February 20, 2018

We have been made aware of a £1 million fund that Natwest have available this year, it’s called the ‘Skills and Opportunities Fund’ and is for ‘not-for-profit organisations who have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise.’


More information is here,

January 29, 2018

With effect from 29th January, all new applications for Small, Standard, Large and Village Hall/Community Centre grants will be made through our on-line application forms.

For Small, Standard and Large grant applications, go to the Applications page, complete the eligibility filter and you will automatically be taken to the relevant on-line form, which has additional space and can be saved and revised as often as you like before final submission.

For Village Hall/Community Centre grant applications (which includes churches, sports centres or other types of centre offering a full range of community activities), go to the Grants page and click on the Community Centres and Village Halls heading. The link to the application is at the end of the page: please read the preceding information carefully to see if your project is eligible.

Hospice grant applications remain paper-based and can be found on the Grants page, under the Hospices heading. PLEASE NOTE we will cease to accept unsolicited applications for hospices with effect from 31st March 2018.

Our Guidelines currently still show the instructions for paper-based applications: we will be updating these in the next month or so, to coincide with information on the launch of a new grants policy and criteria which will come into effect from 1st July 2018. Most of our current applicants will still be eligible under the new criteria. The Grants Committee meeting in May will be the final meeting for applications under the current criteria and applications will need to be made by late March/early April.

January 15, 2018

In celebration of their 60th anniversary The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new one-off fund of £5million to support Capital projects to provide new or improved facilities for local communities across the UK.  The Fund will close for applications on 30th June 2018 but they wish to give charities plenty of notice so they have the chance to develop their plans. Charities will find all information on the anniversary website where there is a specific section on the fund –

They are keen to receive applications from across the UK:

  • One-off grants scheme in 2018 to support Capital projects to benefit local communities across the UK.
  • Open to UK registered charities, places of worship and state schools only.
  • Grants range from £30,000-£150,000.
  • Simple online application process.
  • Applications are now open and close on 30th June 2018.
  • You can still apply to the Fund even if your organisation is currently in receipt of a grant from, or has been rejected by, the Garfield Weston Foundation within the past 12 months.
  • One application only accepted to the Weston Anniversary Fund per organisation.
  • If relevant, planning permission must be secured prior to their closing date of the 30th June 2018.
  • Grants must be spent and projects completed by 31st December 2020.



October 12, 2017

Power to Change have a funding programme aimed at keeping pubs open by bringing them into community ownership and extending the range of community services they provide.

The programme offers community groups in England a comprehensive package of support, advice, loan and grant funding to set up community-owned pubs, with social, economic and environmental benefits to their communities.  They are particularly encouraging applicants from community groups who want to set up or save a pub in an urban area, and from the North East, South West and Midlands. Find out more by registering for the FAQs webinar below.


Register here for the ‘More than a Pub’ FAQs webinar


Read about the More than a Pub Programme here:

May 31, 2017

The Neighbourhood Statistics page, given as the source of your postcode ranking on the Index of Multiple Deprivation, was closed on 12th May 2017.  Please now use the following website:  (Paste and copy the address into your Internet searcher – this is NOT a direct link.)




May 19, 2017

We are pleased to announce that with effect from 1st July 2017, the maximum amount which applicants can request for Large Grants, Hospices, Village Halls & Community Centres will be increased to £50,000 (from £45,000).

These grants are only for one-off capital projects where the total cost of the project is under £1M (apart from hospices where there is no maximum total cost limit).  Applicants must have secured at least 50% before making an application to Trusthouse.

PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION FORMS STILL STATE THE MAXIMUM GRANT IS £45,000 – bear with us while we arrange for these to be updated!

If you have recently made an application to us for any of these schemes, we will factor in the increased grant amount when considering your application.

March 23, 2017

Low Cost Software

Since 2001, charities registered with technology trusted have saved more than £183 million by accessing donated software from companies like Microsoft, Google, Symantec, Adobe and more.

By registering with them for free they hope to upgrade a charity’s software – helping you to become more efficient, save funds and focus on what’s really important – your cause.

The only cost is a small fee per licence received, which they charge to keep the programme going but that’s usually only about 4% of the regular cost of the software.

Examples are:

  • Microsoft Office 2016 for £25*
  • Adobe Acrobat XI for £48*
  • Norton Security Deluxe for £8*
  • Office 365 and Google for Nonprofits for free

* Prices are valid as of 9th March 2017 and exclude VAT

To learn more go to

February 8, 2017

Comic Relief new Programme

In partnership with England Rugby, Comic Relief is launching its first funding initiative through the Try for Change fund on 6th February 2017. 

In 2016, Comic Relief and England Rugby joined forces to launch the Try for Change Fund. The fund will use rugby union and the rugby union community to deliver social change in England and across the world.  Bringing together rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship it will work to tackle a number of social challenges around education attainment, social inclusion, unemployment, mental and physical wellbeing, personal development and community cohesion. Sport can play an important role in improving the lives of millions of people across the world, bringing people together to play, learn, improve their health and benefit from shared experiences. Try for Change works to promote, support and grow rugby as a tool for social good. It aims to help people reach their goals and fulfil their potential, as well as deliver long-term benefits to the wider community.

The first initiative launched under the Try for Change Fund is a small grants programme aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups, and local community rugby clubs in England. Organisations can apply for between £2,500 and £10,000, for up to 12 months. We will be prioritising applications which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, for example young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), local refugees, or young offenders.   

For more details and to apply for funding from the Try for Change Fund, please check the Comic Relief grants page from 6th February 2017. 


February 1, 2017

Grants for Projects in Northern Ireland supporting Older People

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is running a one-off grants programme with a budget of £110,000 in 2017 giving grants of £1,000 to £12,000 to projects supporting older people, which are located in areas of socio-economic deprivation in Northern Ireland.

We have a preference for work which helps people with dementia, but are open to any older people’s project which will improve the quality of life and wellbeing of older people, including addressing issues of loneliness and isolation.

Please click on the link below for more details:

TCF NIOP Information Sheet Jan 2017

January 30, 2017

The Aesop PHE Evaluation Framework
Some time ago Aesop identified the need for an evaluation framework for arts for health and wellbeing. A version for researchers was developed and published in the international journal, Arts and Health, in 2014. Thanks to a commission from Public Health England, a version for practitioners is now available. 

 The arts, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and writing, are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs.

 This document, the first of it kind, has been published by Public Health England and endorsed by Arts Council England. It provides guidance on appropriate ways to document the impacts of arts for health and wellbeing, whether through small scale project evaluations or large scale research studies. It suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.  It is intended for health commissioners, third sector organisations, trainers, funders, practitioners, managers, arts organisations, researchers and others with an interest in the development and evaluation of arts for health and wellbeing programmes.  I encourage you to share it with peers and anyone who may benefit from it.



Best wishes, Tim Joss  Founder and Chief Executive