Hull CVS have put together a variety of Funding Information Factsheets and Resources for you to download free of charge.

Each factsheet/resource is written in such a way to give clear and concise information to help those who are new or beginners, and to act as a reference point to everyone else.

Hull CVS Funding Information Factsheets

Funding Sources

Funding Guidance

Funding Websites

Below are a list of websites of some of the most popular funding sources to voluntary and community groups.

Lottery Funds

National Lottery funding pots are some of the most popular methods of funding. Funding from the Lottery is distributed by four organisations which are:

Big Lottery Fund The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) aims to bring real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. BLF gives grants to organisations ranging from small local groups to major national charities.

Sport England runs funding programmes open to a wide range of organisations. These include sports clubs, voluntary or community organisations, local authorities, schools, colleges and universities. The funding programmes cover small grants through to specialist funds.

The Arts Council funds arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.

The Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. It has a range of large and small funding programmes.

Trusts and Foundations

These are just a few of the thousands of charitable trusts and foundations that give grants to groups.

BBC Children in Need – Grants to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under. Gives small grants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years and main grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.

Church and Community Fund – The Fund gives grants to community projects run by parish churches, deaneries, dioceses and other bodies connected to or working in partnership with the Church of England.

Clothworkers’ Foundation – Funds one-off grants for capital costs for charities with an annual turnover of under £10m. Applications to its main and small grants programme must cover either : encouragement of young people; social inclusion; elderly; disability; visual impairment; textiles.

Comic Relief – Priority areas – mental health; refugee and asylum seeking women; domestic and sexual abuse; sport for change; disadvantaged communities; older people; and young people aged 11 –25 covering either sexually exploited and trafficked young people; young people and alcohol ; young people with mental health problems. Also run a young carers programme.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – Main interests are in the cultural life of the UK, education and learning, the natural environment, and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society.

Foyle Foundation – Operates a main grants scheme supporting charities whose core work covers arts and learning and a small grants scheme covering small charities in all fields.

Henry Smith Charity – Small and special grants to organisations and charities for projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.

Lloyds Bank Foundation – Focus is on supporting small and medium underfunded charities that can make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people.

Tudor Trust – Supports work which addresses the social, emotional and financial needs of people at the margins of our society, and are particularly interested in helping smaller, under-resourced organisations which offer direct services.

Other Useful Websites for Further Help and Information

Hull 4 Funding Hull 4 Funding is a free online hub of grants, contracts and funding opportunities from local, regional and national sources. Provided by Hull City Council, it allows you to search and identify up to date funding for your project and is available to voluntary and community groups in Hull.

Funding Central A free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus tools and resources to support organisations to develop sustainable income strategies.

The Institute of Fundraising – The professional membership body for UK fundraising. Its site has resources for fundraisers.

Funding News

Clarion Housing Group Community Grants Programme

Clarion Housing Group (formed following the merger in 2016 of Affinity Sutton Group Limited and Circle Housing Group) is the largest housing group in the country and one of its biggest housebuilders. Through its Community Grants Programme – managed by Groundwork – it awards grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to charities, community organisations and voluntary groups for projects which primarily benefit its residents.


Bag Your Grant

The high street bookshop WH Smith offers small grants through its associated trust. Funding for the WH Smith Trust is generated through the 5p plastic bag charge now in operation throughout the UK. The aims of the trust are to support good causes in the local communities where WH Smith operates, and to promote literacy and a love of reading.


Funding for volunteering | Sport England

Every month, 5.6 million people in England give up their time to enable others to take part in sport and physical activity.

Our new strategy for volunteering, Volunteering in an Active Nation, sets out our plans to allow more people to engage in all types of volunteering through sport and physical activity.