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As we approach Xmas our thoughts are with those for whom Xmas will be a difficult and challenging time with little or no money or support to spend over the festive period. Many of the organisations reading this will be providing support for just such families, young people and children. None of this support would be possible without the funds to take it forward.

Income generation is an essential task for all third sector organisations – the bigger the organisation the bigger the income generation requirements are. The secret to successful fundraising is to do it often and not wait until the project or the organisation is running out of funding. So spreading your fundraising over the 12 month period doing one or two bids per month depending on the size of the organisation will ensure you are successful. For larger organisations that might mean undertaking lots of bids every month. It is becoming a key or core skill for anybody working in the third sector, especially those wanting to progress into key roles within the sector. The other danger for organisations is receiving your funding or the bulk of your funding from one source and if that source dries up then you are well and truly in trouble. Having a cocktail of funders is always the best way forward – some statutory funding, some earned income, perhaps some corporate funding and some funding from charitable trusts and foundations topped up with lottery funding would be the ideal combination. 2

If one source disappears the others are still left behind. Best practice says never have more than 40% of your income coming from one source. There are literally 1000s of charitable trusts and foundations, but you do have to do your research to see if you are eligible to apply to them for funding. Some only support certain geographical regions, others support a community or a community of interest and others support only certain client groups – do your research and you will find that there are lots of potential funders for your organisation – all of this takes work I know…… but can you afford not to do this?? Here at Cumbria Youth Alliance we try and aim for at least 5 new small funders every year, and 5 new larger funders every year – that is 10 charitable trusts or foundations that we have never had funding from before. This adds to the mix making sure we are not over reliant on any one funding source. We do have closer to home favourites and we are so grateful for their continued support but getting the mix right is key to our continued fundraising success. Remember 

Do your research – only apply to charitable trusts and foundations where you meet all the criteria

Fundraising is 70% research and 20% actual writing the bids and 10% keeping funders in the loop after the funding has been received.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – don’t be over reliant on one funder

Try and find new charitable trusts and foundations that you can apply to rather than just relying on the same ones year after year

Do fundraising throughout the year – not just when you think the money might be running out

Explore new ways of generating income – social media- corporate funding – legacy fundingearned income – volunteer fundraisers organising events etc

Look at working in partnership and sharing fundraising responsibilities

Essential tools to assist your organisational fundraising planning are:

Business plan for the year ahead

Budget and cash flow for the year ahead

If you would like help with any aspect of fundraising from training for staff and trustees to identifying potential funders to checking bids prior to submission please contact or ring 01900 603131.


As a general rule, grant-making trusts and foundations follow their own direction rather than being led by the government. They have a view on what they want to achieve and how that will benefit local communities. They don’t deliver work on the ground. Instead, they give grants to community groups and charities who do, reaching the people they want to reach and achieving the outcomes they are looking for. Applying to trusts and foundations is largely about demonstrating how your particular project can help them achieve their purpose. Trusts and foundations come in all shapes and sizes and give grants for a wide variety of causes. Some are focused on particular geographical areas, others only give to certain types of organisation or a welldefined community, while others are interested in funding for particular areas of work or causes. Different types of funding Trusts provide a variety of different types of funding, including: 

startup funding – to get a project off the ground

revenue – to cover running costs, including salaries

capital – to pay for building costs or equipment

project funding – to pay for a mixture of items within a project budget, sometimes including a contribution towards overheads and management time

core or long-term funding – there are a few trusts who provide this kind of partnership funding over a number of years

small grants – trusts of all sizes often have a small grants programme which involves less paperwork and a faster response time. This is often a good way of getting to know a trust and establishing a working relationship with them.

Selecting which trusts to apply to Once you have looked into potential trusts to apply to, it’s worth drawing up a shortlist. You might want to start with a longlist and then narrow it down. Each application will be tailored to that particular trust, so it can take a bit of time to put together. Find the best fit between what you want to achieve, and the aims and restrictions of the trust’s funding programme. Remember that some trusts are very small, and their decision-making committee may only meet once a year. They will not have time to consider applications that haven’t followed their guidance, or that don’t meet their aims.


