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Weekly Funding News Friday 24th June 2022
Funding to Support Disabled and Disadvantaged Children
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities to fund equipment and services to support disabled and disadvantaged children under the age of 13 across the UK. The Toy Trust fund helps disadvantaged children and their families to alleviate suffering; support children through awful experiences; encourage achievement through adversity; purchase vital equipment; provide care; bolster existing initiatives; initiate brand new projects.
Home – Toy Trust
Funding for Community Health and Wellbeing Projects
Funding is available for grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects that build happy, strong, resilient communities across the UK.
Individuals and small, not-for-profit businesses can apply for funding to set up new groups and activities that improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, and learning and skills development in local communities. To be successful, applicants will need to indicate how the activity/group can become self-sustainable or be able to attract funding from other sources for the longer term.
The funding is made available through Laughology’s Happiness Fund, which makes one award of £2,500 per quarter, allowing up to four different projects per year to be supported.
The next funding round will open on the 1st July 2022 and close when 50 applications have been received.
Funding to Support Arts Projects
The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 30th September 2022. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music, including Opera; Lieder; Composition and Dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges; Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support.
Fidelio – Applications for grants in support of the Arts | Fidelio Charitable Trust
Schools Can Apply for £500 of Free Equipment to Deliver Outdoor Learning
Schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and up to half a day of professional outdoor training to deliver outdoor learning and play. The funding is being made available through the charity
Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grant Programme and is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Outdoor learning grant | Learning through Landscapes (ltl.org.uk)
Grants for the Planting and Care of Trees, Hedges and Orchards
The Tree Council has announced that it will re-open its Branching Out fund in July. Through the Fund, schools, community groups, parish and town councils, and tree warden networks within the UK will be able to apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in planting and caring for trees, hedges and orchards.
Our grants – The Tree Council
Great Big Green Week Community Fund – Deadline Imminent
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to not for profit organisations, charities and schools to help organise local events, activities and festivals that celebrate action and progress being made on climate change during the Great Big Green Week 2022. The funding is being made available through the Great Big Green Week Community Fund and can be used to help pay for, equipment, one-off events, volunteer expenses and flyers.
Funding – Great Big Green Week
Grants to Improve the Quality of Life for Disadvantaged & Vulnerable People
Small-to-mid-size registered charities helping to improve the quality of life of people in the UK, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable can apply for grants of up to £5,000. The funding is being made available through the Hedley Foundation. The Hedley Foundation – A Grant Giving Charity
Funding for Financial Literacy Projects
The MSE Charity’s grants programme has re-opened for applications. Originally, the programme was due to re-open in September but the opening date has been brought forward due to the cost-of-living crisis. The MSE Charity gives grants of up to £7,500 to not for profit organisations that deliver activities that make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.
Home (msecharity.com)
Grants for Older People on Low Incomes
Small grants of up to £400 are available to support vulnerable older people living on low incomes in England and Wales. Friends of the Elderly currently have four grant streams open for older people who are of/over state pension age, have savings of less than £4,000, and who do not fit the criteria for other funders.
Grants For Older People | Grants for the Elderly | Friends of the Elderly (fote.org.uk)
Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Projects that Help the Homeless
Homeless charities can apply for capital grants of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to rebuild their lives. Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people. To be eligible to apply, the charity must have an annual turnover of under £1million and with ‘unrestricted reserves’ of under six months. Applying for Funding — Help the Homeless (help-the-homeless.org.uk)
Sky and BEO Announce £1m Partnership to Support Black Entrepreneurs
Through the Future 100 Growth Fund, Sky and civil rights organisation BEO are supporting Black entrepreneurs to launch and grow their own businesses in the UK. Future 100 provides investment and access to supply chains, backed up by expert business advice, coaching and mentoring, to break down the barriers faced by Black British entrepreneurs when setting up and growing their businesses.
The programme will also create a cohort of Black British entrepreneurs, with opportunities to network and share experiences, successes and challenges. Its focus on economic empowerment and equity of opportunity aims to reduce inequality and enable young Black entrepreneurs to thrive and succeed.
Future 100 will offer funding of up to £15,000 for innovative new business ideas and successful existing companies.
The fund will support Black entrepreneurs (particularly female Black founders) who are looking to bring a business concept to life, have a fledgling business that they want to scale, or have the beginnings of a thriving business. It is open to applicants between 18 and 30 years old of Black African, Black Caribbean, Black British and/or Mixed-race descent who are UK residents.
Businesses must be UK registered, ready to scale, and data or technology-driven and if available, have an MVP (minimum viable product).
Applicants from the digital marketing, creative, media and technology, sports technology, professional services, entertainment, logistics, education, health and lifestyle, FinTech and Internet of Things sectors, are particularly welcome.
Applications will open on 1 July 2022 and close on 20 August 2022.
Sky announces £1m partnership with the Black Equity Organisation to back Black British entrepreneurs | Sky Group
Funding for Heritage, Music and Health Projects Across the UK
The Hamish Ogston Foundation is offering grants starting from £1.5 million for charities throughout the United Kingdom to deliver heritage, music, and sustainable health projects that have measurable social outcomes and make a long-lasting difference.
Funding will support projects and activities that focus on the following funding areas:
• Heritage – Protecting the heritage of important sites across the UK and preserving structures, their craftsmanship, and their traditions.
• Music – Promoting the UK’s choral and organ traditions, including related initiatives and apprenticeships, to preserve their knowledge and culture.
• Health – Working towards eliminating the disparities in both access to medical treatment and health awareness amongst the most disadvantaged sections of society.
There is a two-stage application process, wherein applicants must first submit an outline application before being invited to complete a full application.
Applications can be made at any time.
