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 £2m Grant Fund for Loneliness 

The government has launched a £2m grant fund for organisations talking loneliness, to mark one year since publication of a strategy to address the issue. 

The fund will aim to support small grassroots organisations such as community cafes, street parties, coffee mornings and walking groups. 

Further details, such as the application process and eligibility, will be announced by the government “in due course”. 


Latest Funding Opportunities:

(Opportunities with set deadlines are listed below, please scroll down to view opportunities with ongoing deadlines)

 Aviva Community Fund 

Funding Available: Up to £50,000

Deadline: 11th February 2020

Grants to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty, with a focus on two key areas:

•  Community resilience: Tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities

•  Financial capability and inclusion: Giving people the tools to become more financially independent

Aviva believe that the charities that make the biggest impact are those that are given the opportunity to innovate and test new ideas without fear of risk and are, therefore, focusing on funding small charities with forward-thinking ideas. To this end, any projects submitted should be to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group.  Click here for details

 Enterprise Development Programme - Homelessness 

Funding Available: Up to £30,000

Deadline: 20th February 2020 (for Expressions of Interest)

Support is available to charities and social enterprises working in the homelessness sector in England to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones.  Click here for details.

 Greggs Foundation - Local Community Projects Fund 

Funding Available: Up to £2000

Deadline: 23rd February 2020

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations based in local communities in England, Scotland and Wales to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of their local communities. Click here for details

 Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund - School transition support  

Funding Available: Up to £35,000 

Deadline: 24th February 2020 (midday)

Apply for grants of up to £35,000 to help young people support each other and improve wellbeing on the move up to secondary school. Click here for details

 Cash for Kids 

Funding Available: Usually circa £2500 (larger grants are available)

Deadline: 28th February 2020 (followed by 10th July 2020)

Cash for Kids is a local charity supporting local children in the Hits Radio Manchester and Key Radio broadcast area. Support is available to local voluntary and community groups and registered charities to run projects that benefit disadvantaged and disabled children who are up to and including the age of 18 years living in the Greater Manchester, Warrington or Macclesfield area.  Click here for details

 Warrington Borough Council Community Initiative Fund (CIF) 

Funding Available: Up to £3000

Deadline: March 2020 (date TBC)

Funding is available to help to support or deliver activities based within the borough of Warrington, which benefit residents and support one of the council’s pledges which are to (i) Protect the most vulnerable (ii) Support the local economy (iii) Help build strong and active communities for all (iv) Create a place to be proud of.  Click here for details.

 Enterprise Development Programme - Mental Health 

Funding Available: Up to £30,000

Deadline: 3rd March 2020 (for Expressions of Interest)

Support is available to charities and social enterprises working in the mental health sector in England to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones.  Click here for details.

 FCC Communties Foundation (Previously WREN) 

Funding Available: £2000-£100,000

Deadline: 4th March 2020

Funding for Village Halls and Community Centres; Public Play Areas; Publicly available Multi-use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; Churches (community spaces only); Nature Reserves; Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands; Museums.  Click here for details.

 BBC Children in Need - Small Grants 

Funding Available: Up to £10,000 for 3 years

Deadline: 16th March 2020

Funding for projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

For further details and to apply click here

 Quaker Housing Trust 

Funding Available: Discretionary

Deadline: 27th March 2020 (then 12/06/20; 28/08/20; 23/10/20)

Grants are available for registered charities carrying out housing projects providing homes for those in need in Great Britain.  Click here for details

 Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund 

Funding Available: Up to £75,000

Deadline: 31st March 2020

Funding is available to update and improve rural village and community halls so that they are fit for purpose and can provide activities that benefit their local community (improve health and wellbeing; reduce loneliness in the community; demonstrate environmental benefits; and supports the local rural economy).  Click here for details.

 Warrington Charities Trust  

Funding Available: Up to £500    

Deadline: 31st May 2020

Warrington Charities Trust aims to help small groups, new groups and projects, or groups which find it difficult to raise all their funds themselves. Click here for details.

 Sport England - Major Event Volunteers Fund 

Funding Available: £10,000 - £100,000

Deadline: 29th January 2021

Grants are available to national governing bodies or organisations hosting major sports events for projects that help individuals who are serving as volunteers at major events to make the transition to supporting sport in their local community.  Click here for details

 Rugby League World Cup England 2021 - Capital Grants Programme 

Funding Available: Small awards up to £15,000 and larger over £15,000

Deadline: 23rd October 2021

£10m has been made available from the Government to deliver the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme. The Programme is dedicated to improving the environments where Rugby League takes place; giving people more and better opportunities to engage with the game and to get active. The fund will invest in facilities and equipment that create environments that are accessible, welcoming and build a legacy of the 2021 tournament in local communities.  Click here for details. 

 Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme 2018-22 

Funding Available: Up to £15,000

Deadline: Fund available 2018-2022

The Government has allocated over £29m between 2018 - 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development orders.  Click here for details. Click here for details.


