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Where to apply for funding externally

It can be tricky to know where to look when you are planning on applying for funding, so we have pulled together a few ideas for where you might want to look.

Support with a bigger application

If you're applying for a grant of more than £50,000 which isn't related to capital funding or for any building projects, then please get in touch with the Strategic Funding team who may be able to support you.

You can email the Strategic Funding Team at

We've listed below some trusts and foundations which provide funding and may be a great fit for your project. When completing your application, make sure that you've really ensured your project meets the funders' objectives. Many funders receive sometimes hundreds of applications a year, so they'll discount any applications which haven't considered their objectives, and this may put you at a disadvantage when applying for funding at another time. 

Local funding opportunities

Below are opportunities that you can explore to apply for funding.

Andy Fanshawe Trust

£400 each year

Projects that give disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. There is no application form, but you need to send an email covering off the questions outlined on their website.

Find out more about the Andy Fanshawe Trust

Asda Foundation

£400 - £1,600

Asda’s charity, Asda Foundation, is committed to supporting local communities through grant giving. They believe it takes a whole community working together to improve people's lives. This grant is designed to support a broad range of activities helping to transform communities and improve lives. There will be three phases under this grant.

Applications open from 28th August - 3rd November 2023

Find out more about Asda Foundation

Ashtons Charitable Trust

The Ashtons Charitable Trust aims to support charities and worthy causes which are:

  • local to the Ashtons Legal offices in Bury Edmunds, Cambridge, Ipswich, Leeds, Diss and Norwich.
  • supported by members of Ashtons Legal and Heslop & Platt staff
  • supported by Ashtons Legal clients
  • charity clients of Ashtons Legal.

Applications to be submitted before 30th November 2023.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust


The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust provide grants to support children and young people in care.

Applications open from 1st - 30th September

Learn more about Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Awards for All


Awards for All part of the National Lottery Community Fund. They will fund organisations with great project ideas that:

  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities.
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.
  • Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

Find out more about Awards for All

£10,000 to £100,000

The CAF Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organisations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19.

Find out more about CAF Resilience Fund

Canoe Foundation

£500 - £10,000

Funding applications are open to groups in the UK with an active interest in improving access to water for recreational users and protecting the environment.

Find out more about the Canoe Foundation

Co-op Local Community Fund

£1000 - £3000

Groups will be able to apply for funding from the Local Community Fund. They will support projects that:

  • Bring people together to access food
  • Help improve people’s mental wellbeing
  • Create opportunities for young people to be heard and make a difference
  • Help people protect local biodiversity or tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions

Applications are currently closed.

Find out more about the Co-op Foundation



The Movement for Good Scheme is offering £1000 and £5000 grants to charities helping those that are in need.

Find out about Ecclesiastical


Up to £350,000 (community engagement is a requirement)

Entrust is the national distributor of the landfill tax to local distributors. Its emphasis is on developing a good local environment, including buildings and land. Section D of its priorities includes grant support to public amenities eg Scout Association buildings and land.

Find out more about Entrust

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust

Small Grants - Up to £3,000, Medium Grants - £3,000 - £10,000, Large Grants - £10,000+

Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust fund charitable work in the County of Sussex. The organisations they give funding to are listed below. 

  • Care of the elderly
  • Disability
  • General welfare
  • Hospices
  • Youth
  • Wildlife & environmental conservation

Find out more about Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust

FCC Community Action Fund

Up to £100,000

The FCC Community Action Fund provides grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).

Only applications for projects sited within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility can be accepted.

Find out more about the FCC Community Action Fund

Forrester Family Trusts

Up to £10,000

The Trusts' theme for the year ended in 31st March 2024 is 'immediate needs' as a result of the cost of living crisis. These grants will be up to a maximum of £10,000. They’ll only be available to charities with a turnover of less than £250,000.

Online applications will be accepted between 4th and 30th September 2023. They have £500,000 to distribute.

