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Funding Available to Support Local Good Causes (England, Scotland and Wales) 18th February 2021

Registered charities delivering projects which help to improve people’s lives can apply to the Morrison Foundation for a grant of up to £25,000. Since launching in 2015 the Foundation has donated over £24 million to help good causes across England, Scotland and Wales. Recent grants awarded have included Friends of East Preston School who received a grant of £5,000 to replace their old and dilapidated outdoor trim trail; and Forget Me Not...

Funding to Support Leisure Activities for People with Physical Disabilities (UK) 18th February 2021

Charities or not for profit organisations wishing to provide or organise leisure activities for people with physical disabilities can apply for a grant to help them to deliver their project, service or activity. The majority of grants awarded are for £5,000 and under. The funding is being provided through the Bruce Wake Charitable Trust. Applications can be submitted at any time and applications are considered quarterly by the Trustees.

Funding for School Breakfast Clubs (UK) 17th February 2021

Schools in deprived areas across the UK are invited to apply for funding to start a; or improve their breakfast clubs. On offer is a start-up grant for essential resources plus either free food deliveries or a grant to subsidise up to 30 additional free places in an existing breakfast club. The funding is being made available through the Magic Breakfast, a charity that aims to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK schools. Schools are...

£20 Million Fund to Support SMEs with Changes to Trade Rules with the EU (UK) 16th February 2021

The UK Government has announced a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the European Union (EU). SMEs who trade only with the EU will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for each trader to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to help them to prepare for the implementation of impo...

National Lottery Heritage Fund Reopens for Applications (UK) 12th February 2021

Applications for National Lottery Grants for Heritage have re-opened for applications. The focus for 2021 – 22 will be to support projects that will strengthen the recovery of the Heritage sector from the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Lottery Heritage Fund will award grants of between £3,000 and £5 million to not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK. Priority will now be given to heritage projects that:...

New £100 Million Scheme for Students to Study and Work Abroad (UK) 12th February 2021

Applications to the British Council's new £100 million Turing Scheme will open in March 2021 to enable UK students to study and work abroad. The scheme, which is designed to replace the Erasmus+ scheme, will be open to universities, further education and vocational education providers and schools. The application process will be a call for bids and will be open for six weeks with funding decisions expected in July. The first round of placemen...

BFI Audience Fund Opens for Applications (UK) 11th February 2021

Organisations with direct experience of film distribution, exhibition and audience development can now apply for funding of between £20,000 and £200,000 for a range of audience-facing activities to boost diversity and inclusivity, and to build a broad film culture across the UK. The British Film Institute Audience Fund provides two types of awards: Project Awards – these support clearly defined time-limited proposals to increase audience c...

Funding to Improve Local Community Paths (Scotland) 10th February 2021

From the 1st March 2021, projects across Scotland will be able to apply for grants of up to £1,500 to develop and improve the quality of local paths and provide volunteering opportunities. Paths for All Community Path Grants help charities, community groups, community councils, development trusts and community woodland groups improve, maintain and promote local community path networks creating safer, more welcoming environments that encourage...

Funding to Create Resilient Rural Communities (UK) 5th February 2021

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects from across the UK which are working to create resilient rural communities. The Prince’s Countryside Fund will award funding from the Barclays 100x100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund to support farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience. Applic...

Apply for Grants of up to £20,000 for Community Arts, Sports and Physical and Mental Health Projects (Wales) 3rd February 2021

The Postcode Community Trust has announced that its grants programme has re-opened for applications.  Funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Trust makes grants to support smaller charities and good causes in Wales for projects that have a positive impact on communities and the environment. Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000, other not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £2,000...

People's Postcode Trust Opens for Applications (Scotland) 2nd February 2021

The People’s Postcode Trust has re-opened its grants programme and will award grants on a monthly basis until October 2021. Funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Trust makes grants to support smaller charities and good causes in Scotland for projects that have a positive impact on communities and the environment. Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000, other not for profit organisations can apply fo...

Grants to Help Older People Lead More Fulfilling Lives (England, Scotland & Wales) 1st February 2021

Funding of between £100 and £5,000 is available for individuals and small community groups to help older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales lead more fulfilled lives and reach their full potential. The funding which is being made through the Barchester's Charitable Foundation focuses on connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community, helping combat isolation and loneliness and...

Funding to Support the Creative Sector During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Scotland) 28th January 2021

Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available to help the creative and culture sector in Scotland adapt and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development, has separate funding strands for Individuals and Organisations within the creative industries to help them explore new ways of working, take creative risks, think about how to reach audiences in different ways, or look at ways to s...

