Open Funds

London Catalyst for Grants

PROJECT GRANTS support new initiatives and service developments targeted at people disadvantaged as a result of long term ill-health, disability and poverty. Grants range from £1,000 to £5,000; the average in 2019 was £3,000.  Apply here.

SAMARITAN GRANTS:   a hardship fund which we make available to frontline health, social work and advice agencies to offer immediate assistance to people in an emergency. The partner agency distributes small one-off grants on our behalf; the average size of a hardship grant is £16, and 70% of all grants are for food and travel. Apply here.

Grant applications must be made at least four weeks prior to the next Grants Committee Scrutiny meetings on

The dates of our 2021 Grants Scrutiny Committee meetings for Project and Samaritan grant applications are:

  • Tuesday 7th September 2021
  • Tuesday 16th November 2021

Find Out More and Apply

Lewisham 2022 Creative Change Fund – £1,000 or £5,000

The fund aims to empower local organisations and artists to lead their own activity as part of the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture in Lewisham.

Deadline for seed grants is 19 July 2021. Deadline for small grants is 28 June 2021.

Find out more and apply for a grant

BBC Children in Need– £2,500 – £25,000

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, providing items that meet a child’s most basic needs. All applications must be made by a registered referrer.

Find Out More and Apply

No Deadline

Voice 4 Change England Windrush Community Fund– £2,500 – £25,000

The Windrush Community Fund is open to charities, community organisations and/or grassroots groups to bid for financial assistance to help ensure that organisations and groups can raise awareness and support engagement among those eligible for the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Deadline 30th June 2021

Find Out More and Apply

Toy Trust Fund – up to £5,000

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to fund equipment and services to support disabled and disadvantaged children under the age of 13 across the UK. Projects must apply for less than £5,000 unless a compelling case can be put forward.

Deadline 30th June 2021

Find Out More and Apply

Magic Little Grants 2021 – £500 grant

With its simple 20-minute application process and an outcome within 6 weeks, the Magic Little Grants fund reduces the work required for grass-roots organisations to access the funding they need to launch or strengthen their services. The following criteria apply:

  • Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000.
  • Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.

Find Out More and Apply

Deadline October 31st 2021.

Asda FoundationHygiene Grant – The maximum grant available is £500

The Hygiene grant is focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. The fund is open to applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.

The Weavers Company – up to £15,000

The Weavers Company are offering grants for projects to small registered charities working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement. Local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000.

Find Out More and Apply – Deadline 19th November 2021

Ongoing Funding

National Lottery Funds

Covid-19 Funds

With the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, the National Lottery Fund will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Apply for funding under £10,000 or Apply for funding over £10,000.

Reaching Communities England – £10,001 or more, for up to five years.

Offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for projects that last up to five years. They are looking for projects that work with their community – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.


Partnerships Fund – £10,001 or more, for up to five years

Offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.


Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP)

The Open Grants Programme accepts applications from UK registered charities or not-for-profits and who meet the eligibility criteria, for funding towards capital projects, defined as:

  • Buildings: purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment.
  • Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment: this includes but is not limited to office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment. It does not include equipment for one-off use, or which will be given to service users for personal use on a permanent basis.
  • Vehicles: This includes a minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, or 4X4. We are unlikely to fund the total cost of a new vehicle and do not provide grants towards vehicle leasing.


AlpKit – Small Funds for Individuals and Groups

Alpkit support grass-roots direct action projects that tackle issues such as the community response to Covid 19, diversity & inclusion in the outdoors, participation, education, conservation and protection of our natural environment and health & well-being.


Opening Soon

Youth Endowment Fund – two £20m grant rounds

Another chance – Diversion from the criminal justice system, the Youth Endowment Fund exists to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence, grants open April 19th 2021.

A Supportive Home – Helping families to overcome challenges. Applications open in September 2021.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – up to £50,000

Lloyds Bank Foundation aim to support small and medium-sized charities to recover and renew beyond the immediate crisis. At least 25% of the £9.5 million awarded in grants this year will be ringfenced for BAME led charities.

No Deadline Given

Find Out More and Apply

Closed Funds

The Cornerstone Fund – up to £25,000

Their collective vision is for London to be a city where all individuals and communities can thrive. Their mission is to reduce inequality and grow stronger, more resilient and thriving communities for a London that serves everyone.

Deadline 22nd March 2021

Find Out More and Apply

Women Thrive Fund –  Up to £15,000 or up to £40,000

The Women Thrive Fund is distributing grants to specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Organisations should be working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience.

Deadline 5pm 25th March 2021

Find Out More and Apply

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

Expressions of Interests for the Medically Related Donations Grant Programme are now open.

In line with Government advice on Covid-19, Trust staff are currently working flexibly.

Deadline 31st March 2021

Near Neighbours Community Covid Relief Grants – up to £4,000

Grants for local projects that support communities affected by Covid-19 , addressing emerging needs and improving community engagement with public health initiatives. Only certain areas of Lewisham are covered, check their East London map here to see where.

Deadline 31st March 2021, grants assessed on first come, first served basis.

Find Out More and Apply

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund. Emergency loans for social enterprises and charities affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and the closing date of the fund is subject to constant review.

Deadline 31st March 2021

Culture and Diversity Development Bursaries – 10 Bursaries, £750 each

Ten bursaries of £750 each will be made available to cultural practitioners and small organisations and recipients will also be offered mentoring support from Lewisham’s Culture Team to help further develop their project ideas.

Deadline April 9th 

Apply Here

Champions for Children – Match-Funding between £4,000 and £100,000

In light of the Coronavirus and its inevitable impacts on vulnerable children and young people across London, The Childhood Trust is launching the Champions for Children match-funding campaign to raise UNRESTRICTED FUNDS for charities working with children whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic.

