External Funding Service

Funding From Trusts and Foundations

There are a number of independent trusts and funding programmes offering support to organisations, and the following list is by no means exhaustive. The External Funding Service can provide support in finding relevant funds if you wish – if you’re interested, please use the contact form to get in touch.

The Arts

  • Arts Council England
    The national funding body for the arts, with a few different funding streams supporting different aspects of the performance and display of artistic work.


  • Connecting Classrooms
    An international programme enabling connections between clusters of schools and educational organisations in different countries. There should be at least 3 countries involved, ideally including one non-EU country.

Generalist Funds

  • Comic Relief
    UK and International projects can apply to Comic Relief funding for a range of purposes addressing disadvantage.
  • Esmee Fairbairn
    A popular generalist fund covering culture, disadvantage, education and environment.
  • Grass Roots
    Run on a local level, these grants are available to local organisations providing a community service.
  • Henry Smith
    A large general fund with a focus on addressing social inequality and economic disadvantage.
  • Lloyds TSB
    Particularly interested in supporting smaller, underfunded charities addressing disadvantage within the community.


  • Sports Aid
    Fitting comfortably between Sport England and UK Sport, Sports Aid support young and amateur sportspeople into participation in competition.

Young People

  • Children in Need
    Grants available for projects working with disadvantaged children (defined as 18 or younger). There are two large general funding streams as well as a more specific opportunity on rotation.
  • The Wooden Spoon Charity
    £20k-100k available towards capital costs for projects concerned with supporting disadvantaged children.