£1 Million Financial Support for Childminding Sustainability and Recovery (Scotland) 26th January 2021

Funding of £1 million has been made available by the Scottish Government for childminding businesses which have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have been placed on them. Grants of up to £1,000 will be made available to eligible childminding providers based on their level of need, to support their sustainability and recovery from the crisis. Further detail on the funding is still to be developed an...

The National Lottery Community Fund - Growing Great Ideas Programme (UK) 22nd January 2021

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Growing Great Ideas Fund has £25 million available to fund projects that support long-term societal change and are future-focussed. The National Lottery Community Fund wants to invest in different combinations of people, communities, networks and organisations over the long term that demonstrate an ability to seed and grow alternative systems, develop and test new ways of building a stronger civil socie...

Additional Funds for Grassroots and Independent Venues (Scotland) 20th January 2021

The Scottish Government is making an additional £7.1 million in funding available to secure the future of as many grassroots music venues and independent museums as possible. £4 million will be made available through the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund which will re-open to live music venues that were financially sustainable before the pandemic to help prevent their permanent closure and keep them stable until April 2021. This fun...

Funding to Improve Lives Through Better Supply Chain Practices (UK) 20th January 2021

The Chartered Institute for Supply and Procurement has announced that it is looking to support a charity that is based and operating within the UK that improves supply chains or develop new ones, eradicates poor practices within supply chains, develops best practice or supports individuals within the chain to access information and support. One grant of between £10,000 and £50,000 is available for activities which improve access to education...

Grants of up to £25,000 Available to Encourage Cycling to Work (Scotland) 16th January 2021

Businesses and Organisations in Scotland can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to encourage cycling as a healthy, sustainable and accessible way to commute. The funding is available for capital projects that encourage staff and visitors to travel by bike. The type of projects that can be supported includes the installation of secure and sheltered cycle parking; upgrades to shower, changing and drying facilities; the purchase of office pool bi...

Funding to Make Scotland’s Urban and Rural Communities More Sustainable (Scotland) 15th January 2021

Voluntary, community and public sector organisations in Scotland can apply for Technical assistance funding through the Scottish Land Fund. The Scottish Land Fund provides grants to voluntary, community and public sector organisations to take ownership of land and buildings to help urban and rural communities to become more resilient and sustainable. Technical assistance grants of £2,500 and £30,000 are available to help prepare to purchas...

University Liaison Grants Scheme (UK) 14th January 2021

Grants of up to £400 are available to university student mathematical societies to fund activities to enhance their programmes for their members and to promote mathematics. Grants can cover, for example, mathematical activities, helping students to participate in and attend the Tomorrow’s Mathematicians Today Conference, careers, promotional or networking activities and quizzes. Apply to the Institute of Mathematics at any time.

Wee Grants for Wee Groups (Scotland) 14th January 2021

The Robertson Trust has announced that small charities and constituted community groups can apply for grants of up to £2,000 through the Wee Grants for Wee Groups scheme. To be eligible organisations must have an income of less than £25,000 per year and must fit within the Trusts funding strands. These are tackling the financial and material effects of poverty on people and communities; ensuring people have emotional wellbeing, and confiden...

Outdoor Tourism Re-start Fund (Scotland) 13th January 2021

From late January 2021, adventure and marine tourism businesses in Scotland will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 through the Marine and Outdoor Tourism Re-start Fund. Administered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, the fund will support essential re-commissioning and re-start costs for businesses, aimed at those who have been significantly affected by the pandemic due to their seasonality and high set up cost...

Expansion of Dormant Assets Scheme to Aid Coronavirus Recovery (UK) 13th January 2021

The Government has announced a major expansion of the Dormant Assets Scheme to support the UK as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme, which allows banks and building societies to donate funds to good causes and charities from dormant accounts, will now include assets from the insurance and pensions, investment, wealth management, and securities sectors. More than £800 million will be made available to continue supporting urg...

New Competition Launches to Help Find More Efficient Ways to Make Core Materials (UK) 8th January 2021

Funding of between £1 million and £2 million (per project) will be available to help businesses and research organisations look for original ideas to help improve industrial processes for manufacturing core materials. UK Research and Innovation are launching a new competition to find more efficient ways to make core materials such as glass, metal, and cement, and to improve productivity and competitiveness, either in the relevant industry or...

GEM Road Safety Charity 7th January 2021

Small grants of up to £500 are available to assist and support community projects and initiatives throughout Scotland. Funding is available for a wide range of projects benefiting local communities but must be focused on the areas of children; education; community groups; active lifestyles; environment; the elderly; homelessness; fairtrade; arts & culture; and charity. To be eligible for funding, applicants must be a group or individual actin...

