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Funding Opportunities for Men’s Sheds groups December 2019

Greggs Local Community Project Fund

–       Up to £2000

–       Round 1 in 2020 will open on the 1st of December 2019 and close on the 23rd of February 2020.  Decisions for Round 1 will be announced on the 5th May 2020


Track 2000 Community Resource Services

–       Up to £35,000 to registered small-medium sized charities, community voluntary groups

–       Environmental Improvements to both inner town/cities and semi-rural areas;

–       Strengthening Disadvantaged Communities, this will specifically be aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals, families and assisting community regeneration, for improving quality of life for all who suffer hardship or poverty in deprived areas.

Persimmon Community Champion

–       Charity match programme gives donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves.

–       Complete the online form

Asda Top-up Funding

The Asda Foundation aims to transform communities, improving lives now and in the future and provides independent grants and support to locally relevant projects throughout the UK. Top-up funding aims to support and develop stronger communities by providing funding for smaller applications from local charities and not-for profit organisations. Funding is only available to charities or local good causes that are being supported in their fundraising by the Community Champion at their local store. The Community Champion can apply to the foundation for a ‘top-up’ of what has been raised locally.

Asda significant community projects

–       For bigger projects

–       Capital Funding/ Equipment funding only

–       Check eligibility – needs certain assurances about ability to manage finances and planning

Wilko – Helping Hands (England, Scotland & Wales) Every Wilko store has a budget to enable it to provide a helping hand to local groups and community projects. Support can be in the form of raffle prizes to help with fund raising, products such as tins of paint to be used on community projects or volunteers to help with work in the community. Applications are welcome from community groups
Screwfix Foundation (UK)

The Screwfix Foundation exists to support projects that will fix, maintain, improve and repair charitable and community facilities for those in need across the UK. Grants are available to registered charities or not for profits with projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community facilities and other buildings. Applicants must be able to show that the project will benefit people in need either through financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage and that the project will be environmentally friendly.

–       The maximum grant available is £5,000

Viridor & Prosiect Gwyrdd Community Fund (Wales) We are keen to support the activities of local community associations and projects and have funded local sports teams, church parishes and social groups over the past three years. The Viridor & Prosiect Gwyrdd Community Fund can provide financial support to community initiatives that operate in the Local Authority regions that make up Prosiect Gwyrdd; Caerphilly County Borough Council, City of Cardiff Council, Monmouthshire County Council, Newport City Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council.

–       £50,000 will be made available each year from April 2016 for 25-years.

–       Panel meet quarterly

Postcode Lottery

Financial support for charities and good causes that help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community

Grants from £500 to £20,000 (or up to £10,000 in Wales) are available. If you are a registered charity, you can apply for up to £20,000. Applicants that do not have a registered charity number can apply for up to £2,000. There are 3 application rounds per year, see website for further details and deadlines.

One Stop

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 will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project. For example, grants could be used to buy litter pickers and bags for a community cleanup days, plants, spades and forks to plant up a new community garden, the cost of a minibus for a day trip for a community group or the materials needed to paint a room at the local hospice.

–       only projects within 2 miles of a participating One Stop store

Bring Joy Foundation

The Bring Joy Foundation makes donations to not-for-profit groups, organisations and charities that can demonstrate their commitment to creating activities designed to improve the lives of the elderly. Bring Joy will fund events, activities or pastimes that bring the joy and fun back into ageing

Donations of £100 to £5,000. Donation requests of more than £5,000 will be considered in special circumstances. Applications are made by Letter of Enquiry, which must be submitted by post.

Millward Charitable Trust

Makes grants to organisations involved with community buildings, facilities and open spaces, social welfare projects, for the performing arts, medical research and animal welfare.

–       One off grants range from £1,000 to £20,000

–       Charities, Churches and community groups.

Contact Details

The Millward Charitable Trust

c/o Burgis & Bullock

2 Chapel Court,

Holly Walk,

Leamington Spa

CV32 4YS.

