£1,000 - £50,000
no deadline
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Foyle Foundation

Our Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. For grants up to £10,000.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme.

What the Foundation will Fund
Our focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, home working, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.
Our priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

Applicants must show how any grant will make a significant difference to their current work.

The Main Grants Scheme to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom with a core remit of the Arts or Learning. For grants between £10,000 - £50,000.

Revised Criteria for Support

  1. Our focus will change to make one-year grants only (no multi-year grants) to charities that can demonstrate ongoing financial stability for the next 12 months from the date of their application.
  2. More grants to cover core costs, favouring those with no, or without significant, public funding.
  3. Grants to cover essential equipment or re-equipping to enable ongoing service provision, home working, delivery of on-line digital services and education work.
  4. Grants to enable minor works, or fund equipment, to enable social distancing within buildings.
  5. Projects/schemes that employ or support skilled freelance and independent artists and practitioners.
  6. Projects/proposals that help reduce fixed or variable costs to promote efficiency savings, or which enable the generation of higher income, or additional revenue streams. This can include environmental efficiency projects to reduce your carbon footprint, energy costs, or which improve internal air circulation systems to improve safety for visitors.
  7. Occasionally, to consider additional support (by exception) for existing building project already supported and underway, as costs will have increased during lockdown and site closures and where this will prevent the wipe-out of reserves. (Please discuss your situation with The Foundation before applying).
  8. We are suspending our Capital Projects programme until July 2021. We will not accept applications for major new building projects until then and only for projects that have not started before July 2021.


The Foyle Foundation operates a rolling programme, therefore we do not have application deadlines. Organisations can apply at any time and the request will be taken to the next available meeting. Applicants are advised to apply well in advance of the start date of their project.