Funding Information Update


Funding Information Update

As we leave the confusion of 2020 behind and try to plan for an uncertain 2021 we bring you a roundup of free information, resources and tools to help you plan your fundraising for the year ahead.

Free funding support is now available for your group

Beyond our four walls is a lottery funded project in partnership with HEY Smile Foundation. The project runs to the end of March 2021. We offer free advice and support to local groups in all areas of governance, fundraising and finance. The project is a response to the pandemic, as groups are struggling to survive and deliver services, with fundraising especially impacted. We want to ensure that at the end of the pandemic we still have a thriving voluntary sector in the East Riding, there to support the thousands of local people helped by your groups every day.

We can offer a ‘healthcheck’ with your group to make sure you are fit for funding and help you build resilience; to make sure you survive the uncertain months ahead and come out ready to help those in need.

Free resources for your group

We have a new online Funding Toolkit
Here you will find resources to help you plan your fundraising, find funders and apply for grants

Access the Toolkit


Charity Support Clinic
You can now sign up for one of our free Charity Support Clinics, via zoom, running on 21 January.Experts will be on hand to offer advice on a range of issues; from setting up a charity to finding volunteers; from raising funds to monitoring budgets. Let us have your questions and issues in advance and we will tailor our support to your needs. Places are limited to 5 only so register your questions and book your place now.

Book a slot at 11 am
Book a slot at 1 pm


Below you will find details of all our up coming training courses relating to funding, however you can revisit any of our recent fundraising training courses here.

Your Guide To A Winning Bid

The emphasis is on preparing for a grant application, demonstrating the need for funding and selling your ideas. There will be tailored feedback and support following the course for all participants to support them in writing their funding applications.

Course aims:

  • To overview the basics of applying for grant funding, including eligibility criteria
  • To look at what funders want to know about your application
  • To understand how to sell your application
  • The importance of building a relationship with your funders through monitoring & evaluation
When? Wednesday 20 January at 10 am
Where? Via Zoom

Book Today!

Your Guide to Budgeting

We will look at the basics of keeping financial records and the types of information funders will request to support an application for grant funding.

Course aims:

  • To outline the legal requirements of financial management in the VCSE sector
  • To provide guidance on developing a project budget, including capital and revenue costs
  • To understand how to put together a project budget to satisfy funders and secure funding
  • To develop processes to report back to funders

When? Wednesday 10 February at 10 am
Where? Via Zoom

Book Today!

Developing your Fundraising Strategy

This workshop will allow participants with little experience of developing a fundraising strategy to start to explore fundraising ideas and tools, whilst allowing those with more experience the space to explore how they can develop their strategy further. Template documents will be sent out in advance and participants will be expected to have done some preparation work in advance of the training session and to share some of their ideas with the group.

Course aims:

  • To provide template documents and source of information in advance of the course
  • To provide guidance on developing a 3-year fundraising strategy looking at
  1. Where you are now
  2. Where you want to be
  3. How you will get there
  • To undertake a SWOT analysis of your organisation
  • To understand risk, reward and return on investment
When? Thursday 4 February at 10 am
Where? Via Zoom

Book Today!

We hope that this support is useful to you and your organisation, beyond this point, we have included a small selection of the funds currently offering grants across the region, but if you need help finding funding please get in touch and we can undertake a free funding search on your behalf

Funds Managed by ERVAS

Roos Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund

The Fund is open for applications from 7th December 2020 until 26th April 2021.
The decision-making panel, made up of representatives from the area of benefit, will then meet in May/June 2021.
RES, the British independent renewable energy company that developed the nine turbine wind farm,  has established a Community Fund  to provide £36,000 per year (index linked) to support local community projects during the lifetime of the wind farm. Applications from charitable and community organisations are now invited for the 2021 fund, which is the seventh year of the funds.

Completed applications to the Fund must demonstrate that their activities will benefit the communities living and working within 5km of Roos Post Office. This area includes the parishes of Burton Pidsea, Rimswell, Halsham and Roos.

Find out more

Dynamix Friends Fund

Dynamix began in 2013 as an inclusive youth club for young people aged 8 to 24, where disabled young people and those with additional needs came to have fun, gain some independence, make new friends and develop practical skills too. It would now like to leave a legacy to other young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities who live in East Riding by providing small grants to VCS groups offering similar activities, as well as individuals in receipt of Education Health Care Plans.

