Funding Round Up

Active Communities Funding Programme – Key Dates in March

The People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust opens in different areas at different times throughout the year.

Active Communities is a funding programme for local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well. The People’s Health Trust is looking for ideas which will create stronger connections between people and help make their local neighbourhoods even better.

Referring to the funding programme, John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said:

“We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women; a computer skills support group run for and by older people; support for local people to become community organisers; or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.”

To apply, organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a local not-for-profit group or organisation in England, Scotland or Wales.
  • Have an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.
  • Have unrestricted access to savings of less than six months of the organisation’s yearly spending.
  • Be constituted for at least three months.

Applicants need to have a great idea, designed and led by local people which will:

  • Take place within a small area for a small group of people such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.
  • Run for between nine months and two years.
  • Need investment of between £5,000 and £25,000 per year (up to £50,000 for two years).
  • Take place in one of the areas People’s Health Trust show as most needing the funding.

Applications are currently being accepted in the following areas:

  • HealthImprove – County Durham and Darlington (application deadline, 14 March, 1pm)
  • HealthCommit – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (application deadline, 14 March, 1pm)
  • HealthControl – Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Vale of Glamorgan, and Rhondda Cynon Taf (application deadline, 21 March, 1pm)
  • HealthKind – Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Highland, Moray, Nah-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), Shetland and the Orkney Islands (application deadline, 22 March, 1pm)

It’s opening soon in the following areas:

  • HealthThrive – Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
  • HealthBloom – Calderdale and Bradford.
  • HealthForm – Manchester.
  • HealthEquality – Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon.
  • HealthBelief – Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The opening and closing dates are announced on the People’s Health Trust website.

People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Community Trust are now  open for applications until the 28th February!

  • People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights and equal rights.
  • Postcode Local Trust supports community gardens, play areas, wildlife and green energy projects.
  • Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

Charities and community groups are invited to complete a Stage 1 Expression of Interest for project grants. Good causes can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.  Only registered charities can apply for over £2,000.

The outcome of the Stage 1 application will be communicated by no later than Wed 28th March, with those shortlisted to Stage 2 having until 11th April to complete a full application.

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Trusts’ websites:

Whilst all receive funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Community Trust are separate organisations.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £272 million to date for over 4,000 good causes across Great Britain and internationally. As a charity lottery, a minimum of 32% goes directly to charities.

Ulverscroft Foundation

The Ulverscroft Foundation supports projects which will have a positive effect on the quality of life of visually impaired people (blind and partially sighted).

Their funding is channelled via recognised organisations which help the visually impaired, for example, libraries, hospitals, clinincs, schools and colleges, and social and welfare organisations.

Applications should be made in writing (they do not have an application form). Make your proposal as detailed as possible. Include details of your current service to the visually impaired, if any, and how the proposed project will be integrated or enhanced. If possible, please give an estimate of how many visually impaired people use/will use your service. Also include the amount of funding obtained to date, if any, and the names of other organisations to whom you have applied.

They ask that organisations send a copy of their latest annual report and accounts with their application.

Please note:

  • Due to the large number of appeals they receive, if they have given or considered giving a grant or a donation to an organisation they are unable to consider fresh appeals until a period of 12 to 18 months have elapsed
  • They do not generally grant assistance towards salaries and general running costs
  • They rarely give grants to individuals
  • The success of any appeal is dependent on the level of funding available at the time of consideration.

Application Form: Apply in writing – see guidance.

Deadline: Trustees meet quarterly to consider appeals in January, April, July and October each year; deadlines for appeals are the fifteenth day of the previous month.

Contact: The Ulverscroft Foundation, The Green, Bradgate Road, Anstey, Leicestershire, LE7 7FU Tel: 0116 236 1595 Fax: 0116 236 1594 Email:


Screwfix Foundation

The Foundation raises funds throughout the year to support causes that will change people’s lives. They work with both national and local charities donating much needed funding to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness or disability.

Application Form: Available to download from the website below

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.

Contact: The Screwfix Foundation, Trade House, Mead Avenue, Yeovil, BA22 8RT



The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation – England & Wales

The trustees usually support capital projects, not running costs. In cases where capital grants are made, the projects are usually expected to be self-financing thereafter.

There are three types of grant; major grants of £50,000 and above, medium grants between £5,000 and £50,000 and small grants below £5,000. Small grants account for 80% of those awarded annually.

There are two criteria to fulfil before applying for a grant. Please ensure you read these carefully before making an application.

1. You must be a registered charity in England or Wales or a registered Community Amateur Sports Club to apply


2. You must fall into one of the categories set out below. Please click on a link for more information as to whether you qualify:

Application Form: Complete the online eligibility checker and if successful, you will automatically be directed to the application form.

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at anytime.

Contact:  20 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6LH

Tel: 020 7408 2198



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