Funding

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.

We will try to publish information on the funding opportunities and financial support regularly as this is an ever-changing situation. Please note that information, including deadlines and eligibility criteria, may change quickly. If you are thinking of applying, we would encourage you to regularly check the relevant websites for the latest information.

Funding programme (funder) InformationWho can applyDeadline
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 foodbanks. To find out more and apply visit their website. www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk 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 http://themattkendallfoundation.org/apply/ 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. www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/nnscrfOrganisations/ charities Rolling
Enterprise Relief Fund (The Prince’s Trust & NatWest) Grants and tailored support are available to young business owners aged 18-30 years. Register for interest via the form on their website. https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/enterprise-relief-fund Individuals (to support their businesses) 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. https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/latest-news/covid-19/ Charities/organisations (registered charities only) Rolling
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. https://madcovid.com/ 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. https://www.ftct.org.uk/support-for-families-affected-by-coronavirus Individuals (families, working/worked in fashion & textile industry only) Rolling
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. https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/Covid19CYPF Charities/organisations, community groups (all voluntary, community & faith groups; need governing document/bank account etc.) Rolling
Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (Social Investment Business) Businesses may be able to get support from the government with the following: Reclaiming Statutory Sick Pay (SSP); Business Rates Holiday; Cash grants; Cash flow issues; Operating a hot food takeaway. For full details, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19 Charities/organisations Various types/streams of support - more ongoing
Heritage Emergency Fund (National Lottery)Between £3,000 - £5,000 is available to not for profit organisations and owners/managers of heritage, to address immediate pressures during the pandemic. Apply online via the Heritage Fund website. https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/heritage-emergency-fund#who-can-applyCharities/organisations 31st July 2020
Erdington Neighbourhood Network Scheme (NNS) Between £2,000 and £10,000 is available to groups in the Erdington constituency delivering Covid-19 support services for older residents. For more information on how to apply, visit the BVSC website. https://www.bvsc.org/news/funding-available-help-older-residents Charities/organisations, community groups Rolling
#IWill Young People & Bereavement Fund (Co-op Foundation) Up to £10,000 is available to a range of not-for-profit organisations who can help young people to support each other during bereavement. To express interest in applying, visit their website. https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/iwill-fund-bereavement/ Charities/organisations, community groups (not for profit only – charities, social enterprises, not for profit voluntary/community groups) 31st July 2020
Project Delivery Grant (Comic Relief & Groundwork) Up to £4,000 is available for not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects that address one of Comic Relief’s key themes. For more information and to apply, visit groundwork’s website: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/comic-relief-apply-for-project-delivery-grant/ Charities/organisations (not for profit organisations only) Rolling
Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant (WRAP) Between £5,000 and £10,000 is available to not for profit organisations redistributing surplus food to help those in need. For more information and to apply, visit their website. https://wrap.org.uk/content/covid-19-emergency-surplus-food-grant-phase-2 Charities/organisations (not-for-profit only) 28th August 2020
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. https://yappcharitabletrust.org.uk/how-to-apply/ Charities/organisations (registered charities only, with income less than £40,000 per year) Rolling
Capacity Building Grant (Comic Relief & Groundwork) Up to £500 is available for grassroots not-for-profit organisations. The fund aims to deliver lasting community change, for example by increasing volunteering. To check eligibility and apply online, visit groundwork’s website. https://www.groundwork.org.uk/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/comic-relief-apply-for-capacity-grant/ Charities/organisations (not-for-profit only, grassroots organisations only, income must be less than £250,000 per year) Rolling
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. https://alpkit.com/blogs/foundation/adapting-to-the-coranavirus-crisis Charities/organisations, individuals (particularly grassroots/activist individuals & organisations)Rolling
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. https://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/doing-things-differently/ Charities/organisations (West Midlands & Warwickshire only) Rolling
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. https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/Covid19CYPF 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. https://localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/ 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. https://www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions?mc_cid=33a4718109&mc_eid=e1e7976521 Charities, community groups Rolling
Financial Resilience Support (BVSC) BVSC are offering support to small charities and social enterprises in Birmingham with an annual turnover of less than £100,000 who have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. For more information and to apply, visit their webpage. https://www.bvsc.org/news/help-available-financial-resilience-support-charities-and-social-enterprises-birmingham Charities, social enterprisesNot stated - please check first
Community Fund (Aviva) Up to £50,000 is available to registered non-profit organisations. It aims to help them maintain and adapt their critical services in response to Covid-19. To apply, submit an online application form and Aviva employees and the public will make donations to reach the target amount. https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/start-crowdfunding#criteria Charities/organisations, registered not-for-profit organisations only with income of less than £1m 28th July 2020
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. https://wa-cadbury.org.uk/ Charities/ charitable organisations Rolling
Covid-19 Response Grant (Clinks) Voluntary organisations working within the criminal justice system can apply for up to £20,000 to help those in the criminal justice system during the crisis. Download an application form from their website. https://www.clinks.org/our-work/coronavirus-covid-19#grants Charities/ organisations Voluntary organisations only (income must be under £500,000) 17th August 2020
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. https://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/available-grants/ 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. https://www.independentage.org/community/grants-fund Charities Closed. Next round opens 17th August. Deadline 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. https://www.leedsbuildingsociety.co.uk/your-society/about-us/foundation/ Charities One month before board meetings – next held on 9th September & 4th November
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. https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50232/support_for_businesses_during_the_coronavirus_covid-19/2093/government_business_grants%C2%A0 Organisations/charities (small & micro businesses only – less than 50 staff)Rolling
