10 Feb Funding Information as of 10th February 2021
10th February 2021 – The following have been added or have approaching deadlines
- A B Charitable Trust Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights
- Anchor Foundation Funding for Christian Charities Promoting Social Inclusion
- Barchester Charitable Foundation Grants to Help Older People or Adults with Disabilities Lead More Fulfilling Lives
- The Clothworkers Foundation Grants Available for Capital Projects Benefiting Disadvantaged People
- Feminist Review Trust Grants of up to £15,000 Available for Projects that Support Women
- Home Office Safer Street Fund (Closing date 25th March)
- Ironmongers Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential
- “I’ve got an Idea” Fund Opened 8th February 2021
- KFC Foundation Funding for Projects That Assist Disadvantaged Young People (Closing date 28th February)
- Matthew Good Foundation Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People, or the Environment
- MSE Funding for Financial Literacy Closes 26th February or at 40 applications
- The National Churches Trust’s Gateway Grant Programme Opens for Applications
- The National Lottery Community Fund – Growing Great Ideas Programme
- Paul Hamlyn & Comic Relief Funding for Not-for-Profit Organisations to Develop Digital Services
- Ragdoll Foundation Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children
- Rosa and Smallwood Trust Women Thrive Fund (Closing date 25th March)
- Southend Emergency Fund – Funding for Southend Groups Available Now
- Swimathon Foundation Funding to Support Swimming Organisation Affected by the Covid-19 (Closing date 26th February)
- Tesco Bags of Help Grants Reopens
- Trusthouse Grants for Projects Supporting those in areas of Extreme Deprivation
- Veolia Environmental Trust Grants Reopened 4th February 2021
- Youth Covid-19 Support Fund (Closing date 19th February)
- Youth Music Network Funding for Music Making Projects for Young People in Challenging Circumstances
Good Finance Covid-19 Resource page for Charities & Social Enterprises
This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19.
Grants Online Covid-19
No login details required to access this information. A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Below you will find a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available. This list will be updated over the next few days and weeks as and when information becomes available. https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html
Linkedin Charity Funding appeals and information
Southend Borough Council
Contact your commissioner or SAVS for more information on how to access support.
The following is a link to business rate grants.
A further group of businesses can now apply for funding aimed at helping those businesses whose finances have been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Southend Borough Council Business Grants to support 30% of costs for Business Growth Initiatives
The South East Business Boost (SEBB) programme has secured further funding to extend the delivery of business grants to Small Medium Enterprises(SME’s). These grants are non repayable and cover 30% of the costs incurred by a business to implement business developments that will generate business growth and employment. Applications must be made and approved before costs can be incurred.
From 15th June 2020, the popular 30% Growth Grant of between £1,000 and £10,000 can be accessed by Essex SMEs who have not received any other type of support from the SEBB programme to date.
- WHAT IS THE GROWTH GRANT?
- A 30% Grant for eligible Essex SMEs who are in the position to or are planning to carry out a Growth project.
- WHO CAN ACCESS THE GROWTH GRANT?
- The Growth Grant is available to support eligible small to medium enterprises and trading sole traders whohave not previously received support via the SEBB programme and require funding for their specific eligible Growth project.
- HOW MUCH GROWTH GRANT FUNDING CAN ELIGIBLE SMEs ACCESS?
- The total Growth Projectcost must be between a minimum of £3,333 and a maximum of £35,000. The SME would self-fund 70% of the project cost and the Growth Grant would fund the remaining 30% from a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £10,000.
- HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE GRANT APPROVED?
- Approximately as little as 8 weeks.
- NEXT STEPS – TELL ME MORE!
- If you would like more information in relation to this Growth Grant, please email email@example.com:
o your name
o business name and address
o confirmation that your business is registered or that you can provide trading evidence (for sole traders this would be business bank account details/HMRC number)
o phone number
o confirmation that you have not received any support previously via the SEBB programme.
The Grants Officers look forward to hearing from you and will endeavour to contact you within 5 working days of receipt of your email.
Southend Emergency Fund – Funding for Southend Groups Available Now
Funding is available from Southend Emergency Fund for groups of all sizes and even those who have applied previously to spend as soon as possible on…
- Activities and purchases needed to support the continued challenges of lockdown and recovery from it.
- Funds to support families with children under 18 with food and fuel costs.
- Fund to support the health and wellbeing of those clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) from COVID-19.
Applications received by Tuesday 12pm, are reviewed Wednesday morning with funds and decisions shared within the week. Groups can reapply every 4 weeks for further support. Examples of previously funded projects include;
- Food vouchers for young people.
- IT equipment for those isolated without internet access.
- Care packs for vulnerable people living with mental health issues.
- Mobile phones to support remote working during lockdown.
The application process is simple and effective with a simple application form – for support in completing it or to chat about your idea for funding email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essex Community Foundation – Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme
Grants of up to £15,000 are available through the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme to help voluntary and community organisations that are in crisis as a result of the pandemic and need emergency funding to keep vital services running. Priority will be given to those delivering vital services to older and vulnerable people, organisations helping to relieve pressure on public services and those co-ordinating a local community response.
Fowler, Smith and Jones Trust
The Trustees meet three times a year, to consider applications. The meetings take place in February, May and September.
Applications are divided into the following categories:
The Trust does not fund:
Direct replacement of statutory funding or activities that are primarily the responsibility of local or central government are not considered to be qualifying areas for awards by the Trustees. The Trust provides grants to institutions which are in the main UK based charities, and whose objectives comply with the Trust’s criteria. It is noted that the recipients themselves are thus regulated to ensure they operate for the public benefit.
If you would like to discuss a potential application, please email and we will call you back.
Alix Mason email@example.com
Penny Langran firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Coronavirus Emergency Community Fund
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council’s Coronavirus Emergency Community Fund. £10,000 has currently been set aside for the fund, from an existing volunteer programme but Council will consider further funding in due course if necessary.
External not-for-profits groups/organisations along with charities, are welcome to apply for grants from £250 up to £1000, to directly help support residents within Leigh. Additional applications can also be made again where proof of expenditure is provided.
Applications cannot be considered from political parties, commercial organisations or for projects that benefit individuals, private businesses, projects that fall outside the Town Council remit, or those that improve private land or property.
Grants will be reviewed within one week of being received by a panel of Councillors.
Full details of the application criteria and how to apply can be found on our website at http://www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk/emergency-community-fund
South East Creative Grants for businesses
We know that many businesses in the creative sector, as with many others, are finding this an extremely difficult time. South East Creatives has been supporting companies to develop their businesses and we will try to continue to do this. We have found ways to move many of our workshops and mentoring programme online so that they can be accessed remotely. We will also continue to offer our Top-up and larger grants.
The grants can be used to buy new equipment, to work with a consultant, perhaps on a new website or for training. For top up projects of between £3000 to £4000 it’s a simple application process to get back 35 per cent of your spend as a grant. For example, a £3000 spend would give you a £1050 grant. We can also support larger grants up to a value of £20,000.