The importance of research Research is vital. A small number of well-researched and tailor-made applications are far more likely to succeed than a wide-ranging ‘begging letter’. Some trusts provide detailed guidelines on what they will and won’t fund. Trusts and foundations have websites giving examples of previously funded organisations and their criteria for funding. A small number of trusts issue application forms, to ensure you provide precisely the information they are looking for. Some are happy to chat through your project idea on the phone, while others explicitly state that they can’t discuss applications in advance. It's worth investing time in finding out as much as possible about the trust, as you need to make a strong case for why your project will help to meet their outcomes. Questions to ask during your research: When looking into what a trust is prepared to fund, find out about the: 

particular problems or needs

type of activities they support

particular ways of working they support

types of funding they consider possible funding restrictions

geographical area the trust focuses on size and duration of the grant

policies on financial matters that might affect your eligibility.

Dos and don’ts

If there is an application form, read the guidelines and complete it in draft form first.

Keep a copy of what you send.

If you are presenting a proposal, ensure you include a clear justification for the project –

what evidence do you have that it is needed or wanted by your target beneficiaries? How do you know it is the most appropriate solution?

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Do include the supporting information requested. Don’t include lots of superfluous background material that hasn’t been asked for. Do attach a covering letter that summarises your case for funding in an objective rather

than an emotive way.

Do ensure you have included all the correct contact details and that the appropriate

person has signed the letter or form.

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Do ensure you include any references requested. Don’t say that these will follow. Do ask a ‘critical friend’ to read through and review your proposal. 5

Making the application It is important to think about your application in terms of a project. There are a few trusts and foundations who will fund a community organisation’s core costs, but this is rare. In the main, they are interested in funding one to three year projects, with specific start and end dates. It is important to describe the project as a new and distinct piece of work – with aims, objectives and targets, an action plan, audience, budget, and a plan for monitoring and evaluation.

All the team here at Cumbria Youth Alliance wish you and your teams a very merry Xmas and we look forward to working with you again in 2020. If you would like help with any aspect of fundraising from training for staff and trustees to identifying potential funders to checking bids prior to submission please contact 01900 603131

Cath Clarke, CEO Cumbria Youth Alliance Organisastional Members of the Institute of Fundraising 6

Here are the top 10 UK trusts to research with a view to submitting an application -remember do your research and only apply to the sources where you match the criterial and you fall within their remit. 1. Big Lottery: The Fund is responsible for allocating charitable funds raised by the National Lottery, amounting to nearly £600 million each year towards programmes in health, education, and environment. Big Lottery Fund’s International Communities programme has a budget of up £80 million available to UK charities working with disadvantaged communities overseas. 2. The Wellcome Trust: was established in 1936 as an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. It has an endowment of around £14.5 billion. The aim of the Trust is to “achieve extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds”, and in addition to funding biomedical research it supports the public understanding of science 3. The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts: Established by three generations of Sainsbury family members, the 18 grant-making trusts of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts collectively provide over £114 million in grants annually. While all 18 trusts are administered through a single office, each trust has its own board of trustees and clearly defined areas of interests. The top Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts by total annual grantmaking are: the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Monument Trust, and Linbury Trust. 4. The Wolfson Foundation: founded in 1935, the Foundation has awarded over £750 million in grants, supporting over 10,000 projects. The Foundation makes grants through both open and closed programs, primarily for capital infrastructure to support excellence in the fields of science & medicine, health, art & humanities and education. The majority of Wolfson Foundation grants are made to organizations in the UK. 5. The Garfield Weston Foundation was established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a Canadian businessman who moved to the UK with his family in 1932. as established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a Canadian businessman who moved to the UK with his family in 1932. The Foundation is reported to have an endowment of at least $6.5 billion. he Foundation aims to be responsive to where need is greatest, supporting a wide range of charitable activity rather than having specific priorities for funding. The Foundation currently only support organisations and projects based in the United Kingdom. 6. Comic Relief: this charity was created in 1985 and has since raised over £900 million to fight poverty and social injustice in the UK and the world’s poorest countries. Comic Relif’s International Grants programme focuses on seven goals, with most of its funding going to subSaharan Africa: improved health for women and children; access to education; social inclusion of women and girls; improved quality of life for slum dwellers; opportunities for children and youth at risk; improved quality of life for people affected by HIV; and income improvement through trade, enterprise and employment. 7. Vodafone Foundation: the Foundation invests in the communities where the company operates through 28 local foundations and social investment programmes. The vision of the Foundation is to use their innovative mobile technology in mobilising social change and improving people’s lives. Vodafone Foundation is committed to projects in disaster relief and preparation. 8. Tearfund: an Evangelical Christian grantmaking organization committed to poverty relief; overseas development; and overcoming climate change, HIV, injustice, disasters, and conflict. The Fund works in the UK, Africa, and Asia, providing grants of up to £22 million 9. Sigrid Rausing Trust: a UK grant making foundation, founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support human rights globally. Since then, the Trust has given away approximately £191.9 million to human rights organisations all over the world. 10. Arcadia Fund: formerly the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund, this grantmaking fund has awarded over $243 million in grants since its establishment in 2001. The primary vision of the Fund is to protect endangered nature and culture, including near extinct languages, rare historical archives and museum quality artifacts, and endangered species and ecosystems. 7

