Funding opportunities and other support

We encourage Fellows to apply for funding opportunities and hope you'll be interested in those we have included here. The page is updated regularly with opportunities across sectors, so do keep checking back. 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.

You'll also find information on other support which could be useful for you or your organisation. This includes external guidance documents and electronic resources to support activities such as marketing and fundraising.

Funding opportunities - summary

 A full list of the opportunities included on this page. To view more details, click on the opportunity.

 

Arts, culture and heritage

 

Children and young people

 

Communities, charities and organisational funding 

UK wide:

England:

Northern Ireland:

Scotland:

Wales:

Regional:

 

Education and learning

 

 Enterprise and innovation

 

Environment, sustainability and food

 

Healthcare and medicine

 

Governance and public provision

 

 Human rights, law and civil society

 

Science and technology

 

Sport and physical activity

 

Other support - summary

This is a summary of the resources included on this page. To view more details, click on the opportunity.

 

Press, communications and marketing

 

Finance and operations

 

Grants and fundraising

 

Funding opportunities - in detail

Here you'll find information on the opportunities, including deadlines and how to apply.

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.

 

Museums Galleries Scotland - Recovery and Resilience Fund

The Scottish Government have allocated £4 million to the Museum Recovery and Resilience Fund which aims to secure the future of Scottish independent museums put at risk by the pandemic and to protect the vital role that they play in their communities.

The fund is intended to prevent museums from running out of funds before 31 March 2021, but also to support them to develop their resilience by adapting to changed circumstances, supporting their workforce and re-engaging with their communities. It will give independent museums the chance to plan and implement measures that will help them to achieve greater financial sustainability by 31 March 2021.

All funds must be awarded by 31 December 2020 and spent by 31 March 2021. It is not necessary for museums to have reopened to the public before 31 March 2021 in order to be eligible for the fund.

Who should apply?

Any independent museum run by a not-for-profit organisation and which meets the MA definition of a museum:

“Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society.”

Deadline

30 October, 5pm.

 

Art Fund - Respond and Reimagine Grants

What is the funding for?

Respond and reimagine grants provide funding to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.

These grants can provide practical support to fund what you need now. This could relate to costs connected to re-opening, such as staffing, equipment or training, or planning for future activities. If your organisation is experiencing an immediate crisis with no alternative sources of funding, the fund can consider offering emergency support to help you manage during this difficult period.

Applications are invited from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives that:

  • ordinarily have spaces for the public to visit and experience the visual arts or other object-based collections. This could include natural history, maritime and transport, archaeology and social history.
  • can demonstrate that you usually operate to best practice standards or have a good track record in delivering high quality public activity.

If you are an organisation that is a visual arts agency or festival, you can apply providing you can meet the above and have a strong visual arts focus. Unfortunately theatre, music, dance or other art forms, cannot be supported by this programme.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

12 October.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 Wolfson Foundation - Capital Funding

What is the funding for?

The Foundation's main grants programme provides support for places. These grants are for capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and equipment. They fund a broad range of organisations working across the fields of education, science & medicine, health & disability and arts & humanities.

Places eligible for this funding:

  • Charities working with disability funding
  • Charities working in mental health funding
  • Charities working with older people funding
  • Historic buildings & landscapes funding
  • Hospices & palliative care organisations funding
  • Places of worship funding
  • Libraries & archives funding
  • Museums & galleries funding
  • Performing arts organisations funding
  • Public engagement with science organisations funding
  • Secondary schools & sixth form colleges funding
  • Special needs schools & colleges funding
  • Universities & research institutions funding

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

The Ragdoll Foundation (for organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media)

The Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Their vision is to support quality arts engagement projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. All applications are expected to contribute to the Ragdoll Foundation’s primary purpose.

The Main Grants Programme is for new, larger projects, or a significant development in the scope or scale of an existing programme, project or pilot. The majority of grants made are in the region of £5k to £20k, however they accept applications of up to £50k for multi-year projects from organisations with appropriate experience.

Who should apply?

Organisations that can demonstrate a sound track-record of project delivery and financial management, including those that receive core support. Minimum 20% match-funding is required.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 for further information. Applications have been paused by the foundation until Autumn 2020 to focus on supporting the organisations they fund to survive the impact of COVID-19.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

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.

