Updated: 6th December 2023

Here is a list of additional funding opportunities which may be able to support community groups and organisations across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Inclusive Communities Fund

This Fund is inspired by the momentum generated by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which provided support to community-based organisations across the West Midlands, enabling access to exciting opportunities and fresh funding streams. 

This Fund shares the four original core mission principles of the Commonwealth Games: 

  • Bringing people together 
  • Improving health and wellbeing 
  • Helping the region to grow 
  • Putting the region on the map 

Grants will be available for works, activities and services that will contribute to the four core missions, and which fall within one or more of the following three themes: 

  • Physical activity and sport 
  • Mental health and well-being 
  • Arts, culture and creativity
  • Small Works and Refurbishment Grants close on 4th January 2024 (up to £100,000).
  • Small Grants (up to £15,000) and Medium Grants (£15,000 to £75,000) will have varying closing dates in throughout 2023 – 2024.
  • Large Grants (£75,000 to £300,000) will close on 4th January 2024.

Making an Application to the Fund

Here are the links to the application forms for each tier of the Fund. Please ensure that you complete the correct form for the grant that you applying for to ensure that your application is eligible and that this doesn’t delay your application.

Sport England Small Grants

Sport England's Small Grants Programme seeks to develop opportunities for communities to get more people physically active and we'll support new projects through providing National Lottery funding of between £300 and £15,000.

Sport England particularly want to support projects working with people located in areas of high deprivation (specifically people living in areas defined by Indices of Multiple Deprivation 1-3). To see which area your project location fits into, you can use this postcode checker.

Eligibility Criteria

Sport England welcome applications from a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, provided your organisation has a minimum of three unrelated/non-cohabiting trustees or directors.

You must be able to show that decision making/voting rights are equitably distributed to be eligible for funding - incorporated bodies must show this on their Persons of Significant Control register.

If you are applying for over £10,000 then your organisation will be required to meet Tier one of our Governance Code.

Eligible types of organisations are:

  • a community amateur sports club (as registered with HMRC)
  • an unregistered voluntary and community organisation with a not-for-profit constitution
  • a registered charity
  • a not-for-profit company (limited by guarantee without share capital or charitable incorporated organisation)
  • a community interest company (CIC) or other social enterprise
  • community benefit society
  • a school using their facilities for wider community benefit.
  • local authority bodies (including town, parish and community councils).

Deadline: 31st March 2024.

Find out more here


Vibrant Shropshire Cultural Compact Grants

Vibrant Shropshire, the county’s cultural compact has secured funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to support organisations across Shropshire to deliver cultural projects that help address some of the county’s cultural priorities.

Applicants can apply for a grant of between £1,000 to £5,000 during 2023/24 and again in 2024/25 to deliver cultural projects that meet the criteria of the funding and address the funding priorities, including overcoming barriers to participation.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

Deadline 11th December 2023, next phase in early 2024.

Details about Vibrant Shropshire: a Cultural Compact and the funding here

Severn Trent Community Fund: Core Funding

Severn Trent have committed to allocating £500,000 via the Community Fund to cover core costs for groups within their region that run for the benefit of local residents, supporting those most vulnerable. 

Eligible charities and organisations can apply to be considered for a restricted grant of between £5,000 - £20,000 (depending on the size of the organisation) for 1 year to help our communities get through this very challenging time.

Deadline: Sunday 10th December 2023. 

More information and apply

Weston Charity Awards

Through the Weston Charity Awards, unrestricted grants of £6,500 are available for up to 22 charities. Winning applicants also gain free access to the Pilotlight 360 programme - a ten-month package of leadership coaching.

  • Charities working in the fields of Community, Environment, Welfare, or Youth
  • Based in the North or Midlands of England, or Wales
  • One paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position and an income of less than £5 million per year

Deadline: Sunday 10th January 2024.