We appreciate that for many people this is a time of trying to stay safe and struggling with loss of income, so developing your business may not be your top priority.
If you would like to look at a grant or find out more about the workshops and mentoring please get started by confirming you are eligible for a grant at southeastcreatives.co.uk
A Better Start Community Ideas and Development Fund
At A Better Start Southend we know local people can make great things happen. We are investing over ten years to improve the lives of Southend’s very youngest residents; and we’re working with local people every step of the way.
Our Community, Ideas and Development Fund (CID Fund) enables community-led change. It helps support community groups, organisations and individuals who have a great idea about how to make lives better for Southend’s young children and their families.
With the excellent expertise from SAVS supporting you all the way through the application process, and regular reviews with the A Better Start Southend team to aid your success, your project could be a fantastic addition to the local offer for families around Southend.
Take a look at the details below, and for more information, contact email@example.com.
A B Charitable Trust Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights
UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants of usually between £10,000 and £20,000 through the A B Charitable Trust. The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT) was set up in 1990 and supports unpopular causes that champion human dignity and to focus on small and medium-sized charities working close to the ground.
Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support:
- migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
- criminal justice and penal reform
- human rights, particularly access to justice
The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links.
The next closing date for applications is the 25th April 2021. http://abcharitabletrust.org.uk/application.htm
AllChurches Trust Funding to Extend the Reach of Christian Organisations
Funding is available for Christian organisations to significantly extend their reach to a greater number of people who will benefit from their work.
Allchurches Trust’s Transformational Grants Programme provides funding for major, multi-year capital projects and equipment. This year the Trust will also fund salaries and other revenue costs.
In addition to meeting the Trust’s core criteria for the award of a grant, applicants must demonstrate how their project will achieve as many as possible, and ideally all, of the following criteria:
- Significantly extend the organisation’s reach to a greater number of people and/or over a wider geographical area, and increase the scope of its work
- Make a vital difference in enabling the organisation to realise its overall vision and strategic aims
- Lead to a significant step-change or growth for the organisation – numerically and spiritually
- Benefit not only the immediate organisation but other similar organisations and/or the wider community as well
Churches, cathedrals, Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply and are encouraged to explore partnerships and shared learnings that will benefit the Christian sector. There is no maximum grant, but only a limited number of grants are awarded each year. Applications can be made at any time.
Allen Lane Funding for Community Cohesion Projects
The Allen Lane Foundation’s Social Cohesion Programme, provides funding to support local communities in breaking down barriers and reduce tensions between different groups of people, and help to build a more cohesive and inclusive community. The aim of the funding is to:
- Proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area
- Proactively promote the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals in the life of the local community
- Fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”.
The Foundation is seeking applications from community-led grassroots groups and organisations which have a focus of work being at a very local/community level, which could be a housing estate or distinct community. The Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently.
Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively and the Foundation is keen to support communities in coming up with their own solutions to local issues of division. New initiatives, those that may have been tried before or are on-going, are considered as long as the work has lasting benefits for those people the projects are aimed at.
No minimum or maximum grant levels are published. In 2018, of the 153 grants awarded 112 were single grants with the remainder being for two or three years. The majority ranged from £750 to £15,000 with recipients including:
- Shelley Over 60’s Club – £4,000
- South Tyneside Prison Matters – £1,000
- Manchester Refuge Support network – £9,935
Trustees meet to discuss grant applications three times a year, generally in February, June and October.
Potential applicants need to check their eligibility. Once this has been confirmed they will be directed to the application form. http://allenlane.org.uk/social-cohesion-programme/
Alpkit Foundation Funding to Support Grassroots Organisations During the Coronavirus
In response to the coronavirus, The Alpkit Foundation are prioritising funding to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the crisis.
Grants are available to grassroots organisations serving those affected by the outbreak. Funding can provide support for activities which might include
- helping vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating,
- supporting the homeless,
- providing access to food, medicines or social care,
- supporting foodbanks,
- increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries,
- bringing exercise indoors.
Applications up to £500 can be made at any time and will be checked on a daily basis.
Anchor Foundation Funding for Christian Charities Promoting Social Inclusion
The Anchor Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 per year to Christian Charities that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts. Funding can be awarded for up to three years.
The Foundation will consider applications for either capital or revenue funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will grants be given for building work.
Previously funded projects include:
- The Karis Neighbour Scheme which received a grant of £700 for revenue costs at a drop-in centre for women refugees in Birmingham.
- Discovery Camps which received a grant of £1,500 to subsidise holidays for children arranged by churches in and around Dundee.
- Scargill House which received a grant of £5,000 to facilitate cross cultural engagement and understanding amongst children using arts based residential courses in Yorkshire.
The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2021. http://www.theanchorfoundation.org.uk/
Anglian Water is working with fifteen Community Foundations in the East of England, East Midland and Yorkshire to allocate their £1million Positive Difference Fund to support communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic. Charities and community organisations who are supporting vulnerable people who are isolated, considered high risk and in need of practical support can apply to their local Community Foundation. Half of the fund is being made available immediately, with the remaining half released later in the year to meet emerging needs from the fallout from the pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply to their local Community Foundation for grants of up to £5,000. Projects could include support for foodbanks, services which tackles homelessness, and which provide groceries and/or ready-made meals. Larger grants may be available for groups working in partnership. Essex Community Foundation
Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund Funding for Projects that Address Severe Learning Disabilities
The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of severe learning difficulties, including autism for both children and adults.
General grants are made to cover capital projects and core costs to include staff costs, general running and office costs at charitable organisations, schools and centres.
Projects funded include:
- Capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools
- Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
- Play schemes and play therapy schemes
- Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
- Support for families, including respite schemes
- Independent living schemes
- Support in the community schemes
- Snoezelen rooms.
Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Funding in the past has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.
The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st March 2021.
Applications for £10,000 and below are considered under the Small Grants procedure and can be submitted at any time.
Barchester Charitable Foundation Grants to Help Older People or Adults with Disabilities Lead More Fulfilling Lives
Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a grant giving charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales to lead more fulfilled lives and reach their full potential.
The Foundation’s focus is on connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community, helping combat isolation and loneliness and enabling people to be active and engaged.
Funding of between £100 and £5,000 is available for individuals and small community groups to help improve people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. Individual applications must be completed by a third-party sponsor such as a health care professional, social worker or charity/support group representative.
Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, with funds allocated to those who demonstrate greatest need.
The Barclays Foundation – COVID-19 Community Aid Package
The Barclays Foundation have announced a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package – The package consists of two strands. £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees’ personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK. barclayscovid-19-community-aid-package/
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme
The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme which supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family is currently open for applications from referral organisations that will be able to apply for grants on behalf of families or young people.
The fund will cover the purchase of critical items such as:
- Gas or electric cookers
- Essential household items
- Furniture and kitchen equipment
- Children’s beds and bedding
- Washing machines
- Fridges and freezers
- Baby equipment
- Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations.
