First World War: then and now – HLF Funding

Explore the heritage of the First World War with Heritage Lottery Fund grants of £3,000–£10,000. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.

The First World War affected millions across the globe and shaped the world we live in. The Centenary is a chance to understand the war better, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today.

Read more: First World War: then and now – HLF Funding

BBC Children in Need Grants Programmes

BBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands that support children and young people who are 18 years and younger, who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Read more: BBC Children in Need Grants Programmes

Sport England Announces New Funding to Tackle Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage

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Sport England has announced that it will be opening its £3 million Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage fund in April 2017.

From April 2017 Sport England will be accepting applications for the second round of its inactivity fund. The £3 million Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage fund will be available for projects which use sport and physical activity to improve lives and communities.

Read more: Sport England Announces New Funding to Tackle Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage


ChurchCare is the Church of England’s national resource, adding value from the centre to support over 16,000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals. They support all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings today and for the enjoyment of future generations.  ChurchCare is the comprehensive source of information for everyone managing a church building.

Grants are available for Anglican churches across England.  Further information and online application forms can be accessed online at the ChurchCare website -

ACT Foundation

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ACT provides grants to individuals and other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, (specifically the mentally and physically disabled).

Grants generally fall into the following areas:

  • Building - funding modifications to homes, schools, hospices etc.
  • Equipment - provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living.
  • Financial assistance - towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered respite centre.

Read more: ACT Foundation

Rank Foundation Ltd - small grants

The Rank Foundation is a grant giving charitable trust, restricted to causes within the UK approved by the Charity Commission.

They are currently accepting applications for two programmes. These are focused on capital costs (building works and purchase of equipment), and a separate fund for short breaks for carers, and those who are disabled or living with a long term illness.

They can only accept applications from charities with an annual income of less than £500,000. This fund is focused on smaller charities that may not be covered by their larger programmes.

Read more: Rank Foundation Ltd - small grants

Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation raises funds throughout the year to support causes that will change people’s lives. They work with both national and local charities donating much needed funding to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness or disability.

Applications can be submitted at any time.  For more information please go to the website:

(Source NCVS 12/1/17)

Scottish Power's Energy People Trust Announces 2017 Deadlines

The Scottish Power Energy People Trust is accepting applications from charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales that work to help people whose lives are affected by fuel poverty.  Deadlines are (18 January), 24 May and 4 October 2017.

The Energy People Trust, with funding from ScottishPower and voluntary donations from independent supporters, provides grants to grassroots organisations that help people who are on low incomes, live in poor housing or suffer ill health.   Charitable organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to support projects or schemes covering the following:

Read more: Scottish Power's Energy People Trust Announces 2017 Deadlines

Football Foundation’s Grow the Game Open to Applications (until end of March 2017)

The Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme provides grants for the creation
of new football teams and Footballcoaching qualifications throughout England.

Grow the Game aims to increase participation in football by helping clubs to provide opportunities for new players, or by training volunteers to support new players and teams.

The following types of team are eligible for a grant in 2017:

  • Male teams from the under-14 age bracket and above.
  • Female teams from the under-7 age bracket and above.
  • Disability teams.

Read more: Football Foundation’s Grow the Game Open to Applications (until end of March 2017)

Barchester Healthcare Foundation

Barchester Health Foundation is continuing its 2016 priority to combat loneliness and engage older or disabled people.

It is accepting applications from small community groups and small local groups helping adults aged over 18 with mental and physical disabilities, and older people aged over 65.

The Foundation's priority is continued from 2016: connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive the highest priority throughout the year.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available to groups in England, Scotland and Wales. Applications can be submitted online at any time -

The West Bridgford Rotary Club Community Fund

The West Bridgford Rotary Club Community Fund has been established to provide
help and support to local community groups, schools and individuals. It is intended that any grant will help:

  • Begin a new or develop an existing community organisation for the benefit of local people or the environment;
  • Support the development of young people in local schools;
  • Support the individual development of young people.
  • Provide assistance for people with special needs.

The group, school or individual must be resident or based in West Bridgford, Edwalton, Gamston, Lady Bay or the Meadows.

Read more: The West Bridgford Rotary Club Community Fund


Our experienced staff can advise you on all aspects of raising funds for your organisation including:
  • Identifying resources needed and setting a budget
  • Sources of grants, trusts and other funding opportunities
  • Completing application forms
  • Ensuring your organisaition has the correct structures in place
  • Information about funding events and workshops
"Thank you for your help and advice...which I'm sure contributed to the success in getting funding'"           

Village Bowls Club seeking to update their facilities to include disabled access and toilet

"It's not what I expected - I imagined it would be filling Smartie tubes...that type of fundraising. This is brilliant...I'm confident this is going to lead to something"

"I'm really excited about our new project now...I'm really glad I came along"

Members of groups who attended the Rushcliffe Funding Surgery at Rushcliffe CVS in April 2013 delivered by Rushcliffe CVS and a colleague from Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire

For more information or advice please contact Carolyn Perry on 0115 969 9060 in the first instance or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out about funding opportunities

  • Receive Rushcliffe CVS monthly newsletter / ebulletin which includes information about sources of funding.  See CVS newsletters for more information.
  • Use Funding Central a funding search website managed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). You can search for grants, contracts, and loan finance for your charity, voluntary organisation, or social enterprise. You can also sign up to get email alerts of new funding information.  See:
  • Search Source Nottinghamshire which includes live tender opportunities in Nottingham city and county. Some are particularly relevant to voluntary organisations. 

Funding Information Factsheet

You can download a Fundng Information Factsheet summarising the information on this Funding page.

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