Wellbank Foundation

The Wellbank Foundation is a recently registered small, family run, grant-making charity that supports registered charities based in the North East of England. They want to back initiatives that improve people's lives and help them reach their full potential. The charities they work with have to be helping people who are disadvantaged, whether for financial, health or other reasons. They're particularly keen to support any projects that provides educational, sporting or environmental benefits.

Grant Criteria

You must be:

  • A registered charity based in Northumberland or Tyne & Wear (not an individual) with a turnover of no more than £1m
  • Looking for a grant of between £500 and £25,000

​The funding you are looking for must:

  • Be for the benefit of a number of residents of the North East that are disadvantaged by
  • reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other socio-economic basis
  • Be for a planned project/spend - we will not fund anything retrospectively
  • Not be for a research project
  • Not be for the advancement or benefit of a religious or political cause

Full details are available on the Wellbank Foundation's website.


Green Recovery Challenge Fund

A short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal while creating and retaining a range of jobs in England.

Is this the right programme for you?

  • Does your project focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature?
  • Are you an environmental charity or partner based in England?
  • Do you require a grant between £50,000 and £2million?
  • Is your project ready to deliver and are you able to spend the funding by 31 March 2023?

If you answered yes to these questions, then the Green Recovery Challenge Fund is for you.

The second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund supports nature projects across England with funding worth up to £40m. Grants from the £40m first round of funding were awarded in December 2020.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is open for applications at two grant levels:

  • £50,000 to £250,000. Deadline 12noon 14 April 2021
  • £250,000 to £2m. Deadline for Expressions of Interest 12noon 22 March 2021

You must contribute at least 5% of your project costs in cash (partnership funding) for all grants over £250,000.

Full details available on Heritage Fund's website.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

The Foundation has opened for 2021 applications and will remain open without deadlines throughout 2021.

The Foundation partners with small and local charities who help people overcome complex social issues. Through long-term funding, developmental support and influencing policy and practice, the Foundation helps small charities make life-changing impact.

The funding is intended for small and medium-sized charities that have a track record of working to help people overcome one or more of the following issues:

  • Addiction and dependency on alcohol, drugs and/or gambling
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Care leavers
  • Domestic and sexual abuse
  • Homeless and vulnerably housed
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Offending, prison or community service
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Young parents

Funding of up to £50,000 is available over 2 years.

The Foundation's grants team will hold a live Q&A webinar on 30 March (2pm to 3:30pm) to discuss the 2021 funding programme. You can book here.

Further information on the Lloyds Bank Foundation is available here.


Youth Centre Recovery Fund

A total of £8 million is available to provide core funding for the costs of running youth centres and delivering youth work. Funding will cover the period from 1 April – 30 September 2021.

The aim is to ensure that youth centres remain viable and are able to re-open or continue to deliver services as the country emerges from Covid-19 restrictions. The pandemic and concomitant actions taken to combat it are likely to have a significant negative impact on young people’s mental health and life chances, especially those from less advantaged backgrounds. As such, it is critical that charities running youth clubs are able to continue to provide support and opportunities to young people.

The Fund is open to registered charities who run youth centres in England. They must offer youth services within a locality and operate out of a fixed space or venue. They should be at risk of being unable to re-open and resume services, of cutting provision, or of permanent closure for financial reasons by the end September 2021.

There is no fixed grant size for this fund.

Full details available on the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust's website.

Arnold Clark Community Fund

The fund aims to help UK charities and local community groups continue their important work which may be at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The grants are awarded by a monthly draw.

At the end of each month, 500 applications will be granted. Applications that are unsuccessful one month will be kept in the draw for the following month. The final deadline is 31st May 2021.

Grants can be requested from £100 to £1000.

Full details are available on the Arnold Clark website.