DRAFT - Funding opportunities

We hope you'll be interested in these opportunities. Please let us know if you submit an application or receive funding, as this will help us to evaluate the impact of Fellowships and to identify further relevant opportunities in future.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support Funds:

 

Innovation and Enterprise

 

Funding Programmes (not specific to COVID-19):

 

 

Regional

 

Scotland

 

Wales

Arts

 

 

Useful Resources:

 

 

 

Community Foundations - Coronavirus Appeal

What is the funding for?

There are 46 accredited Community Foundations in the UK, covering all of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England.

National Emergencies Trust have launched a Coronavirus Appeal to support grassroots charities and groups who’ll be supporting some of society’s most vulnerable people throughout the outbreak. If you are an organisation looking for funding you can seek support through your local community foundation.

How to apply

Visit this page to find your local community foundation.

 

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

What is the funding for?

In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK. Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year, are eligible to apply.

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and they aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Applications to the fund are currently paused - check back for updates.

 

Sport England - Community Emergency Fund

What is the funding for?

This fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It's specifically targeted at organisations who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis. The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

This £20 million fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses. Eligible organisations include:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
  • Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

1 March through to 31 July, 2020. (Applications to the fund are currently paused - check back for updates.)

 

Sport Wales - Emergency Relief Fund

What is the funding for?

It’s an unprecedented time for Welsh sport, bringing the biggest challenge to our sporting infrastructure in a generation.

The impact of the Coronavirus comes just weeks after many clubs in Wales were severely damaged by flooding caused by storms Dennis and Ciara. Sport clubs are facing an immediate threat to their existence.

Emergency funding of £400,000 for not-for-profit community sport in Wales has been confirmed by Sport Wales and Welsh Government.

The Emergency Relief Fund is targeted at clubs who are already facing significant challenges after a difficult few weeks and who are likely to need immediate financial support over the next 12 weeks (up to 30th June 2020) if they are to remain an important part of their communities in the future. Each eligible Club will be able to apply for a maximum of £5,000.

This Emergency Relief fund is designed to complement other sources of funding provided by the UK Government or Welsh Government, such as funds targeted at small businesses.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently. The expectation is that organisations will only apply once to this fund for the immediate period - through to 30 June 2020. 

 

National Lottery Community Fund - Awards For All (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)

What is the funding for?

This is a UK-wide funding programme for voluntary, public sector or community organisations for awards of £300 to £10,000.

The fund remains open to all applications, but applications that are COVID-19 related will be prioritised for six months. (From March 2020)

The funder will prioritise applications from organisations that will support people at high risk, will see an increased demand in this period, or that have high potential to support communities with the impact of COVID-19.

Costs which are eligible include:

  • equipment
  • one-off events
  • small land or building projects 
  • staff costs
  • training costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Watch this NCVO/CFG webinar for helpful tips on applying to the fund. (England only)

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Arts Council of Wales - Coronavirus support Fund

What is the funding for?

Together with the Welsh Government, the Council has reallocated money from existing budgets to create an urgent response fund of £7 million. They hope to add to this by working with other trusts, foundations and organisations to increase the funding that’s available.

Of the funds currently available, they're planning to allocate at least £1.5 million to individuals with the balance of £5.5m earmarked for organisations. They’ll monitor the demand on these budgets as they go along, and might adjust these allocations so that they can support as many people as possible.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Creative Scotland - Sustaining Creative Development

What is the funding for?

Creative Scotland is committed to ensuring that people are supported to develop excellence and experimentation in a wide range of arts and creative activity, reflecting Scotland’s diverse and dynamic cultures. They have launched their Open Fund in a difficult context. The disruption of COVID-19 is a situation without precedent and the creative sector is facing significant challenge. 

This fund is designed to support you to sustain your practice in a changing world. They are asking you to tell them what you want to do, and how it will help you and/or others in the months and years to come. The fund aims to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Funding is available for between £1k and £50k and the fund is open all year round, with no deadlines and can support activity for up to 12 months.

Freelance and self-employed artists and creative practitioners in Scotland can apply for projects supporting the development of their practice. Organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries are also eligible.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Open Fund - no deadline currently.

 

Cavell Nurses’ Trust

What is the funding for?

The Trust helps registered nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. The money is available to help people in the following situations, for example:

A nurse, midwife or HCA being unable to work because they need to isolate themselves. This may lead to financial crisis if they don’t have access to occupational sick pay or benefits, perhaps because they are an agency worker or self-employed. They may also lose access to overtime, bank shifts or other enhancements. 

Also, a nurse, midwife or HCA who is facing financial hardship because their household or partner’s income has been affected due to Coronavirus, perhaps because they are self-employed or work in an industry adversely affected by Coronavirus.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

What is the funding for?

The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. Additionally, grants will also support young people to diversify their business to respond to opportunities created by the crises.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a business owner aged 18 to 30, who set up their business in the last four years and don't have any other source of income during the crisis.

How to apply

Visit this page to register your interest.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Covid-19 Resilience Innovation Project Support - Wales

What is the funding for?

As part of the Welsh Government's response to the Coronavirus outbreak, they are looking at supporting Innovative projects that can have a direct impact on how we fight the virus.

The Covid-19 Resilience Innovation Project Support can be used, by Businesses based in Wales, to fund;

  • The purchasing of specific equipment
  • Adjustments to existing processes 
  • Implementation of new processes    

The production of medical devices, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the delivery of sanitising products are all potential areas that could be addressed by the support.

There is a simple application form, and a fast appraisal process that will allow these projects to start making a difference quickly.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

30 June.

 

Heritage Emergency Fund

What is the funding for?

Heritage Fund are providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

This includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives, and a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need. The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications for funding from £3,000 to £250,000.