 

Garfield Weston Foundation - Grants for projects, revenue and capital

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 60 years. From small community groups to large national institutions, the Trustees’ aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.

The Foundation awards grants for Capital, Project and Revenue costs.

Who should apply?

The Foundation accepts applications from organisations working in the areas of Welfare, Youth, Community, Arts, Faith, Environment, Education, Health and Museums & Heritage.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Festival UK* 2022 - Research & Development (R&D) Projects

Festival UK* 2022 is calling for Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Artists and Mathematicians to come together and collaborate on big ideas.

To ensure the work created for Festival UK* 2022 is open, original and optimistic, they are investing in the creation of ideas through a detailed project of Research and Development (R&D).

Festival UK* 2022 is inviting Creative Teams (made up of organisations and individuals from across the STEAM sectors) to apply to take part in a paid R&D project to create compelling, ambitious and jaw-dropping public engagement acts on a global-scale.

This is a £3million funded R&D project (with 30 selected teams each being awarded up to £100k), at the end of which all ideas will be exhibited as a snapshot of the UK’s creativity, to inspire future generations.

Up to 10 Creative Teams, selected from the 30 teams participating in the R&D project, will be shortlisted to have their idea taken into full commission and be part of the Festival UK* 2022 public project which will be launched in autumn 2021.

Their Creative Advisors will be working alongside the Festival UK* 2022 team to support, inspire, provoke and challenge Creative Teams during the R&D project. The R&D project will take place between November 2020 and January 2021.

Who should apply?

Collaborative teams of Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Artists and Mathematicians

Deadline

16 October, 3pm.

 

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.

 

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 for further information.

Deadline

Applications to the fund are currently paused. They hope to expand the fund and will reopen as and when additional money is available.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Comic Relief - Change Makers

What is the funding for?

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on daily life, and Comic Relief has been distributing emergency funds in a number of ways to support organisations surviving and adapting in response to COVID-19. This call for proposals is different. It’s about looking to the future and making change.

That your organisation makes change for individuals is taken as a given. The focus for this call is about creating change in the wider world, whether that’s locally or nationally. They're looking for organisations that will make a significant contribution to their sector, whether that’s forging new ways of working in the wake of COVID-19, contributing evidence that will move things forward, cross-sector collaboration which recognises the way issues intersect, advocacy and campaigning work, or other change making efforts that are relevant to Comic Relief’s social change themes.

Proposals are welcome from organisations big or small, national or local. They also want to hear from and support organisations led by, working with and for those who are hardest hit and systematically excluded in society: BAME communities, the LGBTQ+ community, women, those living with disabilities.

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

25 September, 12pm.

 

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

The fund is currently paused to new applications.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

LGBTQ+ Covid-19 Fund

LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK can now apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. This is funded by Comic Relief, and METRO is the lead intermediary partner distributing these funds to the sector.

The fund is intended to support grassroots, local groups and organisations who can support LGBTQ+ communities through the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

  • Awards will be between £500 - £15,000 (Award levels: micro up to £500 or £1,000, small up to £5,000, medium up to £10,000, and large up to £15,000)
  • Each organisation/group can only apply for one grant, not multiple grants adding up to £15,000
  • Funding must be used by July 2021
  • Public sector organisations cannot apply for funding, nor can they hold any of the funding on behalf of other organisations
  • Projects should address the impacts of COVID-19 on the sector

Who should apply?

Applications are open to groups and organisations with an annual turnover under £100,000.

Your group or organisation must also:

  • Consist of 3 or more people
  • Be led by LGBTQ+ staff or volunteers (if you are a group within a larger organisation, then the staff/volunteers leading on this proposed project should identify as LGBTQ+)
  • Be not-for-profit
  • Be committed to equality and dignity for all LGBTQ+ people, including trans people

Deadline

Medium/Large grants applications will close on 30 September.

 

The Leathersellers’ Company - Small Grants Programme

This is a fast track application process for small one-off grants (up to maximum of £3,000).

