04 Nov Funding Information as of 4th November 2020
4th November – The following have been added or have approaching deadlines
- Essex Violence & Vulnerability Unit (VVU) Community Grants fund (Closing date 19th November)
- Co-op Funding for Organisations Tackling Food Poverty (Closing date 13th November)
- Ford Britain Trust Large Grants Programme Re-opens for Applications
- Friends of the Elderly – Grants for Older People on Low Incomes
- Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund Opens for Applications
- Peter Sowerby Foundation- Funding for Charities to Adapt Services to Respond to Covid-19 (Closing date 16th November)
- B&Q Funding to Improve Homes & Community Spaces
- Childs Charitable Trust
- Energy Saving Trust Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers
- Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Strategy
- Masonic Charitable Foundation – Funding to Support Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Older People
- Masonic Charitable Foundation – Funding to Help Disadvantaged Young People and Children
- Smallwood Trust – Women’s Sector Resilience Fund (Closing date 6th November)
- Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund – Big Society Capital (Closing 13th November)
- Garfield Weston – New £25 Million Fund to Support Cultural Organisations
- Rank Foundation – Time to Shine
- Grants to Improve and Develop Cycling Facilities (Closing date 16th November)
- UK Power Network Grants to Combat Fuel Poverty & Improve Energy Efficiency (London, the East and South East of England) Closing date 15th November
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.
Shared Space stores have restarted their Boost Fund Grants.
Each charity shop awards £150/month to a local group or organisation typically within two miles of the premises. The Shared Space shops are looking to fund creativity, life giving activities, and things that injects a positive vibe into the local community.
Beneficiaries of grants will predominantly be people in low income ‘households’ or activities benefiting those people.
Organisations do not need to be formally constituted to apply and can do so once a year and will normally not have received a grant from Southend Emergency Fund which is another grant programme under the auspices of Shared Space.
Apply by visiting a store and collecting an application form.
Shared Space, 453 London Road, Westcliff.
Shared Space, 593 Southchurch Road, Southchurch.
Southend Emergency Fund – Open for donations
We have created an emergency fund so the most vulnerable, in the Southend borough, anywhere from Leigh to Shoebury, can obtain the financial help they need to get them through this difficult time. We will be using existing organisations, agencies, community groups and charities, who are already in touch with the most at risk. This will be the fastest way to get help to where it is needed and minimise abuse of the system. We will be able to direct the funds to which ever channels are able to remain open to support those needing help.
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.
Essex Violence & Vulnerability Unit (VVU) Community Grants fund (Closing date 19th November)
As a partnership, our strategic goal is to reduce serious violence, the harm it causes, and to safeguard those at risk (relating to county lines, gangs and knife crime).
This fund has been specifically created because of the impact and challenges that Covid has bought upon local ‘not for profit’ voluntary or community clubs or organisations (*registered Charities, not for profit companies or community interest companies or other social enterprise, or companies limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisations or registered societies) in Essex, Southend and Thurrock whom are trying their hardest to carry on with their work of supporting vulnerable children and young people at this time.
We are looking to fund work that helps these young people to-
- Make positive choices that keep them safe
- Raise self-esteem and confidence
- Build resilience
- Improve emotional and physical health and mental wellbeing.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT: Your organisation MUST have a recognised constitution and be a- not for profit voluntary or community club or organisation, a registered Charity, A not for profit company or community interest company or other social enterprise. company limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisation or Registered society.
If you are eligible to apply for both funding strands then you may do so, but the total amount of funding that you can apply for is £10,000
There are two funding strands:
- Projects & interventions(Available to organisations that meet our criteria checklist with an income of under £300,000 only)
Essex, Southend and Thurrock registered charities (with a track record of working in their local community) can apply for support with costs (including core costs) where they are directly delivering activities and interventions in communities that are clearly evidenced as supporting children and young people (up to 25 years old) involved in or at risk of serious violence, AND you have had to change your approach to the work because of the following Covid related reasons:
- The project/ intervention that your charity is delivering is at risk due to the current situation and you have needed to adapt your delivery incurring extra costs.
- There is increased demand that with current funds you are unable to meet.
- You would be able to reach out further into your community (e.g. taking a different approach) to reach vulnerable children and young people (up to 25 years old) if you had additional funds.