The Fund has now expanded the criteria to help heritage organisations safely reopen in line with Government guidelines.

Costs could include:

• additional staff to help manage queues or additional cleaning
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and volunteers
• implementing contactless payment methods
• erecting temporary structures to help manage visitors such as shelter for queues or additional toilets

Costs essential to preparing for recovery:

• strategic reviews of business models, operating plans and business plans
• investment to enable digital delivery of services

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

31 July.

 

UK Research and Innovation - Fund for ideas that address COVID-19

What is the funding for?

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

  • new research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the grant) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

Proposals will be accepted from anyone who is normally eligible to apply for UKRI funding. This includes any company or SME that would normally be eligible for Innovate UK grant support. You will need to show that you can start work within 4 weeks of the funding being confirmed.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

London Community Response Fund

What is the funding for?

London’s funders are working together to provide coordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic. 

There are two funding programmes that are currently taking applications:

  • Crisis response – grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs;
  • Delivering differently – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand. In some circumstances we may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this.

Detailed eligibility requirements can be found here. The activities which you are applying for funding for need to be legally charitable and benefit Londoners.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

There is a weekly rolling deadline until further notice e.g. applications submitted by Friday will be assessed in the following week.

 

Moondance Covid-19 Relief Fund

What is the funding for?

The Moondance Foundation is keen to help Welsh charities continue their operations during the Covid-19 crisis.

They understand that these are challenging and uncertain times for the third sector with activities and services disrupted, new ways of working required, increased costs and sources of revenue diminished.

They will consider applications for any of the following:

  1. Staff retention

  2. Current activities and services in jeopardy

  3. Evolution of services to adapt to the current crisis

Grants are available to registered charities, charities based and working in Wales and charities based outside Wales for work which takes place in Wales only.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Voluntary Services Emergency Fund (Wales)

What is the funding for?

The voluntary sector across Wales is playing a pivotal role in supporting those in need across Welsh communities. In this time of national emergency, funding needs to reach those working directly with communities quickly, to meet a huge increase in need.

The purpose of this fund is to enable those providing vital support to groups such as: people in isolation, the elderly, carers, people struggling to access food etc so that they can be supported during this time.

WCVA will administer a grants scheme, in a fast and robust way to enable the sector to continue and expand their work, especially with volunteers, in supporting people in Welsh communities most at need during this time. Grants will support not for profit organisations working at a community scale up to a national level in Wales and can be between £10,000 – £100,000.

The grant will support organisations to:

  • Maintain or increase activities that support the vulnerable during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
  • Ensure third/voluntary sector organisations have the resources needed to deliver vital services for their communities.
  • Encourage stringent health and safety protocols during all activities that safeguard third/voluntary sector staff, volunteers and beneficiaries.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales 

What is the funding for?

Charities and voluntary organisations in Wales are facing challenging and uncertain times during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Sadly, as demand soars for their services, many voluntary organisations are under threat due to income streams drying up across the board. Fundraising is severely reduced as many marathons, charity concerts, and bake sales have been cancelled. Other income generators such as community centres, retail and hospitality services are also no longer possible.

To help voluntary organisations stay in business, working with Welsh Government we’ve introduced the Third sector resilience fund for Wales to provide cash flow support to help organisations through the current crisis.

This is a Wales-wide support fund for those affected by COVID19 and specifically tailored for the voluntary sector, to complement the various other schemes already announced here and UK-wide

  • It is designed to ensure that voluntary sector organisations stay in business – it is an aid to survival
  • It is not intended to duplicate provision offered elsewhere and applicants will be required to confirm that there is no ‘double funding’ taking place
  • It is not about replacing lost income – it is about providing sufficient funds to cover essential expenditure not covered by any residual income or by other supportive interventions. ‘The funding of last resort’

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Steve Morgan Foundation - Covid-19 Emergency Fund

What is the funding for?

In response to Covid-19 pandemic Steve Morgan Foundation has introduced an emergency fund to support charities and not for profit companies in their remit area (Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire west of M6).

The fund, of up to £1 million a week for an initial 12 weeks, will be open to charities and not for profit organisations across the above regions to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus; it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fundraising revenue to stay in business.

Please note that this fund is not open to individuals. Any individual seeking help should refer to organisations and charities in their local area which are supported by Steve Morgan Foundation.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Youth Scotland Action Fund

What is the funding for?

Youth Scotland’s Action Fund has been established to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

The purpose of this fund is to enable youth groups to purchase essential items that will enable them to continue working with young people throughout this period of social distancing and restrictions.

It is a Micro Grant fund that is being supported by some key funders, STV Children's Appeal, The Robertson Trust, The Gannochy Trust and new funding from The Ponton House Trust. The maximum amount available per application is £500.

Eligible costs are:

  • Equipment and programme materials
  • IT equipment to enable digital engagement of young people and delivery of online activities
  • Video-calling licences
  • Data bolt-ons/top-ups for young people
  • We will consider any other reasonable requests specific to needs identified in your community relating to young people

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

What is the funding for?

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

Typically, the fund will prioritise organisations;

  • whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
  • require to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently. The fund is now closed to certain areas due to high demand, so check availability here.

 

The Care Workers' Charity - Covid-19 Emergency Fund

What is the funding for?

The Care Workers' Charity Covid-19 Grant Fund aims to provide emergency funding for currently employed care workers who must take time off work due to Covid-19 for either illness or self-isolation or for funeral costs.

Applicants must work in role that is involved in or supports the provision of adult, elderly or disability care. These may include residential social care, domiciliary/home care, supported living care.

Care workers who are unable to work for one week may apply for a £250 grant and those who are unable to work for two weeks may apply for a £500 grant.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - Third Sector Resilience Fund

What is the funding for?

