The following funders support similar work to Edge Fund, although tend to fund more formally set up groups (eg constituted or registered charity) and work that is considered ‘charitable’ (eg many would not support politically motivated/ campaign groups but may support campaigns of registered charities).
Listing here is not an endorsement from Edge Fund, please be sure to research these funds before applying. If you know of more resources to share, or something here is out of date, please let us know!
AB Charitable Trust
ABCT supports registered charities working where human dignity is imperilled and where there are opportunities for human dignity to be affirmed. Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support: refugees and asylum seekers, prisoners, older people and people with mental health problems. Tend not to support groups with an income less than £150,000 or greater than £1,500,000.
Allen Lane Foundation
Supports asylum-seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality), Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people, Gypsies and Travellers, Migrant workers, Offenders and ex-offenders, Older people, People experiencing mental health problems and People experiencing violence or abuse.Your organisation does not need to be a registered charity – the Foundation also funds other organisations which are not charities but which seek funding for a charitable project.
Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust
Prioritises grants for political and pressure group work with a wide-ranging remit, striving for a just and democratic society, redressing political and social injustices.
Artists Project Earth
Supporting work that raises awareness of the issues surrounding climate change and to help mitigate carbon emissions ranging from practical work to campaigns.
Grants of up to £750 for work relating to human rights and social justice.
Barrow Cadbury Foundation
Committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised people in society. The Trust provides grants to grassroots voluntary and community groups working in deprived communities in the UK, with a focus on Birmingham and the Black Country. It also works with researchers, think tanks and government, often in partnership with other grant-makers, seeking to overcome the structural barriers to a more just and equal society. Programme areas are criminal justice, migration and poverty and inequality. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply, but they will expect you to have a formal structure, governing documents and a management committee with at least three unrelated members. Before any grant can be awarded you will need to have a bank account in the name of your organisation.
Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust
The general objectives of the Trust are to advance public education, learning and knowledge in all aspects of the philosophy of Marxism, the history of socialism, and the working- class movement. Funds a variety of projects which include conferences, seminars, publications, research, archiving, translations, art and culture projects and documentaries. The Trust funds both national and international projects.
BIG Lottery: Awards for All
Awards for All gives groups an easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. Fund projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. Community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens. Decision in 8 weeks. You can apply at any time.
BIG Lottery: Reaching Communities
Supports people and communities most in need due to: problems they have (eg needing emergency support or people with long-term poor mental health or long-term unemployment), situations they face (eg discriminated against, socially isolated, lacking family support), barriers (eg people who are isolated due to lack of confidence or serious illness/ disability), where they live (eg disadvantaged area).They support a variety of non-profit groups. As a minimum, you need a constitution and a bank account.
Their aim is to improve the quality of life of people suffering disadvantage and discrimination. They aim to achieve this through making grants to strengthen voluntary sector organisations which serve them directly or indirectly. From 2012 to 2015, the Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme will focus on the legal advice sector. This reflects the Foundation’s on-going commitment to supporting an effective system of social welfare law services. The programme is called Future Advice and has two strands. The first is the Providers Fund. This helps advice organisations to develop and implement ideas for restructuring and organisational development that will put agencies on a more sustainable footing.
Aims to; Combat violations of human rights and help victims of torture, refugees from oppression and those who have been falsely imprisoned; to help those who have suffered severe bodily or mental hurt through no fault of their own and if need be help their dependents; to try in some small way to offset man’s inhumanity to man; promote Prison Reform within the United Kingdom with particular emphasis on the reduction of re-offending and oppose the extinction of the world’s fauna and flora and the destruction of the environment for wildlife and for mankind worldwide. UK-registered charities only.