More information and apply

Rural Funding Digest

Rural Services Network has released their monthly 'Rural Funding Digest' with over 50 different funding opportunities covering a range of fundraising areas including: arts and culture, capital, agricultural, social, arts and culture, veterans and more. Read the full list of grants here.

See the full list of grants here

Fore Spring Funding

Funding and support for small charities and social enterprises across the UK to grow, strengthen or become more efficient or resilient.

The Fore offers a ‘wraparound’ package of unrestricted, multi-year grant-funding (up to £30,000) training, skilled volunteers, peer-to-peer networks and impact measurement to UK registered charities, CIOs, CICs, and social enterprises with an annual revenue of less than £500,000 in the previous completed financial year.

Registration for the Spring 2024 Funding Round opens at midday on 6th December 2023 and closes at midday 13th December 2023.

Find out more here

Delamere Foundation

Grants between £250 and £5,000 are available to registered charities and charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales working in the areas or agriculture, the environment, education, children and young people, financial hardship and the relief of sickness.

Deadline: 29th February 2024.

More information and apply

Charles Hayward Foundation - Large Grants

The Charles Hayward Foundation will fund projects over one to three years with grants of £15,000 - £25,000 per annum.

Large Grants focus on applications which prevent people entering the criminal justice system as well as supporting those already in the system to move on and rebuild their lives. Funding early intervention programmes with young children and their families, tailored preventative work with young people at risk, and holistic support services aimed at reducing re-offending and aiding re-settlement. Applicants must be a registered Charity with an income between £350,000 and £4,000,000.

Deadline: 2nd February 2024.

More information and apply

Awards for All

Following the biggest change in National Lottery funding for a generation, the maximum funding available has been doubled. Groups can now apply for funding between £300 and £20,000 to support their projects for up to two years, meaning that groups can receive up to £40,000 with a two-year period, holding one grant at a time. There is no application deadline but groups should apply at least 16 weeks before they want to start any activities or spend any of the money.

More information and apply

Reaching Communities

Following changes to Awards for All, Reaching Communities now offers funding from £20,001 upwards. There is no application deadline but it is a two-stage process and groups will know within 12 weeks whether their proposal will be taken further or not.

Both programmes fund revenue and/or capital and look to fund projects or organisations that will do at least one of these things:

  • Bring people together to build strong relationships in and across communities.
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.
  • Support people, communities and organisations facing more demands and challenges because of the cost-of-living crisis.

For further information, groups should contact the Big Advice Line on 0345 410 2030

More information and apply

Leader and Cabinet Members' Young Person Grant Scheme

Unlock your potential with the Young Person Grant from Telford & Wrekin Council

Whether you are looking to learn a new skill, start up a business, or simply need the right equipment to help you on your pathway to success, the Leader and Cabinet Members’ Young Person Grant Scheme is here to help. We believe in investing in our young people to help you achieve, no matter your circumstances. 

The grant is a monetary award of up to £500 to support young people in:

  • education, employment, and training
  • starting up their own business
  • additional help to pursue extracurricular activities to support their learning and development.

The grant was set up by the Leader and Cabinet of the council and has run for many years, helping over 250 young people to succeed. 

Young people aged from 15 (currently in Year 11) up to the age of 25 (applicants cannot be over the age of 25 at the close of application) can apply. You must either live in the borough of Telford and Wrekin, or be a Telford and Wrekin Child in Care/Care Leaver who is currently not a resident in the area.

Previous awardees of the grant have: 

  • gained places on training courses 
  • been able to go to university with extra funding 
  • bought a new laptop for studies 
  • invested in specialist equipment for their job 
  • started a business 
  • applied for travel funding

Deadline: 19th January 2024

More information and apply

Zac's Fund

Managed by Shropshire Community Foundation, Zac's Fund will provide grants to give financial support to children and young people, aged up to and including 21 years of age with a cancer diagnosis. Funding can be awarded to individuals or families who have a diagnosis of cancer and are in need of support.

