Additional advice and other funding sources

There are many organisations offering help and support to the voluntary, community and faith sector. Some of the websites which you may find useful include:

Advice Organisations and funding search websites
OrganisationAdvice organisations and funding search websites
CVS Cheshire East CVS Cheshire East provides specialist knowledge and support to voluntary and community groups who wish to apply for funding in order to develop their project or organisation.
Funding Central   Tools and resources for advice on grants, contracts and loan finance.  Includes an online funding search facility.
Government Funding Search for all the regional, local and national government funding schemes in one place and for funding that is only for voluntary organisations.
Open 4 Funding A straight forward, free to use online service to help groups find funding schemes and awards appropriate to your project.
NCVO The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England.  They give voice and support to civil society.
Skillshare The SkillShare team match the support of local businesses with the needs of the local community, voluntary and faith sector to offer free expert help with a project, to improve efficiency or to solve a problem for your organisation. They cannot help with funding bids but they can help with just about everything else.
Organisation and Lottery funding
OrganisationLottery funding
Heritage Lottery Fund The Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions.  They give priority to applications from not for profit organisations.
Lottery Funding Lottery Funding is a joint website run by all Lottery funders in the UK which allows you to search information on current funding programmes.
People's Postcode Trust The People's Postcode Trust offer funding of between £500 and £250,000 for good causes in England, Scotland and Wales. Organisations can also apply to the Dream Fund for up to £250,000 to bring their dream project to life.
Reaching Communities Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities most in need. Projects can be new or existing, or be the core work of your organisation.
Funding sources and financial information
OrganisationFunding sources and financial information
Allen Lane Foundation The Allen Lane Foundation support general charitable causes and fund eight specific beneficiary groups. Please check the guidelines to see if your work falls within their priorities.
Armed Forces Day If you are a council, organisation or a member of a local community you can apply for funding from the MOD to host an event as part of the nationwide Armed Forces Day campaign, Funding is available up to a maximum of £10,000 with numerous bids for a few hundred pounds granted each year to assist smaller events.
Arts Council The Arts Council fund arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.
BBC Children in Need BBC Children in Need runs several different Grant Programmes. Their focus is firmly on children and young people experiencing disadvantage. They fund organisations working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.
Big Issue Big Issue Invest is a specialised provider of finance to social enterprises or trading arms of charities that are finding business solutions that create social and environmental transformation.  They do not provide grants but do provide finance for social enterprises in the form of loans, participation loans and equity.
Big Tree Plant The Big Tree Plant funding is a £4m funding scheme supporting community groups to plant trees in towns, cities and residential areas throughout England. The funding is for non-profit organisations to establish community-led tree planting projects in areas that would benefit most.
Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation give funds to charities registered with the Charity Commission and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs. They fund capital projects such as new build, refurbishment, equipment or transport. They do not fund running costs, including salaries.
Cheshire Community Foundation This new Foundation supports a wide range of charitable activity aimed at improving the quality of life for local people. They give grants to groups addressing priority needs in communities and for whom a small amount of money can make a really big difference.
Churches Together Churches Together list possible sources of alternative funding for charities, churches and community projects.
Clothworkers' Foundation The clothworkers' Foundation award one-off grants for capital costs such as building refurbishments, buying vehicles and office equipment to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those that face disadvantage.
Co-op Membership Grants, between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups. The Co-operative Membership is one of the few funders which allow grants to cover rent.
Crime Prevention Fund Local residents, voluntary and community groups are able to apply for funding, up to a maximum of £5,000 for community safety and crime prevention projects in the local community. Groups will be required to obtain match funding for projects.
Ernest Cook Trust The Ernest Cook Trust (ECT) gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment or the arts (in the broadest sense) or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy. Since the ECT is a land-based Trust, work which encourages or ensures the continuation of rural skills and crafts is of particular interest to the Trustees.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation take pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund.  Their primary interests are in the arts, education and learning, the environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.
Greggs Foundation The Greggs Foundation has four principal grant programmes through which it channels its community investments, major grants, regional grants, breakfast club and hardship fund.
Hedley Foundation The Hedley Foundations main objective is to fund young people: their education, recreation, support, training, health and welfare. They also fund disabled people and the terminally ill: provision of specialist equipment and support for carers.
Henry Smith Charity The Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.
Hilton Foundation The Hilton Foundation has a particular focus on supporting children and young people with disabilities, young people in hospital, homelessness and life-limited children and young people in hospices.
Lankelly Chase Foundation The LankellyChase Foundation is focused exclusively on bringing about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. By severe and multiple disadvantage the Foundation particularly means people who are experiencing a combination of severe social harms such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental illness, extreme poverty, and violence and abuse.
Lloyds TSB Foundation The Community programme from the Lloyds TSB Foundation focuses on funding core work that helps disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in the community.
Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund The Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund was established to promote, enhance, improve and protect both the natural and built environment in the local community. Applications can be made from groups who are within an approximate 10-mile radius of the Airport.
Morgan Foundation The Morgan Foundation specialises in supporting organisations helping children and families as well as the elderly, disabled and socially isolated. They also provide 12, 15 and 17 seater mini buses. 
National Churches Trust The National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects for places of worship through repair grants, community grants and partnership grants.
Nationwide Foundation Grants of £500 to £5,000 are available for registered charities which aim to tackle financial exclusion affecting disadvantaged groups and to address housing issues & homelessness among vulnerable groups across the UK.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation The Paul Hamlyn Foundation make grants to organisations which aim to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, both now and in the future. In particular they are concerned with children and young people, and others who are disadvantaged.
Santander Foundation Funding from the Santander Foundation is available to help disadvantaged people through one or both of these charitable priorities - education and training, or financial capability.
Screwfix Foundation The Screwfix Foundation is a new charity set up by Screwfix in 2013. They aim to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities.
Sport England Sport England fund sports in the community in a number of different ways including small grants and capital project funding.
Steven Gerrard Foundation The Steven Gerrard Foundation awards grants of up to £10,000 per year for a maximum of three years. They support disadvantaged children, including their education and health, children with disabilities, street children and children going through family breakdown.
True Colours Trust The True Colours Trust provide grants to help smaller organisations develop and deliver programmes for disabled children, their siblings and families. The Trustees are particularly keen to support hydrotherapy pools, multi-sensory rooms, mini buses, young carers projects, sibling projects and bereavement support.
Tudor Trust The Tudor Trust particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations which support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities.
United Utilities Trust United Utilities Trust Fund is an independent grant making trust helping people out of poverty and debt - thanks to generous donations by United Utilities Water Plc.
WEa WEa holds the ESF Community Learning Grants. Grants, up to £13,500 are available to fund courses and activities supporting individuals who are out of work, helping them to access employment or further learning and training.
WREN Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects.
YAPP Charitable Trust The Yapp Charitable Trust make grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work.