- One off special event / activity(available to all organisations that meet our criteria checklist, regardless of annual income)
Essex, Southend and Thurrock registered charities (with a track record of working with communities in the County) for support with a one off special event/ activity that responds to an identified need due to the current situation with Covid, and this event/ activity can be clearly evidenced as engaging and supporting children and young people (up to 25 years old) involved in or at risk of serious violence. This might be needed because of the following Covid related reasons :
- You can see a need for something extra to be delivered, directly reaching vulnerable children and adults (up to 25 years old). This could be as part of a wider community engagement or could be about connecting vulnerable children and young people with support networks beyond their locality. (You must evidence how the event/ activity will be delivered using up to date Covid-safe guidance for your area).
- You do not have funds available to develop and run this one off special event/ activity.
Applications to be returned by 19th November 2020
The VVU will shortlist applications on the 25th November
The Voice of Communities working group will make decisions upon applications at the end of November, with input from ECC young commissioners.
Notification of successful applications ASAP at the beginning of December (Grant Agreements to follow). We will not fund projects that have previously received funds for the same purpose, over the same time period.
How to apply for funding:
- Download the application form from https://ecvys.org.uk/funding-news/ read it through carefully and make sure that you attach all documents requested when you submit your application
- Our strategic goal as a partnership is to reduce serious violence, the harm it causes and safeguard those at risk – relating to county lines, gangs and knife crime – we are keen to hear from local Charities who are responding to the needs of their communities regarding this area of work, and whom can evidence the impact of this work upon application.
- All applicants will be required to; evidence their annual income through published accounts, demonstrate the impact of Covid on their work and provide details of how the success of the project will be measured.
- We will be holding an online information session on 9th November to outline the work of the VVU and how the Violence & Vulnerability Community Grant Fund links to this, and to answer any questions you may have. (Further information to follow about how to sign up).
- If you would like to discuss this fund – please contact Rachel (ECVYS CEO) firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim (Team manager, violence and vulnerability) James.Pearson@essex.gov.uk
- Please note that we will not fund projects that have already received funding for the same piece of work across the same timescale.
Fowler, Smith and Jones Trust – Emergency Support
LATEST COVID 19 Update (09/06/20)
We are still receiving a large number of applications for Emergency funding during these troubled times. I am reporting these back to the Trustees at regular ‘remote’ meetings. Very urgent cases are considered immediately.
Following the latest Emergency meeting, we have been able to offer nearly £50,000 between many local charities and groups (nearly £150,000 since the pandemic began). ECF and the Lottery have both allocated significant funds to help with the immediate effects of the Pandemic, and are continuing their support at this critical time.
However, the Trustees recognise the potential problems which may now arise as communities begin to ease out of the current Lockdown restrictions. The focus of this is for vulnerable children, families and the isolated elderly.
If you would like to discuss a potential application, please email and we will call you back.
Non-Covid related applications which were on the Agenda for the May have been deferred to the subsequent meeting (likely to be held in September).
For September applications: Please include an estimate of how the pandemic and Lockdown has effected the charity’s finances / fundraising. email@example.com.
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
Charities Aid Foundation Launches Coronavirus Emergency Fund (UK) – Currently paused to new applications
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new Coronavirus Emergency Fund. Through this fund smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities. The funding is available to help with core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. CAF will aim for grants to be paid to selected organisations within 14 days of application. https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund
A Better Start Community Ideas and Development Fund Opened 28th September
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the CID Fund opened for applications on the 28th September 2020.
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.
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
B&Q Funding to Improve Homes & Community Spaces
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities across the UK & Ireland for projects that support people experiencing bad housing or homelessness, as well as community projects looking to improve their spaces. This could be a community hall or care centre, hostel or hospice.
The B&Q Foundation provides funding to support people in need including those suffering financial hardship, sickness, disability, or other disadvantage or distress.
The Foundation has previously awarded grants to charities ranging from homelessness and abuse charities, to children’s hospices and rehabilitation centres. Funding can be used for projects including creating community gardens, redecorating properties, and converting rooms at hostels to additional bedrooms.
Applicants are required to submit expressions of interest and funding will be awarded before the end of the year.
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/
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 Reds 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/
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.
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.
Applicants must be registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland or be ‘excepted’ charities. Organisations with a turnover in excess of £5,000,000 should contact the office prior to submitting an application, to check eligibility.
