Funding Round-up – Grants & Support for Individuals (Part 2), Autumn 2023

MVA offers another collection of announcements focusing on themes of funding and support for Individuals aimed at helping charities and similar groups continue their work.

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

Advice Centre Finder from Citizens Advice
The national network from Citizens Advice continues to respond to enquiries and requests from residents in crisis or those who are struggling in their daily life.

They provide FREE, confidential, and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s day-to-day living: Their goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face.

The Advice Centre Finder can help pinpoint the Citizens Advice Centre offering support in the region, including areas such as: By using this service, residents can find the nearest office who can offer FREE confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person.

To use the Advice Centre Finder, visit the Citizens Advice website.

The Welfare Grants Programme from Family Action
National organisation Family Action are offering grants for essential personal and household needs to assist families and individuals with low incomes, particularly those living on benefits.

The intention of the funding is to help prevent an immediate crisis from spiralling and threatening the stability of families and individuals.

The organisers advise priority is made to applicants from pensioners and the elderly, people identified with a mental health problem, and families or individuals who have recently experienced domestic abuse.

Family Action do ask that applications be made on-line by a suitable referring agency.

At the time of writing, this is a Continuous Rolling Programme which means there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information, visit the Family Action website.

Find a Grant Programme from UK Government
The Government have a webpage allowing visitors to search for funding and help available from a list of available grants, as well as find out if they qualify to apply for them.

Delivered by the Cabinet Office, website visitors can use the service to search for Government grants. Visitors can use this service to:
  • Access Government grant funding
  • Search and filter to find a grant that matches their needs
  • Find out if they are eligible to apply for a grant, and
  • Find out how to apply for a grant
These grants are for individuals, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and other businesses.

They can also be used by Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations (VCSEs) which includes charities.

At the time of writing, there was no recognised deadline, suggesting this is a Continuous Rolling Programme and applications can be accepted at any time.

More information can be found at the Cabinet Office website.

Grants For Older People from Friends of the Elderly
Friends of the Elderly (FOTE) provides grants to older people living on low incomes.

The main aim of the Grant Giving Programme from FOTE is to arrange grants for older people which could help to alleviate the stresses, strains and worries of those living on low incomes.

Grants are available to help older people of state pension age who are living on a low income with such things as the costs of home essentials, unexpectedly large bills, living costs and getting connected online.

The funding organisers do specify that applications must be made through a recognized Referral Agent (such as Citizen’s Advice) who knows the older person in a professional or community capacity.

Referral Agents can include Housing Associations and Local Authorities, charities, community organisations, social workers, advice providers, health centres, and cultural or religious centres.

For more information and how to apply, visit the FOTE website.

Local grant giver and community support organisation Kent Community Foundation (KCF) also has services that can offer support to individuals and families in need. To find out more, you can contact KCF on 01303 814 500.

MVA continues its efforts to provide coverage of local and national news and events from the Voluntary and Charity Sector.

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.