Deadlines for applications

New date TBC

Chances is the grant fund available from Lifetimes Charity. Small grants of up to £5000 are available to Voluntary and some Public Sector Organisations whose work involves relieving hardship for parents with children under 13 years of age.

Organisations must be based in the London Borough of Wandsworth and must meet the Funding Criteria. Please download an Application Form and e-mail for the attention of Tina Champion or call her on 020 8875 2845 if you have any questions. For more information please see the website:

2,500 local people benefit from a Lifetimes “Chance”

Using our in-depth knowledge of grant funding, Lifetimes set up their own scheme in 2008 to assist necessitous parents with children under 13 years of age living in the Borough of Wandsworth. Chances ( the grant giving arm of Lifetimes Charity) has donated over £120,000 of their own money to projects benefitting necessitous parents since 2008.

Putting OUR money into needed services in the Borough of Wandsworth.
The funds distributed by Lifetimes/Chances is money generated by Lifetimes’ trading activities and is NOT provided by any other statutory body.
We do not merely act as an administrator for these funds but work hard to secure these funds for distribution.

In many instances the funding has been given to small voluntary sector groups based in the borough, who although they provide much needed grassroots services are turned away by the main funding trusts.

In total, over 2,500 residents have received education, training, help and support via charities and community groups funded by Chances.

Here is an outline of some of the people helped:

Activity breaks for 32 children from some of the most needy families have been paid for by Chances with another 16 being funded for later on in 2015. These children have been referred to outside agencies by Social services etc.

We supported 120 parents with severely disabled children by providing payment for specialist teachers

We funded advice and support work to 883 individuals through local charities working in areas of domestic violence, refugee and disability and “at risk” families.

We supported and taught 818 children and parents with the provision of funding for after school education, parenting classes, Esol lessons and crèche facilities, as well as funding equipment for specialised education areas

We encouraged volunteering which would benefit 305 families by funding the employment of volunteer co-ordinators to train more volunteers

We have funded equipment to reach out to 230 people equipping rooms with specialist furniture, ICT equipment for newsletters and also paid for meeting spacse for charities and voluntary sector groups so that they can inform their members and beneficiaries;.

Direct aid given to charitable organisations which helped 200 residents.

Big Lottery £4.5 million social action fund launched

The Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced a £4.5 million fund to support the Place Based Social Action programme (PBSA).  PBSA aims to create positive change by enabling people, communities, local non-statutory organisations and the statutory sector to work collaboratively to create a shared vision for the future of their area, and address local priorities through social action.
Funding is available to existing partnerships including infrastructure organisations, charities, local authority representatives and NHS CCGs. Partnerships can apply for up to £240,000 and then a further £255,000 over the course of the three-phase plan. Phase one is open to expressions of interest until 28 November 2017. For more information and to apply click here.

Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund

Deadline : Friday 2nd March 2018 by 5pm

The purpose of this fund is to benefit the community and provide support for local organisations to meet local needs in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.

Groups based in Merton and Wandsworth are eligible to apply. Although there is no income threshold imposed for the applicant organisation, the fund may give priority to smaller, locally-based organisations within the two boroughs.
In addition, priority will be given to organisations supporting the following beneficiary groups:
• Disability groups
• Young people
• BAME groups
• Older people
• Unemployed, those claiming out of work benefits

Organisations will be able to apply for funding towards work that focuses on meeting local needs through addressing one or more of the following themes:
• Projects which improve mental and physical health and wellbeing
• Projects which address education, training and employability needs
• Projects which address poverty, disadvantage and isolation
• Projects which encourage community cohesion and improve inter-community relationships (including inter-generational activities)

Grant size
Organisations can apply for a grant between £500 and £5,000.

How to apply
To apply to this fund, please look at the fund guidelines and application form guidance by clicking here.

Friday 2nd March 2018 by 5pm (you will hear the outcome in the week ending 12th May)


Deadline: 16 March, 12pm

The Get Set, Get Active Fund aims to help people of all ages and abilities to take part in physical or sports activities in their community.

Local groups and clubs active in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth can apply for grants ranging from £500 up to £2,500 towards the costs of direct sports or physical activity provision including equipment and kits, coaching fees and venue hire.