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme can no longer award grants for laptops, iPads and toys & games. The temporary funding for these items has now been fully allocated.
Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs. The referrer’s organisation should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on behalf of the BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme.
Funding is also available to families affected by the recent severe flooding.
The Emergency Essentials Programme is currently operating as normal and we aim to process applications within 10 working days. https://www.familyfundservices.co.uk/emergency-essentials/
BBC Children in Need Grants to Support Disadvantaged Children
Not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and poverty and deprivation.
The funding is available to:
- Charitable incorporated organisations and Scottish charitable incorporated organisations;
- Community interest companies (CIC) limited by guarantee;
- Companies limited by guarantee with a clause in their governing document preventing distribution of profit (including social enterprises);
- Housing associations;
- Industrial and provident community benefit societies;
- Registered charities;
- Religious institutions;
- Special schools – These are provisions for children with learning difficulties or disabilities which cannot be met within a mainstream setting
Projects funded through BBC Children in Need aim to make a difference in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.
The closing date for applications is 11.30 am on the 12th April 2021. https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/covid-19-funding-streams/#block_5fb6f7f9a91f3
Big City Capital Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for Charities & Social Enterprises
In response to the coronavirus, Social Investment Business have launched a Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for social enterprises and charities which have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. The 25 million fund provides emergency loans of between £100,000 to £1,500,000 without requiring personal guarantees and charging no interest fees or interest for twelve months.
The £25m is part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.
The Fund is intended to provide working capital until normal business can resume for organisations that are facing financial difficulty. Loans could be used to cover delays in trade payments, or for business modification to meet increase in service demand.
The initial £25 million has been provided by Big Society Capital, with loans backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
The closing date for applications is 31st March 2021. https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/resilience-and-recovery-loan-fund
British Red Cross Launches Hardship Fund
The British Red Cross are providing financial support to help the most vulnerable financially impacted by the covid-19 crisis. The British Red Cross Hardship Fund provides short term financial help for individuals who can’t afford essentials such as
- Food and toiletries
- Somewhere safe to sleep,
- Access to a telephone and the internet
- Fuel to keep the lights on, cook or stay warm
The fund aims to help people who can’t afford the essentials because they have:
- No income or welfare support
- Delays to accessing income or welfare support
The money will be delivered on a pre-paid card by either a one-off payment of £120 or a three-month grant of £360 which will be paid in three monthly instalments of £120. Families with children or other dependents can receive up to three grants, for a total of £1,080 over the three months.
The British Red Cross will be working with statutory and voluntary partner organisations to ensure we are helping the people in greatest need but will only accept referrals from official Referral Partners who are registered with the Hardship Fund. https://hardshipfund.redcross.org.uk/
Projects through online grant applications:
People – Projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations; Environment – Projects that will help protect and preserve the environment; Communities – Projects that provide a better and healthier community to live in and use. Grants can be applied for up to £100,000 by UK charities or groups* with charitable purposes. https://cadentgas.com/cadent-foundation/
Cavell Nurses – Grants designed to help nursing and midwifery professionals support their living costs like rent and utility bills
Childs Charitable Trust
The Childs Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust, supporting Christian UK registered and excepted charities and organisations both in the UK and overseas. During 2017 the Trust awarded grants to 81 different organisations all based in the UK but operating in more than 100 different countries worldwide.
Please note: The Trustees do not currently accept funding requests for:
- New builds, repair, refurbishment, renovation projects, or fixtures & fittings.
- Salary costs for Youth workers.
- Street Pastors/Wardens
- GAP Year projects.
Projects will be considered that fall into the following categories:
- Youth – the trust looks to support projects working in schools and with vulnerable and disengaged young people in the UK. Supported activities may include RE Lessons; School Assemblies; Lunchtime/After school clubs; Evangelism; Personal Development Programmes; Homelessness Prevention.
- Outreach – the trust works to share the gospel of Christ by supporting all aspects of Christian outreach both in the UK and overseas and can fund, for example, Church Plants; Overseas Mission; Training in Evangelism; Chaplaincy.
- Society – the trust believes people of faith bring a valuable contribution to social action and justice and support initiatives that have a positive impact in their society. Grants could support, for example: Counselling; night shelters; alcohol/drug rehabilitation; homelessness; or prison/ex-offenders work.
- Education – the trust supports initiatives involved in all areas of Christian education including Bible Translation; Media Initiatives; Bible Colleges; Literature; Apologetics.
- Applications received in September, October and November will be considered for the January trustees’ meeting
- Applications received in December, January and February will be considered for the April trustees’ meeting
- Applications received in March, April and May will be considered for the July trustees’ meeting
- Applications received in June, July and August will be considered for the October trustees’ meeting
The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP)
We are now suspending applications to our emergency capital programme in order to process the high volume of those already received. We will provide a further update on the programme after outstanding grant assessments have been completed. If you have already started an application, it can still be submitted. https://www.clothworkersfoundation.org.uk/clothworkers-emergency-capital-programme/.
The Clothworkers Foundation Grants Available for Capital Projects Benefiting Disadvantaged People
The Clothworkers Foundation awards grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools).
Grants are awarded towards capital projects and may cover the cost of:
- Buildings: Purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment.
- Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment: Including (but is not limited to) office equipment/furniture, sports/gym equipment, digital/audio visual equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment.
- Vehicles: Including a minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, or 4X4 (new vehicles are unlikely to be funded).
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the work of the organisation fits within one or more of the Foundations programme areas which are:
- Alcohol & substance misuse
- Disadvantaged minority communities
- Disadvantaged young people
- Domestic & sexual abuse
- Older people
- People with disabilities
- Prisoners & ex-offenders
- Visual impairment
Applications can be made at any time. The Foundation aim to make a decision within eight weeks for grants and projects less than £10,000 or within six months for grants over £10,000. https://www.clothworkersfoundation.org.uk/what-we-fund/#open
Co-op Group Covid-19 fund to support communities
The Co-op Group has launched a Members’ Coronavirus Fund to support foodbanks, a funeral hardship fund and community causes.
Co-op Covid-19 Fund
Some of the money that is raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline of the response to the Coronavirus, who are able to reach some of the most vulnerable people, likely to be affected. If you are one of Comic Relief’s funded partners, please do get in touch with your contact person to talk through how this is affecting your work and your teams. We really want to see how we can support you at this very difficult time.
Comic Relief Community Fund Launched
Comic Relief has launched its Community Fund. Grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000 can apply for funding to help them develop their organisation through a Capacity Building Grant of up to £500 or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant of up to £4,000.
The grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:
- Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
- Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women and girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender or sexuality.
- A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
- Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.
This new funding programme aims deliver long lasting community driven change.
Both funding programmes accept applications on a rolling basis and there are no application deadlines.
Administration of the local funding is being managed by community charity, Groundwork https://www.groundwork.org.uk/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/
Common Call Grants Programme
Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to UK based social organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black that have a positive impact on deprived communities and are providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financially.
