Autumn 2014 funding: Esmee Fairbarn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. This is achieved by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK.  Grants of £30 – £35 million have been made annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. The Esmee Foundation also operates a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit

There is a two stage online application process. The initial first stage application will be assessed to qualify for the second stage. Funding can be applied for at any time. Click here to visit the website.

Autumn 2014 funding: Cash4Clubs

Autumn round of applications are now closed for this year, however please note decisions for future applications are usually held in September. Cash 4 Clubs is a sports fund aiming to support grassroots sports clubs all over the country. No preference is given to types of sport or the age of people involved with the club, but they do look for sports clubs that play an active role in the community. Grants of £250, £500 or £1,000 can be awarded.

Autumn 2014 funding: Creative English Innovation Fund

  • Funding to registered charities, including faith and community groups, who want to use innovative methods to teach basic English to non-English speakers.
  • The deadlines for the two funding rounds are 22 September 2014 and 17 November 2014
  • Grants of either £7,500 or £10,000 available (from a total funding-pot of £140,000)

The Creative English Innovation Fund offers funding to registered charities, including faith and community groups, who want to use innovative methods to teach basic English to non-English speakers. The participants should come away with an increased knowledge of everyday vocabulary and an increased sense of confidence to use conversational English in their daily life in this country. Groups must be able to show how their projects will help grow confidence, integration, and communication. Preference will be given to organisations that are seeking to reach Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Somali communities although applications working with other groups will also be considered. There is total funding pot of £140,000. Grants of either £7,500 or £10,000 are available. Applicants need to show good levels of financial sustainability which can be achieved by match funding, other grants and funding streams, or revenue generated from the project itself. Eligible projects must take place in England and: Be person led, seeking to increase the everyday vocabulary of the participants; boost their confidence in conversational English; and facilitate further community engagement. Promote the overall aims, values and objectives of the Creative English Programme but be innovative with how/where the English training is delivered to increase its reach into the community it serves. For this purpose the Creative English Programme may be used as it is or adapted to suit the context and target audience.\r\nDemonstrate sustainability beyond the funded period. Preference will be given to projects that can show that they are sustainable beyond the life of the six-month grant.

Autumn 2014 funding: Heritage Lottery Fund – Our Heritage

The Our Heritage programme is for any type of not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (including individuals and for-profit organisations) and partnership projects related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. You can apply for a grant of more than £10,000 and up to £100,000. They recommend you make an enquiry before submitting an application for funding.

Application process
A full application guide explaining the process should be read through beforehand. Our Heritage is a rolling programme, meaning you can apply anytime. They will assess your application in eight weeks and then make a decision. Please contact your local team to find out when decisions are made. It is recommended that you send a project enquiry form before you apply. Register a project enquiry.

Autumn 2014 funding: Forces In Mind Trust

Over a 20 year period, the Forces in Mind Trust will be providing UK-wide support and advocacy for Service personnel, veterans and their families to make a successful transition back to civilian life.

How to apply?

If you would like to be considered for a grant please read their eligibility criteria and then submit a cover letter with contact details and description of your organisation to include: Charity Registration Number – if available; Company Registered Number – if available; Sufficient information to allow us to verify you and your organisation; Outline of the project that you are seeking funding for, which should not exceed two sides of A4 (10pt Calibri or Arial font).

Send your completed application to:

If your initial application meets their objectives then you will be asked to submit a full application for which you will be advised and provided with the forms required.

Your application will be considered by the Trust Grants Committee and  will keep you informed throughout the stages of the application process.

Autumn 2014 funding: The Archer Trust

The Trust prefers to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation. They favour charities which make good use of volunteers.

Guidelines for applications for grants
Help may be available to you if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a small UK charity for whom a grant of between £250 and £3,000 will make a big difference.
  • In one way or another, you provide aid or support to a defined group of needy or deserving people, for instance those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged.
  • You are competently run and can support your application with up-to-date accounts.

The Archer Trust does not support:
(a) Individuals (including GAP applicants)
(b) Conservation, heritage and environmental projects
(c) Conversions for disabled access
(d) Charities supporting animals
(e) Research.

Trustees meet twice a year, normally in March and September.

Applications should be sent by post to: The Secretary, The Archer Trust, Bourne House, Wadesmill, Ware, Herts, SG12 0TT.