Funding may be awarded to support their treatment, where it cannot otherwise be obtained free of charge, but also, at the discretion of the awardees, on any related expenses, including, but not limited to, respite, travel expenses, educational catch up, gifts, special outings and end-of-life palliative care.

The fund will primarily benefit people based in the ceremonial county of Shropshire (including Telford & Wrekin), applications outside of Shropshire may be made at the discretion of the awardees.

The value of awards may vary depending on the need of the individual, and will be determined on a case by case basis.

Awards for organisations may be for an amount that is commensurate with the project and scope of work they will be undertaking.

Deadline: 19th January 2024

More information and apply

Veolia EnviroGrant Shropshire scheme

Veolia's EnviroGrant Shropshire scheme enables clubs or groups to apply for up to £1,000 in funding for projects that benefit the local community or environment in Shropshire. 

This could be projects that improve or protect the local environment through practical action or education, or projects that improve the quality of life for the local community by providing or improving facilities and resources.

The EnviroGrant scheme is aimed at groups who are looking to improve areas, from planting wildflowers to clearing paths to enable access.  Whether you are doing a project that focuses on reuse and recycling, or a local school looking at developing a forest school, they want to hear from you.

The funding project is one of the many ways that Shropshire Council’s waste contract with Veolia goes to benefit the local community.

To apply, groups must be properly constituted not-for-profit organisations in the county of Shropshire.

Deadline for applications is 3rd January 2024 with funding to successful groups awarded in March 2024.

More information and apply


The High Sheriff of Shropshire Fund

The High Sheriff of Shropshire’s Fund is launching a call for organisations or community groups to apply for grant funding of up to £1250 to support youth led projects that encourage young people to positively contribute to their local community.

The High Sheriff is particularly keen to support projects that could go forward to the National Crimebeat Awards and therefore welcomes applications towards projects that provide opportunities for young people at risk of involvement in crime or exploitation.

The fund is available to organisations or community groups based within Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Applications will be assessed by a committee comprising of the High Sheriff, a trustee from the Shropshire Community Foundation and the High Sheriff in Nomination for Shropshire 2024/25.

Deadline: phase one closing date is 15th December 2023.

Eligibility and application forms

National Lottery Community Fund Announces New Strategy and Funding

The National Lottery Community Fund, the UK's largest community funder, has revealed its new strategy and funding initiatives. The fund aims to have a significant impact on key social issues facing the UK through four missions.

The National Lottery will "turbo charge" support for grassroots projects by doubling the funding amount to £20,000 as well as increasing the term of its small grants programme to up to 2 years.

Additionally, £15 million will be allocated to a programme connecting communities which will seek to tackle some of the big social issues facing UK communities today

There will also be a £9 million boost for climate action.

The new strategy, "It starts with community," underpins the fund's goal of distributing at least £4 billion of National Lottery funding by 2030. The fund will focus on communities experiencing poverty, disadvantage, and discrimination. The strategy is the result of extensive consultation involving thousands of stakeholders.

More information

Marches LEP launches £500,000 capital investment fund

A new capital investment fund  has been launched by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership. Funding of between £20,000 and £250,000 will be used to invest in specifically capital projects to help boost business, build skills and drive the move to Net Zero - bringing lasting benefits to Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

This is open to any business, community organisation, charity, community interest company or community benefit society, with applicants also welcome from a consortium approach with one partner taking the lead role.

Examples of outputs which would support an application to the fund include:

    • Additional installed capacity, number of new sites, or annual generation (kWp)
    • Estimated greenhouse gas savings (tCO2e)
    • Total energy (kWh) savings
    •  Number of households brought out of fuel poverty
    • Total freed-up capacity (kWp)
    • Number of enterprises receiving support
    • New jobs created (FTE)
    • Jobs safeguarded (FTE)
    • Innovative new products created.
    • Additional employment land (ha)
    • Commercial floor space (sqm)
    • New learners assisted (students enrolled)

Successful bids will be confirmed before the end of the year. Delivery to be complete my 31st March 2025.

For more information and to apply visit The Marches LEP.

