People’s Postcode Trust

Grants available for: Projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
Size of grants available: up to £2,000 for organisations that are not registered charities; up to £20,000 for registered charities.
Next deadline: TBC 2017

Aims of Fund

People’s Postcode Trust exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. It will also consider projects which help different communities come together for the benefit of their local area.

People’s Postcode Trust seeks to help find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its consequences, by, for example, equipping people with the skills, knowledge and resources that they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as needs associated with ethnicity, geography, gender, age, disability, educational and skills attainment.

Who can apply

People’s Postcode Trust aims to fund grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses seeking to effect positive change within their local area. You can apply to People’s Postcode Trust if you are one of the following:

  • Constituted voluntary and community organisation
  • A registered charity
  • A Community Interest Company

Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity can apply for £500 – £2,000 in funding. Applications in the following categories will be considered:

  • Co-operatives
  • Not-for-profit companies

How much and what can you apply for

Between £500 and £20,000. Organisations that are not registered charities can apply for up to £2,000.

Assessment criteria include:

  • The project has to have a clear charitable purpose and show visible results within 12 months of receipt of grant payment.
  • The organisation MUST be a fully constituted body with an organisation bank account.
  • All funding must be spent within 12 months of the date received and applicants must be able to provide receipts for items over £50, equaling the total amount awarded.
  • The project MUST demonstrate a sustainable impact beyond its original duration.
  • All registered charities, with an income above £25,000, should have a financial reserves strategy in place.
  • Projects that are creative, far-reaching and will leave a long-term impact once completed stand the best chance of being successful. This can be evidenced in your application by requesting equipment or resources that will last beyond the duration of funding.
  • They especially welcome applications for projects that are focused on improving life for disadvantaged groups and encouraging their inclusion within society whilst fulfilling the activities the Trust supports.

Things that they don’t fund

People’s Postcode Trust will not accept applications for projects that:

  • Request sporting kit or equipment or sports related projects.
  • Community development projects including: community centre renovations; activities aimed at involving isolated groups within the community; and activities promoting a community’s social history.
  • Improve green-spaces; improve habitats; enhance or protect biodiversity

If your project fits within the above themes, please refer to Postcode Community Trust and Postcode Local Trust.

A full list of exclusions, and guidance on the pricing of items in your application, is included in the guidance notes.

How to apply

Online application form. See contact details below.

Deadlines for application

Now closed for 2016. 2017 deadlines likely to be announced in late 2016.

Contact details

For queries:
Trust Helpdesk on 0131 555 7287 or email
For further guidance notes and the application form:

Date & initials

10/10/2016 RR