Give Local

Give Local Grants Programme

Give Local

Less than 1% of UK charities - those with multi-million pound incomes - receive more than 50% of charitable donations in the UK. The smallest charities in the UK are doing amazing work in local communities: feeding hungry families, getting people off the streets, supporting parents with disabled children and much more, but do not attract donations easily. Many are operating at a loss as a result of public spending cuts which means that vital community work is affected.

United Way UK is building support for local people, through these local charities, with the pioneering and award-winning Give Local programme. Give Local is funded through payroll giving by local employees, who are giving back in the communities where they live, work, and raise their children.

In the UK fewer than 4% of people give to charity through their net pay. Give Local combines community impact with employee engagement for maximum benefit to local communities, and attracts an average participation rate of 34%, which is growing year on year.

Payroll giving maximises donations through tax-relief. It is the most efficient and economical way to give to charity, since donations are made pre-tax, easing the tax burden for donors.

Community organisations

If you are a community organisation and would like to apply for a Give Local grant, please read the following:

  • The application process for the next Give Local grants will open in June 2020 and all community non-profits are welcome to apply. You will find the link to the application form on this page closer to that date.

  • Give Local grants are designed to support small community organisations

  • We support organisations whose work addresses our priority areas of health, education, and financial stability

  • Grants start from £1,000

If you would like to apply for a Give Local grant, please click here.

Corporate partners

The award-winning Give Local programme is available to all companies interested in:

  • Making a difference in the communities where they do business

  • Providing a platform for their employees to support the causes they care about whilst benefiting from tax relief on donations

For more information, please contact