The grants are specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities so that they are able to survive and even thrive in the COVID period.
The funding aims help grantees:
- Get better informed about their options (moving to new methods of delivery) post-COVID19.
- Develop new enterprising activities and earned income strategies.
- Test the viability of specific propositions.
- Develop clear implementable action plans for such activity.
This is a flexible fund that can be spent on anything that will help organisations best deliver impact to their beneficiaries. The funding is being made available by Do it Now Now’s Common Call Covid Fund.
Do it Now Now is an innovation organisation committed to bringing social empowerment to Black communities across the globe. https://www.commoncall.fund/
Emergency Funding to Help Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers Affected by the Coronavirus (Currently paused)
In response to the coronavirus, Hope for the Young have launched a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support vulnerable young refugees or asylum seekers up to 30 years of age who are in need of immediate financial support.
Grants of up to £250 will be available for up to twelve weeks and will be allocated on a case by case basis to help relieve social isolation and financial hardship. Funding is available to help with costs such as purchasing food, medication and toiletries, and essential utilities.
The fund is open to external applications, however, in the first instance, priority will be given to young people receiving support from the Hope for the Young who meet the fund criteria. Hope for the Young aims to respond to all applications within one week of receipt to discuss the application further.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
For further details about the Emergency Relief Fund please contact the Grants and Advocacy Coordinator Pamela: Email: Pamela@hopefortheyoung.org.uk Telephone: 07448 155126. https://hopefortheyoung.org.uk/covid-19-emergency-relief-fund/
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Strategy
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is launching a new strategy, which will focus on three interdependent aims:
- Improving the natural world:
- Tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future;
- Creative, confident communities.
Under the new strategy, the Foundation will be providing larger and longer-term grants of over £30,000, as well as social investments of between £100,000 and £2 million to charities or initiatives with ideas working towards these aims. The new strategy is supported by the need to tackle structural inequality, racism and the causes and impacts of climate change.
Funding can be used to cover core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads. Collaborative approaches are encouraged.
Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time.
Fat Beehive Foundation – Funding to Improve Online Digital Presence for Small Charities
UK charities can apply for funding of up to £2,500 to help them improve their online digital presence. The Fat Beehive Foundation awards small grants to charities with an average income of less than £1 million a year to support hard-to-fund digital expenditure that other funders will often not cover.
Funding will help organisations to build websites and apps, digitise services, and purchase digital products. Priority will be given to projects which focus on
- environmental protection or climate change mitigation,
- human rights,
- international development,
- equality and diversity,
- social justice / refugees / housing,
- art and culture,
- health and wellbeing,
- prisoner rehabilitation.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis at quarterly trustee meetings. https://www.fatbeehivefoundation.org.uk/what-we-fund/
Feminist Review Trust Grants of up to £15,000 Available for Projects that Support Women
The Feminist Review Trust has announced that grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects both in the UK and internationally that support women and girls.
Applications will be particularly welcome from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas:
- Lesbian and transgender rights
- Violence against women and girls
- Disabled women and girls
- Refugee women and girls
The closing date for applications for the current funding round is the 30th April 2021. http://www.feminist-review-trust.com/
Ford Britain Trust Small Grants Programme Open for Applications (Closing date 28th February)
The Ford Britain Trust’s small grants programme has re-opened for applications until the 31st January 2021. Through the small grants programme registered charities, Schools/PTAs (Non-fee paying, state sector schools only) and non-profit organisations can apply for grants up to £250 for projects that:
- Benefit the local community/environment;
- Work with young people/children;
- Promote education/schools (mainstream) as well as special school
- Promotes the teaching of Engineering
- Support special educational needs and people with disabilities.
Grant applications will be considered for projects being undertaken/expenditure being made in all UK postcodes however locations near Ford Motor Company Limited / FCE Bank plc UK operations are given a higher weighting.
- Essex (including East London)
- Bridgend (South Wales)
Exceptions may be made for initiatives in which Ford Motor Company Limited employees and retirees are involved. Grants made by the Trust are usually one-off donations for a specific capital project or part of a project, typically items of furniture and equipment.
The Trust also operates a large grants programme for amounts over £250. The large grants programme is currently closed for applications. https://www.ford.co.uk/experience-ford/about-ford/ford-britain-trust
The Fore Transformational Grants for Small Charities and Not for Profit Organisations
From Spring 2021, The Fore is returning to its standard offer of grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. The Fore make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. Transformational impact includes helping an organisations become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind.
The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.
Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply. https://www.thefore.org/applying-for-funding/
The Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme
The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Foyle Foundation Re-opens its Main Grants Programme
The Foyle Foundation, which is one of the UK’s largest grant making charity, has announced that its Main Grants Programme has re-opened for applications to support charities with a core remit of the Arts or Learning.
Within the Arts programme, the Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. The Foundations seeks to support organisations to stabilize and recover from the impact of Coronavirus.
Within the Learning programme, the Foundation will support projects which facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and learning and which have a long-term strategic impact. Key areas for support are libraries, museums and archives; special educational needs; projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue. This might include environmental improvements to save energy and lower carbon emissions where a cost benefit can be demonstrated; projects and activities which increase access and widen the diversity of attenders/visitors.
In light of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Foundation has revised its criteria and will change to make one-year grants only (no multi-year grants) to charities that can demonstrate ongoing financial stability for the next 12 months from the date of their application. In addition, more grants will be available to cover core costs, favouring those charities with no, or without significant, public funding.
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available and applications can be submitted at any time. There are no application deadlines. http://www.foylefoundation.org.uk/how-to-apply/
Friends of the Elderly – Grants for Older People on Low Incomes
Small grants of up to £500 are available to support vulnerable older people living on low incomes in England and Wales.
Friends of the Elderly currently have four grant streams open for older people who are of/over state pension age, have savings of less than £4,000, and who do not fit the criteria for other funders:
- Home Essentials to help with the cost of replacing everyday items, small home repairs and mobility adaptations;
- Digital Connection to help older people get online;
- Financial Support to help with unexpected bills;
- Essential Living Costs including clothing, food, medicines and books.
Applications must be made via a third-party Referral Agent such as charities, local authority and social services representatives.
Applications can be made at any time, but resources are limited. https://www.fote.org.uk/our-charity-work/grants-2/
Gamesys Foundation Funding to Alleviate Mental Health Issues
The Gamesys Foundation is a newly formed charity, set up by the Gamesys Group to alleviate Mental Health Issues. Funding is available to charities and other not-for-profit organisations with an income of more than £50,000 who support individuals suffering from mental health issues, as well as those who focus on research in the mental health field. The Foundation will also consider funding for other types of organisation so long as they can be proven to have an impact with regard to mental health, support, and treatment. Funding comes from both corporate contributions and employee initiatives.