Opportunities with ongoing deadlines are listed below (in alphabetical order):

 Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Local Grants 

Funding Available: Up to £20,000

Grants for local projects that support community integration or local delivery of services for armed forces personnel, veterans and their families.  Click here for details. 

 Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants 

Funding Available:

Smaller projects up to £15,000 or larger projects up to £100,000

Funding available for community and cultural organisations.  Click here for details.

 ASDA Foundation 

Funding Available: Various

Independent grants and support locally for relevant projects. Helping charities, local good causes or community activity to all make a real difference.  Click here for details.

 Cheshire Safer Communities Fund 

Funding Available: Up to £5000

The Safer Communities Fund has been established to encourage local residents and communities to get involved in the prevention and reduction of crime and to allow community groups to bid for monies to help create safer communities across Cheshire.  Click here for details.

 Hays Travel Foundation - Supporting Young People 

Funding: Typically up to £15,000

This funding is intended for local groups which operate or have an impact in an area in which Hays Travel have a branch and whose project helps young people up to 25 years of age develop in at least one of these areas: education, prevention of poverty, health, arts, culture or sports.  Click here for details

 Hays Travel Foundation - Supporting Our Communities 

Funding: Discretionary

While the Hays Travel Foundation primarily focuses on supporting young people, each branch has the freedom to make their own decision about who and what they would like to fundraise for. Whether you're an organisation or an individual and have a worthy cause, don't hesitate to approach your local Hays Travel for help. Click here for details

Lane End New Beginnings - Supporting the Communities in which they build 

Funding Available: Up to £500 

Lane End are currently developing a site on Academy Street in Warrington Town centre for Torus and, as part of their commitment to supporting the communities in which they build, they would like to hear from local charities and not for profit organisations. They have small donations of up to £500 up for grabs along with opportunities to work alongside their own supply chain and experts to develop ideas that would positively impact the local community. They are very receptive to ideas and would welcome hearing from anyone who would like to meet up to have an open discussion on any positive community activities that could use a little support.

For further information please contact Kate Harrison from their Social Enterprise on 0771 700 3992 or email  Or click here to visit the New Beginnings website.

 Lloyds Bank Foundation 

Funding Available: Up to £100,000

An independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group. Lloyds Bank Foundation partner with small and local charities supporting: 

Addiction and Dependency; Asylum Seekers and Refugees; Domestic Abuse; Care Leavers; Homeless and Vulnerably Housed; Learning Disabilities; Sexual Abuse and Exploitation; Offending, Prison or Community Service; Mental Health; Trafficking and Modern Slavery; Young Parents.  For more details click here

 Steve Morgan Foundation 

Funding Available: Various

The following grants are available through the Steve Morgan Foundation:

Regional Grants: Multi-year revenue grants for core funding, salaries and ongoing running costs for projects. 

Major Grants: Grants of over £100,000 including awards for Capital Projects. 

Smiley Bus: Funding for both standard and wheelchair-accessible minibuses and other essential transport vehicles including bikes and vans.

Enable: Funding for specialist disability equipment.

For more information and to apply click here

 The Morrisons Foundation 

Funding Available: Up to £25,000

Grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. Click here for details.

 The National Lottery Community Fund - Awards for All 

Funding Available: £300 - £10,000

Awards for All has three funding priorities and request that applicants meet at least one of them.  The priorities are:

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities;
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities;
  • enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

Click here for further details and to apply

 The National Lottery Community Fund - Reaching Communities 

Funding Available: Over £10,000

Flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.  Click here for details.

 The National Lottery Grants for Heritage 

Funding Available: £3000-£100,000 

Using money raised by the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund inspires, leads and resources the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and for the future. National Lottery Grants for Heritage is an open programme for all types of heritage project in the UK.  Click here for details.

 The Tudor Trust - Supporting Positive Change in Communties 

Funding Available: Discretionary

The Tudor Trust wants to support smaller groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence.  They are particularly interested in supporting work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships which make such an important contribution to the well-being and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities.  Click here for details.

 Trusthouse Charitable Foundation - Community Centres and Village Halls 

Funding Available: £2000 - £60,000

Trusthouse is interested in applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas.  Click here for details.

 Warrington Older Peoples Fund - Small Grants Programme 

Funding Available: Up to £1000

Cheshire Community Foundation would welcome applications to their Older People's Grants for up to £1000 of funding. 

Examples of recent successful bids to this fund have included things like funding for tables, chairs and other equipment, funding for trips, a gardening project and a project which promotes health and wellbeing.  Click here for grant criteria.  Click here for application form.   

 Wilko Helping Hands 

Funding Available: Small grants; Wilko gift cards, products, raffle prizes

Wilko store has a budget to give a little helping hand to local groups and community projects.  Click here for details.

 Want to be funding ready? 

Complete our short Review and Reflect questionnaire – A quick and easy way of ensuring that your group is ready to apply for funding.  Click here to get started.


 Support with Funding 

Does your group need funding but you are put off by the funding application form / process?  Don’t worry Warrington Voluntary Action can help.  Contact Helen on 01925 246880 or email


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