Welcome to The Active Wellbeing Society funding page. We’ve put together funding opportunities that might be useful for community groups, local organisations and individuals. We have also included funding and financial support that is available in response to COVID-19.

Please note that information, including deadlines and eligibility criteria, may change quickly and the information on this webpage was last updated on 17 August 2020. If you are thinking of applying, we would encourage you to regularly check the relevant websites for the latest information.

Funding programme (funder) Information Who can apply Deadline
Coronavirus Resilience Fund (Heart of England Community Foundation) Up to £1,500 is available for constituted community groups, for befriending services, outreach activities, or deliveries of emergency food/medicine and food banks. To find out more and apply visit their website. Community groups (for small, grassroots, constituted community groups, with an income limit of £250,000 per year) Rolling
Hardships Grant Fund (Matt Kendall Foundation) Up to £150 is available to young people aged 16-25 in Birmingham who are facing immediate financial vulnerability as a result of COVID-19.
For more details and to apply go to their website
Individuals Rolling
Coronavirus Response Fund (Edgbaston & Northfield NNS) Up to £10,000 is available to constituted community organisations working in the wards of Edgbaston & Northfield.
For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Organisations/ charities Rolling
Covid-19 Homeless Support Fund (Morrisons Foundation) Up to £10,000 is available to registered charities that care for the homeless.
For more details and to apply, visit their website.
(registered charities only)
Hardship Solidarity Fund (Mad Covid) Up to £200 is available to individuals in the UK who are struggling with mental illness and facing financial hardship during these times.
For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Individuals (Hardship Fund), including students Rolling
Covid-19 Grant (Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust) Funding is available for parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion and textile industry and who’s income has been affected by Covid-19. The fund can cover essential household and children’s items.
For more information and to enquire, visit their website.
(families, working/worked in fashion & textile industry only)
Covid-19 Community Grants (Birmingham City Council) Up to £10,000 is available for all community, voluntary and faith groups (including grassroots organisations) to support families and children during the Covid-19 outbreak.
For guidance and to apply, visit their website.
Charities/organisations, community groups
(all voluntary, community & faith groups; need governing document/bank account etc.)
YAPP Charitable Trust Up to £3,000 is available to registered charities with an annual income of less than £40,000. They aim to support older people, those with mental health issues/learning difficulties, disabled people and children and young people.
To apply, register interest via their website.
(registered charities only, with income less than £40,000 per year)
Grassroots Support Now (AlpKit) Funding is available to organisations and individuals who are supporting those affected by the Covid-19 crisis, from helping the vulnerable or elderly to bringing adventure indoors.
A short application form is available on their website.
Charities/organisations, individuals
(particularly grassroots/activist individuals & organisations)
Doing Things Differently (Heart of England Community Foundation) Organisations in the West Midlands and Warwickshire can apply for up to £20,000 to change the way they work. The fund aims to enable organisations to best meet the changing needs of their communities during Covid-19.
For more information and to apply, visit their website.
(West Midlands & Warwickshire only)
Covid-19 Resilience Funding (Birmingham City Council) Support is available to families experiencing hardship during Covid-19. The money could go towards food, white goods, bills, medicine or nappies.
Families should contact support workers or schools as a first step and the professional will complete a short application.
Individuals (made through professionals such as schools/ support workers) Rolling
Magic Little Grants (Local Giving) Up to £500 is available to charities and community groups delivering sports and physical activities. The fund aims to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
To apply, become a member of Local Giving and make an application via a Local Giving Account.
Charities, community groups 31st October 2020
Community Champions (Persimmon) Up to £1,000 is available to community groups and charities supporting the over 70s respond to Covid-19.
For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Charities, community groups Rolling
Small Grants Programme (William A Cadbury Charitable Trust) Charitable organisations in Birmingham can apply for funding to improve people’s wellbeing – particularly those dealing with the impacts of Covid-19.
Call first to discuss your application. Details are on their website.
Charities/ charitable organisations Rolling
The Harry Payne Fund (Heart of England) Non-profit organisations can apply for £250 – £2,000 to help disadvantaged individuals living within 25 miles of Birmingham City Centre.
Visit their website for more information and the application form.
Charities/ organisations (non-profit only, annual income must be under £500,000) Rolling
Grants Fund (Independent Age) Up to £15,000 is available to charities supporting the elderly who are in challenging situations or at risk of being forgotten about.
Check availability and apply via their website.