There is no minimum or maximum grant amount and applications can be made at any time. https://gamesysfoundation.org/
Greggs Foundation – Local Community Projects Fund Currently Closed
Funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other support to schools and community hubs. Give As You Live – cancels donation fees for food banks.
Groundwork & One Stop Support the Elderly
Groundwork and One Stop Stores have teamed up to deliver the One Stop Community Partnership Programme to support groups and organisations who are working to tackle food poverty or supporting the elderly within the local community.
One Stop convenience stores will create partnerships with local community groups or charities across England, Wales and Scotland to provide support for local good causes which could include funding, volunteering, fundraising and awareness raising.
Applicants are encouraged to visit their local One Stop store for more information. https://www.groundwork.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/national-grants/one-stop-community-partnership/
Help the Homeless Grants up to £5,000 (Closes 15th March 2021)
Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium-sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1 million) whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.
Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people.
The grants are available for capital costs and examples of previously supported projects include:
- The Booth Centre, an advice and activity centre for homeless people in Manchester, where people undertake education and training courses as well as receiving advice and food, received a grant of £1,500 to transform the centre with new lighting, a new water heater and new decoration.
- A grant of £3,000 to the Amber Foundation to enable the Foundation to buy new bedroom furniture for their residential centre in Devon, where every year over 60 unemployed, homeless young people are able to rebuild their lives and gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills for independent living.
The closing date for the next round of funding is the 15th March 2021. http://www.help-the-homeless.org.uk/applying-for-funding/
Henry Smith Charity – Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives
The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations (charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises) that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
The charity has six funding priorities that describe the work they support and how they want to bring about change for the most disadvantaged people in the greatest need. These are:
- Help at a critical moment – Helping people to rebuild their lives following a crisis, critical moment, trauma or abuse.
- Positive choices – Helping people, whose actions or behaviours have led to negative consequences for themselves and others, to make positive choices.
- Accommodation / housing support – Enabling people to work towards or maintain accommodation.
- Employment and training – Supporting people to move towards or gain employment.
- Financial inclusion, rights and entitlements – Supporting people to overcome their financial problems and ensure that they are able to claim their rights and entitlements.
- Support networks and family – Working with people to develop improved support networks and family relationships
Grants can cover running costs, salaries and project costs for organisations that can demonstrate a track record of success and evidence the effectiveness of their work. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 – £2 million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5 million).
Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.
Henry Smith Strengthening Communities
The Strengthening Communities grant programme (up to £20,000 per year for a maximum of three years) is designed to support small community-led charitable organisations (with an income between £20,000 – £500,000) working at grassroots level. Through this grant programme The Henry Smith Charity wants to make sure that their funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty.
The Henry Smith Charity funds established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for organisations that are embedded within their communities and are addressing local needs.
The Strengthening Communities grant programme funds work that enables:
- People from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
- People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
- A stronger, active, more engaged community.
Deadline: Continuous rolling basis – reviewed within six months.
For more information and how to apply please click here.
Hilden Charitable Fund – Funding for Community Based Projects
The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants of an average of £5,000 to causes working at community level in the UK and developing countries which are less likely to be able to raise funds from public subscriptions.
Current UK funding priorities are:
- Penal Affairs,
- Asylum Seekers and Refugees,
- Community-Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25.
Overseas, Hilden concentrates on projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health and particularly welcomes those that address the needs and potential of girls and women.
Only applications submitted on the form supplied on the website will be considered.
Hilden accepts applications at any time. http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/
Home Office Safer Street Fund (Closing date 25th March)
The Home Office has launched a new funding round through the Safer Street Fund. A total of £20 million is available to police and crime commissioners (PCCs) and local authorities across England and Wales to fund crime prevention plans in neighbourhoods affected by high levels of neighbourhood crime, such as burglary and robbery.
The fund aims to:
- reduce neighbourhood crime in areas that receive funding, making residents safer and reducing demand on the police
- build evidence to strengthen the case for future investment in targeted crime prevention
- grow local capability to undertake data driven problem solving approaches to crime prevention
Successful areas will receive grants of up to £432,000.
The deadline for bids is midnight on 25 March 2021. Bidders will be informed whether they are successful by the end of May 2021. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safer-streets-fund-application-process
Ironmongers Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential
Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme.
Projects must meet all the following criteria:
- For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
- Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills
- Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale
- Are within the UK
The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Projects could, for example:
- support special educational needs,
- address behavioural problems
- promote citizenship, parenting or life skills.
Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.
The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2021.
“I’ve got an Idea” Fund Reopened 8th February 2021
This Fund reopened on 8th February. “I’ve got an idea” is a micro fund for individuals (or small groups or organisations) who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out.
We are looking for ideas…..
- That are based on a novel technical idea.
- That would deliver a social or environmental benefit.
That are intriguing, inventive and have an element of fun.
The fund offers grants ranging from £250 to £5k. Once the fund’s allocation has been used, it will be closed for applications until the funding pot has refilled. It is not our normal practice to provide part funding to larger projects.
This is a doing fund. We only fund the costs of making and/or testing the idea itself. We do not cover payment for people’s time or marketing/promotion costs.
Applicants must be resident in the UK.
John Lewis new community support fund
A £1m Community Support Fund will be available to communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.
Kennel Club Grants
KFC Foundation Funding for Projects That Assist Disadvantaged Young People (Closing date 28th February)
Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available for projects which empower disadvantaged young people in the UK to fulfil their potential.
The funding is being made available through the KFC Foundation and is available to local charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs and associations that have a turnover of less than £300,000 which have a local KFC restaurant in their community.
The KFC Foundation welcomes funding applications from organisations which:
- Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
- Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e., care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
- Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
- Are local to a KFC restaurant? (Find Your Local KFC)
- Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of our funding being received.
Expressions of interest must be submitted via a two-minute video and a short expression of interest form by the 28th February 2021.
Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19 Closed
The Consortium for stronger LGBT+ Communities has announced that due to an overwhelming demand, the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme is now closed for applications, except those organisations based in Wales or Northern Ireland. https://www.consortium.lgbt/NETFund/
Marsh Christian Trust Grants to Cover Running Costs for Small Charities
The Marsh Christian Trust was founded in 1981 with the sum of £75,000 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE. His aim was to create a sustainable way to give something back to society by supporting organisations and people who are making a difference.
The Trust supports around 300 charities every year and focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.
Applicants must be a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. This does not include Community Interest Companies (CICs). Charities will be working in the areas of:
- Arts and heritage
- Social welfare
- Environmental causes and animal welfare
- Education and training
Charities must have been established for more than one financial year and able to provide a full set of their most recent Annual Report and Accounts, or the equivalent financial information if their annual income is under £25,000.
Grants are unrestricted and range from £300 to £2,000 with new applications at the lower end of this scale.
Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.
Applications can be submitted at any time. https://www.marshchristiantrust.org/grants/
Matthew Good Foundation Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People, or the Environment
The Matthew Good Foundation has launched a Grants for Good Fund to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community, or the environment.
The Fund will share £10,000 between five shortlisted projects, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £1,000.
