alternative funding and advice
Below are listed possible sources of alternative funding for charity, Christian, churches and community projects following the closure of the Racial Justice fund.
All links are to external websites:
Adventure Capital Fund
Helps "ambitious community enterprises" to become financially sustainable through a mixture of loans and grants, plus mentoring and support services.
Alan Evans Memorial Trust
Grants to promote permanent preservation of tenements (including buildings) of beauty or historic interest.
Tel: 020 7753 1000
All Churches Trust
Its aims are to promote the Christian religion, to contribute to the funds of any charitable institutions or associations and to carry out any charitable purpose.
Grants will be considered in response to appeals in support of Churches, Church establishments, religious charities and charities preserving UK heritage.
Andrews Charitable Trust
Christian charity that funds the set up and growth of innovative social purpose organisations. Supports emerging organisations with the potential to make significant contributions to either the advancement of the Christian religion or the alleviation of poverty, sickness or distress.
Awards for All
A Lottery grants scheme for local communities. There are different schemes for each of the four countries of the UK.
The London Community Foundation Website
Funding charities, community groups and social enterprise with a focus on community based action and projects that do not attract mass public support.
Charles Hayward Foundation
Makes grants to charities and charitable organisations which are registered in the UK.
Christian Initiative Trust
Runs the Mustard Seed Awards, a competition devised to support grass roots efforts by Christians and Christian organisations to engage with their communities in innovative ways, in association with Premier Christian Media.
Church and Community Fund
The CCF awards grants to 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.
Church Urban Fund
In 2014 the Church Urban Fund has £1 million available in small grants available for churches and Christian community groups working to tackle poverty with people living in England's poorest communities.
Provides micro-Grants of £2,000 to any local church, or group of local churches, in England, Scotland or Wales who want to start a community franchise project.
The Clive Richards Charity Ltd
Based in Herefordshire, it funds churches, schools, the arts, and particularly people with disability and those disadvantaged by poverty.
Tel: 01432 820557.
Communitybuilders 'aims to make sustainable investments in community enterprises to build their long term financial viability and increase their ability to deliver significant social impact in their communities'.
Cross Pollinate Foundation
Aims to raise £500,000 for Christian causes in the next 5 years via 'Dragon's Den' style events that they host.
Nesta has produced a directory of crowd funding websites, that let you finance projects from small amounts offered from a large number of contributors.
The Dulverton Trust
Provides money to UK registered charities and to organisations with charitable status. Supports a wide range of activities in the following categories: youth and education; general welfare; conservation; preservation, peace and humanitarian support, and Africa.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Commission's funding programme, which received over 2,000 applications in 2009 worth in excess of £500 million, provides project-based funding for up to three years and up to £450,000.
Garfield Weston Foundation
A grant-giving charity for UK registered charities. The Foundation will also consider applications from a limited number of exempt organisations - churches, educational establishments, hospitals and housing corporations.
G C Gibson Charitable Trust
Makes donations and grants to charitable institutions.
Tel: 02920 481111
The Goldsmiths' Company Charity
Grants are considered under the following categories: General Welfare, Medical Welfare, Youth, Culture and Church.
The Hedley Foundation
A charitable foundation which supports young people, the disabled and the terminally ill.
The Helen Isabella McMorran Charitable Foundation
Grants to Christian activities.
Tel: 01273 545035
Heritage Lottery Fund
Gives grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the UK. It distributes a share of the money raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes.
Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust
Financial help with repairs to churches of all denominations in Herefordshire.
The Idlewild Trust
A grant making trust supporting registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the UK.
Jill Franklin Trust
Grants are typically £500 to £1000, in these areas: Self-help groups, advice, training, and employment; to support people with a mental illness or learning difficulties, and their carers; respite care and holidays; organisations helping and supporting refugees and asylum-seekers; and the restoration of churches of architectural importance.
The Joseph Rank Trust
Independent Christian grant-maker with an interest in projects that: demonstrate a Christian approach to the practical, educational and spiritual needs of people of all ages; and the adaptation of Church properties to provide improved facilities for use by the church and its work in the community.
Kathleen Hannay Memorial Charity
Supports a range of charitable causes.
Tel: 020 7409 5685
'Innovative, effective and fledgling Christian evangelism and discipleship projects' can pitch at ‘Dragons Den' style events.
The Kirby Laing Foundation
Works particularly, but not exclusively, in the fields of medical research and the promotion of Christian faith and values.
Tel: 020 8238 8890
The LankellyChase Foundation
Looks to fund projects that address the impact of severe and multiple disadvantage at different stages of the life course, from early years through to adulthood.
Landfill Communities Fund
Tax credit scheme enables operators of landfill sites to contribute money to enrolled Environmental Bodies to carry out projects that meet environmental objects contained in the Landfill Tax Regulations.
Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme
Makes grants towards the VAT incurred in making repairs and carrying out necessary alterations to listed buildings mainly used for public worship.
The Manifold Trust
Funds for conservation.
01628 825 660
Tel: 01584 841234
National Churches Trust
National, non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting places of worship used by Christian denominations throughout the UK.
The Owen Family Trust
Tel: 0121 526 3131
The Pilgrim Trust
Grants in the areas of preservation and increasing awareness of heritage, and social welfare.
Power to Change
New initiative (December 2013) from the Big Lottery Fund which will invest up to £150 million to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England.
Power to Change
The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts
18 endowed grant-making trusts which fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes.
The Social Investment Business Group (SIB Group)
Provides finance for charities and social enterprises through a number of funds. The latest fund, launched in 2014, is the Local Impact Fund which will initially be a pilot in Liverpool. This will offer business support and simple finance to local charities and social enterprises, providing unsecured loans of up to £250,000.
Invests in organisations and projects that will get more people taking up and continuing to play sport and creating opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.
The T B H Brunner Settlement
Tel: 0207 727 6277
Together in Service
Two year UK Government initiative, from November 2013, to celebrate the practical contribution that faith communities make to society through social action and to support faith groups in undertaking new multi-faith volunteering projects at local level. FaithAction will be administering an annual pot of £160,000 available as 1:1 match-funding for small grants of £2,000 and £5,000 to facilitate new multi-faith social action projects at a local level.
Together in Service
WCVA Grants & Loans
Manages a range of grant schemes as well as a loan package that support local voluntary organisations, communities and volunteers throughout Wales, with funding from charitable trusts, the Millennium Commission, the National Assembly for Wales and the European Structural Funds.
The Wolfson Foundation
Grants are generally given for capital infrastructure (new build, refurbishment and equipment) supporting excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts & humanities.
WREN Biodiversity Action Fund
The Small Grant Scheme is designed to assist applicants looking for funding on small projects that can make a real difference to their local communities. The main grant scheme is for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other public amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site. The Biodiversity Action Fund supports biodiversity enhancements. The Heritage Fund is for the repair, maintenance or restoration of a building or structure of architectural or historic importance including places of worship.
A charity which supports social entrepreneurs.
Planning Aid for London
Free or affordable independent town planning advice to individuals and groups unable to afford professional consultants.
If you know of a possible funding source that we've missed, please email us