To be eligible, your charity must be:

  • Charities working with vulnerable children and young people in London.
  • UK-registered charities with at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of at least £25,000 (as per last filed accounts).
  • Charities which are registered on (free to register).
  • Total funds to be raised in the campaign must be between £4,000 and £100,000.

The stage 1 application deadline was 5pm Friday 5th March 2021

Greater London Authority Homeless Link – £15,000 & £70,000

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has announced £233,000 of funding for frontline organisations to support people sleeping rough in London with accessing immigration advice.

Deadline was March 8th 2021

Comic Relief – £30,000 – £250,000

Comic Relief want to make targeted investments in women’s organisations in England led ‘by and for’ Black and minoritised women, providing frontline services to respond to Violence against Women and Girls.

Deadline was 12pm 5th March 2021

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust – up to £1,000

Grants for UK registered charities to support people who are homeless. Priority to applications that help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, a group which has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding is for registered charities with an income & expenditure of £1,000,000 and over.

The deadline was 28th February 2021

London Funders

The London Community Response Fund, created in partnership by the Mayor and London Funders to support London’s civil society and cultural groups affected by COVID-19, has now risen to over £5m.

Renewal grants are for up to £50,000 to enable you to support the recovery and renewal of London’s communities over a full year, starting from April 2021. Renewal grants can be for the costs of a specific project, a partnership approach, or for the core costs of running your organisation. The deadline to apply for a renewal grant was midday 15 February.

The Theatre Artists Fund

Applications for £1,000 emergency grants are currently closed while we raise further funds.

When applications re-open (subject to funds), for an emergency grant of £1,000, you need to fill out an online application form (via Survey Monkey). There will be a PDF of the application form here for you to read in advance. The orange button at the bottom of this page will go live and take you to the online form.

Help Musicians’ Financial Hardship Funding

Help Musicians is a charity that has been supporting professional musicians for 100 years. In this incredibly difficult year, we have been doing all we can to support the thousands of musicians who are falling through the gaps in government support and are really struggling to survive. 

Culture Recovery Fund

This fund is now closed.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Applications for funding are currently closed. Sign up to their newsletter to find out when they are open for funding again.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The CAF has launched a £5m fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable

Applications for the initial round of funding are currently paused.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust will only fund work that focuses on one of the following priority groups:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 – 25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children)

They only make grants for ongoing core funding (costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year)

They only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally
established for a minimum of three years. Newly registered charities may
apply but the organisation must have appointed a management committee
and adopted a governing document at least 3 years ago.

The John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership is currently conducting a review of philanthropic giving.  Pending completion of the review, the Trustees of the John Lewis Foundation have suspended all new funding.  Current commitments will not be affected.  The Application Form and Guidance Pack are therefore temporarily unavailable.  

Cadent Foundation

 Thank you to all who submitted applications during the first funding round.  They are now closed for applications. Please keep up to date with their website about future funding opportunities.

Standard Life Foundation

Grant sizes: £10k – £200k

Number of grants awarded annually: 15-20.

Grant application deadlines: February and June each year.

Types of organisations that can apply: Registered charities, voluntary organisations, think tanks, campaigning groups, research bodies and universities.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

The Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund has now closed earlier than anticipated due to a high number of applications.

Tesco Bags of Help responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a fund to support local communities.

The programme provided a single payment award of £500 to organisations who support vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities. This included organisations that had experienced increased demand or disruption on their services, or to fund new community services.

Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) provides grants for a broad range of projects that support the delivery of positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people around our key funding themes across the UK.

In March they delivered a £500,000 Covid fund to support sight loss charities during the pandemic, which are providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people.

Their funding programme is currently closed whilst it undergoes a review.

Charities Aid Foundation

This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Applications are currently paused.

Guidelines and Practical Information

Information for charities can be found on the government’s guideline page and NCVO’s practical support information page.

A comprehensive, up to date list of regional grant funding opportunities can also be found on  

Funding Resources and Other Directories

Charity Bank

Charity Bank have compiled their own list of nationwide funding options for charities.

Civil Society

Civil Society have also compiled a list of new funds being made available to charities.

Waitrose Community Matters

If your organisation is looking to be supported financially, you can also apply for the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. Speak to a Partner in store to apply or head to the Waitrose website.


Locality is the national network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful. Lewisham council has a membership with Locality.

Locality offers:

  • Peer Learning and connection
  • Specialist Advice and Support
  • Support for local community projects
  • Influencing and campaigns.

NCVO National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Know-How Non-Profit

This resource is being offered FREE to all organisations during the Covid-19 crisis.  

It offers advice on all aspects of running a voluntary organisation including Funding and Covid-19, including particularly see:

Funding Central


  • Unlimited funder searches
  • Regular email news and updates on funding opportunities
  • Advice
  • Event promotion for charities

The resource is FREE for organisations with less than £100,000 turnover

Community Southwark

simple guide to making a grant funding application.

Resource kindly shared by permission of Community Southwark.

eBay for Charity

Millions of people use eBay to sell, shop, and support their favourite causes. To date the eBay community has raised US $1 billion for charities; of which £160 million has been raised in the UK.

Everyone can make an impact with eBay. Shoppers can give to eBay charities at checkout, choose symbolic gifts that give back to charity beneficiaires and buy items that benefit a charity through a percentage of profit donation. Sellers can earmark 10-100% of their items’ selling price to benefit a chosen charity—and eBay waives the same percentage in fees. Charities with highstreet shops can set up an online store on eBay to supplement their fundraising.

eBay also partners with charities, major influencers, celebrities, and brands to host dedicated, high-profile fundraising campaigns.


GlobalGiving is a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits by connecting them to donors and companies. Since 2002, they have helped trusted, community-led organizations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) access the tools, training, and support they need to make our world a better place.

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