Funding and Tender Alerts

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Community Share Booster Programme Opens in England until Dec 2020

The programme's objectives are to help disadvantaged and under-represented communities develop successful community businesses, especially in under-represented trade sectors, and financed through community share offers based on new forms of investment proposition, institutional support and business appraisal methodologies. 

Community businesses are organisations rooted in a local area, run by and answerable to members of the community, and which make a trading profit to re-invest in doing more social good.  For more information visit

Building A Stronger Britain Together - In-kind support

In-kind support allows civil society organisations to transparently bid in for support to produce communication assets and to receive training.  All support is provided with the aim to increase capacity and sefl-sufficiency.  Support available includes: brand identity development, website development, printed posters/leaflets, paid for media support and campaign development.  For more information email

Community projects to benefit from seized criminal profits - opens 1 January

The Commissioner has ring-fenced income derived from criminal acts in 2016-17 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and will be offering charitable groups and community organisations the opportunity of applying for a cash grant to fund capital projects.  From 1 January 2016 organisations will be able to apply for grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 from the NICE (Neighbourhoods Investing Criminal Earnings). The Commissioner is keen to fund organisations which can deliver innovative projects that leave a lasting legacy for their communities.  he also plans to fund at least one project in each policing area to achieve geographical coverage.  For more information visit

The National Churches Trust - deadline in January - refer to the guidelines for specific dates

The trust offers funding for projects that

Help maintain the UK's heritage of church buildings and enhance their ability to serve local communities

Promote the benefit to communities of church buildings and to inspire everyone to value and enjoy them.  Applications are currently being accepted to the following grants programme

Community Grants - £5,000 to £20,000

Repair Grants - £5,000 to £40,000

Maintenance Grants - £500 to £3,000

For more information visit

Sky Arts Launches New Art 50 Funding Round (UK) - deadline 12 January

Art 50 is seeking applications from artists from all walks of life to create a piece of work which says something important and passionate about what it will mean to be British when we leave the EU.  Applications can be submitted by anyone including schools, colleges and arts institutions.  Applicants can apply for up to £50,000 but the majority of awards will be made between £5,000 to £20,000.  For more information visit

Strategic Legal Fund - Funding to support vulnerable young migrants - deadline 12 January

The maximum grant available is £30,000, but in view of the limited funding available, lower applications are encouraged.  The fund will accept applications in any area of:

law that affects vulnerable young migrants including immigration

asylum and asylum support

human rights


For more information visit

Pilotlight and Garfield Weston Foundation - Weston Charity Awards - deadline 12 January

Established to celebrate and support ambitious charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community, the Foundation is looking for charities who would like mentoring and coaching support to get their organisation to the next stage in its development.  Winners will receive £6,500 unrestricted grant funding alongside business mentoring support from award winning charity Pilotlight.  For more information visit

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (England)

The fund provides grants for the building or refurbishment of grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions, clubhouses, multi-use games areas and playing surfaces.  The aim is to improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities to sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, especially in areas of high deprivation.  For more information visit

East Midlands Airport Community Fund - deadline 13 January

Not-for-profit organisations located in areas affected by the operations of East Midlands Airport may apply for grant assistance of up to £2,000 through this scheme to undertake initiatives that have a lasting community benefit.  For more information visit

Grow Wild Spaces Grants (UK) - deadline 15 January

Grow Wild which aims to transform communual spaces by sowing and growing UK native plants has announced that local voluntary, community, parish and town councils, youth groups, health authorities, health boards, prisons and secondary schools can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £4,000 to create a "Grow Wild Community Site"

For more information visit

Heritage Lottery Fund - deadline 18 January

The HLF has announced that it will be launching its new Funding Framework early in 2019 and that the final deadline for applications to the Sharing Heritage Programme is 18 January.  Through the programme, registered charities, community groups and other not for profit and statutory organisations can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for projects that help local people discover and share their local heritage - events, exhibitions, guides or trails, packs for schools etc.  For more information visit

Heritage  Lottery Fund - deadline 18 January

Organisations working with young people between the ages of 11 and 25 who wish to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund's Young Roots programme have until 18 January. This programme is designed for organisations that want to involve and work with young people to encourage them to develop their own views about the culturally varied Heritage of the UK.  Grants of £10,000 to £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years.  For more information visit

