Weekly Funding Update – Friday 1st July 2022

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Motability Launches New Active Travel and Research Grant Programmes

This year, Motability, the Charity, is launching six new grant programmes, committing £50 million in funding over the next three financial years to organisations across the UK who can help fill gaps in existing transport services for disabled people. The first two programmes -Community Transport and Wheelchair Sector grants, launched in April and Motability is still actively encouraging organisations to apply for funding.

Today, Motability is launching another two new programmes – Active Travel Grants and Research Grants. These are two key areas where our research and insight through engagement has shown that providing grant funding to other charities and organisations will have a great impact. This could be through identifying and understanding problems and finding potential solutions, or by helping disabled people right now to make more of the journeys they want to, while Motability continues its research and innovation work into longer-term solutions to make all transport accessible.

Motability launches new Active Travel and Research Grant Programmes

Community Business Trade Up Programme – Deadline Extended

The School for Social Entrepreneurs has announced that its Community Business Trade Up programme is open. The programme is open to community businesses in England that exists to improve their local neighbourhood, village or town and who want to start or build their income from trading and sales, and become more sustainable. The programme will provide businesses with mentoring support and a Match Trading grant worth up to £5,000.

The Community Business Trade Up Programme The School for Social Entrepreneurs (the-sse.org)

Funding to Empower Disadvantaged Young People into Positions of Leadership

Grants of up to £40,000 are available to youth-focused charities and not-for-profit organisations in England that are working to support young people aged 10-30 who have experienced injustice into positions of leadership. The funding is being made available through the Listening Fund’s Advisers’ Fund which aims to allow organisations to create leadership opportunities that enable disadvantaged young people to shape their own strategies.

The Listening Fund’s Advisers’ Fund (blagravetrust.org)

Grants of £30,000 Available to Enhance the Income Potential of Social Organisations

Environmental organisations and organisations led by those from Black and Minoritised communities can apply for grants and other business support measures to help build their financial resilience by developing and exploring new models of generating income through trading. The funding is being made available through the Social Investment Business Enterprise Fund. 

Funding | Social Investment Business (sibgroup.org.uk)

Young Women’s Mental Health Programme

The Pilgrim Trust has announced that its young women’s mental health programme has re-opened for applications. The programme provides grants of up to £90,000 (spread over three years) to help improve the mental health of women aged 16-25 in the UK. The Pilgrim Trust has committed £5 million in funding over five years (2021-2026). Each year the Trust reviews the programme and incrementally increase the geography of the programme.

The Pilgrim Trust

Funding Available to Support Social Businesses Raise Finance through Community Share Issues

Community businesses in England that are looking to launch or in the early stage of launching a community share issue can apply for grants and equity match funding of up to £25,000. The funding is being made available through the Power to Change Community Shares Booster Fund. Two funding streams are available. Development grants – averaging £5,000 are available to prepare a community share offer and Equity match investment.

Community Shares Booster – Power to Change

Pink Ribbon Foundation Announces Deadline for 2023 Applications

The next round of annual funding for UK organisations working in the areas of breast cancer support and research is now open for proposals.

Registered charities, community interest groups and social enterprises with a legal constitution and charitable objectives may apply.

The Foundation will consider applications from general cancer charities if any grant made will be used to benefit at least 50% of patients that suffer from breast cancer or for research into, or the dissemination of information about, breast cancer.

Projects should aim to:

  • Relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care or emotional, practical and financial support.
  • Advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning, or conducting, research into the causes, detection and treatment of breast cancer and by disseminating the results of such research.

Grants should cover costs directly relating to a project. However, up to 15% of requests can be for unrestricted funding for the organisation to use as it deems necessary.

In 2023, groups with limited financial resources to deliver their activities will be given priority.

The deadline to apply is 26 May 2023.

The Pink Ribbon Foundation

Power to Change’s Powering Up Programme Re-Opens on 4 July

The programme supports community businesses in the key areas of digital growth, environmental sustainability, and financial resilience, with a cross cutting theme of equity, diversity and inclusion.

The initial phase of the programme focused on community businesses looking to learn how digital skills could help their business develop and grow. In 2022, the programme is expanding to include support to help community businesses become more environmentally sustainable.

It is anticipated that 30 community businesses will be supported in round two, with the focus of support being split between digital and environmental support. Of the 30 organisations who are successful in the forthcoming round, it is anticipated about 18-20 organisations will focus on environmental sustainability and approximately 10-12 will have a digital focus.

Power to Change will hold two webinars on 4 July (one at 13:00 and one at 18:00) to give people information about applying into the next round of Powering Up. Registration is via the Power to Change website.

Full details of the second round will be provided when the scheme opens on 4 July 2022.

Powering Up – Power to Change

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)

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)

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.

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