Funding News

Help the Homeless grants

Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000. The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.


Architectural Heritage Fund

AHF can provide grants to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to fund development costs. Project Viability Grants  of up to 50% (£3000 maximum) are to fund short studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition. The Project Development Grant scheme also offers grants of up to 50% (£25,000 maximum) and is intended to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site. Applications for Viability Grants can be submitted at any time.  The 2016 deadlines for Development Grants are 17 August and 26 October.


Big Potential – Big Lottery Fund

Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £10m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations) with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in order that they may deliver greater social impact.

The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market and support VCSEs who want to prepare themselves for social investment.

Two application routes are available:

  • Breakthrough – specialist one to one support for VCSE organisations from Big Potential programme partners followed by a potential application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 for more in-depth investment readiness work.
  • Advanced – for VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and need help to close possible deals with investors or need help securing a contract. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available.


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