Twincl Lottery

You could gain an extra £520 a year for your group by selling 20 Twincl lottery tickets per week to people who want to support your cause. 

Twincl offers a regular income that’s unrestricted and you can sell as many tickets as you like so fundraising is unlimited. 

The average income of the most engaged good causes is £845 per year, this includes seven good causes raising over £1,000 for their group on a yearly basis.

It’s free and you’ll be provided with lots of marketing materials, all you need to do is let people know you are fundraising and encourage them to buy tickets, players sign up by direct debit or an upfront payment, tickets cost just £1, and players can win up to £25,000. 

Find out more and sign up to Twincl

Garfield Weston Foundation

Grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK who are working in a variety of areas including community, and youth. Typical community projects supported include revenue grants for volunteering schemes and capital grants for the restoration of village halls and community centres and for facilities to support community life, and for youth projects to support and inspire young people to achieve their potential including small local groups as well as larger national youth development charities.

Amount: Regular grants up to £100,000 and major grants of £100,000 and above

More information and apply

Get Fishing Fund

Grants to support angling clubs, fisheries, charities, schools and local authorities in England to deliver angling events and activities that will get more people into fishing and retain them within the sport. Amount: up to £2,500.

Deadline: 8th December 2023

More information and apply

Cycling UK - Big Bike Revival Grants Programme

Grants are available for voluntary groups, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations to deliver cycling projects and activities across England for people who do not normally cycle. Amount: up to £2,500.

Deadline: 15th December 2023

More information and apply

The Weston Charity Awards

The awards are open to registered charities working with beneficiaries in the North of England, the Midlands, and Wales and which specialise in the fields of Community, Welfare, Youth, and Environment. Charities with at least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position and an income of less than £5 million per year are eligible to apply. Winning applicants receive a core grant to cover costs and participate in the Pilotlight 360 programme — a 10-month package of organisation support and leadership coaching.

Deadline: 10th January 2024

More information and apply

West Mercia Commissioner's Grant Scheme

Support is available to local not-for-profit groups to create a diversionary referral pathway across West Mercia to consequently reduce crime and disorder in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Worcestershire.

Deadline: 31st March 2024

More information and apply

Telford and Shropshire Support Fund

Grants are available to small local community and voluntary groups that are working to support Shropshire communities in the aftermath of a crisis.

Amount: up to £1,000

More information and apply

Walker Trust

Grants are available to charitable organisations for projects that benefit Shropshire residents in the areas of health, disability, training and education.

For further information on how to obtain this fund locally, please contact the following:

Mr Edward Hewitt, Walker Trust, 2 Breidden Way, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 0LN

Tel: 01743 873866

Screwfix Foundation Accepting Applications for Autumn Funding

The Screwfix Foundation, a registered charity set up by the trade retailers Screwfix, has been supporting local charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK for the last 10 years. In March 2023, it celebrated a decade of giving. During this time, and thanks to both Screwfix customers and employees, the Foundation has awarded some £11 million to more than 2,400 local projects.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations based and working in the UK (including specialist not-for-profit schools) can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects that improve, fix, and repair buildings, homes and facilities specifically used by people in need across the UK.

To be eligible, applicants must:

      • Be supporting people in need in the UK by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage or distress. The main beneficiaries could be:
        • People suffering from sickness or disabilities.
        • People from diverse groups.
        • Disadvantaged or vulnerable people.
        • People suffering from financial hardship.
        • People suffering from mental health issues.
        • Other.
      • Be looking for funding to fix, maintain and improve properties or community facilities.
      • Have suitable governance to manage funds, eg, financial reporting, committee meetings, etc.

The grants need to be spent within 12 months from receipt of payment.

The next deadline for applications is 10th February 2024. Visit the Screwfix Foundation website for more information and to apply.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust's Force for Change programme – tackling isolation within the Armed Forces communities

Grants of up to £15,000 are available to support Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area, and to address needs that have arisen as a result of the cost of living crisis. To be eligible, the applicant organisation must be an established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities; an Armed Forces unit or base; a local authority; or a school. 

