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Community Foundations help people and organisations to invest in local communities where it is most needed and where it will make most impact.
UK Community Foundations is the national membership and support organisation for individual community foundations. Collectively, its members are the largest community-focused grant making network in the UK, making over £65 million grants a year.
Find your nearest Community Foundation here.
There are a number of directories and websites containing information that may help you find appropriate funders for your work.
Beehive - a tech for good project that uses information about your organisation or project to identify suitable funds for you. Easily check if you meet a given funder's eligibility criteria to prevent you wasting time and effort applying to the wrong funder.
GrantNav - a free-to-use open data platform that enables you to access and explore funder information from UK grantmaking organisations. You can search by multiple criteria including by funder, recipient, location and keywords for thousands of grants.
NCVO Funding Central – a searchable database of grants, contracts and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international funding sources.
This is by no means an exhaustive list - just a few funders we know of that are currently open to applications. Please read their guidelines in full before deciding whether to apply.
Where they fund
What they fund
Barrow Cadbury Trust
Looks for long-term solutions and structural change by addressing the root causes of inequality in the areas of:
Runs a wide variety of grant programmes aimed at improving communities. Use their Funding Finder to see what funding is available in your region.
Children in Need
Children and young people
City Bridge Trust
Connecting the CapitalPositive TransitionsAdvice and Support
Garfield Weston Foundation
Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation (those that fall within the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation)
Heritage Lottery Fund
John Ellerman Foundation
Applicants must be doing work that has a national footprint.
Place based-funding for communities provided by Big Lottery. Find out if you are in a Big Local funding area here.
Lloyds Bank Foundation
England and Wales
Work addressing multiple disadvantage
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Dulverton Trust
England, Wales, Scotland
The Robertson Trust
The Tudor Trust
Smaller groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence.
The Wolfson Foundation
24 April 2018
Tel: 020 7812 3700
Charity No. 200051