Equipment Grants for Youth Clubs (UK) 5th January 2021

Variety, the Childrens Charity, has grants of £250 to £600 available to youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition, UK Youth or the or National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs. The grants can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure. On oc...

Grants to Support a More Sustainable, Equal and Low-Carbon Society (Highlands and Islands of Scotland) 5th January 2021

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support projects that can help communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland build a more sustainable and equal society. Applications are welcomed from charities, community groups, businesses or individuals for projects that advance environmental protection or improvement, support organisations and individuals developing sustainable lifestyles and take into account future resource availability, f...

Government Announces New £100 Million Scheme for Students to Study and Work Abroad (UK) 4th January 2021

The Department for Education has announced a new £100 million scheme that will enable students to study and work abroad. The new Turing scheme will replace the UK's participation in Erasmus+. The new scheme will start in September 2021 and will provide funding for around 35,000 students in universities, colleges and schools to go on placements and exchanges overseas. The programme will provide similar opportunities for students to study and...

Funding for Projects that Work with Disabled Children and their Families (UK) 21st December 2020

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to charities and projects with a charitable purpose to support disabled children and their families. The funding can be spent on hydrotherapy pools; multi-sensory rooms; mini buses; young carers projects; sibling projects; and bereavement support. The funding is being made available through the True Colours Trust's small grants programme and projects supported in the past include Friends of Sherwood Park...

Free Trees for Community Groups and Schools (UK) 17th December 2020

Schools across the UK, nurseries, colleges, universities, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts, guides are amongst the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment. Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year round colour, working wood, wild wood and urban trees. The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be deli...

Funding for Community Food Projects (Aberdeenshire) 15th December 2020

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support local community or resilience groups tackling food security in Aberdeenshire communities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Charities, community groups and other not for profit organisations can apply for funding from Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Food Fund for local projects such as community food growing, community shops, cooking projects, and community kitchens to promote the availab...

Updates to National Lottery Community Fund Programmes (Scotland) 10th December 2020

The National Lottery Community Fund for Scotland has announced changes to two of its funding programmes to ensure that communities are better supported throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The Community Led fund which provides grants of up to £150,000 for wellbeing projects, will now support projects of up to three years; and the Improving Lives Fund has increased funding to up to £200,000 for projects lasting up to three years to help people f...

Grants for Tree Planting (UK) 9th December 2020

Schools and Community groups within the UK can apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people involved in tree and hedge planting and care this winter. The funding is being made available through the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund. Applications will be considered as they are received and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within four weeks. There is no deadline for applicati...

Funding to Extend the Reach of Christian Organisations (UK & Republic of Ireland) 9th December 2020

Funding is available for Christian organisations to extend their reach to a greater number of people who will benefit from their work. Allchurches Trust’s Transformational Grants Programme provides funding for major, multi-year capital projects and equipment. This year the Trust will also fund salaries and other revenue costs. Churches, cathedrals, Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities in the UK and the Republic of Irelan...

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme (UK) 8th December 2020

The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme which supports children and young people up to the age of 18 living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family is currently open for applications. The fund will cover the purchase of critical items such as gas or electric cookers and other essential household items. Applications need to be submitted by a referr...

Lankelly Chase Announces New Knowledge Fund (UK) 8th December 2020

Lankelly Chase is an independent foundation working with people across the UK to change the systems that perpetuate severe and multiple disadvantage. The Foundation is opening a new Knowledge Fund which aims to explore how knowledge about severe social harm is created, interpreted and used. Grants of up to £30,000 will be available to partnerships to develop their thinking and activity, and engage in collective inquiry and a shared learning p...

Emergency Support for Screen Sector Workers Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic (Scotland) 8th December 2020

Freelance screen practitioners working in Scotland’s screen sector and commercial photographers who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for support from the Scottish Government’s Screen Hardship Fund. The Fund offers a bursary of up to £2,000 to sole traders and PAYE freelancers as well as those operating under a personal service company who are most deeply...

Grants for Investigative Research Projects for Students with SEND (UK) 7th December 2020

Schools can apply for funding of up to £3,000 to support investigative research projects that are specifically tailored for students with SEND. The grant enables schools to purchase equipment to carry out investigative STEM research projects in science, mathematics, engineering or computing. All projects must be undertaken in partnership with a STEM professional from academia or industry and involve students with SEND. There is a two-stage a...

Funding to Support LGBT Communities Affected by Covid-19 (UK) 2nd December 2020

The Consortium for stronger LGBT+ Communities has announced that due to an overwhelming demand, the LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme is now closed for applications, except those organisations based in Wales or Northern Ireland. The aim of the grant is to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covi...

Government Announces £16.5 Million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund (UK) 2nd December 2020

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced an emergency funding package to protect the immediate future of grassroots and national youth organisations. £16.5 million will be available through the Youth Covid-19 Support Fund for grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations across the UK to help mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavir...

B&Q Community Reuse Scheme (UK) 27th November 2020

DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. All items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used. Eligible groups include community garden proj...

Covid-19 Fund to Support Black and Minoritised Women’s Organisations (UK) 27th November 2020

Rosa, a grantmaking charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations, has announced plans to build a Covid-19 response fund that gives multi-year grants to specialist not-for-profit organisations led by and for Black and minoritised (BME) women across the UK. Rosa aims to raise a minimum of £1 million for this fund to meet the holistic needs of disadvantaged BME women and girls who have been hardest hit by the pandemic such as those with...

Grants for UK-German Collaborative Research Projects in the Arts & Humanities (UK & Germany) 25th November 2020

The German Research Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council have launched the third call for collaborative research proposals, bringing together arts and humanities researchers in the UK and Germany to conduct joint projects. Grants of up to £350,000 are available for applications which address any research topic where there is significant potential to advance knowledge through collaborative research in any area of arts and hu...

Funding Packages for Science in Schools Days (UK) 24th November 2020

The Royal Institution will open its 2021 Science in Schools grant scheme for applications from primary and secondary schools/academies on the 4th January 2021. The annual programme aims to support student’s education in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), meet continuing professional development requirements (CPD) for teachers, engage families, and raise funds for schools by providing funding packages worth £800 for Science i...

£1 Million Fund to Keep Care Home Residents Digitally Connected (Scotland) 20th November 2020

The Scottish Government has launched a new £1 million fund to provide around 1,400 care homes in Scotland with digital devices to keep residents connected with their loved ones. The Digital Inclusion Connecting Residents in Scotland’s Care Homes initiative will enable care homes to apply for up to two iPads to help care home residents stay in touch with family and friends, and support the clinical management of health conditions remotely. T...

“I’ve got an Idea” Fund Opens for Applications (UK) 20th November 2020

Individuals or small groups or organisations in the UK who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out can apply for grants of between £250 and £5,000. The fund has been set up in memory of Peter Williams by his family. Peter spent his life generating a diversity of technical ideas and experimenting to see if they might work. Some of his ideas worked and some of them didn’t but they all left our world a better and more interest...

Funding for Innovative Technologies to Improve Work Opportunities for Low-Paid Workers (UK) 17th November 2020

Funding is available for innovative ideas that use new technologies to create better work opportunities for low paid and insecure workers. The Resolution Foundation has brought together leading charitable foundations and social investors to launch the £1.3 million Workertech Partnership to provide seed funding and support for ventures that use technology to improve workers’ pay, prospects, power and career choices. Applications are invited...

Funding to Support Scotland's Events Sector (Scotland) 13th November 2020

A new £2.75 million fund has been launched by EventScotland and the Scottish Government to help Scotland’s events sector plan and deliver events through to the end of 2021, and to provide support as the industry responds and adapts to the effects of Covid-19. Scotland's Events Recovery Fund aims to help restart the events sector as restrictions are eased, and address additional costs which may be incurred as a result of new hygiene and heal...

Emergency Funding for Charities Financially Impacted by the Covid-19 Crisis (UK) 10th November 2020

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to small and medium-sized charities, CICs and registered societies in the UK which are struggling to manage the financial impact of Covid-19 either because of increased demand for their services or from loss of income. The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK - Covid-19 Emergency Fund will provide support to organisations which are in a critical position, and operating in one of the following categories: educati...

The Japan Society Small Grants Programme (UK) 9th November 2020

Educational establishments such as schools and colleges as well as community based organisations that wish to develop projects and events that promote an understanding of Japan and Japanese culture are able to apply for funding through the Japan Society's Small Grants programme. The awards support projects with an education or youth focus. Most awards are of £1,000 or less and should not, in principle, cover more than 50% of the total budget....

Funding to Support Families in Need (UK) 9th November 2020

Not for profit front line organisations working directly with families in need can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000. This can include one year grants and grants for up to three years. Organisations applying should have a focus on family support in local areas of deprivation and this may further include early intervention; families coping with addiction; and prisoners' families. The funding is available for core costs, sala...

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers to Re-open for Applications (Scotland) 3rd November 2020

The Scottish Government’s £5million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers will re-open for applications at 12noon, Tuesday 10 November 2020. This includes the £4.3million element being delivered by Creative Scotland and partners BECTU, Crafts Council & Craft Scotland, Help Musicians, Society of Authors and Visual Arts Scotland; as well as £700,000 being delivered through Screen Scotland. The Fund is designed to support creative freelance...

