There are a number of new grant funds you could consider for this month, and for several (a new trend) they open for applications then close just a few weeks later.

M&S Energy | M&S Energy Community Energy Fund  (Closes 31/5)


If you’ve got a not for profit project that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits, this is your chance to secure funding! Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, wthey would like to hear from you.

Our Programmes | Lloyds Bank Foundation


Invest grants provide longer term core or direct delivery funding for eligible charities that are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work. These grants are from £10,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total.

Invest grants fund core organisational costs, meaning those related to the day to day running of a charity. We also fund costs associated with the direct delivery of a charity’s work. Applications for Invest grants are accepted in three annual rounds.


How to Apply | Lloyds Bank Foundation


Transform Foundation | Home

This is a fund to help charities and small groups (significantly) upgrade their digital presence – notably a web site. It is a 10 minute application process (apparently).


Apply for a Grant | Postcode Community Trust (Closes 31/5)

The Postcode Community Trust seeks to empower groups of people by providing them with the skills and resources they need to effect change in their own communities. Some groups may feel they cannot participate fully in activities within their community because of isolation, disability or age. The fund aims to help them overcome these barriers in creative and sustainable communities by improving social cohesion, economic infrastructure and provide or improve community-based facilities.

Apply for a Grant | People’s Postcode Trust (Closes 30/5)

The People’s Postcode Trust exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. It will also consider projects which help different communities come together for the benefit of their local area.

People’s Postcode Trust seeks to help find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its consequences, by, for example, equipping people with the skills, knowledge and resources that they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as needs associated with ethnicity, geography, gender, age, disability, educational and skills attainment.

The Skipton Building Society

Funding for community groups, clubs & organisations

For 2016, Skipton Building Society has allocated 163 donations of £500 to help fund development for grassroots organisations in our communities.

Armed Forces Covenant funding for projects to support serving Armed Forces families

This is a special fund for (2) project types which help members of the Armed Services past and present – full details HERE

Applications for funding from the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust (CLOSES 27/5)

CLICK HERE for full details

Following a recent strategic review, the Trustees have indicated that in future, the Trust will focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

FOR MORE DETAILS The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust – Applications now open – VASA News



For any large scale project bid, you must produce a very thorough Project Plan. This is a detailed feature on how to do this

Project Management | From the Archives: 4 Things to Prepare for Before Kicking Off a Project


You may be considering – or are actually already working with a Local Authority on a Commissioned Service – this was some detailed feedback on research done about how this all works.

How do local authority commissioners want to work with the voluntary sector?



Other Fundraising Support (a selection of articles to help with developing fundraising)

7 Ways to Upgrade Your Nonprofit Donation Page

Tips for Wildly Successful Fundraising Committees

16 Must-Know Stats About Online Fundraising and Social Media (useful for back-up detail in funding applications)