SCVO's Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) will provide emergency support for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisiations working in Scotland. This fund supports organisations which already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulty as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of this fund it to support third sector organisations, and to help provide finance to help stabilise and manage cash flow during these challenging times.

The fund is to be delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and the Corra foundation who will deliver grants between £5,000 and £100,000. In addition, there will be a further £5 million available as fully flexible, 0% interest loans. Loans from this additional fund will start from £50,000. Specialist business advice, provided by Just Enterprise, will complement the fund to help grant recipients maximise the impact of the financial support they receive.

For your organisation to be eligible you must be:

  • A charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation based in Scotland and/or primarily delivering services/activities in Scottish communities;
  • Already delivering those products or services prior to March 2020;
  • And needing funding to stabilise cashflows directly as a result of the impact of COVID-19, as opposed to pre-existing financial difficulties.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Association of Independent Music - Crisis Fund

What is the funding for?

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund starts with assets of £500,000 committed by AIM and its members, and further contributions are urgently invited from all sectors of the music industry and beyond. The target is to distribute £1000 to each of 1000 workers within two months.

The AIM fund is open to any contractors due to work with new and developing artists currently signed to AIM member labels who have lost committed income because of cancelled artist projects. This critical part of the music industry ecosystem includes tour crews, studio producers, mixing engineers, radio pluggers, graphic designers, stylists, publicists and others who do not qualify for other hardship funds on offer. AIM member labels will invite signed artists and their managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme

What is the funding for?

Kellogg’s has teamed up with Forever Manchester to award grants of £1,000 to school Breakfast Clubs, to help them provide breakfast to those children who need it most.

You can apply for an award at any date and you will hear within one month if you have been successful. Please note the fund may close if oversubscribed.

• Your breakfast club must be based in a school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

• A limited number of grants are available so priority will be given to schools that have either:

35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding (for England) and eligible for free school meals (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), or

• schools that are based in an area which is classified as falling in the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. You can find out if this applies to your school by following the instructions which you can find here.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

NSUN - Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF)

What is the funding for?

Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have a vital role working alongside our NHS colleagues to support anyone who has a mental health problem.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing. To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant.

Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

Support for smaller organisations or groups

As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, unconstituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Social Investment Business - Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

What is the funding for?

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS - see below) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises.

Many charities and social enterprises have been affected by the current crisis and lockdown, and have lost income. In many cases, grants will be the most appropriate answer; other organisations will be making use of other government schemes, such as furloughing staff; others will not want to add more debt or additional loans to what they already have.

RRLF is intended for those organisations who face a problem because expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted. A loan may help with this, providing working capital until normal business can commence again.

Purposes that are included:

  • Lending until government payments are received (e.g. contracts, furlough etc).
  • Lending to cover delays in trade payments (trade debtors).
  • Lending to support the rapid scaling up of an existing business model to meet an increased demand for services during the crisis.
  • Lending to provide a bridge to cover revenue shortfall for proven and profitable trading activity.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

LEAP: Small emergency loan programme

What is the funding for?

The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the fragility and vulnerability of our globalised food system and our reliance on long, just in time supply chains. This has led to a big increase in demand for local food but many agroecological producers and community food businesses have had to stop taking on new customers due to lack of resources, staff and supply chain difficulties.

LEAP are offering the following funding for a period of 3 months from 1st April 2020:

Small unsecured loans from £5,000 to £20,000
3-month capital and interest holiday, followed by 12-month capital holiday
Interest rate: 5%
Term: 5 years and 3 months
Quick decision (they aim for funds to be paid to successful organisations within 14 days of application)
Arrangement fee: Waived while this offer is open.

The focus for this funding will be on established community food businesses and agroecological growers and it can be used for anything that helps them navigate this crisis. The investment could be used for working capital to develop new routes to market or to scale up production to meet growing demand. It can be used for recruiting more staff, investing in IT and delivery vehicles, new processing facilities and equipment.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Food Charities Grant Fund

What is the funding for?

If you run a front-line food aid charity you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable.

Defra will assess applications to the fund in the order they are submitted.

You’re eligible to apply if you:

  • are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities
  • have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020

You can apply for the grant to provide for people:

  • unable to afford food
  • who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

6 July - apply early as applications are considered upon receipt.

 

Greggs Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

What is the funding for?

The Coronavirus outbreak is having a devasting impact. Charities, community groups and schools who support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities urgently need help. The Foundation is providing urgent funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and small grants (average £500).

How to apply

Email the Foundation to request support.

Deadline

No deadline given.

 

Technical Detail - free support with planning architectural build for charities

What is the funding for?

Is your charity planning a build? Did you have a project in progress that came to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Architectural Technologists Technical Detail are an experienced architecture firm who take clients through from idea to completion. They are pledging their time and skills to charities for free in light of the current pandemic. If your organisation is planning a build, are in the process of one or need simply need some advice, Technical Detail are offering their expertise.

How to apply

Visit this page for further information.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Independent Age Grants Fund

What is the funding for?

Coronavirus has changed the lives of everyone in the UK, but this is particularly true for our older generation who remain amongst the most affected. Independent Age's trustees have released £2 million from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.

This Fund will comprise of four separate funding rounds. In each round the Trust will make £500,000 available where organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each. 

They have decided to begin by supporting work with two
groups of older people, who can too easily miss out:

  • Older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations

Helping organisations providing targeted, practical services for older people who are managing additional difficulties in their lives.

  • Older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind

Helping organisations connecting with older people who are very isolated and most at risk of missing out on the help available from government or charities that serve a very wide client group.

