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.

Registration for the Autumn 2017 funding round opens at 10am on 24th July – scroll down to The Funding Process section of this page to register.


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 will make a difference to your work. 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 will fund any organisation that is small (annual income less than £1m) and charitable. You need to be UK registered, but can be a charity, social enterprise or community interest company.
We make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. For example enabling your organisation to take a step forward in its development or giving you the chance to do something you couldn’t before. We see our grants as investments in the organisations we support.
See here for work we have funded in the past

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

To apply for funding, organisations must register at the start of each funding round. Numbers for each round are capped to ensure we are able to give every applicant the attention it deserves. Registration is run on a first-come, first-serve basis and once the cap is reached, the round is closed, therefore please register early.

Once successfully registered, organisations are invited to submit a simple application via a secure weblink. For more details of what will be required please see our Guidelines for Applications document.


Registration for The Fore Autumn 2017 funding round opens at 10am on 24th July 2017.

Please note the registration link will not be active until this time. 





Timetable for funding rounds in 2017

Funding decisions (Summer 2017 round)

By 7 July

Registration (Autumn 2017 round)
Opens 24 July, 10 am

Application Deadline (Autumn 2017 round)
29 August

Funding Decisions (Autumn 2017 round)
By 8 Dec

Workshop: ‘Developing Your Case for Support’ with Foundation for Social Improvement
9.00am-11.30am – 9th May 2017


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

9.00am-1.00pm – 6th July 2017


Workshop: ‘Legal Education’ with TrustLaw

9.00am-11.30am – 12th July 2017


Workshop: ‘Fundraising Strategy’ with FSI

Details tbc, September 2017, morning


Workshop: ‘Managing Volunteers’ with FSI
Details tbc, October 2017 morning


Workshop: ‘Measuring Impact – Peer to Peer’ with Measuring the Good
Small Charity
Details tbc November, 2017 morning


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