches, water sports centres, pavilions, changing rooms and floodlights. Grants of up to £5,000 are available and can be provided in as little as three weeks to affected sports organisations.

Work that will typically be funded includes:

  • Grass pitch restoration
  • Clubhouse decontamination and repairs
  • Replacement of damaged/condemned electrical systems
  • Steam cleaning, de-silting of drains.

Early indications are that the storms have had the biggest impact on sports facilities in Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. Bad weather is particularly affecting sports such as cricket and rugby because of flooded and waterlogged pitches, and water sports where many clubs are on riverbanks or in coastal areas.

Community, voluntary and social enterprises can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding through Sport England’s online application form which could be awarded in just a few weeks:

Organisations that need assistance with their application should contact the Funding Line on 0345 8508 508 or email us on

Guidance on dealing with both the aftermath of flooding and mitigating damage can be found at:

Sport England’s New Major Event Volunteer Fund Invites Applications

Funding for national governing bodies, events hosts and other organisations to provide a path for volunteers at national sporting events to continue their volunteering experience at the grassroots level.

This fund has been set up to pilot ways to overcome the barriers people face when they consider making the transition from volunteering at major events to local grassroots volunteering.

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available for projects that:

  • Test the ability to use major sports events as a catalyst to engage and then support volunteers from all backgrounds to continue their volunteering pathway within sport.
  • Will specifically seek to engage volunteers who are not already volunteering within grassroots sport – funding will only be available to projects which aim to support the transition of new (or lapsed) volunteers into grassroots volunteering.
  • Provide high quality, meaningful volunteering experiences.
  • Can provide appropriate levels of support to volunteers post-event to identify further opportunities for them, which are appropriate to their skills, interests and availability.
  • Will engage at least 100 volunteers.

Applications can be made until January 2021 or until all the funding has been committed, whichever occurs first.

More information:

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme – DEADLINE IMMINENT

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme Funding available across the Leeds City Region closes midnight this Sunday 16th February.

The funding is available for investments in Tourism Infrastructure, Business Development and Food Processing using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) part of the LCR European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme.

Grants from £20,000 are available across all three elements of the growth programme with a minimum of £35 million available across the 3 elements under this new round.

For the Tourism Infrastructure grants are available to a maximum value of £175,000.

The handbook for the Tourism Infrastructure grants can be found here.

The Business Development grants are available to a maximum value of £175,000.

The handbook for the Business Development grants can be found here.

The Food Processing grants are available to a maximum value of £750,000.

The handbook for the Food processing grants can be found here.

Guidance on how to complete the Expression of Interest form for the funding can be found here. The Expression of Interest form itself can be found here.

The deadline for submissions is enforced strictly so if you are looking to submit an expression of interest please ensure it is done so before the deadline.

Funding for Innovative Projects to Make a Meaningful Impact on the Environment

A new innovation and research fund for innovative projects that seek to reduce the impact of packaging, batteries or WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) on the UK’s environment.

The £1million fund which is spread across three years and offering individual grants of up to £150,000 is open to UK registered companies, charities, not-for-profits and academic institutions.

Grants of up to £150,000 are available to UK registered companies, charities, not-for-profits and academic institutions.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries or WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) through innovation or research.
    • There is particular interest in ideas that could go on to have a bigger impact beyond the funded project and the proposed idea could reduce the environmental impact across any part of the life cycle – from design, production, use or collection through to reduction, reuse or recycling.
    • Innovation could include an innovative awareness campaign, technology, initiative, process, trial or material, for example.
    • Research could include academic or industry research into improving existing systems, processes, infrastructure, technology, consumer behaviour or material use, for example.
  • Have a measurable impact. Applicants must be able to measure and report on the impact of their project.
  • Be completed within 12 months of receiving the funding. Funds will be released in May 2020 and the project should be completed by May 2021.
  • Be unique. There is particular interest in new ideas and approaches that can help solve existing problems.
  • Be UK based. Those leading the project and the project itself must be based in the UK.

The project could be led individually or collaboratively with other organisations to plan and deliver it.

More information:

The Hargreaves Foundation Launched

The Foundation will have the specific objective of providing financial support to help the disabled and underprivileged lead a full life through engagement in education, sport and associated activities, with an initial focus on assisting those who are under 18.

The Foundation will be funded through a transfer of shares held by Peter Hargreaves in Hargreaves Lansdown plc to the Foundation. The value of the transfers in the first year will be approximately £100 million with the intention of further meaningful grants over time. The initial shares transferred will be held by the Foundation for at least a two year period with the dividend income from these shares available for grant spending in line with the Foundation’s objectives.

View the full announcement and more information here:

This Girl Can Community Fund

This fund aims to support women aged 16+ to get active by offering National Lottery grants to local projects that will contribute to overcoming the barriers some women face in getting active: from a lack of opportunities offered in their local area, to cost and availability of childcare.

This Girl Can want to hear from not-for-profit organisations, voluntary or community clubs, registered charities or community interest companies.

Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust

Grants are available to assist churches of all Christian denominations in Yorkshire with their maintenance, repair and restoration.

Eligible works include:

  • Repairs to the church fabric, such as walls, roofs, floors, tower, bell frames, windows, stonework, repointing, rainwater goods.
  • Conservation of fixtures and fittings, eg monuments, furniture, stained glass.

Low priority works include repairs to bells, clocks and organs.

More information:

Aviva Community Fund new programme

The Aviva Community Fund is open for applications. The grant scheme has changed and now uses crowdfunding rather than a public vote to award funds.

The funder is interested in “forward-thinking projects”. So you should apply to test out a new idea. This can include developing a new approach, product or technology, piloting a new scheme, implementing a new initiative, or expanding existing services to a new area or beneficiary group.

Every three months, £250,000 will be shared equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000 and Aviva employees will decide how the funding is distributed.

Funding areas:

  • Community resilience – “Tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities.”
  • Financial capability and inclusion – “Giving people the tools to become more financially independent.”

More information:

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund – Development Grants

Core funding for charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies in the UK that are working to support unpaid carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders to help them make a step-change in their development and therefore build increased sustainability for the future.

  • For organisations working with unpaid carers: applications will be accepted from 6 January 2020 to 14 February 2020 (noon).
  • For organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders: applications will be accepted from 23 March 2020 to 4 May 2020 (noon).

Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of six months to three years. The amount of funding requested must be proportional to the development that will be undertaken.

A maximum of £30,000 per year or £2,500 per month for smaller developments can be requested.

This is a highly competitive fund, with a success rate in 2018 of 1 in 12 for eligible rehabilitation applicants and 1 in 11 for eligible carers applicants. A total of eight applications were funded in 2018.

More information: