Small Project Grants

Small Project Grants

Since 2009, People’s Postcode Trust has awarded more than £11m to over 1700 projects across Great Britain - with over £9m of this alone being distributed in Small Project Grants. 

From the beginning, the Small Project Grants programme has been an integral part of this - supporting charities, voluntary groups and transforming lives throughout England, Scotland & Wales. 

Registered charities* in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500 - £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects meeting the above remit, whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000.

Magic Me

Based in the Tower Hamlets area of London, Magic Me provide creative intergenerational programmes designed to bring mutual benefit, learning and enjoyment. 

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The idea for Cocktails in Care Homes came from care home residents feedback that their evenings were long and boring once daytime activities ended. Additionally, minimal contact with the outside world left them feel lonely, isolated and invisible to the wider community. 

Supported by £16,575 of funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the project brings young volunteers into care homes to host evening parties for the residents, their families and staff.

Residents are encouraged to enjoy a coversation over a drink with volunteers, dress up, listen to music and even have a dance!

Emmaus Merseyside

Emmaus (pronounced em-may-us) is a homelessness charity, with a unique model seeing homeless people (companions) work for their Emmaus community in return for a bed space.

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As part of this, the group were awarded £15,661 towards obtaining resources for the start-up of a new social enterprise venture in Merseyside.

Companions deliver services including gardening and horticulture, upcycling of furniture and homeware, car washing and valeting - generating valuable, sustainable income for the charity whilst gaining the necesarry skills to enter paid employment. 

Thistle Foundation

Thistle

The Thistle Foundation are a Scottish charity with a 70 year tradition of pioneering support for people with long term health conditions - including disabilities.

A new Centre of Wellbeing in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh was opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in 2016. As part of this, Thistle were supported with a Small Project Grant of £17,501 towards their Supported Self Management programme.

This includes a variety of accessible fitness and sport equipment, with which volunteers lead a number of regular activities which enhance both the physical and mental wellbeing of beneficiaries. 

G39 & Warp

G39 & Warp is an artist-run gallery in the centre of Cardiff - delivering a variety of different project. 

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They were supported through a Small Projects grant in 2015, which enabled them to begin an innovative new partnerhsip with the Trinity Centre - a charity serving refugees and asylum seekers and others in need in the local community.

With £1,650 of support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, they delivered Encounter - a volunteer-led programme of  skills workshops, artist talks, presentations & discussions, social events, film screenings and library events.

These have been invaluable in developing the relationship between local communities and incoming refugees.