Lifetimes – Chances grant funding





New grant funding for a new year

Lifetimes Chances is pleased to announce its new grant funding stream from the Charity’s self-generated funds.
Our latest partnership with Achieving for Children will be able to assist families with grants for services, necessitous items, one off experiences that would not be achievable in their present circumstances.

During 2019 we will be announcing our other partners under this exciting new funding stream.

Lifetimes Chief Executive, Tina Champion said “As an organisation, we have for decades assisted other funders. Government departments, statutory bodies and the local authority to cascade their information to the voluntary sector via newsletters, meet the Funders events, 1:1 funding meetings, capacity building training etc. and provided successful assistance to many voluntary organisations on obtaining funding. Lifetimes is well placed to be able to design and administer grant funding schemes and also to provide meaningful impact reports”.

“Lifetimes is extremely proud that this grant funding comes from our own self-generated funds and as an independent Charity we continually strive to meet our group’s mission statement “Enabling people to achieve”.




Quaker Housing Trust

Discretionary grants and interest-free loans to social housing projects for capital costs of a wide range of practical building work. Open to registered UK charities which meet a demonstrable housing need, providing actual ‘bricks& mortar’ housing and letting the homes at a realistic rent which low income occupants can genuinely afford. Next application deadlines in 2019: Friday 16 August and Friday 18 October.

To apply please click  here


DM Thomas Central grants

Next deadlines in 2019: Tuesday 23rd July and Tuesday 8th October 2019


Grants are made to registered charities helping disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and children transform their lives. Work in the areas of education or health with one of their three chosen focus groups are considered:

- children and young people with disabilities

- children and young people who are sick in hospital and

- children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

Grants vary in size from up to £5,000 to not more than £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project. There are 4 rounds of funding a year.

To apply please click here.



The London SME Fund



 The SME Fund, called MMC London Fund, is a £28 million venture capital fund for SMEs that was launched in April 2013 by the Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, Kit Malthouse.

The fund is operated by Funding London and MMC ventures, and provides equity finance for early stage London-based businesses that can generate significant levels of economic growth. It is a co-investment fund made up of £9 million from the London ERDF programme with the rest coming from investment returns from previous funds and private investors. The co-investment multiple so far is around 4 times the amounts invested from the MMC London Fund.

Who is it aimed at?

Who is it aimed at?
The fund is targeted at early-stage, high-growth small businesses in sectors where UK is a world leader and which are priorities for the Mayor of London, including:

- Software and IT,
- Digital and e-commerce
- Creative and media
- Financial services
- Leisure
- Education

For more info, please click here.



Place Makers Fund

The Place Makers Fund will award grants to local groups, organisations and charities which share our passion and commitment to changing lives and enhancing communities. It's run by our grant management partners, Rocket Science, using funds from the L&Q Foundation and all funded projects will support the Foundation to achieve its strategic outcomes. These are:

Independent lives -  Supporting residents to live independent lives, by enhancing residents’ social and economic resilience to sustain their tenancies
Successful places -  Increasing social mobility and community engagement among L&Q residents and communities
Social responsibility -  Integrating social responsibility in to our core activities, acting as an enabler and champion for corporate responsibility and sustainability across the organisation

To read more and to apply please click here.






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.


National Lottery Awards for All

Application deadline:Ongoing

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.


 £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.


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.



                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 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.


The Guide to Major Trusts 2019/20 – New edition!


The Guide to Major Trusts 2019/20 is the UK’s definitive detailed guide to grant funding. It provides thorough backgrounds on grant sources, as well as commentary and advice on how to apply and what grant-makers are looking for.


This sixteenth edition offers information on 1,004 of largest grant-makers which award a combined annual total of over £5.5 billion.


Click here  for more information .


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.


European Social Fund in the UK

Information about ESF funding and how to apply.


A Guide to Sustainable Fundraising
From Voluntary Norfolk



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



General information and resources on fundraising. 


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


Fundraising techniques and methods
Find suggestions, guides and templates to help you fundraise 


On-line Fundraising

Websites that enable you to seek donations on-line


Tax Effective Donations

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


Where to find tenders
Small tenders are advertised at

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