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 will fund any organisation that is small (annual income less than £1m) and charitable. Applicants must be UK-registered, but can be charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations or community benefit societies.

We make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation 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

The Fore runs three twelve-week funding rounds to coincide with the academic calendar each year. The number of applications accepted for each round is capped to ensure we are able to give every applicant the attention it deserves.

To apply for funding, organisations must register some basic contact details at the start of each funding round. Registration is run on a first-come, first-serve basis and once the cap is reached, the round is closed, therefore please register early.

Successfully registered organisations are invited to submit a simple application via a secure weblink. For more details of what will be required please download our Guidelines for application.

Registration for the Spring 2018 funding round is now closed.

Spring 2018

Opens 11 December 2017, 10 am

Application Deadline for Registered Organisations
8 January 2018

Funding Decisions Announced
By 29 March 2018

Summer 2018

Opens 3 April 2018, 10 am

Application Deadline for Registered Organisations
30 April 2018

Funding Decisions Announced
By 13 July 2018

Autumn 2018

Opens 16 July 2018, 10 am

Application Deadline for Registered Organisations
3 September 2018

Funding Decisions Announced
By 30 November 2018

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: 10th May 2018 


Workshop: Heart of the City, topic to be confirmed

9am-12pm: 23rd May 2018 


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

9am-1pm: 7th June 2018


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

9am-1pm: 15th June 2018


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

9am-1pm: 10th July 2018


Workshop: Charity Information Technology Association, topic to be confirmed

9am-12pm: 7th September 2018 


Workshop: thirdbridge, topic to be confirmed

9am-12pm: 21st September 2018


Workshop: ‘Developing Your Fundraising Strategy’ with The FSI

9am-12pm: 17th October 2018


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

9am-12pm: 22nd 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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