Arts-Based Learning Fund to Re-opens for Applications (UK) 30th October 2020

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts-based Learning Fund will re-open to applications on the 30th October 2020. The Foundation will accept applications from arts organisations that are working with schools, colleges and other formal education settings to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people through high quality arts-based learning activities. Charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not...

Funding Programme to Address Challenges in Migration & Integration to Re-open to Applications (UK) 30th October 2020

Grants of between £30,000 and 400,000 will be available to enable not-for-profit organisations to explore opportunities and address challenges in the area of migration and integration across the UK. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Shared Ground Fund will re-open to applications on the 30th October 2020 for work that influences migration system reform, improves access to support services, supports communities to live well together and thrive, a...

Funding for Methodist Church Building Development Projects (UK & Ireland) 28th October 2020

Methodist Churches in the UK and Ireland can apply for funding to run building development projects that focus on church growth, community engagement and improving disabled access and facilities. Funded primarily by donations from Methodist Insurance PLC, the Allchurches Trust’s Methodist Grants Programme will provide grants of up to £60,000, with more funding awarded in the most disadvantaged areas. Projects previously supported under the...

Funding to Help Schools & Colleges Reduce Energy Usage (UK) 26th October 2020

Individual academies, academy sixth forms, free schools and those in Multi-Academy Trustsare able to apply for funding to install energy efficient technologies to lower energy bills and create a more comfortable learning environment. Loans of up to £200,000 will be available from Salix’s Energy Efficiency Fund, in partnership with the Department for Education, to reduce energy usage. Each applicant may submit one application, which can cons...

Funding to Alleviate Mental Health Issues (UK & Global) 22nd October 2020

The Gamesys Foundation is a newly formed charity, set up by the Gamesys Group to alleviate Mental Health Issues. Funding is available to charities and other not-for-profit organisations with an income of more than £50,000 who support individuals suffering from mental health issues, as well as those who focus on research in the mental health field. The Foundation will also consider funding for other types of organisation so long as they can be...

Funding to Address the Impact of Covid-19 on Biodiversity & the Illegal Wildlife Trade (UK) 22nd October 2020

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs has launched the Darwin and Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund: Covid-19 Rapid Response Round for projects which directly address the impact of Covid-19 on biodiversity or the illegal wildlife trade (IWT), and supports the early stages of recovery from the pandemic. Current or recent recipients of main project funding for the Darwin Initiative, Darwin Plus and the Illegal Wildlife Trad...

Lord's Taverners Accessible Minibuses Grant Programme (UK) 21st October 2020

The Lord's Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has re-opened its Accessible Minibuses grants programme. SEN Schools in the UK can apply to the Lord's Taverners for specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses. Last year the Lord's Taverners delivered 40 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses. These vehicles give young people with disabilities access to new places and experiences. Lord's Ta...

Grants to Cover Running Costs for Small Charities (UK) 20th October 2020

Grants of £300 to £2,000 are available to small charities to help them to pay for with running and core costs. The funding is available to registered charities (Community Interest Companies are excluded) working in the areas of literature, arts and heritage; social welfare; environmental causes and animal welfare; education and training; and healthcare. The funding is being made available through the Marsh Christian Trust. There are no appli...

Funding to Support the Creative Sector During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Scotland) 19th October 2020

Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available to help the creative and culture sector in Scotland adapt and respond to the current challenging circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Creative Scotland’s Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development, has separate funding strands for Individuals and Organisations to help them to explore new ways of working, take creative risks, think about how to reach audiences in different ways,...

Community Partnership Programme to Tackle Food Poverty & Support the Elderly (England, Wales and Scotland) 19th October 2020

Groundwork and One Stop Stores have teamed up to deliver the One Stop Community Partnership Programme to support groups and organisations who are working to tackle food poverty or supporting the elderly within the local community. One Stop convenience stores will create partnerships with local community groups or charities across England, Wales and Scotland to provide support for local good causes which could include funding, volunteering, fun...

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches New Strategy (UK) 13th October 2020

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects of climate change, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is launching a new strategy, which will focus on three interdependent aims - improving the natural world, tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future, and creative, confident communities. Under the new strategy, the Foundation will be providing larger and longer-term grants of over £30,000, as well as social investments of between £100,0...

Funding for Financial Capability Projects to Support the Under-25’s (UK) 9th October 2020

The MSE Charity has announced that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the February 2021 round of grant funding will be for financial capability projects which support young people under 25 years of age. Charities, voluntary groups and other not-for-profit organisations will be able to apply for funding for projects which will target and support the younger generation who need help to develop and learn personal financial life skills, particularly du...

