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What can Global’s Make Some Noise fund?


What can Global's Make Some Noise fund?

We represent the entire UK in our funding portfolio and have a wide scope for what we can fund.

This year, we are particularly encouraging charities to apply for projects or areas of work that:

  • Projects addressing diversity and equality and projects supporting minoritised groups
  • Projects supporting mental health and wellbeing
  • Projects working to address poverty and deprivation
  • Projects that are addressing digital inclusion or providing technology-based solutions

We are looking to fund a wide depth and breadth of different projects across our portfolio, so if yours doesn’t fit in the list above, that’s okay, we’d still love to hear from you if you meet our eligibility criteria and are working on one of our key outcomes for communities.

If you are eligible for our support and submit an Expression of Interest to us via our official form, you will have the opportunity to tell us about your charity and the basic outline of what you would like to apply for.

Please see more information on what you can apply for below and visit our eligibility criteria page to find out more.

What age ranges does Global’s Make Some Noise funding support?


Global’s Make Some Noise funding is open to fund projects that serve any age group or multiple age groups in communities.

What type of things can we apply for funding for?

Here is a list of the types of things we are most likely to fund:

  • Staff salaries predominantly associated with direct delivery work with beneficiaries
  • Any programme, service or project delivery costs
  • Equipment, technology, materials or refurbishment costs which are related to direct service delivery work with your beneficiaries (we cannot contribute to large build projects, fundraising or marketing costs)
  • A contribution to running costs/overheads (in contribution to a wider direct-delivery programme)

This list is not exhaustive, and we have funded many different areas of work and initiatives. If you are not sure if what you want to apply for is eligible, or has a good chance of being funded, contact the Make Some Noise Grants Team.

Your project or programme can be existing work, a development of existing work, or a brand new project.

What you can’t apply for:

  • Activities that have already taken place
  • Grant-making activities
  • Activities where funds will be primarily provided to third-party organisations to deliver the work
  • Grants/bursaries to individuals
  • Work delivered overseas
  • Fundraising events or fundraising activities or salaries
  • Research
  • Statutory obligations

Organisations who are not eligible for support:

  • Organisations who do not conduct any direct delivery work
  • Animal rescue / rehabilitation or projects that solely benefit animals
  • Faith-based projects supporting the promotion of religion
  • Organisations based, or delivering work overseas
  • Schools, colleges or higher education institutions
  • NHS or other healthcare providers
  • Politically affiliated organisations

Diversity and Inclusion

On our Expression of Interest, there is the opportunity to select if your charity is representative of the community in which you operate or if it’s diversely-led. Please see our expanded definitions below for more information.

What we mean by ‘led by people from ethnic minority backgrounds’:

This would be true if people from ethnic minority groups make up more than 50% of your charity’s board, senior management team or people involved in key decision-making. This could be a reflection of the community in which you operate, or because you’re a diverse-led organisation. If you don’t feel you meet this definition, but a significant proportion of the people you support are from ethnic minority backgrounds and you can demonstrate community involvement in your work, you can select the alternative option on our Expression of interest form which states ‘more than 60% of your service users are from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

What we mean by ‘led by LGBTQ+ community’:

This would be true if people from the LGBTQ+ community make up more than 50% of your charity’s board, senior management team or people involved in key decision-making. This could be a reflection of the community who you support, or because you’re a diverse-led organisation.

If you don’t feel you meet this definition, but have a key service or project which demonstrates community involvement and is informed by the people you support, you can select the alternative option on our Expression of interest form which states ‘you have a dedicated LGBTQ+ service or project’.

What we mean by ‘your charity is led by people with lived experience of disability or long-term illness’: 

This would be true if people living with a disability or an illness, or family members such as parents of children with disabilities or a rare condition, make up more than 50% of your organisation’s board, senior management team or key decision-making structure. This could be a reflection of the community you support, or because you’re a diverse-led organisation.

If you don’t feel you meet this definition, but a significant proportion of the people you support have disabilities or long-term illnesses, and you can demonstrate community involvement in your work, you can select the alternative option on our expression of interest form which states ‘more than 60% of your service users have a disability or illness’.

If your charity wouldn’t be defined by any of the above, you can still apply to Global’s Make Some Noise.

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