What are you going to do if you’ve got a digital project you want to get off the ground but no budget?
You need to find support and this often takes time, connections, and the ability to do some serious research. Or in this case, it means just scrolling down through the rest of this piece.
As a fully not for profit co-op digital agency who believe that a lack of budget shouldn’t get in the way of amazing charities and NGOs from doing better digital work, it's fantastic to see them put together this list of funding for social impact startups and charity digital work in the UK.
We'll also be adding each of the organisations mentioned below to Good Here, so look out for links to those profiles added soon!
A number of community foundations are providing support for small charities and community groups helping people in their area. You can find a full list of community foundations here.
Coronavirus Relief Grants
More info: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/funding
More info: List of COVID funding
More info: https://www.corona-funding.org
More info: https://britishmuslimcovid19fund.co.uk
Lists of resources and funding for coronavirus relief.
Coronavirus Pro-Bono Support
More info: Sometime Creative Industry support
More info: Digital Candle
More info: Catalyst Covid-19 Network
More info: The Catalyst
Organisations and initiatives providing support for digital projects during the pandemic.
More info: https://www.dev.ngo/design-support/
Great for: We're offering pro-bono support for charities and nonprofits looking for design support for digital projects. Register for more information.
EUROPEAN YOUTH FOUNDATION - VARIOUS GRANTS
Deadline: 1 October 2020
Great for: Youth organisation NGOs working across Europe, funding for international activities
GETTY FOUNDATION SCHOLAR GRANTS 2021/2022 FOR RESEARCHERS (FULLY-FUNDED)
Deadline: 1 October 2020
Great for: Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars, or individuals who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from work-related obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme or the African American Art History Initiative, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.
EU PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE
Deadline: 1 October 2020
More info: http://www.europeanheritageawards.eu/apply/
Great for: These annual Awards seek to identify and promote best practices in the conservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, to stimulate the trans-frontier exchange of knowledge and experience throughout Europe, to enhance public awareness and appreciation of Europe's cultural heritage, and to encourage further excellent initiatives through the power of example. Entries can be related to tangible, intangible or digital heritage . They can be ranging on a scale from small to large, from local to European and international.
HOSPITAL SANCTUARY FUND (MEDICAL CHARITIES IN UK AND IRELAND)
Deadline: 5 October 2020
Great for: The Hospital Saturday Fund considers giving grants towards medical capital projects, medical care or research and in support of medical training. The Hospital Saturday Fund will also consider grants for running costs, and make some grants to individuals requiring medical care.
PRS FOUNDATION - UK MUSIC FUND
Deadline: 5 October 2020
Great for: The Open Fund for Organisations supports new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups*.
Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally.
AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND
Deadline: 13 October 2020
Great for: Small charities that need funding and support. Aviva have partnered with Crowdfunder, to provide support to organisations looking to build their fundraising capacity.
GSMA INNOVATION FUND
Deadline: 16 October 2020
Great for: Start ups and SMEs working in Africa and Asia that are driving the digital inclusion of people with disabilities. Successful projects will receive an equity-free grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15- to 18-month period.
More info: https://www.angloamericangroupfoundation.org
Great for: Registered charities working on community development, education and training, environmental initiatives or HIV/AIDS and welfare projects
ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE FUND
More info: http://ahfund.org.uk
Great for: The Architectural Heritage Fund supports communities across the UK find enterprising new ways to revitalise old buildings. They provide advice, grants and loans to support sustainable heritage projects.
ASHWORTH CHARITABLE TRUST
More info: http://www.ashworthtrust.org
Great for: Humanitarian causes operating locally, nationally and internationally. For the most part, the Trust looks to fund projects and not core funding.
More info: https://www.asdafoundation.org/what-we-fund
Great for: Local charities and community groups
BARING FOUNDATION - STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY
The Strengthening Civil Society programme, which supports civil society to use the law to achieve social change, is launching three new funding streams to support grantholders and civil society to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
BIG LOTTERY FUND, AWARDS FOR ALL
Great for: Community organisations, charities and social enterprises working in the UK.
CITY BRIDGE TRUST
Great for: Charitable organisations and projects with an emphasis on reducing inequality and enabling voice and representation for disadvantaged groups. Applicants must be based in London.
COVENTRY, WARWICKSHIRE AND SOLIHULL COMMUNITIES FUND
Great for: Up to £2,000 in funding available for community organisations in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. The Fund aims to help people who face some form of disadvantage or social exclusion.