In order to be eligible to apply, your organisation must be registered as a charity. You must have at least one paid member of staff (part-time is fine) and an annual income of £1 million or less (averaged across the last three financial years). You must be already working with older people. Organisations that do not specialise in work with older people are welcome to apply – but you must already be providing services for older people as part of your work and to be able to demonstrate what you have achieved.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Round 2 -  2 July, 9am
Round 3 -  21 August, 9am
Round 4 -  18 September, 9am

 

Clinks - Covid-19 Response Grants for Criminal Justice

What is the funding for?

Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19.

The pandemic has had a profound effect on voluntary organisations, the vast majority of which have had to reduce service provision or are adapting their services to deliver vital support to people in the criminal justice system. Clinks is pleased to be distributing £275,000 on behalf of Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and the Ministry of Justice in recognition of the continued challenges presented to voluntary organisations at this time.

Clinks want to hear from organisations:

  • with an existing relationship with HMPPS with under £500,000 annual income who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community in the context of Covid-19.
  • working across the breadth of the voluntary sector in England and Wales including those delivering specialist services for people with protected characteristics.
  • Organisations are also welcome to apply if they have previously offered support to HMPPS through the sector support mobilisation process to adapt their service or deliver more support during the pandemic, whether they have been accepted, declined or are currently being considered.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently. Organisations will be told the decision within ten days, and receive payment two weeks later. Funded organisations must spend the money by 30th November.

 

Coronavirus Future Fund - government loans to UK-based companies

What is the funding for?

The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

You’re eligible if your business:

  • is based in the UK
  • can attract the equivalent match funding from third-party private investors and institutions
  • has previously raised at least £250,000 in equity investment from third-party investors in the last 5 years

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Aberlour Children's Charity - urgent assistance fund (Scotland)

What is the funding for?

Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund can provide cash grants to help families with children cope with the impact of the Coronavirus.

Applications must be endorsed and submitted by a sponsor, acting in their professional capacity. Examples of eligible sponsors include social workers, health care professionals, teachers, clergy and third sector organisations. Applications from individuals cannot be accepted.

The Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund awards cash grants to assist children and young people (aged 21 and under) across Scotland, and their families, who are suffering extreme hardship. This support is usually via cash grants to assist with a range of needs, such as food, prepay power cards, clothing, bedding or other essentials.

To qualify for cash grants from the Trust:

  • There must be a child in the family who is 21 or under.
  • That child must be suffering extreme hardship.
  • A family can receive one grant per financial year.
  • Grants are made at the discretion of the Trust.
  • A sponsor must submit a fully completed and legible application on an official application form

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Antonio Carluccio Foundation - Covid-19 Response Grants (Food and Hospitality)

What is the funding for?

Antonio Carluccio established The Foundation before he died. Amongst his core objectives was the idea to support hospitality related training and development, to promote a better understanding of food origins and nutrition and to make direct support available for organisations working to feed those in need.

Coronavirus makes the need in some of these areas enormous and as a result, the Foundation is extending their grants programme for 2020 to £500,000. Charities working in these areas are invited to apply for grants up to £5,000.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Applications to the fund are currently paused - check back for updates.

 

Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme (Northern Ireland)

What is the funding for?

Comic Relief and the Community Foundation respond to child hunger in Northern Ireland as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. This programme aims to contribute to community-based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10 who may face food poverty as a result of school closures and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

Applicants will be asked to provide details of the programme being proposed, and how it will support families with children under the age of 10 who may face food poverty as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. As the closure order may run into the summer holiday period the fund is keen to support community based programmes that can provide support across this entire period. Applicants will be asked to provide details as to how the proposal will support families in a way that safeguards their privacy and their dignity. Applicants will be asked to provide details as to how any grant awarded will be used in a way that supports local businesses in this time of crisis.

You must be a locally led and based organisation. This means you are based within the area you are carrying out activities and have local people involved in the running of the organisation. Priority will be given to small, locally based and local run groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs. 

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

BBC Children in Need - Covid-19 Next Steps Programme

What is the funding for?

The Next Steps programme is the charity's response programme designed to deliver support for children and young people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for between £5,000 and £80,000 for projects commencing in September 2020. These grants can last up to 18 months. It is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield.

The Next Steps programme will be for not-for-profit organisations within the UK who meet their Minimum Standards for Grantmaking. Your organisation must be registered with the appropriate regulatory body, such as your nation’s Charity Commission or Companies House (unless your organisation currently holds a BBC Children in Need grant). They will not be accepting applications from educational institutions (including schools), prisons, hospitals or other statutory bodies.

Projects can last up to 18 months and begin in September 2020. The fund will help organisations with more complex service adaption, including additional staffing requirements. It is designed to be as flexible as possible, covering a wide range of activities.

How to apply

Visit this page for information.

Deadline

1 July.

 

Rosa - Covid-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)

Rosa’s Covid-19 Response Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK.

The purpose of this first stage response fund is to provide quick and straightforward grants with very basic eligibility criteria.

Rosa particularly welcomes proposals from women’s organisations that: 

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: marginalised populations, BME women, LGBTQ+ women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.
  • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK. 

How to apply

Visit this page for information.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Edge - Post Covid-19 Revival Fund (Education)

What is the funding for?

The purpose of the fund is to address the educational challenges arising from the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. The fund will be a responsive programme of grant funding, open to institutions and not-for-profit organisations working in the educational sector to support the development of projects and initiatives to revive education and support the sector to build back better.

Applications for funding are invited to support medium and long term projects addressing a post Covid-19 education scenario.

Projects must support at least one of Edge’s strategic priorities:

  • A broad, flexible and engaging education
  • High quality respected professional and vocational education
  • Education connected to employers and the community

How to apply

Visit this page for information.

Deadline

9 July.

 

UK Gov - Domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund

What is the funding for?

The fund will help ensure that:

  1. Safe accommodation services can continue operating and keep bedspaces open for victims and their children fleeing from abuse during COVID-19 emergency.
  2. Safe accommodation services can help more victims access these life-saving services.