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. https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about-us/responsible-business/nfu-mutual-community-giving-fund/ Charities, community groups (local charities/groups only)30th September 2020
Coronavirus Community Support Fund (National Lottery Community Fund) Between £10,000 and £100,000 is available for non-profit organisations to support their service delivery to people and communities affected by Covid-19. For full details on how to apply, visit their website. https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/covid-19-funding-over-10k Charities/ organisations (not for profit only)Rolling
Cash for Sports Clubs Grant Scheme (Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council) Up to £1,000 is available to local sports clubs in Sandwell only. It aims to support them with losses due to Covid-19 and ensure their long term sustainability. For more information and to apply, visit their webpage. Applicants should contact Sandwell Council first to check funds are still available. https://www.scvo.info/sandwell-cash-for-sports-clubs-round-5-covid-19-emergency-funding/?utm_source=E-bulletin%204th%20May%202020&utm_medium=Email Sports clubs Open. Please check with Sandwell Council
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. https://www.familyfund.org.uk/ Individuals/ families (must have disabled/ seriously ill child)Rolling
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. https://britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/who-can-apply/ 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. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/self-employed-help-coronavirus/ Individuals (must be self-employed & their business must have been affected by Covid-19)Closed. Next round 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. https://austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk/ 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. https://childscharitabletrust.org/ 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. http://www.foylefoundation.org.uk/small-grants-scheme/ Charities/ schools (with income of less than £150,000)Rolling
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. https://www.asdafoundation.org/foundation-grants Not for profit groups onlyRolling
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. https://www.asdafoundation.org/how-to-apply Charities/ organisations (not for profit organisations only) Includes care homes, hospices, homeless shelters, hospitals Rolling
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. https://hardshipfund.redcross.org.uk/ Individuals (must have no other income/ welfare support or financial assistance & must be unemployed)Rolling
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] https://tonsofhelp.com/ Individuals (supports the most in need, in London or Birmingham)Rolling
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. https://dmthomasfoundation.org/what-we-do/grants/dmtf-central-grants/Charities, organisations (Registered charities or CICs only)6th October 2020
Charity Survival Fund (The Julia & Hans Rausing Trust)Between £1,000 - £250,000 to provide core funding to help charities, especially those small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year. It is in response to the ongoing concern about COVID-19’s economic impact on charities. For full details on how to apply, visit their website https://www.juliahansrausingtrust.org/Charities only27th July 2020 at 5pm
COVID-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery SchemeUp to £100,000 plus business support to community-led organisations, who are facing difficulties caused by COVID-19. For full information on how to apply, visit their website. https://www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/covid-19-%20community-led-organisations-recovery-scheme/Organisations, community groupsTuesday 28th July, opens 10am – closes 1pm; Tuesday 4th August, opens 10am – closes 1pm; Tuesday 11th August, opens 10am – closes 1pm
COVID-19 Support Fund (Barrow Cadbury TrustUp to £50,000 to help organisations that support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services. For full information on how to apply, visit their website. https://www.barrowcadbury.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes/covid-19-support-fund/Charities, not-for-profits (Must have an annual income between £10,000 - £1 million)2nd August 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. https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/fundingIndividual artists Organisations 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. https://www.foodforlife.org.uk/get-togethers/get-involved/small-grantsNot-for-profitsApril 2021
Response and Reimagine Grants (Art Fund) Between £10,000 - £50,000 to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the COVID-19 crisis and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future. For more information and how to apply, visit the website. https://www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/programmes/respond-and-reimagine-grantsOrganisations Museums, galleries, libraries17th August 2020
Screwfix FoundationUp 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. https://www.screwfix.com/help/screwfixfoundation/Not-for-profitsBefore 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. https://www.edwardgostlingfoundation.org.uk/content/apply-grant-0#requirementsCharities only (Must have an annual income of £3 million or less)Rolling
The Woodward Charitable TrustUp to £30,000 to help cover core costs of organisations who work with prisoners and ex-offenders, minority groups and refugees, disadvantaged women, families and children and young people and those with physical and mental health disabilities. More information on the website. http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/general_applications/Charities, organisations (Registered charities or CICs only)31st July 2020
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. https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/16641/arts_activities_commissioning_application_form_2020_to_2021Not-for-profits, community groups4th 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. https://baringfoundation.org.uk/news-story/baring-foundation-launches-first-funding-round-to-support-arts-and-mental-health-organisations/Organisations (Must be established for more than two years)18th August 2020
Community Initiatives Fund (West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner)Up to £5,000 to encourage and support community initiatives and networks that are enterprising, listening to people about how they can provide new solutions to reach the vulnerable, protect them from threats and harm, and help them thrive despite current restrictions. More information can be found on the website. https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/community-initiatives-fundOrganisations (Must be established for more than two years)3rd 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], https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/file/16309/covid-19_resilience_fund_-_application_formIndividuals, families. Professionals must apply on behalf of a household.Rolling
Sustaining Creativity Fund (PRS Foundation and Spotify)£750 available to support black music creators, artists, songwriters, and composers to create and develop when they need it most. For more information, guidance, and to apply, visit their website. https://prsfoundation.com/funding-support/funding-music-creators/all-career-levels/sustaining-creativity-fund/Individuals 10th August 2020
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, https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/helping-you/apply-grant?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImYvK0Ni46gIVEWHmCh3adAruEAAYASAAEgKFi_D_BwEIndividuals (Must have worked in the education sector)Rolling
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, https://hardshipfund.coop.co.uk/ApplyIndividualsRolling
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, https://www.turn2us.org.uk/MyTurn2us/Individuals/Application/?app=2Individuals (Must be over 18 and have lost 50% or more of income due to COVID-19)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]