As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation are keen to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running.
To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.
Funding is awarded every three months and the deadline for this funding round is the 15th March 2021. https://www.matthewgoodfoundation.org/grantsforgood/
MSE Funding for Financial Literacy Projects Closes 26th February or 40 applications
The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme has re-opened for applications. The MSE Charity gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.
In this funding round, grants of up to £7,500 will be available for projects aimed at the under-25s. The idea is to teach and develop their financial life skills, to help them thrive in these turbulent economic times.
Organisations that are eligible to apply include Registered Charities, Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and other not for profit companies and Credit Unions.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 26th February 2021 or earlier if the charity has accepted 40 applications. It is advised to apply early in the month to ensure that application is considered.
National Churches Trust Maintenance Grants for Churches
Churches can apply for grants of up to £500 (excl. VAT) towards the cost of building’s maintenance services. The grant will cover up to 50% of the cost of works.
Churches are only eligible to apply for a Preventative Maintenance Micro-Grant if they book one of the following services through the Maintenance Booker website:
- Rainwater goods maintenance;
- Lightning protection system repairs;
- Asbestos removal;
- Masonry repairs and high-level maintenance.
The National Churches Trust accepts applications from listed and unlisted churches, chapels and meeting houses of any age, as long as they are open for regular public worship and are located within an area covered by Maintenance Booker services.
The funding is being made available through the National Churches Maintenance Micro-Grant Programme and applications can be submitted at any time. There are no application deadlines. https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/preventative-maintenance-micro-grants-apply
The National Churches Trust’s Gateway Grant Programme Opens for Applications
Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK towards developing a church building project. This includes Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses. Funding can also be used for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects.
The National Churches Trust’s Gateway Grant Programme also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church trusts:
- To fund projects that support organisational development,
- To increase their capacity to support churches in their area.
- That deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area.
All grants will represent a maximum of 50% of the net project costs.
The deadline for applications is midnight on the 13th May 2021. https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/gatewaygrants
National Lottery Community Fund has Reopened
The National Lottery Community Fund has reopened its larger grants programme.
Larger grants are made through a variety of programmes that cover every nation within the United Kingdom. This kind of flexible, longer-term funding is aimed at organisations whose ambitions are shaped by the people they serve.
Applications are open to all organisations that meet their criteria.
And with the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, we’ll continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19.
Find out more here https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/over10k
National Lottery Community Partnership Fund
Not for profit organisations such as community organisations, charities, schools and social enterprises in England can apply for grants of over £10,000 for up to five years to the National Lottery Community Fund’s Partnership Fund. The aim of the fund is to help local organisations develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and growing new and existing partnerships with other organisations. This can involve area-based partnerships or communities of interest.
Funding is available to:
- build strong relationships in and across communities
- improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.
During the current Coronavirus crisis, The National Lottery Community Fund will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19. Support is available to:
- continue to deliver activity to existing users, responding to the immediate crisis or undertaking recovery activity
- change and adapt, becoming more resilient in order to respond to new and future challenges.
The grants can be used to fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. A total of £40 million is available this year.
The Big Lottery Fund will support ideas that meet one or more of their three funding priorities:
- Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
- Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
Organisations eligible to apply include:
- Voluntary and community organisations
- Registered charities
- Social enterprises
- Groups of organisations, as long as they are led by a voluntary and community organisations or social enterprise
- Statutory bodies (including town, parish or community councils)
- Community interest companies (with two or more directors).
Applications can be submitted at any time. https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/partnerships-england#section-2
The National Lottery Community Fund – Growing Great Ideas Programme
The National Lottery Community Fund’s Growing Great Ideas Fund has £25 million available to fund projects that support long-term societal change. The Growing Great Ideas programme is part of the UK Portfolio. The UK Portfolio is where the National Lottery Community Fund explores new approaches, experiments with how to do things differently, and look to fund work that is more future focused.
The Growing Great Ideas Fund wants to invest in different combinations of people, communities, networks and organisations over the long term that demonstrate an ability to seed and grow alternative systems, develop, and test new ways of building a stronger civil society, and to learn and adapt as they go.
This could involve developing new ideas on how the economy could work or how society could be organised. Grants of up to £150,000 are available. Groups, networks, or partnerships, etc can apply for grants of up to £150,000.
Lead organisations need to be a:
- Registered charity
- Community interest company
- Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
- Community benefit society
- Co-operative society (if it has a not-for-profit clause)
- Voluntary or community organisation
- Statutory body (including town, parish and community councils) – They can be part of the initiative but not lead it
- Company limited by guarantee (if it has a not-for-profit clause).
The minimum length for projects is two years. Funding can be available for up to ten years in some circumstances.
Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis. https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/growing-great-ideas#section-1
National Zatak have 2 funds available.
• Apply to our Hardship Relief Fund for essentials such as food, clothing and small debts.
• Apply to our Housing Fund for help with rent or council tax arrears.
Paul Hamlyn & Comic Relief Funding for Not-for-Profit Organisations to Develop Digital Services
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief have announced that from the 7th January 2020, not-for-profit organisations in the UK will be able to apply for grants of up to £70,000 through the Tech for Good digital development fund ‘Build’ programme.
The funding will be available to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services during the Covid-19 crisis. The funding is being made available through the Tech for Good digital development fund ‘Build’ programme.
Over £1 million will be available to individual not-for-profit organisations or those working in partnership to define, test and develop user-centred digital solutions to create more impact for the people they work with. Applications that aim to adapt or re-purpose existing technology are also eligible for funding.
The programme aims to fund a portfolio of digital projects at different stages of development, and will support a range of digital interventions.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief are also interested in applications from partnerships between multiple not-for-profit organisations of different sizes and backgrounds that aim to work together to address or improve a service delivery problem in their areas of work. https://www.phf.org.uk/news/paul-hamlyn-foundation-and-comic-relief-launch-tech-for-good-digital-development-fund-build/
Pet Rescue Funding to Support Organisations Affected by the Coronavirus
Pet rescue organisations can apply for funding to help support rescues throughout the short- and medium-term impact of the coronavirus. Through the Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme, charities and not-for-profit organisations which rescue and rehome pets or provide temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners can apply for funding of up to £10,000 or up to 30% of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount.
Funding must have a direct impact on animal welfare and can be used to cover vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries of animal care staff, utilities and consumables. Priority will be given to organisations whose medium-term survival is at risk.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. https://www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk/grant-programme/
Power to Change – New Fund to Support Community Businesses Affected by the Covid-19 Crisis
Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England, is launching a new £5 million package of support to enable community businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis to adapt, renew and rebuild their businesses so they can remain financially viable and best serve their local communities during the pandemic’s ‘new normal’.
The Community Business Renewal scheme is the second part of Power to Change’s £12million response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In April 2020, the trust announced rapid emergency funding to support community businesses during lockdown.