This programme will consider applications from UK registered charities (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC)) that are:

  • currently supporting vulnerable people;
  • working in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK); and
  • have an annual income under £200,000

Who should apply?

To be eligible to apply for a small grant from the Leathersellers’ Fund in 2020-2021 you must:

  • be applying for £3,000 or less
  • be a UK registered charity (this includes Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) but not Community Interest Companies (CIC))
  • be currently supporting vulnerable people in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK)
  • have an annual income under £200,000

They do not typically fund:

Medical research
Hospices
Capital restoration projects

Deadline

Submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a number of rounds for applications, please see the website for further instructions.

 

National Lottery Community Fund - Leaders with Lived Experience 2020

This fund is to support organisations set up or run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue, who are trying to create positive change for communities and people who share those experiences. This funding will support lived experience leadership, and make sure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.

TNL Community Fund wants to fund projects that meet their funding priorities:

  • lived experience leadership can be central in developing strategies for the renewal of civil society through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis
  • supporting and developing lived experience leadership at all levels of an organisation
  • creating new opportunities for lived experience leaders and lived experience-led organisations to be central to any COVID-19 recovery and renewal response.

Projects funded through this programme will become part a network of lived experience-led organisations, alongside organisations funded through the pilot programme. These organisations will have been central to creating strategies to re-shape our communities and put lived experience at the heart of them.

Who should apply?

You can apply if your organisation:

  • was set up by a lived experience leader
  • is run by a lived experience leader
  • has leadership that reflects the people it wants to support.

Your organisation also needs to be a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company.

Deadline

13 October, 5pm.

 

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

The next meeting to consider applications is on 13 March 2021. Please note that the Trust is not able to consider grant applications before then.

 

Barrow Cadbury Trust - Covid-19 Support Fund (Migration)

Barrow Cadbury Trust is partnering with the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England. The Trust has £5 million to distribute for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and asylum-seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services.

The funding can only be spent on needs arising directly or indirectly from the pandemic, such as not on wider issues such as immigration advice. It cannot be spent on campaigning or political activity.

By “migrants”, for this fund, they mean people born overseas who are experiencing barriers to accessing services and whose difficulties are compounded by the pandemic. They may for example have restricted or unclear rights to live in the UK, people who have no recourse to public funds, and people who are destitute as a result of their immigration status.

Who should apply?

You can apply if:

Your organisation is a charity, company limited by guarantee or a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee registered in England with:

  • an income of between £10,000 and £3 million in your most recent year of operations;
  • at least three unrelated Trustees or, if you are a company, a Board with a majority of Directors (at least three unrelated) with no financial interest in the company.
  • Your organisation’s main purpose and activities or you have a track record of supporting refugees or migrants.

Deadline

No deadline currently - early application recommended.

Apply here

 

Global Fund for Children/ The National Lottery Community Fund - The Phoenix Fund (BAME communities)

The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community.

Aims:

  • Offer core funding to BAME grassroots groups across England working with BAME communities
  • Raise awareness of the unique challenges facing BAME communities across England
  • Establish an effective, innovative partnership to improve and promote community-based organisations within English philanthropy
  • A collaborative panel of individuals who have understanding and lived experience working with Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities will drive the fund’s grant-making decisions, awarding grants to BAME-centred and -led community organisations.

Who should apply?

Organisations in England that are led by representatives of the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities.

Deadline

30 September.

 

Cadent Foundation - Grants for people, communities and environment

The Foundation aims to make a positive impact by providing support to people living in vulnerable situations and energy poor communities, to work to protect and preserve our natural environment and create a sustainable energy future.

What they fund:

Projects through partnerships:

  • Research and Innovation (R&I) - Projects that help eliminate harmful emissions and support sustainable energy

Projects through online grant applications:

  • People – Projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations
  • Environment – Projects that will help protect and preserve the environment
  • Communities – Projects that provide a better and healthier community to live in and use

Who should apply?

Grants can be applied for up to £100,000 by UK charities or groups with charitable purposes. The projects must lie within our their objectives of research and innovation, people, the environment, and communties.

Deadline

No deadline currently. They aim to make a decision within 12 weeks of the application.

 

 

 

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland - small and medium grants

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.

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.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Foundation Scotland - Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust, the Foundation is providing funding to support charities and consitituted community groups that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Whilst the first phase of funding focussed on meeting communities most immediate needs, the fund is now focussing on Recovery. As some lockdown restrictions are lifted this phase of funding will support organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations in addition to providing emergency support for those who need it most.

Who should apply?

Organisations with an annual income of no more than £250,000 in most recent financial year.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

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.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Wales Council for Voluntary Action - 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.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Wales Council for Voluntary Action - Voluntary Services Recovery Fund

This is a new fund to focus on reducing inequalities across society which have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure a fair and just recovery. Charities and other voluntary sector organisations in Wales can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to enable them to continue to deliver essential services to communities, to adapt to meet new needs and respond to new challenges, for example relating to mental health and social well-being. Funding is being made available by the Welsh Government and is primarily focused on revenue funding, however, requests can be made for purchases of smaller capital equipment such as PPE, screens etc.

Who should apply?

Wales based third sector (not-for-profit) organisations, independent of government, private and public sectors. All funding requests must be solely for activity in Wales.

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’

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 three 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.
  • Adapt grants help organisations to restart, adapt or collaborate for the future.

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

Deadline

Currently closed to new applications.

 

The Mayor of London - Back to Business Fund

The Mayor’s £1m Back to Business Fund offers up to £5,000 in match funding to small and independent businesses through the Pay It Forward London crowdfunding platform.

Pay It Forward London enables businesses to raise vital funds and stay afloat, rebuild and recover from the impacts of Covid-19 through crowdfunding. Since its launch in April, over 5,000 Londoners have donated over £320,000 to support their favourite local businesses.

Through the Back to Business Fund, the Mayor will match every pound raised by a business up to a maximum of £5,000 - or 50% of their campaign target - to help them expand their operation online, invest in their future and adapt to safe, socially distant trading.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding.

Who should apply?

Small to medium sized business, (less than 250 employees) based in London, who have been adversely affected by Covid-19.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Trust for London - grants for tackling poverty and inequality in the capital

The Trust funds work which tackles poverty and inequality in London. They support work providing greater insights into the root causes of London’s social problems and how they can be overcome; activities which help people improve their lives; and work empowering Londoners to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes.

They are particularly interested in new and imaginative ways of addressing the root causes of London’s social problems, especially where it has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes. They are willing to take risks by supporting unpopular causes and work which government is unlikely to fund. They also want to make sure we are able to respond to new issues and ideas and find creative ways of tackling deep-seated problems relating to poverty and inequality.

Who should apply?

Organisations undertaking charitable activities. You do not need to be a registered charity. The majority of funding is for revenue costs, though they can also fund small capital items.

Deadline

6 October 2020, 1pm
2 February 2021, 1pm

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

East Midlands Airport - Covid-19 Community Relief Fund (East Midlands)

The COVID-19 Community Relief Fund has been created to allow local community groups and charities to access support that will help them to deliver much-needed support to vulnerable people in their local community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on all of us, but people who struggle in normal times have been pushed even further into hardship. The airport takes its role as a member of the local community very seriously and they’re proud to have been able to set up this Fund and make a real difference in the local area.

The COVID-19 Community Relief Fund has already awarded funds of over £23,000 to 36 local community groups including several local Food Banks, local groups making scrubs for the NHS, providing bikes for key workers so they can continue to get to work without having to use public transport, supporting the elderly and a range of other great causes.

Who should apply?

Community groups based in the east midlands who are supporting vulnerable people during the pandemic.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

Quartet Community Foundation - Coronavirus Recovery and Stabilisation (Bristol)

This grant programme aims to support local charitable organisations to recover and/or stabilise following the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown restrictions.

This programme is supporting organisations whose purpose is at least one of the following:

  • building resilience and capacity within local communities, where there are challenges around deprivation and limited local services
  • early intervention and preventative work with people at risk of negative/harmful experiences
  • supporting people in crisis – e.g. helping them overcome a crisis, trauma or abuse

You can apply for a grant towards core costs and project costs for activities that will help your organisation stabilise and/or recover from a period of lockdown restrictions and responding to the crisis. The costs included in your application should be costs that cannot be supported from existing funds and must only cover a period up to 12 months.

