FUNDING: Span Trust – next deadline January 2023

This Trust offers small building grants to projects in London that aim to alleviate poverty, disability, age or ill health, and advance urban regeneration through the improvement of the built environment.

Grants are usually for capital support, design, architectural proposals, interior design and construction advice.

Their main priorities are:

  • Advancing urban regeneration through the improvement of the built environment in areas of social and economic deprivation – such as the provision, maintenance or improvement of public amenities for the benefit of the local community
  • To relieve poverty, disability, age or ill health through building projects which alleviate the charitable needs of the individuals, those who care for them and their dependents
  • To provide public recreational space or facilities for the benefit of the local community and to provide assistance to schools, hospitals, care homes and other institutions furthering charitable purpose

Grants awarded are in the range of £5,000 to £20,000.

Matched funding is not essential but it is preferred and they will consider applications for multiyear funding.

The Trustees usually consider schemes which are self-contained (ie. not part of a larger appeal) and which have a total maximum cost of £200,000.

There are two application deadlines – the last Friday of January and June each year.

Projects should start within 6 months of the deadlines, with planning permission already in place and the properties involved should have a minimum 5 year lease.

There are no restrictions on reapplying and applicants are encouraged to submit their forms ahead of the deadlines.

Successful applications for local or nearby organisations over the years include The Mulberry Centre, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-diversity and The Vineyard Community Centre.

For full details and to apply, visit the Span Trust website.