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Here are the details on how to apply to the Edge Fund. We look forward to hearing from you!

1. Read our funding criteria and values statement

Please read our funding criteria and values statement to make sure that you are eligible to apply, and to help you fill in the application form.


  • We are a very small fund. The maximum grant you can apply for is £3,000 for groups and £1,000 for individuals.
  • Unfortunately, we can not fund groups or individuals outside of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Your application will be read by our 100+ members, and may be shared with other applicants if your application is short-listed.
  • If you have applied before and been unsuccessful please get in touch before applying again.
  • We welcome feedback on our application process. Please complete this survey to let us know about your experience of applying to Edge Fund.

2. Download and fill in the application form

Please keep your application to a maximum of 1000 words and within two pages of A4. Here is an example group application to give you an idea of how to fill it in.

3. Get in touch if you need any support to fill in your application

Please get in touch if you need support to fill in this application form for any reason. For example, if it’s your first time applying for funding, if you’re unsure of what is required or you face other challenges, (e.g. English is not your mother tongue), if you have impairments or any accessibility issues. We have members who can assist you, please get in touch.

4. Send us your completed application form before midnight on the 3rd July 2016

Email your completed application to (without the dashes) or call 0776 712 6915 or 0300 123 1965 for help submitting an application. If you would like to post the application please let us know.

5. Next steps with your application

  1. We will confirm all applications received a day or two after the deadline, if you’ve not received confirmation of receipt after this, please get in touch.
  2. The deadline for submitting applications is midnight on the 3rd July 2016. After the deadline members will collectively short list the applications. Short listed applicants may need to provide more details – we’re available to help with this process where needed.
  3. Decisions on which applications are funded are made collectively and democratically. You should hear from us in around 2 months after the application deadline if you have been short-listed for funding. We will be in touch during this time to give you a better idea of when you will hear from us.
  4. If your application is successful, and you have applied for more than £1500 we will invite you to our funding day, where members and applicants democratically decide which organisations get the larger grants. This will be in the Autumn. For information about how this works, see our report on last years funding day.
  5. Reporting back: Its not a requirement, but if you have been awarded money from the Edge Fund, we would love to hear how your work has benefited from the grant: Here is some information on reporting back about your Edge Fund grant.
  6. Feedback: We do not provide feedback about your application automatically at the end of a funding round, but if you would like some get in touch once the funding round is over, and we will provide that.

6. Please help us spread the word about Edge Fund

Please help us spread the word about Edge Fund, especially if you work with groups who do not usually have connections to funding sources. We’re a new organisation, and whilst we’ve taken time to figure everything out so far, we recognise there’s still lots of work to do; we’re ever-evolving so please feel free to get in touch with any suggestions, particularly about how we can make funding more accessible.

If you’d like to take part in deciding how funds are distributed, please apply to become a member.

You can find out more about the values underpinning the application process by reading the following pages:

28 Comments leave one →
  1. Ayiah Jahan permalink
    October 15, 2012 8:58 am

    I think this is potentially an explosive idea and I hope that black marginalised groups will be better represented as funding recipients as it has been well documented how badly black groups fare in the traditional funding structure.

  2. November 8, 2012 6:59 am

    Will there be opportunities to engage with the Fund for groups based outside of UK? We are from Central Asia.
    Thank you

    • November 8, 2012 10:35 am

      Yes! We aim to fund internationally soon. Sign up to the website and you’ll receive notification of when we do.

      • November 8, 2012 11:26 am

        this is amazing! our group really needs resources and support for radical activism, we have just learned about your fund, singed and following your work. Thank you for for raising awareness and politisizing justice funding. In solidarity!

      • November 15, 2012 8:22 am

        Hi, its great to learned that you are making plans to fund internationally as well esp in Africa where gender injustice is a daily occurrence and a living reality. We will be pleased to benefit from your support and working together to better our world. Cheers! In solidiarity

  3. November 11, 2012 11:57 am

    This is great. We’ve just sent in an application. Until now, groups like ours (Real Fathers for Justice) could only get funding if we compromised our ideals.

  4. November 15, 2012 2:22 am


    Wishes from K. Amirthalingam.

    I am happy to read about your fund and welcome about your EDGE FUND . I have just learned about your fund, really amazing. We are small group working in India our group really needs resources and support for radical activism. Our organization shall glad follow your words, suggestions and ideas. I am really standing before you and obey all your terms and conditions and I help you spread the word about Edge Fund in our country and our stakeholders, perhaps our organization Association for Social Solidarity and Empowerment Training Trust (ASSET) from India especially do not usually have connections to funding sources.

    Thanking you,

    K. Amirthalingam,
    Project Director – Association for Social Solidarity and Empowerment Training Trust (ASSET)

  5. November 15, 2012 10:34 am

    Sindh Community Foundation is based in Hyderabad of Sindh province of Pakistan, we are working on social justice for women and youth in rural areas, we are requesting to work in Pakistan

  6. November 15, 2012 2:56 pm

    am reading this from uganda, with anti homosexuality bill in the parliament it goes minus saying the inequities in our country and even worse still when you operate in a rural settings, Rainbow Foundation Mbarara, a small lgbti rural grass root based with ideals to change the society we live in with awareness that are present and normal
    edge fund we cant wait to hear from you

  7. Kelli permalink
    November 15, 2012 4:55 pm

    can other groups from Europe operating globally apply for the funds!

