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Summer Funding Opportunities from Thriving Communities


Here is a useful list of current funding opportunities, compiled by Esther Watts, Thriving Communities South East Lead, National Academy for Social Prescribing:


Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives (UK)
Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives. In particular, funding is available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £20,000 – £500,000. Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.

Funding to Support Arts Projects (UK)
The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 17th September 2021. 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.

Woodward Charitable Trust (UK)
Charities, social enterprises, that support children and young people, disadvantaged families and prisoners, and ex-offenders can apply for grants that cover their core costs. The funding is being made available through the Woodward Charitable Trust and two types of grants are awarded. Small grants of up to £3,000 and large grants of over £3,000. Preference is given to small to medium-sized charities where small grants can have more impact. Priority is given to projects that make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate, and ensure that funds awarded are being well used. The deadline for receipt of applications is noon on the 30th July 2021.

Funding to Help Young People Volunteer in Response to Covid-19 (UK)
UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, can apply for up to £500 for actions that directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19. The funding is being made available through the Alec Dickson Trust. Applications must align with Public Health England guidance on how to volunteer safely during the pandemic. The deadline for applications is 8 pm on the 23rd June 2021.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Communities Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic (England)
The UK Government and The National Lottery Community Fund are awarding emergency funding of up to £10,000 to enable organisations to continue delivering services for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities affected by Covid-19. The funding will support registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, and other not-for-profit organisations in England for initiatives lasting up to six months which support people and communities who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Funding will also support organisations that have experienced an increase in demand for their services and are facing immediate financial pressure as a result of the pandemic. Applications from organisations that are led by people with lived experience, such as disabled people and Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities are encouraged. Applications can be made at any time although eligibility is changing after 17 August 2020.

Funding to Support Challenged & Vulnerable Young People (UK)
Grants of up to £2,500 are available to charitable organisations supporting challenged and vulnerable young people under the age of 16 in the UK. The 7stars Foundation will provide funding for projects which support young living in areas of deprivation and socioeconomic disadvantage who are challenged by abuse or addiction, who are young carers, or who are homeless. Projects should address a lack of provision, and provide immediate support. Example of support could include recreational trips, mentoring programmes, and counselling sessions. The application window will close on the 31st July 2021.

Boost Choose Now Change Lives programme Opens for Applications (UK)
Boost Drinks has launched the Choose Now, Change Lives community grants scheme to help groups benefit their local area. The scheme is inviting charities, community groups, local authorities, health authorities, social housing, and other not-for-profit organisations to nominate themselves for a share of the £20,000 grant fund. This could include community sports clubs, community action groups, youth work, music groups and food banks, etc. Three organisations will be shortlisted to receive a grant of between £1,000 and £10,000. For this funding round nominations must be submitted by 11.59pm on the 18th July 2021.

Funding for Projects that Tackle the Root Causes of Social Inequity (UK)
Not for profit organisations that work towards a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. The funding is available to causes outside the mainstream that are unlikely to receive funding from other sources. Examples of projects funded in the past include the Boaz Trust a Christian organisation serving destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester which received a grant of £2,000; and the Grandparents Association in Leeds which received a grant of £4,800. The funding is made through the Scurrah Wainright Charity and the next closing date for applications is the 14th September 2021.

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK)
Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000. Of particular interest are projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. The funding is being made available through the Ironmongers Company‘s grants programme. The next closing date for applications is the 31st July 2021.

Warburtons – Community Grants Scheme (England, Scotland and Wales)
Charities and organisations with charitable aims can now apply for up to £400 worth of funding for projects that have a direct and tangible social impact on families and solve significant social issues. Funding is available for projects that meet the following themes: Health, Place or Skills for families in their community. The Community Grant scheme is being made available by Warburtons and is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation. The next closing date for applications in this round is the 21st August 2021.

Grants of up to £50,000 Available to Support the Housing Needs of Vulnerable People (UK)
Grants of up to £50,000 are available to housing-related registered charities, co-operatives, and projects to support their work in tackling housing issues affecting vulnerable people. The grants are being made available through the £4 million Nationwide Building Society Community Grant Scheme. The funding can be used to help charities get back on their feet after the impact of Covid 19 and supporting people in housing need, in original or creative ways. The program will fund between 50% to 100% of the total cost of projects which last up to two years. This year applications will be capped by region, meaning the date on which applications close in each region may be earlier than the final deadline date of midnight on the 17th June 2021.

Funding for Financial Life Skills Projects (UK)
The MSE Charity has announced that the next round of its grants programme will re-open to applications on the 1st September 2021. The MSE Charity gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities that make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. This round will support projects which aim to improve and deliver personal financial life skills to people in one of the following life transitions: bereavement; redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness; offenders; or resettlement. The closing date for applications will be 5pm on the 30th September 2021 or earlier if the charity has accepted 40 applications. It is advised to apply early in the month to ensure that applications are considered.

