Australia and UK Grants & Foundations

Denise Elizabeth
Denise Elizabeth
Senior Financial Editor & Writer
Last Updated: March 3, 2021
Date Published: February 25, 2021

Arts Access Australia

Arts Access Australia is the national peak body of State and Territory arts and disability organizations working to increase access and participation in the arts for the one in five Australians with a disability.

Arts Council of England

Our vision is to promote the arts at the heart of national life, reflecting England’s rich and diverse cultural identity. We want people throughout England to experience arts activities of the highest quality.

Arts Council of Wales

The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) is responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales.

Arts Queensland

Arts Queensland is the State Government’s major arts funding, advisory and advocacy body for arts and cultural development in Queensland.

Arts Tasmania

Arts Tasmania will receive applications for any eligible projects which employ professional artists and engage the community in arts activities. These activities may be as diverse as exhibitions, plays, concerts, festivals, literary magazines, publications or community cultural development projects. Assistance can be in the form of grants, loans or guarantees against loss.

Arts Western Australia

The Department of Culture and the Arts progresses a range of initiatives designed to improve the delivery of State Government arts and cultural services, give a voice to the Western Australian arts and cultural sector and assist the development of the sector.

Australia Council for the Arts

The Council provides over 1700 grants each year to artists and arts organisations across the country in the fields of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, community cultural development, dance, literature, music, new media arts, theatre and visual arts/craft.

Australian Charities

Their site offers you a searchable data base and resources of interest.

Besen Family Foundation

The Besen Family Foundation has been established to build on the philanthropic tradition which was started by Eva and Marc Besen. This tradition has now evolved to encompass three broad areas through which the foundation can express its involvement and commitment: Arts and Culture, Health and Welfare and Jewish Interests. The foundation seeks to encourage, nurture and assist in both the maintaining and also developing of important programs and projects. It…

Beth Johnson Foundation - United Kingdom

The Beth Johnson Foundation is a national organization that seeks to make a positive impact on the lives of older people, to gain recognition for the valuable role older people play and to challenge age discrimination through pioneering initiatives that bring together research, policy and best practice.

BG Group

At BG Group, we believe it is vital to contribute to the communities in which we operate, both in the UK and abroad. We focus our social and economic development activities on skills transfer: equipping people with the personal, technical, commercial and environmental skills to develop a role in their community. We try to choose social development projects that both reflect stakeholders’ priorities and help us meet our business objectives.

BOC Foundation

The BOC Foundation has supported projects proposing practical solutions to environmental problems. BOC remains committed to these aims and intends to increase the proportion of its environmental spending that goes in direct support of selected projects. Whereas the BOC Foundation’s funding has been spread across a wide range of environmental projects, BOC environment grants in the future will concentrate on projects that improve air and water quality.

British Academy

The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, is the national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. It is an independent, self–governing fellowship of more than 800 scholars, elected for distinction and achievement in one or more branches of the academic disciplines that make up the humanities and social sciences.

British Association Special Projects - Science & Technology

The Association carries out a range of Special Projects each year. These are activities or initiatives undertaken on the basis of project funding in response to either opportunity or need. They last for a fixed term after which they may be ended, renewed or transferred into one of the Association’s other activity programmes.

British Telecomm - In the community

BT touches many aspects of people’s lives, and our overall programme remains very extensive. To see how we are currently assisting the community see: Lifelong Learning, Health and Welfare and Innovation in the Arts.

British Wildlife at Wild About Britain

Information on British wildlife, nature and the environment with forums, news, photography, interactive maps, product reviews and a wildlife directory.

Cable and Wireless - UK

Cable & Wireless is committed to making a positive social contribution to the communities in which it operates. Cable & Wireless has developed a global community investment programme which is designed to support local communities and respond to their needs.

Cadbury Foundation - United Kingdom

In order to make our support as effective as possible, we focus on projects in areas where we have operations (Birmingham, Bristol, London and Sheffield) and where we can have most impact. In 2004, The Cadbury Foundation established Africa Aid. This reflects our increasingly international approach to Corporate Social Responsibility activities and recognizes the particular needs of Africa.

Christensen Fund

The Christensen Fund (TCF) focuses its grantmaking on maintaining the rich diversity of the world–biological and cultural–over the long run, by focusing on four geographic regions: The Greater South West (Southwest USA and Northwest Mexico), Central Asia and Turkey, The African Rift Valley (Ethiopia), Northern Australia and Melanesia.

Columbia Foundation

The Foundation focuses its grant making on major arts organizations in San Francisco and London and the Creative Work Fund which awards grants to individual artists engaged in a new collaborative work or in community service through their art in the San Francisco Bay Area only. The Foundation currently has three program areas: Arts and Culture, Human Rights, Sustainable Communities and Economies.

Community Development Foundation - United Kingdom

Every year, CDF gives out millions of pounds to community and voluntary groups working to improve communities. We manage a few different grant schemes, so we hope you’ll find one right for you. We are happy to help you with your application, and we offer all kinds of support for funded groups – from help with writing a constitution to networking opportunities, running an evaluation or developing communications materials.

Computers For Charity United Kingdom

Computers for Charity is a non–profitmaking organisation whose aim is to promote access to, and use of, Information Technology by community groups. We achieve our aim by recycling computer systems donated by industry thereby helping to close the loop and reduce waste. Please note that we no longer build new systems.

Department of Defence Family Support Program

The Family Support Funding Program is a grant program which aims to fund programs or projects that operate in support of Australian Defence Force families. The main round of funding for Family Support Funding Program grants closes each year on 30 April in Canberra.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation

The Enterprise Rent–A–Car Foundation gives back and strengthens through charitable support the thousands of communities where our employees and our customers work and live.

Family Fund - Disabled Children - United Kingdom

The Family Fund helps families with disabled children and young people aged 17 and under to have choices and the opportunity to enjoy ordinary life. We give grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child, young person and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, computers and holidays.

Farrell Family Foundation - National Focus & Australia

Dr. Peter C. Farrell, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ResMed believes in giving back. For several years he has been a stalwart supporter of universities, primary and secondary education activities, as well as various arts and cultural organizations in the United States, Australia and elsewhere. Areas of funding interest include Education with emphasis on technology, Health and Human Welfare, Arts & Culture.

Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal

The Foundation will provide a mechanism for the private sector to work with communities in regional Australia through grants for community capacity building, project facilitation and seeding grants for community and economic development initiatives.

Grants Fundraising.com

Grants Fundraising.com’s purpose is to help spread the word about grants programs initiatives and fundraising opportunities from foundations, 501c3 non–profits organizations and private sector sources by posting those initiatives on our site. If your organization, foundation or fundraising company has grants opportunities and you are looking to spread the word about it we invite you to contact us about it so we may be able to post your grant ini…

Holland Foundation - Australia

The Holland Foundation is a registered not–for–profit charity with the goal of continuing the charitable work, and in memory of, Sir George & (Lady) May Holland. Our goal is to provide practical and creative solutions to children, adults, the elderly and families who are in need of support and relief.

Linbury Trust - United Kingdom

The trustees of the Linbury Trust make grants to organisations and towards causes across a broad range of categories, including the Arts; Education; Environment and Heritage; Medical; Social Welfare and Developing Countries.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for England & Wales

Our mission is to support and work in partnership with charitable organisations which help people, especially those who are disadvantaged or disabled, to play a fuller role in communities throughout England and Wales.

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

The Trust was created in 1989 by May Smith to provide grants to organizations that serve the needs of children, the elderly, the disabled, and the disadvantaged. The Trust makes grants internationally, but is particularly interested in projects that serve people in the countries that May and her husband Stanley enjoyed visiting during their lifetimes: the United States, the Bahamas, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. The Charitable Trust provides s…

Melbourne Community Foundation

The Melbourne Community Foundation aims to generate and distribute philanthropic resources to address emerging social issues and to meet the needs of its communities. The Foundation primarily makes grants to the community in 2 ways: Through recommendations from our donors, on the basis of their areas of interest. These fall broadly in the areas of arts & culture, community development & advocacy, community services & welfare, disability, educat…

Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund - Australia

The Myer Foundation’s and Sidney Myer Fund’s mission is to build a fair, just, creative, sustainable and caring society through initiatives that promote positive change in Australia, and in relation to Australia’s regional setting.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is one of the larger independent grantmaking foundations in the UK. Its primary concern is to address issues of inequality and disadvantage, particularly in relation to young people, through the arts, learning and education. The Foundation has a particular interest in projects based in India.

Plunkett Foundation

The Plunkett Foundation promotes and supports co–operatives and social enterprises in rural communities worldwide. We provide support, networks and knowledge to help rural communities to be aware of, understand and implement practical solutions to the challenges that they are facing. The Foundation works with a range of organizations who share our values to develop support programs for rural co–operative and social enterprises through their dev…

Sydney Community Foundation

The Sydney Community Foundation is a not for profit, public philanthropic foundation that connects people who care with causes that matter. We identify critical community issues and support the organisations who are responding with solutions. Areas of funding interest include children and/or young people, social and community welfare, environmental, education, cultural areas. Priority will be given to projects that address youth, education and arts and cul…

The Arts and Humanities Research Board

The Arts and Humanities Research Council supports research within a huge subject domain from traditional humanities subjects, such as history, modern languages and English literature, to the creative and performing arts.

The Coca-Cola Foundation

Areas of funding interest: Educational programs primarily within three main areas: higher education, classroom teaching and learning, and international education.The Foundation will be a focus for Coca–Cola’s community citizenship in Africa. It will address individual and collective needs across health, education and the environment. The Coca–Cola Foundation Indonesia, the Coca–Cola Foundation Australia and the Coca–Cola Youth…

The Commonwealth Foundation

Our mandate is to strengthen civil society in the achievement of Commonwealth priorities, particularly those related to democracy and good governance, respect for human rights and gender equality, poverty eradication and sustainable, people–centred development, and to promote arts and culture.

The Ian Potter Foundation

We make grants for general charitable purposes in Australia. Our areas of interest are the arts, education, environment and conservation, health, social welfare, science and medical research. We also have a small travel grants program.

The Laura Ashley Foundation

Makes fellowship awards and funds community, education, music, art and design, and rural life projects in Powys and the rest of Wales.

The Mercy Foundation

The Mercy Foundation is committed to help bring about a greater degree of social justice in Australian Society through: Education, Project Funding, Advocacy.

The Myer Foundation

Between 2006 and 2010, there will be a stronger focus on achieving change by making larger grants over longer periods of time. Through the Large Grants Program, more resources will be targeted to fund strategies that we believe will help us to achieve our objectives. There will also be a Small Grants Program that will ensure we fund initiatives in response to community needs. Resources will be targeted to provide support for smaller scale projects.

The Peter Brock Foundation - Australia

The Peter Brock Foundation will allocate funds and direct support to individuals, families, community groups and organisations that have demonstrated their genuine need.

The Regional Arts Fund

Objectives of the Regional Arts Fund are: To encourage and support cultural development in communities. This means an emphasis upon sustainability of cultural development in regional centres, rather than one–off ‘events’. To encourage the formation of partnerships with local government, community groups (eg Country Women’s Association), the library sector and others.

Vodafone Foundation - United Kingdom

The Foundation is at the centre of a network of global and local social investment programmes. Globally, our Foundations make social investments by funding projects which support disaster relief and preparedness or fund sport and music projects which benefit some of the most disadvantaged young people and their communities. Locally, our social investment is delivered by a unique footprint of 24 Vodafone Foundations and social investment programmes. Our Fou…

Wesfarmers Community Investments

From its earliest days, Wesfarmers has been close to the communities in which it operates and on whose support it depends. The company recognises and invests in areas of community endeavour which it believes are necessary to contribute to building long–term cohesion, leadership and innovation. Wesfarmers’ divisions continue to make their own funding and in–kind contributions to a wide range of community initiatives, including land care and…

Western Australian Community Foundation

The purpose of Western Australian Community Foundation is to give communities control over their own destiny through the growth and distribution of endowed funds and the development of community leadership capacity. Projects eligible for consideration should demonstrate a benefit to the nominated Western Australian community, to build community capacity.