    • November 15, 2012 7:31 pm

      I’m afraid we’re not funding groups outside the UK just yet, but hopefully soon. Sign up to the newsletter and you’ll receive notification of future rounds.

      • November 20, 2012 9:22 pm

        This seems very interesting. I am keen to have more information about this funding. Regards

  8. Rachel permalink
    November 29, 2012 1:04 pm

    Can we apply for more than one project idea?

  9. March 7, 2013 8:09 am

    The LGBT community in Jinja Uganda have real needs and need your help. The LGBT people who are living in hiding and fear lack even the basics of life. They are not free people and can’t provide for themselves. Stand with me and try to put a smile on their faces (not to mention save their lives). Your donation goes towards medication, feeding, housing and the payment for the related bills and costs. Click here to make a donation. Every dollar counts and can make a big change.

  10. Anonymous permalink
    March 11, 2013 10:25 am

    I just received this email informing us about your fund, it is really encouraging to know that you accept applications from small groups, I am member of Women lead group which has been formed recently to support African women specially Somali women both here in Wales and in Africa. We really could do with your support and resources to help those disadvantaged communities to improve and change their life through our empowerment projects.
    Many thanks

  11. Revolting permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:51 am

    This is just excellent. Congratulations on a brilliant idea!

  12. April 29, 2013 1:16 pm

    Drats, just found out about this a week too late for the current round – roll on July :D

  13. Frances Leader permalink
    June 27, 2013 11:36 am

    I would like to apply for help campaigning against the cuts in benefits imposed by the present government. I have attended many protests recently & have impoverished myself & am in severe debt. I went to Trafalgar Square with 99% against Austerity, to Watford to demonstrate against the Bilderberg Group, to Ireland to demonstrate against G8. I receive JSA & cannot live on the benefit. I will soon become homeless. I am 61 years old, clean living & desperate for work. I have been put on a Work Programme and that does NOTHING to help. I write many letters to the PM, DWP & even the Queen. I never get replies.

  14. mary nakamba permalink
    September 18, 2013 7:13 am

    can we apply from Africa countries

  15. amrit paul Kaushal permalink
    June 27, 2014 6:38 pm

    I think it an amazing venture to promote Positive Action in favour of groups who lack skills to compete mainstream organisations. it will help black young and elderly people get some sort of funding to learn new skills, develop confidence and compete with mainstream organisations on equal basis. it is strange that it is the first time i became aware of it where as many other people seems to be involved in this scheme since 2012.

  16. July 3, 2014 9:14 am

    We are a group of 15 pensioners who like to think that we are working to prevent isolation and loneliness. Would it be possible to get a hard copy of the information on your website and an application pack so that we can organise an application?
    Des Halestrap
    53 Clewley Drive
    WV9 5LB

  17. July 8, 2014 3:18 pm

    This is excellent idea, funding the radical activism the need of the hour, people who work genuinely for the justice and equality and human rights are discouraged and discriminated in the mainstream so-called change-making organisation. I am fighting caste based discrimination in India, i myself is an injured party of caste based discrimination, when i questioned and injustice done to me, i was removed from the employment in ActionAid India. I found that you shared the link to my article Caste Discrimination in Modern Workplaces: The Case of ActionAid India – Published in under Diversity/ power issues within movements and NGOs. Thanks for this

  18. July 10, 2014 9:35 am

    Great News for small community groups . I work with children from BAME communities we help them to bridge the language gap between parents , grandparents , distant families who are not well versed in English language. Instead of teaching English to elders we teach Urdu, Bengali and Arabic to children so they can communicate effectively with their families and stay in touch with their roots and be proud of their culture and tradition. Can we apply for this fund?

  19. August 29, 2014 11:23 am

    Delighted to read about this innovative way of supporting small groups who are striving for social justice. We are a group of survivors of bullying both in workplace homes and community. We provide a support network that enables targets to survive the cancer of bullying. we meet weekly and break the silence that supports the perpetrators and paralyses the targets into becoming allies in this destructive behaviour. 78% of self harm and self destruction have endured bullying and this is a major factor in people taking their own lives.

    Our message is STOP treat people kindly and respectfully it costs nothing to be nice.

  20. yasinto stephen permalink
    March 26, 2015 8:51 pm

    thanks for such great idea

  21. April 21, 2015 6:09 pm

    Your generosity will help us:
    *Increasing recognition to policy makers, professional care providers, and the public of the social land economic impact of long term care.
    *continue our innovate services , visiting the patients at their place,at centers, escorting them to hospitals , encourage them to get treatment, comfort them, .
    *improve the emotional and physical well being of family caregivers and their loved ones.
    *educate the family how to deal with patient in case of crisis.
    *teach family caregiver different skills to enable them get a little income, imagine a poor caregiver family without any is hard, we need your charitable contribution which will play an important role.

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