31 January 2023

Funding Opportunities


The Toy Trust – Funding to Support Disabled & Disadvantaged Children (UK)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to fund equipment and services to support disabled and disadvantaged children under the age of 13 across the UK. The Toy Trust fund helps disadvantaged children and their families to alleviate suffering; support children through awful experiences; encourage achievement through adversity; purchase vital equipment; provide care; bolster existing initiatives; initiate brand new projects; and satisfy basic needs. Groups that have carried out some form of effective fundraising by themselves are particularly encouraged to apply. The next deadline to apply is mid-February 2023for the March meeting of Trustees.

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The Football Foundation

Grassroots football clubs, charities, community and voluntary groups, local authorities and other not-for-profit organisations providing men’s football in England can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to purchase equipment and improve their facilities. Funded by the Premier League, the FA and the Government’s Football Foundation, the Small Grants programme will support smaller capital items and projects, and the maintenance/improvement of facilities. This could include grass pitch maintenance, minor works to changing rooms, ball retention systems, fencing, goalposts, portable floodlights, storage containers, improvements to playing surfaces, and club house refurbishment. Applications can be made at any time, preferably not more than once per football season.

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£900,000 Fund for Early-Stage Vocational Learning Projects (UK)

The UFi VocTech Trust has announced that grants of up to £60,000 will be made available through the VocTech Activate grant fund for early-stage projects that use technology to improve adult skills for work. The funding will be made available for projects lasting up to twelve months which show how digital technologies can be used in innovative ways to improve vocational education. Applications for the VocTech Activate Grant Fund will be open between the 11th January 2023 and the 8th February 2023 to organisations across the UK, including charities, trade bodies, learning providers, employers, private companies, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations. Pre-funding workshops will be running in January and February 2023 to provide more information about the fund, and to provide support with the application process.

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Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation – England & Wales

The trustees usually support capital projects, not running costs. In cases where capital grants are made, the projects are usually expected to be self-financing thereafter.

There are three types of grant; major grants of £50,000 and above, medium grants between £5,000 and £50,000 and small grants below £5,000. Small grants account for 80% of those awarded annually.

There are two criteria to fulfil before applying for a grant. Please ensure you read these carefully before making an application.

  1. You must be a registered charity in England or Wales or a registered Community Amateur Sports Club to apply


  1. You must fall into one of the categories set out below. Please click on a link for more information as to whether you qualify:

Application Form: Complete the online eligibility checker and if successful, you will automatically be directed to the application form.

Deadline: Applications can be submitted at anytime.

Tel: 020 7408 2198 Email: office@bernardsunley.org

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Allen Lane Foundation

The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits people in the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group:

  • Asylum-seekers and refugees
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Migrant communities
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • Older people
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • People experiencing violence or abuse

If the beneficiaries do not include a significant proportion of people from one or more of these groups it is unlikely an application will be successful.There is a 2 stage application process. Applications take between 2 and 6 months to process fully.The grants are relatively modest. Single, one-off grants range from as little as £500 up to £15,000. Grants repeated for more than one year vary from about £500 per annum up to £5,000 per annum, for a maximum of three years.

To make sure that grants of this size have an impact the Foundation will not fund larger organisations. The Foundation will make single grants, or grants for two or three years. It is unlikely to make a second grant immediately after one has finished and if an application is refused, they ask applicants to wait a year before applying again.

Application Form: Complete the online eligibility quiz.  If eligible you will be directed to their application for.Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next Trustee meeting.

Email: info@allenlane.org.uk

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Premier League


The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

The aims of this scheme are to:

  • Support the growth of football clubs and activity.
  • Prevent a decline in football participation.
  • Make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues.

Grants, which cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost, are awarded to support the costs of the following list of projects or items:

  • Replacement of unsafe goalposts
  • Portable floodlights
  • Storage containers
  • Changing pavilion/clubhouse refurbishment and external works*
  • Grounds maintenance equipment
  • Pitch improvement works (natural and artificial surfaces)*
  • Fencing

* Routine maintenance works (i.e. preventative or cyclical maintenance works which are required on a regular basis to keep the facility in suitable condition) are not considered eligible under this scheme. Please refer to the specific advice in the sections below.

The Scheme is available to:

  • Local authorities
  • Educational establishments
  • Grassroots football clubs (not including those in the FA National League System)
  • Professional and semi-professional Football Clubs and their associated Community Organisations (from Premier League to Conference), to support their community outreach programmes.

Email: enquiries@footballfoundation.org.uk

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