Open Funds

GLA Green and Resilient Spaces – £250,000 – £750,000

This £4m fund will support large-scale, innovative enhancements to green and blue spaces, and the wider public realm that will strengthen climate resilience, increase biodiversity, improve accessibility, build green skills and help reduce health inequalities.

Deadline 30th September 2021

Find Out More and Apply Here

Aviva Community Fund – up to £50,000

For groups which fall within one of three key funding areas: building back from the pandemic, climate champions and financial empowerment.

Deadline 5th October 2021

Find Out More and Apply Here

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.

Deadline October 31st 2021

Find Out More and Apply

GLA Sport Unites Fund – Multiple Grants

Sport Unites is the Mayor of London’s community sport programme. The new fund awards grants across two strands:

New Ideas: Up to £10,000 to community sport projects testing new and exciting ideas.

Tried and Tested: Between £10,000 and £50,000 awarded to successful existing initiatives looking to expand.

Deadline 12th November 2021

Find Out More and Apply Here

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 16th November 2021

Find Out More and Apply

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

BBC Children in Need – £2,500 to £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

Asda Foundation Hygiene 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.

Arts Council England Project Grants, Supporting Grassroots Live Music – £1,000 – £40,000

Grants are available to grassroots music venues and promoters in England to present live music programming.

No Deadline

Apply Here

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

A Supportive Home – Helping families to overcome challenges. Applications open September 27th 2021.

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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