Charity Funding & Business Help

Business Help

BUSINESS GRANT - Fusefund have grants available from £5k to £50k for young #Lancashire businesses. 0800 612 2029 #LancashireHour #funding The Fuse Fund is a £4m enterprise programme designed to support new businesses trading less than 3 years 

Lloyds TSB Foundation supports underfunded charities and has recently made grants of £20,000 and £21,000 to Hyndburn charities.

The (Hyndburn) Windfall Fund launched April 2013

Community groups throughout Hyndburn will be able to apply to the Fund towards environmental projects within the Borough (from profits from the wind farm). Groups will have to be formally constituted and have their own bank account to be able to apply. Application forms, criteria and guidance notes etc available from website ( telephone number 01254 230348

Entrepreneurs’ Relief

Allows you topay less Capital Gains Tax when you sell (or ‘dispose of’) all or part of your business. Entrepreneurs’ Relief means you’ll pay tax at 10% on qualifying assets (instead of the normal rate of 18% or 28%).

Business Growth Service

Advice for companies (they do that Business is Great campaign out of BIS). It brings together a broad range of expertise, so that you can get the right advice and support to fulfil your growth potential. A personal account manager will agree a package of support tailored to your needs. Also offers funding.

British Business Bank

British Business Bank plc is a state-owned economic development bank. Its aim is to increase the supply of credit to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as providing business advice services.

Patent Box

The Patent Box enables companies to apply a lower rate of Corporation Tax to profits earned after 1 April 2013 from patented inventions. The relief was phased in from 1 April 2013 and the lower rate of Corporation Tax to be applied will be 10%. A company may also benefit from the Patent Box if it holds certain other medicinal or botanic innovation rights.

Enterprise Investment Scheme

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is a series of UK tax reliefs intended to encourage investment in companies which are not listed on the stock exchange. There are several conditions to getting the money.

Start Up Loans

Start Up Loans is a government-funded scheme that funds and mentors entrepreneurs. You’ll have a delivery partner (assigned by the Start Up Loans Company) who will help you develop a business plan. This will be assessed and funding decided by the Start Up Loans Company.

You’ll get a low-cost unsecured loan, business mentoring and a range of business support products if your plan is approved. You must pay the loan back within 5 years, and you will pay a fixed rate of interest. Capital repayment holidays are available, but you must pay interest each month.

Tech City UK

East London Tech City (also known as Tech City or Silicon Roundabout) is a technology cluster located in Central and East London. Development of the cluster has been encouraged by both local and national government, with the goal of creating a cluster comparable to Silicon Valley.

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) offers great tax efficient benefits to investors in return for investment in small and early stage startup businesses in the UK. The purpose is to encourage investors to put money into things they would have otherwise considered too risky.

Venture Capital Trusts

Tax efficient collective funds, which invest in small expanding companies.

Angel CoFund

The Angel CoFund is a government-backed investment fund in the United Kingdom. It invests into small and medium-sized enterprises with high growth potential.

Charity Funding

Dear MP

I am writing to make you aware of an opportunity for local charities in your constituency.  From today local charities can apply for a share of funds raised by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

£6 million will be available this year via three Trusts which support different categories of projects. For more information on how local charities can apply please visit the following websites:,

I encourage you to make your local charities aware of this opportunity.  I also include below a pro-forma local news release should you wish to publicise this opportunity in your local press, or indeed on social media.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

With best wishes

Yours sincerely

Malcolm Fleming

Malcolm Fleming
Public Affairs Manager
People's Postcode Lottery
A: 76 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3BU

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Sport England

Football Foundation
Largest Sports Charity in the UK set up by FA, Government & Premier League.
Website Football Foundation

Lancashire Sports Partnership
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Big Lottery have a dedicated web page that provides information for you to help your constituents with Lottery funding queries. This details funding available and also has a search facility so that you can see the funding that has been made in your area.
Search for funding for the voluntary and community sector from 150 Local Authorities using the NEW Local Authority Funder Finder. This site is your online portal to grants for the voluntary and community sector from the following funders:

Landfill Tax Credits Lancashire
Guidance Notes - LEF Website
The Lancashire Environmental Fund welcomes applications from all sectors of the ... Providing applications meet the Fund criteria and the Landfill Tax Credit ...