Find out about Forrester Family Trusts

Greenhall Foundation

£1,000 - £10,000

The objective of the Green Hall Foundation is to sustainably improve lives: among the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged particularly in the UK

Find out more about Greenhall Foundation

Up to £5,000

For open grants they support charities that improve the quality of life for people and communities. They fund core costs and new or existing projects or programmes.

To find out more information please click here

Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest

Between £300 - £3,000

Applications are welcome from any voluntary or community organisation that is based, or works in, our trading area across the south of England, from Devon to Kent and north to Bristol, Swindon, Bracknell and London. Groups can apply for grants or fundraising support ranging from £300 and £3,000 to help achieve their aims.

Applications for the 2023 Community Chest are now closed.

Find out more about Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest

J P Morgan Foundation

J P Morgan assists clients with philanthropic interests who are looking to give back to their communities, foster a charitable legacy and make a difference in the world. Their areas of focus include animal welfare, arts and culture, civic activities, community development, education, environment, health and medical research, human and social services, international and religious causes.

Find out more about J P Morgan Foundation

Landsec Futures Community Grants

As part of its Build Well, Live Well, Act Well Sustainability Strategy, Landsec has made a commitment of £20 million over the next 10 years to support improving social mobility within the Real Estate Sector, whilst addressing local need, through its Social Mobility Fund.

Applications open from October 2nd - November 20th.

Find out more about Landsec Futures Community Grants

Leathersellers Foundation

Leathersellers Foundation is open for supporting organisations that understand the needs of their local community, are open and transparent about their work and finances and work in partnership with others.

Applications are open from 4th September.

Find out more about Leathersellers Foundation

Leslie Sell Charitable Trust


This independent Trust Fund makes small grants to Scout Groups to help with the cost of making repairs, or purchasing sundry items of equipment. The LSCT also gives assistance to groups and individuals when they make trips in the UK or overseas.

Find out more about the Leslie Sell Charitable Trust

Making a Difference Locally (MADL)

Local independently-owned stores that are partnered with Nisa, can nominate local charities to receive a donation. MADL is designed so the local stores can specifically support charities that are in their local communities. 

Find out more about Making a Difference Locally.

Mountain Training

Mountain Training's Skills & Training Fund supports the delivery of skills and leadership courses to people who face barriers to participation and are under-represented in the adventure activities sector.

Their funding offer includes a percentage of the course cost, a contribution towards personal assistance support (capped at £150 per candidate per course) and a contribution towards learning /teaching support (capped at £150 per candidate per course).

Find out more about Mountain Training

Plas y Brenin

Through a number of memorial trusts, Plas y Brenin offer funding to support young people access Mountain Training.

Applications for 2023 have now closed.

Find out more about Plas y Brenin

Princes Countryside Fund

Up to £25,000

Supporting Rural Communities is their flagship grant programme, awarding £500,000 each year to power community-led solutions that enhance the viability and sustainability of rural communities. Grants are for a maximum of £25,000 over two years, and applicants must be from properly constituted, not for profit organisations with an income of less than £500,000.

They support projects taking places in villages and towns in rurally isolated areas, where access to services is limited. They are looking to fund projects with the aim of:

  • Reduced isolation for those living in rural areas through improved and extended services
  • Improved wellbeing for residents through an increase in community activity
  • Greater resilience for rural communities to weather future outbreaks of Covid-19 or similar events through having tried and tested mechanisms of support in place.

Applications open from 8th September - 20th October

Find out more about Princes Countryside Fund

RDC Foundation


The RDC Foundation awards grants to support young people under the age of 21 in recreational and leisure activities so as to develop their mental, physical and moral capabilities so that they grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.

Find out more about the RDC Foundation

Robert Hall Foundation

The Robert Hall Foundation provides grants to charitable causes, with a particular focus on supporting scouting and youth projects.

Find out about the Robert Hall Foundation

RYA Foundation

The RYA Foundation gives out grants and supports projects that enable organisations to have the facilities and training they need to open their doors to more people from a broader range of backgrounds.

