Comic Relief

Tech for Good Funding Programme (UK)

Comic Relief has teamed up with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver the 2018 Tech for Good funding programme. The programme recognises the importance of digital technology and its potential to address some of our biggest social challenges and the 2018 funding programme will aim to help 12 not-for-profit organisations to develop their digital products or services. Successful organisations will receive funding of £15,000 – £47,000 for nine months alongside access to dedicated technical expertise and an intensive support programme between July 2018 and March 2019. This will include a residential camp at the start to connect the funded projects with leading tech for good experts, and ongoing mentoring and report back days. A public ‘wrap-up’ event at the end of the funding will allow the projects to show what they have created with the grant and support.
The application process will open on the 13th November and the closing date for applications will be the 20th December 2018. Read more at:  

Welsh Government Community Facilities Programme

Open for Applications

Local groups, community organisations and social enterprises have until the end of March 2018 to apply for funding to develop community facilities and services in Wales. The Welsh Government has launched the next round of applications for the Community Facilities programme, as part of their Tackling Poverty Agenda. Capital grants are available to community-led voluntary groups, social enterprises and community organisations to tackle poverty and its effects, increase opportunity, create prosperity for all and develop resilient communities where people are engaged and empowered – through the development of community facilities. Priority will be given to applications from former Communities First cluster areas, however strong applications from other areas will be considered.

There are two levels of funding available:

  • Small Grants – between £5,000 and £25,000
  • Large Grants – between £25,001 and £250,000.

Applications can be submitted at any time before the 31st March 2018. Read more at:


Unlimited Commissions 2018

We are now accepting applications for two award strands via our online portal. 

Unlimited is supporting ambitious projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies across all artforms. The next round of applications is now open, for two strands of funding: Emerging Artist Awards and Research and Development Awards, both applications up to £10,000.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is 6 November.

Find out more, read our FAQs and apply online

Comic Relief and Community Foundation

Comic Relief’s Core Strength – Local Communities Grants Programme Opens

Comic Relief – Core Strength Local Communities

Working in partnership, Comic Relief and UK Community Foundations have launched this 12-month programme which will fund the organisation costs of small locally led groups working in their local communities across the UK.

This programme offers grants to help cover the day to day costs of small locally led and based voluntary and community sector groups that are doing ‘much needed’ work in their local communities.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 or between £1,000 and £10,000 (depending on the local community foundation) are to be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority is to be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions to address these needs.

The work and main focus of the applicant organisation should fit one of Comic Relief’s priorities, which are:

  • Connected communities – seeking to improve inclusion and cohesion in communities.
  • Productive communities – investing in local residents to help them solve the issues they are facing using local people and resources.
  • Empowered communities – working to empower marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have an annual income of £100,000 or under for the last full financial year.
  • Have been running activities for at least 12 months.
  • Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area.
  • Have limited access to other sources of income.
  • Clearly define the need they are addressing.
  • Clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to local people.
  • Illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes.
  • Provide clear evidence that the services they provide are inclusive to all.

It is anticipated that this will be a very competitive programme.

This programme is being managed by UK Community Foundations and each area has a local Community Foundation that will administer and manage these grants.

Groups should visit their local Community Foundation website to find out how to apply and the application deadlines.

Community Foundation Wales information can be found here

Each local Community Foundation will have different deadlines throughout the year.


GwirVol Youth Led Grants Scheme

CAVO are pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for the 2017/18 funding of the Gwirvol Youth Led Grant. The aim of the GwirVol Youth Led Grants scheme is to support a range of small YOUTH VOLUNTEERING projects and activities, led and carried out by young people, with applications selected and recommended by a panel of young people aged 14-25. 

The GwirVol Youth Led Grants scheme will consider funding projects or one off events that deliver VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES with and for a diverse range of young people (aged 14-25). All youth volunteering activities involving young people between 14-25 are eligible to apply, however, priority will be given to the following:

  • See volunteering to be a benefit to the individual volunteer and the wider community of Ceredigion
  • Benefit at least 4 young people between 14-25 years old within the organisation
  • Young People with a physical or learning disability and living in Ceredigion
  • Young People from Disadvantaged Communities such as Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Communities within Ceredigion

Requests up to £1000 will be considered for non-recurring (one off) projects with a key youth focus. All funding received must be spent according to the budget you have drawn up in your application and all funding must be spent by 31st March 2018.

If you wish to receive an application pack for the Youth Led Grant funding then please contact me on 01570 423232 or email All applications MUST be received by 13/07/17.

BBC Children in Need

Next Deadline for Grants

Children in NeedChildren in Need awards grants to charities and not-for-profit organisations to work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 and under in the UK. The projects that are funded help prevent or overcome the effects of disadvantage by making differences in the lives of the children and young people they work with. These differences are achieved by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Next deadline for Main Grants and Small Grants: 1 June 2017.

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Hub Cymru Africa

Grant Opportunities

Hub cymru africaThe 2017/18 funding round is open from the 13th of January until noon (12pm) on the 6th of March 2017. Successful applicants will be informed in early April 2017, with all funds to be spent by March 31st 2018.

Please note that we are only able to provide grant funding where the lead applicants is based in Wales and where activities demonstrate a benefit to Wales.



Hub Cymru Africa believe that disability inclusion is an essential part of any development project. We promote, encourage and support Welsh-based international development actors to ensure that disability is at the core of the projects they carry out. We believe that the impact of excluding the disabled from development programmes result in their isolation socially, politically and environmentally. We support diverse activities through grants, development support, capacity building and public events.


We support the principle of ‘leave no one behind’, and the ambition to eradicate poverty in all its forms by 2030. In doing so we are encouraging groups and organisations in Wales working on disability issues and interested in working with partners in Africa.


For more information including eligibility and criteria, please go to


We have for example funded Hijnx Theatre who were implementing a scoping exercise on empowering learning disabled people in Lesotho through drama. Hayaat Women , a Cardiff based organisations have also been funded for a project that uses the expertise of Welsh mental health social workers and psychiatrists to provide training for more than 50 hospital/outreach workers and community representatives in Somaliland.


Other organisations we have previously funded are: Shine Cymru, Hazina Powys, Disability in Wales and Africa, Interburns, Somaliland Mental Health Support.

The Elephant Trust

Grants to help new, innovative visual arts projects (UK)

Elephant TrustThe Elephant Trust has announced the next deadline for applications is the 10th April 2017.

The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered.
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BBC Children in Need

Small Grants Programme (UK)

Children in NeedNot for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to three years through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • And / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Projects supported in the past include:

  • Corley Special School in Coventry which received a grant of £6,000 to provide lunchtime horse riding sessions for children with disabilities.
  • Caldercruix Youth & Community Development Project in Airdrie, which received a grant of £6,333 to help deliver 2 afterschool clubs a week to young people in an isolated village where children from low income families have little access to services.

The closing date for applications is the 1st March 2017. Read more at: