Updated 15.10.21

Please note funding opportunities are listed in order by deadline date so continuous rolling programmes of funding are listed further down the list.

BCF Vital For Berkshire Fund open

Berkshire Community Foundation have launched a new round of Vital for Berkshire funding this Autumn 2021 - open for applications from today.

The funding priorities will focus broadly on charities and community groups tackling needs amongst children and young people, older people, those with disabilities and those continuing to be impacted by COVID19.

Deadline for applications is 18 October 2021

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National Emergencies Trust & Crowdfunder partner up for 'pound-for-pound' match funding opportunity

The National Emergencies Trust launches £1.2million Local Action Fund with Crowdfunder to support community and voluntary organisations affected by the pandemic

  • A total of £1,220,000 match funding is on offer from the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal to help local charities and groups to counter the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Through the Local Action Fund on the Crowdfunder platform, the National Emergencies Trust will match donations, pound for pound, up to a total of £10,000 per charity.
  • The fund will focus on projects taking positive action for people in their communities affected by the pandemic, from supporting mental health, to assisting with financial hardship or helping communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19
  • Eligible charities and groups will be able to use the funding in any way that enables their efforts, from covering core costs to launching new local services

The National Emergencies Trust hopes the partnership with Crowdfunder will reach small and micro organisations that have not yet accessed funding from its Coronavirus Appeal, either due to lack of awareness or not having the resources to apply for funding.

If eligible, successful organisations will be required to set up a crowdfunding campaign with an aim to raise money to either launch new local initiatives or to enable them to continue existing services. The National Emergencies Trust will match donations, pound for pound, up to a total of £10,000.

Eligible organisations include registered charities, community interest companies, constituted organisations and non-registered charities, churches and other religious organisations, and other voluntary community organisations deemed appropriate by Crowdfunder.

Deadline for applications is 22 October 2021

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The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund - Development Grants

Triangle Trust's Development Grant scheme enables organisations supporting young carers or the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders to undertake a progressive development to improve future resilience. This might be a short piece of work requiring investment over a few months or a more significant programme of work requiring dedicated support for up to 3 years.

  • Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of 6 months to 3 years.  The amount of funding requested must be proportional to the development that will be undertaken.
  • A maximum of £30,000 per year or £2,500 per month for smaller developments can be requested.

Deadline for applications is 26 October 2021

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A B Charitable Trust

AB Charitable Trust supports charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances. The Trust is particularly interested in charities that work with marginalised and excluded people in society, with a focus on: migrants and refugees criminal justice and penal reform human rights, particularly access to justice.

Deadline for applications is 31 October 2021

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Concertina

Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. This not only brightens up their lives, but also provides a therapeutic benefit to their health and wellbeing.

Deadline for applications is 31 October 2021

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LOCALGIVING: Magic Little Grants

Localgiving, in partnership with Postcode Community Trust, makes grants of up to £500 to small, local charities and community groups (including charitable organisations that are schools or connected to schools) delivering projects that:

  1. Improving mental wellbeing
  2. Enabling community participation in the arts
  3. Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  4. Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  5. Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  6. Enabling participation in physical activity
  7. Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  8. Increasing community access to outdoor space

To be eligible, applicants must register with Localgiving as a member. Membership is currently free thanks to the Postcode Community Trust

Deadline for applications is 31 October 2021

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Asda Foundation: Bringing Communities Back Together

Asda Foundation’s Bringing Communities Back Together makes grants of between £500 and £1,000 to grassroots community groups in need which support, help, and encourage inclusiveness for all. Asda Foundation is looking to fund the core needs to improve lives and ensure all communities thrive.

The Foundation welcomes applications from not-for-profit groups which:

  • have a presence in the local community and / or work to benefit that geographical area;
  • are local to an Asda store;
  • have the aim of bringing people back together as social distancing guidelines have eased;
  • ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to become involved;
  • aim to provide the ‘core needs’ for their community; and
  • are UK-based.

For this new phase of funding, the Foundation now offers ‘Essential Support’ which is aimed at helping groups who are supporting the immediate needs of people in their local area. This is their broadest grant, empowering communities to apply for what is important to their community, enabling the Foundation to help and support more groups in the most relevant way possible.

