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Funding Sources

Here's details of some of the national funding bodies mentioned in the project stories:

ARC-Addington Fund 


was set up in 2001 as the Churches’ response to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), when it distributed grants totalling £10.3 million to over 22,000 applicants. Now in its 10th year, the Fund continues to support viable farming families experiencing financial hardship due to circumstances affecting the business which are completely out of their control. The Fund’s Trustees Discretionary Fund (TDF) distributes grants of up to £2,000. In recent years the charity set up a fodder bank in the floods of 2007, and assisted the many businesses affected by the demise of dairy farmers of Britain. It has also helped where animal disease restrictions have a negative effect on the business and in times of personal tragedy. The Charity also run a Strategic Rural Housing Scheme (SRHS) providing homes for families needing to exit or retire from the industry with no other option available to them. To date the Scheme has supported 209 families, and currently owns 41 houses nationally.  http://www.addingtonfund.org.uk/


Acts 435 is an online giving charity which forms an innovative resource for churches across the country.

It links the people who can give with the people in need using the Church as the physical, face-to-face forum to enable virtual, online giving. Participation in Acts 435 allows you to reach out in a very practical way to those in need in your local community, to provide that school uniform for the children or replacement washing machine – genuine needs that cannot be met by many individuals in the UK today.  Visit the Acts 435 website http://www.acts435.org.uk/  and see how you can help.

BBC Children in Need 

provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. It is local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices. The grant programmes are open all year round for applications, with a focus on allocating the money to deserving projects 4 times a year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants/

Beatrice Laing Trust

offers financial support to UK registered charities working to advance the Christian faith and relieve poverty in its broadest sense. The Trust favours capiatl or project funding over revenue funding. 33 Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, London, NW7 2DX 0208 238 8890

The Besom

helps people make a difference. It provides a bridge between those who want to give time, money, things or skills and those who are in need. It ensures what is given is used effectively. The service it provides is free. http://www.besom.com/

The Big Lottery Fund

(BIG) is responsible for delivering 46 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 13 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery Ticket) by The National Lottery. Since June 2004, BIG has awarded over £3.6bn to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Most of the funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations. Most programmes are tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland though some programmes that cover the whole UK. BIG is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Cabinet Office. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

William A. Cadbury Charitable Trust

has a particular interest in social welfare projects based in Birmingham and the West Midlands, but also considers nationally, projects working with offenders and ex-offenders. http://www.wa-cadbury.org.uk/

Church and Community Fund

(CCF) encourages the church to engage with their local communities by funding effective and innovative community outreach projects. The CCF awards grants to community projects run by local Anglican Churches in England or other organisations who are working in close partnership with the Church of England on the ground. The CCF was established in 1915. Formerly known as the ‘Central Church Fund’, it changed its name to 'The Church and Community Fund' in June 2006 and is now under the trusteeship of the Archbishops' Council (registered charity number 1074857). In 2010 the CCF gave away around £500,000 to projects that sought to equip the church better to connect with their neighbourhood and beyond. Types of projects supported included the salary costs for youth, children’s and community workers, the running costs for homeless centres, conversion of church buildings to enable use by the wider community, funding towards street outreach and many more socially engaging initiatives. http://www.ccfund.org.uk/

Church Urban Fund 

targets the poorest 10% of communities in England and support projects at an early stage, funding 'core costs' like salaries. The Mustard Seed Grant programme aims to provide grants of up to £5,000 to enable churches and faith-based organisations to engage in social action, by supporting them to initiate or develop community work. enquiries@cuf.org.uk http://www.cuf.org.uk/

The Clothmakers Foundation

funds one-off grants for capital costs for UK registered charities with an annual turnover of under £10m. The capital costs include building purchase and renovation, equipment (including IT hardware), and vehicles. Applications for the main grants programme and small grants programme must fall under one of the following areas: Encouragement of young people; Social Inclusion; Elderly; Disability; Visual impairment. http://www.clothworkers.co.uk/Grant-Making/Grant-Making.aspx

