The Trust will only consider grants for individuals and groups when it is clear that all other avenues of funding have been investigated. In addition to this, our grants, whether for individuals or groups, are relatively small and some applicants may need to find other sources of funding to help meet the total cost of whatever it is they are trying to do. Consequently, we often refer applicants to other funders to see if they can help, either instead of or as well getting support from the Trust.
Below you will find a range of grant-makers that may or do support Travellers. This list has been provided to help individual Travellers, projects, groups and agencies identify other possible sources of funding. This is not a complete list nor can the Trust provide any guarantees or endorsements regarding the organisations given below. People using this list must research and/or contact the relevant organizations themselves to determine if they are eligible to apply and what the application process is.
Please note that many of the charities offering small grants to individuals will require that applications are supported or submitted by a social worker, welfare worker or other similar advocate. In relation to group and projects, please note that many grant-makers will only award funding to registered charities.
If you are a project or group and would like some help and advice on how to apply for funding, please see our Help and Advice page which lists a range of documents and guidelines that may come in useful.
Small grants to individuals experiencing hardship:
- The Vicar’s Relief Fund – Small grants (around £150) to people who are subsisting on benefits and who have no savings and no one to turn to when things go wrong. Applications are accepted on behalf of people in need from social workers, support workers, key workers, CAB Advisors, health professionasl, clergy, etc…6 St Martin’s Place
London WC2N 4JJ
- Newby Trust Ltd. – Grants from £10 to £200 for individuals and families experiencing poverty. Applications from Social Services or other similar organisations.Hill Farm
Hants GU32 1BQ
- The Percy Bilton Charity - One off grants, up to £200 for basic household items, furniture and clothing, to people who are over 65, or disabled. Applications must be made in writing by a social worker or occupational therapist on a person’s behalf. Grants not considered for computer equipment.Bilton House,
7 Culmington Road, Ealing
London W13 9NB
Telephone: 020 8579 2829
- The Frank Buttle Trust – For children and young people under the age of 21. One off grants towards clothes, beds, bedding, essential furniture and household equipment.Audley House
13 Palace Street
- Counsel & Care- General grants of up to £250 each year, to people over the age of 60, for various items and services where provision is not the responsibility of statutory organisations.Twyman House
16 Bonny Street
- The Dibs Charitable Trust – One off grants for electrical appliances, support for financial assistance when applying for bankruptcy orders, bedding, aids for the disabled, travel costs for families with children in hospital. Grants not given for education, overseas travel, holidays, clothing, funeral expenses or group activities.Unit 12, City Forum
250 City Road
- The Family Welfare Association – Grants for people in need usually towards fuel bills, clothing and household needs. Unable to help towards rent arrears, council tax, funeral expenses, fines or expenses already covered by statutory funds.
501-505 Kingsland Road
- The Friends of the Elderly – One off grants to people over retirement age towards essential household items, clothing and household repairs, regular allowances paid weekly or twice a year to older people living at home on low incomes.40-42 Ebury Street
- R L Glasspool Charity Trust – Small one off grants to people in need, on a low income, towards household items and equipment / appliances, clothing and holidays.2nd Floor
182 Hoe Street
Telephone: 020 8520 4354
- The Talisman Trust – One off grants for people in need to alleviate poverty. Applications must be submitted by an organisation, social worker or similar professional on an individual’s behalf. Applications by post only.36 Upper Cheyne Row
Telephone: 020 7823 3432
Community Groups & Constituted Regional/National Groups and Projects
- The Allen Lane Foundation – The Foundation is a charitable Trust which makes grants in the UK (and, for a small programme, in the Republic of Ireland). It makes grants to voluntary not-for-profit organisations (which need not be registered charities, provided the work carried out is charitable) which are small (as its grants are small) and where the work benefits groups of people who are unpopular in UK society today. Please note that it does not make grants to individuals.90 The Mount
York Y024 1AR
- Groundswell – Groundswell’s Grant Award Scheme offers grants of up to £700 to homeless people to set up their own projects. They welcome applications from anyone with experience of homelessness, ie. rough sleepers, Travellers, squatters, refugees and asylum seekers, residents of hostels and B&Bs etc. Anyone without a secure tenancy.Groundswell UK
5 Stockwell Mews
Tel: 020 7737 5500