Funding Round-up – Social Inclusion (Part 3), June 2023

Here is another series of funding rounds from local and national organisations that focus on social inclusion themes for the Voluntary Sector.

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.

Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust
Grants are available from the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust (CFCT) to local not-for-profit organisations for projects that improve the quality of life for people in Kent (especially those who are the most disadvantaged.)

The Trust currently offers various funding programmes including:

Investing in Communities - Grants of up to £15,000 are available to build the capacity of community organisations and local charities working with vulnerable people in Kent to help them deliver sustainable, face-to-face services.

Investing in Families - Grants of up to £30,000 to charitable organisations working with disadvantaged families in Kent with the aim of improving people’s life chances and promoting social cohesion

Investing in Young People - Discretionary grants to organisations in Kent that support disadvantaged young people that improves their skills, builds their confidence and resilience and which break down the barriers to their employment

At the time of writing, there was no recognised deadline, suggesting these are Continuous Rolling Programmes and applications can be accepted at any time.

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

RELAUNCHING SOON - Comic Relief Community Fund
Provided by Comic Relief, this Community Fund aims to deliver long lasting community driven change by awarding Project Delivery grants to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:
Administered by community charity Groundwork, Grants will be available for small local grassroots organisations in England to become stronger and more robust and to improve their ability to deliver after the COVID-19 crisis.

At the time of writing, a new strategy is to be announced focusing on improved ways of funding and new programme areas, and the Funders advise to keep checking for news about funding opportunities as these are made available.

More information is available at the Groundwork website.

Individuals and Families Fund from British Gas Energy Trust
The British Gas Energy Trust are offering funding to customers from another energy supplier who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

The scheme is available to ALL types of customers - this includes customers on a pre-payment meter or a credit customer.

Designed to clear an outstanding debt on a current or open gas, electricity or a household’s dual fuel energy account, The Trust will provide credit to the account of eligible applicants with the grant.

Before applying for a grant, The Trust encourage customers to contact their local Money Advice Agency for help as this would help that customer’s chances of a successful application.

The Trust says the scheme will remain open until funding is exhausted.

More details and how to apply are available at the Energy Trust’s website.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds 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.