Community Foundation Network

hosts Localgiving.com a website that allows donors to find and give to local charities and community groups, even those too small to be registered charities and therefore excluded from some other online sites and unable to register to claim GiftAid. Localgiving.com is half owned by a charitable foundation and half by the Community Foundation Network and as such is a not-for-profit organisation itself. Having a webpage on the localgiving.com website means that groups can receive donations from people who want to give to their charity and connect with their supporters. Although online donations to charities are growing; some groups may not have the opportunity, the resources or the technology necessary to take advantage of the growth in online giving. Localgiving.com is the solution to this, designed to help breathe new life into local community groups and to transform the way people give to local causes especially by being offered by local Community Foundations which enables it to claim gift aid on the donor’s behalf. Any group wishing to appear on Localgiving.com will have to be vetted by its local Community Foundation to confirm it is a genuine charity or community group that operates within the law and in the interests its local community. www.localgiving.com. http://www.communityfoundations.org.uk/

Fair Share Trust

Some parts of the UK missed out on Lottery funding in the past. The Fair Share programme has been helping to change that. Targeted at 77 areas, Fair Share was the first joint programme from the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund - now merged as the Big Lottery Fund. The Fair Share Trust is a £50 million trust providing sustained funding in Fair Share Areas until 2013 (2009 in Scotland). The Community Foundation Network (CFN) is the sole UK trustee and has appointed delivery agents in each of the Fair Share areas. The Fair Share Trust programme aims to: 

- Build Capacity and Sustainability – by involving local communities in decision-making about lottery funding.
- Build Social Capital – by building links within and between communities to promote trust and participation.
- Improve liveability - by improving the living environment for communities.


Hadley Trust

assists in creating opportunities for people who are disadvantaged as a result of environmental, educational or economic circumstances or physical or other handicap to improve their situation either by direct financial assistance, involvement in project and support work or research into the causes of and means to alleviate hardship.   http://www.socialfirms.co.uk/funders/hadley-trust

The Henry Smith Charity

is a large grant making charity that makes grants totalling approximately £25 million each year to up to 1,000 organisations and charities throughout the UK for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage. Priority is given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage, for example, people with disabilities; and work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation within the bottom third of the National Indices of Deprivation. http://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/

Joseph Rowntree Trust

makes grants to individuals and to projects seeking the creation of a peaceful world, political equality and social justice. http://www.jrct.org.uk/

LankellyChase Foundation

works to promote change which will improve the quality of people's lives, focusing particularly on areas of social need to help the most disadvantaged in society to fulfil their potential. http://www.lankellychase.org.uk

Lloyds TSB Foundation

funds local, regional and national charities working to tackle disadvantage across England and Wales. Seventy percent of the funding is for core costs, and the focus is on supporting underfunded charities that can make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people by helping them to play a fuller role in the community. A strong local presence enables the Foundation to respond directly and promptly to local needs. http://www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Nationwide Foundation

now has small grants programme open to charities which offer financial and / or housing related support to survivors of domestic abuse and older people (over 50). Projects should tackle one or both of the following issues: Financial exclusion; Housing issues and homelessness. Grants of £500 - £5,000 are available and applications are assessed every two months. Full details are on the website. http://www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk/grants.asp#a2

Northern Rock Foundation

is an independent charity, which aims to tackle disadvantage and improve quality of life in the North East and Cumbria. It gives grants to organisations which help people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged, homeless, living in poverty or are victims of crime or discrimination. http://www.nr-foundation.org.uk/

Plunkett Foundation

has developed a range of projects and services which support the development of rural co-operative and social enterprises. The Plunkett Foundation has delivered projects such as Enterprise4Inclusion and Strengthening Rural Communities across the North West which provided seed corn finance and advisory support to facilitate the effective start up and development of rural co-operatives and social enterprises. It works with partners in the East of England to deliver large scale capital grants to social enterprises through the Building Communities Fund to enable them to purchase assets and transform their communities. It provides funding and support for rural communities looking to set up and run a community-owned shop. It works with a range of organisations to deliver capacity building to a broad range of initiatives which reconnect land and people through local food community enterprises through Making Local Food Work.  http://www.plunkett.co.uk/


Rural Community Shops 

is an activity of the Plunkett Foundation. Many of the community owned shops trading in England, Scotland and Wales have been established through its support. There is a dedicated Community Retail Team and service to support rural communities wanting to set up and run a community-owned shop, and to also support and advise existing community owned village shops. There is a dedicated website for community shops at www.plunkett.uk.net . ruralcommunityshops@plunkett.co.uk

Tudor Trust

makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. It particularly wants to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations which support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. http://tudortrust.org.uk/

WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited )

is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects. http://www.wren.org.uk/