The Community Business Renewal scheme has been designed by Power to Change based on evidence and input from partners and community businesses themselves. It aims to support community businesses in a variety of ways and working with partners it will include:
- A new fund offering unrestricted grants supporting resilience, renewal and restructure of community businesses
- Capacity strengtheningsupport to help community businesses increase knowledge, resilience and equip themselves to ‘re-boot’ successfully
- Two match-funding programmes to support community businesses with different types of fundraising
- Tailored support to help community businesses protect community assets
- A programme of work highlighting the role community business can play in the economic recovery
£5million fund entrepreneurs aged 18 to 30, grants and tailored support to maintain core business operations, as well as meet any existing financial commitments.
Ragdoll Foundation Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation. The Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. A variety of art forms can be supported including dance, drama, ceramics, creative play, film, music, puppetry and storytelling. Supported projects need to support equality of opportunity, can include families and take place in rural or urban settings and may be delivered, for example, in children’s and community centres, nurseries, schools and hospitals.
Funding is available through two programmes:
- Main Grants Programme (formerly Open Grants Scheme) – Grants of £1,500 to £50,000 are available for new, larger or longer-term projects. Projects can last for up to three years. There is a two-stage application process. Stage1 applications to the main grants programme are assessed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.
- Small Grants Programme. Organisations can apply for up to £1,500 for small, one-off projects, pilot projects, or research and development projects lasting up to 6 months. The next deadline for applications is the 7th May 2021.
Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.
Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.
Examples of grants awarded include:
- Dance in Devon, £20,550 over 2 years to deliver ‘All Aboard’, a new inclusive dance project for very young disabled and non-disabled children and their families.
- Discover Story Centre, Stratford, £30,988 over 2 years to expand the scope and scale its work with children 0-3 years old by creating 8 original story productions.
- The Paper Birds Theatre Company, £21,102 over 1 year to develop ‘In the Red’, a performing arts project for up to 60 young people, ages 11-18 to take place across SW England, in collaboration with 3 regional theatres.
The applications forms can be downloaded via the Ragdoll Foundation website. http://www.ragdollfoundation.org.uk/portfolio/grant-giving
The Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants Programme – Currently Closed until 2021
UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation – Pebble Small Grants programme.
To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £150,000, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.
Applications can be submitted at any time. Please note that the Foundation do not publish deadlines or maximum amounts as this is dependent on the number of applications received.
Organisations can only apply once every 12 months regardless of the outcome of their application.
Any applications received after early October 2020 will be seen in the January 2021 meeting. https://rankfoundation.com/pebble-grants/
Rosa (UK) – Update 24th June
Applications suspended: Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)
We made the difficult decision to suspend applications to our Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) due to the incredibly high number of applications received. This also means decisions will take slightly longer than originally anticipated, but we’re doing our very best to respond to all those who applied as quickly as we can. You can expect to hear from us soon as we announce the first round of grantees.
We’re therefore calling for additional funding to enable us to get money to more specialist women’s organisations. You can donate to our Covid-19 Response Fund here, and we’d appreciate you forwarding this email to anyone who might be able to help.
Screwfix Foundation Re-opened
The Screwfix Foundation has re-opened for applications from charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve the properties and community facilities of those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage throughout the UK.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for all kinds of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.
Applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. https://www.screwfix.com/help/screwfixfoundation/
Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK – Currently suspended
In addition to our regular funding streams, which have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, we’ve opened a £16.5m Return to Play Fund.
There are three parts to this new fund – Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding, which has been extended – with all three now focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.
They’ll do this by supporting groups and organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, people on lower incomes, those disproportionately affected financially as a result of the pandemic, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, and those experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities since the pandemic began. https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds
Sport England Return to Play: Community Asset Fund
Sports clubs, local authorities, schools, and community organisations can apply for grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help clubs and community groups through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to return to play.
The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund provides capital funding, to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely. The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play.
Priority will be given to:
- Projects located in areas of high deprivation
- Organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus.
- Organisations that don’t have a significant level of reserve funding available to utilise.
Applications can be submitted at any time. https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/return-play-community-asset-fund
Swimathon Foundation Funding to Support Swimming Organisation Affected by the Covid-19 (Closing date 26th February)
Swimming and aquatic clubs and organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for grants of between £250 and £1,000 through the Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund 2.0.
Funding is available to help cover loss of revenue or fixed costs such as equipment or pool hire and event hosting fees for an event which has now been cancelled. Priority will be given to organisations who were not eligible for and have not received funding from the first round of the Fund or from any government funded organisation.
Applications which relate to the financial impact for the period of the 1st November 2020 to the 31st March 2021 will be considered.
The deadline for applications is the 26th February 2021.
Tesco – £30 million support for local communities, including £25 million food donations programme. Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund grants of £500, including women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, social isolation groups, schools, charities supporting the elderly. https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/tesco-community-grants/
Tesco Bags of Help Funding
Community groups and schools can now apply for funding of up to £1,000 for projects in England, Wales and Scotland that benefit their local community.
The funding has been made available by the Tesco’s Bags of Help programme which is administered by Groundwork and can cover a broad range of projects. Examaples include:
- Equipment or non statutory services for nurseries or schools eg Forest schools, library books
- Equipment for Brownie, Guide or Scout Groups eg camping equipment, badges
- Environmental improvements
- Play areas
- Counselling and support services
- Activities to support mental health
- Activities or equipment to reduce social isolation
- Equipment/kit for sports teams
- Services or equipment to support health issues such as cancer or dementia
Equipment for village/community halls
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every three months. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £1,000.
The type of organisations that can apply include:
- Voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies),
- Health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs, NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust),
- Parish/Town Councils,
- Local authorities
- Social housing providers
Since the Bags of Help programme began in 2016, over 27,000 projects have been supported with more than £80 million in community grants. https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/tesco-community-grants/apply-for-a-bags-of-help-grant/#more-2418
Support for Theatre professionals
Tree Planting Grants
Schools and Community groups within the UK can apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in tree and hedge planting and care this winter (November 2020 – March 2021).
The funding is being made available through the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund. Applications will be considered as they are received and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within four weeks. There is no deadline for applications, but applicants must ensure that they can plan and execute their project, and claim the funding upon completion, by the end of March 2021.
In addition, free tree packs are available for schools supported by the Tree Angel Orchards Fund. Schools can register to hear when applications open.
Trusthouse Grant Schemes for Projects Supporting those in areas of Extreme Deprivation
- Single year grants between £10,000 and £100,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs or
- Multi-year grants for a maximum of 3 years, not to exceed £100,000 in total over this period, for core costs, salaries, running or project costs
Organisations should have a focus on Family Support
Single year grants between £2,000 and £10,000 for core costs, salaries, running and project costs
Projects must have a focus on Community Support
The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK.
Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. We particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. We want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and to fund effective organisations working to high standards.
