October 2023 Roundup of Latest CIC and Charity Funding Advice

Autumn is the perfect time to take a breath and look for additional funding for your CIC.

As we do every month, we have some featured grants for you to explore to fund your good works.

1: McCarthy Stone Foundation – Christmas Connections 2023

Our foundation runs a number of grant programmes throughout the year for organisations supporting people over 65.

Working with our supporters, partners, employees and homeowners, we offer vital funding and resources to grassroots charities and community groups to help them build happy and vibrant communities across the country that support older people. We provide help in three key areas: community grants, project support, and volunteering and work across three key themes that drive our vision of a society where older people are valued, engaged and connected with their communities.


Funding will only be open to organisations with an annual income of LESS than £250,000.

Registered Charities, Community Groups and Community Interest Companies are eligible to apply.

Activities must take place between 1st December, 2023 and 2nd January, 2024.

Funding Activity:

Our Christmas Connections programme is all about connecting older adults over the Christmas period. Grants will be available to support organisations running activities for people over 65 in their community over the festive period.

Grant Range: up to £1,000

2: Tesco Stronger Starts – Footie for All Fund

Tesco Stronger Starts funds grants for healthy food and activities for children across the UK.

We have partnered with The Sun to power their Footie for All campaign with our Tesco Stronger Starts programme to create a Footie for All Fund. We will be providing £150k in grants to grassroots football clubs across the UK as well as raising awareness of the importance of children having opportunities to thrive through opportunities for more physical and mental wellbeing. The Footie for All grants will support grassroots clubs in providing more spaces, better equipment and new kits – anything they need to help support children in their local communities.


Footie for All will fund grassroots football organisations supporting children under the age of 18 to continue to deliver activities that support local young people to be able to take part.

What types of projects will Footie for All fund?

Applications are open to all grassroots football organisations who support children under the age of 18.

Funding Activity: Project by grassroots football clubs to encourage children under 18 to keep moving and learning to play together.

Grant Range: Tesco will hand out 150 x £1,000 grants.

3: Million Hours Fund (phase two)

The Million Hours Fund (phase two) offers funding of £30,000 to £100,000 for organisations to give extra support to young people in areas where they may be at risk of anti-social behaviour. We want to fund extra hours of youth work for additional activities that give these young people more places to go and positive things to do.

Opening date: 26 September 2023, 12:01am

Closing date: 24 November 2023, 12:00pm


Your organisation must also be one of the following:

  • a voluntary and community organisation
  • a registered, exempt, or excepted charity
  • a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee – you must be a registered charity or have a not-for-profit ‘asset lock’ clause in your articles of association
  • a community interest company (CIC)
  • a school
  • a statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish, or community council)
  • a group of organisations, as long as they are all eligible organisations and are led by one eligible organisation who acts as the lead

See additional criteria on their website.

Funding Activity:

We want to support communities to help children and young people thrive, and through this funding we aim for young people to have:

  • improved emotional wellbeing
  • improved life and practical skills
  • access to trusted relationships with adults and feel safer

To do this we’ll fund organisations with strong local connections, and existing networks which mean they have a clear understanding of what young people need and want.

Grant Range: £30,000 to £100,000

4: Lloyds Bank Foundation – Specialist Charities (Opens 1 Nov)

We support charities that help people overcome complex issues that don’t have simple solutions, issues like homelessness, domestic abuse and addiction. These make life much harder for people; deepening trauma, impacting health and wellbeing, leading to poverty and destitution, and preventing people from being able to fulfil their potential.


Small, local, specialist charities play a unique role in helping people rebuild their lives. Their size, connection to their communities and deep understanding of the issues people face makes small charities best placed to reach, engage and support people. PLease see the eligibility quiz on the website.

The types of activities they fund:

  • Addiction
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Care Leavers
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Offending
  • Sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Trafficking and modern slavery

Funding Activity:

We want to ensure that the charities we support can thrive beyond the lifetime of our funding. That’s why we combine an unrestricted grant of £75,000 with a breadth of tailored support aimed at helping to strengthen charities and build the knowledge, skills and capabilities of staff and trustees.

Grant Range: £25,000 to £500,000

5: Active Thames Fund

The fund supports growth in water sports and use of the Thames Path National Trail. It enhances access, diversity and inclusion and raises awareness of the benefits of blue space and physical activity.

The deadline for applications is 5 November 2023. You will be updated on the outcome of your application by 30 November 2023.


We are particularly keen to welcome applications that will:

Support more than one club. Please see the east London instructor development programme as an example https://www.pla.co.uk/Active-Thames-Supports-AHOY-Centre-Instructor-Training

Boost participation east of Tower Bridge through to Kent and Essex

Funding Activity:

Improve diversity of participation, particularly among under-represented groups including:

  • People with disabilities;
  • People with long term health conditions;
  • People from lower socio-economic groups;
  • Ethnically diverse communities.
  • Develop the workforce (coaches, volunteers and administrative support);

Grant Range:

Funding up to £5000, or higher if working in partnership or if the organisation applying has a strong background in delivering projects successfully.

6: Warburtons – Community Grants

Our financial giving programme is aimed at supporting projects, activities and organisations

We will support organisations that focus on solving significant social issues, as defined through our Financial Giving Policy. We work with the Charities Aid Foundation to deliver our financial giving programme, to ensure that all organisations we support are charitable and that we accurately record our social impact.


Warburtons Community Grants provides small grants up to £400 to support charitable organisations towards broader activities which improve Health, Place or Skills for families in their community.

Funding Activity:

Our Community Grants are decided on a quarterly basis, so if you wish to apply for a Community Grant you will need to do so before the corresponding date each quarter. Decisions will be made within 6 weeks of the deadline, and applicants will be informed thereafter. We do receive a large number of requests for grant funding and as much as we would like to, we are not able to support all applications.

All funded activity must take place after your grant has been awarded. Please note that for community organisations which are not UK registered charities, it may take longer to verify your organisation than the timeframes listed below. Important dates for Community Grant applications are below: 

Grant Range: up to £400

Getting Help with CIC Funding

Now that you’ve learned about the CIC and charity grant funding opportunities to review in October, you might have decided that you want help with funding. Whether you’re looking for public grants or community interest funding, assistance could be beneficial.

We can help. CIC Fund membership is specifically designed to provide you and your entire team unique access to grants from local, national and European funding sources, all in one place.

How we can help

If you need help getting CIC funds, give us a call Call us today on 0207 953 8913 or complete our enquiry form in order to book  a FREE initial CIC consultation.

Call us today on 0207 953 8913 or complete our enquiry form in order to book a FREE initial CIC consultation.

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