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Fund in the areas of cultural understanding (to help improve people’s perceptions of each other by providing opportunities through culture and between cultures), fulfilling potential (to assist the most disadvantaged in society to fulfil their potential by building connections and developing opportunities) and environment (to help in the development of a society which benefits from a more sustainable relationship with the natural world and understands the value of its resources.) They only accept proposals from not-for-profit organisations based in the UK or Republic of Ireland. If you are not a registered charity or a Community Interest Company, you must be able to demonstrate not-for-profit status and that your constituting document does not allow for any surplus to be distributed to members.
Carnegie UK Trust
Seeks to improve the lives and well-being of people throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland through influencing public policy and demonstrating innovative practice.
Co-operative Membership Community Fund
Between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups. To be successful, a group must carry out positive work in the community and a project must: address a community issue; provide a good long-term benefit to the community; support co-operative values and principles ideally be innovative in its approach.
Areas they support includes young people and mental health, sexually exploited and trafficked young people, domestic and sexual abuse, refugee and asylum seeking women, young people and alcohol. Programmes are currently being reviewed. They support a variety of groups, as a minimum you should have a constitution and bank account.
Community Development Foundation
Social enterprise that is passionate about helping communities and manages several funding streams using a community development approach.
Community Foundation Network
Leads a movement of community foundations committed to positive social change in the UK through the development of “community philanthropy”. Includes many local foundations which are taking forward the idea of sharing decision-making on funding with the local community, particularly Community Foundation Northern Ireland. There are Community Foundations in most cities/ counties.
Edith M Ellis 1985 Charitable Trust
Funds work with asylum seekers and refugees, community development, international peace and conflict resolution, interfaith and ecumenical understanding. Grants of up to £3,000 to organsations with a turnover of less than £250,000. Also interest free loans.
Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust
Supporting charities benefiting women, girls, young people and families, who are economically deprived and/or socially excluded; Unpopular and neglected causes. Particularly interested in supporting groups in Merseyside.
Arts (preservation and use of nationally significant collections to encouraging innovative new projects), education and learning (practical solutions to help disadvantaged people), environment (nature conservation and work that addresses sustainability and wider environmental issues, such as climate change) food (food and in its impact on people, communities and the wider environment), social change (addressing the needs of people in society who suffer the effects of institutional injustice or those who have not enjoyed the kinds of opportunities in life that many of us take for granted). They fund registered charities and other forms of organisations – however, when funding non registered charities they would still expect the work to fall within the definition of what is charitable. When funding non registered charities we also need to see a copy of the applicant organisation’s constitution.
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Funds agencies working on equality and human rights issues, with 3 current priorities: Providing guidance, advice and advocacy services; Infrastructure development and capacity building; Good Relations and Legal advice on equality and human rights issues.
Evan Cornish Foundation
With a preference for Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, the Evan Cornish Foundation supports work in the areas of social and economic inequality, human rights, education, health, prisons and the elderly.
Fair Share Trust
Mission is to build stronger communities by unlocking the potential in areas that have not previously received their ‘fair share’ of Lottery funding, often using participative decision-making processes.
Gives grants to charities involved in the general fields of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and overseas disaster relief.
Funds projects which empower and support women attempting to redress social inequality. Aim is to fund projects that will work towards creating self reliance, safety and well-being for women.
TFN supports charitable projects whose aim is to achieve enduring, positive, transformational social change for individuals, communities, and/or society and the environment over the long term. They support projects which:
address issues of inequality and disadvantage; create advocacy, campaigning or dissemination with the potential to change society for the better; wish to change attitudes, behaviour, laws and public policy; attempt to find a new/better solution to an underlying problem; focus on personal development to change the way beneficiaries act and live and pilot solutions with the potential for expansion to support many more people. You need to be sponsored by a TFN member. See also the Young Funders Network, which is the same format, but for people under the age of 30.
Supports a wide range of charitable projects, except animal welfare. Last year areas funded, in order of amounts given, were: arts, education, health, religion (cathedrals etc), welfare (homeless, elderly, disabled, offenders etc), youth (Not in Employment, Education or Training etc), community, environment (conservation, recycling etc). Half funds went to national organisations.
