Providing grants to small community projects that make a BIG difference!

Support for Environmental Outreach Education for Disadvantaged Young People (UK)

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Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 75% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council's Kids Fund. The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world and works through a network of residential and day Centres in the UK to provide outreach education and training.

There are two types of Kids Fund course Wildlife and Environment focusing on wildlife habitats and the environment with team building activities and Eco Adventure which combines environmental and personally challenging activities.

Groups who meet one of the following criteria will be eligible:

  • Disadvantaged young people aged 4-18 years (or up to 25 years for those with special needs)
  • Voluntary youth groups (either run by voluntary leaders, managed by a voluntary organisation, a registered charity)


  • School groups may apply if they are aiming to provide benefits which are additional to the statutory school curriculum or clearly show added value, depth and breadth to the taught curriculum. FSC Kids Fund will not pay for young people to attend standard curriculum-focused FSC courses.

All applicants must be based in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Isles and Republic of Ireland.

One free staff/adult place is provided for every 12 young people; additional adults pay 20% +VAT. This includes all equipment, tuition and waterproof hire costs. Food and accommodation are included for residential courses.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st November 2020.

Useful Documents:

Application Form

Funding for Research and Projects that Address Severe Learning Disabilities (UK)

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The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of severe learning difficulties, including autism for both children and adults.

Grants are made to cover capital projects and core costs to include staff costs, general running and office costs at charitable organisations, schools and centres.

Projects funded include:

  • Capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools
  • Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
  • Play schemes and play therapy schemes
  • Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
  • Support for families, including respite schemes
  • Independent living schemes
  • Support in the community schemes
  • Snoezelen rooms.

Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Funding in the past has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.

The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st August 2020.

Applications for £10,000 and below are considered under the Small Grants procedure and can be submitted at any time.

Recent awards have been made to:

  • Rose Road Association, £30,000 towards capital costs and funding of short breaks.
  • Stepping Stones Play and Learn Group, £25,000 towards core costs of Play Group.
  • Willow Tree Garden, £30,000 towards refurbishment and development of buildings connected with the woodworking workshops.

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Eligibility Criteria

General Guidelines

Funding for Physical Improvements on the National Cycle Network (Scotland)

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Community groups can apply for grants of between £100 and £750 for projects which benefit people or wildlife across National Cycle Network routes in Scotland. The funding is being made available through the Sustrans Love Your Network grant fund and will be available to registered charities, social enterprises and other constituted community group for physical improvements on the National Cycle Network.

Individuals and profit-making companies are not eligible to apply. Local authorities may apply for funding on behalf of a community group that is not currently constituted.

Examples of costs which have been covered with a Love Your Network grant are below. This is NOT an exhaustive list, and applications can include things which do not appear here:

  • Litter-picking equipment
  • Bike trailers for transporting tools and equipment
  • Hand tools
  • Power tools
  • Native plants
  • Fruit trees

The closing date for applications is the 8th May 2020.

For any questions about the fund, please email Laura White.

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Application Guidelines

The Weir Charitable Trust (Scotland)

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Small community groups and charities based in Scotland can apply to the Weir Charitable Trust for funding of up to £25,000 to support projects relating to: 

  • Sport i.e. encouraging and increasing public participation in sport
  • Health i.e. the prevention or relief of sickness, disease or human suffering
  • Culture i.e. supporting heritage through participation projects
  • The advancement of animal welfare
  • Recreational Facilities i.e. the provision or organisation of recreational facilities that are primarily intended for people who need them due to age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage and are available to members of the public at large.

The Trust accepts applications from new or established community groups and small charities, based in Scotland and providing services in Scotland, who are struggling to secure funds through mainstream funders or who have unsuccessfully explored all the statutory sources of funding. Eligible applicant organisations will have an income of £100,000 or less per year.

Projects supported in the past include: 

  • Farmersfield Rest-home for Elderly Donkeys (FRED) - £2,000 for this rest-home for elderly donkeys.
  • Plains Senior Residents Club - £1,797 for this volunteer-run Club offering over 20 senior residents a weekly home-cooked meal and a friendly place to meet.
  • Inverness Foodstuff - £10,000 to support the Volunteer role at this drop-in-centre for people in need.

The next deadline to apply is the 28th August 2020 at 5pm.

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