DIGITAL FREEDOM FUND
More info: https://digitalfreedomfund.org/grants/
Great for: The Digital Freedom Fund supports strategic litigation on digital rights in Europe that contributes to advancing human rights in the digital sphere.
DM THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE CENTRAL GRANTS
Deadline: Ongoing, quarterly deadlines
Great for: UK charities working with babies and young people up to the age of 25 can apply to the central grant scheme. The foundation is particularly interested in supporting projects that aim to help young people who have disabilities, are sick in hospital, or have a pre-existing life limiting condition. Grants of up to £30,000 per year are available.
ESMÉE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION
Great for: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation funds charities and social enterprises, and supports work that focuses on The Arts, Children and Young People, Environment, Food and Social Change. Funding is targeted at larger organisations, with a turnover of over £50,000.
Great for: Urgent situations where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) and men who have sex with men (MSM) struggle to access HIV services because of stigma and discrimination – often leading to threats and violence.
More info: https://garfieldweston.org
Great for: UK charities, regardless of size.
GET UP RISE UP DIRECT ACTION FUND
Deadline: Ongoing, rolling basis
More info: http://directaction.beautifultrouble.org
Great for: The Get Up Rise Up direct action fund seeks to make resources available to local groups (both registered and unregistered) that often find themselves underfunded or under-resourced for a myriad of reasons, and who are planning creative direct actions as part of an ongoing campaign.
THE GIRL GENERATION
More info: https://www.thegirlgeneration.org
Great for: Groups campaigning to end FGM
GREEN HALL FOUNDATION
Great for: The Green Hall Foundation makes around 100 grants per year to registered charities. Unlike most Trusts the Green Hall Foundation changes it priorities on an annual basis, with specific sectors invited to apply at two annual application periods. Also fairly uniquely each application period closes as soon as the Foundation has received 100 applications. The Foundation usually awards grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.
HERITAGE EMERGENCY FUND
The fund will be investing the £50m as short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites to ensure they are not lost to the public.
ISLAMIC BANK TRANSFORM FUND 2020
Through Transform, innovative ideas will be translated into real development solutions that will address development challenges and empower the communities and youth in particular to realize their full potential.
THE JOSEPH ROWNTREE CHARITABLE TRUST
Deadline: Ongoing, several deadlines throughout the year
More info: https://www.jrct.org.uk/what-we-fund
Great for: JRCT fund projects across five priority areas: Peace and Security, Power and Accountability, Rights and Justice, Sustainable Future and the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict. Their funding priorities reflect the organisation's Quaker values of equality, human rights, justice and environmental sustainability. Funding applications are reviewed four times a year.
LUSH CHARITY POT
More info: https://uk.lush.com/tag/charity-pot
Great for: Grassroots orgs working in environmental, animal and human rights. Selected organisations will be featured on Charity Pot body lotion & sold in Lush stores - so it’s a great opportunity to showcase the work you do!
MOZILLA COVID-19 SOLUTIONS FUND
Providing awards of up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way.
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY HERITAGE FUND
More info: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk
Great for: The National Lottery Heritage Fund provide grant funding for heritage projects from £3,000 upwards.
Grants are awarded to good causes in UK and Ireland whose work involves supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. They are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.
NOEL BUXTON TRUST
More info: http://www.noelbuxtontrust.org.uk
Great for: The Trust supports voluntary and community based organisations in Great Britain and in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa. UK grants have a focus on the welfare of both families and prisoners.
PEOPLE’S POSTCODE TRUST
Great for: Non-profit and community organisations working to eliminate poverty, combat discrimination or protect human rights.
PRINCE'S TRUST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
Support for young people aged 18-30 with a focus on young business owners and the self-employed.
Great for: Sea-Changers gives grants to a range of UK-based, marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations. They are particularly interested in grassroots projects which galvanise community action and projects which increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation. A number of grants are available, including a rolling small-grants programme.
SCHRODER CHARITY TRUST
More info: https://schrodercharitytrust.org/
Great for: UK registered charities seeking grants of up to £5,000.
Great for: Small, community-based organisations and charities working in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. Funding up to £10,000 is available.
WOODWARD CHARITABLE TRUST
Deadline: March, May, October
More info: http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk
Great for: The Trust fund a huge range of activities, but they focus on small charities with an income under £300,000 who meet the trust’s criteria.
WOLFSON FOUNDATION - FUNDING FOR PLACES
Great for: Capital initiatives (e.g. buildings) and equipment. Wolfson fund a broad range of organisations and sectors including education, science, health & disability, arts & humanities.