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What We Don’t Fund

  • Charities registered outside England or Wales.
  • Community amateur sports clubs (CASCs), community interest companies (CICs) or unregistered community groups/clubs.
  • Town and parish councils.
  • Churches or other religious bodies with no or limited secular activity.
  • NHS hospitals or charities fundraising on their behalf.
  • Mainstream schools, colleges or universities, or charities fundraising on their behalf.
  • Charities with an annual income of £10 million and over.
  • Charities with an annual income of £1 million and over applying for a project costing less than £100,000. Special Educational Needs schools are excepted.
  • Newly established charities with no previous annual accounts.
  • Charities that have applied to us unsuccessfully within the previous 12 months.
  • Charities applying for a new grant before an existing pledged grant has been paid.
  • Individuals
  • Project costs of over £5 million.
  • Project costs of less than £10,000.
  • Equipment such as IT infrastructure and AV systems, work tools, sports gear, musical instruments etc.
  • Fittings such as electrical appliances and furniture.
  • Second hand vehicles.
  • Capital fees – building surveys, planning applications or feasibility studies.
  • Core costs – salaries, running and repair costs, websites and other IT, programmes, rent, utility bills.
  • Heritage or conservation projects with no or limited community benefit.
  • Medical or research medical equipment.
  • Solar panels and/or air source heat pumps (unless it is part of a wider project).

Read our Funding FAQs and take our Eligibility Check.