12 April 2023

Funding Opportunities

Grants to reduce Social & Economic disadvantage. 

Improving Lives 

Grants for small and medium sized organisations in the UK to support projects and the running costs of organisations.

Grant size: £20k – £70k per year (see FAQs for how much to apply for) 

Length: 1-3 years (most grants are for 3 years) 

Organisation size: £50k – £3m (in exceptional circumstances up to £5m) 

Location of work: UK only 

Funding covers: Running costs, salaries and projects 

Organisation type: Charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises

Strengthening Communities 

Running costs grants for small, grass roots, community based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK. 

Grant size: £20k – £70k per year (see FAQs for how much to apply for)

Length:  1-3 years (most grants are for 3 years) 

Organisation size: £20k – £500k

Location of work: UK only, both physically based and working within or immediately next to an area within the 10% most deprived areas in England

Funding covers: Running costs 

Organisation type: Community-led charities and not for profit organisations 

Find out more and apply


We will only fund work that focuses on one of our priority groups: 

  • Elderly people 
  • Children and young people aged 5 – 25 
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges 
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending) 
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children) 

We only make grants for ongoing core funding. We define core funding as the costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year. We can not fund new projects, extra services or additional delivery costs. This includes creating a paid post for work that is currently undertaken on a voluntary basis or rent for premises that are currently cost free. 

We can only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally
established for a minimum of three years. 

We prioritise: 

  • Work that is unattractive to the general public or unpopular with other funders 
  • Services that help to improve the lives of marginalised, disadvantaged or isolated people 
  • Applicants that can demonstrate an effective use of volunteers 
  • Charities that seek to be preventive and aim to change opinion and
    behaviour through raising awareness of issues, education and
  • Applicants that can demonstrate (where feasible) an element of self
    sustainability by charging subscriptions/fees to service users 

Applications that don’t address at least two of the above are unlikely to receive a grant. 

Find out more and apply



Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation 

Including Communities 

 Including Communities offers 12-month grants of £1,000 – £10,000 for not-for-profit community organisations. We will only make grants to organisations based in AND supporting work within Hampshire (including Portsmouth and Southampton) and the Isle of Wight. 

HIWCF’s core aim is to tackle poverty and inequality. Including Communities will deliver on our core aim by helping to build ‘flourishing’ and connected communities. We think that communities flourish when local community activities and services regularly bring people together and when these activities and services are shaped by local people/ people from the target community. 

Open 3rd April-until 15th May 2023 

Amount £1k-£10k 

Find out more and apply


National Lottery Awards for All England 

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. 

We’re here to support communities with the things that are important to them, including mitigating the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and supporting them as they seek to recover, rebuild and grow following the Covid-19 pandemic.

We’ll also help communities celebrate the national events that are important to them – including the 75th anniversary of Windrush. 

But it’s now too late to get funding for events during The Coronation of His Majesty The King or the Eurovision Song Contest. 

You can apply for funding to deliver a new or existing activity or to support your organisation to change and adapt to new and future challenges. 

In order to support communities, we fund projects and organisations which aim to: 

  • build strong relationships in and across communities 
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities 
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage 
  • support people, communities and organisations that are facing increased demands and challenges as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis. 

Area: England 

Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations 

Funding size: £300 to £10,000, for up to one year 

Application deadline: Ongoing. Apply at least 12 weeks before you want to start the activities or spend any of the money. 

Find out more and apply


Need support finding funding? Our Community Development Team is here to help.

Like to increase your skills in sourcing funds? We have Training Courses for you.


Need some help or advice?

Whether you need to know how to find local support groups or who to turn to for advice, our searchable Help and Support Directory is an easy to use list of Hampshire Community Services.

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