Below are listed possible sources of alternative funding for charities, Christian organisations, churches and community projects. Please note: while we strive to keep this information up-to-date, grant programmes change frequently.
If you know of a possible funding source that we’ve missed, please email.
All links are to external websites:
Alan Evans Memorial Trust
Grants to promote permanent preservation of tenements (including buildings) of beauty or historic interest.
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.
Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund grants from £300 to over £500,000 to organisations ranging from small local groups to major national charities.
Charles Hayward Foundation
Makes grants to charities and charitable organisations which are registered in the UK.
Church Urban Fund
Grants are available to faith based groups working to tackle poverty with people living in England’s poorest communities. Funding is available through the Together Grants programme which replaced the previous Mustard Seed Grant programme.
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.
Comic Relief allocates funding under four programme areas: investing in children and young people; empowering women and girls; improving health and wellbeing; and building stronger communities.
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’.
Community Foundation in Wales
Aims to strengthen communities in Wales by awarding grants to projects that make a sustainable impact on local needs.
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.
FCC Community Action Fund
Awards grants for community projects that help benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites.
FCC Scottish Action Fund
Offers funding of between £2,000 and £50,000 to projects through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.
Funding Central website
Search for grants contracts and loans, plus help and advice on this website from NCVO. From 15 June 2016 you will need to subscribe to use the site: currently free for organisations with an income of under £100,000 per year.
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.
The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity
Grants are considered under the following categories: General Welfare, Medical Welfare, Youth, Culture and Church.
Good Finance (Beta)
Provides a guide to social investment, including a list of places to go for finance and investment.
Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland
The overall aim of the Foundation is to support underfunded, grassroots charities that enable people, especially disabled and disadvantaged people, to play a fuller role in society.
The Hedley Foundation
A charitable foundation which supports young people, the disabled and the terminally ill.
The Helen Isabella McMorran Charitable Foundation
The Trust will consider giving grants for the preservation or conservation of religious buildings of historic or architectural interest.
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.
The Kirby Laing Foundation
Works particularly, but not exclusively, in the fields of medical research and the promotion of Christian faith and values.
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.
Lloyds Bank Foundation
New grant programmes launched from April 2014 – Invest, Enable and Enhance – offer short and long term grants. Support is adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities (income between £25,000 and £1 million) that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage.
The London Community Foundation
Funding charities, community groups and social enterprise with a focus on community based action and projects that do not attract mass public support.
The Manifold Trust
Funds for conservation.
National Churches Trust
National, non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting places of worship used by Christian denominations throughout the UK.
Near Neighbours programme
The idea is to bring people together who are near neighbours in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.
The Owen Family Trust
Grants are available for the preservation of Christian and secular historic buildings in West Midlands and North Wales.
The Pilgrim Trust
Grants in the areas of preservation and increasing awareness of heritage, and social welfare.
Power to Change
Power to Change is a new initiative which will invest up to £150 million to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England. Applications are open for a £10 million Community Business Fund until 1 June 2016. There will also be application windows in July and October 2016.
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)
The Social Investment Business exists to raise and connect capital to achieve the maximum possible social impact in the UK.
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.
Wales Council for Voluntary Action
Website includes a Third Sector Funding Portal for Wales with funding advice and details of funding opportunities.
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.
Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarships
These scholarships are intended to support outstanding research students at the University of Cambridge who have the potential to become exceptional leaders of the future. Their research must be relevant to the focus of the Woolf Institute – the multi-disciplinary study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.
A charity which supports social entrepreneurs.