Our ability to be flexible can mean that we are well-placed to support organisations which are in transition, whether they are entering a period of growth and development or are responding creatively to challenging circumstances. https://tudortrust.org.uk/how-to-apply
Veolia Environmental Trust Grants Reopened 4th February 2021)
Our Community Grant Scheme is available to constituted not-for-profit organisations and local authorities. Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available to create or improve buildings or outside spaces for the benefit of the community.
Volant Trust Announces Launch of Covid-19 Response Fund (Opened 1st August)
The Volant Trust has opened its Covid-19 Response Fund. The Trust is accepting applications from registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations or social enterprises in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Funding is available to support running and core costs as well as for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.
There are no funding levels indicated at the award of grants will be at the discretion of the Trustees.
To receive a decision by October 2021 applications must be submitted between 1st January and 31st July 2021.
Windrush Community Fund Opens for Applications
Community group, charities and grass root organisations can apply for funding to raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme, the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.
A total of £500,000 is available; and eligible organisations can apply for grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 for activities including:
- holding events;
- producing and distributing marketing materials;
- accessing and using communication channels;
- and securing support from partners.
The funding is being made available through the Home Office and managed by Voice4Change England.
There is a two-phase application process. Phase 1 applications are open until the 12th February 2021. Phase 2 applications will open on the 1st April 2021 and close on the 30th June 2021. Organisation successful in phase 1 will not be able to apply for funding in phase 2. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-windrush-community-fund#north
Woodland Trust Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools
The Woodland Trust has thousands of free tree packs to give away to community groups and schools. The trees are available for planting on an area that is accessible to the public so that it can be used and enjoyed by others. If applying as a school, trees should be planted on either the school grounds, land the school has arranged regular access to or in an area that is publicly accessible.
Applications for a tree pack for a community group need to:
- State that the land is accessible to the public
- Make sure the local community is aware of the plans to plant and is happy for the project to go ahead.
- Be an application for up to 420 trees in each application cycle or season.
There are two delivery periods per year in November and March, when the trees are dormant and perfect for planting. Tree packs can consist of:
- Hedging to make a natural screen or connect existing woodland to help wildlife stay on the move
- Copse to create a mini forest school classroom or a peaceful spot that’s an oasis for birds
- Wild harvest an array of fruits and nuts
- Year-round colour for beautiful blossoms, bright berries and stunning autumn displays
- Working wood to fuel a log burner in 7-10 years, or to carve or weave willow
- Wildwood to establish food and shelter for wildlife
- Urban trees for residential areas with limited communal space
Applications are currently being accepted for trees to be delivered in March 2021. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities/
Woodward Charitable Trust
The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charitable organisations (charities, social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK and can make grants for overseas projects usually via UK charities. Priority is given to projects that make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate, ensure that funds awarded are being well used and fall within the following areas:
- Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour. This covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community;
- Disadvantaged families, this covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects and would also include projects that benefit travellers, ethnic minorities and refugee families;
- Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoner’s families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.
Three types of grant are awarded:
- Small grants (under £3,000)
- Large grants (over £3,000) – these are usually given to charities known by the Trustees
Yapp Charitable Trust
Small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19, grants up to £3k. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40k; core costs and staffing.
Youth Covid-19 Support Fund (Closing date 19th February)
The purpose of the fund is to help mitigate lost income incurred by youth groups over the winter months. You can apply for costs from 1 November 2020 – 31 March 2021. Detailed below are a few examples of eligible costs;
- Utility Costs
- Facility or equipment hire
- Core staffing costs (including casual workers)
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 19 February 2021, to read the full guidance and access the application form click here.
Youth Music Network Funding for Music Making Projects for Young People in Challenging Circumstances
Organisations – including Schools and Education Trusts- working with children and young people that are disadvantaged, disabled or face other barriers to music education. can apply for grants of between £30,001 and £150,000 for music-making projects.
Funding is also available for workforce and organisational development activities to promote a relevant, diverse, and inclusive music offer for all children and young people
Projects should be co-designed by children/young people, and support one or more of Youth Music’s priority areas. These are:
- Early years
- Disabled young people
- Young adults
- Youth justice system
- Young people facing barriers
- Organisations and the workforce
Organisations that are applying for a schools-based programme for pupils at Key Stage 1 or above, please note that Youth Music will not fund the following:
- Whole class tuition on the same instrument or group of instruments (e.g. strings)
- Individual tuition fees for young people to learn an instrument
- Work in secondary schools where there is no employed music teacher.
- Music curriculum activities that could be supported through Department for Education funding
- GCSE Music or A-Level Music
The grants are made available through the Youth Network Fund ‘B’ and expressions of interest should be submitted by 5pm on the 7th May 2021. https://network.youthmusic.org.uk/fund-b
Funding for Christian Projects Focusing on Improving Young Peoples Lives
Grants of up to £25,000 are now available to churches and Christian organisations to help them connect with children and young people and forge lasting links with families in their area. Support is available for projects that focus on improving the lives of young people (aged 0-18) and encouraging church growth as young people discover faith for themselves and begin to play an active part in church communities.
Examples of the types of items that can be funded include:
- Musical instruments for a junior choir;
- Soft play sessions for toddlers and;
- Transforming an under used room into a chill out zone for young people.
The funding has been made available by the Allchurches Trust under the Growing Lives programme. Applications are accepted at any time. Every application is reviewed by Trustees and a decision communicated within three to six months. https://www.allchurches.co.uk/growinglives
Funding to Help Religious Organisations Support Communities Affected by Coronavirus
In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making grants of up to £50,000 available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need within communities across the UK & Republic of Ireland.
The Hope Beyond Programme will look to address three themes:
- Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed. This could include enabling improved accessibility to buildings/activities, including making buildings COVID-19 safe for access – as long this is to enable new and/or enhanced support to be offered.
- Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, including the provision of mental health and wellbeing support groups and 1:1 counselling for people of all ages (including clergy).
- Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience, particularly increasing digital capacity and provision, and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.
Grants are available to help fund:
- Capital costs, such as adaptation of buildings and the purchase of equipment
- Project-related salaries and some other revenue costs (to the end of 2021), such as training of staff and/or volunteers, hire of buildings and/or equipment, and promotion and marketing of new activities
The amount awarded will depend upon the cost of the project and (where applicable) the level of need in the community (which will be assessed based on applicable deprivation indices), ranging from 10% of project cost through to 80%.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and there is no fixed deadline while funds for the programme are still available.
Funding to Support the Most At-Risk Young People Affected by the Covid-19 Crisis
The 7stars foundation exists to support the most challenged, at-risk young people in the United Kingdom. In July The Foundation is launching an unrestricted Charity Support Fund for UK charities with a turnover of less than £1.5m, who are working with at-risk young people affected by the covid-19 crisis.
The funding will be made available across the themes of
- and for those who are supporting young child carers.
The charity is offering grants of up to £2,500, which can be used for overheads, salary costs, and/ or wherever else the organisation needs to apply the money to ensure its survival and sustainable services in the future.
To apply, applicants are encouraged to email the Foundation. https://the7starsfoundation.co.uk/