We award money raised by our commercial and corporate partners to fund great ideas that help communities to thrive. To find out more about these partners 

Our grants are only open to registered Pride events. In order to apply for a grant organisers will be asked to provide information on their events.

Our grant system is currently closed, but please leave your details below if you wish to be considered when the system opens again.

Within this section, you can find information on: 

  • What type of grants do we currently offer
  • who can apply for funding
  • what makes a good application
  • costs we can and can’t fund 
  • what your organisations needs in place to apply 
  • where you can get help setting up an organisation 
  • what types of organisation can apply
  • who we can’t accept applications from.

As it stands we are currently offering Merchandising Grants. These are small grants usually sub £500 which qualified organisations can apply for. We have strong faith in Merchandising Grants as the grant can be worth double than the offered amount, when all merchandising is sold. Merchandising grants can be used at the wholesale site, tpswholesale.com

Who can apply for funding?

Only registered Pride events are permitted at this time to apply for grants. Pride organisations should also be free to attend events. Those events which charge an admission fee are not qualified.

What makes for a good application to the fund.

We want to fund good ideas that do at least one of these three things: 

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities 
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities 
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage. 

What the grant can be used for

  • capital costs (such as building and land improvements) 
  • staff costs 
  • running costs 
  • activities 
  • equipment 
  • other core costs needed to support the project. 

What our fund cannot be used for 

  • alcohol 
  • loans or interest payments 
  • religious or political activities 
  • profit-making or fundraising activities 
  • VAT you can reclaim 
  • statutory activities 
  • items or activities for individual benefit 
  • costs that were already paid for before you were awarded funding by us.

What your organisation needs in place to apply 

There are a few basic things your organisation will need in place, before you can apply to us for National Lottery funding. These include: 

  • A governing document, such as a constitution – This sets out the name and purpose of your organisation. It should also cover how it will work. So, things like how people join, how your committee will work, and when you’ll have meetings. Branches of larger organisations need their own governing document. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has advice on writing a constitution. Similarly, GOV.UK provides information on how to write your charity’s governing document
  • A committee or board with at least two unrelated members (or three on some funding programmes) – By unrelated we mean people who aren’t family members, such as siblings, parents and children, married couples or civil partners or people living at the same address. 
  • A bank account in your organisation’s name (as written on your constitution or governing document) – You’ll also need to make sure that at least two unrelated people are needed to transfer money from the account. 
  • Yearly financial accounts – We want to know the date your accounts wrap up each year and how much income you have. If you don’t have yearly accounts, as you’re a new organisation (less than 15 months old), we’ll still look at your application.

What types of groups can apply?

  • voluntary or community organisations 
  • registered charities 
  • constituted groups or clubs 
  • not-for-profit companies or Community Interest Companies 
  • statutory bodies (including town, parish and community councils). 

Who we can’t accept applications from

  • individuals 
  • sole traders 
  • companies limited by shares 
  • organisations outside the UK
  • one organisation applying on behalf of another.