Objects are primarily to assist in creating opportunities for people who are disadvantaged as a result of environmental, educational or economic circumstances, or physical or other disability, to improve their situation, either by direct financial assistance, involvement in project and support work or research into the causes of, and means to alleviate, hardship.
Henry Smith Trust
Projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage. Programme areas include: BME, LGBT, disability, drug/substance misuse, domestic/sexual violence, healthcare, homelessness, mental health, offenders, prostitution, trafficking, refugees and asylum seekers, holiday grants for children. Priority is given to work that tackles problems in areas of high deprivation.
Hilden Charitable Trust
Funding is available to charities in the UK and non-governmental organisations in the developing world. In the UK, the Fund supports projects concerned with: homelessness; asylum seekers and refugees; community-based initiatives for young people aged 16-25 and penal/prison reform. In the developing world, the Fund supports projects concerned with: community development; education; and health.
Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation
Aims to support the marginalised and vulnerable in the Midlands and London facing social injustice and inequality. We are interested in fighting the corner of those we see as less able to defend themselves, and supporting the flight of ambition for whom it is prevented. For the year 2012/2013 our funding priorities are Dignity; Freedom and Sanctuary.
Jill Franklin Trust
Grants are typically £500 to £1000, and the trust has four areas in which it is soliciting grant applications; 1. Self-Help groups (advice, training, and employment; to support people with a mental illness or learning difficulties , and their carers (parents etc.); 2. Respite care, and holidays (in the UK only). Grants for holidays are only given where there is a large element of respite care and only to registered charities, not to individuals. 3. Organisations helping and supporting refugees and asylum-seekers coming to or are in the UK. 4. The restoration (not “improvement”) of churches of architectural importance and occasionally to other buildings of architectural importance. The church should be open to visitors every day.
John Moores Foundation
They aim to enable people who face barriers, as a result of social, educational, physical, economic, cultural, geographical factors. They support local community groups/projects in disadvantaged areas run by and for local people, including support and self-help groups, tenants’ associations, and community action; projects run by and for people from black and minority ethnic communities, including travellers and migrant workers; projects to support refugees, women, young people, homeless people and disabled people. In all cases they expect groups to be led by the people who will directly benefit from the work. They focus on funding projects based in Merseyside (including Skelmersdale, Halton, and Ellesmere Port) and Northern Ireland.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
A Quaker trust which seeks to transform the world by supporting people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice. Programme include; peace, racial justice and power and responsibility. They can only fund work that is legally charitable, but as long as this is the case grants can be made to individuals or to other organisations other than registered charities.
Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust
Funds political campaigns in the UK to promote democratic reform, civil liberties and social justice.
Lankelly Chase Foundation
Exists to bring about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage, such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental and physical illness, extreme poverty, and violence and abuse. Focusing on work that promotes people’s voice, power and rights and systemic change.
There are three different funds within the trust. The Irene Bruegel Fund is dedicated to supporting projects that make a substantial contribution to combating inequalities, whether these be of class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship or any combination of these factors. The Southern Africa Fund is dedicated to supporting progressive social, economic and cultural projects that meet the Trust’s core objectives (see above) and which originate from, or engage with, Southern Africa. The Peter Gowan Prize is to support students of International Relations.
Lloyds TSB Foundation
Funds local, regional and national charities working to tackle disadvantage. Seventy percent of their funding is for core costs, and their focus is on supporting underfunded charities that can make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people by helping them to play a fuller role in the community. Community Programme, Older People Programme, Mental Health and Criminal Justice.
Enabling people to make their communities better places to live by helping them develop and use their skills and confidence to identify what matters most to them, and to take action to change things for the better, now and in the future.
Cosmetics company funding grassroots campaign groups around the world working in the areas of environment, human rights and animal protection.