Tel: 01926 451000

Community Chest

This is a National Lottery funded grant aid scheme. Community Chest offers grants for activities that encourage more people to become more active, more often; and raise the standards of existing activities.  The scheme is run partnership with the 22 local authorities in Wales so you need to download an application form from the website and submit it to your local authority contact.

–       The maximum grants available is £1,500. All activities must be completed within 12 months.–support/our-grants/community-chest.aspx

The Morgan Foundation

A grant making trust that supports charities and not for profit organisations across North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire and North Shropshire. The foundation specialises in supporting organisations helping children and families as well as the elderly, disabled and socially isolated.

Grants may be considered for a range of purposes and could include:

• Single awards for capital projects

• Start-up and/or ongoing running costs for specific projects

• Multi-year revenue grants for core funding

Awards for All (Wales)

Awards for All Wales is a simple small grants scheme supported by the Big Lottery Fund. It provides awards of between £300 and £10,000 to projects which help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. Projects must meet at least one of their four aims; to support community activity, to extend access and participation, to increase skill and creativity and to improve quality of life.

–       online application

Allen Lane Foundation Grants Programme (UK)

The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits people in the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group: Asylum-seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality); Gypsies and Travellers; Migrant workers;  Offenders and ex-offenders; Older people; People experiencing mental health problems; and People experiencing violence or abuse.  Grants of up to £15,000 are given for up to 3 years.

• Volunteers or participants expenses

• Venue hire

• Part-time or sessional staffing costs

• Work aimed at strengthening the organisation such as trustee or staff training


Who Can Apply

Registered charities and other organisations which are not charities but which seek funding for a charitable project

B&Q Community Re-use Scheme

B&Q stores have been donating unsellable materials and products to their local community groups for many years. It’s a great way to reduce waste whilst helping out the community.

The types of material includes:

Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets

·         Plastic plant pots and trays

·         Part filled cans of paint. This might be used for a mural or for covering graffiti as well as for decorating

·         Broken tiles and slabs

·         Ends of wallpaper rolls

·         Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials

·         Old products that have been written off


Windfarm Funding


The Vision Fund/ The Micro Fund – upper Neath, Afan, Rhondda and Cynon Valleys. sets out the community vision and highlights ambitions and priorities. The Fund can support businesses and community groups with capital and revenue costs. The Vision Fund offers grants over £5,000 (capital and/or revenue) to support activities that help to deliver one or more of the priorities set out in the Fund Prospectus.

Mynydd Y Betws

In Carmarthenshire the eligible wards are: Penygroes, Llandybie, Pontamman, Ammanford, Saron, Tycroes, Betws, Glanamman, Garnant and Quarter Bach. Details for applying for the fund, including criteria, are available below:

Further information can be accessed via email at [email protected] or via phone at 01269 590216.

In Neath Port Talbot the wards are Lower Brynamman, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Pontardawe and Alltwen.

Requests for the packs can also be made to Neath Port Talbot Council by emailing: [email protected]




Taff Ely Windfarm Community Fund

The annual fund of £2,500 is available throughout the operational life of the wind farm and is administered by Interlink RCT the umbrella body for all local community and voluntary groups in RCT.

Contact Ken Moon at Interlink RCT on 01443 846200 or email: [email protected]

The Coalfields Community Grants Programme

can award grants from £500 up to £7,000 to community and voluntary organisations that can demonstrate strongly that a grant will impact positively on people living in the Coalfield communities of Wales

Community Facilities Programme This is a capital grant scheme operated by the Welsh Government, grants are available at two levels; small grants of under £25,000 and larger grants of up to £250,000. The focus of the Programme is on increasing opportunity, creating prosperity for all and developing resilient communities where people are engaged and empowered. All applicants are expected to work with partners which can come from the public, private or the third sectors.

e-mail: [email protected]

Active Communities Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.It’s for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

The Later Life Grant programme is open to local and national charities who are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life. If your group is registered with the charities commission for England and Wales, it may be worth looking at this grant program. Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years.
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust also provides small grants of up to £250 through the NFU Mutual’s Community Giving Fund which supports worthwhile community events, charities, schools and community group activities that are local to their operations. The closing date for applications in this funding round is the 31st May 2020.

