Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts operates 17 different independent grant-making trusts. It does not make grants itself: only the individual trusts make grants. Each trust is an independent legal entity. The trusts only fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. They do not make grants directly to individuals.

Some of the trusts pro-actively seek out proposals, and do not consider any other applications. Seven of the trusts will consider proposals on the condition that they closely fit the trusts’ specific areas of interest.

If you are considering an application check that your project, activity and charity come within the specific trust’s remit.

See their website for more general information about the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. For a full details of each trust go to their About page.


Social Investment Enterprise Grants

To support charities and social enterprises working in either the homelessness or the youth sector. It is for organisations that are thinking of exploring new models of trading to help them become more financially resilient. For organisations to develop or grow their enterprising activity, earned income and financial resilience. For organisations that require financial or business support to make the transition.

There are Feasibility Grants of £5,000–10,000 and Development Grants of around £50,000.

The grants programme is open on a rolling basis. The Social Investment Business Group, which is administering the programme expects it will be open for applications until June 2019. The exact date will depend on levels of demand for grants. They will update the guidance notes when they have set a final application date. They will aim to give as much notice of of the final application date as possible.


Sport England Small Grants

Sport England delivers National Lottery funding for not-for-profit organisations to help more people get active. Sport England wants to encourage adults and young people to become more active and develop lasting sporting habits. Aiming for everyone, regardless of age, background or ability, to feel able to get involved in sport and physical activity. Grants are £300–10,000.

They have relaxed a few rules about what they cannot fund. Your application should focus on what difference your project will make, not what you purchase to make it happen.


The Lord’s Taverners

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. It is dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

The chance to:

  • Interact, play and train
  • Compete, win and lose
  • Learn, have fun and make friends

They run a range of programmes. Applications are reviewed at the end of each quarter.


The Dickie Bird Foundation

The Dickie Bird Foundation helps young people to take part in sport, by funding sports equipment and clothing. The foundation considers grants from all recognised sports. It only awards grants to individuals. (Teams and groups should not apply.)

The foundation’s vision is to encourage young people, irrespective of social circumstances, culture or ethnicity, in the sport they choose. By doing this they aim to improve those young people’s chances both inside and outside sport. They will only fund disadvantaged children aged under 16 for essential sports equipment and clothing. (Travel or coaching will not be funded.)


Black History Month and Windrush

In partnership with a number of voluntary organisations and the Council, we have started planning for Black History Month 2019. This year, as part of our work, we are looking to start celebrating earlier. We are planning a programme of activities running from Windrush Day, in June, to Black History Month in October.

As part of our plans, we will be submitting a joint funding application to the Windrush Grant Programme.


Social Prescribing Database

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

We are compiling an online database of social prescribing opportunities. This is in response to requests from the local community and voluntary sector, the London borough of Barking & Dagenham, and Care City (currently under the auspices of NELFT).

These are services that your organisation may already be providing or is able to provide. They are services to patients of local GPs, hospitals, and residents using Council services. There is currently no remuneration available for the delivery of such services. BDCVS will continue to lobby and work for a full cost recovery model on behalf of the local not-for-profit sector.

If you would like to be included in the database, please download this form and send to