Funding Round-up – Grants & Support for Individuals (Part 1), Winter 2024

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

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.

Help for People in Financial Hardship from Lightning Reach
For those struggling financially or need help with money, there is a platform where they could find out if they qualify for financial support such as grants, local schemes, and discounted tariffs.

The secure Lightning Reach Portal allows people to find and apply for support from multiple providers, quickly and easily.

Launched in late 2021, The Portal is a one-stop online grants portal transforming how people in financial hardship can access support.

Lightning Reach advises this can also allow charities and public sector institutions to get financial support from various sources to the people who need it most, quickly, and securely.

This can include grants and other support available from charities, local councils, social tariffs and more.

To find out more about this secure portal, visit the Lightning Reach website.

Grants and Funding from Percy Bilton Charity
The Percy Bilton Charity awards grants to charities that help and support disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems and older people.

Charities and similar organisations can apply for grants towards furnishings and equipment (not including office items), building or refurbishment projects.

The Percy Bilton Charity offers two types of grants:
  • Small Grants aimed at providing urgent one-off assistance for essential items to the charity’s beneficiaries
  • Large Grants of one-off payments for capital expenditure; with preference given to specific items of furniture and equipment (excluding office items) which the Charity can fund in their entirety.
At the time of writing, there was no recognised deadline, suggesting these are Continuous Rolling Programmes and applications could be accepted at any time.

For more information or how to apply, visit The Percy Bilton Charity website.

Funding and Support from Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) offers a range of support services to all serving RAF personnel, veterans, and their dependents.

This support includes grants to help with financial difficulties, support for young people and assistance with care needs.

To find out about their help and support, visit the RAFBF website.

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.