Grant Schemes available to Rutland Residents

3 Types of grants are available

The Rutland County Council Small Grants scheme has been introduced to support individuals who demonstrate potential in their chosen arts and sporting fields. Types of project which may be supported

  • Help with course/training fees.
  • Help to purchase special kit/clothing. maximum of £150

No Deadlines on timing of applications

Rutland Local Sports Alliance Grant Scheme – In association with the Leicesters-Shire and Rutland County Sports Partnership supports individuals / organisations based in Rutland.

Types of project which may be supported

  • Help with course/training fees for coaching qualifications.


The Rutland County Council General Grant Scheme – scheme has been introduced to support organisations providing a community service to Rutlanders

Types of projects which may be supported

  • Help with courses/training fees,
  • Help to purchase specialist equipment
  • Help to promote a new organisation,
  • Help to develop existing organisations
  • Help to purchase specialist sports equipment
  • Help to purchase arts materials
  • Help to fund a specific event
  • Projects that add value to the community

LandAid - Training, Education and Support Fund
Funding available: £5,000 - £25,000
Application deadline:31 January
Training, education or support programmes targeted at disadvantaged young people (16-25 year olds); this can include NEETS, homeless or those from a low income background. Projects should engage young people and lead to recognised qualifications.

The Archer Trust
Funding available: £250 to £3,000
Application deadline: No deadline specified, although trustees meet twice a year, usually in March and September.
Funding for groups who provide aid or support to a defined group of needy or deserving people, for instance those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged.

The Ernest Cook Trust
Funding available: small grants scheme – up to £4,000/ large grants scheme – over £4,000
Application deadline: any time
Registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust. The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities, while the large grants programme (over £4,000) is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes. Grants are normally awarded for one year only.

The Garfield Weston Foundation
Funding available: no limit
Application deadline: none
Over the past fifty years The Garfield Weston Foundation has supported a wide range of organisations with grants of varying sizes. Recent funding has supported projects in the following categories: arts, community, education, welfare, medical, religion, youth and environment, but the Trustees do not consider one area to be of higher priority than any other.

The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust
Funding available: Not specified
Application deadline: Apply at any time
The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust (AFMT) supports projects that allow disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. The Trust usually supports programmes that are run by schools or youth groups, but welcomes applications from individuals. These must have a referee.

Young Roots
Funding available: £3,000 - £25,000
Application deadline: any time
Young Roots is a grant programme designed to engage young people aged 13-25 with their heritage. Young Roots projects stem directly from the interest and ideas of young people, who are supported by youth and heritage organisations to develop skills, build confidence, and connect with their local communities.

Cash 4 Clubs
Funding available: £250 to £1,000
Application deadline: apply at any time; decisions made three times a year
Sports clubs that are registered with their sport’s national governing body or local authority can apply for grants. Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme which gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club. There are three tiers of grants at £250, £500 and £1,000. 

 O2 Think Big
Funding available: £300, with opportunity to apply for further £2500
Application deadline: Applications restart 2015.

The O2 programme supports projects by young people (13 - 25) that have a positive impact upon their local community. Think Big offers young people grants as well as training, support and mentoring from a number of youth charities. These include the National Youth Agency and UK Youth. Examples of projects that could be supported could include fighting knife crime, starting local youth groups, teaching skills to other young people or renovating community spaces. Eligible projects should be run by young people for young people.

Asda Foundation
Funding available: Not specified
Application deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the year and applications will be assessed at the quarterly trustee meeting.
The ASDA Foundation is set up to assist any charity in the UK as well as people and projects who require financial assistance. They support requests which have the direct support and involvement from local colleagues. Please contact your local store or depot to see if this is something they are able to support.

Football Foundation
Funding available: various amounts depending on specific scheme
Application deadline: none
The Football Foundation run several schemes that give grants for projects that improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities; sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability; help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

The Dulverton Trust
Funding available: Over £5,000
Application deadline: none
Support for registered charities for activities in the following categories: youth opportunities and general welfare. The youth opportunities funding stream aims to support charities that help disadvantaged children and young people, including offenders, to adopt a more positive attitude to their lives, raise their aspirations and realise their full potential, such as early intervention initiatives and offering children from urban areas the opportunity to experience the countryside. The general welfare funding stream offers grants to, for example, those that wish to strengthen and support family relationships; develop tolerance and understanding between faiths and communities. The Trust only supports charities in England (except London), Scotland and Wales.