Applications are encouraged from groups, which tackle social problems and help people facing disadvantages to improve their quality of life.

For more information visit please click here.



Peabody Community Fund

Deadline: Wednesday 21st March 2018 by 12 noon  

The Peabody Community Grants programme exists to support projects and activities designed to improve the quality of life of Peabody residents. Grants of between £500 to £5,000 are available to support local activities that:

•  Are responding to identified community need
•  Bring communities together
•  Promote wellbeing


The fund is able to support activities benefitting residents of all ages and priority will be given to:
•  Organisations/projects addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the community
•  Peabody resident-led projects. If an applicant organisation is not resident-led, they will need to demonstrate strong connections with local residents, strong partnership working in the locality, a commitment to the locality after the proposed project is complete, and a clear understanding of community needs
•  Youth-led projects up to the age of 24
•  In 2017/18 organisations can apply for funding benefitting residents from any Peabody estates in London. However, we would particularly like to encourage applications for projects located in the following boroughs: Haringey, Hillingdon, Redbridge and Wandsworth
•  There will also be restricted funds for projects supporting Peabody residents living in Waltham Forest and Thamesmead

Note: Activities must demonstrate that the beneficiaries will be Peabody residents. To find out where Peabody estates are near you, please refer to the Peabody website.
Applicants must have an annual income of less than £100,000. However, organisations with an annual income of under £500,000 are eligible to apply if they have a proven track record of working with Peabody residents.

Grant size
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available.

How to apply
To apply to this fund, please take a look at the fund guidelines and application form guidance by here.

Wednesday 21st March 2018 by 12 noon (you will hear the outcome by the start of June 2018


Henry Smith Charity revised funding programme now open

  Their grants programme is now open after a review.  Their new strategy is funding for groups aiming to  work  directly with people for whom other sources of support have failed, been inappropriate or are simply not available. There are several programmes and no deadlines. They have six funding priorities that describe the work they support and how they want to bring about change for the most disadvantaged people in the greatest need.

Further guidance and applications: click here



 Grants to improve the education and development of children and young people

 BlueSpark Foundation is a registered charity which supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. Available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England, grants are relatively small, ranging from under £2,000, to, in just a few cases over £10,000. Applications can be made any time.
To read more please click here



The Ragdoll Foundation

The Ragdoll Foundation is dedicated to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content that reflects the world from a child’s point of view.

Ragdoll direct their resources and funding through three strands:

Open Grants – supporting organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media.

Legacy – supporting projects that continue the work and vision of Anne Wood, founder of the Foundation.

Advocacy – supporting initiatives that support the voice of and rights of children and young people.

For more information, click here.

Awards for All England


Funding size: £300 - £10,000
Application deadline: Ongoing


A quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000

Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods. It doesn’t have a deadline and you can apply at any time.

It is our most popular grants programme so we will prioritise groups with smaller incomes. Due to high demand on the programme, organisations that have a large annual income may not be able to get funding through Awards for All.

We recommend you send us your application at least four months before you want your project to start.

For more information, click here


Small project grants

Small project grants are for initiatives (including research) that would not otherwise be funded by the NHS. We use them to fund projects that:

-  Will provide a better service for patients
-  Can help you do your job more effectively
-  Are new initiatives and not top-ups for existing projects

If you are an employee of Barts Health NHS Trust, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry at QMUL or the School of Health Sciences at City University, you can apply for a small project grant of up to £50,000.

The first step is to contact us with a short summary of your proposal.  If we agree it is viable, then you will need to discuss your intention to submit an application with your endorsers, to ensure they’re on board. Then you can apply online.

To read more please click here.

BBC Children in Need's Small Grants programme

The Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through: Illness, distress, abuse or neglect. Any kind of disability. Behavioural or psychological difficulties. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

For more information, click here

National Lottery Awards for All

A quick and simple way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. You can apply if your organisation is:

• a voluntary or community organisation (registered charities, constituted groups or clubs, not-for-profit companies, community interest companies and social enterprises);
• a school;
• a statutory body (including town, parish and community councils).

You can apply at any time and will hear a decision within about 10 weeks.

