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Grants and Sources of Funding

There are a wide range of sources for potential The Friendly Bench funding and below we have listed some of these organisations. All of the information is correct at time of publication, we hope it will help enable you to bring The Friendly Bench to your community.

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Awards from the UK Porfolio –

Asda Foundation -

Aviva -

Barchester Community Fund -

Biffa Award -

Big Lottery Fund -


Comic Relief Local Communities -

Community Foundation -

COOP – Local Community Fund -


Ernest Cook Trust -

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation -

FCC Communities Foundation -

Fields in Trust -

Foyle Foundation –

Funding for All -

Garfield Weston Foundation –

GLA Building Stronger Communities fund  -

Greggs -

Groundwork -

Landfill Community Fund -

Landtrust -

Lankelly Chase -

London Marathon Charitable Trust -

Heritage Lottery Fund -

Morrisons Foundation -

National Lottery -

One Family Foundation -

People's Health Trust -

People’s Postcode Trust -

Scope -

Sport England -

SUEZ Communities Trust -

Tesco -

The Leatherseller’s Company -

Trust for London -

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation –

Tudor Trust –

UK Community Foundations -

Valencia Communities Fund -

The Veolia Environmental Trust -

Wooden Spoon -

Further Funding Advice and Support

If you would like further advice and support with funding, your local Community and Voluntary Service may be able to help you. Their staff have lots of experience in supporting community groups to find and secure grant funding opportunities for new and existing projects. 

They can help you to:

  • Identifying suitable funding opportunities

  • Make sure your bid is the best it can be 

  • Help you write your application

  • Access training opportunities to increase your bid writing skills

  • Meet with funders to explore your ideas.

The Foundation for Social Improvement run low cost training courses including fundraising. To find out more visit:

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