- from The National Lottery Community Fund will support communities across the UK to take action on climate change by reducing their carbon footprint. These communities will demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change by working together, sharing their learning and by being active participants in a broader movement of change. 

The amount of funding available per application will depend on what each partnership needs at this stage:

Applicants who need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches can access initial development funding (up to £200,000 over 18 months)

Applicants who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage can access larger, longer-term awards (up to £2.5m over five years)

Successful applicants will have experience in implementing meaningful action on climate change

We expect to fund a mix of different places, communities, themes and initiatives, across the UK

We will use learning from the first round of funding to help shape what happens next and we will test and learn throughout the programme. Further rounds of funding will be available at a later stage.

The National Lottery wishes to see the following in the applications they receive: 

Community-led: Your project will be led and driven by local groups with a deep understanding

of local needs. You will have developed your idea by involving the people who will benefit. We want to see that you’ve spoken to people and listened to what they have to say and how you are meaningfully involving the people you’re working with in the development and delivery of your activity. 

Working in partnership: You will be a place-based community-led partnership that brings

together a wide range of people and organisations with a shared vision of what local climate change action should look like. Our vision is to support increased collaborative working, which starts with shared goals and values between different organisations and a joint understanding of the bigger picture. Other than voluntary and community organisations, partnerships could include the environmental sector, schools, statutory services, as well as the private sector. We would expect partnerships to include smaller grassroots groups as well as larger organisations. Partnerships will be expected to put in place an agreement as to how they will work together.


High impact: Our funding will focus on activities that have the potential to make a meaningful

and lasting difference on the carbon footprint of communities. This includes action on sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption (food and waste), and the natural environment. To make a real difference, projects might need to have an impact on a number of those areas. We are gathering the latest evidence on high-impact climate action, as well as practical examples, to help and inspire places and communities to develop their projects. More information will be added as we progress through the programme. 

Lasting impact: To reduce the impact of climate change, it is important that the changes made

are sustainable beyond the funding we might give. Long -term changes in behaviour, ways of working and practices need to be at the core of all local climate action activities. Please also refer to the evidence for more information about this. 

Reach: Partnerships need to engage with people outside of those already taking action on

climate change in their local communities, and beyond. 

Learning and engagement: We will expect partnerships to produce and share their learning

from the start, regularly, and be active participants in a broader movement of change.

Deadline: Initial ideas must be submitted by Wednesday 18 December 2019, 5pm. Full proposals must be submitted by Friday 27 March 2020, midday. For more information and how to apply please click here.

have joined together with Toyota and the British Paralympic Association to launch the new Toyota Parasport Fund. This is a £250,000 fund to help disabled people to become more active. Through the Fund, voluntary or community clubs or organisations and registered charities that provide activities for disabled people; and that are registered with the Passport Online Hub can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to improve the quality and quantity of equipment available to disabled people. The Passport is an online hub to empower disabled people to increase their activity levels. Activity providers not currently registered can register with “Passport” to access the fund. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 20th December 2019. Useful Links: Application Guidance Apply for Funding Back to Table of Contents


have launched their new Arts Council National Lottery: Project Grants open-access programme offering grants of between £1,000 – £100,000 for arts, museums and libraries projects, replacing Grants for the Arts. The programme sets out to achieve ACE’s mission, ‘great art and culture for everyone’. Project Grants supports a broad range of not-for-profit projects that create new work and sustain quality to help new audiences across England to engage with arts and culture. This programme supports projects focused on the following artforms and disciplines: 




Visual arts


Combined arts

Museum practice (Accredited museums only)

Libraries (arts-focused projects only)

Any supported projects must have outcomes that focus on one or more of these artforms and disciplines. Projects may work with these artforms in other contexts. Examples might include: 

creative media and the wider creative industries (for example, lm or audio, design, gaming);

technology, including digital technology (for example, virtual reality or live-streaming);

other non-arts organisations or settings (for example, residential care providers, or a science organisation); and

other non-arts cultural forms or sectors (for example, health and wellbeing, social inclusion, heritage or sport).

