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Grants and Funding News

Grants are available for projects that focus on people in vulnerable situations and local communities.

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Grants are available for charities, community groups and other organisations for projects that focus on research and innovation, people in vulnerable situations, the environment, and local communities.

In response to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation have also pledged £240,000 to help foodbanks in the Trussell Trust’s network as they work to support people affected by the virus.

Grants from the Cadent Foundation are administered by Charities Trust, to ensure that all funds donated by the Foundation are used to further charitable purposes and result in benefitting the public.

Objectives of Fund

The Foundation’s objectives are to identify and provide support to people in vulnerable situations and energy poor communities, to protect and preserve the environment, and create a sustainable energy future, by supporting projects which aim to further such charitable causes.

In line with these objectives, the Foundation are also currently aiming to financially support foodbanks in responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

Value Notes

There are two levels of grants available:

  • £100 to £5,000 for local community groups and UK registered charities. If applying for a grant under £5,000, applicants must have a Cadent employee’s sponsorship, and Cadent Foundation must be the sole funder of the project.

  • £5,000 to £100,000 for UK registered charities, Community Interest Groups (CICs), and not-for-profit organisations.

Who Can Apply

Local community groups, registered charities, Community Interest Groups (CICs) and not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply, as long as their proposed project is within Cadent’s region (West Midlands, North West England, East of England and North London).

Applying organisations must:

  • Have been in operation for more than two years.

  • Be able to provide their annual accounts exhibiting their total income.

  • Have a bank account with dual signatories for transfer of funds.

Registered organisations must have been registered with the Charity Commission for a minimum of two years at the time of application.


West Midlands, North West England, East of England and North London


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Animal groups.

  • Projects for the benefit of individuals.

  • The purpose of repaying loans.

  • Sponsorship of events or activities.

  • Religious or faith-based groups.

  • Overseas travel or groups.

  • Political or lobbyists groups.

  • Sporting groups.

  • Natural disaster relief.

  • Heritage and historic buildings.

  • Projects that are not sustainable.

  • Refurbishment of buildings (community spaces may be considered).

  • Schools.

  • Medical costs/projects.

  • Projects that are outside of Cadent’s region (West Midlands, North West England, East of England and North London).

Eligible Expenditure

Grants are intended for projects which fall within the Cadent Foundation’s following objectives:

  • People - projects that help alleviate the suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations.

  • Environment - projects that will help protect and preserve the environment.

  • Communities - projects that provide a better and healthier community to live in and use.

The Foundation seeks projects which fulfil the following priorities:

  • Impact – projects that can demonstrate their positive impact.

  • Sustainability – projects that will have a lasting effect and can be sustained after the funding is finished.

  • Innovation – projects which take an innovative approach to address the objective areas of people, environment, and communities.

How To Apply

Applications are now open, with a deadline of 31 May 2020.

Applications should be submitted via the Cadent Foundation’s online application form. Applicants can expect a decision within 12 weeks.

The online application form and a set of guidance notes are available on the Cadent Foundation website.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Julia Dwyer
    Cadent Foundation
    Prologis Park
    Central Boulevard
    CV7 8PE
    Email: [email protected]

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