Grants for Good

Making a positive difference to communities, people & the environment

Grants for Good is our first fund that invites local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that have an average annual income of less than £50,000 to apply to us for funding.

What is the Grants for Good Fund?

Every three months, we’ll share £10,000 between 5 shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.

Since 2011, the Matthew Good Foundation has empowered employees of the John Good Group to support many good causes in the UK and around the world by nominating good causes for funding. However, in 2021, our tenth year, we wanted to extend our impact and allow small charities, community projects and social entrepreneurs to come straight to us.

To stay true to our ethos of donating funds to causes close to the hearts of our members, every three months, five shortlisted projects will be voted for by John Good Group employees. These five charities will all receive a share of £10,000 – the more votes a cause receives, the bigger the donation. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of  £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000 and fourth and fifth place will both receive £1,000.

Charities and projects are welcome to apply all year round, and your application will be considered in the next funding round. Funding will be awarded every three months, in April, July, October and January, with an application deadline of the 15th of the month before. Eg. for the April round, applications will close on the 15th March, for the October round, applications will close on 15th September.

Who can apply?

Your application must be on behalf of a local community group, charity, voluntary group or social enterprise that has a positive impact on communities, people or the environment and has an average income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

We want to make it easy for very small charities or new community interest companies to apply, so organisations/groups do not need to be a registered charity, however, you will need to have a bank account in your organisation’s/project’s name such as a community bank account. We are not able to provide funding to personal bank accounts.

How to apply

We don’t want small charities to be intimidated by lengthy forms to complete – so we’ve kept the online application form straightforward. We’ll need your contact details, a brief outline of the organisation’s work, and how you’ll use the funds. We’ll also need a reference from someone not involved in the project, but with enough knowledge of what you do to support your application.

If you have any problems applying using the online form, please email michelle@matthewgoodfoundation.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve answered our most frequently asked questions below, but if you can’t find the information you need, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

How will you assess my application?

Once you submit your application, it will be assessed by our team. The team will look to understand from your application if it meets our requirements and demonstrates the positive impact it will have on communities, people or the environment. All grant applications are made subject to a review of the organisation’s/project’s reputation and activities, and we may be in touch if we require further information to assess your application.

If your application is shortlisted we’ll be in touch to let you know the good news. 

Details of all the finalists will be shared with John Good Group employees who will show their support by voting for them online.

Once the vote is confirmed, we’ll be in touch to tell you how much funding your organisation/group will receive. We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 12 weeks.

Will I need to provide a report to the Foundation on how the grant was used?

If successful, all we ask is that you provide feedback to us to let us know how the grant made a difference to your cause so that we can understand our impact and share your story to help raise awareness of your charity/project. This can be in the form of a video, photos or short stories to show how the grant has benefitted your project and its beneficiaries.

What types of causes are not eligible for a grant?
We do not make grants directly to individuals. Other areas that we do not fund include:
 
  • Activities that promote political or religious beliefs.
  • Sponsorship/fundraising events.
  • Applications for sports clubs, such as amateur or private sports clubs or sponsorship.
  • Applications from organisations that have an income of over £50,000 in the last 12 months. 
Do you support small UK registered charities which operate overseas?

Yes, we actively encourage applications from UK registered charities that operate overseas.

Application Form

By completing this form, you are consenting to the data you provide being processed and stored by the Matthew Good Foundation in accordance with the Foundation’s Privacy Policy. By applying to the Matthew Good Foundation, you are agreeing for the Foundation to use your details to contact you in the future with the details provided in the application form.

Applications on behalf of individuals will not be accepted. Only one application every twelve months will be accepted, however, unsuccessful applications may be resubmitted for future rounds.

Organisations will be notified of any decision via e-mail. All funding decisions are final.

Need help with your application?

If you need help with your application or have any questions about Grants for Good, please contact Michelle Taft on michelle@matthewgoodfoundation.org

Our last round of grants were awarded in June to

Harry's HAT

Harry’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust (Harry’s HAT) was founded in 2018 to help children and their families affected by Hydrocephalus (water on the brain). Harry’s HAT aims to make life better for children and their families affected by Hydrocephalus by working towards a cure.

Mind Moves

Mind Moves is a mobile mentoring service, taking place from a car or on a walk while on the move, to support people with their mental and physical health and guidance around better decision making. It is a referral service to support people from 11 years to adults who need a little extra support or guidance.

Yorkshire Rewilding Network

Whether you’re actively rewilding or learning about it for the first time, their Yorkshire Rewilding Network is a place to share ideas and experiences, find out about projects near you, learn more about ways that you can get involved and be inspired to take action.

Freely Fruity

A group of volunteers that got together in March 2020 after realising the demand for fresh food within the local food banks was growing daily. They started to grow from seed fresh fruit and vegetables to supply the local food banks and schools projects within Reading and Wokingham area and want to expand to other areas across the UK.

Khushi Kantha

Khushi Kantha aims to create opportunities for mothers in Bangladesh by using their existing embroidery skills to create products that are marketable in high-income countries such as the UK. Every purchase will empower a mother in Bangladesh to provide for her children with dignity and contribute to the circular economy.