Funding for Charities Working with Older People (UK)
Grants of between £15,000 and £75,000 are available to charitable organisations which provide care and services for older people, particularly if they have a neurodegenerative condition or are isolated. The Wolfson Foundation will provide funding for new build, refurbishment or equipment projects which aim to provide increased access to services for new and existing users, improve the quality and range of services, and improve the financial stability of the organisation. Match funding is required for projects costing more than £50,000. There is a 2-stage application process and the next stage 1 closing date is the 1st July 2021. Applications successful at this stage will have until the 1st September 2021 to complete the stage 2 application.

Grants for Community and Environmental Projects (England)
The Veolia Environmental Trust has re-opened for applications. Grants are available for both community projects to create or improve buildings or outside spaces and large scale environmental projects such as habitat creation/management, and/or species protection. Constituted not-for-profit organisations and local authorities can apply for grants of up to £75,000 for community projects; and Environmental Bodies that are enrolled with ENTRUST, the regulator of The Landfill Communities Fund can apply for grants of over £75,000 for environmental projects. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 15th July 2021.

Grants to Improve the Quality of Life for Disadvantaged & Vulnerable People (UK)
The Hedley Foundation are inviting applications from 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. The Foundation typically makes around 250 awards of up to £5,000 each year for initiatives which benefit the lives of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers. Occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved. Applications should be received at least 28 days before the next review meeting on the 28th July 2021.

Funding to Build Resilience in Charities & Social Enterprises Serving Black & Ethnic Minority Communities (UK)
The Ubele Initiative has joined Social Investment Business’s £12.5m Enterprise Development Programme as the Black and Minoritised Communities sector partner. Charities and social enterprises serving black and ethnic minority communities will now be able to apply for grants typically worth up to £30,000 along with support from the Black and Minoritised Communities Enterprise Development Programme which aims to build resilience in organisations and help them to develop their trading plans. Organisations apply onto the programme and, if accepted, work alongside the relevant sector-lead to outline a package of support that best fits with their specific needs. Applications can be made between the 1st June 2021 and the 29th June 2021.

£300,000 Grants Programme to Support Communities Disproportionately Affected by Covid-19 (UK)
Grants of between £5,000 and £12,500 are available to UK based Black-led organisations working in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. The funding is being made available by Do it Now Now’s Common Call grants programme and is specifically aimed at supporting charities and social enterprises led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black. Priority will be given to organisations led by people with lived experience and that are creating impact in underserved communities and providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financial sustainability. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 25th June 2021.

Grants for Talented Musicians and Groups (UK)
The MOBO Help Musicians Fund has been created in partnership to support the career ambitions of exceptionally talented artists and groups with grants of up to £3,000 to support creative output as well as business advice and other support measures. The funding is available for recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world. Artists can apply for financial support towards a new EP, a series of single releases, a marketing plan around new music or content creation to accompany any new release.  Any solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genre can apply but preference may be given to; R&B, Afrobeat, Soul, Hip Hop, Grime, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae and African music. No application deadline has been indicated.

Development Grants for Emerging Artists (UK)
Musicians can apply for up to £5,000 to undertake a UK-based collaboration between themselves and another non-music artists, for example storytellers, lighting designers, choreographers, technologists, scientists, gaming designers, theatre directors, visual artists etc.  Eligible musicians will be over 18 based primarily in the UK and be in financial need and without significant backing. Solo instrumentalists, conductors, composers, vocalists, singer songwriters or multidisciplinary artists are amongst those eligible to apply. Bands or ensembles with six members or less can also be supported. The funding is being made available through the Help Musicians Fusion Fund. No application deadline has been indicated.

Grants of up to £10,000 Available to Help Sports Clubs and Organisations Operate in a Coronavirus Safe Way (England)
Sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations in England can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way. The funding which is being made available through the Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants Fund and can cover costs such as minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and training courses for clubs in areas of high deprivation, the Fund will now also support ongoing running costs. Applications can be submitted at any time until the 30th June 2021.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged People Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic (Sussex)
The Sussex Community Foundation has reopened the Sussex Crisis Fund in a new Support and Recovery phase to support community and voluntary sector organisations working to help disadvantaged people experiencing greater health inequalities and financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support both online or in person activity that reconnects people and communities, offers mental health and well-being support, provides advice and support services, supports digital inclusion, and provides food and other vital support. Applications which support those disproportionately impacted such as women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and children and young people are encouraged. Applications can be made at any time, with decisions expected within three to four weeks of submission.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People and Offenders (UK)
Small registered charities can apply for grants of up to £15,000 for projects working with young offenders; prisoners and ex-prisoners as well as young disadvantaged people at risk of criminal involvement. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK or in larger areas should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year. The funding is being made available through the Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation and the next closing date for applications is the 19th November 2021.

Grants for Children to Connect with Nature and Learn Outdoors (England, Scotland & Wales)
Schools in England, Scotland and Wales can apply for up to £500 worth of free outdoor equipment and two hours of professional outdoor training to help children connect with nature, become more active, and learn outdoors. Schools can choose from hundreds of different products to deliver outdoor learning and play. The funding is being made available through phase five of the charity Learning through Landscapes’ Local School Nature Grant scheme, and is funded by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. This year, funding will also be open to Early Year’s settings which have their own building and more than five staff. There will be four funding rounds throughout the year.  The closing date for applications for round 2 is the 25th June 2021.


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