Grants and funding for groups and individuals
Buttle UK - Access to the Future
Access to the Future offers flexible funding to help improve the employability of disadvantaged young people. Each bespoke package of support, of up to £3,000, could include the costs of training, equipment, clothing, personal development opportunities, licenses, identification, travel or even starting a business. Applications can be made at any time. For full details click here.
The Wakeham Trust
The Wakeham Trust gives preference to organisations that do not employ staff. Grants are provided to help people reguild their communities, in particular neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, projects set up by those who are socially excluded, and innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching. Full application details can be found here
The Tesco Charity Trust provdes one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000 to local projects that support children and their education and welfare, elderly people and aduls and children with disabilities. There are 2 rounds of funding every year for each catgory and the next apllications for projects that support children and their education and welfare should be made between 1 May and 30 June. For full application details click here
If you are 13 to 25 and there is something you want to create or change, Think Big can help you to make things better in your local community. To begin with you can apply for £300 and if it is working out up to £2500.
More details can be found on the Think Big website
The Comic Relief Local Communities Programme
This Fund aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. The Fund can provide grants of between £1,000 and £10,000, and the deadlines for applications are 31 October and 30 April.
Full details here. (Please note that statutory organisations are not eligible but Social Enterprise / Community Interest Companies are.)
Grants for Young People
The Live UnLtd programme has grants of up to £5,000 to help young people aged 11-21 turn an idea to make the world a better place into a reality. Non-financial support is also available and can include budgeting advice, networking opportunities, governance issues and working with volunteers.
For full details go to Live UnLtd website
The High Sheriff's Award
The High Sheriff's Award Scheme aims to encourage youth groups throughout Cambridgeshire to set up projects in their communities. The project should promote a safer, crime-free society and in doing so help to improve the confidence and self-esteem of young people.
Further information, application forms and guidelines for applying can be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website
The Princes Trust
The Princes Trust offers awards of up to £5,000 for projects run and managed by 14-25 year olds that benefit their community. They can also provide advice and support to give these projects the maximum chance of success. For more information call free on 0800 842 842 or or text "Call me" to 07983 385418 or take a look at the Princes Trust website.
Lloyds TSB Foundation - Community Programme
The Community programme focuses on funding core work that helps disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in the community. Applications can be made at any time. Full details are available on the Lloyds TSB Foundation website
The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller UK charities particularly those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Applications can be made at any time for grants between £1,000 and £10,000, and you need to be able to demonstrate that such a grant would make a significant difference to your work. Full details are available on the Foyle Foundation website.
The Percy Bilton Foundation
Charities assisting disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities may apply for grants of either; £2,000 or more for capital expenditure, or smaller donations of up to £500 towards furnishing and equipment. Applications can be made at any time. Full details are available on the Percy Bilton Foundation website.
The Henry Morris Memorial Trust
Grants of between £20 and £200 for individual towards travel or projects at home. Visit The Henry Morris Memorial Trust website for more information.
Ideas Fund Innovators
Ideas Fund Innovators (16 to 22) aims to provide assistance to projects that are inspiring, original, innovative and that can be delivered in all creative disciplines, undertaken by young people aged 16-22.
Ten awards of £500 will be provided.
The programme will fund projects that are inspiring, original, innovative and those that IdeasTap considers the applicant can realistically deliver.
In the past everything from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives have been supported. There is no limitation on the creative field that may be considered.
The Ideas Fund will support applications from groups or individuals for arts and creative projects.
Individuals must be aged between 16 and 22 on the closing date for applications for the current round and be resident in the UK. Further information and the application form can be found on the Ideas Tap website.
O2 Think Big
Think Big is for people aged 13 to 25 years old in the UK. Itís to help make things better in your local community so if you need money, support or training to help improve your community you provide the big idea, O2 provides £300 and the support to make it happen. Visit the O2 think big website for details.
Sport England - Small Grants
Sport England Small Grants make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-organisations to help more people play sport. They aim to get more people playing more sport more often, with a focus on young and disabled people.
Find out more about Sport England small grants
Funding for young volunteers (aged 14-25) to improve their community is available from the volunteering charity vInspired through their Cashpoint grants scheme. They are offering grants of up to £500 to turn ideas into reality and you can apply at any time.