Grants and Other Funding - Lancashire Environmental Fund
The County Council's Environmental Projects Team and Lancashire ... LEF utilises the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme to support environmental projects. The Fund ...
Environmental Projects Team - Welcome - Lancashire County Council
The Lancashire Environmental Fund is a not for profit funding organisation ...

Small Sparks
Providing small amounts of funding which can be used to kick start or help community based services that make a positive difference to adults. Offered by Help Direct, funded by Lancs County Council. Grants of £50-£500, you must show that your activity; benefits adults within your district, meets local needs, and makes a positive difference. We dont fund equipment for individual personal needs, ongoing utility bills, or activities/services aimed at under 18's. For more information or to get an application form contact Drorothy Shears on 01254 879966 or email her on:

Community Spaces
This is a £50m open grants programme to help community groups create or improve green, open spaces to enhance people's quality of life. Grants start at £10,000.

Foyle Foundation
The foundation's small grants scheme is designed to support smaller charities, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

Green Grants
The Green Insurance Company has launched aGreen Grants initiative inviting community groups with green projects to apply for individual grants of up to £2,000 either to get an idea off the ground or expand already successful projects.
For further information please email

Secret Millionaire/BIG Lottery Fund
Funding worth £1 million is now available to be given away in grants of between £500 and £5,000.
People can find out if their community group is eligible to apply, or they can nominate a local good cause who could benefit from the funding.
Adventure Capital Fund (ACF)
The Adventure Capital Fund (ACF) has announced that the next funding round of its Business Development Grant scheme will open on the 4th May 2009. The ACF offers a range of investments and support to develop stable and sustainable community based enterprises.Under the Business Development Grant scheme, funding of up to £15,000 is available to support community enterprises in their early stages of development by developing their skills and capacity.
Healthier and more active people and communities
This is 1 of the 4 outcomes which the Big Lottery funded Awards for All programme targets.
Projects which deliver this outcome will help us to save a million years of life so NHS East Lancashire would like to remind colleagues in the VCF sector about the availability of the Big Lottery funded Awards for All programme which aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. The programme offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for voluntary and community groups, schools and health organisations, parish and town councils.
Big Lottery Fund
Disability funding support for voluntary organisations to help be more effectiive.
Chancellor George Osborne Announces New £100 Million Fund
This is for Charities in Hardship. The fund will be aimed at medium and large groups in England to help them prepare to play a bigger role in public service delivery. The CSR report said the fund would be open to ‘organisations delivering front-line services that stand to be affected in the short term by reductions in spending, and are able to demonstrate that the financial impact will affect their ability to deliver services’. Interested applicants should email for further information.
Office of the Third Sector
Twelve projects across England have been awarded grants as part of a £5.5 million cross-Government scheme to promote intergenerational volunteering and encourage meaningful interaction between young and old generations.
Community Sustainable Energy Programme
This Big Lottery Fund programme helps community-based organisations reduce their environmental impact through the installation of energy saving measures and microgeneration technologies.
Directory of Social Change's Company Giving website.
A comprehensive database of company support available to voluntary and community organisations. This link contains all those companies in The Guide to UK Company Giving, as well as newly discovered large givers. Over 500 companies are featured on the site, giving over £290 million in cash donations and more in other forms of community support.
Donated Technology Products For Charities
Get technology donations from Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec Charity Technology Exchange (CTX) enables eligible charities to gain access to donations of the latest technology from major companies including Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec.
The Dulverton Trust
Dulverton operates within the following main areas of activity; Youth &Education, General Welfare, Conservation, Preservation, and Minor Grants. The Dulverton Trust, 5 St James’s Place, London SW1A 1NP. Tel: 020 7629 9121. Fax: 020 7495 6201. Email: Full guidelines and application details are on their website.
Esmeefairbairn Trust
Esmeefairbairn Trust aim to commit £25 million annually towards a wide range of work. Primary interests are in the UK's cultural life, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society.
Funding Central
Funding Central is a free smart website for the whole voluntary and community sector, including social enterprise, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.
Future Builders
Future Builders offers a number of funding support packages:
- Full Investment Fund
- Tender Fund
- Consortia Fund
- Modernisation Fund
- Small Organisation Tender Fund
Government funding
This site is your online portal to grants for the voluntary and community sector from the following funders:
Local Authorities
Regional Government
Central Government
Independent Grant Administrators
European Sources
Presented in the format of an online, step-by-step questionnaire, GRANTnet enables you to identify and select only funding schemes and awards that are appropriate for your project. The information on GRANTnet comprises in excess of 5,000 funding schemes that are available in the UK from European and national sources, directed at the public, private, charitable, and voluntary and community sectors.