Government Invites Bids for New Mental Healthcare Funding - deadline 21 January 

The Department of Health has launched the new £15 million Beyond Places of Safety Scheme to better support people at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis in England.  The new capital grants scheme is focused on improving urgent and emergency mental health care by investing in facilities and infrastructure in local area.  The minimum grant is £5,000.  There is no maximum award.  For more information visit

The Elephant Trust - deadline 22 January

The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects.  Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions.  For more information visit

Arts Council, England Strategic Touring Programme - deadline 26 January

The £35 million Strategic touring programme provides in excess of £15,000 for projects that enable more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.  For more information visit

Youth Social Action Fund through Foundation Derbyshire - deadline 26 January

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to projects which engage more young people in volunteering opportunities.  These activities should get young people more involved in and understanding their local communities and make their communities better places to live.  For more information visit

£15 million of New Tampon Tax Funding for Women's Charities - deadline 28 January

The Government is inviting charities to apply for grants of at least £1 million for projects in the UK that support mental health and wellbeing and tackle violence against women and girls.  For more information visit

Grants to Protect Biodiversity and Ecosystems (UK/Worldwide) - deadline 31 January

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has funding available for projects that address the root causes of environmental problems.  Small, grassroots, activist organisations around the world, working on action orientated and multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect biodiversity and the environment, can apply for grants to run projects that protect local habitats.  For more information visit

Government Launches Further Education Flexible Learning Fund - deadline 31 January

The fund will provide grant support to projects that develop methods of delivering learning that are flexible and easy to access for adults who are in work, or returning to work, with either low or intermediate level skills.  Funding may be awarded for two different types of costs:

development costs - to support the design and development phase of the project

delivery costs - to contribute to the additional costs that non-standard forms of delivery accrue, over and above the core costs of delivering the provision in the standard way.

For more information visit

Funding for Schools to Purchase Musical Equipment (UK) - deadline 31 January

Schools that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation's instrument and/or Equipment Awards.  The funding must be made for music education that is beyond statutory national curriculum music teaching.  For more information visit

Funding for Community-led Buildings and Housing Projects - deadline 31 January

Local organisations such as Town or Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Forums or qualifying community organisations in England can apply for grants to support community-led building and housing projects.  Two types of grants are available.

The Community-led Buildings Pre-Feasibility Grant (£1,000 to £10,000)

The Community-led Buildings Project Support Grant (£5,000 to £40,000)

For more information visit

The University of Derby's Community Fund - deadline 31 January

Groups can apply for up to £2,500 for work that benefits the local community.  This can include:

Promotion of Derby City or Derbyshire County heritage

Contribution to educational development

Benefits to local communities

Increased engagement between the University and the community

Widening participation in education

Environmental sustainability

For more information visit

 DM Thomas Foundation - deadline 6 February

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in four key areas:

children and young people with disabilities

children and young people in hospital

employability and training programmes for disadvantaged young people

life-limited children and young people requiring palliative care

For more information visit


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust (UK) - deadline 15 February

Through the Trust, grants are available to projects of significance to horticulture and education for horticulture.  The types of activities that can be funded include:

developing new gardens for public access and enjoyment

exhibitions, book publications, research and educational programmes relating to horticulture

For more information visit

Active Spaces - final deadline 16 February

This programme combines the protection in perpetuity of green spaces, together with revenue funding to engage inactive people on those spaces.  After each site is protected as An Active Space it will be offered delivery of a physical activity project on-site to the value of £5,000 to serve local needs and target identified groups of inactive people.  For more information visit

Masonic Charitable Foundation - deadline 23 February

The Foundation's Community Support grants are available for registered charities to help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, sickness and disability or barriers to education and employment.  For more information visit

Biffa Award - deadline 28 February

Currentlyaccepting applications for funding for projects that will improve the quality of life and foster vibrancy in communities located within the vicinity of a Biffa operation.  Not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding for

Community Buildings and Recreation (ENTRUST D and E) projects that are within 5 miles of a Biffa operation and 10 miles of any landfill sites or 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site. 