MHCLG are re-opening the fund for applications on a rolling ‘first come first served’ basis.

• Applicants must be charities providing domestic abuse safe accommodation services in England, who meet the definition of being a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution in the Charities Act 2006. This also includes any partners listed in consortium applications.

• Bid applications must be submitted by service providers of domestic abuse safe accommodation, or the lead applicant acting on behalf of a consortium. We strongly encourage applications from consortiums of service provider partners. Consortium bids will help expedite the process of assessment and getting funding to services. If applying as a consortium, the application should identify all the partners in the consortium who must nominate one lead partner to be the grant recipient. The lead partner will submit the application on behalf of the consortium partners, will be the lead contact, and be responsible for allocation of funding across the consortium, as well as for monitoring the fund outcome.

• The fund aims to support safe accommodation services, including refuges.

How to apply

Visit this page for information.

Deadline

Bids will be accepted until the funding has been exhausted or until 20 July, whichever is sooner.

 

Wrap - COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant

What is the funding for?

The aim of the grant is to provide vital financial support to small not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who can redistribute surplus food from the likes of retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable.

This £1 million grant scheme is open to micro-to-small sized NFP operations that currently operate food redistribution activity. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000. The grant may be used to fund the eligible capital and revenue costs.

The grant can provide funding support to help deal with any increased demand and capacity issues, additional resource, or costs for transporting the surplus food from the food business to a charity or end beneficiary. Wrap are unable to fund the likes of kitchens facilities for meal preparations, cooking, or onward giving of food through the likes of community stores, breakfast clubs, and soup kitchens.

How to apply

Visit this page for information.

Deadline

3 July.

 

ASDA Foundation - Covid-19 Grant

What is the funding for?

In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams:

Hygiene Grant:

This grant is 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. The Foundation would expect applications from care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.

Healthy Holiday Grant:

This grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. If social distancing is relaxed before school holidays, then standard (Transforming Communities Improving Lives (TCIL) criteria would apply.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, your group must be one of the following;

• a Charity

• a not for profit company

• a Community Interest Company (CIC)

• an unincorporated Club or Association

How to apply

Visit this page to apply.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

COVID In-kind Support - for voluntary and community sector organisations (London)

What is the support for?

Business offers to support voluntary and community sector organisations include:

  • Employee volunteers from companies including Citi Group, Jacobs Engineering Group and URW, owners of Westfield
  • Free use of fleet cars, transportation and delivery services, including offers from Jaguar Land Rover, Ola taxis and Mitie
  • A range of in-kind digital offers, including platforms, Apps and Amazon support
  • Free space for business operations or storage across London, with premises available in Shoreditch, the City, Shepherds Bush, Stratford and Vauxhall
  • Pro bono (in-kind) management consultancy support for charities and not-for-profit organisations

How to take up an offer

  • Click the link to browse the “top twenty” list (you can filter to select a category of support)
  • To request an offer, please complete the short form here.
  • Return the completed form by email to [email protected].

If an offer is not listed, and you have a specific ask of London’s business community, please email [email protected] specifying your requirements.

 

Help The Homeless Fund

What is the funding for?

Help The Homeless was founded in 1975 and shortly thereafter launched its first National Appeal chaired by Sir Robert Mark (the then Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police) which raised a substantial initial capital sum. Together with further donations and legacies since then, this capital has been carefully managed and invested to produce income which is distributed in the form of grants to charities and voluntary organisations throughout the UK. Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homelesss people in rebuilding their lives and finding their way successfully back into society.

Grants are made four times each year to assist in the purchase of capital equipment. Each application is considered on its merits by the Board of Trustees.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Your organisation must be a registered UK charity with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.

  • They are able to help only small and medium-sized charities with an annual turnover of under £1m and with ‘unrestricted reserves’ of under six months annual running costs based on their latest published annual accounts. 

  • They can only accept applications towards the funding of ‘capital’ projects. They are unable to accept applications towards running/core costs, computers and IT equipment.

  • All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offering shelter or other forms of sustenance.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

The quarterly deadlines for applications for funding each year are: 15th March / 15th June/ 15th September/ 15th December.

 

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

What is the funding for?

The Trust is committed to awarding grants to those most in need. In 2020, they will support projects that focus on the many complex issues that have arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic that address the specific needs of people aged 60 and over. Priority will be given to charities that work within BAME communities.

To be eligible to apply for a grant:

  • your charity’s project must fall within one of the Trust's current priorities;
  • your charity’s income and expenditure must meet the requirements for the relevant Grant Round;
  • your charity’s project must not be on the list of projects or organisations that the Trust don’t fund

They only give grants to UK registered charities or organisations that are exempt from registration. They do not give grants for any other type of not-for-profit or community organisation.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

31 July.

 

Foyle Foundation - small grants scheme

What is the funding for?

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. The Foundation's focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

Their priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible. At present, it will not a priority to consider building projects unless these are for essential repairs or re-equipping, in order for you to carry out your work more efficiently or cost effectively and where you can demonstrate why there is an immediate need to carry out these works.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme. Charities can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

John Watson’s Trust - educational grants (Scotland)

What is the funding for?

To award grants for educational purposes to children and young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability or who are socially disadvantaged.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Both individuals and organisations.

  • The Trust operates primarily within Edinburgh and the Lothians but grants may be awarded Scotland-wide depending on each individual case.

  • The Trust cannot routinely accept requests for day school or university fees, but grants are occasionally made for funding school expenses such as equipment, outings and tuition. School boarding fees may qualify for grants in exceptional cases where personal circumstances make boarding necessary.