Grants for Individuals
These trusts collectively have £362 million available each year. The content has featured in A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need and its sister publication The Educational Grants Directory. First published in 1987 and 1988 respectively, they have for many years been seen as the standard reference guide on charitable funds for individuals in need.
They have been very popular with Citizens Advice, school/university welfare offices, other welfare organisations, libraries and other reference points.
We aim to include all publicly-registered charities which give at least £500 a year to individuals, although most give much more than this.
Hedley Foundation Grants
The main objective of these grants is to support growth and change. Few grants exceed £5000 and most go to charities where they can make an impact. No large or national appeals. Applications to be made on the application form on the Hedley website. Download the Form , complete in typescript, print off and send (accompanied by your email address or a self-addressed envelope) to: Mrs Pauline Barker, The Hedley Foundation, 1-3 College Hill, London EC4R 2RA
Heritage Lottery Fund– Grants of £3000-£50000
This programme offers grants for projects that relate to the local, regional or national heritage in a fun way. They have 3 aims which relate to: Learning, Conservation and Participation. To receive a grant your project must also do either or both of the following: conserve the UK’s heritage for present and future generations or help more people and a wider range of people to take an active part in and make decisions about heritage. Register and complete the pre-application enquiry form and full application form on the website. Please contact the helpline if you need further guidance on – Tel: 020 7591 6042, Fax: 020 7591 6001, or Email:
The Lankelly Trust
The Trust fund summer playschemes, similar to the playschemes funded by Hilden Charitable Fund. For information about playschemes funded by Lankelly Trust see their website.
Real Help for communities - Modernisation fund
£1,000 bursaries available to small charities Third sector organisations with an annual turnover of between £150,000 and £750,000 are invited to apply for a £1,000 bursary from the government’s Modernisation Fund Grants Programme, before 17 July. The bursaries will allow organisations to buy at least two days of advice and support to explore how they can become more resilient and work more closely with others, including through collaboration or merger.
Old Possums Practical Trust
This Trust offers between £500 and £5000 to local charities in the UK that work in the fields of artistic, musical or theatrical community work. There is a wide variety of possible projects that the trust would support. Focus is on projects that are sustainable and contextual to the local area. There are no deadlines for applications.
Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust
Funding; Medical charities, Charities in connection with old people and Charities for people fallen upon hard times. A Grant Application Form in spreadsheet format can be downloaded from the website. Complete in excel and along with any other information you may feel is relevant either email to: or print out and post to: Mr A J Twitchett, The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust, Sceptre Court, 40 Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DX. Amounts you can apply for and guidelines are on the website.
People's Postcode Trust
Providing funding opportunities to small organisations, community groups and charities through grants ranging from £500 - £10,000.
The Rayne Foundation
Helps inspiring individuals and organisations who can help build bridges within our complex world. They aim to enlarge sympathies through increasing tolerance and understanding, reduce exclusion and conflict, bringing people together for the good of society. They work within 4 sectors: Arts, Education, Health &Medicine, and Social Welfare &Development. Read the guidelines and complete interactive E guide before applying. Rayne Foundation, 33 Robert Adam Street, London, W1U 3HR. Tel: 020 7487 9630
Community Cashback
What is it?
Community Cashback is a new scheme in England and Wales which gives local people a say in how £4million of recovered criminal assets (for example confiscated cash or property) should be spent in their communities.
How can I be involved?
You can suggest a project you would like to see happening in your area. If you don't have a project to suggest, you can have your say on a project suggested by someone else in your community.
Directory of Social Change - Trustfunding website
Trustfunding details all trusts featured in DSC publications including the Directory of Grant-Making Trusts and the Guide to the Major Trusts Volumes 1 & 2. It is updated regularly throughout the year.
It includes information on around 4,400 grant-making trusts with a total of over £3.1 billion a year
Social Enterprise Fund
The Social Enterprise Investment Fund, provides loans and grants to social enterprises which improve the quality of health and social care for local communities, opened today. The Fund is managed by Futurebuilders in partnership with Partnerships UK, on behalf of the Department for Health.
Grants for War Memorials
English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation, in association with the War Memorials Trust, are providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England.
These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials. They are designed to support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard, and to prevent the decay of this important part of our built heritage.
This joint project, between the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) and Children England, sets out to build a voice for the children and young people’s voluntary and community sector across Government.
Young Lancashire
Providing funding opportunities for young people. The below mentioned grant scheme can award funding to groups that benefit residents from within their electoral division. In order to be considered for such a grant, the applicant must meet some very basic criteria. For more details please click on the link.

