Start up funding

The Start Up Fund is now fully committed and closed to applications at all stages. There will be news of new, early stage grant programmes early in 2019. Please check back here in the coming weeks for updates.


Our Funders

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society. Tudor focuses on supporting smaller, community-led organisations which have a real understanding of the challenges facing the communities they support, and a clear sense of the difference they want to make through their work.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK through funding organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. The Foundation’s primary interests are in the UK’s cultural life, education, the natural environment and enabling people who are disadvantaged to participate more fully in society.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a registered charity that works to make the most of money for charities and social enterprises. Over the years CAF has been instrumental in pioneering and incubating funding solutions, including Venturesome and Charity Bank.

CAF Venturesome provides capital to charities and social enterprises, operating in the space between providers of charitable grants and providers of bank loans at market rates. Since its launch by CAF in 2002, £15m has been offered to over 250 organisations. For more information visit: 

The Nationwide Foundation is a registered charity and independent funder of charitable causes committed to making a significant difference to people’s lives. Through its ‘Decent, Affordable Homes’ funding strategy the Nationwide Foundation makes grants and social investments in pursuit of its vision for everyone in the UK to have access to a decent home which they can afford.

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