Find out more about the RYA Foundation

Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund


This organisation has the power to make a real difference and help bring nature back to life. That’s why WWF, the RSPB and Aviva has come together to launch the 'Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund' to make it easier for communities to take action for nature.

Find out more about Save Our Wild Isles Community Fund


Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Scouts Shanly Foundation Grants Competition

The Shanly Foundation has announced a competition, open to Scout Groups located in the counties of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire to win a share of a total prize pot of £105,000.

You are invited to apply to one of two categories:

  • Repairs and Extensions - Offering the opportunity for 5 Scout Groups to each win a grant of up to £15,000.
  • Activities and Equipment - offering the opportunity for 6 Scout Groups to each win a grant of up to £5,000.

Applications open from the 3rd of January 2024 to the 9th of February 2024. 

For more information please click here.

Sport England


The Small Grants programme from Sport England, offers funding to projects involving adults and young people aged 14 or over, which meet one or more of the aims of our ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy:

  • Getting inactive people to become more active.
  • Developing lasting sporting habits.
  • Creating more positive attitudes among young people
  • Developing more diverse volunteers.
  • Improving progression and inclusion among the most talented. Projects working with young people should be predominantly aged 14 and above but we are happy to consider projects where a proportion of under 14s will benefit.

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2024.

Find out more about Sport England

Sport England - Queens Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Between £300 and £10,000

Sport England have launched a new £5 million fund to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee that aims to use sport and physical activity to bring communities together and tackle inequalities.

Using money from the National Lottery, the fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to community organisations in support of new projects providing opportunities to become more physically active.

Find out more about the Queens Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Sport England - Return to Play

Up to £50,000

Sport England has launched a new fund that will support groups, clubs and organisations that have been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle Covid-19. The Return to Play Fund, is made up of three parts: a £10m small grants which will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment; a £5m Community Asset Fund that will provide grants ranging in value from £10,001 to £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely; and a £1.5m Active Together fund which is a crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Find out more about Sport England - Return to Play here

Sports England Foundation

£300 - £10,000

The Sports England funding opportunity is committed to supporting projects that bring communities together and provide sport and physical activities for people who may be less physically active. Applications should consider how the project adds value to services currently available in your local community, and work collaboratively with other groups to maximise the impact of the project. 

This fund is now closed.

Find out more information about Sports England Foundation





Tesco Bags of Help        


Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK*, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £2,000, second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500.

Find out more about Tesco Bags of Help

The Arnold Clark Community Fund

Up to £1,000

The Arnold Clark Community Fund are making a commitment to give back to the communities in which they operate. They've created a fund to help registered UK charities and local community groups continue their important work during this challenging time. 500 grants are made each month, and if your application is not successful one month, it will roll over in to the next month. 

Applications open from October 2023.

Find out more about The Arnold Clark Community Fund

The Catherine Cookson Trust

£100 - £100,000

If you're in education, training, environment, conservation, arts and culture, as well as general charitable purposes, your organisation could be eligible for a grant from the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust.

Find out more about The Catherine Cookson Trust

The Foyle Foundation 

£1,000 - £10,000

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Find out more about The Foyle Foundation

The Hedley Foundation

Up to £5,000

A small number of grants are available for small to medium-sized registered charities who are working to help people who are disadvantaged to improve their situation, either by involvement in project or support work.

Find out more about The Hedley Foundation

The Henry Sell Charity


The Holiday Grants Programme provides grants for recreational trips and holidays for groups of children in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged. Priority is given to children in the 20% most deprived communities in the UK.

Find out more about the Henry Sell Charity

The Henry Smith Charity

£500 - £2,750

The purpose of the Holiday Grants programme is to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilities. In particular we are interested in contributing to trips that would not take place without our funding.

Find out more about The Henry Smith Charity

The National Lottery Community Fund


The National Lottery Community Fund have a range of funding opportunities, offering funding from £10,000 up to £500,000.