Applications must include at least 10% partnership funding from sources other than the Arts Council. Deadline: Continuous rolling programme. Decisions on applications for £15,000 or less take six weeks. Decisions on applications for over £15,000 take 12 weeks. For more information and how to apply please click here.


founded in 1920, gives grants to support motivated adults living in the UK to do education and training courses that will increase their chances of employment. The charity offers grants up to £1,500 to study on accredited vocational training courses up to qualification level 3 and towards other costs associated with studying, including: child care, travel and mobility costs, and accessible study materials. It may be able to contribute towards funding specialist equipment but rarely at the maximum grant amount. Individuals may re-apply if their course lasts for more than a year. For this, we would expect to see evidence of successful progress. Who can apply? To be able to apply for help from the Thomas Wall Trust, you must: 

be undertaking accredited vocational training up to level 3

Be experiencing financial and other challenges, such as having a disability, mental health issues, carer responsibilities or being a care leaver

Have been unemployed for at least six months within the last two years

Have the right to work and study in the UK

Have lived in the UK for at least 3 years

Be from a low income household.

How to apply The grants programme is normally open all year round and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. You will need a referee who knows you in a professional capacity and can vouch for your suitability to do your chosen course. This might be: a support worker, tutor, probation officer, employment adviser, previous/current line manager. For more information on the eligibility criteria for charity's grants for individuals and the online application form, see the Thomas Wall Trust website.

One Stop has partnered with the charity Groundwork UK to deliver the Carriers for Causes scheme. Grants of up to £1000 will be available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop to support projects that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places'. A broad range of projects is supported and grants. One Stop has partnered with the charity Groundwork UK to deliver the Carriers for Causes scheme. Grants of up to £1000 will be available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop to support projects that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places'. Please see the Groundwork website for contact details.


is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000. There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes: 

Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their

potential and have the best start in life. 

Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and the LGBTQIA+

community and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender. 

A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of

homelessness or forced migration. 

Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve

access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination. Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant. This new and exciting programme aims deliver long lasting community driven change and we will work closely with successful projects to gather learning from the programme to share widely. Administration of the local funding is being managed by community charity, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better. Two types of grants are available: Grants up to £500: APPLY FOR A CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT Grants up to £4000: APPLY FOR A PROJECT DELIVERY GRANT Get in touch to find out more about our capacity and project grants. Email us at:, Call us on: 0121 237 5800 Find us at: Groundwork UK, Lockside, 5 Scotland Street, Birmingham, B1 2RR

The Postcode Local Trust was established in 2015 to provide financial support for charities and good causes that help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community. Postcode Local Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. Please see the Postcode Local Trust website for contact details.


Charities in England and Wales can apply for Early Years Opportunities Grants through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to the age of 25 years) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life. 

Grants can be offered to charities that provide Mental and physical health support

Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.

Parental support, including whole family approach

Pastoral and advocacy support

The type of activities that could be funded include: 

Additional educational opportunities such as improving literacy and numeracy

Individual interventions, i.e. parent education, home visiting or mentoring

Encouraging healthy behaviours with regards to diet, activity and wellbeing

Psychological interventions for domestic abuse and behavioural issues etc.

Provision of vital adaptive technologies and equipment removing barriers

Alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system.

The programme offers both small grants of up to £15,000 to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years; and grants of between £10,000 and £150,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years. The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is the 3rd January 2020. The large grants programme is currently closed and is due to re-open for applications on the 2nd December 2019 until the 17th February 2020. Useful Links: Eligibility Guidelines: Small Grants Eligibility Guidelines: Large Grants

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The objectives of the WHSmith Trust is to support the local communities in which WHSmith staff and customers live and work and; to support education and lifelong learning, helping people of any age to achieve their educational potential. WHSmith Trust Greenbridge Road Swindon SN3 3LD SN3 3LD Telephone: 01793 616161