No minimum or maximum funding amounts are specified, however in 2017, 16 grants of between £5,000 and £9,999, 18 grants of between £3,000 and £4,999 and 34 grants not exceeding £2,999 were made. Nine other grants ranging from £12,000 to £34,000 were also awarded.
Please note that in view of the present Coronavirus pandemic and international financial instability, the trustees are having to critically review all applications with regard to the financial viability of both the organisation and project. Applications for funding should not be made if the project in question has been postponed or is likely to be cancelled.
The next closing date for applications is the 30th November 2020. https://childscharitabletrust.org/
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/.
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
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/
Grants designed to help nursing and midwifery professionals support their living costs like rent and utility bills
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/
The Community Safety Development Fund Suspended
Unfortunately, the outbreak of COVID-19 has had an impact on the voluntary sector and impacted the most vulnerable in our communities. In response to this Essex Community Foundation has created the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme to help organisations during this difficult time. The purpose of this programme is to provide financial support to organisations helping to relieve pressure on public service and those co-ordinating a local community support.
In order to support the fund we will be allocating £150,000 from the 20-21 Community Safety Development Fund to the Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme
If you wish to find out more about this funding please visit Essex Community Foundation website https://www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk/
Co-op Funding for Organisations Tackling Food Poverty (Closing date 13th November)
Charities, community and voluntary groups, parish and town councils, parent-teacher associations and other not-for-profit organisations tackling food poverty can apply for a share of £1.5 million in funding raised through sales of the Co-op’s summer picnic range and donated to the National Emergencies Trust.
The emergency funding will be distributed by forty-six community foundations across the UK.
The grant amount that organisations can apply for will be set at a local level so applicants will need to check with their local community foundation before applying. The vast majority of grants awarded will likely to be between £2000 and £10,000 but in some cases a community foundation might award a larger grant to an organisation that is covering a larger geographic area or leading on a coordinated partnership response.
Local organisations best placed to support people and communities affected by food poverty during the Covid-19 pandemic such as food banks, volunteer centres, food delivery services, programmes that tackle food waste, and holiday hunger schemes can all apply for support.
The deadline for applications is the 13th November 2020.
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/
Energy Saving Trust Funding to Support Vulnerable Energy Consumers (Closing date 4th November)
The Energy Saving Trust has announced that charities in England, Scotland and Wales can now apply for funding of up to £1 million through the Energy Redress Scheme. The scheme which distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules funds projects that support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
The scheme offers charities the opportunity to apply for grants of differing amounts to deliver a range of new and innovative energy related projects designed to help vulnerable energy consumers and address households that may have been impacted by COVID-19.
There are three funds open in Round 9 of the scheme. These are:
Round 9 Small Project Fund
- Amount available: £500,000
- Grant size: Minimum grant amount £20,000 – Maximum grant amount £49,999
- Priority: Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations
Round 9 Main Fund
- Amount available: £5 million
- Grant Size: Minimum grant amount £50,000 – Maximum grant amount £1 million
- Priority: Support energy consumers in vulnerable situations
Round 9 Innovation Fund
- Amount available: £1.2million
- Grant size: Minimum grant amount £50,000 – Maximum grant amount £1million
- Priority: The development of products and/or services, which are genuinely innovative and not currently accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers.
Only charities that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process can apply to the open funding rounds.
A total of £6.7 million is available in this funding round.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 4th November 2020. https://www.energyredress.org.uk/
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/
Ford Britain Trust Large Grants Programme Re-opens for Applications
The Ford Britain Trust’s large grants programme has re-opened for applications until the 31st January 2021. Through the large grants programme registered charities, Schools/PTAs (Non-fee paying, state sector schools only) and non-profit organisations can apply for grants of between £250 and £3,000 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 small grants programme for amounts up to £250. The Trust also operates a small grants programme for amounts up to £250. The small grants programme is currently closed for applications. https://www.ford.co.uk/experience-ford/about-ford/ford-britain-trust
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/
Garfield Weston – New £25 Million Fund to Support Cultural Organisations (Closing date 9th November)
The Garfield Weston Foundation has announced that its new £25 million fund to support mid to large scale cultural organisations that have been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic is now open for applications.
The fund is open to registered charities, CIOs or exempt organisations registered with the Charity Commission and operating within the UK.
