Funding Opportunities available to BID members

With thanks to Hajra Sidat from BwD Council, below is a summary of some of the funding currently available which may be relevant to BID members.

Grants of up to £50,000 Available for Community Projects

Aviva has launched the next round of its Community Fund. Aviva has teamed up with the fundraising platform Crowdfunder to offer funding of up to £50,000 to small charities, schools and community interest groups in the UK with innovative ideas that benefit their community.  Every three months from January 2020 onwards, £250,000 will be split equally among Aviva’s UK employees to donate to the projects that matter to them most.  Aviva wants to support projects that boost the resilience of communities in the face of uncertainty and will be supporting projects in two key areas:

  • Climate Action: Promoting healthy, thriving communities by preventing, preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change.
  • Financial Wellbeing: Helping people to take control of their wellbeing by giving them the tools to be more financially resilient and independent.

To take part the project must also be raising funds to develop a new approach, product or technology, pilot a new scheme, implement a new initiative, or expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group. All beneficiaries must be in the UK.  Once applications have been submitted, applicants will need to create a fundraising page on Crowdfunder that Aviva employees can browse and donate funds to.  Applicants can also showcase their projects to raise additional public donations.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st February 2022.

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Grants to Support Music Making 

To recognise the vital role music plays in uniting communities and improving wellbeing, Music for All has opened a new round of Community Project Funding for projects and initiatives across the UK and Ireland seeking to bring music to their community.

The funding is aimed at community groups and schools that need assistance to fulfil their potential in developing truly sustainable music programmes. This round will award musical instruments or grants of up to £2,000 for three different types of projects:

  • electric guitars and/or ukuleles;
  • analogue synthesisers;
  • and projects to benefit those with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The deadline for applications is the 28th January 2022.

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Grants of up to £40,000 Available to Organisations Led by and for Black and Minoritised Women and Girls

Two-year grants of up to £40,000 are available to specialised organisations in the UK that are led by and for Black and minoritised women and girls.  The funding is for organisational development work relating to areas such as strategy, governance, leadership, alliances and partnerships, funding, demonstrating impact and systems and processes and is available to organisations that have been established for three years or more, and which have an average income of less than £100,000 per year.  The funding is being made available through the ROSA Rise Fund and ROSA expect to be able to support between 25 and 30 organisations across the UK.  The deadline for applications has been extended to 5.00pm on the 31st January 2022.   Grants will be paid in July 2022 and will last for 2 years.

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Equipment Grants for Disabled and Disadvantaged Young People 

Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports projects help mentally, physically disadvantaged children. Each year the charity supports around 70 projects.  Through the programme funding is available for:

  • Buildings and extensions
  • Equipment and activity aids
  • Sensory rooms and gardens
  • Playgrounds and sports areas
  • Soft playrooms.

The funding available is for capital items only and will not support revenue costs such as staffing and other ongoing costs. There is no maximum grant limit but projects under £5,000 are unlikely to be considered.  Since being founded in 1983, Wooden Spoon has made grants of over £28 million to more than 1,000 projects.  If a project is educational or disability sports-focused, there must be a key rugby element to engage children and young people.  Projects funded in the past have included:  Applications can be submitted at any time. 

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Funding to Improve the Lives of People Suffering from Social Exclusion 

Charities and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK and Republic of Ireland can apply for grants of up to £20,000 for projects that improve access to employment, training, housing, mobility, or leisure for disadvantaged and socially excluded people.

The grants are being made through the VINCI UK Foundation and can be used to purchase, upgrade or refurbish transport, equipment, ICT, tools, furniture and facilities for long-lasting projects costing up to £100,000.

This could, for example, include the development of new/current activities, the refurbishment of premises, or the improvement of marketing tools.

Successful applicants will also receive the support of a VINCI sponsor, who will donate some of their time and practical expertise to the project.

The closing date for applications is the 31st March 2022.

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Funding to Improve Online Digital Presence for Small Charities 

UK charities can apply for funding of up to £2,500 to help them improve their online digital presence. The Fat Beehive Foundation awards small grants 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

  • environmental protection or climate change mitigation,
  • human rights,
  • international development,
  • equality and diversity,
  • social justice / refugees / housing,
  • education,
  • art and culture,
  • health and wellbeing,
  • prisoner rehabilitation.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis at quarterly trustee meetings which are normally held in April, July, October, and January.

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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund Launched 

Sport England has launched a new £5 million fund to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee that aims to use sport and physical activity to bring communities together and tackle inequalities. 

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to community organisations; including schools in support of new projects that inactive people to get active, or less active people to become more active. The funds could be used for things such as facility hire and coaching costs, or even small capital improvements. 

Priority will be given to projects working with people living in areas of disadvantage, as defined by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation areas 1-3.

Eligible types of organisations that can apply are:

  • a community amateur sports club (as registered with HMRC)
  • an unregistered voluntary and community organisation with a not-for-profit constitution
  • a registered charity
  • a not-for-profit company (limited by guarantee without share capital or charitable incorporated organisation) and without persons of significant control
  • a community interest company (CIC) with no persons of significant control, or other social enterprise
  • community benefit society
  • a school using their facilities for wider community benefit
  • local authority bodies (including town, parish and community councils).

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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£5 Million Fund for Creative & Cultural Activities Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 

Arts Council England has launched a new £5 million funding programme to support voluntary and community organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  The Let’s Create Platinum Jubilee Fund will make grants of up to £10,000.   Applicants will be encouraged to think about what creative activity would mean the most to their local communities and why, and to partner with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities.  To be eligible projects should engage with at least one of the artforms which ACE supports through its funding. These are:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Visual arts
  • Literature
  • Combined arts – including festivals and carnivals
  • Museum and library activities.

A very wide range of creative and cultural activities will be considered but examples could include:

  • Spoken word poetry events and performances in a community space
  • A community play or production
  • An artistic exhibition in a local park, street or village hall

Schools are not eligible, but PTA groups can apply if they meet the eligibility guidelines.

The Fund will be administered by UK Community Foundations.  Applicants should refer to their local Community Foundation for details of the closing date in their area. Applicants can find information on all the community foundations here

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