Deadline: 5pm, 13 December 2023

More information and apply

B&Q Foundation - improving homes and community spaces

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK registered charities for projects that improve community spaces for those most in need, such as those experiencing homelessness, financial hardship, poor health, disability, or other disadvantage or distress. The funding is made available by the B&Q Foundation to decorate, renovate, or create spaces, both indoors and outdoors, where people can feel at home and have a sense of belonging. Projects could include creating community gardens, redecorating properties, installing new boilers, and creating new buildings or rooms. Larger funding amounts are occasionally awarded depending on the strength of the application and project. The application process is open, and interested charities should submit an expression of interest in the first instance. This is intended to be a quick measure of whether the applicant organisation is eligible for a grant. Organisations that are eligible will receive an email from Neighbourly inviting them to submit a full application via the Neighbourly platform. 

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time

More information and apply

BlueSpark Foundation - supporting the education and development of children and young people

Schools, colleges and community groups can apply for grants to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. Of particular interests are projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000. The funding can be for physical assets (for example; iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (for example; sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (for example; theatre visits).

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time

More information and apply

The National Lottery UK Fund - fostering stronger community connections

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) The UK Fund is a new grant scheme that will provide funding for organisations that want to help communities come together and make the UK a better-connected society.

The fund is open to UK-based registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations, community benefit societies, co-operative societies, constituted voluntary or community organisations, statutory bodies, companies limited by guarantee, and partnerships of organisations.

Grants of £500,000 to £5 million are available, and projects can run for up to 10 years.

Your project must either work across the UK, or be able to inform, influence or scale across the UK.

The fund is looking to support projects that:

      • Strengthen relationships between people whose experiences of life have not been the same.
      • Create connections between online and offline worlds.
      • Help to ensure that people from all backgrounds can shape the future of their communities.

Projects must demonstrate that they have the potential to benefit communities across the UK, scale their impact, and focus on equity.

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time

More information and apply

Bernard Sunley Foundation

Grants which support:

      • Capital projects which include new buildings, extensions, refurbishments and recreational spaces.
      • New minibuses and other vehicles that provide a vital service to those most in need in their local community.
      • Churches and other places of worship with a strong, secular community focus.
      • Charities or CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations) registered in England and Wales.
      • Certain organisations with exempt status such as specialist schools, scout and guide groups, housing associations, cooperatives and community benefit societies.

Further information can be accessed via the FAQs and you can also check your eligibility and apply. 

The Veolia Environmental Trust - grants for community and environmental projects

The Veolia Environmental Trust, which provides grant for community and environmental projects in areas in which it operates, is now accepting applications through its funding programmes.

      • Community Grants ranging from £10,000 to £75,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations and local authorities to develop or enhance buildings and outdoor spaces for community benefit.
      • Habitat and Biodiversity grants, also ranging from £10,000 to £75,000, support projects focused on conserving, restoring, or improving threatened habitats and increasing biodiversity.
      • Environmental Improvement Grants over £75,000 are available.

Deadline: further rounds close on 4th January 2024 and 11th April 2024

More information and apply


Cash4Clubs is a corporate-initiated sports club scheme, funded by Flutter Entertainment (formerly Paddy Power Betfair), a bookmaking holding company.

For the last 25 years, it has been offering funding to support the sustainability of local sports clubs across the UK and Ireland, thereby ensuring more people have access to local sports.

This year, community sports clubs and organisations who are in need due to the impact of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis can apply for unrestricted grants of £2,000 from a funding pot of £200,000.

The funding can be used for anything that will add to the sustainability and effectiveness of the sports club, including buying new equipment, improving facilities or helping members to gain coaching qualifications.

While the funding is unrestricted there is particular interest in hearing from clubs that are using sport for other social purposes such as developing skills, reducing crime or addressing anti-social behaviour.