Find out more about The National Lottery Community Fund

The Sir James Knott Trust 

Up to £1,000

Grants are available to charities in the North East of England to help improve the conditions of people living and working in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham, and Hartlepool. 

Find out more about The Sir James Knott Trust 

The Tree Council

£250 - £2,500

The Tree Council actively supports community tree, hedgerow, and orchard projects that boost agricultural productivity and creating green spaces that promote physical and mental well-being.

Applications close 3rd December.

Find out more about the tree council

the7stars foundation

Up to £1,500

the7stars foundation, supports the most challenged young people in the United Kingdom. Assisting forgotten young people aged 16 years and under, lacking opportunity, to achieve their potential. Their funding looks to support those challenged by abuse; addiction; those who are young carers; and those without a safe place to call home. Their grant funding prioritises the areas of abuse, addiction, child carers and homelessness. 

Find out more about the7stars foundation

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation



This Small Grants Program offers single year grants for core costs, salaries, running and project costs for work in the community which addresses the challenges of local communities in areas of extreme deprivation.

Small Grants | Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Variety Youth Club Grants

Typically between £250 and £600

Variety’s roots lie in supporting youth clubs. They’ve been supplying groups with essential equipment for 70 years. That’s why they set aside funding each year to support youth clubs that work with the most disadvantaged young people through informal education, positive activity, and skills development.

They are currently not open for applications.

Find out more about Variety

Yapp Charitable Trust

Up to £10,000

Yapp Charitable Trust offer grants to registered charities working with their identified priority groups, including young people aged 5-25. Funding must be used to cover core funding, not for new projects, and charities with an annual expenditure of more than £40,000 will not be considered. 

Find out more about Yapp Charitable Trust

Young Explorers Trust

Grants made to young people only – not to groups. The Young Explorers' Trust offers grant aid to individuals aged 25 and under who are taking part in expeditions or other adventurous activities. The definition of adventure should relate to the background and experience of the applicant.

Find out more about Young Explorers Trust



Scout buildings refurbishments

A number of funders make grants to charities and groups for building refurbishments. For groups with your own facilities, this could be a favourable option to secure important funding to make improvements or necessary maintenance on your Scout buildings. 

Bernard Sunley Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Foundation funds Capital projects in England and Wales which include new buildings, extensions, refurbishments and recreational spaces. They do not specify a funding limit. 

Find out more about Bernard Sunley Foundation

Garfield Weston

Garfield Weston accepts applications from organisations working in the areas of Welfare, Youth, Community, Arts, Faith, Environment, Education, Health and Museums & Heritage. They recommend that you have around half of your funding identified before applying to them, so it should be for match-funding only. You can apply for capital costs (buildings, refurbishments), general running costs or project costs. 

Find out more about Garfield Weston

Morrisons Foundation

Up to £10,000

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects, and can also be spent on building work.

Find out more about Morrisons Foundation

Screwfix Foundation

Up to £5,000

The Screwfix Foundation supports projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.

Find out more about Screwfix Foundation

The Wickes Community Programme is a dedicated product fund which supports local initiatives to maintain and renovate community areas.

Find out more about the Wickes Community Programme

Biffa UK Wide

Up to £200,000

Biffa operate a community buildings scheme, supporting new build and improvement works projects through their Main Community Buildings Scheme. Projects must be within 10 miles of a Biffa Operation. Priority is given to projects that can demonstrate innovative use of a community amenity to enhance, maintain or introduce real, community-led social, economic or environmental improvements. Must be within 5 miles of a Biffa operation or within 10 miles of a Biffa landfill site.

Learn more about Biffa UK wide


Keeping up-to-date

We know that funding rounds can change frequently, so we'll monitor the available funding, and update these pages every three months.

Last updated: September 2023

UK Headquarters Grants

Did you know that you can apply for grants through The Scout Grants Committee (SGC)? The SGC is the group of national volunteers who support the management of the grants provided to local Scouts. There are a range of funding opportunities through funding managed by the SGC, so why not check out what opportunities are available here first?  

Find out more about the available grants