Who should apply?

This programme is for voluntary and community groups with charitable aims, registered charities, Community Interest Companies, town and parish councils. Applicants must be based and working in Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. To be eligible to apply, the work of your organisation must be addressing specific needs and disadvantages within communities living in the West of England.

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.

 

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

30 October.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

VCSE health and wellbeing fund

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (the system partners) are seeking applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations to the next round of the Health and Wellbeing (HW) Fund.

Projects must:

  • have run for at least 3 years
  • develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old, so they receive the best possible start in life
  • be focused on improving health outcomes in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas)

Who should apply?

Not-for-profit organisations in England. See detailed criteria here.

Deadline

30 October.

 

Nesta - Rapid Recovery Challenge

With the UK officially in recession, economic recovery is now a major challenge. There is an urgent need to support people at risk of losing their livelihoods and financial security so that millions do not find themselves out of work, out of pocket and out of prospects.

Nesta’s Rapid Recovery Challenge will find and scale tools and services that improve access to jobs and money for people within the UK, focusing on those hardest hit by the economic shock resulting from COVID-19.

The £2.8 million Challenge is funded by Nesta, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Money and Pensions Service. The Challenge is looking for innovative solutions that best meet the five assessment criteria below make a meaningful and sustained positive difference on the lives of the Challenge’s target end users, with potential to:

  • help target end users secure desirable work.
  • help target end users improve their financial health through metrics such as debt reduction, overdraft use deduction, savings increases and / or improved credit scores.

Who should apply?

Your organisation must be a registered entity (inclusive of businesses, charities, community groups and public bodies) and your proposed solution must directly - though, not necessarily exclusively - benefit the UK population. You may enter as a single organisation or as a partnership, however partnerships must nominate a lead organisation (that is a registered entity). You should (at minimum) have a well-functioning prototype of your solution that’s been piloted with at least 1,000 users.

Deadline

26 October, 12pm.

 

Evo Accelerator programme - for London-based entrepreneurs

This is a two-month course for businesses that care about social and environmental impact, to increase performance in the post-corona world.

Our changing world demands a new approach to business, one that supports sustainable growth and values people and planet above profit at any cost. As an impact-focused business, you see benefits across employee satisfaction, customer loyalty and long-term brand valuation as well as contributing to a better world.

While 73% of investors agree that a company’s efforts to improve society and the environment contribute positively to return on stockholder’s investments (2019 Aflac Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility).

Evo Accelerator gives you the practical tools, support and guidance so you can build better businesses with social and environmental impact at their core.

The two-month programme of support will be delivered online or in-person and will be made up of:

  • Inspiring workshops covering topics including New Business Models, Sustainable Growth and Investment, and Storytelling for Social Change
  • Peer-to-peer support through curated sessions to help inform decision-making and business plans
  • Trusted spaces where you can discuss your greatest challenges in confidence with peers on the same journey

Who should apply?

Individuals whose organisation – businesses, social enterprises and charities – is making a positive impact on the world and is looking to adapt and grow in a post-corona world.

If your business is between 12 months and 5 years old, and your business model embraces sustainable growth, then Evo will assist you in taking your next steps.

Deadline

11 October.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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 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.

 

The Edward Gostling Foundation - Small Grants and Capital Funding (Charities who support those with disabilities or long-term illness)

The Foundation operates 2 grant programmes:

Small Grants - this programme is aimed at charities needing urgent grant support of up to £5K to help maintain an existing service. Any grant awards made under this programme are unrestricted and may be used to meet the cost of any charitable activity, however the grant must be spent within 6 months of receipt.

Capital Grants - open to all charities with a gross annual income of £5M or less wishing to apply for a grant in excess of £5K towards the cost of funding a new project. Any grant awarded under this programme will be restricted and may only be used towards the cost of the project to be delivered. Day to day operational costs will not be funded.

Funds available for grant giving are limited and applications will be prioritised from smaller charities, operating at a local level, with an annual income of less than £1M and who are making a significant impact in their local community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising.

Who should apply?