All projects must take place between 1 October – 31 December 2021.

Deadline for applications is 1 November 2021

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People's Postcode Lottery - The Dream Fund

The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. We ask charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project.

The focus of this year's Dream Fund will be projects that are looking to deliver systemic change in the following funding categories:

  1. Environment/conservation
  2. Social inequality
  3. Pandemic recovery

There is a total award fund of £3.5 million and charities can apply for up to £1.25 million for their project.

Deadline for applications is 5:30pm on 1 November 2021

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The Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force For Change

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Force for Change awards grants of up to £10,000 for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-Covid recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation.

Charities, CICs, schools and Armed Forces bases or units are all eligible to apply. The Fund supports a wide range of projects however they must demonstrate that they fit under one of these two main themes:

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing.

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 19 November 2021

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Covid grant for RBWM community groups

If you're a community group, voluntary or not-for-profit organisation in the Royal Borough, you could be eligible to get a grant to help tackle the prevalence of Covid in your area.

The council has a £50,000 funding pot to support hidden or hard to reach communities within the Royal Borough, to help boost uptake of the vaccination and regular testing.

Deadline for applications is 21 November 2021

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Matthew Good Foundation: Grants for Good

The Matthew Good Foundation’s Grants for Good supports local community groups, charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises from across the UK with an annual income under £50,000 that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment.

Throughout 2021, the Foundation will share £10,000 between five shortlisted projects that have a positive impact on Foundation’s priority areas – communities, people or the environment. To stay true to its ethos of donating funds to causes close to the hearts of its members, every three months, five shortlisted projects will be voted for by John Good Group employees.

These five charities will all receive a share of £10,000 – the more votes a cause receives, the bigger the donation. 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.

Deadline for applications is 16 December 2021

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Funding for Grassroots Live Music Venues in England

Grants of £1,000 - £40,000 for up to three years are available to grassroots music venues and promoters in England to present live music programming, and for activities that improve their sustainability.

Applications will be accepted from organisations whose main function is to host and/or promote live music events in venues. Usually, this will be venues and promoters (or groups of venues and/or promoters).

Deadline for applications is 31 March 2022

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ONGOING FUNDING (in alphabetical order)

Allchurches Trust

Funding in support of churches, church establishments, religious charities, charities preserving UK heritage, theological colleges, schools promoting Christian religion, charities sponsored or recommended by the church, the local community and those concerned with the welfare of the disadvantaged and disabled.

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Arnold Clark Community Fund

Grants of £1,000 are available for UK registered charities and local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

During the months of March 2021, April, 2021, and May 2021, 500 grants of up to £1,000 will be awarded through a draw. Applications that are unsuccessful one month will be kept in the draw for the following month.

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Asda Foundation

In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams, both with grants up to £500:

Hygiene Grant: focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. Applications can come from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.

Healthy Holiday Grant: to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal.

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Ashley Family Foundation

Funding is available for small-scale arts and/or community and social welfare projects, preferably for revenue costs

Their main themes are: rural, arts, community and small charities

Preference is given to requests that are below £10,000.

Applications can be made at any time and funding awards are made three times per year following the meeting of the Board of Trustees.

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Aurelius Charitable Trust

Grants are available for charitable organisations involved with conservation of culture inherited from the past and the dissemination of knowledge, particularly in the humanities field.

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B.A.M.E Infrastructure Support Fund

UK Community Foundations wants to help BAME groups apply to the Covid Response Fund, which gives grants up to £5,000 to support communities through the pandemic.

To do this, they are offering grants to BAME led infrastructure organisations (this means that they support other groups) to help people apply to the fund.

The infrastructure organisations can apply for grants of £5,000 - £20,000 over three months to do things like:

  • 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

Continuous rolling programme.

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Black Funding Network (BFN)

BFN organises at least two live crowdfunding events a year, at which three approved projects nominated, screened and selected by members are invited to present to an audience of potential donors. Following the pitch and a brief Q&A session for each project, the audience is guided through a live pledging session. Donations of money, time, expertise and introductions are welcomed, but the main objective is to raise crucial funding to ensure the projects presented can be delivered. The entire event is an evening of philanthropic engagement, networking and fun!

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Boshier - Hinton Foundation - UK

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation exists to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, in any part of the country, by making grants to individuals or their families; or by making donations to institutions providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs: or by making donations to other registered Charities: or by making donations to local community charities or other agencies in any part of the country whose objectives are no wider than the charity's own, or to any charity for particular purposes which fall within the Foundation's objectives.

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Business Innovation Grants available

Businesses are encouraged to see if they are eligible for a grant which could help them diversify.

The individual business grants, of up to £10,000, or up to £50,000 for organisations helping other businesses, are designed to help those planning to introduce new ideas or changes to improve their business.

This could result in new products or services, new or improved business processes, changes in the way products are marketed, or the introduction of new technology.

Guidance on innovation grant application statement

If additional support is needed to complete the application then please email bratesinnovation@slough.gov.uk

Cameron Grants for Innovation in Mental Health

Grants of between £100 & £2,500 are available to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or otherwise experiment in any way that supports the treatment mental health.  The emphasis will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to reach out and effect change.  Ideas should typically fit into one of the following categories:

  • Destigmatising Mental Health
  • Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care
  • Improving Mental Well Being
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Comic Relief Community Fund via Groundwork UK

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations including registered charities and not for profit companies. Grants of up to a maximum of £10,000 are available. All applications must include a request for up to £1,000 to support capacity building, this would leave a maximum request of £9,000 for project delivery. Projects must be completed within one year of receiving a grant.

Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is a two-year fund and there will be three grant application rounds:

Round 1 applications open September 2021 and close November 2021
Panel meetings are estimated to take place in February 2022.

Round 2 applications open March 2022 and close June 2022
Panel meetings are estimated to take place in September 2022.

Round 3 applications open October 2022 and close January 2023
Panel meetings are estimated to take place in March 2023.

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Co-op Fund 

Funds allocated to Berkshire through the National Emergencies Trust and Co-Op, are available for grants to be allocated to local charities, community and voluntary groups working to combat food poverty in Berkshire.

Aims

  • To help organisations redistributing surplus food to the people who need it most.
  • To provide access to nutritious food and balanced meals for people with limited budget.
  • To help educate and upskill communities on low cost meal solutions, e.g. limiting waste.
  • To prioritise the wellbeing of young people and children.
  • To provide food programmes to vulnerable communities, including emergency food, and programmes that address food insecurity.

Grants up to a maximum of £10,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability.

Who can apply

  • Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who meet the above aims.
  • Small and new groups which are not constituted may apply where they are working with the local CVS, Parish Council or Local Authority – a letter of support or other evidence will need to be provided.

No deadline given, but apply quickly.

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Cricket County Grants Fund

Grants of £1,000 - £10,000 are available to support affiliated cricket clubs to create welcoming environments, provide enhanced facilities and playing opportunities, and to help clubs tackle the impact of climate change.

All Counties should be open for applications by the end of September 2021.

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Cricket ‘Inspired to Play’ Grant

The scheme aims to increase the number of children (boys and girls) and/or women participating in the game by supporting the delivery of new/enhanced recreational cricket activity in England and Wales during the months of June - September 2021.

Your Club can apply for a grant of £1,000 and/or £250 to help your Club open up for new and current players this summer. To apply, please follow the below steps:

  • Please check your eligibility and requirements by reading the guidance notes
  • Register your Club on ECB’s Investment Management System (or log in if already registered) and select “Inspired to Play” from the list of funding programmes
  • Complete the application form and sign and return the contract offer letter to release funding

If you have any questions, please contact us at foundation@berkshirecricketfoundation.org

Do It Now Now

Do It Now Now is inviting applications for the Common Call COVID Fund. The fund is specifically aimed at supporting Black-led social enterprises and charities to ensure that they can survive the COVID period. Grants of between £1,000 to £3,000 are available.

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Family Fund - helping disabled children

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. We believe that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others. Beginning with the most vulnerable, those on low incomes, and considering all conditions against our disability criteria, we aim to make a difference to outcomes for disabled or seriously ill children and young people and the lives of the families raising them across the UK.

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FareShare Go

FareShare is working to help charities and community groups access much needed food during this challenging time, helping you to reduce weekly food budgets. Tesco Community Food Connection Project along with other supermarkets are offering some fresh surplus food.

