We make grants of up to £30,000, which can be distributed 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, legal entity type (UK charity, CIO, CIC or CBS), registration number, address, telephone number, annual income for the last completed financial year, and sector 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.

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 2020

Opens 9th December 2019, 10 am

Application Deadline for Registered Organisations
13th January 2020

Funding Decisions Announced

By 30th March 2020

Summer 2020

Opens 6th April 2020, 10 am

Application Deadline for Registered Organisations
4th May 2020

Funding Decisions Announced

by 17th July 2020

Workshops: ‘Developing Your Fundraising Strategy’ with The FSI

10am-12pm: 29th January 2019

1:15pm-3:15pm: 29th January 2019


Workshop: ‘Developing Corporate Relationships’ with The FSI

10:30am-12pm: 12th February 2019


Workshop: ‘Earned Income and Enterprise’ with The FSI

11am-12:30pm: 5th March 2019


Workshop: ‘Statutory Funding and Commissioning’ with The FSI

2pm-3:30pm: 5th March 2019


Workshop: ‘How to Start Attracting Corporate Volunteers’ with thirdbridge

2pm-4:30pm: 12th March 2019


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

12pm-1:30pm: 2nd April 2019


Workshop: ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Content Marketing for Small Charities’ with Small Charities Coalition

10am-1pm: 22nd  May 2019


Workshop: ‘Small Charity Communication Masterclass’ with Small Charities Coalition

10am-1pm: 3rd July 2019


Workshop: ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Data, Databases and Data Protection’ with Small Charities Coalition

9:30am-1:30pm: 17th July 2019


Workshop: ‘Developing Your Fundraising Strategy’ with The FSI

10am-12pm: 6th August 2019


‘Charity Leadership Essentials’ workshop series with the Cranfield Trust:


Workshop: ‘Business Planning’

9:30am-12pm: 7th May 2019


Workshop: ‘Financial Planning’

9:30am-12pm: 4th June 2019


Workshop: ‘How to Tender – What Charities Need to Know’

9:30am-12pm: 9th July 2019


Workshop: ‘Marketing and Communications’

9:30am-12pm: 3rd September 2019


Workshop: ‘Evaluation and Impact’

9:30am-12pm: 1st October 2019


Workshop: ‘Governance’

9:30am-12pm: 5th November 2019


Workshop: ‘People Management – How to be an Inclusive Leader’

9:30am-12pm: 3rd December 2019

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

Using the 360Giving data standard, the grants awarded since our launch in 2017 are available here.

The grants awarded in our pilot, running from 2012 to 2016 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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