UK registered charities with a gross annual income of £3M or less.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

Apply here

 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Positive Pathways programme

This programme will award grants to charities or Community Interest Companies (CICs) working with Armed Forces veterans who need support to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Grants will be made to projects which address a clear need. They will fund activities for veterans that organisations are already undertaking, as well as new projects.
The programme has two overall aims.
• To support high quality work that benefits veterans who have mental health needs
• To enable the organisations that are delivering this work to build referral pathways, both into and onwards, from the support they offer working collaboratively with their Strategic Partners.

To ensure that the fund is supporting projects for veterans across the UK, they are keen to encourage applications from organisations supporting
veterans in the West Midlands and West Scotland, as these are currently under-represented in previous funding rounds. They do not expect to fund UK-wide or multi-region projects under this programme.

Who should apply?

This programme is open to Armed Forces charities and CICs; and charities/CICs that have substantial experience in working with veterans.

Deadline

30 November.

 

Morrisons Foundation - COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund

What is the funding for?

The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. Homelessness charities are raising concerns that if someone is sleeping rough or in a crowded night shelter, it’s impossible to self-isolate and maintain social distance so help is needed more than ever before.

In response to this, the Morrisons Foundation Trustees have pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund. The fund is designed to support charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it most.

Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply for support to cover three broad areas:

  • Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • Information and advice

How to apply

Visit this page to submit an application.

Deadline

No deadline currently.

 

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 National Lottery Community Fund/ Comic Relief - COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund

The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraised income due to the Coronavirus. It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of COVID-19 to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively.

It is strongly advised that applicants read and follow the application guidance and frequently asked questions available below when applying to the Fund. Applications will be assessed, and decisions made, by an independent grants panel.

Who should apply?

Frontline organisations where more than half of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness. Applicants must have an annual turnover of less than £5 million. They will not fund organisations who received funding in round one.

Deadline

28 September.

 

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.

 

The Road Safety Trust - Small Grants programme

The main aim of the Small Grants Programme is to improve road safety at a local level. The programme has been designed after the Trust reviewed their first four years of funding and listening to the views of stakeholders. This informed them that there was a need for funding for smaller, local projects with a practical focus.

The Trust is looking for measurable interventions that link to local priorities and show a proposed link to reducing casualties either directly or through clear interim measures. Eligible projects are pilots/trials, expanding successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of interventions. Projects should have the potential for being brought to scale - with the ultimate goal of reducing deaths and injuries both locally and across the UK.

Who should apply?

Local Authorities, Police Forces, Fire and Rescue Services, UK-based registered charities, universities, not-for-profit social enterprises or community interest companies can apply.

Deadline

21 October.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 - this fund is paused to new applications. All updates in respect to its future will be posted on the page.

Deadline

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

 

Other support - in detail

Full information on each resource is provided here, with a link to the relevant website.

 

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.

 

Media Trust - Digital Marketing Strategy Webinar series

Digital Marketing Strategy Webinar series consists of three modules designed to help charities to effectively promote their work online, grow and engage audiences and increase their visibility. The webinars have been designed specifically for charities. 

The webinars have been broken down into three modules covering key areas for developing a digital marketing strategy including; Digital Marketing Strategy: The Basics, Content and Tactics and Digital Marketing Channels.

Access the webinars 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) - How to write a great grant application

Understanding how to put together a winning grant or funding application is essential – now more than ever. Succeed in your application and you could gain the funding you need for critical projects, however large-scale or focused they are.

But like any application, you'll be one of many. You'll not only need to nail the basics, you'll also need to stand out. And as charities face an increasingly difficult period, competition will be fierce.

Across three (transcripted) videos, Monica Brown, Head of Charity Advisory at CAF, addresses:

  • What makes a great grant application?
  • How should charities approach writing a grant application?
  • What are common grant application mistakes?

Access the videos 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.

 

Covid Tech Support - Free project support for those who need it

This is a community of over 1500 digital volunteers supporting non-profits and communities worldwide who are affected by or tackling COVID-19 efforts.

From organising tech teams and building websites or other COVID-19 projects, to arranging marketing and project support, they want to remove digital obstacles during this difficult time.

Access support 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.

 

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.