The type of activities supported include:
- Performing, visual and literary arts organisations
- Arts centres
- Independent cinemas
- Accredited museums and galleries or museums/galleries working towards accreditation that are NOT run by local authorities
- DCMS sponsored museums and galleries
Performing and visual arts organisations, arts centres, and accredited museums and galleries across the UK with a minimum income of £500,000 in a typical year, can apply for funding of £100,000 to £2 million each from the Weston Culture Fund to help them restart work, re-engage with audiences, adapt to changed circumstances, and generate revenue.
The deadline for applications is the 9th November 2020. https://garfieldweston.org/weston-culture-fund/
Grants of up to £1,000 Available for Projects that Improve the Wellbeing of Children (Closing date 17th November)
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children.
Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas:
- Living in Poverty
- Physical & Mental Health Problems
- Health & Wellbeing
- Living with Disability
The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 17th November 2020. For any questions about the application, or problems with the form, please email email@example.com or phone 020 7605 767 Grants application form
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.
Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund Opens for Applications
Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations can now apply for funding of between £10,000 and £100,000 to provide single room and COVID-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter.
The £2 million Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund which is provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and distributed by Homeless Link in partnership with Housing Justice will award grants to support traditional, dormitory-style night shelter provision and will seek to produce a legacy for the future of winter homelessness support.
The Fund is open to organisations in England directly working with people experiencing homelessness, and where more than 50 per cent of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness. Applicants must have an annual turnover of up to £5 million.
The funding will be distributed via two funding panels.
- The deadline for panel 1 is 1pm, Wednesday 4 November 2020, for Grants Panel on 26 November and funds received during December.
- The deadline for panel 2 is 1pm, Wednesday 2 December 2020, for Grants Panel on 17 December.
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
£10 Million Package to Help Kick Start Tourism in Time for the Summer
Grants of up to £5,000 will be made available to small businesses in tourist destinations across England to help them adapt their businesses following the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the government’s drive to boost the recovery of the economy, funding will be distributed immediately from its new £10 million Kick-starting Tourism Package to help kick start tourism in time for the summer.
Funding will be allocated to Local Growth Hubs based on how much of their employment base is linked to tourism and hospitality businesses, and can be used to pay for specialist professional advice such as human resources, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new technology and online systems, or to purchase new equipment.
The Kick-Starting Tourism Package is supported by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 to 2020.
New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19
A new £350,000 funding scheme has been launched to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The funding is available to any UK based non-profit groups, organisations or projects that work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) people.
Eligible organisations can apply through two funding programmes:
- Small grants programme for grants up to £5,000
- Main Grants programme for grants of between £5,001 and £15,00
The grants are likely to be awarded towards ongoing work, core costs and additional work which strengthens the position of organisations and their ability to respond to community needs at this challenging time.
The funding is being made available through the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme and is financially supported by the National Emergencies Trust.
There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021. 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/
Masonic Charitable Foundation – Funding to Support Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Older People
Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply to the Later Life Inclusions grants programme run by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50.
Grants can be offered to charities that provide:
- Mental and physical health support
- Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology
- Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support
- Advocacy, social and welfare support
The type of activities that could be funded include:
- Support for emotional and psychological planning for later life
- Digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services
- Activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active and make friends
- Providing companionship and befriending schemes for periods of transition
- Advice and information on options for those with health conditions
- Carers and respite support
The programme offers both small grants of up to £15,000 for projects lasting up to 3 years to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000 ; and grants on average of between £20,000 and £60,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years.
The next closing date for small grants is 4pm on the 23rd December 2020. The large grants programme is currently closed to applications and will re-open for applications between the 1st February and 5pm on the 31st March 2021. https://mcf.org.uk/get-support/grants-to-charities/later-life/
Masonic Charitable Foundation – Funding to Help Disadvantaged Young People and Children
Charities in England and Wales can apply for Early Years Opportunities Grants through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to the age of 25 years) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.
Grants can be offered to charities that provide:
- Mental and physical health support
- Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.
- Parental support, including whole family approach
- Pastoral and advocacy support
The type of activities that could be funded include:
- Additional educational opportunities such as improving literacy and numeracy
- Individual interventions, i.e. parent education, home visiting or mentoring
- Encouraging healthy behaviours with regards to diet, activity and wellbeing
- Psychological interventions for domestic abuse and behavioural issues etc.