The Welsh Council for Voluntary Action have advice on funding at

Individual WCVA members can also give funding advice and carry out funding searches on behalf of your group

Funding Opportunities for Men’s Sheds groups September 2018


The Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation offers grants of up to £5000 to support not for profit organisations and UK registered charities.

The Screwfix Foundation helps fund projects that fix, maintain, improve and repair charitable and community facilities for those in need, due to financial difficulties, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK.

Applications are received on an ongoing basis and reviewed four times a year.

Magic Little Grants Fund

Localgiving is working in partnership with the Postcode Community Trust to provide over 400 grants of £500 for small charities and community groups to run projects that encourage people to take part in physical activity.

As part of the Magic Little Grant, successful applicants will also be awarded an annual Localgiving membership worth £96.00.

To be eligible, the project must take place in England, Scotland or Wales and involve one of the following themes:

  • Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
  • Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities.

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2018

Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund

Track 2000 provides grants for registered small charities and voluntary groups who make a difference to individuals, families and communities in south Wales. Track 2000 can fund a project or organisation with between £5,000 to £35,000 for revenue or capital costs. Projects can last for up to two years.

Grants are available for:

  • Education and training
  • Environmental improvements
  • Strengthening disadvantaged communities.



The Steve Morgan Foundation

The Steve Morgan Foundation supports projects that have a positive effect on people’s welfare or quality of life in North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire.

The Foundation offers a Main Grant Programme providing support to charities, organisations and community groups which help: children and families, the elderly, those with disabilities and the socially isolated.

For more information email or call 01829 782808

Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

The Foyle Foundation plans to make one year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for core costs, equipment or project funding to charities which can show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work.


Carriers for Causes

The One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ grants programme is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects that benefit local communities within two miles of a One Stop store in Great Britain.

Projects must meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Improving the lives of young people
  • Improving the lives of the elderly
  • Promoting physical activity
  • Improving health or well being
  • Increasing community safety
  • Protecting or improving the local environment.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • One off community events such as community fun day expenses, summer youth camp, day trips costs for community based clubs or organisations
  • Purchasing items to run a project such as specialised medical equipment, arts and craft materials for a workshop, marketing materials for an event
  • Improvements to community buildings such as painting, refurbishing buildings such as scout or guide huts, or community centres.

This is a rolling programme, and applications will be accepted throughout the year.

Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. Bags of Help is now is always open to applications from community projects.

Following a shortlisting process three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5000. The second placed project receives up to £2000 and third placed up to £1000. Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, and social housing providers.

Viridor and Prosiect Gwyrdd Community Fund

Community schemes across South Wales will be able to tap into a £50,000 funding pot every year over the next 25 years through a new green partnership. Viridor, the firm working with the ‘Prosiect Gwyrdd’ council partnership, has announced the launch of a new Community Fund to support projects across Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan.

Community associations and projects can apply for up to £3000.

Biffa Award

Biffa Award provides funding under the Recreation theme to projects that transform open spaces for the benefit of the community, providing them with more opportunities to become involved in recreational activity.

Examples of projects that fall under this category are green spaces, woodland walks, play areas, sports facilities and community gardens.

Small grants of between £250 and £10,000 available.

Santander Foundation’s Community Plus

UK registered charities with local projects that benefit disadvantaged people can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help with the specific costs of local projects.

The funding is intended to assist with the cost of salaries, equipment and materials that are directly related to projects that benefit disadvantaged people in the applicant’s local area. Santander wants to fund an entire element rather than make a contribution to a larger budget.

Nominations can be made at any time.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Trust funds categories such as work with: elderly people; children and young people; people with disabilities or mental health problems; people trying to overcome problems such as addiction, abuse, relationship problems, a history of offending; and lifelong learning.

Applicants must have charitable status, have been constituted and operating for at least three years, and a normal turnover of less than £40,000 per year.

Awards grants up to £3,000 per year for up to three years

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation provides funding for projects in the UK in the general fields of: education; arts; health; community; youth; religion and welfare. There are no specific priorities for funding and a wide range of charitable activity is supported.

The Foundation awards grants upwards of £1,000

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