Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants for Scottish Charities

This scheme will award up to £1 million in grants each year to small charities with the aim of transforming hundreds of lives and communities across the UK. Foundation Scotland is managing the Small Grants fund in Scotland.

The funding is for projects that address at least one of the following categories:

  • Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise;
  • Maximise ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity; 
  • Advance people’s physical, mental health and wellbeing.

Eligibility criteria
Registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups across Scotland with an income of less than £250,000 are eligible to apply.

Grant size
The maximum grant available is £2,000 and should be completed within one year.

It’s a rolling programme, which means that applications can be submitted at any time.

How to apply
Applications are made online. For further details and to apply please visit Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants.

Interreg North Sea Region Programme call for proposals

The fourth call for expressions of interest (EoI) under the North Sea Region Programme is open for submissions until the 28 August 2017. The aim is to support development and foster sustained economic growth across the region. The North Sea Region Programme helps enterprises, institutions, public administrations, NGOs and others to pool their expertise, share their experience and cooperate to develop realistic solutions to problems shared by organisations across the region.

With a budget of 167 million euros, the programme is focused on four priority themes:

  • Thinking growth – objectives:
    • Develop new or improved knowledge partnerships between businesses, knowledge institutions, public administrations and end users with a view to long-term cooperation (post project) on developing products and services.
    • Enhance regional innovation support capacity to increase long-term innovation levels and support smart specialization strategies.
    • Stimulate the public sector to generate innovation demand and innovative solutions for improving public service delivery.
  • Eco-innovation – objectives:
    • Promote the development and adoption of products, services and processes to accelerate greening of the North Sea Region economy.
    • Stimulate the adoption of new products, services and processes to reduce the environmental footprint of regions around the North Sea.
  • Sustainable North Sea Region – objectives:
    • Demonstrate new and/or improved methods for improving the climate resilience of target sites.
    • Develop new methods for the long-term sustainable management of North Sea ecosystems.
  • Green transport and mobility – objectives:
    • Develop demonstrations of innovative and/or improved transport and logistics solutions with potential to move large volumes of freight away from long-distance road transportation.
    • Stimulate the take-up and application of green transport solutions for regional freight and personal transport.

Eligibility criteria

The North Sea Region Programme is open to any legal entity in the programme area, which is the whole of Norway and Denmark, eastern parts of the United Kingdom, the Flemish Region of Belgium, northwest Germany, the northern and western parts of the Netherlands and the south western area of Sweden.

You must apply as part of a partnership, and every partnership must include at least 2 beneficiaries from 2 different countries.

Funding rates

All partners can claim reimbursement of 50% of costs for all project activities. There is no formal minimum or maximum
budget for projects, but projects will be assessed on value for money and larger projects will be expected to deliver significant benefits to the programme area.


28 August 2017

How to apply

The application process has two steps: firstly, applicants submit their expression of interest and if successful, they will be invited to submit a full application.

For further details and to submit your expression of interest online, please visit North Sea Region Programme.

EuropeAid grants for projects that will strengthen civil society organisations in Turkey

Eligible organisations from Member States and from Turkey can apply to this Grant Scheme co-funded by the EU and the Republic of Turkey within the Annual Action Programme for Turkey for the year 2014 under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II).

The global objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen the capacity of grassroots CSOs for active democratic participation in policy and decision making processes. The proposals should fall in one or more of the following priority areas: 

  • Improving Administrative Skills of Grassroots CSOs; 
  • Improving Advocacy Skills of Grassroots CSOs; 
  • Improving Communication Skills of Grassroots CSOs.

Grant information

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 40.000 and EUR 60.000, and between 50% and 90% of eligible costs.


The initial planned duration of a project may not be lower than 10 months nor exceed 12 months.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicants must:

  • be a legal person, and
  • be non-profit-making, and
  • be established in a Member State of the European Union or Turkey or an eligible country according to the IPA Regulation , and
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s), not acting as an intermediary, and
  • be grassroots CSOs from Turkey (associations and foundations), or
  • be grassroots CSOs from the EU Member States or other eligible countries except Turkey (associations; foundations; associations and foundations established as non-for-profit companies/charitable organisations), and
  • be established before the launch date of call for proposals (21.06.2017).

The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s). In case, an entity from an EU Member State or other eligible country according to IPA Regulation (except Turkey) applies as a lead applicant, then it should have at least one co-applicant from Turkey.


The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 18 August 2017 as evidenced by the date of dispatch.

How to apply

The application process consists of two steps: 

  • Concept notes 
  • Full applications 

In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted by post for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application. For full details of how to apply please visit the EuropeAid call page.

Grants for UK charities promoting justice, equality & sustainable environment

Matrix, through its Matrix Causes Fund (MCF), provides support to organisations which promote access to justice (particularly for people trying to get support to meet their basic personal needs), or promote equality of opportunity, or promote a sustainable environment. Since 2003, Matrix have committed over £850,000 to national and international charitable causes. Matrix Causes Fund is a restricted fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund, UK charity no. 1099682.

Eligibility criteria

Applications are particularly welcome from organisations whose focus is on supporting the needs of vulnerable people such as prisoners, asylum seekers, people with mental health difficulties, people (particularly children) with disabilities, or women in refuges.

Grant size

The MCF will only provide an organisation with one-off funds of up to £5,000, or funds of up to £3,000 a year for 3 years. The MCF will fund the costs associated with things like publications, staff/volunteer training, publicity, events and equipment which can benefit many people and be long-lasting. Only in exceptional circumstances, will the MCF provide funds to cover costs (such as salary costs) for an organisation’s direct service delivery to individual clients or members of the public. The MCF does not provide funds to support or replace statutory or other services generally provided by public bodies such as schools.


The Matrix Causes Fund Committee will next meet on Monday 10 July 2017. Any applications to be considered at the meeting should be received by 17.00 on Monday 3 July 2017.

How to apply

For further information and to apply, please visit The Matrix Causes Fund.

Life Chances Fund for Older People’s Services and Healthy Lives now open

The Life Chances Fund (LCF) is an £80 million top-up fund, whose objective is to help those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives.

The £80 million has been committed by central government to provide contributions to outcome payments for payment-by-results contracts, which involve socially minded investors – ie towards Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). These contracts must be locally commissioned and aim to tackle complex social problems.


The overall objective of the £80 million LCF is to help those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives. It will do this by:

  • increasing the number and scale of SIBs in England
  • making it easier and quicker to set up a SIB
  • generating public sector efficiencies by delivering better outcomes and using this to understand how cashable savings are
  • increasing social innovation and building a clear evidence base of what works
  • increasing the amount of capital available to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector providers to enable them to compete for public sector contracts
  • providing better evidence of the effectiveness of the SIB mechanism and the savings that are being accrued
  • growing the scale of the social investment market


31 July 2017

How to apply

There is a 2-stage application process: firstly only expressions of interest are to be submitted and successful applicants in the first stage will be invited to submit a full application. 

For further information and to apply please click here.