Training Fund to Help Boost the Numbers of Vets Qualified to Certify Animal Products for Export (UK) 8th October 2020

Defra has launched a £300,000 fund to boost the number of vets that are qualified to certify products of animal origin and equines for export in readiness for the end of the Brexit transition period. From the 1st January 2021 an Export Health Certificate will be needed to export live animals or animal products to the EU. The new fund aims to boost the certification capacity by providing free online training for vets and local authority offici...

Funding to Help Build Resilience Within the Social Sector (UK) 7th October 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, a new £10 million Grants Programme will be launched to provide support to 200 small-medium charities and social enterprises within the social sector. The Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine Covid-19 Resilience Programme will offer immediate, short-term and urgent grant funding to organisations primarily within their network, RankNet, that are facing unprecedented demand for services, or those who have su...

Funding to Encourage Staff to Travel to Work by Bike (Scotland) 2nd October 2020

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to employers in Scotland for facilities and equipment that will encourage their staff and visitors to travel to and from work by bike. Cycling Scotland’s Cycling Friendly Employer Development Fund is open to businesses and organisations who are working towards achieving or maintaining Cycling Friendly Employer status to support a happier, healthier workforce and enhance corporate social responsibility....

Funding for Training and Development to Strengthen Youth Music (Scotland) 28th September 2020

Funding is available to individuals, organisations and networks who work outwith school settings to undertake training and continuing professional development (CPD) that will strengthen youth music in Scotland for the benefit of young people. Through the YMI CPD and Training Fund, Creative Scotland will provide grants of up to £750 for individuals, and up to £5,000 for organisations which help people delivering youth music develop their skil...

£5 Million for New Research Projects Investigating How Coronavirus Spreads (UK) 25th September 2020

Eight new research projects studying the risk factors, transmission and prevalence of Covid-19 have been awarded a total of £5.3 million by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in the hope that findings will help shape COVID-19 policy decisions on prevention strategies and containment measures. This range of studies seeks to determine how the virus spreads in real life settings - in scho...

Funding to Help Third Sector Organisations & Communities Recover from the Covid-19 Crisis (Scotland) 25th September 2020

The Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme, supporting third sector organisations and communities through the transition from lockdown to recovery, is now open for applications. Charities, community and voluntary groups, and social enterprises can apply for funding to provide ongoing crisis support, and plan and implement ways to adapt and become more sustainable. The £25m Scottish Government-funded programme has two strands: the Adapt...

Funding Available to Redistribute Surplus Food (UK) 23rd September 2020

Food companies in the UK can apply for funding of up to £50,000 to offset the cost of sending surplus food to good causes and thereby helping people in need. The funding is part of the FareShare £3million Surplus with Purpose Fund and can be used to cover the additional staff costs needed for packing and sorting edible surplus food, or in building, implementing and managing new processes. It could also cover packaging and transportation cos...

Funding to Help Charities and Social Enterprises Become More Sustainable (UK) 17th September 2020

The Fore’s RAFT (Rapid Action by The Fore and Trusts) has launched its second phase to help organisations as lock-down restrictions are eased. The RAFT Transition Fund will provide grants of up to £15,000 to small charities and social enterprises with an annual income below £500,000. Funding can be used for any purpose, including core costs, to enable grantees to strengthen their organisations, plan ahead, become more sustainable and refo...

Interest-Free Loans for the Purchase of Musical Instruments & Equipment (England and Northern Ireland) 11th September 2020

Interest-free loans are available for the purchase of musical instruments and equipment, to help ensure that more people across England and Northern Ireland can access instruments and learn to play. The Take it Away Scheme works with music retailers to allow applicants to buy almost any musical instrument available, such as traditional instruments like violins, clarinets, guitars and pianos, contemporary equipment like synthesizers, drum machi...

Funding to Help Childcare Providers Reopen in Response to the Covid-19 Crisis (Scotland) 10th September 2020

Applications are now open for funding to help childcare providers in Scotland meet the extra costs of complying with public health guidance. The Transitional Support Fund, provided by the Scottish Government, will provide one-off grants of between £1500 and £8000 to private, voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, including out-of-school care providers, and will be based on Care Inspectorate registered capacity. Eligible settings can apply for...

Public Engagement Spark Awards Re-open for Applications (UK) 9th September 2020

The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Public Engagement Spark Awards has re-opened for applications. Awards of up to £15,000 are available to schools as well as scientists and engineers, museums, science communicators, and amateur astronomy groups, etc to deliver high-quality public engagement activities that focus on a topic within the Council’s remit. This can include astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle ph...