Applications  accepted from clubs and organisations that are either registered charities or clubs with a structured governance and constitution. Clubs that are targeting communities from deprived areas are encouraged to apply

For more information, check out the Cash4Clubs website.

Telford and Wrekin Council - Councillors' Pride Fund

The Councillors’ Pride Fund gives all Councillors in Telford and Wrekin the opportunity to allocate funding towards improvements or projects within their ward which help to deliver one or more of the following Council Priorities, which support the Council’s mission statement to “protect, care and invest to create a better borough”:

      • every child, young person and adult lives well in their community
      • everyone benefits from a thriving economy
      • all neighbourhoods area a great place to live
      • our natural environment is protected – we take a leading role in addressing the climate change emergency;
      • a community-focused innovative council providing efficient, effective and quality services.

In 2023/24 each Councillor will have £5,000 to contribute to projects to support communities projects and facilities. 

Councillors are asked to consider how they can use their funding to support environmental projects in their ward including:

      • environmentally friendly projects which support the Council’s aspiration for the whole Borough to be carbon neutral and a recognised Plastic Free Community
      • projects which improve the environment of the ward and which complement the Pride in our Community Programme.

The 2023/24 round of funding will close on 1 February 2024, please contact your local Councillor to make them aware of your group if you think this fund could support you before making an application

Deadline: 1st February 2024

Download the Councillors' Pride Fund allocations in 2020 / 2021

Midcounties Co-operative Your Community Fund

Grants are available to voluntary and community organisations that are members of the Midcounties Co-operative for projects that benefit local communities within the Midcounties Co-operative trading area.

Amount: £500

Projects demonstrating impact that align with the co-operative values will be prioritised:

      • Positive Environmental impacts for example projects that focus on or the promotion and education in the reduction of single use plastics, recycling or energy saving

      • Development of young people (aged 16 – 24) developing individuals to be the best they can be through educational, training or community led projects

      • Community cohesion projects that promote work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area.

      • Social inclusion, for example provision of services for members of the community to overcome inequality and disadvantage arising as a result of the circumstances and challenges they find themselves in. For Example the provision of foodbank support, bespoke community run support groups or projects that develop life skills.

More information and apply

Severn Trent Community Fund

Severn Trent are giving away more than £10million over the next five years to local not-for-profit organisations to support new projects in the Severn Trent region which have a focus on improving community wellbeing.

Amount: £2,000 to £200,000

Severn Trent want to focus on projects that help:

  • People - Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
  • Places - Projects that help to create better places to live in and use
  • Environment - Projects that will help look after our natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water

Where possible Severn Trent would like to see all three themes incorporated. If you’re applying for over £75,000, a combination of all three of these themes is necessary to be eligible. Severn Trent would also love to see applications for projects that have a connection to water (although not essential)!

More information and apply

BBC Children in Need - supporting the core costs of organisations working with children

Not-for-profit organisations working with children and young people aged 18 or under can apply for grants of up to £40,000 per year for up to three years to support their core costs.  Core costs funding can be spent on the applicant’s day-to-day operations, this might include, for example:

      • Management and administration
      • HR and payroll
      • General office expenses
      • Accountancy and audit
      • Communications and outreach
      • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning
      • Governance, regulatory, and compliance costs

Organisations seeking funding in excess of £15,000 per year are required to be registered with the appropriate regulatory body, such as the Charity Commission for England and Wales, additionally, Companies limited by Guarantee must be registered with Companies House.

While the grant programme prioritises smaller, local organisations, exceptions are made for certain cases. Organisations with an annual turnover exceeding £1 million can still apply if they fall into categories such as hospices (including children's hospices), housing associations, or if their work has a nationwide or UK-wide impact.

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time

More information and apply

Movement for Good Awards

The Benefact Group has launched a new round of their Movement for Good Awards supporting good causes through their £1 million fund. The company will award 150 registered charities, not-for-profit organisations, or community interest companies an award of £1,000.  Members of the public can nominate charities online and winners will be selected at random. Applicants will also receive a toolkit including social media resources to help them build as much support as possible whilst the nomination window is open.