Find out about the three funding priorities, what you can spend the money on and how to apply: click here


 Family Fund

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, we provided 89,423 grants or services worth over £36 million to families across the UK. They believe that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others.
For more information, click here.

Website grants

The Transform Foundation is a registered charity, that has been set up to provide grants to other charities to support investment in digital technologies that help increase their ability to raise funds.  
This year, Transform Foundation have launched their first grant programme, which is providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profits to fund the design and build of a new website for them.

• Funding of up to £18,000 to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimised website, with   sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools
• Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
• The grant covers 100% of the website design and build costs. Your organisation will need to cover ongoing costs.

For more information on Transform Foundation and to apply for a grant, click here

Youth Social Action

A definition of youth social action:

‘Young people taking practical action in the service of others in order to create positive social change that is of benefit to the wider community as well as to the young person themselves.’ Young Foundation

Youth Social Action includes volunteering, fundraising and campaigning.


Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places.

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. The programme aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%.

Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their

Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.

The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.

Step Up To Serve, Big Lottery Fund and the government Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering youth social action opportunities. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action programme.  

The London Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners and will be delivering the programme across 29 London boroughs. We cannot accept applications from the following Boroughs: City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

To read more and to apply, please click here.


The #iwill Fund

New fund launched to support youth social action

The #iwill Fund aims to transform the culture of community engagement and social action among 10-20 year olds. Funding is available for regional and national organisations that develop opportunities for young people to participate in social action.  

The first three match-funders have been announced that will distribute the funds from a central investment pot created by the Government and Big Lottery Fund. To find out more about applying check out the organisations below.

Pears Foundation will be supporting activity within education, health and social care as well as scaling and supporting successful models to grow or sustain.

UK Community Foundations will create small grants for local social action opportunities through their network of 43 Community Foundations across England.  

Comic Relief will develop opportunities for young people from areas and backgrounds currently least likely to participate; working in co-production with young people over the next few months to design the initiative to launch in Spring 2017.

To find more please click here.

 £18,000 Grants To Fund New Websites For Charities

The Transform Foundation has recently launched a new grant programme, which will be providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profits, to fund the design and build of a new website for them.  The grant will include a range of cutting edge tools for engaging with supporters and service users as well as the costs of the strategy, design and training required to get the website up and running.  The grant programme is mostly focused on non-profits with between £0.5m - £20m annual income, although organisations outside of this range are welcome to apply.

You can apply for the grant here.

Or discover more information about it on the Transform Foundation website here.

First Give London grants awarded

The London Community Foundation is delighted to announce that the first grants of Give London have been awarded.

Launched in February, the initiative has awarded nearly £24,000 in core grant funding to six charities: North & South London Cares, Baobab, Belong London, London Football Journeys, Mazi Mas and the Drop in Bereavement Centre.

Each group received £3,972 in early August, with grants going towards a range of activities, from holding social clubs for elderly individuals to increasing staff levels and delivery of services.

Give London is an initiative that enables all Londoners to support others in their city by contributing to grassroots charities in London, where small gifts really make a difference.

To read more about what the six featured charities have done with their first Give London grant and the impact it has made, please follow this link to the Give London website and visit the 'News and Community' section. Or click here to donate today.


Restructuring At Big Lottery

A major restructuring has been undertaken by Big Lottery. There will be a lot of change at BIG in the coming months to their funding programmes and processes.  Look out for further information on their website

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales 2015 Impact Report

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales have published their Impact Report for 2015 demonstrating the life-changing difference the charities which the Foundation supports make to people experiencing multiple disadvantages. Their Impact report also explores some of the work the Foundation is doing to champion small and medium sized charities and to ensure that their voice is heard.

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales seeks to support small and medium sized charities helping people experiencing multiple disadvantages through critical periods of life change or transition. Their Invest programme provides multiyear funding towards charities’ project and core costs while its Enable programme provides grants to support the organisational development and strengthening of charities carrying out this work.

For details of all the Foundation’s grants awarded last year across England and Wales including that in South West London, please click here.

For more information on Lloyds Bank Foundation current funding programmes and wider work, please click here.




