The organisations listed below offer funding for various initiatives. Click on the links to find out if they can be of help to you and your projects.
www.awardsforall.org.uk Awards for All is a Lottery grants scheme funding small, local community-based projects in the UK. Each country is running its own programme, and you can find out how the grants can help your project by clicking on your country.
www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk/ The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. It does this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. Primary interests are in the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.
www.biglotteryfund.org.uk Since 1994, National Lottery players have raised a staggering £25 billion for Good Causes across the UK.
www.hlf.org.uk Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.
www.lotteryfunding.org.uk/ Lottery Funding is a joint website run by all Lottery funders in the UK. This site allows you to search information on current funding programmes across the UK.
www.ncvo-vol.org.uk National Council for Voluntary Organisations
www.naturalengland.org.uk Grants available through Natural England
www.ccw.gov.uk Takes you to the newsletter's section of the Countryside Council for Wales website in which there are regular funding reviews
www.fundingcentral.org.uk Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The site provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.
If you are completely or relatively new to fundraising, Funding Central provides a guided search enabling you to identify the most appropriate funding and finance opportunities that best suit you and the beneficiaries that you support.
Funding news - archive
A BIG new-look Awards for All programme launches today (7th April) as the BIG Lottery Fund opens its own new version of the highly popular small grants scheme in England and Wales.
BIG’s Awards for All programme will be the Fund’s biggest-ever commitment to a small grant scheme supporting community projects, offering a more easily accessible programme with even quicker decision times.
A total of £45 million is available in England offering Big Lottery Fund grants of between £300 to £10,000 to grassroots groups in the community and voluntary sector, health bodies, schools and parish or town councils.
In Wales grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available with a total of £2.4 million available.
The programme aims to make a difference to communities and the lives of those most in need and will focus on social and environmental projects that benefit local communities.
The new easy-to-use application form, available in English and Welsh, can be downloaded, filled in and emailed direct to the Big Lottery Fund as well as being available in hard copy.
Sir Clive Booth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “The Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme will build on the features that made the previous scheme so popular. A simpler application process and a maximum turnaround time of six weeks for a decision are among the changes to the programme which will make it much easier for applicants to successfully apply for small pots of funding that can have such a big impact on local communities and lives.”
In addition to the changes in England and Wales, a new-look Awards for All Scotland is also launching today. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the Scottish Arts Council and sportscotland, the programme has £10.5 million to give away in grants ranging in size from £500 to £10,000. A new Awards for All scheme in Northern Ireland will launch later in April 2009 with a budget of £3.5 million a year.