Funding & support for Community Organisations

List of Support

Where local charities and community groups in Wandsworth can get help
Updated: 31st July 2018

We are regularly asked where local charities and community groups can get help with various aspects of running their organisations: from funding to volunteers to networking. Here are some suggestions of where to go for help. This is not a comprehensive list and we’re sure it will go out of date fast (as all lists do!). Let us know if we should be adding/editing this list. And… if in doubt use ‘Google’ to do your own searches.

*This is not a comprehensive list*

Local Wandsworth funders for charities and community groups include:


Funding Websites:

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Local support, training and organisational development (based in Wandsworth) – helping local charities and community groups in Wandsworth include:

Training, Support and Organisational Development (UK-wide):

Wandsworth Networks and Forum’s include:

Databases about local community organisations in Wandsworth:

Research, data and evidence about Wandsworth:

Volunteer recruitment:

Staff recruitment:

Monitoring and Evaluation:

Community Development:

Professional bodies

Advice services in Wandsworth for individuals:

Advice services for organisations (UK-wide):

Other places of fundings (by alphabetical order)

London Community Foundation

Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust have awards of up to £500 for people under 30 towards local community projects.

The Arts Council

The Arts Council provides grants from £1,000 to £30,000 (average £5,000) for individuals or arts organisations involved in arts-related activities that benefit people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations in England to carry out their work. 0845 300 6200

Austin and Hope Pilkington

Contact Austin and Hope Pilkington for funding for projects relating to children, youth, the elderly and medical grants. Grants are for one year usually £1,000 to £10,000, with the majority being £5,000 or less.

Awards for All

Awards for All award grants of between £300 and £10,000 for schools, and voluntary/community organisations in the UK running projects that enable people to take part in art, sport, heritage or community activities, or promote education, the environment or health in the local community. 0845 410 2030

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need award grants for projects working with disadvantaged children and young people, aged 18 and under. The small grants are under £10,000 for one to three years and the main grants are over £10,000 for one to three years. 0345 609 0015 

Battersea Power Station Foundation

The Battersea Power Station Foundation is an independent charity whose grants help to connect people and places, empower communities and transform lives in Wandsworth and Lambeth.


Biffa award grants to projects near Biffa sites that provide or improve community spaces, cultural facilities and places for outdoor recreation. 01636 670 000

Big Community Wildlife

Contact Big Community Wildlife for grants of £300 to £10,000 for projects that bring local people together to discover enjoy or protect the wildlife in their local area. 0845 410 2030

Big Lottery Fund

Grants from £300 to £500,000 for projects in a variety of areas are available from the Big Lottery Fund. 0845 410 2030

Building Connections Fund

The ‘Building Connections Fund’ all about tackling loneliness for adults and Elders; and there is a strand for young people too (in conjunction with Sports England). It is funded by the Big Lottery

B&Q – One Planet Living Grants

B&Q – One Planet Living Grants. Grants of £50 to £250 of B&Q materials to support a local community project. Projects must demonstrate that provision of access for disabled people has been considered. Projects should be sustainable and the materials and methods used should not cause environmental damage in the short or long-term. 0845 609 6688

B&Q Waste Donation

B&Q Waste Donation is a scheme co-ordinated in store either by the environmental champion, duty or warehouse manager who will keep a Waste Donation Form on file for interested groups. Can donate waste materials, for example slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, and end of range materials, to community groups, charities and schools. 0845 609 6688

The Clothworkers’ Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Foundation awards capital grants to UK charities with an annual income of less than £15m. 0207 623 7041

Comic Relief

Comic Relief provide grants for UK or international projects.

Community Project Grants from YouthBank

YouthBank is open to people in the UK aged 11 to 24. Local councils are providing this opportunity to engage young people in their communities with a £500 grant for a community based project. 0116 254 6960

The Co-operative

Community groups and co-operatives can apply for support from The Co-operative.

Educational Grants Advisory Service

The Educational Grants Advisory Service helps students who are over 16, “taking their first steps on the educational ladder”, primarily assisting students who cannot receive statutory funding. Priority to lone parents, disabled, refugees, people from underprivileged backgrounds. It gives advice on how and where to obtain funds. Send a SAE to Family Welfare Association 501 – 505 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AU or call 0207 241 7459 for more information.

