Social Issues

These funds cover issues such as crime, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, and poverty.

As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects.

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Huntingdon Freemen’s Trust

The Trust supports individuals, groups and organisations who reside within the area covered by Huntingdon Town Council. As well as education and recreation projects, it supports the relief of people in need, including those on a low income.

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

This fund supports children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis or emergency, to cover costs such as furniture, bedding, kitchen appliances and clothing. Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants

Grants up to £10,000 per year for three years are available to organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people under the age of 18, living in the UK. Disadvantage may be due to illness, distress, abuse or neglect, any kind of disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties and those living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Centre for Social Justice Awards

Five awards of £10,000 are given each year to charities and social enterprises in Great Britain that are working to prevent poverty or that are helping people and families caught in damaging situations to turn their lives around. The 2019 Awards have been allocated so check back in late summer 2019 for details of the 2020 Awards deadlines.

YAPP Charitable Trust

Registered charities with an annual turnover under £40,000 can apply for up to £3,000. This trust’s themes include social welfare, for people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social rather than medical origin, such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse and offending.

Charles Hayward Foundation

Social and Criminal Justice is one of four themes for the Foundation. Charities with an income under £350,000 can apply for up to £7,000 (larger charities can apply for up to £25,000) for projects that prevent people entering the criminal justice system and to support those already in the system to move on and rebuild their lives. Examples include early intervention programmes for troubled and vulnerable families, and rehabilitation programmes for the victims of domestic abuse and criminal exploitation.

Noel Buxton Trust

The objectives of this trust include the welfare of families – with a particular interest in the issue of domestic violence – and prisoners in Britain. Maximum grants vary from £3,000 to £5,000 depending on the project.

Pret Foundation Trust

Grants are available to registered charities that are working directly with homeless people in locations near a Pret a Manger store. The charity must be receiving no more than 20% of its income from statutory funding.

Woodward Charitable Trust

Small grants of £100 to £5,000 and large grants over £5,000 are awarded to projects with a number of themes including rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders; disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting; and projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

Grants of £250 to £2,000 are available to registered charities for projects that alleviate poverty, improve health and save lives. The Foundation only accepts recommendations of UK registered charities from members and colleagues, rather than directly from the charities.

Help the Homeless

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK registered charities for capital and project costs that assist homeless people to rebuild their lives and return to the community. Projects must assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

Grants of £30,000 to £500,000 are available to Armed Forces charities, Community Interest Companies or Armed Forces units for projects supporting Armed Forces families in the UK who are facing challenges. The focus of the project should be on supporting the family rather than serving personnel or veterans. Expressions of interest for grants over £100,000 by 18 July 2019. Applications for £30,000 to £100,000 by 12 September.

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

Grants of £1,000 to £5,000 are available as contributions towards one-off capital projects that raise the quality of life for people in England and Wales, particularly for the young, disadvantaged and older people and those in rural and isolated communities. The Foundation will typically cover up to 20% of the total budget, and projects must be self-financing thereafter.

Haberdashers’ Benevolent Foundation

Grants up to £2,000 are available to UK registered charities supporting those in need, distress or hardship. Areas of focus include unemployment and homelessness, young people who are at risk of becoming offenders and encouraging the principles of good citizenship.

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