Rebuilding Biodiversity (ENTRUST DA) projects that are within 15 miles of a Biffa operation.  For more information visit

WREN - Funding for Community Projects - deadline 28 February

WREN accepts applications for the provision, maintenance or improvement of public amenities such as:

village halls and community centres

public play areas

sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access


nature reserves

public gardens, parks and woodlands

For more information visit

The MSE Charity - deadline 28 February

The grants programme will re-open on 1 February.  The charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups deliver financial life skills, which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money.  Grants of up to £5,000 are likely to be available for projects that aim to make people in life changing transitions become more financially capable.  The focus for the February 2018 funding will be on projects focused on building the financial capability skills that are assisting groups who support people suffering from dementia, autism, learning difficulties, mental illness, brain injury, stroke and those with disabilities caring responsibilities.  For more information visit

BBC Children In Need - Small Grants Programme - deadline 1 March

Not for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of:

illness, distress, abuse or neglect


behavioural or psychological difficulties

poverty and deprivation

For more information visit

Support for Environmental Outreach Education for Disadvantaged Young People (UK) - deadline 1 March

Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive upto 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council's Kids Fund. The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural workd and works through a network of residential and day Centres to provide outreach education and training.  The funding is available to help young people aged 14-18 (25 for those with special needs) attend a course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage - health, mobility, deprivation or financial.  For more information visit

Veolia Environmental Trust - deadline 1 March

Grants of up to £75,000 are available to constituted not for profit organisations towards:

community buildings

parks and paths, play, Multi Use Games Areas and recreational facilities

nature reserves

bio diversity projects

For more information visit

Kelly Family Charitable Trust - deadline 1 March

Funding to support family based projects.  Registered charities whose activities support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unti in tackling problems that face one or more of its members can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.  For more information visit

A B Charitable Trust - deadline 2 March

The trust supports UK registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights and to support the disadvantaged by fostering community action.  The Trust is focussed on charities supporting unpopular causes reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised in society.  This can include:

prisoners and penal reform

migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

human rights, particularly access to justice

The grants awarded are in the range of £10,000 to £20,000.  For more information visit


The Arts Award Access Fund - deadline 2 March

Grants of £100 to £1500 will be available to Arts Award centres in England that are working with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue.  This can include young people with a disability, learning difficulties, and special educational needs etc.  The funding can be used for a range of activities including:

fees for workshops with a professional or specialist

general arts materials and printing costs

travel to and from a venue

hire of specialist equipment or specialist venue

For more information visit

Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund - deadline 9 March

This fund is unable to support Sports Clubs and Associations.  Eligible projects can receive grants up to £2,000.  The funding is open to not-for-profit organisations for projects which can support:

Disabled or suffering chronic illness

Living in poverty

Voluntary carers


Isolated older people

Projects should also be able to demonstrate that they have achieved at least one of the following Key Performance Targets - decreased social isolation, improved health and wellbeing, improved resilience/coping mechanisms, improved life skills and improved opportunities.  For more information visit

The UFI Charitable Trust - Digital Technology for Vocational Training (UK) - deadline 14 March

This trust aims to help improve vocational skills in the UK's workforce.  This will be the first of three funding rounds during 2018 and will provide grants of up to £50,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months.  UFI will be looking for innovative ideas that use digital technology for vocational learning.   For more information visit

WREN's Community Action Fund - deadline 14 March

Funding for projects that provide, maintain or improve certain types of public amenities in England.  The Community Fund scheme is designed to help deliver public amenity projects within 10 miles of FCC Environment landfill site in WREN's operating areas in England.  Grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 are available for projects with a maximum total cost of £500,000. For more information visit

Community Trees Fund Re-Opens Applications from Schools and Community Groups - deadline 31 March

The Community Trees Fund is open to applications for tree planting projects from schools and community groups in the UK.  All projects supported will show how children under the age of 16 will be actively involved in the planting that should take place during National Tree Week - usually at the end of November.  Funding of between £100 and £700 for up to 75% of the cost of the planting is available, the remaining 25% will need to be secured by the application organisation.  For more information visit

W H Smith Trust - deadline 31 March

Voluntary organisations, charities, schools etc can apply for grants up to £500.  For more information visit



VINCI UK Foundation - the end of March 2018 deadline

The foundation offers one-off grants of £3,000 to £20,000 to independent small and medium sized registered community interest of not-for-profit organisations that support people who suffer social or employment exclusion.  Projects supported will:

promote access to the labour market

promote integration through housing and inclusive mobility

help to build better communities

be located near to an office or worksite of VINCI companies

For more information visit

Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund - deadline end of March

Through the programme public libraries and those managin public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations to help engage people in England in art activities and help artists and arts organisations in carrying out their work.  For more information visit