We make grants of up to £30,000 over one to three years and provide access to business expertise to help our grantees achieve their goals.

The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises.

We are proud to be a funder without lengthy forms or restrictive criteria. We recognise you, our applicants, as the experts in your own fields so our process simply asks you to tell us who you are, what you need and how our funding would enable you to take a step forward in your operations. If we have any more questions, we will ask them of you individually.

We match successful applicants with friendly professional support – ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance. And because we are committed to helping all organisations learn, we give feedback to unsuccessful candidates and offer access to our regular, high quality training and networking events.

The Fore is a partner of the Big Lottery Fund.


Applying for Funding

The Fore provides funding to UK-registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies with annual income of less than £500,000.

We make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation, whether by unlocking exponential growth, sustainability, efficiency or some other major step forward. We see our grants as investments in the organisations we support.

Work we have funded in the past

To apply for funding, organisations must first register some basic contact details at the start of the funding round. The number of registrations accepted for each round is capped to ensure we are able to give every application the attention it deserves. Registration is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so please register early.

The following information is required to register:

* The organisation’s name, address, telephone number, website, and type and location of charitable work.

* Whether the organisation has applied for or received funding from The Fore or The Bulldog Trust in the past.

* The key contact’s name, job title and email address.

Registration for the Spring 2019 Funding Round opened on December 6th at 10am. All available places have now been taken, so registration for this funding round has closed.

Registration for the Summer 2019 Funding Round opens at 10am on April 1st 2019. A link to our registration page will appear here at that time.

Successfully registered organisations are invited to submit a simple application via a secure weblink within four weeks. For more details of what will be required, please download our Guidelines for Application and see our Frequently Asked Questions.


The Fore runs three twelve-week funding rounds to coincide with the academic calendar each year.

Spring 2019

Opened 6 December 2018, 10 am

Application Deadline for Registered Organisations
7 January 2019

Funding Decisions Announced
By 29 March 2019

Summer 2019

Opens 1st April  2018, 10 am

Application Deadline for Registered Organisations
29th April 2019

Funding Decisions Announced
By 19th July 2019

Workshops: ‘Sharing the Message’ and ‘Vocal and Physical Presence’ with theWholeStory

9am-1pm: 10th January 2018


Workshop: ‘Developing Your Fundraising Strategy’ with The FSI

10am-12:15pm: 6th March 2018


Workshop: ‘Developing Your Case for Support’ with The FSI

1:15pm-2:45pm: 6th March 2018


Workshop: ‘Application Preparation’ with The Fore

2pm-4pm: 10th April 2018


Workshop: ‘How to Grow Your Earned Income Through Trading’ with Frodas

9am-12pm: 22nd May 2018


Workshops: ‘Sharing the Message’ with theWholeStory

9am-1pm: 7th June 2018


Workshop: ‘Developing Your Case for Support’ with The FSI

10am-12:30pm: 15th June 2018


Workshop: ‘How to Develop Relationships with Corporate Partners’ with Heart of the City

9am-12pm: 26th June 2018


Workshop: ‘Legal Health Check for Small Charities’ with TrustLaw

9am-1pm: 10th July 2018


Workshop: ‘Increasing Your Impact with Corporate Volunteers’ with thirdbridge

10am-12:30pm: 21st September 2018


Workshop: ‘Developing Your Fundraising Strategy’ with The FSI

10am-12:30pm: 17th October 2018


Workshop: ‘Trustee Recruitment: How to Find the Trustees Your Charity Needs to Survive and Thrive’ with Getting on Board

9:30am-12:30pm: 27th November 2018


The Fore is committed to transparency and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants.

Using the 360Giving data standard, our awarded grants since 2012 are available here.

We believe that with better information, grantmakers can be more effective and strategic decision makers. 360Giving provides support for grantmakers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant making more effective.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.  You can view a copy of this license, here. This means the data is freely accessible to anyone to be used and shared as they wish. The data must be attributed to The Fore.

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