FareShare will match you with your local store which will send you a notification on your chosen donation day to collect. Then simply pop into store and pick up the food from a friendly member of staff.

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Garfield Weston Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation is now open to applications across all its grants programmes: capital, core costs and projects.

Regular grants of up to £100,000 can be used to support organisations working in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health, and museums and heritage can apply.

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Get Berkshire Active

Get Berkshire Active are looking to identify a few organisations in Slough with a focus on projects that help to reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.

We may be able to support through small grants from £100-£4,000.  If you have a project or idea (that can be delivered between now and the end of 2020) that could benefit from  our ‘Tackling Inequalities’ funding and will help to get people active in Slough please get in touch.

There is an opportunity to discuss ideas with groups, charities, organisations etc that work with one or more of the following audiences in helping to keep them more active whether that be virtually, through gardening or more formal sport and physical activity:

  • BAME
  • People on Low Incomes
  • Disabled people
  • Individuals with long term health conditions

Key questions we will need information on include:

  • What your organisation does?
  • The impact COVID-19 has had on your organisation.
  • How are you staying in touch with participants and managing the sustainability of your organisation during this period of restricted movement?
  • Please tell us a bit about your project idea or if it is not a complete idea, tell us about how you/your organisation might help achieve the aims?
  • If you have details on how much funding you would need for your project idea, please detail?

Please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail.

Contact: Cathy Carr, Healthy Communities Manager (East Berkshire), Get Berkshire Active
Telephone: 07912 178652
Email: cathy.carr@getberkshireactive.org

Get Berkshire Active Starting Life Well Fund

This fund will be available to organisations to provide regular physical activity opportunities for inactive young people in a fun and accessible way, based on individual and community needs. Alongside this, these projects will also tackle wider social outcomes such as opportunities for people living with disabilities and diverse communities as well as access to employment, reducing mental illness, social isolation, and criminality.

All young people aged 5-18 can benefit from the fund but strong applications contributing to opportunities in areas of deprivation will take priority. Grants from £750 to £10,000 are available.

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Google Ads Grants

Charities can get a ‘grant’ which is actually an allowance for free advertising on Google. There is a good guide by AIP media on how to apply for it.

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Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

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LGBT+ Futures: National Emergencies Trust Fund

LGBT+ Futures, from the National Emergencies Trust Fund, will be delivered by the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations.

This new £350,000 fund is to support the immediate response and support of UK based LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects most adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are 2 grant programmes, Small Grants, up to £5,000, and Main Grants, £5,001 - £15,000. The guidance says grants over £10,000 will be exceptional.

There are no deadlines, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the funding has been allocated. The funding awarded must be spent by 31st May 2021.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales - Grants Programme

Unrestricted grants of £50,000 over two years to support small and medium-sized local charities, with a proven track record of helping adults in England and Wales with complex social issues, to recover and renew beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Turnover must be between £25,000 and £1 million

25% of the funding will be ringfenced for charities led by, and which support, minoritised and racialised communities.

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Low Carbon Workplaces Grants for Berkshire Businesses

Low Carbon Workspaces are now delivering a total pot of £375,000 in grant funding to help small and medium sized enterprises in Berkshire identify energy reduction opportunities and to subsidise the cost of energy efficiency solutions. 75 grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to help fund up to a third of the cost of energy saving measures such as insulation, LED lighting, energy efficient boilers, air-source heat pumps and electric vehicles.

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Mental Health Sustainability Fund

The Mental Health Sustainability Programme is pleased to be able to provide small grants of up to £5,000 from a total pot of £100,000 to support sustainability in small-medium sized voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations delivering mental health and wellbeing services.

Supporting communities experiencing health inequalities exacerbated by Covid-19 such as minoritised communities, LGBT+, children and young people, older people, new mothers, and those in contact with the criminal justice system.

Annual revenue of no more than £250,000 in last full year accounts.

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National Allotment Gardens Trust

The National Allotment Gardens Trust awards funding of between £250 to £2,000 to allotment gardens that meets the following criteria:

  • The committee must be officially recognised by the landlord of the site.
  • Must have a written and signed constitution.
  • Have a bank account with three signatories.
  • Have a forwarding address and named contact.