Grants can be used for things such as:

  • Special or additional tuition

  • School trips within the UK (must be applied for by the school and not individuals)

  • Bus passes

  • School expenses such as books and equipment

  • Laptops where there is a special education need

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

31 July and 30 October.

 

David Ross Foundation - children and young people

What is the funding for?

The foundation's firm belief is that every child and young person has passions and talents. The foundation aims to help them discover their strengths by offering them a wide range of world class educational opportunities. Their primary interests are in the arts, community, education, music and sport and enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society. To date the David Ross Foundation has given approximately £20m to charitable causes.

All applications are considered by The Board of Trustees.
In assessing applications they are looking for:
An outline of your project – it’s purpose and activities
Financials – total budget, fundraising strategy and the level of funding you are seeking from DRF
Who will benefit? - Community support
Sustainability and legacy of your project

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Bank of Scotland Foundation - Reach Programme

What is the funding for?

Launched in March 2019, ‘Supporting Positive Change Across Scotland’ is the Foundation’s five year strategic plan which will see a range of new funding programmes open in 2019 and 2020.

Four strategic aims will determine their programmes of work over the next five years:

They will focus our work and impact on charities that demonstrate they address social exclusion or disadvantage.
They will develop flexible, responsive grant making tailored to the needs of those they support.
They will realise the value of our strategic partnership with Lloyds Banking Group.
As a learning organisation they will work to improve their impact and the quality of what they do and will provide best in class customer service.

Eligible organisations are charities registered in Scotland, operational for more than one year.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

12 noon Wed 15 July

 

Small Charities Challenge Fund

What is the funding for?

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is a funding opportunity for small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.

SCCF project grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to two years, for UK-registered organisations working towards addressing the Global Goals, to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised.

Your organisation or your downstream partner will also need to be registered in the country of delivery for your application to be eligible.

SCCF welcomes applications from organisations with strong links to the country in which their project operates.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Thursday 24 September, 5pm.

 

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland - small and medium grants

What is the funding for?

The Foundation is committed to supporting underfunded, grassroots charities that enable people, especially disabled and disadvantaged people, to play a fuller role in society. Applications are accepted from organisations with recognised charitable status, which fit within the published grant-giving criteria. The Foundation aims to support those who are disadvantaged and/or with additional needs in the community.

In order for organisations to be eligible to apply for grant programmes, they must have an income of less than £1 million in the previous 12 months. For registered charities with a Headquarters based outside Northern Ireland, the income of their Northern Ireland operation will be the figure used to assess eligibility. Small grants of up to £2,500 and medium grants of up to £10,000 are available.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Arts Council of Northern Ireland - Small Grants Programme

What is the funding for?

The aim of this programme is to assist organisations to deliver arts projects which contribute to the growth of arts in the community for new and existing audiences and which reflect the diversity of Northern Ireland’s society and culture.

The Council wants to support activities which benefit the people of Northern Ireland or that help arts organisations in Northern Ireland carry out their work. All applications should fit within the objectives stated in the Council’s five year plan and within its artform policies.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Nuffield Foundation - Strategic Fund and Seed Corn funding

What is the funding for?

The Fund encourages applications from universities, research institutes, think tanks and voluntary organisations. Priorities are for multidisciplinary projects with the potential for lasting and significant impact. The Foundation encourages applications relating to a number of broad themes. These themes include the impact of digital technologies and the fourth industrial revolution, the future of education in a digitally-driven society, and interventions that might promote opportunity and reduce adversity at different life stages and between generations. Listed themes are not exhaustive, and applications on other themes that align with the Foundation's mission to advance social well-being are welcome.

The Fund aims to give opportunities to a new generation of the best research talent, to encourage innovative methods and involvement with people outside academic research in policy, frontline service delivery, and the voluntary sector.

Applications opened on 1 October 2019 and funding will be phased over two years, with applications accepted at any point during that time.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

29 June 2020.

 

Nesta - Arts & Culture Impact Fund

What is the funding for?

The Arts & Culture Impact Fund is a new £20 million impact investment fund for the UK’s arts, culture and heritage social enterprises. The fund offers loans between £150,000 and £1 million repayable over a period of up to ten years. The Fund sets out to achieve several objectives for the arts, cultural and heritage sectors:
- Provide organisations with appropriate and bespoke repayable finance
- Develop the financial resilience of borrowers
- Support organisations to better monitor, evaluate and communicate their social impact
- Attract additional investment into the sector to help organisations thrive
- Promote the wider positive impact the arts, culture and heritage have on society and support more organisations to benefit individuals and communities through their work.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Investment window of 2020 to 2023.

 

The Baring Foundation - Strengthening Civil Society Programme

What is the funding for?

The programme aims to boost engagement and to support organisations within broader civil society to embrace law and human rights based approaches as effective tools for achieving change for individuals and communities. It also aims to build sustainable collaborations, partnerships and networks that leverage existing expertise within the sector to ensure the use of these approaches is as effective as possible.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Aviva Community Fund

What is the funding for?

This is a fund for small charities with forward-thinking ideas. Every three months, £250,000 will be shared equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for funding of up to a maximum of £50,000 and Aviva employees will decide how the funding is distributed. Aviva wants to support forward-thinking causes that are helping push communities forward, so your submitted project must:
• fall within one of their two key funding areas:
  Financial capability and inclusion: giving people the tools to become more financially independent.
  Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities.
• be raising funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group within the UK.
• if submitted in connection with a religious organisation, have an outcome that is accessible to persons of any religious beliefs

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

28 July 2020.

 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation- Youth Fund

What is the funding for?