For further information about how to apply for the grant, please see the guidance notes and application form available on our website and feel free to contact Detty Tyler: or Judith Leech: if you would like any support with the application.

Find out more

Other Funding Available

Beverley Town Council Launches New Community Grants Programme

Beverley Town Council is pleased to announce that it has revamped and relaunched its Grants programme under which it offers financial support to local organisations.

Community groups and organisations are now being invited to submit applications to the Town Council’s new Small and General Grants Schemes. Applicants should ensure that the project they are seeking funding for will primarily benefit the town and residents of Beverley, alongside other important criteria.

Further information is available at

Surviving the COVID Winter – Two Ridings Community Foundation

This winter, vulnerable people in North and East Yorkshire will be colder, hungrier, more isolated, and more anxious than ever before. Two Ridings Community Foundation are launching an emergency appeal to raise £100,000 for essential funding for the charities, voluntary organisations and community groups that provide a vital lifeline to our region.

Click here to donate


2021 Positive Activity Grants

The Youth & Family Support (YFS) service  of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) are very pleased to announce the 2021 Positive Activity Grant (PAG) will be opening for applications on noon 2 November 2020.

This year we have three bands of grants available: –

  • Band A – For Voluntary Youth organisations that have delivered face to face Positive Activities for young people during Covid-19 in East Riding.

Maximum of three awards of £5,000 each

  • Band B – For Voluntary Youth organisations that have delivered online/digital youth work or the occasional youth event during Covid-19.

Maximum of two awards up to £3,000

  • Band C – For Voluntary Youth organisations that have not been able to deliver

any provision during Covid-19 but need funding to re-open when able to.
Maximum of nine awards up to £1,000

Since 2013 the Council has provided £375,000 to nearly 200 different youth groups across the East Riding helping to create new youth projects and support existing youth groups.

Kevin Allen – YFS Service Manager commented: “2020 has been an unusual year with Covid-19 changing how we all work and provide services. Youth projects across the country have been hit hard, so it my pleasure to announce the £30,000 PAG award for 2021, that will play a part in supporting the valued projects that offer positive diversionary activities to young people aged 9 to 24 across the East Riding.”

We particularly welcome applications from organisations that can deliver provision for targeted and vulnerable young people from areas of urban and rural deprivation within the East Riding.

All organisations applying for a PAG award must be registered with Beecan at  and contact the team at to organise and complete a Development plan by the 31 January 2021.

For further information please contact from Darron Lawer – YFS Community & Partnership Officer – Mobile  : 07796697940 or

Emergency funding available for residents struggling financially due to COVID-19 pandemic

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s emergency assistance scheme aims to help residents of the East Riding who are in need at a time of crisis.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the government have made available a limited amount of funds for residents of the East Riding who are in need at a time of emergency or crisis. This money is to help support residents where they have had a reduction in their income as a result of coronavirus and urgently require assistance with food and essentials.

Awards will be made where there is no alternative means of meeting the need, this includes help from universal credit and other benefits payable.

Find out more

Allen Lane Foundation – Funding for Social Cohesion
Local community-led grassroots groups and organisations can apply for funding for projects that break down barriers and tensions between different groups of people, and help to build a more cohesive and inclusive community. This could be a housing estate or a distinct community. The funding is being made available through the Allen Lane Foundation’s Social Cohesion Programme. The Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently. Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively and can be for new or ongoing work. Trustees meet to discuss grant applications three times a year, generally in February, June and October.

Find out more

Charity of F P Finn
Grants are available for local not-for-profit organisations undertaking benevolent projects in Hull or East Riding of Yorkshire.

Although grants of up to £2,500 have been offered in the past, normally grants tend to be for smaller amounts.

Charity of F P Finn
c/o Rollits Solicitors
Forsyth House
Alpha Court
Monks Cross
YO32 9WN

Tel: 01904 688538

Charles and Elsie Sykes Trust
Grants are available to registered charities for projects that benefit Yorkshire through the relief of need, particularly those related to youth, old age, welfare and medicine.

Most grants range from £3,000 to £5,000. However, the Trust does award larger grants for exceptional applications.

Find out more

City Health Care Partnership Foundation – Small Grants
Small grants are available to not-for-profit voluntary and community groups in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, Knowsley, St Helens, Wigan and Leigh to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

The maximum grant is £1,000.
Application deadline 1st March 2021.
Groups will only be allowed one grant over two years.
As a general rule the Foundation expects successful applicants to spend their award within four months of receipt.