Hamish Ogston Foundation
Last Chance to Apply to Lloyds Bank Foundation Racial Equity Funding Strand
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has announced that it is preparing to launch a new strategy in October which will result in a new funding programme opening later this year. To that end, it is closing to current applications at the end of July as it wants to ensure that all grants that are part of its 2018-2022 ‘Reaching Further’ strategy can be made this year.
Charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million may apply for an unrestricted grant of £50,000.
To be eligible, applicants need to be supporting people aged 17 years and older from specific minoritised communities to overcome any of the following 11 Complex Social Issues:
• Addiction and dependency on alcohol, drugs and/or gambling
• Asylum seekers and refugees
• Care leavers
• Domestic and sexual abuse
• Homeless and vulnerably housed
• Learning disabilities
• Mental health
• Offending, prison or community service
• Sexual exploitation
• Trafficking and modern slavery
• Young parents
Successful applicants will receive:
• Two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000
• Support from the Foundation’s regional managers who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs.
The funding is intended for charities that can demonstrate that some of the services they provide are in-depth, holistic, and targeted at a particular Complex Social Issue.
The deadline for applications is 29 July 2022 (5pm) with notification of a decision in four months.
Lloyds Bank Foundation New – Coalfields Regeneration Trust – Grants up to £2,000 Grants of up to £2,000 are available to help organisations support those in crisis. Low income households are having to choose between food and fuel – these small grants are available to help organisations provide the much needed support that low income families need. As well as the immediate need for support with food and fuel, there has been an impact on mental health as a result of the pandemic and more people are isolated. Types of projects they hope to fund; • Food poverty projects • Information, advice and guidance projects • Social groups • Projects supporting the homeless • Any other project which would benefit those in crisis There is no deadline for applications, decisions will be made regularly until this year’s allocation has been committed. Please read the criteria and guidance on the website for more details on what can be funded. Full details can be found here: Grants up to £2,000 · Coalfields Regeneration Trust (coalfields-regen.org.uk)
Stop Loan Sharks Fund – Deadline Reminder Organisations intending to apply to the Stop Loan Sharks Fund in 2022 should be aware of the approaching deadline at the end of the month. Local residents’ groups, charities, private companies, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England can still apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the £160,000 funding pot.
The funding can be used for ‘any worthwhile’ community project that meets the following criteria: • Contributes to raising awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks. • Prevents crime and disorder and makes a difference in local communities. • Promotes the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities. • Encourages reporting of loan sharks and signposts victims to the team. Successful applicants will be expected to book free “Stop Loan Sharks” training which will be delivered by a member of the IMLT for staff and/or volunteers (if they have not already had this). Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2022. Community projects can apply for a share of cash seized from loan sharks (stoploansharks.co.uk) UK’s Community Ownership Fund Opens for Round 2 The UK Government’s £150 million Community Ownership Fund, which will run until 2024/25, is currently accepting Expressions of Interest. Applications will be accepted from voluntary and community organisations from all parts of the United Kingdom who have a viable plan for taking ownership of a community asset at risk and running it sustainably for community benefit. Groups can bid for up to £250,000 match funding or in exceptional cases up to £1 million for larger sporting assets at risk of loss. To be eligible for investment from the Fund, the terms of community ownership must be either the ownership of the freehold or a long-term leasehold of at least 15 years with reasonable break clauses. Assets with leaseholds of 25 years and no early break clauses are preferred as applicants will find it easier to demonstrate the long-term sustainability of the asset in community hands. The fund has moved to a two-stage application process with an initial Expression of Interest stage to determine eligibility and bid readiness followed by a detailed application stage which can be made to any of the three bidding that will be available this year. The first application window is expected o close on 19 August 2022. There will be two more application windows before March 2023. Expressions of Interest are currently being accepted. Community Ownership Fund round 2: how to express your interest in applying – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Woodward Charitable Trust’s General Fund Opens for Summer Applications The Woodward Charitable Trust, a grant-making trust, is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Twice a year it awards grants to UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £200,000. The funding is for charitable organisations in the UK, working in the following areas: • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour. This covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring, as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community.
• Disadvantaged families. This covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects and would also include projects that benefit travellers, ethnic minorities and refugee families. • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners’ families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release. Although grants of up to £3,000 are available, most grants are for £1,000 or less. The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year. The funding can support a range of core costs including: • Staff salaries. • Rent. • Utilities. • General office costs. • Accountancy and audit costs. • Fundraising. • Governance and compliance. • Costs supporting the core programmes of the organisation. Applications will be considered from registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, community interest companies and exempt charities. There are usually two application rounds per year. The current round is for consideration at the October/November 2022 Trustee meeting. The deadline for applications is 29 July 2022 (noon). The Woodward Charitable Trust
Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund £2.6m Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund is now open to applications, seeking community projects that will make a real difference to their local area. The fund makes small and large grants available for community groups wanting to create new spaces or improve existing ones in their local area, particularly where there is currently poor local access to good quality green space. Community groups can find out more about the fund and apply here. The first applications round runs until 9.00am on 22nd August, before reopening again in October.
Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged and Disabled Children Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities can apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of disabled or disadvantaged children (aged 13 or under). Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. The grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. Holiday Grants for Children – The Henry Smith Charity
Micro-grants now available to support Mental Wellbeing in Greater Manchester GMCVO, with funding from Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, are delivering year 3 of a grants programme to support people from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester, that may struggle to achieve higher levels of mental wellbeing.
In this rolling micro-grants round, voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations can apply for grants of up to £750 to run activities that will support the mental wellbeing of people from communities of identity or experience listed below. · Carers · People from BAME* communities · People living with long term physical or mental health conditions · People who identify as LGBTQ+ · Disabled people · Military veterans · People who are unemployed · Socially isolated older people GM Mental Wellbeing Grants | www.gmcvo.org.uk