Funding to Improve Online Digital Presence for Small Charities (UK) 7th September 2020

UK charities can apply for funding of up to £2,500 to help them improve their online digital presence. The funding is available to charities with an average income of less than £1 million a year to support hard-to-fund digital expenditure that other funders will often not cover. Funding will help organisations to build websites and apps, digitise services, and purchase digital products. Priority will be given to projects which focus on envir...

Support for the Culture & Heritage Sectors During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Scotland) 4th September 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed how £59 million of unallocated funding will be assigned to support the Culture and heritage sector during the coronavirus pandemic. More than a third (£21.3 million) of the funding will be given to Historic Environment Scotland to support the reopening of its sites across Scotland. A further £15 million will be allocated through a Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund to provide critical suppor...

Funding for Charities Supporting the Over 60’s and BAME Communities (UK) 3rd September 2020

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK charities that focus on the often complex issues that have arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic for people aged 60 and over. The funding is being made available through the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust. The Trust will also be prioritising charities that work in BAME communities, in light of the growing awareness that these communities are being disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis. T...

Grants of up to £100,000 Available to Help Young People Realise their Potential (Scotland) 27th August 2020

Voluntary and community organisations as well as social enterprises can apply for grants of £10,001 to £100,000 for projects that help young people across Scotland aged eight to 24 to become more confident and play an active part in realising their potential. To be successful applicants will need to work towards achieving at least one of the following three outcomes: children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional wellbe...

National Emergencies Trust Announces First New Charity Partners to Enhance Support for At Risk Groups (UK) 27th August 2020

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has announced plans to distribute £12 million from its Coronavirus Appeal to a range of charity partnerships offering support to some of the UK’s most at risk groups. Just over £2 million of funding will be distributed in a first wave to Disability Action NI and LGBT+ Consortium to support these disproportionately impacted groups which the NET believes may not have received adequate support through the...

£200 Million Fund to Transform Water and Wastewater Services (England and Wales) 26th August 2020

Ofwat has established a £200 million Innovation Fund to encourage innovations that will transform water and wastewater services in England and Wales. The fund can be accessed directly by the seventeen larger water and wastewater companies, and small water ‘new entrant’ sewerage companies through two types of competition during 2020-25: a £2 million ‘Innovation in Water Challenge’ for small projects up to £250,000. The first rounds w...

The British Film Institute Audience Fund (UK) 25th August 2020

UK-based organisations with experience of film distribution, exhibition and audience development activities (such as film distributors, cinemas, and film festivals) can apply for grants to increase the choice and engagement of audiences aged primarily between 16 and 30. The funding is being made available through the British Film Institute Audience Fund – Projects awards and it is expected that most awards will be in the region of £20,000...

£15 Million Covid-19 Support Package to Support the Tourism Sector (Scotland) 21st August 2020

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has announced two new funding packages worth £15 million to support the tourism sector. A £14 million Hotel Recovery Programme will help to secure up to 3,000 jobs at Scotland’s larger hotels until the start of the summer 2021 tourism season. Grants of up to £250,000 will be available to eligible businesses in addition to a suite of wrap-around business support and advice. A...

Funding to Support Local Charities and Community Groups Affected by Coronavirus (Scotland) 18th August 2020

Foundation Scotland has opened phase 2 of its Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund. The Fund supports charities and constituted community groups in Scotland which are helping vulnerable people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Phase 2 of the Fund will provide grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to help organisations with an annual income of up to £250,000 to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, to re-establish or re-design t...

Common Call Grants Programme (UK) 7th August 2020

Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to UK based organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black for actions that have a positive impact on deprived communities and are providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financially. The funding is being made available by Do it Now Now’s Common Call Covid Fund and is specif...

Funding to Turn Ideas into Positive Change (Scotland) 6th August 2020

Grant of up to £500 are available to individuals aged 16-26 looking to make a positive change in the issues that matter to them. The funding can be used by individuals to get their idea up and running and will help cover some of those costs. In addition, business support is available for those who decide to turn their idea into a business. The funding is being made available through the Pounds for Purpose grants programme and to be eligible...

Funding for Christian Projects Focusing on Improving Young Peoples Lives (UK) 5th August 2020

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to churches and Christian organisations to help them connect with children and young people and forge lasting links with families in their area. Support is available for projects that focus on improving the lives of young people (aged 0-18) and encouraging church growth as young people discover faith for themselves and begin to play an active part in church communities. Examples of the types of items that...

