Other Sources of Funding

Updated 25.01.21

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

The Local Connections Fund

This is a new £4 million fund from the National Lottery Community Fund to help reduce loneliness by building connections across communities. It will give grants of £300 - £2,500, to small, local organisations (with an annual income below £50,000).

The funding will help to bring people together in safe and secure ways – including by covering the costs of technologies and equipment that will help people feel more connected within their communities.

Funding can also be used to help strengthen organisations and their services through, for example, training and development.

Deadline for applications is 26 January 2021

Because this round is Government money, grants have to be spent by 31 March, so if you know people who are going to be lonely in February and March, this is for you.

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Woodward Charitable Trust - Small Grants

Grants up to £3,000 are available to fund core costs of smaller registered charities in the UK working in the following areas: isolated children and young people, disadvantaged families, and prisoners and ex-offenders.

Note that most grants are for less than £1,000, and that only around 15% of bids are successful.

Deadline for applications is 28 January 2021

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The Anchor Foundation

The Foundation makes grants of £500 - £10,000 to Christian charities in the UK and abroad for projects that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts.

Deadline for applications is 31 January 2021

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A B Charitable Trust

Grants around £10,000 - £20,000 are available for small to medium-sized registered charities (£150,000 - £1.5million income) that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals. The Trust's focus is on unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society.

The fund is in high demand, and only around a third of eligible applicants will receive funding (which is a good success rate)

Deadlines for applications are 31 January and 25 April 2021

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Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

Grants of £3,000 - £15,000 a year for up to three years are available to UK registered charitable non-governmental organisations.

The Foundation supports projects that seek to influence values and attitudes, promote equity and social justice, and develop radical alternatives to current economic and social structures.

Deadline for applications is 5 February 2021

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D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Grants of £500 - £5,000 are available for UK registered charities. It can cover core costs or projects. The following areas of interest:

• the advancement of the arts
• health and medical welfare
• environmental protection or improvement.

Deadline for applications is 10 February 2021

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Youth Covid-19 Support Fund – Retrospective Funding

Grants are available to community and national youth organisations in England to help mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain open.

Grants are available for costs incurred between 1 November 2020 and 31 March 2021 that enable the organisation to remain viable, open, reopen or partially reopen, where this represents a value for money approach and where their service delivery is in line with Government Covid-19 guidance.

Local organisations can apply for up to £250,000, and national ones up to £2million, so the £14.2 million won’t go that far. All grants must be spent by 31 March 2021.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on 12 February 2021

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PRS Foundation - Open Fund for Organisations

Grants up to £10,000 are available for any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK to support new music projects led by promoters, large performance groups, talent development organisations, venues, festivals and curators in the UK.

Deadline for applications is 12 February 2021

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Windrush Community Fund

Grants of £2,500 - £25,000 are available from a £500,000 fund for community groups to support those of the Windrush generation who may have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status or who may have suffered losses because of this. It is being promoted through Voice4Change England, and administered by the Home Office.

This covers people who settled in the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1 January 1973, and people of any nationality who were settled before the end of 1988.

Deadline for Phase 1 applications is 12 February 2021 (Phase 2 will open for applications on 1 April 2021)

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British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

Grants up to £2,000 are available to organisations (or individuals) to promote and engage the public with the science of ecology. They will support projects that:

  • Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology
  • Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society
  • Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested
  • Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology

Deadline for applications is 19 March 2021

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Volant Charitable Trust - COVID-19 Response Fund

Grants are available to UK charities and social enterprises that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant can be for project and administrative costs, as the Trust does not usually fund capital expenditure. However, applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE may be considered. No indication given on grant size.

Deadline for applications is 31 July 2021

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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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The 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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National Lottery Community Fund programmes re-open

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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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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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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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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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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Apply for a grant through the 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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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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Sport England Return to Play Grants

Small Grants: £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way. This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment.

Community Asset Fund: £10,001 - £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely. This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines, or improving a facility’s ventilation.

Active Together: A crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m.

With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related need

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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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Funding opportunity from 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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Small Theatre Grants: 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 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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‘Berkshire Better Health Funding opportunity’ 2020

Sport England are providing Get Berkshire Active with funding through the ‘Tackling Inequalities Fund’ to distribute to community organisations who support the following priority groups to be active:

  • BAME Communities
  • Lower Socio-economic Groups
  • People with Disabilities
  • People with Long Term Conditions

Who can apply:

  • Charities, community groups, social enterprises, community Interest companies or other not for profit organisations that already do or can include physical activity opportunity for these priority audiences
  • Focused health projects that meet the ethos of the Better Health campaign and can be delivered by March 2021
  • Organisations must be based or delivering in Berkshire

Applicants can apply for grants of £1,000 to £5,000.

Berkshire Better Health Fund 2020 is supported and administered by Get Berkshire Active.
For more information and an initial phone call to discuss your project idea before progressing to an application please contact: Cathy Carr (Healthy Communities Manager Berkshire East): 07912 178652 or email: cathy.carr@getberkshireactive.org
Kirsty Heath (Healthy Communities Manager Berkshire West): 07394 564540 or email: kirsty.heath@getberkshireactive.org

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