Find out more

Denise Cohen Charitable Trust
Grants are available to charitable organisations carrying out general charitable purposes in the UK.
In the past grants have ranged from £250 to £1,000 with the occasional larger grant being awarded.

Martin Paisner CBE
Denise Cohen Charitable Trust

Berwin Leighton and Paisner
Adelaide House
London Bridge
Tel: 020 3400 1000

DLA Piper Charitable Trust
Grants are available for UK registered charities undertaking ‘needy causes’ in the UK.
The Trust allocates around £50,000 in grants each year. About 45 charities receive grants each year.
In the past grants have ranged from less than £1,000 to £5,000 with an exceptional grant made for more than £5,000.

Godfrey J Smallman
DLA Piper Charitable Trust

c/o Wrigleys Solicitors
3rd Floor
Fountain Precinct
Balm Green
S1 2JA

Dorothy Holmes Charitable Trust
Grant for registered charities undertaking benevolent projects in England and Wales.

Dorothy Holmes Charitable Trust

5A Bear Lane

Emerton-Christie Charity
Grants are available for registered charities undertaking education, health or social welfare projects throughout the UK. Most grants awarded in the past years have been for between £1,000 and £3,000.

The Emerton-Christie Charity

Kelswyn House
Tel: 07791168778

Fitton Trust
Grants for voluntary sector organisations in the UK undertaking general charitable activities.
Grants of up to £1,000 are available. Most grants are for between £150 and £350.

Useful Contacts:
Fitton Trust

Po Box 289

Frognal Trust
Grants are available for registered charities for projects involving old people, children, the blind and otherwise handicapped, medical research or environmental heritage.
In previous years, the total amount of funding awarded by the Trust annually has ranged from around £50,000 to about £100,000.

Frognal Trust
Alexandra House
St John’s Street
Tel: 01722 412412

G S Plaut Charitable Trust Limited
Grants are available to charities registered in the UK that are established for charitable purposes. Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £4,000. As a guide, the total amount of grants paid to institutions during the financial year ending April 2016 was £48,800.

G S Plaut Charitable Trust Limited
39 Bay Road

Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust
Grants are available for charities for general charitable purposes in Great Britain. At present donations totalling roughly £140,000 are made to about 100 charities each year. Grants tend to range from £500 to £2,500. Exceptionally, larger grants are awarded.

Find out more

Green and Lilian FM Ainsworth and Family Benevolent Fund
Grant for charitable organisations carrying out social welfare activities in the UK. Previous grants have ranged between £500 and £1,000.

Green and Lilian FM Ainsworth and Family Benevolent Fund
1st Floor, Trinity Quay 1
Avon Street
Tel: 03453042424

Henry Smith Charity – Main Grants – Strengthening Communities
Grants to support the running costs of small community-based organisations working in the most deprived areas of the UK to help people to make positive changes in their lives. Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year, for up to three years, are available. The Charity will not consider making a grant that is equivalent to more than 50% of the projected annual running costs of an organisation.

Applications for continuation funding will be considered.

Find out more

Joseph and Annie Cattle Trust
One-off grants are available to local charitable organisations working for the benefit of vulnerable people living in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.
Grants of up to £1000 are available.

Find out more

Joseph Strong Frazer Trust
Grant for registered charities in England and Wales carrying out a range of charitable activities.
Grants have previously been made for up to £2,000.

Joseph Strong Frazer Trust
Joseph Miller & Co.
A Floor
Milburn House
Dean Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 2328065

Kenneth Hargreaves Trust
Small grants are available for charitable organisations in the UK, particularly Yorkshire, undertaking social welfare, medical, arts or local conservation projects. The amount of funding given each year fluctuates depending on the Trust’s income. For the last two years, the range has been around £32,000 and £33,000.
Previous grants have been for up to £2,000.

Kathryn Hodges
Kenneth Hargreaves Trust

5 Grimston Park Mews
Grimston Park
North Yorkshire
LS24 9DB
Tel: 01937834730

National Lottery Awards for All – England
Grants are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community.

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available.

The Awards for All programme will not give more than £10,000 (in one or more grants) to an organisation in any one year period.

Find out more about: National Lottery – Awards for All England
Find out more about: National Lottery Community Fund

Percy Bilton Charity- Grants for Organisations
Funding is available to UK registered charities with primary objectives to assist one or more of the following groups: disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25); people with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems); older people (aged over 60).
Two grant programmes are in operation as follows:

  • Large grants – one off payments for capital expenditure of approximately £2,000 and over. The majority of grants fall within the range of £2,000 to £5,000.
  • Small grants – donations of up to £500.

