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What projects can we fund?


What projects can we 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:

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

We’re 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 – just check our eligibility criteria beforehand!

If you’re eligible for our support and submit an Expression of Interest to us via our official form, you’ll 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 remit has evolved beyond children and young people and we’re 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’s a list of the types of things we’re 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)
  • Running costs/overheads (in contribution to a wider direct-delivery programme)

This list is not exhaustive, and we’ve funded many different areas of work and initiatives. If you’re not sure if what you want to apply for is eligible, or has a good chance of being funded, contact [email protected] 

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 aren’t eligible for support:

  • Organisations who don’t 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
  • Charities previously funded by Make Some Noise

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 Black and minoritised communities’:

This would be true if people from Black and minoritised communities 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 Black and minoritised communities 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 minoritised communities’.

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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