Deadline: There will be a number of draws throughout the year, the next deadline, for inclusion in draw two is 6 September 2023.  The deadline for the final draw of 2023 is 17 December 2023 where 120 charities will be selected

More information and apply

Lawn Tennis Association - Facility Loan Scheme

Loans are of between £25,000 and £250,000 are available to help LTA-registered venues in Great Britain deliver projects that enhance community facilities and enable communities to grow participation by enabling accessible play all year round.

Visit the Lawn Tennis Association website for more information

Barclays community football fund

Sported is partnering with Barclays on the Barclays Community Football Fund, offering small grants, training, kit, and exclusive ticketing offers to hundreds of clubs across the UK to make football more accessible in our communities.  

The programme provides access grants of £500 for groups wishing to start offering football, those keen to expand their existing provision to new audiences or those already delivering football to underrepresented young people. 

This includes girls, young people from racially diverse communities, young people with disabilities, young people from the LGBTQ+ community and those from lower socio-economic groups. 

You can find more information and apply here.

Peter Harrison Foundation - Opportunities through Sport Programme

Grants are available to UK charities running sports projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and develop personal and life skills. There is no minimum or maximum level of grant available. Each grant request will be reviewed on its own merits. Open to registered charities and CASC (Community Amateur Sports Clubs)

Visit the Peter Harrison Foundation for more information

Boost Charitable Trust

Small grants are available to charities and non-profit making organisations with a focus on helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals in the UK to participate in sport.

Visit Boost Charitable Trust for more information

The 53 Foundation

The 53 Foundation helps fund new equipment, facilities and transport assistance for disabled sporting clubs, groups, community projects and individuals, creating active opportunities for a wide variety of amazing people.

Visit The 53 Foundation for more information

National Lottery Awards for All

Grants are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.

Amount: up to £10,000

More information on the National Lottery Awards for All

National Lottery – Reaching Communities Fund

Offers a larger amount of funding for organisations that work with their community to help them thrive. Funds projects that work to make positive changes in their community – whether that is for people living in the same area or people with similar interests or experiences.

Amount: Over £10,000

More information on the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

The Bruce Wake Grant is administered by the Bruce Wake Charitable Trust and is available for voluntary and community organisations in the UK. 

Grants are available for the provision of leisure activities for the disabled in the UK with favour given to applications where one or all of the following criteria are met:

  • The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users
  • Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed
  • A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed

Visit the Bruce Wake Charitable Trust for more information

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Grants are available for small and medium sized local charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK with a track record of success working to address local issues in communities of extreme urban deprivation or deprived rural areas.

You can apply if:

  • Your organisation’s postcode falls within the following on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation: 
    • if you are located in an urban area, you must be in the bottom 15% most deprived areas
    • if you are located in a rural area, you must be in the bottom 50% most deprived areas 
  • Your project has a focus on community support
  • Your annual income does not exceed £250,000
  • You can secure 50% of the total project costs 
  • You can supply your most recent annual accounts
  • You can start spending our grant within 1-2 months of receipt
  • You are embedded in your local community
Major Grants: - Organisations should have a focus on Family Support 
  1. Single year grants between £10,000 and £100,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs or
  2. Multi-year grants for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period, for core costs, salaries, running or project costs

Access the major grants funding guidelines.

More information on the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Children and Young People Grants: Grants for charities in England and Wales for projects that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people aged up to 18 years (up to 25 years for disabled young people) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life. Amount: Between £1,000 and £60,000

Later Life Inclusion Grants: Grants for local and national charities in England and Wales that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life. Amount: Between £1,000 and £60,000

idverde Community Grants

Applications for projects in areas where idverde operates, which includes Telford & Wrekin. Grants can be for a range of ideas, such as new planters to brighten up a community or public space, bulbs and seeds for community gardens or play equipment for a local play area. As well as practical equipment, funding can also go towards promotion and education. Annual pot is £40,000 until depleted, so earlier applications are advised.