Football Foundation

The Football Foundation has a Facilities Grant Scheme for projects that improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities. 0845 345 4555

Ford Britain Trust

Ford Britain Trust have small grants of up to £250 for work supporting activities with clear benefit to the community, work with young people/children, schools, special educational needs, those with disabilities. Applications are invited from registered charities, schools/PTAs, not for profit organisations (including small clubs and societies). 01277 252 551

Grants for creative projects

If you’re aged 13 to 19 and live in England, Mediabox could offer you grants to make creative media projects for film, television, radio, online, print and multi media platforms. Mediabox is for you to express your opinions, ideas and views, gain new skills and get your voice heard. 0207 871 5600


The Community Spaces programme will help groups in England to create or improve green and open spaces to improve the quality of life in their neighbourhood. Grants between £10,000 and £50,000 are available. 0845 367 1671

Hazel’s Footprints

Hazel’s Footprints is a charity which seeks to provide funding for dedicated individuals wishing to work voluntarily in schools, charities or community projects abroad.
Tel: 01896 849 677

Ideas Fund

The Ideas Fund can provide £1,000 for groups or individuals aged 16 to 25 to fund creative projects from any creative discipline e.g. dance, film, music, and photography.

Local Libraries

Reference libraries have guides listing trusts and charitable foundations. Those to look out for are ‘The Educational Grants Directory’, ‘The Grants Register’, ‘A Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need’, ‘The Youth Funding Guide’ and the ‘Directory of Grant Making Trusts’ or ask for the software, ‘Grants for Individuals’

London Borough Wandsworth Grant

Established in April 2015, the Wandsworth Grant Fund (WGF) provides all small grants (£500 – £10,000) for community and voluntary sector organisations in the borough.

The Marine Society

The Marine Society has grants and loans available to young people taking up a career at sea, university entrants who want to follow a career at sea and those wishing to study A-levels before taking up a career at sea. 0207 654 7050

National Lottery Good Causes

The National Lottery funds projects in the UK that benefit the community and  ‘good causes’. This covers arts, heritage, sport, community and voluntary groups, health, education and environmental projects, and the Olympic games. 0845 275 0000

O2 Think Big

O2 Think Big is for people aged 13 to 25 years old and is to help make things better in the local community. The award is for £300 plus training and support and it may be possible to apply for further funding if a project is going well. Successful projects in the past include transforming an abandoned garden into a vibrant outdoor space. 0800 902 0250

The Rank Foundation

The Rank Foundation provides support for young people to encourage leadership amongst them. Grants are available for local community initiatives. 0207 834 7731

The Savoy Educational Trust

The Savoy Educational Trust gives grants to people entering or working in the hospitality industry, or charities offering hospitality related education projects. Either scholarships of £5,500 to young people to help with their training or grants up to £500 to purchase items such as books, uniform and kitchen equipment e.g. knives. Initial contact/request for funding should be made in writing. 0207 269 9692

Starbucks Youth Action

UK Youth and Starbucks have launched Starbucks Youth Action, a programme that offers grants of up to £2,000 to young people wanting to improve their own communities. Starbucks Youth Action aims to encourage and inspire a generation of young people to take action and create positive local change. The programme provides training, support and funding to young people from 10 cities in the UK and Ireland. If you are 16 to 24 (or know someone who is) and have an idea that would benefit your community you can apply for grants of up to £2,000, plus volunteer time from Starbucks staff, to make that idea a reality. To see some examples of the kinds of projects that are funded, click here. For further information or support, please contact Liz Ablett at UK Youth on [email protected] or 07872 415 351

The Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations which support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. 0207 727 8522

Turn 2 Us

Turn2us exists to help people access the money available to them – through benefits, grants and other financial help.

Their free, accessible website has been designed to help people find appropriate sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on their particular needs and circumstances. 0808 802 2000

University Grants

University Grants have compiled a selection of organisations that offer funding of this nature.

UnLtd Sports Relief Awards

UnLtd Sports Relief Awards are for 11- to 21-year-olds who want to tackle conflicts in their communities by using sport to bring people together. Funding of up to £1,000 is available for entrepreneurial young people. Help reduce violence in your area by getting young people to channel their energies into football or organise a skateboarding competition. 0207 566 1100


vcashpoint is a funding initiative for young people aged 16 to 25 who have got an idea for a London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games inspired volunteering project to improve the local community. Apply for a grant of up to £2,500 from vcashpoint to bring the idea to life.


Vocalise runs an open grants programme (£5,000 to £20,000)  which encourages music-making for children and young people aged five to 18 (or up to 25 for those with special education needs, disabilities or in detention). 0207 902 1060

The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers runs many charitable activities involving support and careers in the British furniture making industry. Please contact them for more information. 0207 256 5558

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust make grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. 0191 4922118