- Provision of vital adaptive technologies and equipment removing barriers
- Alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system.
The Foundation offers both small grants of up to £5,000 per year for up to 3 years to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000 ; and large grants on average of between £20,000 and £60,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years.
The next closing date for small grants is 4pm on the 23rd December 2020. The large grants programme is currently closed to applications and will re-open for applications between the 1st February and 5pm on the 31st March 2021. https://mcf.org.uk/get-support/grants-to-charities/children-and-young-people/
Association of Mental Health Providers – Mental Health Response Fund
The Department of Health and Social Care has made £5 million available to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) mental health providers which are experiencing an increase in demand for their services due to coronavirus. Through the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, small and large grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available to help increase mental support for people with and at risk of developing mental health problems.
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
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.
NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund (Closing date 1st December)
Charities, schools, and community groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 through the NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund. The fund is available in areas that are local to NFU operations in the UK.
Applications are likely to be more successful if they meet one or more of the funds priorities. These are:
- Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
- Providing care and support to vulnerable members of our community
- Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of our communities
- Advancing education and experiences for young people
Priority will also be given to:
- Requests that are supported by NFU Mutual staff members or one of their local branch offices.
- Beneficiaries that have not been given funds previously.
The next closing date for applications is the 1st December 2020.
To apply, download and complete the application form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSUN Covid-19 Fund
Peter Sowerby Foundation Funding for Charities to Adapt Services to Respond to Covid-19 (Closing date 16th November)
Charities, CICs and registered social and healthcare providers can apply for funding to develop new or adapt existing services that respond to the COVID-19 situation.
The funding is being made available through the Peter Sowerby Foundation’s new Increasing Access Fund. The Fund is aimed specifically at ensuring or increasing access to key services and activities for beneficiaries who have struggled with access due to COVID-19.
The value of the Fund is £1.4million, which we will give to organisations nationally working within the Foundation’s key domains:
- Healthcare Innovation – Organisations in the fields of disability, medical research, mental health and those supporting individuals with long-term health conditions.
- Community – Organisations working with young people, especially those considered disadvantaged, delivering support to those disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and/or those working to support isolated older people.
- Environment – Organisations working in the area of horticulture and conservation which have been significantly financially impacted by the closure of venues.
- Arts – Organisations working in the area of arts, health and well-being where services and programmes are being adapted to benefit communities impacted by Covid-19.
The programme is split into three distinct funding streams:
- Digital Breakthrough Grants to pilot new innovations or service delivery – The Foundation will fund five large grants of up to £100,000 to support charities (with a maximum turnover of £5million) in the area of innovation and transformation in health and social care.
- Digital Good Causes to transform or adapt new services digitally – The Digital Good Causes Fund is aimed at smaller charities (with a maximum turnover of £1million, but with a preference for smaller organisations with a turnover of around £500,000) within the area of Community, Environment and the Arts (although the Foundation may also consider applications from smaller organisations working within the area of healthcare innovation).
- Adapted Good Causes to pilot, test or launch new services in light of the COVID-19 situation. – is aimed at smaller organisations (maximum turnover of £1million, but with a preference for smaller organisations with a turnover of around £500,000) working within the areas of Community, Environment and the Arts. This includes organisations working with significantly hard to reach groups, such as those who are homeless, older people, or arts organisations that require face to face interaction and where programmes or activities need to be redesigned or reshaped.
The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is 5pm on 16th November 2020. https://www.petersowerbyfoundation.com/increasing-access-fund
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.
TheCommunity 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 up 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 30th October 2020.
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. 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/
Rank Foundation – Time to Shine
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, a new £10 million Grants Programme will be launched to provide support to 200 small-medium charities and social enterprises within the social sector.
The Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine Covid-19 Resilience Programme will offer immediate, short-term and urgent grant funding to organisations primarily within their network, RankNet, that are facing unprecedented demand for services, or those who have suffered a significant reduction in income due to the pandemic.
In addition, organisations will take part in the Time to Shine Leadership Programme to create new jobs within the social sector and to help build resilience.
The Foundation has received £5 million in match-funding from the Government’s Community Match Challenge scheme.
Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund – Big Society Capital (Closing 13th November)
The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, managed by Social Investment Business (SIB), enables social lenders to provide emergency loans to social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption as a result of COVID-19. Loans can be used to provide working capital until normal business resumes, cover delays in trade payments, or meet the increased demand for services, without requiring personal guarantees and charging no fees or interest for 12 months. Big Society Capital has provided an initial £25 million in funds, with loans backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and issued through SIB working with Big Issue Invest, CAF Venturesome, Charity Bank, Resonance, Social Investment Scotland, Social and Sustainable Capital and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
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.
Smallwood Trust – Women’s Sector Resilience Fund
Grants of between £20,000 and £30,000 are available to charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations that are supporting women who are experiencing poverty and low income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund is open to organisations across England with an income of less than £1 million per annum; and will provide grants to cover costs including staff salaries, running costs/overheads, project costs, and goods and equipment to support the adaptation of frontline services to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.
Priority will be given to organisations supporting and led by BAME women, women with disabilities and financially vulnerable LGBT+ women.
Funding is open for organisations across Englandbut will be prioritised for women’s sector organisations and services where the pandemic has had the most impact including:
- Greater Manchester and Lancashire
- Liverpool and Merseyside
- West Midlands – Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent and rural Staffordshire
- East Midlands, including rural Leicestershire and Derbyshire
- Hull and Humberside, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield
- Deprived coastal towns and areas such as Blackpool, Hastings and Kent
- Newcastle, Middlesbrough/Tees Valley, other North East areas
- London boroughs such as Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets
Funding is made available by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and will be administered by the Smallwood Trust.
Applications can be made at any time until 5pm on the 6th November 2020. https://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/organisations
£1 Million Crowdfunding Support for Sports Clubs and Organisations
Sport England has committed another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through the fundraising platform Crowdfunder.
The Crowdfunder platform is scrapping all fees for the Active Together programme and is covering transaction charges to ensure every penny raised by a club goes to them. They’re also providing a series of monthly webinars offering advice and examples of successful previous Crowdfunder projects involving sport.
Through the ‘Active Together’ partnership with Crowdfunder Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the coronavirus crisis.
Clubs and organisations can sign up via the Crowdfunder website. They’ll then need to set their crowdfunding target and put in place incentives and rewards. Once 25% of the crowdfunding is met, Sport England will confirm the match funding – up to £10,000 – and can distribute the money within seven days of being raised.
To be eligible, organisations must be:
- Local sports clubs
- Charity, community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations that deliver sport and/or physical activity in their community – including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations – for the benefit of people residing in England.
- If the application is approved, projects get match funding of up to 50% towards their initial crowdfunding target – up to a maximum of £10,000.
To receive a pledge, projects need to do two things:
- Raise at least 25% of the initial target
- Raise this from a minimum number of supporters (dependent on the size of the initial target).
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 Scheme to Focus Support on Children and Young People
At the end of September, the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund closed and in its place during October, November and December Tesco will be providing grants of £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.
The type of projects funded could include:
- Mental Health support for children and young people – COVID-19 has had an impact on the health and wellbeing of children, particularly mental health.
- Outdoor activities – sport & green space provision for children & young people including use of green spaces support wellbeing through physical activities.
- Non statuary educational activities – to support, widen and rebuild educational support networks for children, web-based activities. Sport, exercise, and arts.
- Young carers– support for young carers as a result of current and continued isolation.
- Bereavement counselling – offering support to children that have lost family members and support networks due to COVID-19
- Child poverty – to support organisations that offer family support that are further impacted by COVID-19, which could include food/educational packs, free activities.
- Vulnerable at-risk children – the pandemic has impacted vulnerable children with challenging home & family circumstances.
Other local good causes supporting children and young people will also be considered.
Eligible applicants include charities, voluntary or community organisations, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.
Projects should last up to 12 months and can be a stand-alone project or discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme, or part of a phased project. Funding can be used to cover 100% of project costs.
Applications can be made at any time. https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/home/community-apply-bags-help-grant/#more-1742
Support for Theatre professionals
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times. Up to £10k.
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
Grants to Combat Fuel Poverty & Improve Energy Efficiency (London, the East and South East of England) Closing date 15th November
Round 4 of the UK Power Network’s Power Partners Scheme is now open for applications.