All over Britain, groups of concerned citizens are challenging plans for irresponsible development, such as housing, roads, incineration and runways. The Manuka Club was set up to support these local heroes and to secure a living and healthy countryside for the enjoyment of everyone.
Network for Social Change
Group of individuals providing anonymous funding for progressive social change, particularly in the areas of justice, peace and the environment. They have a charity arm and non-charitable arm.
A special interest is taken in charities and organisations that support immigration detainees and the welfare of young offenders. When funds allow applications will be considered from charities and organisations who, by the nature of the work they undertake, do not attract popular support. Currently reviewing activities and not accepting applications.
Addressing issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Focus on addressing root causes. Programmes include: Issues Affecting Women, Child Abuse, Housing and Homelessness, International Human Rights, Learning Difference and Environment (particularly marine and climate change).
Odin Charitable Trust
In addition to supporting a wide range of charitable organisations, the Trustees have resolved to give preference to charities which further the arts; provide care for people who are disabled and disadvantaged, supporting hospices, the homeless, prisoner’s families, refugees, gypsies and ‘tribal groups’ and furthering research into false memories and dyslexia.
Ormiston Children and Families Trust
Vision is of a society where every child and young person feels valued, safe and free from prejudice, isolation and stigma. Community services for isolated and vulnerable children, young people and families; Children and families affected by imprisonment; Emotional well-being of children and young people and Gypsy and Traveller communities.
Supports small, grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Helping people to realise their potential and enjoy a better quality of life, now and in the future, including Social Justice programme seeks to integrate marginalised young people at times of transition.
Family foundation rooted in Jewish values concerned with positive identity and citizenship. They promote citizenship and a positive contribution to British society. They invest in programmes that build respect and understanding between people of different backgrounds. They invest in organisations that tackle social exclusion and support marginalised groups.
Percy Bilton Charity
Funding is available to UK registered charities with primary objectives to assist one or more of the following groups: disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25); people with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems); older people (aged over 60).
General charitable purposes with a current focus on disability, homelessness, human rights and animal welfare. They try to support original projects in areas of the community with most need. Topics have included research on drones, prison reform, LGBT rights and humane slaughter.
Their social Welfare programme aims to break cycles of dependency and to help develop a sense of social inclusion in disadvantaged or marginalised groups within the UK. In this category they concentrate our grant-giving activities to projects that support people who misuse drugs and alcohol (including substance misusers with complex social needs, eg domestic violence, care for children, prostitution, or homelessness) and projects that seek to reduce the use of custody for women (including work with women with extreme vulnerabilities which are likely to lead to offending and projects that seek to support women who are leaving custody and that assist them to reintegrate with society and their families). Funding for UK registered charities, organisations that are exempt from registration, recognised public bodies and registered Friendly Societies.
Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation
They aim to contribute to the development of a just society based on a commitment to nonviolence and environmental sustainability. They support projects that seek to influence values and attitudes, promote equity and social justice, and develop radical alternatives to current economic and social structures. Programme areas include Peace and Sustainable Security and Environmental Sustainability. They only support practical projects when they are clearly of a pioneering nature, with potential for influencing UK national policy. The work you propose to carry out must be clearly charitable according to UK law.
The Pollination Project
The Pollination Project offers grants of up to USD $1000 to compassion-driven visionaries in any country who need seed capital to get started. The Pollination Project funds individuals and community groups. Categories include Environmental Sustainability, Social Justice, Animal Rights, and more. Applications are accepted continuously. Visit https://thepollinationproject.org/pre-screen-quiz/ to get started.
Grants are available to charities in the UK in support of work of national importance which helps society’s most vulnerable or disadvantaged individuals, especially children, young people and the elderly. Areas of interest include arts, education, health/medicine and social welfare and development.
Progressive organisation dedicated to supporting visionary individuals and organisations who show leadership and result in making this a more just and kind world, programme areas of social, labour and environmental justice and human rights.