National charities in England and Wales can apply to the Later Life Inclusions grants programme run by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50. Grants can be offered to charities that provide: Mental and physical health support/ Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology/ Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support Advocacy, social and welfare support/ The type of activities that could be funded include: Support for emotional and psychological planning for later life/ Digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services/ Activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active and make friends/ Providing companionship and befriending schemes for periods of transition/ Advice and information on options for those with health conditions Carers and respite support/ The programme offers both small grants of up to £15,000 to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years; and grants of between £10,000 and £150,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years. The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is the 3rd January 2020. The large grants programme is currently closed and is due to re-open for applications on the 2nd December 2019 until the 17th February 2020. Useful Links: Eligibility Guidelines: Small Grants Eligibility Guidelines: Large Grants Back to Table of Contents

UK based schools and not for profit organisations can apply for funding to the Nineveh Charitable Trust for a broad range of projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research. Whilst the Trust does not specify a minimum or maximum grant amount that can be applied for, an analysis of previous grants would suggest a maximum of £5,000 per year for up to three years. Useful Links: Grants Awarded More Information


Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to BlueSpark Foundation to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. BlueSpark is particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. In most cases grants will be made on a relatively small scale. Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000. Funding provided by BlueSpark for a project must be crucial to the project rather than marginally incremental to its funding. The funding available can be for physical assets (such as iPads, sports equipment, or lighting for stage productions) or for services or facilities (such as sports coaching or music or drama tuition) or simply for the provision of experiences (such as theatre visits). These examples are intended to be illustrative and not restrictive as to the funding which BlueSpark may provide to support projects. Applications can be submitted at any time and must be made online on BlueSpark Foundation’s standard Application Form. Useful Links: Online Application Form Grant Policy

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Trust supports UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights and to support the disadvantaged by fostering community action. The Trust is particularly focused on charities supporting unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. This can include: 

Prisoners and penal reform- or prisoners to prevent re offending

Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

Human rights, particularly access to justice.

The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links. Check website for next round of decisions. Useful Links: Online Application Funding Guidelines Frequently Asked Questions


Supported athletes must comply with one of the following; 1. live within an area where GLL or partners manage sport and leisure venues 2. be educated within an area where GLL or partners manage sport and leisure venues 3. be affiliated to a sports club that has a training base at a GLL or partner managed sport and leisure venue 4. use a GLL stand alone centre/’BETTER Gym’ as your strength and conditioning venue 5. *Areas we provide athlete support – Link Application Guidance 

Awards are provided annually – online application period runs from 20th December to the 20th February, then athletes are provided with awards that run for a year from 30th April of the award year

Athletes need to reapply annually for on-going support

Individuals can only receive one GLL Sport Foundation award per annum

All the questions on the form will need to be completed for your application to be considered. Inaccurate applications will not be accepted.

Award Decision 

Priority is given to Olympic and Paralympic sports, however applications will be considered from other sports recognised by Sport England,

Applicants will be notified in April (of the award year) the outcome of their application; awards will be distributed to athletes thereafter. An athlete is only eligible to receive a training award if they live in a GLL area and would use a GLL venue or ‘BETTER Gym’

Athlete’s who’s only link is to a ‘BETTER Gym’ are eligible for a maximum award of a training membership

The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co. Inc. Through its Community Grant Programme, Gannett Foundation supports non-profit activities in the communities in which Gannett does business. This includes the USA and the UK. Community action grant priorities include education and neighbourhood improvement, economic development. Please see the Gannett Foundation website for contact details. Application Status: Refer to funders website


Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme. The Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. A variety of art forms can be supported including dance, drama, ceramics, creative play, film, music, puppetry and storytelling. Supported projects will support equality of opportunity, can include families and take place in rural or urban settings and may be delivered, for example, in children’s and community centres, nurseries, schools and hospitals. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK. Grants of up to £50,000 are available with £7,500 generally the smallest. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however, the Open Grants Scheme application form and guidance notes are currently being revised and will be available on the website by end-April.

From the beginning of September 2019, projects that focus on supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of older carers will be able to apply for funding through the Bupa UK Foundation. The Bupa UK Foundation’s purpose is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. The Foundation fund practical projects to tackle challenges in health and social care and make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Since 2015 the Bupa UK Foundation has awarded more than £1.6 million in grants to improve mental health, support carers and empower young adults living with ongoing health challenges to live life to the full. them to work towards their personal ambitions and aspirations.