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is to help young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood. Support is concentrated on those experiencing the most challenging circumstances: young people who are socially excluded or marginalised, whose experiences are often hidden or less well known, and whose voices are often erased or ignored.
Organisations must meet the following criteria:
- Work in the UK
- Work at either local, regional or national levels, or at more than one level
- Support young people aged 14-25
- Not-for-profit
- Provide direct services or second-tier support
- Income between £25,000 to £5 million

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Wilderness Award

What is the funding for?

The Wilderness Award is a cash award made to a UK resident over the age of 18 who intends to travel overseas, returning before 31st January of the following year, to undertake an unusual and adventurous objective in a geographically remote wilderness area.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a combination of enthusiasm and imagination. He or she will be expected to deliver a lecture in the Wilderness Lectures series in Bristol in the spring following their expedition (and should therefore expect to be able to support this lecture with appropriate photographic material).

The application will be expected to show clearly an idea with achievable objectives, good research, careful planning, minimal environmental impact and a commitment to follow the plan through.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

30 November 2020.

 

The Yapp Charitable Trust

What is the funding for?

The Trust offers grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000 who are undertaking work with:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 - 25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (with a particular interest in people who are educationally disadvantaged, whether adults or children).

They can only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally established for a minimum of 3 years. Newly registered charities may apply but the organisation must have appointed a management committee and adopted a governing document at least 3 years ago.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Trustees meet 3 times per year to consider applications and a decision time can take up to 5 months from the date of submission.

 

 

The Fore

What is the funding for?

The Fore enables UK-based small charities and social enterprises to unlock sustainability, efficiency, scale and impact. The Fore’s grants programme is designed to be ‘charity-led’, from the moment of application onward. Charities, CIOs, CICs, and CBSs can request up to £30,000 (spread over 1-3 years) for whatever they need most to transform their organisation. Applicants can work in any location or sector, and grantees are free to set their own KPIs.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

The Fore runs three twelve-week funding rounds each year in line with the academic calendar – Spring, Summer and Autumn. Registration is run on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed, so please register early.

 

Daiwa Foundation - Small Grants

What is the funding for?

Grants of £2,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

There are two application deadlines each year, 31 March (for a decision by 31 May) and 30 September (for a decision by 30 November). However, the Foundation encourages applicants to submit their application as early as possible.

 

The Burdett Trust for Nursing- Small Grants

What is the funding for?

This programme provides small grants to projects that are nurse-led and focussed on supporting the nursing contribution to healthcare and focussed on improving care for patients. Projects may involve clinical care, environment of care, social care, leadership or education.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Open Wing Trust

What is the funding for?

The purpose of Open Wing Trust is to enable the enablers. The Trust offers financial and other support to individuals who are in a process of inner change and who are changing the focus of their work towards working with others in need.

The Trust expects to fund up to three small one-off grants a year, with an individual maximum of £2,000 (total available each year is £4,000). Applications are invited from individuals over 18 living in England and Wales. No grants will be given to organisations or for project costs. Applications made on behalf of others will not be accepted, except when there is an obvious reason.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

Next deadline TBC.

 

Crowdfunder - Connected Communities

What is the funding for?

Supporting organisations based and working in outer London to deliver projects tackling poverty and inequality. You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding, and will be undertaking charitable work that:

  • Provides practical solutions to support people on low incomes.
  • Addresses local problems in creative ways.
  • Are led by communities that will benefit from the work.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit your idea in no more than 100 words.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Coop Foundation - Community spaces are everybody's business

What is the funding for?

The coop foundation is offering interest-free loans for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces.

  • Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 towards viable business ideas that will benefit the whole community – particularly those facing greater challenges.
  • No repayments for the first year, while your trading activities are developing

If you are based in a more deprived area, or your work mainly benefits more disadvantaged members of the community, we might also be able to offer some grant funding alongside a loan.

How to apply

If you think that this funding could help your community organisation to become more sustainable, you can fill out an expression of interest here. If you have any questions about this funding, you can get in touch with us at [email protected].  

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Nesta - Cultural Impact and Development Fund

What is the funding for?

This £3.7 million fund provides small-scale repayable finance to socially-driven arts and cultural organisations. The Fund is supported by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment through the Growth Fund programme, with finance being provided by its partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

The aims of the fund are to:

  • Enable risk-taking, ambitious organisations in the arts and cultural sector to take on small-scale repayable finance in order to achieve social outcomes;
  • Increase the capability of arts and cultural organisations to articulate, achieve, monitor and evaluate their intended social impact.

The Fund offers unsecured loans (and revenue participation agreements, where appropriate) between £25,000 and £150,000 with repayment terms of one to five years and interest rates ranging between 5.5% and 8.5%.

How to apply

For the criteria of the fund and details of the application process visit their website.

Deadline

The Investment window is between September 2018 and August 2021.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund

What is the funding for?

The Heritage Fund awards projects which focus on heritage. National Lottery Heritage Fund states that heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. As a guide, this could include:

  • oral history
  • cultural traditions
  • nature
  • natural and designed landscapes
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

How to apply

Different grant bands have different criteria and the amounts available depend on the type of organisation applying as follows:

  • Non-profits and partnerships led by non-profit organisations: £3,000 to £5million
  • Private owners of heritage: up to £100,000
  • Partnerships led by commercial organisations (for the purposes of achieving economic growth): £250,000 - £5m

Deadline

There is no deadline currently.

 

Blue Spark Foundation Grants

What is the funding for?

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to Blue Spark Foundation for a wide range of projects. The Foundation value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

Projects which could be supported include drama, music, sport, art and design, debating, public speaking, academic education, vocational training, community projects, enterprise projects and educational excursions. This list is illustrative and not exclusive as to the types of project that the Foundation support.

How to apply

Applications with an application form online.

Deadline

There is no deadline currently.

 

Social Investment Group - First Steps Enterprise Fund

What is the funding for?