Comic Relief Local Communities


Aims of the Programme

There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and

the current economic climate may make this situation worse. For this reason, Comic Relief has
decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing
these issues through a third phase of the ‘Local Communities’ programme. Comic Relief is
pleased to be working with the UK Community Foundations (UKCF) and Community Foundations
across the UK, to deliver this Local Communities Programme.
The London Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners and will be delivering the
programme across 29 London boroughs. We cannot accept applications from the following
Boroughs: City of London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.
The Local Communities Programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of
between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available.
The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their
communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing
with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups and organisations in areas of
disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.


Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:
1. Improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise
2. Maximise people's ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social
3. Promote reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to services
4. Advance people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and s

To read more please click here.


FreeSport Funding 

A key part of the Mayor's Sports Legacy Programme, FreeSport in Association with Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives allows sports clubs, youth groups and community organisations to apply for grants of up to £1,500 to run free sport activities for Londoners.  

FreeSport grants of up to £1,500 are awarded to approximately 150 different organisations across London, twice a year, for projects to run during the summer (July to October) and the winter (January to April). Application rounds open in April and September for four weeks and interested organisations are required to submit their proposals online via this site.

• encourage and offer ways for people to take part in sport and physical activity
• provide participants with over six hours of free sports coaching
• encourage ongoing participation beyond the FreeSport sessions
• target groups who traditionally have not taken part in sport regularly (women; people with disabilities; black, Asian and minority ethnic groups; and inactive people)
• fund organisations that do not traditionally engage with sporting activities so they can trial sporting programmes (eg Age UK, refugee organisations etc.)
• fund a range of activities, from the traditional (e.g. football) to more modern (eg dance), across every London borough

Future FreeSport funding
The next round of FreeSport funding
to be confirmed,and  to read more please click here.


Lloyds Bank Foundation Invites Charities to Apply for Enable Funding

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales would like to see more applications for development funding from registered charities and CIOs in England and Wales.It still has £2.5 million to award in ‘Enable’ grants for 2015.

Applications can be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines; however, enquiries should be submitted by the end of July 2015 to ensure a decision will be reached within the current year.

To read more please click here.


Wandsworth Grant Fund

The new grant fund will be launched later this year. As reported in earlier e-bulletins and the presentation held at Lifetimes Community Wellbeing event in October 2014, this new fund will combine the grants available to arts groups, children and young people and the Big Society fund.

Lifetimes will be working with the Economic Development Office to assist the voluntary sector to access information for the new funding, and hopes to bring you regular updates. 


New Wandsworth Grant Fund (WGF)

Wandsworth Council have drafted recommendations to bring together a number of constituent small grant funds into a new Wandsworth Grant Fund (WGF) to be administered by the Economic Development Office from 2015/16. 

To read more about the draft Committee paper please click here.  

In the current economic climate  it is important that current grant funding in the borough is maintained. The Council’s proposal doesn’t affect the total amount of grant available.  You can email Jon Evans, Head of Policy and Communications, at if you have any particular concerns you want to raise.



Small Grants and Clean-up Kits for Community Groups

Capital Clean-up has launched a micro grant fund of £500 for community groups to encourage Londoners to volunteer to lead clean-up unloved parts of London.They also have a number of clean-up kits for groups to apply for, which provides them with all the relevant materials to carry out regular litter picks.
They are targeting community groups, SMEs, housing associations, charities etc.
For more details on how to apply please click here.
For Press release please click here.   

(Updated 10 September 2013)



                Find new donors!


Sign up to and promote your charity to new donors is a fantastic new online fundraising tool for both charities and community groups. It helps support smaller charities, community groups and unregistered charities by giving them a user-friendly online platform and presence as well as a means for them to accept online donations, easily.

Through the use of a webpage, users can promote the excellent work they do in their local community, engage with supporters and raise donations. Groups signed up will also have the opportunity to benefit from Match challenges and fundraising training from The London Community Foundation. £1.7 million has been raised through the site so far!