Find out more

Rachel Charitable Trust
Grant for charitable organisations in England and Wales undertaking social welfare activities.
Rachel Charitable Trust
30 Market Place
Tel: 020 78463036

Rayden Charitable Trust
Grants are available for charitable organisations in England and Wales that are undertaking general charitable activities. Most grants are under £2,000. Annually, the Trust awards a total of around £25,000 in grants.

Rayden Charitable Trust
Beavis Morgan LLP
82 St John Street
Tel: 0207 417 0417

Rest-Harrow Trust
Grants to charitable organisations in England and Wales for general charitable purposes.
Previous grants have been for between £100 and £2,000.

Rest-Harrow Trust
21 Whitefriars Street
Tel: 02070926990

Reverend Robert Neil Russell Trust Fund
Grant for registered charities undertaking social welfare and community projects in the UK and abroad.
Grants are made between the values of £200 and £500. The annual income of this fund is usually below £10,000.

Reverend Robert Neil Russell Trust Fund
Brown Turner Compton Carr
11 St George’s Place
Lord Street
Tel: 01704 542 002

Robert McAlpine Foundation
Grants for registered charities in the UK undertaking projects for the benefit of children, youth, the elderly, social and medical research. Grants are made between the values of £2,500 and £10,000.

Find out more

Ruth and Stuart Lipton Charitable Trust
A limited number of small grants are available for charitable organisations undertaking general charitable activities in the UK.
Annually, the Trust awards a total of between £60,000 and £80,000 in grants.

Ruth and Stuart Lipton Charitable Trust
Lewis Golden & Co
40 Queen Anne Street
Tel: 020 7580 7313

Sir James Reckitt Charity
Grants are available towards a wide range of charitable causes, but with some priority given to purposes connected with the Society of Friends (Quakers) and to social work especially connected with the city of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The charity distributed around £1 million a year in grants.

Most grants range from £500 to £5,000, although larger applications can be considered. In determining the size of grants, no fixed rules apply and each funding request is taken on its own merits.

Find out more

Sobell Foundation
Grants are available to registered charities in England and Wales for causes benefiting children, the sick, elderly, needy and disabled. In previous years, the Foundation awarded between 500 and 600 grants, totalling around £7.7 million annually.

Find out more

The Astor Foundation
Grant for registered charities in the UK undertaking a variety of charitable activities. Grants are generally between £250 and £1,500.

Astor Foundation
PO BOX 168
EX39 6WB
Tel: 07901 737488

The J & J Charitable Trust
A small number of grants are available for charitable organisations in England and Wales for general charitable activities. The Trustees only award a small number of grants each year. Most grants in previous years have been of £5,000.

The J & J Charitable Trust
Blick Rothenberg Limited
Palladium House
1-4 Argyll Street
Tel: 0207 437 7666

The Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust
Grants are available to UK registered charities in England and Wales in support of a variety of charitable causes.
The Trust reports that last year it made 110 grants totalling £714,434. (This was an increase over the previous year.)
Of these 110 grants, five grants were for amounts of between £25,000 and £60,000 and were awarded to major institutions. The remaining grants totalling £499,434 were for less than £20,000.

Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust
RF Trustee Co Limited
15 Suffolk Street

Two Ridings Community Foundation
Grants are available for local charities, grassroots groups and other not-for-profit groups to address a wide range of issues that will benefit communities in North and East Yorkshire, York and Hull.

The level of funding varies, depending on the grant scheme. An average award is around £3,000.

Find out more

Ward Blenkinsop Trust
Grants are available for registered charities and voluntary bodies undertaking general charitable activities in England and Wales.

Approximately £90,000 was available for funding last year.

Charlotte Blenkinsop
Ward Blenkinsop Trust

PO Box 28840
SW13 0WZ

YAPP Charitable Trust
Grants to support the running costs of very small registered charities in England and Wales working with elderly people, children and young people aged five to 25 years, and people who have disabilities or mental health challenges; or those working in the areas of social welfare or education and learning.
Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year for up to three years.

Most of the grants are for more than one year because the Trust likes to fund ongoing needs.

Find out more

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
Grants to support registered charities and good causes in local communities across the UK to alleviate poverty, improve health and save lives The grants offered range between £250 up to £2,000.

Find out more

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