First Steps Enterprise Fund (FSEF) is a £300,000 pilot fund to support community organisations managed by Social Investment Group on behalf of the ASDA Foundation. Funding packages of up to £30,000* are available (90% loan and 10% grant). The loan element is charged at 5% (fixed) to be repaid over a period of 4 years with an optional capital holiday for the first year.

Community organisations (charities and social enterprises) based in England that are looking to take on their first loan to help them grow and become more sustainable.

Particular preference is given to organisations that work in the following areas:

  • Older people
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Employment for young people

How to apply

Details for how to apply can be found on their website.

Deadline

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

 

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement - STEM Funding

For anyone looking for funding to support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) public engagement activities, the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement website has links to a range of funding opportunities.

The website also contains a wealth of support features for all public engagement professionals.

 

ACEVO - Jane Slowey memorial membership

ACEVO’s Jane Slowey memorial membership provides expert support, helps to builds connections and develops the skills of women from BAME backgrounds or those who have a disability, in their first two years as a CEO for a charity or social enterprise.

Objectives

  • To provide support, build connections and develop skills of BAME or disabled women chief executives in their first two years in the role.
  • To build a cohort of leaders who can address issues they are facing collectively through shared learning.

What recipients receive

Over two years (January 2021 – December 2022), eight women leaders will have:

  • Free ACEVO membership with access to full member benefits and services
  • Four opportunities to meet and learn as a group guided by a professional facilitator
  • Four opportunities to meet in smaller groups in person or virtually
  • Two annual dinners to celebrate their year’s leadership learning

Application criteria

The membership is open to applications from those who meet the following criteria:

  • Women
  • First two years of being a civil society CEO
  • BAME and/or disabled

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

19 July.

 

Lloyds Bank Foundation - Communications, press and influencing support

The Foundation's downloadable guides are designed to help you achieve strong, impactful communications with as little demand on your time as possible. This Communications, Press and Influencing toolkit provides a detailed overview of storytelling from a charity perspective and is designed for use by people of all levels of experience or prior knowledge.

The toolkit provides guidance and support on:

  • Defining your audiences, messages and channels
  • Building your brand
  • Approaching press
  • Designing events 
  • Creating video content
  • Succeeding on social media
  • Web design and content
  • Getting started with influencing
  • Useful resources

The guides can be accessed here.

 

Nesta - Crowdfunding in a crisis

One striking feature of the COVID-19 crisis is the crucial role that local communities have played in responding quickly to local needs and mobilising much-needed resources.

Identifying which local causes need support and getting funds to them quickly is a common challenge.

This blog gives a short introduction to how crowdfunding can be a good way of raising funds in a crisis by connecting people to local worthy causes, fast.

Read more here.

 

Good Finance - COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities & Social Enterprises

This page contains information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19.

The support can be accessed here.

 

Information Commissioners' Office (ICO) - Working from home for organisations

Working from home can bring freedom and flexibility – but it can also come with its own challenges. If you’re transitioning to home or remote working, the ICO has developed some guidance to help you remain compliant with data protection laws. 

The guidance can be accessed here.

 

Arts Fundraising & Philianthropy - Fundraising at times of crisis

Fundraisers are being forced to adapt at an unprecedented rate, so Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy have dedicated a special issue of Now, New and Next to some of the key problems that they know arts fundraisers are facing, and ways to help.

Read more here.

 

Year Here - Coronavirus Continuity Planning for Social Businesses and Charities

This is a crowdsourced collection of resources for Social Businesses and Charities created by ventures from the Year Here network. This guide is updated regularly by the community. It covers a variety of topics including webinars, HR, Legal & Governance, and Business Planning.

Access the resource here.

 

On Road - How to support people with first-hand experience to do great media interviews

Across the UK, the voluntary sector and the media are seeing the power of people sharing their experiences and expertise in their own words. Done well, their voices aren’t just heard – they are able to change how the public understands and thinks about social issues.

With this guide, On Road have drawn on over 10 years of expertise in bringing people with personal experience of social issues together with journalists to collaborate on fresh, more nuanced content, in safe and strategic ways.

The guide can be accessed here.

 

The Dragonfly Collective - Toolkit for social enterprise models that combine profit and impact

This toolkit explores how to build a social enterprise model in practice. It’s for the leaders of businesses that want to build purpose into their work, the leaders of charities that want to generate more sustainable sources of income, and the leaders of social enterprises that want to extend or strengthen their model.

It is based on the social enterprise toolkit developed in collaboration with Cass Business School in London. It draws on a review of 92 international journal articles on social enterprise models, and interviews with 18 leaders of social enterprise peak bodies in the UK that collectively support over ten thousand social enterprises.

Access the toolkit here.

 

Blume - Free support for Charities

Blume are offering 1,000 hours of free support to help Charities deal with the consequences of Coronavirus.  

Experienced Charity Accountants, HR professionals, Fundraisers, Copywriters, and Office Administrators are all on hand to support you with pressing tasks.

For example so far our Blumers have been asked to:

  • Reforecast cashflows and budgets
  • Manage the furlough process
  • Write fundraising bids
  • Put finance systems in place for handling new grants
  • Write impact reports for donors
  • Provide administrative support to fundraising efforts
  • Develop policies for working online

They are offering each charity up to 16 hours - or two days - of free support.

Access support here.

 

UK Artist Grant Writing Support

UK Artist Grant Writing Support is a network of artists, curators and producers working in contemporary art organisations, who are coming together to provide in-kind support to artists requiring help with emergency grant applications. This network has been established in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its increasingly serious economic impact on artists.

It is recognised that artists encounter barriers in accessing grant support, and that the skills and experience generating applications for funders and stakeholders are often disproportionately held by producing staff within organisations. This is a callout for artists who feel that they need feedback on their application as part of the grant writing process.

Access support here.