The amount of funding that is awarded to each applicant will be at the discretion of the Board of Trustees and may not necessarily be the total sum that is applied for.

If your completed application form is accepted it may be necessary for one of the trustees to contact the committee submitting the application so a telephone contact number should be shown.

Deadline: Continuous rolling basis. Applications will be assessed by the Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis; the deadlines for applications to be considered at the next meeting are 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October each year.

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National Lottery Community Fund programmes 

Awards for All for up to £10,000, and for larger amounts, the Reaching Communities and Partnership schemes have just re-opened. They are interested in projects where people are in the lead, which:

  • involve people and communities from the start
  • build on people’s strengths
  • are connected in their community.

No deadline.

Awards for All - apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000
Reaching Communities - larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work with their community to help them thrive.
Partnerships - a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

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National Lottery Community Fund UK Portfolio – Growing Great Ideas Programme

They are offering grants of at least £150,000 to support transformational and long-term change, looking for visionary initiatives that go beyond individual organisations, and instead focus on ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations. The important thing is to see the potential in how they will grow and deepen over time, extending their missions, and adding to the ecology as they go.

No deadline.

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National Lottery Heritage Fund

The fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications.

Project funding – for grants between £3,000 to £100,000 – will provide financial assistance for organisations working with heritage to build their resilience.

This is a rolling programme so there are no deadlines.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation - Shared Ground Fund

Grants are available for projects that ensure that young migrants in the greatest need can overcome the barriers that affect their ability to thrive, and to support work that will help communities experiencing high levels of migration become stronger and more connected.

Grants range from £30,000 to £400,000 for work lasting between one year and four years with an option to extend for a further period. Most grants will be in the £60,000 to £250,000 range.

A pre-application bursary of up to £500 is available along with Access Support.

No deadline.

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Persimmon Community Champions

Persimmon, UK house builders, Community Champions’ funding programme is awarding grants of up £1,000 to community groups and charities that support the over-70s – a vulnerable group in our society that they feel need their support at this time of crisis.

Continuous rolling programme.

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Pixel Fund

They generally offer  grants of between £500 and £5,000 (but never more than 5% of annual income). Their focus is the mental health and well-being of children and young adults (under 26).

They make grants only to registered charities and community interest organisations. Trustees have a strong preference for organisations with annual income of under £10m.

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Radian Community Grant

A Community Grant is money that is available to any community or voluntary group in areas where Radian has homes. Groups can apply for grants of up to £1,500 to support work that meets the needs of Radian residents and the wider community.

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Shanly Foundation

The Shanly Foundation awards grants to help local good causes. In particular the Foundation welcomes applicants that are helping to improve the welfare and quality of life of those that are disadvantaged within the community.

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Social Enterprise Support Fund

Grants of £10,000 - £300,000 for social enterprises that support people who are at high risk from COVID-19, or supports people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Groups must have an income of £25,000 - £1.5million and be ‘substantially reliant’ on trading income.

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Sport England Return to Play

This scheme gives grants up to £10,000 to help sports groups re-start, and will remain open until the end of 2021.

Their highest priority will now be projects located in areas of high deprivation as these areas have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic.

They particularly encourage applications from organisations working with communities who’ve suffered worse health outcomes and the most significantly reduced activity levels as a result of the pandemic. Their insight currently shows this to be girls and women, young people aged 16-24 and older people aged 70+.

They will  now consider new or expanded projects that will safely deliver activities allowing people to become active – addressing challenges their audiences faced during lockdown.

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Sylvia Waddilove Foundation

The Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position.

Grants are for a maximum of £1,000.

The organisation must be a charity, CIC or registered society with an income below £500,000 operating in one of the following categories:

  • Education relating to non-domestic animals (this includes animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and surgery, and organic farming).
  • Visual and performing arts;
  • Medical research;
  • The relief of disability or severe illness;
  • The accommodation of those in need.

No deadline.

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Tesco Community Grants

The new name for the Tesco Bags of Help Programme.

