Churchill Fellowship travel grants for change-makers


Churchill Fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offer a life-changing opportunity to expand your professional and personal horizons. The Fellowship will fund you to spend 4-8 weeks anywhere in the word, exploring a practical topic that you care about. You will then receive help to make change happen in your community or profession when you come home.

Every year Fellowships are offered in a series of 'award categories' that reflect key contemporary issues. In addition, there is always an Open category for any topics beyond this range. Applicants are encouraged to apply in a category relevant to their proposal, or else in the Open category.

  • Arts for the built environment
  • Education
  • Emergency response
  • Enterprise: supporting social impact
  • Environment, conservation and sustainable living
  • Healthcare: innovations for the twenty-first century
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Physical activity: making moves for healthy lives
  • Rural living: strengthening countryside communities
  • Science, technology and engineering
  • Suicide: prevention, intervention and postvention
  • Open category
  • For artists and makers
  • For young people

Grants are now also available for applications to those working in emergency response of all kinds, from prevention to response to post-crisis recovery. Projects may relate to frontline and rescue services or to the agencies and charities that work on crisis management in the widest sense, including infrastructure, early warning, survivor support, rehabilitation, reconstruction and policy. Download the flyer.

Applicants are welcomed from all levels of seniority and it is open to all UK citizens aged 18 or over. Proposals may be intended for operational, tactical or strategic implementation.

Application is online, with a deadline of 17 September 2019 for travels in 2020.

Find out more at:


Community Partnering Fund briefing session


Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid are working with Leeds Community Foundation to enable local organisations and community groups to deliver schemes that tackle issues that are close to their hearts as utility companies – such as affordable warmth and the lack of young people choosing STEM subjects. Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid see this as an opportunity to build ongoing relationships with organisations, explore further opportunities to provide support, gather case studies and share learning.
The Community Partnering Fund programme is targeted at areas of greatest need. The Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 to support locally based community organisations with innovative approaches to delivering sustainable initiatives that help broaden Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid’s reach and educate and support communities and individuals.
If you are thinking of applying for the Fund and would like to learn more about the Community Partnering Fund then please attend a briefing event in Sunderland:

  • Wednesday 25 September 2019, 10am – 12 noon, at Bede Tower Burdon Road Sunderland SR2 7EA

The briefing will include a presentation on the Community Partnering grant programme, application process, an overview of previously funded projects, a Q&A session, and networking opportunities.  

Book your place via Eventbrite.


Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards 2020


The CSJ Awards is an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across Britain. Six winning registered charities or social enterprises will receive a £10,000 grant and be profiled in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country.

The judges will be particularly interested in organisations that do the following:

  • Tackle the root causes of poverty.
  • Intervene early to prevent poverty.
  • Are ambitious for the lives of their clients.
  • Find innovative ways to combat poverty.
  • Have the potential to scale the impact of their work.
  • Have a turnover of less than £2 million.
  • Are working with people living in Britain.

There are six categories, below. Charities can apply to multiple categories but will only be able to win one award.

  • The Maxie Richards Addiction Award
  • The Family Award
  • The Work Award
  • The Education Award
  • The Criminal Justice Award
  • The Financial Inclusion Award

The deadline is 7th October 2019.

Read more and apply here. 


Finn Family Fund



This Fund was set up by Leo Finn, a former chief executive of Northern Rock PLC with the support of the Northern Rock Foundation which he served as a founder trustee and chairman. It makes small grants mainly in the North East of England and Cumbria.

The trustees look for opportunities where a small grant will offset some disadvantage and improve the quality of life of recipients, particularly young people. They prefer small charities led by volunteers. They do not seek applications from charities concerned with medical research, animal welfare or the promotion of religion.  

The maximum grant is usually £3,000.

Applications are considered at any time. Find out more at:


REEDS Grassroots Fund


The fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities. Grants of up to £3,000 will be made to support the delivery of welfare benefits and employment-related advice and support activities to disadvantaged individuals and families in poverty and in order to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Preventing or alleviating poverty through increased income
  • Improved living standards of the most disadvantaged through increased household income
  • Increasing individuals’ ability to manage their benefits claims to reduce the likelihood of future sanctions/problems

Applicants will need to be located in areas of high deprivation, and to demonstrate that they have experience in delivering this support, and to provide examples of successful outcomes already achieved. They should also indicate if support is required to maintain existing services or for additional resources to meet increased demand.

Applications are invited from mainly smaller (income of no more than £70,000 per annum) organisations but those with a larger income will be considered.

Examples of disadvantaged communities include those affected by poverty, unemployment, homelessness, asylum seeker/refugee status, disability and people with learning disabilities.

This is a rolling grant programme and application is online.

Find out more and make an application at:


The Tudor Trust


Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. The trustees particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. They want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards. Their ability to be flexible can mean that they are well-placed to support organisations which are in transition, whether they are entering a period of growth and development or are responding creatively to challenging circumstances.

Tudor wants to support organisations which:

  • Display positive organisational characteristics
  • Address marginalisation
  • Make a difference

Grants are usually made over 1, 2 or 3 years and there is no maximum or minimum grant, though in practice it is unusual for grants of less than £10,000 to be made. Grants may be for:

  • Core funding, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs.
  • Projects
  • Capital for buildings or equipment
  • Help to strengthen your organisation

Sometimes trustees may decide to offer unrestricted funding, through a grant which can be used entirely freely to further an organisation’s charitable objectives.

This is a rolling grant programme and the application is in two parts.

Find out more on the Trust’s priorities and how to make an application at: