Small Grants

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Our Small Grants Programme exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, project specific funding.

We are currently closed for applications and will reopen on Octiober 6th.

Through this programme, we provide funding for projects of up to twelve months in length, ranging from £500 up to £20,000 (£5,000 for projects of up to six months in Wales) to registered charities, community and voluntary groups, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations.

Please read the guidance notes thoroughly before you consider applying:

Guidance Notes



We have four funding rounds per year and the opening and closing dates for the 2014 funding rounds are detailed below. Applications are submitted through our online application form which is available to access during each funding round.


Opening Date

Closing Date

Eligible Regions


     Jan 6th

    Feb 21st

 Scotland, Wales, North of England


     Apr 7th

    May 23rd

Scotland, Wales, South of England (excl. London & Greater London)


     Jul 7th

   Aug 22nd

Scotland, Wales, East & West Midlands


     Oct 6th

    Nov 7th

Scotland, Wales, London, Greater London


Important Update to our Funding Criteria

Please note that we have updated our funding criteria for the 2014 Q3 funding round. Due to increasing demand for funding that we unfortunately do not have the capacity to fill we have taken the step of restricting the funding themes that we accept applications under. We will now only be accepting applications that meet the following funding theme:

  •  Advancement of community development

Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing them with the skills they need to effect change in their own communities. Advancing community development involves creating opportunities for the community to learn new skills and, by enabling people to act together, helps further social inclusion and equality.

We are looking for projects that engage local communities and leave a positive long term impact beyond the duration of funding.We especially welcome applications for projects that are focused on improving life for disadvantaged groups and encouraging their inclusion within society.

Please note that projects that have a focus on sport, health, reducing poverty, environmental improvement or the advancement of human rights are still eligible for funding as long as they are strong in meeting the above community development criterion. 


Application Form Questions

The Small Grants online application form is only available during the opening and closing dates of the funding rounds. The main items of information that will be requested on the application form are:

  • Your organisation’s contact details
  • Description of your organisation
  • Description of your project
  • How your project advances “citizenship or community development
  • Expected outcomes and long term impacts of your project
  • Total estimated cost of your project and the total amount requested from PPT
  • Planned start and end dates of your project
  • Cost breakdown detailing every item you intend to purchase with your grant
  • Details of other sources of funding for your project
  • Details of how you intend to promote your project and acknowledge the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery


Eligible Geographical Regions

All regions in Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for funding in each funding round.

However, regions in England are only eligible to apply within specific funding rounds. The eligible regions in England are defined as the following:

  North of England - Q1 Funding Round

  • North East(Tyne & Wear, Teesside, Northumberland, County Durham)
  • North West (Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire)
  • Merseyside
  • Yorkshire & Humber

South of England - Q2 Funding Round

  • South West England  - Bristol,  Gloucestershire,  Somerset,  Dorset,  Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall
  • South East England -Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex
  • East of England -  Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire,  Essex,  Norfolk, Suffolk, East Anglia 


Midlands - Q3 Funding Round

  • East Midlands - Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire,  Rutland, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire
  • West Midlands - Herefordshire, Shropshire,  Staffordshire,  Warwickshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands County

London and Greater London - Q4 Funding Round

  • London
  • Greater London

£2,000 or Under

Applications for £2,000 or under are open to organisations that are not registered charities (although registered charities may apply for this smaller amount if they wish). Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis.

Over £2,000

Applications for over £2,000 are open to registered charities only. If you do not have a registered charity number, you may only apply for up to £2,000 (see above). Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis by an independent board of Trustees.


If you wish to discuss a future application or have any other questions about applying for funding you can contact the Trust Helpdesk:

By e-mail:

By phone: 0131 555 7287 at the following times:

Mon:   10am-12pm and 2-5pm

Wed:  10am-12pm and 2-5pm

Fri:     10am-12pm and 2-5pm