Supporting recreational activities

Grants for Good


Grants for Good is funded by the John Good Group and is designed to direct funding only to small and growing local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that are making a big impact on communities, people or the environment. To be eligible, applicants must: Be a local community group, charity, voluntary group or social enterprise that has a positive impact on communities, people or the environment. The programme is unrestricted, and money can be used to cover any of the organisation’s costs, including running costs.

Local Solutions Community Empowerment Fund – Liverpool


In recognition of their 50th anniversary, Local Solutions has launched a new £50,000 social impact fund to empower change and inclusivity across the Liverpool City Region.

The Community Empowerment Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 to increase opportunities for local individuals and voluntary groups to deliver services that make a difference in people’s lives.

Radcliffe Trust – Music Scheme


The Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training, especially chamber music, composition and music education. Particular interests within music education are music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research. The Trustees respond to applications and also initiate their own projects.

Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund (Birmingham and Solihull)


The Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund makes grants from £500 to £5,000 to small community-based organisations.

The website provides a list of postcodes that qualify and a comprehensive list of requirements that must be satisfied before an application can be accepted. Core funded directly by the Airport Company and topped-up by any penalties levied on airlines breaching our noise limits, grants are awarded by a board of independent Trustees representing local authorities and the Airport Consultative Committee.

Manchester Stronger Communities fund


Themes of the Fund - grants available up to £4000 (applicants must be based in Manchester).

See list of deadlines and decision dates.

Nobody knows what's best for our communities better than the communities themselves. We listen to their ideas and help where we can. Applications must meet at least one of the fund’s core themes. We’re happy to discuss whether your project fits our themes before application.

Interest free funding for musical instruments, equipment and software


Interest-free loans are available to musicians at all stages for the purchase of musical instruments and equipment, to help ensure that more people across England and Northern Ireland can access instruments and learn to play music. 

The loans, which are made available through the Take it Away Scheme, work with 130 music retailers to allow applicants to buy almost any musical instrument and can also be used for musical equipment, software and tuition. 

Christmas Connections


UK charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to run activities for older people over the Christmas period.
The funding is made available through the McCarthy Stone Foundation Christmas Connections 2023 grants programme, which aims to helps people over 65 to feel connected and supported over the festive period.

The grant can be used for a variety of activities such as:

Express Grants Programme (Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire)


Small not-for-profit organisations and community groups with charitable aims can apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000 to deliver activities, projects and services that strengthen communities experiencing inequalities and disadvantage, or improve the lives of local people who face difficulties and have limited access to appropriate or affordable services and support. This can be geographic communities and/or communities of people brought together by race or ethnicity, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.