Rosa Fund for Women
Supports initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK. The four issues they work on are: safety, economic justice, health and well-being and leadership and representation.
Scrurrah Wainwright Trust
The Charity supports a wide range of charitable projects with an emphasis on social reform and tackling the root causes of social inequity. Trustees give priority to applicants working in the Yorkshire region. It funds innovative, hard to fund work directed at root causes in the field of social reform.
Supports initiatives which increase sustainability, biodiversity and organic farming, for example research into organic seed production and nutrition. The trust also supports specific work in educational research and spiritual care for the living and dying.
Sigrid Rausing Trust
There are nine different programmes: Advocacy, Research and Litigation; Detention, Torture and Death Penalty; Human Rights Defenders; Free Expression; Transitional Justice; Women’s Rights; LGBTI Rights; Xenophobia and Intolerance and Transparency and Accountability. They do not accept unsolicited applications.
Sir Halley Stewart Trust
Promoting a just environment and international good will by supporting innovative medical, social, educational and religious projects. Social causes of interest include unemployment, crime, imprisonment, homelessness, migration and mental health problems. Grants are normally given for salaries. UK registered charities only.
Trustees initiate most of the proposals to be considered and tend not to accept unsolicited applications. They make grants under the following headings: Gender issues – domestic violence, women’s rights and gender studies; Overseas projects which support the rights of indigenous people; Charities which defend human rights and civil liberties and The Frankopan fund – small grants to exceptionally talented students from Croatia to further their studies.
Strategic Legal Fund
The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants (SLF) is a fund to support legal work that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures to uphold and promote the rights of vulnerable migrant children and young people more generally. The SLF aims to tackle injustices and inconsistencies in law and practice that disadvantage or discriminate against vulnerable young migrants as a result of their migration status.
Supporting the work of associations defending the environment.
Time to Change
The Time to Change grants fund could support you to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination in your community and beyond. They fund projects that bring people with and without mental health problems together and create opportunities for them to have meaningful conversations. Projects must be led by people with experience of mental health problems.
Trust for London
Funding work which tackles poverty and inequality in the capital. They support work providing greater insights into the root causes of London’s social problems and how they can be overcome; activities which help people improve their lives; and work empowering Londoners to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Funds projects addressing Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation within the themes of Community Support (carers, financial exclusion, projects in deprived areas, drugs and alcohol,elderly, ex-offenders, young people) Disability and Healthcare and Arts, Education and Heritage. They accept applications from social enterprises, self-help groups and other similar not-for-profit organisations. You can apply at any time.
Wants to help smaller, community-led groups which are supporting people at the margins of society. They have a focus on building stronger communities by overcoming isolation and fragmentation and encouraging inclusion, connection and integration and organisations which are embedded in and have developed out of their community – whether the local area or a ‘community of interest’. They also look for organisations which are thoughtful in their use of resources and which foster community resilience in the face of environmental, economic or social change. You can apply at any time.
Private grantmaking foundation dedicated to ensuring that migrants, refugees, and their families are treated with respect and dignity; are able to contribute fully in their new communities; and can ultimately thrive in a society that is comfortable with the diversity and opportunity that immigration brings.
The Women’s Foundation is looking for interesting programmes that offer the opportunity for their members to contribute to something of real value that is helping women and/or girls in our community. They fund charitable groups that address, in the united kingdom, gender specific issues arising from abuse, disease or social exclusion due to isolation, neglect, loneliness or lack of education. They have focused in the past on smaller organisations in order to support programmes that are not well funded, but would consider a larger organisations if their funding is ring fenced and addressed a need that was not supported by other organisations.
Woodward Charitable Trust
The Trust awards grant funding to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: children and young people; minority groups including refugees, gypsies and travellers; prisoners and ex-offenders; disability; homelessness; arts outreach; and environmental projects.
XminY Solidarity Fund
Independent and progressive funding organisation that has been supporting social movements and organisations all over the world for over 40 years.