Funding Round-up – Grants & Support for Individuals (Part 5), Winter 2024

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

RELAUNCHING SOON - The Skinners’ Benevolent Trust Crisis Grants Programme
The Skinners’ Charities work to bring help and opportunity to those in need. They say they do this by tackling poverty, and the restrictions it places on people.

Their Crisis Grants Programme, aimed at offering relief of poverty and hardship, is due for relaunch.

Whilst The Charity are not currently accepting applications for this fund so that they can focus on other strategic priorities, they do advise they have partnered with the Glasspool Charity Trust, supporting their current work.

If you have any questions, The Charity welcome any enquiries by email at, you can also contact them on 020 7213 0561.

Spark Grants Funding Programme
The national charity The Spark Foundation supports young people in care and care leavers. They offer grants so they can have the same chances as everyone else.

They can offer donation-based small grants to applicants up to the age of 26 who are either in care, are a care leaver with relevant care leaver status or had former care leaver status.

The Foundation does ask that applicants must let them know what they want the money for, how much money they need and why having this money will make a difference.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 16th February 2024 with further dates to be announced later this year.

More information and how to apply can be found on The Spark Foundation’s website.

EXCLUSIVE! - Support with the Cost of Living from Turn2us
National organisation Turn2us has a portal offering cost-of-living help for individuals and families.

Even with the extra support being offered from local and national authorities, Turn2us still recognise a lot of households would still be struggling with bills over this coming year.

The portal gives details about various types of help that may be available to individuals and households through benefits, grants, and other sources of support.

The portal also has guidance on how individuals can maximise or make the most of their income, as well as managing their budget during uncertain times.

More information can be found at the Turn2us website.

The website also has Grants Search - a FREE TO USE database which also contains details of over 3,000 charitable funds that give grants and other support to individuals who may either:
  • Be in financial need and have welfare needs, or
  • Require help with the costs associated with education and training courses
More information about Grants Search can be found at their 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 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.

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.