Funding & Grants Sept 2011
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme
The scheme provides one-off donations of £500 - £4000. The funding goes towards practical benefits such as equipment and resources for projects in the UK. Next deadline: 30 September.
Community Action Against Crime: Innovation Fund
The newly lauched Fund is for voluntary and community groups to work with community safety partnership tackling local crime problems. Applications from grassroots community activists who are not traditional recipients of government grants are encouraged, the grants are for £1,000-£50,000.
BBC Children in Need
Children in Need aims to support projects focusing on the difference made to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, maximum grant is £10,000. Deadline: 15 October 2011
Communities Together
A new pot of funding aimed at helping communities to come together through community groups. Applications will open ‘late summer’ and be managed by the Community Development Foundation. Look out for the start of the programme.
Comic Relief Grants Programme
The programme is committed to funding work across the UK with grants of £25,000 - £40,000. Closing date is either 7th October or 28th October 2011, dependant on the area of funding.
Edgar E Lawley Foundation
The foundation's annual grants programme provide average grants of £1,200 - £2,000, supporting 6 broad areas including children and young people. The next deadline for applications is 31 October.
Funding to Combat Fuel Poverty
This funding aims to help families with young children and young people, the maximum amount is £100,000 for projects lasting up to three years. Deadline: 18 October 2011
North West Social Value Foundation
The Foundation has money for partnershiops of NHS and VCS organisations especially for projects/ideas that go the extra mile and should tackle at least 1 health priority. There's no minimum or maximum for each proposal. Initial expressions of interest should be forwarded to Julie Cheetham by 30 September 2011. Those nominated to progress will need to be pitched on 20 October or 3 November 2011. Please direct any queries to Julie Cheetham on 0161 625 7202.
Live UnLtd
The programme has grants of up to £5,000 to help young people aged 11-21 turn an idea to make the world a better place into a reality. Non-financial support is also available including budgeting advice, networking opportunities, governance issues and working with volunteers.
Prince's Trust
Community Cash Awards from the Prince's Trust help individuals set up projects that will benefit their community. Grants of up to £3,000 are available to support setting up a project.
Community Force
NatWest CommunityForce (supported by 97.4 RockFM) are giving hundreds of local charities/projects the chance to win a £6000 award, by applying to CommunityForce. For more information visit the website or contact Beth Hodgson, Project Manager, via or 01772 477745.
Sported is a national charity providing funds and capacity building to organisations and individuals that use sport to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people aged 11-25. A range of services to members (membership is free), including access to sported’s Grants Programme, web based resources, information and advice from online Experts and capacity building. To apply for support and become a member, complete the expression of interest form on the sported. Further information available on the website or through contacting Rehana Koser, NW Regional Manager on 07823772864 or Email:
The Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund
This fund aims to support the voluntary sector in developing innovation across health and social care, there is no minimum or maximum amount that organisations can apply for. Deadline: 21 October 2011
The Bromley Trust
The Trust supports projects working in areas of human rights, prison reform and the environment. Most grants are £5000 - £20000.