Charities 11th September 2020
Leeds Building Society Foundation Funding is available to charities providing practical items that directly support those in need, including the homeless and those with disabilities.
For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Charities Rolling
Small Business Grant Funding (Birmingham City Council (BCC)) BCC has three schemes to support small and micro-businesses in Birmingham, as part of the Government’s Covid-19 support package.
For more information on each scheme and to apply, visit the following webpage.
(small & micro businesses only – less than 50 staff)
28th August 2020
Mutual Community Giving Fund (National Farmers Union (NFU)) Projects that help reduce isolation, connect communities, provide care for vulnerable community members, relieve poverty and advance education and the experiences of young people can get £1,000 from the NFU.
For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Charities, community groups
(local charities/groups only)
30th September 2020
The Family Fund Grant items are available to support families across the UK raising a disabled or seriously ill young person.
Families should visit the website for full guidance, eligibility criteria, and information on how to apply.
Individuals/ families
(must have disabled/ seriously ill child)
Grants Programme (British Gas Energy Trust) Individuals and families in Britain who have an energy account (gas or electric) that is in debt could be eligible to receive support with their energy bills. Applicants do not have to be a British Gas customer but must have sought help from a money advice agency first.
For more information on how to apply, visit their website.
Individuals/ families Rolling
Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (UK Government) Self-employed individuals whose businesses have been affected by Covid-19 can get support based on their businesses average profits over three years. If you’re eligible, you should have been contacted by HMRC. If not, use the eligibility tool below to check and arrange an application appointment.
(must be self-employed & their business must have been affected by Covid-19)
Opens 17th August 2020.
The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust Registered charities who support those aged over 60 can apply for various amounts of funding. The fund aims to support those in society who face the greatest challenges.
For more information and to check eligibility, visit their website.
Registered charities only 31st July 2020. Next round opens 1st September
Emergency Funding (Childs Charitable Trust) Charities can apply for funding to help alleviate any financial difficulty they are in due to the pandemic.
For more information and to submit an application form, visit their website.
Registered charities only Rolling
Small Grants Scheme (Foyle Foundation) Schools and organisations with charitable status can apply for funding. The fund aims to support charities in all fields but is currently prioritising those focused on Covid-19.
For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Charities/ schools
(with income of less than £150,000)
Healthy Holidays Grant (ASDA Foundation) Funding is available to support groups that would normally hold summer holiday activities and ensure children are provided with a hot meal. There are two options for eligible projects depending on the lockdown restrictions being lifted.
For more information on the projects and to fill out one of the application forms, visit their website.
Not for profit groups only Rolling
Hygiene Grant (ASDA Foundation) Not for profit organisations, including care homes, can apply for support to provide residents/patients with toiletries.
For more information and to fill out one of the application forms, visit their website.
Charities/ organisations
(not for profit organisations only)
Includes care homes, hospices, homeless shelters, hospitals
Hardship Fund (Red Cross) Individuals / families with no other income or financial support can apply for up to £360 (families up to £1,080) for help with essentials, such as food or toiletries.
Referrals must be made from ‘Official Referral Partners’. For more information, visit their website.
(must have no other income/ welfare support or financial assistance & must be unemployed)
Tons of Help (Jack & Ada Beattie Foundation) £100 is available to those most in-need in London or Birmingham. It aims to help people to access essential supplies, such as food, and support their basic needs.
Individuals can apply directly, by emailing their name, location and a summary of their circumstances to [email protected]
(supports the most in need, in London or Birmingham)
Central Grants Programme (DM Thomas Foundation) Up to £10,000 to support charities that put on projects to help the most disadvantaged young people, including those who have physical and mental health conditions and those who require palliative care.
For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Charities, organisations
(Registered charities or CICs only)
6th October 2020
Emergency Response (Arts Council) Up to £1,000 – £10,000 to support individual artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries.
For more information please check the website via the link below on 22nd July 2020.
Individual artists
Opens 22nd July 2020
Get Togethers Small Grants (Food for Life) Up to £150 to support community-led food growing, cooking and sharing activity.
For more information and how to apply, visit the website.
Not-for-profits April 2021
Screwfix Foundation Up to £5,000 to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings with the aim of helping those in need.
Fill in the online application form via the website.
Not-for-profits Before review meeting in November
Small Grants Foundation (The Edward Gosling Foundation) Up to £5,000 to support charities continue their everyday service helping people living with a physical and/ or mental disability or a long-term illness.