Amount: up to £1,000

More information on idverde Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants

Grants are available to non-profit making, constituted groups and organisations for local good causes that focus on supporting children and families in the UK.

Amount: up to £1,500

More information on the Tesco Community Grants

Barchester Healthcare Foundation

Offering grants of up to £5,000 for small community groups and local charities across England, Scotland, and Wales for projects that help reduce isolation and loneliness, promote group activities and generally improve mobility and quality of life for older people and adults with physical, learning, or mental disabilities.

More information on the Barchester Healthcare Foundation

Marches Energy Grant

The Marches Energy Grant (MEG) offers free advice, energy assessments and grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures to SMEs from all sectors in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. The funding is also available to support community buildings. As well as the grant funding, the project will also run related networking and webinar events for SMEs and other organisations.

Assessments are for SMEs who wish to use their energy more efficiently, reducing costs and improving environmental credentials. Grants worth up to £20,000 are available for eligible businesses.

How will it work?

Step 1: A free assessment offering to assess your equipment, premises, processes and performance to find opportunities for improvements in energy usage. The scale of the assessment will vary according to need. Generally, a 12-hr assist, including onsite assessment will be required. However, the assistance could range from a 2hrs telephone advice for very simple proposals, through to a deep-dive, 5-day assist for complex or large sites.

Step 2: Following the assessment, you will be sent a report containing recommended actions. You can then apply for a grant for projects worth up to £20,000. The grant intervention rate is 40% and your business contribution is 60% for the project. For example, if your project costs are £30,000, your contribution is £18,000 and we provide £12,000.

Step 3: If your application is successful, we will require you to sign an agreement detailing the grant conditions. Once signed and returned you can carry out the approved activities.

Step 4: We will monitor your project to ensure that it is on track.

Projects Supported by Previous Schemes

The MEG replaces a number of previous EU funded schemes, which have helped to identify potential financial savings of £1.8M, install over 2MW of renewable energy generation, and saved around 4,500tonnes of CO2e emissions from the Marches region. These have seen a wide range of projects, including:

  • Renewable energy systems, such as solar panels
  • Lighting – including LED conversions, movement / light sensors
  • Fast acting / roller doors
  • Variable speed drives & compressors
  • Electrification of plant & machinery
  • Energy efficient equipment for process improvements
  • Waste heat management systems
  • Energy management system
  • Heating (including heat pumps), insulation and double/triple glazing
  • De-stratification fans
  • Waste reduction and recycling measures

 If you have any questions on the MEG please contact [email protected] or call Shropshire: 01743 250526 / Telford & Wrekin: 01952 567589

More information and register your interest

Veterans’ Foundation

Not-for profit organisations which support the Armed Forces community in Great Britain (veterans, those serving and immediate dependants) can now apply for the next round of grants from the Veterans’ Foundation.

The Foundation offers the following:

  • Grants up to £30,000. Trustees will also consider a bid for a spread grant up to a maximum of £30,000 (ie, £30,000 as £10,000 for each of the next two or three years).
  • Grants up to £40,000 for the exclusive use on salaries over a two-year period may be awarded, ie, £40,000 as £20,000 for each of the next two years. In some cases, the grant award may be limited to one year and grantees will be asked to reapply at a later date for the second year of funding.

Eligible organisations include registered charities, not for profit organisations and community projects. Priority is given to charities and groups who can demonstrate that they are directly involved in the provision of support to those in need, as well as well-run organisations of low to medium wealth.

The fund can cover a wide range of aspects of social care including (but not limited to) reducing homelessness, increasing employment, reducing poverty and promoting positive mental health.

Grants can be used to cover a range of project costs. The Foundation will also consider funding running costs of eligible organisations, provided sustainability is being considered.

Visit the Veterans' Foundation website for more information and to apply.