Funding to Support Members of the Armed Forces and their Families (UK) 31st July 2020

Armed Forces charities and other organisations can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £30,000 for projects and activities supporting serving or veteran members of the Armed Forces and their families. The funding can last for up to three years. In the last year the Foundation awarded almost £500,000 by way of grants and donations to over 50 small charities. Many of the charities supported are smaller bodies that cannot afford marketing te...

Funding to Help the Childcare Sector Reopen Safely After Coronavirus (Scotland) 30th July 2020

The Scottish Government is making funding of £11.2 million available to support the childcare sector with the cost of safely reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. All private and third sector childcare providers can apply for funding from the Transitional Support Fund to help meet the extra costs incurred to comply with public health guidance such as increased cleaning, investment in additional equipment and developing outdoor space t...

Grants of Up to £25,000 Available for Projects working with Young People and Their Families (Scotland) 29th July 2020

Registered charities in Scotland working with young children (under 3) and their parent/families, or with a parent/families expecting a baby can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £25,000. Projects working with families experiencing deprivation or in crisis will be given priority. Grants may be for project funding, or for core funding including salaries and general running costs in smaller organisations. The Trustees prefer to fund reven...

Funding to Enhance the Quality of Life for People in Need (UK) 29th July 2020

Registered charities, Hospices and state schools catering wholly for students with additional needs, can apply for grants to support work that enhances the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. Priority is given to small and medium size charities making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising. Applications should ad...

Equipment Grants for Disabled and Disadvantaged Young People (UK) 28th July 2020

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding for equipment that help mentally, physical and socially disadvantaged children. Funding is available for buildings and extensions; equipment and activity aids; sensory rooms and gardens; playgrounds and sports areas; transport and soft playrooms. The funding is being made available through the Wooden Spoon Society's Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon is the...

Funding to Help Religious Organisations Support Communities Affected by Coronavirus (UK & Republic of Ireland) 28th July 2020

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making funding available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. The Hope Beyond Programme are making grants of up to £50,000 available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce n...

Funding to Empower Marginalised Women and Girls in Zambia, Rwanda and Malawi through Sport (UK) 23rd July 2020

Comic Relief, in partnership with the Scottish Government, are launching phase 2 of their Levelling the Field Programme which uses sport to address social issues experienced by the most marginalised women and girls in Zambia, Rwanda and Malawi. Levelling the Field II will build on the strengths and learning from Phase I to empower women and girls through the development of essential life skills, fostering confidence and improving their self-es...

Foyle Foundation Re-opens its Main Grants Programme (UK) 20th July 2020

The Foyle Foundation, which is one of the UK’s largest grant making charity, has announced that its Main Grants Programme has re-opened for applications to support charities with a core remit of the Arts or Learning. In light of the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation has revised its criteria and will change to make one-year grants only (no multi-year grants) to charities that can demonstrate ongoing financial stabi...

Community Justice Fund Opens for Applications (UK) 15th July 2020

Specialist social welfare legal advice organisations can apply for grants of between £25,000 - £75,000 through the new Community Justice Fund. The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal. To be eligible for funding an organisation must be registered with the Charity Commis...

Funding to Help BAME-Led Organisations Access Coronavirus Funds (UK) 13th July 2020

In response to the coronavirus, the UK Community Foundations is making a £250,000 Infrastructure Fund available for BAME-led infrastructure organisations that can help other BAME-led organisations apply for National Emergency Trust (NET) grants though their local Community Foundations. Grants of between £50,000 and £20,000 are available to fund work such as the mentoring/supporting of groups; awareness-raising via marketing and communicatio...

£1.57 Billion Investment to Protect Britain’s Cultural, Arts and Heritage Institutions (UK) 6th July 2020

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced that cultural and heritage institutions, such as theatres, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music venues and independent cinemas can now access a share of £1.57bn that has been made available to help with the impact of Coronavirus. The funding will consist of a mix of grants and low cost loans. The funding will include £120 million to restart construction work at cu...

UK Government Support Packages to Protect UK University Research (UK) 3rd July 2020

In response to the coronavirus, the UK Government has launched two support packages to give greater job protection to thousands of researchers, scientists and technicians working at UK universities. Around £280 million will be made immediately available to enable universities to continue their cutting-edge work, such as research into antibiotics resistance and the effects of coronavirus on society. £80 million of this funding will be redistr...

Funding for Projects that Encourage Cycling to Work (Scotland) 30th June 2020

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to business and organisations in Scotland that are working towards achieving or maintaining Cycling Friendly Employer status. Cycling Scotland’s Cycling Friendly Employer Development Fund, financed by Transport Scotland, provides grants of up to £25,000 per registered workplace for capital projects that promote cycling to support a happier, healthier workforce, by encouraging staff and visitors to trav...