Tesco offers this grants programme “to make a positive difference in the communities where it operates”. Customers vote in store for nominated groups, who receive either £1,500, £1,000 or £500

The scheme is open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. You can apply directly as an organisation. Equally, you might find that you have been nominated: Tesco customers and staff members can nominate a cause that they would like to see supported and Tesco will contact them to encourage them to apply.

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Theatre Reopening Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 to help not-for-profit theatres across the UK to make Covid-19-related adaptions and prepare for reopening.

In response to the coronavirus crisis, Theatres Trust has repurposed our small grants schemes to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure.

The Theatre Reopening Fund will support building improvements and purchasing equipment that will support the theatre to be able to open viably and safely. It will not cover revenue costs.

No deadlines. Decisions in four weeks.

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The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust.

If you meet the following criteria, they may be able to help you:

  • You are a small UK charity for whom a grant of between £250 and £3,000 will make a big difference.
  • In one way or another, you provide aid or support to a defined group of needy or deserving people, for instance those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged.
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The Bringing People Together Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched their Bringing People Together Fund which will support projects that will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections.

They said that they recognise that most community-led projects will bring communities together in some way. However, in this programme, they are specifically interested in funding projects that meet at least one of the priorities listed in 'What we're hoping to fund’.

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The Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation has issued an update on its grant-making policies in the light of COVID-19. Its Small Grants Scheme has now reopened. This is designed to support charities with an annual turnover of less than £150,000, especially those that work at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

The Main Grants Scheme is now also open for applications

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The MK Community Foundation

The MK Community Foundation has launched its latest round of funding, the ‘recovery fund’. This is open to voluntary and community organisations in Milton Keynes, to support costs resulting from a loss of income, adapting services to continue providing support to vulnerable people, or any unplanned costs. Grants of up to £25,000 are available.

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The Muslim Sports Foundation Tackling Inequalities Fund

The Tackling Inequalities Fund has been created to try and reduce the negative impact in activity levels within the following underrepresented groups, with a specific focus on one or more of the following:

  • Low Socio-Economic Communities
  • Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
  • Communities with Low educational/employment rates
  • Individuals/groups who are more susceptible to committing crime
  • Individuals/communities with long-term/chronic health issues
  • Suffering from Poor Mental Health
  • Vulnerable Children and Adults

Depending on the structure and size of organisations, the MSF is offering grants between £1,000 & £5,000 to deliver these services.

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The Tree Council Branching Out Fund

Thanks to the generosity of donors, The Tree Council Branching Out Fund have funds available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree and hedge planting projects this winter (November 2020 – March 2021), preferably during National Tree Week – 28 November – 6 December 2020.

They will fund 100% of the cost (excluding VAT) of strong applications from £300 to an increased upper limit of £1500.

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The True Colours Trust

Grants up to £10,000, to charities and Community Interest Companies, whose annual income is less than £350,000. Grants are awarded to support projects which work with:

  • disabled children and young people (up to the age of 25)
  • children and young people with life limited conditions
  • their families

They are particularly keen to support applications from organisations who work with children and families from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and those which operate in areas of high deprivation.

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The Wakeham Trust

The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded.

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UK Community Foundations (UKCF)

UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is making a new infrastructure fund available for organisations that can help even more BAME-led organisations to apply for NET grants through their local Community Foundations. An initial £250,000 has been allocated for this purpose, with more funds anticipated on a rolling basis.

UKCF is seeking applications from BAME-led infrastructure organisations to access the new fund. Grants between £5,000 – £20,000 over a maximum of three months are available. The panel will award grants as applications are received from an open call on a rolling basis.

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Volleyball England Foundation

Grants up to £1,000 to support the development of sitting volleyball.

They will potentially fund some or all of the following:

  • Posts and net for sitting volleyball
  • Resource packs for Clubs
  • Training for coaches and officials
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Women’s Sector Resilience Fund

The Smallwood Trust is offering grants from the Government of around £20,000 - £30,000 to safeguard the vital frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in England.

Funds are for women’s organisations and services that are supporting women aged 18+ whose poverty has been exacerbated by the pandemic or those that have been pushed into new poverty and financial hardship.

Organisations must have an annual income of less than £1 million, and priority will be given to organisations supporting and led by BAME women, women with disabilities and financially vulnerable LGBT+ women.

No deadline.

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