Welcome to the latest Gloucestershire VCS Alliance Funding Bulletin. Here you can find out about the latest funding opportunities for your organisation.

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ASDA Foundation
Investing in Spaces and Places

Investing in Spaces and Places is a new higher value Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at improving community spaces and places where local people can be together and thrive. The first round of Investing in Spaces and Places Grants launched in October 2021 and will be awarded in June 2022.

Asda Foundation understands there are lot of spaces within communities which need a little love and funding to be a space which lots of groups can benefit from and be together. Therefore, Asda Foundation will be supporting communities across the UK with an investment to help groups improve these spaces through this brand-new grant.

Grants awarded will be between £5,000 and £25,000 towards improving community spaces in local communities across the UK.

There is a limited funding allocation for each Asda region. Please read the guidance fully and if you meet criteria and have a project in mind, talk to your local Community Champion.

Further information about the application process is below.
Asda Foundation Investing in Spaces and Places Grant
The Fore Trust

The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.  They want to be different.  Their funding process is specifically designed to level the playing field and give no advantage to those with fundraising experience or connections.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

To find out more information click HERE

The 7stars Foundation
Direct Funding

The 7stars Foundation, established by the7stars media agency, supports the most challenged young people in the UK. Assisting forgotten young people aged 16 years and under, lacking opportunity to achieve their potential. Their funding looks to support those challenged by abuse; addiction; those who are young carers; and those without a safe place to call home. Their grant funding prioritises the areas of: Abuse, Child Carers, Homelessness and Addiction. 


Please note this application must be submitted by an outreach/social/care worker or legal professional, on behalf of the young person (aged 16 or under).

Grants will be paid to the referee and the referee is responsible for ensuring the funds are directed in line with the approved purpose below. Submission of expenditure receipts and a grant report are required following the grant award.


Please be advised that this application process requires you to provide details on your project, charity, finances, and other details relevant to delivering the project. 

More information available HERE

Little Lives UK

Little Lives UK aims to ensure that they are doing everything they can to support valuable grassroots programmes that will hugely help the children in the community. Their Children’s Community Support Programme was founded in order to guarantee that support is going to the best possible groups.

The programme aims to support children’s groups and organisations, such as play groups or sports classes. However, they are open to applications from other projects, as long as their primary objective focuses on providing services to children.

Little Lives UK can support your organisation by offering you up to £1,500 worth of funding. There is no monetary minimum you can apply for, and they will additionally support the work you do through their social media channels and on their website.

Find out more HERE

Leathersellers Company
The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund provides a wide range of funding to UK registered Charities, Educational Institutions and University Students. Last year (2020/21) they awarded £3,386,462 in charitable and educational grants. This year (2021/22) they expect to spend a similar amount on deserving causes.

The Leathersellers’ Small Grants Programme 2021-22 will consider applications from charities registered and operating in the UK (including Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC)) that are working

  • to provide assistance to vulnerable people in their community
  • in geographical areas of deprivation (within the UK) – they recognise all relative measures of deprivation as tracked by the Indices of Deprivation or similar tools. They will ask you who your work helps and why this is needed for that group or in that area so you can explain the need that exists there.
  • with an annual income of under £200,000 (secured for the coming year)
To find out more click the link below.

Small Grants Programme - The Leathersellers’ Company
Thomas Wall Trust

The Thomas Wall Trust believes that communication skills are critical capabilities for people who want to improve their employment prospects, self-confidence, resilience, and life chances.

The Trust recognises that communication is underpinned by a set of key features and skills such as empathy, listening, emotional intelligence, confidence, and clarity, amongst others.

They are an inclusive charity, welcoming proposals which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, especially; women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers.

The Trust offer grants up to £5,000 to specific projects or core activities that develop these critical life skills for people from disadvantaged groups.

Click HERE for more information 

The Collaborate Fund

Collaborate is a new fund to support the development of collaborative research projects between the cultural sector and academic researchers.

They will support around 15 projects and funding awards will range from £5K – £20K.

Successful projects will contribute to deeper understanding of the differences arts, culture, heritage and screen makes to people’s lives, and the range of research methodologies used to explore cultural value.

More information available HERE

Developing your Creative Practice
This fund supports Individual cultural and creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to the next stage through things such as: research, time to create new work, travel, training, developing ideas, networking or mentoring.

Who can apply: They can support creative practitioners doing work related to their supported artforms and disciplines who live in England and have at least one years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context. 

What you can apply for: Individual development activity or practice up to one year in length that have an impact on creativity and culture in England. 

Key dates: The deadline for applications is 12pm (midday) 7 December 2021.

Click the link below to find out more.

Our open funds | Arts Council England

Christmas Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Funding 2021

School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families:

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities
  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health
  • more likely to experience social isolation

Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people and that they work best when they:

  • provide consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities
  • cover more than just breakfast or lunch
  • involve children (and parents) in food preparation

GCC are offering funding to VCSE organisations to provide such activities for eligible children in the county this Christmas.

Providers can apply for funding via the following link:

If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch with us.

Ironmongers Company


The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Grants are only given to registered charities. Projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged

  • Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills

  • Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale

  • Are within the UK

The Company is looking for projects that deliver clearly defined educational benefits to a specific group of children or young people. Items of equipment will be considered only where a full explanation is given of how they will support this activity.

The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs, address behavioural problems or promote citizenship, parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.


  • Grants range from a few hundred pounds up to around £10,000. The average grant awarded is £4,000.

  • Grants must be spent within twelve months from the date of the award.

  • Recipients are expected to submit a written evaluation report within three months from completion of the project.

  • The Company’s support should make a recognisable difference, therefore preference will be given to requests where the grant would cover a significant element of the cost and to those from smaller organisations.

    More information HERE

Ernest Cook Trust’s
Outdoor Learning Officer Grant

This grant supports charities and non-profit organisations who want to employ Outdoor Learning Officers, funding a contribution towards salaries only.

They know that inspirational role models are key to helping young people form lasting connections with the natural environment. This is why they prioritise charities and organisations whose approach is to encourage young people to enjoy the outdoors and engage with nature. They will educate communities about land, food production and biodiversity, their work will enable society to have a healthy respect for their local environment and drive sustainable behaviour.

Successful applicants’ new recruits will also be invited to join OPEN (Outdoor Practitioners Education Network), the Trust’s network of Outdoor Learning Officers, sharing best practice and exchanging ideas and skills.

Access to funding and how to apply can be found HERE
Ann Rylands

The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants  to support charities’ core costs or to support a specific project. The maximum award amount was increased to £2,500 from June 2021. Their funding criteria are deliberately broad to enable the Trust to support a range of charities working in areas that align with our mission. Nevertheless, they prioritise applications from charities which offer practical support for:


  • Older people
  • People with disabilities or living with serious illness, or
  • People facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion, homelessness or other difficulties in their lives.

Examples of previous grants can be found on the Trust’s website

For more information on who is eligible to apply, please click HERE.

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