LankellyChase Foundation
Funding available: various, depending on specific programme
Application deadline: none
Various programmes, including the Local People, Local Places programme, which aims to help local organisations to find long term solutions to local issues and engage the skills and talents of individuals to transform communities for the benefit of all. Also, the Free and Quiet Minds programme focusses on the needs of the most rejected and ignored people in society; including people from black and minority ethnic communities with mental health problems and destitute asylum seekers. The Foundation only supports projects in England (except London), Scotland and Wales.

The Hedley Foundation
Funding available: Up to £5,000
Application deadline: The trustees meet six times per year.
Charitable foundation which supports young people, the disabled and the terminally ill. Their main objective is to support young people: their education, recreation, support, training, health and welfare.

Henry Smith Charity
Funding available: Small grants - £500 to £20,000; Main grants – Over £10,000
Application deadline: Not specified. Trustee meetings take place in March, June, September and December.
Grant funding to organisations in the United Kingdom, with priority given to work with groups experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation.

Tudor Trust
Funding available: There is no maximum or minimum grant amount.
Application deadline: No deadline.
Tudor wants to help smaller, community-led groups which are supporting people at the margins of society.

Heritage Lottery Fund - Young Roots
Funding available: £3,000 to £25,000
Application deadline: Young Roots is a rolling programme with no deadlines for applications
The Young Roots Programme aims to involve 13 to 25 year-olds in finding out about their heritage, developing skills, building confidence and promoting community involvement.
Visit the Heritage Lottery Fund website for more information.

Britannia Building Society Foundation
Funding available: £1,000 to £25,000
Application deadline: Applications to the Community Fund can be submitted at any time.
Grants for registered charities and schools, working within education, who are seeking funding specifically for numeracy and/or financial literacy projects.

02 - It’s Your Community Initiative
Grants available: £100 to £1,000
Application deadline: Applications can be made at any time
Awards of up to £1,000 are available to local groups and individuals, for anything that you can show will benefit your community.

Wakeham Trust
Funding available: £75 to £750
Application deadline: Applications From January 2015.
The Wakeham Trust provide grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded.
They also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Education and Learning Open Grants Scheme
Application deadline: Applications Jan 2015

Grants available: There is no minimum or maximum grant size.
The Education and Learning Open Grants Scheme is currently accepting applications for innovation and change concerned with supplementary schooling and tackling school exclusion and truancy.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales
Every year the Lloyds TSB Foundation funds thousands of charities working to tackle disadvantage across England and Wales. Their focus is on supporting small and medium under-funded charities that can make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people by helping them to play a fuller role in the communities of their choice.

The Links Foundation
Funding available: Average spend per project is currently about £20,000.
Application deadline: The Board meets every four months. The closing date for applications is four weeks before the Board meeting.
The Links Foundation was launched in 2003 as a charitable trust to distribute funds to communities that needed help.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Funding available: Up to £10,000 (small grants programme), £10,000 to £30,000 (large grants programme)
Application deadline: The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications at the beginning of February, May, July and November. Applications must be received at least eight weeks prior to a meeting.
The Foundation provides grants for projects within the following three areas: health care and disability, community support, and education and the arts.

The Mohammad Ibrahim Foundation
Funding available: The grants range from £500 - £10,000. Extraordinary projects may receive grants up to £50,000.

Application deadline: Grants are awarded twice a year
The Mohammed Ibrahim Foundation makes grants to organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK, both now and in the future. They are particularly interested in supporting community building, strengthening non-profit organisations, and supporting families.

Yapp Charitable Trust Grants - England and Wales only
Funding available: Up to £3,000 per year for up to three years
Application deadline: Applications are processed continuously.
The Yapp Charitable Trust makes small grants, for running costs and salaries, to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work.

The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust Grants Programme
Funding available: Not specified
Application deadline: Applications are from Jan 2015.
The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust supports charitable organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK.

The Rayne Foundation
Funding available: Not specified
The Rayne Foundation helps and encourages inspiring individuals and organisations who can help build bridges within society. They give grants within four sectors: Arts, Education, Health & Medicine, and Social Welfare & Development.

Steel Charitable Trust
Funding available: £1,000 to £25,000
Application deadline: No deadline
The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes within the following areas: health and medical research, social services environment, culture.

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation (England and Wales only)
Funding available: From less than £1,000 to £250,000
Application deadline: Not specified
The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation aims to improve the quality of life particularly of those in need. Funding can be for education, arts, religion, community, children and youth, health, social welfare, environment and amateur sport.
For more information, please email

Youth Music (England and Wales only)
Funding available: £5,000 to £30,000
Grants will be available to support projects that provide structured, regular and progressive music-making activities for children and young people.

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme
Funding available: £1,000 to £10,000
Grant assistance available to small UK charities for projects that will make a significant impact on their work.