Awards from the UK Portfolio

Manchester Cares

The UK Portfolio explores new and innovative approaches, and develops and tests new ways of building a stronger civil society. Our funding supports projects and ideas of UK-wide impact and significance that focus on transformational change.

We experiment with how to do things differently and share learning and insights to continually improve our grantmaking practice with the Fund, the wider sector and beyond.

We're currently inviting applications to our Growing Great Ideas and Bringing People Together programmes.

We're continuing to listen to the needs of communities across the UK and develop other funding opportunities that explore new approaches and test new ideas. Check our Twitter feed for updates. You can also email us at

Funding size
Over £50,000
Application deadline


Applying for funding

The UK Portfolio offers a range of funding programmes.

Growing Great Ideas

This funding supports ideas that focus on supporting transformational and long-term change that goes beyond individual organisations and instead focuses on nurturing ecologies and ecosystems. The programme is open to applications.

Find out more and apply to Growing Great Ideas.

There's no deadline for applications.

Bringing People Together

This funding can support projects will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections. The programme is open to applications.

Find out more and apply to Bringing People Together.

There's no deadline for applications.

Global partnerships

Each year, we'll work with up to five UK-based organisations that are connecting civil society groups in the UK with their peers in Europe and America - to share ideas, learn and collaborate.

We're particularly interested in the areas of climate change, digital, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), participatory grantmaking, and equipping civil society (including funders) to understand, adapt and respond to the future.

There's no deadline for applications. If you'd like to talk to us, email (with one or two paragraphs about your plans), and one of the UK Portfolio team will get back to you.

Existing UK Portfolio grant holders

Alongside our funding programmes, we continue supporting our existing grant holders to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

More funding opportunities will become available in 2021. Check our Twitter feed for updates on new funding opportunities.

Types of funding

These funding programmes are closed to applications.

Some of most recent funding programmes are:

The Climate Action Fund is supporting communities across the UK to take action on climate change. These communities will demonstrate what is possible when people take the lead in tackling climate change. The programme is currently closed to applications.

The Emerging Futures Fund aims to equip civil society with the skills and resources required to anticipate, imagine and shape the future. The programme is now closed to applications.

Digital Infrastructure Fund aims to equip civil society organisations with the digital infrastructure and capability it needs to be responsive and adaptive. The programme is now closed to applications.

Leaders with Lived Experience 2020 supports organisations set up or run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue. This funding programme ensures that lived experience leadership plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19. The programme is now closed to applications.