Cost of living Crisis News Round-up - Funding for Core and Infrastructure Costs part 1, November 2022

MVA offers part of a further series of new funding news and resource aimed at helping charities with their Core and Infrastructure Costs during the country’s Cost of living Crisis

Whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information, due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the details below may have changed since the time of its issue and ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Funding from The Allen Lane Foundation
Grants are available to small, registered charities, voluntary groups, and charitable organisations in the UK for work that makes a difference to people's lives.

The Allen Lane Foundation makes grants to voluntary not-for-profit organisations in the UK for work which benefits groups of people who are under-represented in the UK.

The Foundation says they wish to fund work which:
  • Will make a lasting difference to people's lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems
  • Is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma, and discrimination
  • Encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community
To apply, The Foundation says your organisation does not need to be a registered charity as long as it is carrying out work for charitable purposes.

The Foundation also say Trustees meet to discuss grant applications three times a year, generally in February, June, and October.

For more information and how to apply, visit The Foundation’s website.

BBC Children in Need
As reported recently, BBC’s charity Children in Need are set to announce funding for direct project costs which can include salaries, volunteer expenses, building hire costs and travel costs.

Children in Need (CiN) say Core Costs support essential organisational and administrative spending, and that these are the key expenses required to keep organisations running.

Intended for charities and not-for-profit organisations, CiN say their Core Costs Funding can be spent on an organisation’s central day-to-day operations.

This can include:
  • Management and administration
  • HR and payroll
  • General office expenses
  • Accountancy and audit
  • Communications and outreach
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning
  • Governance, regulatory, and compliance costs
This Core Costs programme is due to open to applications later in autumn 2022, and CiN say there is no application deadline, so organisations can apply at any time.

More information and how to apply can be found at the Children in Need website.

The Fore
National organisation The Fore offers unrestricted grants, which they say are intended to have a transformational impact on an organisation.

Delivering funding intended to strengthen organisations for the longer term, The Fore offers grants particularly for small organisations working with marginalised groups.

The funder says they will also offer funding help to groups led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.

The Fore says they will shortly be open for registrations for their Spring 2023 funding round, with dates to be announced this Autumn 2022.

More information and how to apply can be found at The Fore’s website.

Working to provide resources to support the charity sector achieve and succeed, The Charity Excellence Framework (CEF) offer a growing list of further support for Small Businesses and Enterprise, Community Groups, Charities, and similar organisations nationwide.

To find out more, visit their website.

MVA are also continuing their efforts to provide support and advice for the Charity Sector during these challenging times with their Reference Guide to Cost Cutting Measures, available in their Advice and Support pages.

Going from strength to strength, MVA’s relaunched Funding and Governance Club also offers support for charities in their fundraising efforts - and for a limited time only, you can join for FREE!

For more details, contact MVA’s Data & Business Development Team on 01634 812 850.

MVA can also offer 1-to-1 support where needed for not-for-profit groups and organisations to continue helping local communities in Medway.

They can offer guidance and support across a wide range of areas including fundraising. You can Contact MVA by email at for more details.

If you would like to see coverage of specific news or subject to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at, you can also contact MVA via the website.