Explore Your Funding Options

Below you will find a range of funders that will fund activities in Warrington.  We keep this page as up to date as we can.  If you would like us to carry out a specific funding search for your group or project please contact the WVA team.

We know funding can be overwhelming and you may not know where to start so you can read about WVA's Funding Services to find out how we can help.


Section1: COVID-19 Funding

Local Funds appear towards the top of the list


ASDA Foundation Covid-19 Grants (available through local stores)

Funding Available: Up to £500

A specific Covid-19 grant programme that includes two streams of funding which are Hygiene Grants and Healthy School Holidays Grants.

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Cheshire PCC Safer Communities Fund - Express Grants

Funding Available: Up to £1000

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cheshire has released an Express Grants fund which is aimed at supporting not for profit organisations to deliver community based projects or initiatives to meet immediate or emergency need.

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Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund 

Funding Available: Single award of £500

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.  They welcome more applications from any groups or organisations who have experienced:

·       Increased demand –  A holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or  a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.

·       Disrupted services – A  local charity setting up a delivery service  to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.

·       New services – A health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.

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TORUS Foundation Community Investment Fund

Funding Available: Up to £1000

Torus Foundation has relaunched its Community Investment Fund (CIF) to help provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Steve Morgan Foundation Emergency Fund

Funding Available: Discretionary

In response to COVID-19 pandemic Steve Morgan Foundation has introduced an emergency fund to support charities and not for profit companies in its remit area (Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire west of M6).

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Regional and National Covid-19 Funds:


Alpkit Foundation - Grassroots Support

Funding Available: £500

Alpkit welcome any applications from individuals or organisations serving those affected by  coronavirus, across the country. 

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Childs Charitable Trust Emergency Funding

Funding Available: Discretionary

A grant-making trust, supporting Christian UK registered charities and organisations working both in the UK and overseas.  

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CLINKS Covid-19 Response Grants

Funding Available: Up to £20,000 (expected range £3000-£5000)

Grants are intended for organisations already providing, or have a track record of providing, services in the criminal justice system. This funding will assist delivery of support where needs are not being met by current services, in particular with relation to needs created by the Covid-19 crisis. 

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Community Justice Fund

Funding Available: £25,000-£75,000

Focussed on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations, grants can be used flexibly to meet the needs of the organisation.  Applicants should be registered charities with a track record of delivering advice at specialist level and carrying out end-to-end casework for clients.

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COVID-19 support fund for the specialist migration sector

Funding available: Up to £50,000

Barrow Cadbury Trust is partnering with the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England. 

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Morrisons Covid-19 Homeless Support

Funding available: Up to £10,000

The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most. 

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The National Lottery - Community Fund

Funding Available: Up to £10,000 (Awards for All) and Over £10,000 (Reaching Communities)

The National Lottery has now made two changes to their current funding streams in response to COVID-19:

  1. All of the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis.
  2. The National Lottery will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as they can in order to get the money to where it needs to be.

To find out more and to apply please select one of the following funding streams:

The National Lottery Awards for All (up to £10,000)

The National Lottery Reaching Communities (over £10,000)


Section 2: Latest Funding Opportunities 

Those funds with the most urgent deadlines appear towards the top of the list.


Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Fund re-opens: 22nd July 2020

After a brief closure of the fund in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, the National Lottery Project Grants will be back later in July.  Improvements are being made to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19.  Updated guidance for the programme will be published by mid-July. 

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Ecclesiastical Movement for Good

Funding Available: £50,000

Deadline: 24th July 2020

10 grants of £50,000 are being made available to registered charities which support the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage.


FCC Communities Foundation (Previously WREN) 

Funding Available: £2000-£100,000

Deadline: Round 3 for 2020 opens on 17 June and closes at 5.00 pm on 2 September 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.

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Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Funding Available: £1000-£100,000

Deadline: April 2021

Project Grants is open to anyone who needs funding for arts, museums or libraries projects that show public benefit. 

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Warrington Charities Trust 

Funding Available: Up to £1000

Deadline: 31st October and 31st May

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

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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.  

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Rugby League World Cup England 2021 - Capital Grants Programme 

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

£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.  

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Sport England - Major Event Volunteers Fund 

Funding Available: £10,000 - £100,000

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. 

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Section 3: Opportunities with ongoing deadlines

Listed in alphabetical order

Please note: Due to the current Covid-19 situation many funds have been put on hold.  To avoid disappointment please ensure that you check each funder's website before applying.


The Edward Gostling Foundation Fast Track Grants

Funding Available: Fast Track Grants up to £5000 and Larger Grants over £5000

The fast track grant is aimed at charities needing immediate grant support to help to maintain an essential service.  Large grants are for charities seeking a capital contribution towards a new project or service.  The grant must support one of the Edward Gostling Foundation themes: Health and Wellbeing, Independent Living at Home, Respite, Transition.

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The Morrisons Foundation

Funding Available: Up to £25,000

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

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The Tudor Trust - Supporting Positive Change in Communities

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. 

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Veteran's Foundation 

Funding available: Up to £30,000

Grants are available to support charities and not-for-profit organisations that provide lifetime support to those in need among serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their immediate families.

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Warrington Borough Council Community Initiative Fund (CIF)

Funding Available: £50-£2000

Grants are available for groups/organisations to help to support or deliver activities based within the borough of Warrington, which benefits residents and supports one of the council’s pledges.

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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. 

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