Up to forty grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 are available to help charities and other not-for-profit organisations in London, the East and South East of England to combat fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency and support people in vulnerable circumstances, particularly those experiencing difficulties resulting from Covid-19.
This round will focus on support services such as income maximisation, energy efficiency advice and interventions, tariff switching, time of use tariff awareness, and new registrations for the Priority Service Register – provision of energy advice training and support for frontline workers.
All applicants need to show how funding will deliver new activity, particularly the following:
- Supports hard-to-reach or seldom-heard communities within the UK Power Networks areas (London, the South East and East of England).
- Supports people in vulnerable circumstances or living on a low income within the UK Power Networks area.
- Supports individuals or communities who are experiencing emerging vulnerabilities resulting from COVID-19 or entering into fuel poverty as a result of the pandemic within the UK Power Networks area.
- Supports people living in areas with high levels of deprivation within the UK Power Networks area.
- Helps to address fuel poverty, increase energy awareness, reduce energy demand and/or access the benefits associated with low carbon technologies and smart tariffs.
- Could be replicated or scaled up.
- Could be recognised as best practice or innovative.
The Fund is administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the application deadline is 12pm on the 15th November 2020.
Submissions should be made by email to email@example.com
Veolia Environmental Trust Grants (Closing date 3rd December 2020)
The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Veolia Environmental Trust is the 3rd December 2020 for projects that will start between 22nd March and 23rd June 2021.
Grants of between £10,200 and £75,000 are available to constituted not for profit organisations and registered Environmental Bodies towards:
• Community buildings
• Parks and paths, play, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and recreational facilities
• Nature reserves
• Bio diversity projects.
To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation needs to be within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site (please see post code checker below); the projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs); the applicant must have secured 10% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application. https://www.veoliatrust.org/funding/
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 April 2021 applications must be submitted between 1st August and 31st December 2020.
To receive a decision by October 2021 applications must be submitted between 1st January and 31st July 2021.
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/
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.
Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation – Funding to Support Charities and Communities Affected by Coronavirus
The Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation has launched a Coronavirus Response Fund to support registered charities that are helping local communities affected by the coronavirus. Funding will support groups and activities that
- Help vulnerable people who are self-isolating.
- Ensure supplies for foodbanks and organisations, in particular to alleviate the impact of children no longer receiving free school meals due to school closures.
- Help community response coordination, including volunteer costs.
- Cover additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
- Cover the loss of income for charities providing support for vulnerable groups
The £100,000 fund will make donations of between £250 and £2,000 to help with costs such as running costs, staff and travel costs, and volunteer expenses.
Priority will be given to:
- Charities that have an income of £100,000 or less.
- Charities that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained.
- Charities that support the ongoing needs of people suffering from poverty or those who have suffered a loss of income
Applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis. https://www.ybs.co.uk/your-society/charitable-foundation/index.html
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 BAME-Led Organisations Access Coronavirus Funds
In response to the coronavirus, the UK Community Foundations is making a £250,000 Infrastructure Fund available for BAME-led infrastructure organisations that can help other BAME-led organisations apply for National Emergency Trust (NET) grants though their local Community Foundations.
Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to fund work such as for example:
- Awareness-raising via marketing and communications
- Mentoring/supporting of groups through the local Community Foundation application process
- Support with monitoring and reporting
- Provision of micro grants to enable applications for NET funding through community foundations
- Building relationships to help community foundations identify and address barriers to funding BAME-led organisations and communities
Applications can be made on a rolling basis and will be considered by an independent panel every week with awards made as quickly as possible thereafter.
For more information and/or to talk to the Community Foundation about applying please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
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.
Grants to Improve and Develop Cycling Facilities (Closing date 16th November)
British Cycling and Sport England are making use of a £15 million investment from the UK Government to develop a national network of new cycling facilities.
The Places to Ride: small grants programme will provide funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 for the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England. Organisations including charities, clubs, community organisations, and education establishments including schools can apply for funding to develop cycling activity in their community.
Schools will need to open up their facilities to the wider community in order to be eligible. School please click here for additional information about what to consider when submitting their application.
Projects might include improvements to an existing cycling facility, developing a learn to ride area, providing cycle storage solutions or purchasing equipment to support those from the local community.
Match funding of between 25% and 50% will be required.
The deadline for applications is the 16th November 2020. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20190827-Places-to-Ride–Small-grants-application-0