Download application form via the website.
Charities only
(Must have an annual income of £3 million or less)
2020 2021 Arts Activities Project Commissioning (Birmingham City Council) Various amounts to support time-limited, outcome-led arts projects.
Will not accept an application unless you have consulted with them first. Email [email protected] to arrange a consultation. Then download and fill in application form available via the website.
Not-for-profits, community groups 4th September 2020
Arts Programme (Baring Foundation) Up to £15,000 to support organisations that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people with mental health problems using the skills of professionally trained artists.
More information can be found on the website.
(Must be established for more than two years)
18th August 2020
Emergency Resilience Funding (Birmingham Children’s Partnership) Various amounts contributing to rent, food, white goods, medicine, bills, or internet data to help families in emergencies.
Download and complete the application form via the link below and send to [email protected],
Individuals, families.
Professionals must apply on behalf of a household.
Education Support Various amounts available to assist those working in or retried from the teaching profession suffering from financial hardship.
Online application available via the website,
(Must have worked in the education sector)
Co-op Funeralcare Hardship Fund Up to £250 to help support families who are currently experiencing financial hardship and may struggle to pay funeral costs of a family member.
Online application form available via the website,
Individuals Rolling
COVID-19 Emergency Grants (Turn2Us) £500 per household to help individuals in immediate financial hardship due to the pandemic and to meet their immediate basic household expenses.
Create an account and complete the online application form via the website,
(Must be over 18 and have lost 50% or more of income due to COVID-19)
Climate Change and Displaced People (The JAC Trust) Up to £25,000 to support charities and non-profits to improve the lives for forcibly displaced people, their host communities, returnees and people at risk of displacement. Apply online at Charities, Not-for-profits 18th August 2020
Common Call Covid-19 Fund (Do it Now Now) Between £1,000 – £3,000 is available for Black-led social impact organisations making an impact in Black communities in the UK. Apply via their website, Social impact organisations (social enterprises & charities) 31st August 2020
Covid-19 Support Fund (Barrow Cadbury Trust) Up to £50,000 is available to help organisations that support refugees, migrants and asylum seekers experiencing barriers to accessing services. Apply via the website, Not-for-profit organisations and charities (with an income between £10K – £3m) Rolling
Culture Recovery Fund (Arts Council) Between £50,000 and £3m is available to cultural organisations. It aims to support them to become financially stable after becoming at risk due to Covid-19. For details on applying, visit their website, Cultural organisations, local authorities, public sector bodies, universities 21st August; 4th September
Hope Beyond (All Churches) Up to £5,000 is available to churches and Christian charities to support them to meet changing needs within their communities and enable people to flourish in life after lock down. To apply, visit their website, Churches and Christian organisations Rolling
Large Grants Programme (The Wesleyan Foundation) Between £2,000 and £10,000 is available to charities and groups that support communities during the pandemic. For more information and to apply, visit the Heart of England website. Charities, constituted voluntary and community groups Not given
Covid Recovery Fund (Lloyds Bank Foundation) £50,000 is available to small and local charities who are helping people overcome complex social issues. Check your eligibility on their website in order to Small, local charities with an income of between £2K and £1M 11th September 2020
Pebble Fund (South Staffs Water) Up to £10,000 is available to local community projects that aim to create, restore or improve local habitats. Complete the application form on their website.
Community projects Not given – expected end of August
Social Enterprise Support Fund Up to £300,000 is available to support social enterprises that help people at high risk of Covid-19. Download the application form from their website to apply. Registered social enterprises 20 August 2020; 17 September 2020
The Phoenix Fund (Global Fund for Children and the National Lottery) Micro and small organisations in England led by representatives of BAME communities can apply for funding. Apply using the online application form on their website.
Micro and small organisations, with BAME leadership. Includes unregistered, unincorporated and un-constituted organisations 21 August 2020; 2 September 2020; 16 September 2020; 30 September 2020
Covid-19 Emergency Fund (Care Workers’ Charity) Various amounts are available to care workers who are off work or paying he funeral costs for their next of kin. For more information and to apply, visit their website. Individuals Rolling
Crisis Grant Fund (Care Workers’ Charity) Individuals currently employed in care can apply for various amounts to support with a variety of things, such as living costs. For more information and to apply, visit their website. Individuals Rolling

Just a kind reminder, whilst we aren’t able to write full applications for community groups, we are happy to have a conversation with you about how we can help.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Strategy and Funding team or [email protected]