These grants are for smaller charities whose annual income is between £25,000 and £500,000
Small grants are unrestricted and do not have to be used on a specific purpose, although we do ask grant recipients to report on how they used the funding.
Small grants range from £1,000 – £5,000 per year, for up to three years
The total amount of the grant requested must not exceed 20 per cent of the total income of the charity, averaged over the past two years.
These grants are for larger charities whose annual income is between £500,000 and £5 million.
Large grants are restricted for specific projects with defined goals and budgets, and may be spent on, for example, salaries, equipment, training, monitoring and administration.
Large grants usually range from £10,000 to £60,000 in total. This can be spread over one to three years.
Key Areas of Focus
Grants can be offered to charities/projects that are focusing on:
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
For Early Years applications beneficiaries must be aged 0-5 years. For Domestic Abuse and SEND applications beneficiaries must be children and young people aged 0-18, or up to the age of 25 years for beneficiaries with SEND.
This may also include family or carer support as long as the ultimate beneficiaries are the children and young people.
There is no age restriction for Dementia applications.
Charity eligibility requirements
Grants are only made to charities / projects whose beneficiaries are in England and Wales
Charities must be registered with the Charity Commission or relevant Central registry of the respective Guernsey, Jersey or Isle of Man’s government
Charities must have at least one year of independently examined or audited accounts published on the Charity Commission website for the registered charity number they are applying from
What the MCF will not consider grants for
Arts and heritage
Routine delivery of the National Curriculum in schools
The sole aim of promoting civil liberties and human rights
Political or lobbying activities
Contributions towards new build and/or large scale capital projects, e.g. building a new hospice wing
Capital repairs and/or maintenance of existing buildings
Hospital equipment, such as MRI scanners
The promotion of any religious doctrine
Contributions to general appeals
Charities from which the MCF will not consider applications
Current active MCF Small or Large grant holders
Charities whose previous Small or Large grant ended less than 2 years ago
Charities who have submitted an expression of interest within the last 12 months
Umbrella organisations coordinating fundraising on behalf of others
Third parties seeking funding or organisations coordinating funds on behalf of others
Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies or Community interest groups, or exempt charities.
Hospices (see our Hospice programme)
Schools (for routine delivery activities to non-priority groups)
Nurseries (for routine delivery activities to non-priority groups)
Hospitals (for routine delivery activities to non-priority groups)
Churches or other religious institutions
Regional / local branches of Home-Start. This is because the MCF currently has a major partnership with Home-Start UK which is dispersing funding nationally.