Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme

Grants are available to smaller charities registered and operating in the UK for projects that will make a significant impact on their work.


The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant making trust that distributes grants to UK charities. Since it became operational in November 2001, the Foundation has disbursed more than £91.5 million in grants.

The Foundation supports charities in three main areas:

  • Main Grants Scheme, supporting charities whose core work covers Arts and Learning.

  • The Foyle School Library Scheme.

  • Small Grants Scheme, supporting charities in all fields with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum.

Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme is provided by the Foyle Foundation to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities in the UK with projects that have the potential to make a significant difference to their work.

This is a highly competitive scheme, and the Trust receives many more applications than it is able to fund.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for 12 months.

Grants can be used for core costs or equipment or project funding.

Who Can Apply

  • UK charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to charities that are working at grass roots and local community level.

  • Eligible organisations should evidence how a grant will positively impact their work and be able to demonstrate ongoing sustainability.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals.

  • Organisations that can consistently generate operational surpluses or that have built up considerable unrestricted reserves.

  • Charities with an annual turnover of more than £150,000.

  • Larger or national charities.

  • Feasibility studies.

  • Retrospective costs.

  • Multi-year funding.

Eligible Expenditure

One-year grants are available for core costs, equipment or project funding to charities that can show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time. Applicants are advised to apply well in advance of their requirements for funding as a decision from the Trustees may take up to four months.

Application forms and further guidance on other grants are available to download from the Foundation's website

Emailed applications will not be accepted.

All applications are acknowledged by email or by post within two weeks of receipt.