Equality and Addressing Social Disadvantage

Group of childrenThere are a range of funders that aim to target specific groups of people or areas experiencing disadvantage, or to promote equality. In addition to the funders listed below there are many small trusts that may support projects addressing disadvantage or equality issues.

The Equality Network Forum based in Glasgow also produce a regular funding update for equaility related projects.

Big Lottery Fund: Investing in Communities

Investing in Communities reopened in June 2010. Awards are between £10, 000 and £1m. Life Transitions is for services and activities that support people at key times of change in their lives. Supporting 21st Century Life is for services and activities that help to build stronger families and communities.

First Group Charity and Sponsorship Committee

The First Group's key areas of interest are Young People, Heath and Environment. Applications are ongoing and awards are variable. Applications should be supported by a member of staff from First Group.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Priorities for the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation are: Health Care and Health Education, Education and the Arts, and Community Support projects. Heritage is included but large capital projects are excluded. The foundation is particularly interested in projects concerning areas of deprivation. There are two programmes for Small or Large grants. There are no specific deadlines and the committee meets quarterly to decide on applications.

Gannochy Trust

The Gannochy Trust awards funding based on the themes of 'Inspiring Young People' and 'Improving the Quality of Life of the Disadvantaged and Vulnerable'. There are no specific deadlines and award amounts vary.

Pilgrim Trust 

The Pilgrim Trust's two main areas of interest are Social Welfare and Preservation and Scholarship. There are two grant programmes: Small Grants (up to £5,000) and Main Grants (up to £15,000). There are no specific deadlines for applications.

Tesco Charity Trust Community Award

The Tesco Charity Trust has two priority areas: Children's welfare and/or children's educations, and Elderly people and/or adults and children with disabilities. It could take a maximum three months to get a decision. Awards are between £500 and £4,000.

Nationwide Foundation - Small Grants Programme

The Nationwide Foundation focuses on projects that offer financial and/or housing support, in particular older people (including those over 50 and living in rural areas) and victims of domestic abuse. Grants are up to £5,000.

Scottish Community Foundation: Grants for Women's Projects

Scottish Community Foundation's Grants for Women's Projects  are for charities and community groups working with, and for, women. Both funding programmes support relatively small organisations (incomes of less than £250,000) per year. There are Express Grants under £2,000 or Main Grants over £2,000. There are no specific deadlines.

Big Lottery: 2014 Communities

Big Lottery 2014 Communities is a micro grant programme for grassroots sports and community organisations. The programme's aims are: to encourage more people to take part in sport or physical activity, to increase the numbers of those volunteering in sport or physical activity, and to bring communities together through sport and volunteering.

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