BFSS only funds new projects, pilot projects, or projects which are planning a distinct new phase of development. We do not fund ongoing programmes. Projects should be for the purposes of education or training for young people up to the age of 25, and should fall into one or more of the following categories: 

Delivery of academic, early years or vocational education

Teacher training

Learning resources and equipment including ICT

Community and supplementary education

Research related to educational service (Please note that research is not funded unless linked to direct impact on educational service development)

School construction – with a clear link to quality of education provided

Innovation through pilot projects, with plans for robust evaluation of the approach.

Other activities/services that will remove barriers and widen educational access and opportunity, or raise educational achievement

Priority Areas All projects which meet our criteria will be considered and assessed on their own merit. However, the Society currently has three priority areas for which it particularly welcomes applications: Conflict or natural disaster: Projects designed to address the need for re-establishing and renewing education where the provision of education has suffered from conflict or natural disaster.  

Girls education: Projects which focus on enhancing the opportunities and reducing barriers for girls to access education Looked after children: Looked after children have significantly poorer educational outcomes than children not in care. BFSS welcomes projects which pilot approaches to improving the educational attainment of looked after children so that in time they are able to take advantage of opportunities afforded by tertiary education and employment.

BFSS will fund projects in the range of £5,000 to £60,000 for a period of up to 3 years. The cost per year cannot exceed £20,000. For multi year projects, each subsequent year’s funding is conditional on receipt of a satisfactory narrative and financial report. It is advantageous for projects to have an element of matched funding, although this is not essential. This does not have to be £ for £, but we do expect BFSS to be funding at least 25% of the total project costs. The matched funding or contribution in kind might be provided by the community itself or by a co-funder. BFSS does not usually fund: 

The continuation of existing projects or services, unless this is a distinct new phase or development.

Services which are available through the state-sponsored education system (including the Pupil Premium in the case of UK projects)

Summer camps

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Expeditions, conferences and overseas travel

Individual volunteering overseas

Food or feeding programmes

Ongoing programmes

Research other than on educational service development

International travel (unless a clear case is made for why this is necessary and cannot be found in the recipient country, eg a very specialist trainer)

Projects where salaries, transport or running costs are the main expense

Adult education programmes for people over the age of 25

The grant criteria are intended as general guidance for applicants as to whether or not their particular project is eligible for funding. Meeting the grant criteria does not automatically lead to the award of a grant. Further advice on submitting a good application are provided at ‘Submitting Successful Applications’. Here you will also find a list of some of the reasons why recent applications have been rejected. British & Foreign School Society 7-14 Great Dover St, London. SE1 4YR Tel: 020 7922 7814 Email: Archive:

is one of the largest grant making foundations in the UK. Each year the Foundations makes around 1,500 one-off grants a year ranging from £1,000 to £1million. The Trustees make grants across the UK to organisations in the following categories: Arts; Education; Youth; Health; Community; Environment; Religion; and Welfare. The Foundation will consider requests for specific activities or programmes, for Capital projects (i.e. buildings and equipment) and also towards an organisation’s core costs (salaries and running costs).

makes grants, gifts and loans to small to medium sized registered charities within the United Kingdom who have been established for at least two years and that can maximise the effectiveness of its donations. The grants are for charitable purposes across six programme areas: palliative care, medical research, health education, awards and scholarship, the direct relief of sickness, overseas projects for the relief of sickness and the fulfilment of their charitable objects by other means. The Foundation expects to make donations of up to £1 Million a year. Grants for under £5,000 will be made within one month, grants that exceed £10,000 may take up to four months to process to allow the time to submit the application in a timely manner.


Aims & activities: The trust's main activity is grant making. Currently the trust provides support for organisations working in the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, criminal justice, asylum seekers, racial equality and education. The trustees review the trust's areas of interest on a regular basis. What the charity does 

General charitable purposes / Education/training/ The prevention or relief of poverty


Human rights/religious or racial harmony/equality or diversity

Other charitable purposes

Who the charity helps Children/young people /Other charities or voluntary bodies /Other defined groups / The general public/mankind How the charity works Makes grants to organisations / Sponsors or undertakes research / Other charitable activities This is small so likely to be around £10,000 no more Contact details: Email: Tel: 02076285801 Public address 9, Bonhill Street, London, EC2A 4DJ

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Cumbria Youth Alliance Town Hall Community Hub Oxford Street, Workington. CA14 2RS Telephone 01900 603131 / Email: Website: Registered Charity No 1079508 / Company No 3819033 20

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