For further information and to sign up, please e-mail  



ESF funding news

Funding of around £500 million from the European Social Fund (ESF) will be available to charities in England between 2014 and 2020, according to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). In previous ESF funding rounds, charities faced barriers when trying to raise match funding, which is required before an application for ESF can be made. In this funding round, volunteer time and social investment can now be treated as match funding and the Big Lottery Fund has offered to provide match funding for local social inclusion projects in future.

It is a return to the 1991-1998 model when Labour got in they changed the rules but this has opened up the access to funding streams in the EU again.


The Carer's Grant Scheme

The carer’s grant scheme can provide a grant of up to £250, for you to use for something that will help to improve
your quality of life. To apply for the grant, you must be providing regular and substantial care to someone who: is aged 18 or over; lives in Wandsworth; and has received or is eligible for carer’s assessment. Download a factsheet here.



The Henry Smith Charity

This Charity offers a range of grant programmes. Each has its own criteria and guidelines to help you apply.

The Main Grants Programme is for grants of £10,000 p.a. or over.  There are two types of Main Grant:

•  Capital Grants - One off grants for purchase or refurbishment of a building or purchase of specialist equipment.

•  Revenue Grants - Grants of up to three years for things like core costs (including salaries and overheads), or the running costs of a specific project (including staffing costs).

Full details of all funding from the Henry Smith Charity can be found here:





Fundraising Tips:
If you are successful in your funding application, always remember to send a letter of appreciation to your funder. This will start your relationship off on a good footing and may be used by your funder to introduce your organisation to other funding organisations or individual donors.

Top ten funding application errors

Read an article from Third Sector Online outlining handy tips on how to avoid simple mistakes and minimise time wasted on unsuccessful applications.

Check out these excellent Fundraising Tips from the Directory of Social Change

DSC Guide to Major Trusts
New editions of Directory of Social Change’s (DSC) Guide to the Major Trusts Volumes 1 & 2 are now available. For the first time the guides include information to help charities avoid key pitfalls and errors. The publications feature almost 1,200 grantmakers and grants totalling almost £200 million annually and are available separately at £75 each or together at £125 from


Online Funding Resources

Contract opportunities from Wandsworth Council

Funding Central
A free website providing access to funding and finance opportunities, plus tools and resources for organisations.


Free funding information on UK Grants for the non profit sector. It includes a free grant alert service.


European Social Fund in the UK
Information about ESF funding and how to apply.


A Guide to Sustainable Fundraising
From Voluntary Norfolk


Free funding e-bulletins 
You can receive regular funding up-dates by subscribing to the following e-bulletins:

London Community Foundation Funding -

LINX - news from NAVCA - to subscribe.

London Action Trust Newsletter - to subscribe contact Fernando Peña on 020 7793 3735 or

Advice UK Funding up-date - to subscribe contact Artie Singh on 020 7469 5700 or, 

KnowHow NonProfit   
A website to help sharing knowledge and experience in the third sector. There is a whole section on funding and fundraising.


A national umbrella organisation for England. Visit the funding and finance resources.


A Guide to Grant Funders
Download this free guide from the NCVO website.


Fundraising HealthCheck
A free, confidential diagnostic tool.


General information and resources on fundraising. 


The Finance Hub
Free resources to create a financially sustainable community and voluntary sector. 


Fundraising techniques and methods
The Institute of Fundraising provides information on a range of fundraising techniques

Find suggestions, guides and templates to help you fundraise 


Individual Giving
Download a resource sheet


On-line Fundraising
Websites that enable you to seek donations on-line


‘Dragon’s Den’ for donors and charities
The Funding Network (TFN) brings together potential donors and invites selected voluntary organisations to present their case at special events; see their website for future events.


Tax Effective Donations
Find out how to use gift aid and other mechanisms to make donations tax effective.;


Commissioning and Procurement
A wealth of information and resources is available at NAVCA

NCVO – Public Service Delivery Network


ACEVO publications & factsheets


Where to find tenders
Small tenders are advertised at

Large tenders are usually advertised at,
Public sector contracting opportunities over £10,000 at


Guides on Tendering
‘Give your tender a winning chance’ from Financehub

‘Competitive tendering: A guide for development workers in third sector infrastructure organisations’ 

The Handy Guide to Tendering and Procurement


Income Generation
NCVO website includes a variety of resources on how to start trading and generating income.