Funding opportunities available

Please find below a roundup of funding opportunities available which may be helpful to some of our BID members, thanks to Hajra Sidat of Blackburn with Darwen Council. 

We’ve highlighted who can apply for the different funding pots so you can see at a glance if it applies to you.

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

Arts Council England is launching 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 open for applications on the 4th January 2022 and 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.

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

Find out more here

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £5 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for projects connecting people and communities to UK heritage. 

Projects should aim to improve the condition of heritage; allow for heritage to be identified and better explained; and ensure that people have learned about local heritage, leading to changes in ideas and actions. There is a focus on landscape and nature, and community heritage.

Three levels of funding are available:

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the National Heritage Fund will prioritise heritage projects that

promote inclusion and involve a wider range of people;

  • boost the local economy;
  • encourage skills development and job creation;
  • support wellbeing;
  • create better places to live, work and visit; 
  • and improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage.

Depending on which programme is applied for the type of organisations that can apply include:

  • charities, trusts and charitable incorporated organisations
  • community and voluntary groups
  • community/parish councils
  • community interest companies
  • faith based or church organisations
  • local authorities
  • other public sector organisations
  • private owners of heritage (for example, individuals and commercial organisations)

There are no deadlines for applications for under £250,000.  For applications exceeding £250,000 the next closing date is the 24th February 2022.

Find out more here

Funding to Support Vulnerable Migrants 

Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants.

The maximum grant available is £30,000, however, limited funding is available and therefore lower applications are encouraged. The average grant size is around £12,000. Grants are available to undertake strategic legal work to benefit children and young people (under the age of 25) who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status. The fund will accept applications in any area of law that affects migrants:

  • Who are living in poverty, and
  • Who face significant disadvantage or discrimination in connection with their immigration status.

The SLF only funds two kinds of strategic legal action- pre-litigation research and “third party intervention” in an existing case. The maximum grant length is 12 months, and most grants are for around six months. 

The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 1st February 2022.

Previous projects supported include:

Child Poverty Action Group who were awarded a grant of £8,674 to develop a challenge to what the Government say is a change in child tax credit eligibility introduced by Universal Credit, leading to refugee families with children being excluded from claiming Tax Credit for the retrospective period prior to when they were recognised as refugees.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre was awarded a grant of £13,865 for pre-litigation research in order to bring strategic legal action on EU settlement scheme applications made by children and young people with criminal convictions, including especially looked-after children and care leavers.

Find out more here

Grants of up to £25,000 Available to Support Education, Training & Career Development in the Arts, Culture, & Heritage Sectors 

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has launched a new funding round to support education, training, and career development in the arts, culture, and heritage sectors across the UK.

Grants of up to £25,000 per year for three years are available to enable people to develop skills and careers, and increase access to and promote diversity in the arts and heritage by reaching communities and individuals who would otherwise not participate.

Organisations should aim to break down social, economic, and geographical barriers, encourage engagement and provide high-quality and specialist training and workplace experience and apprenticeships.

Charities, community groups, and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to submit their expressions of interest as soon as possible and not wait for the deadline of midnight on the 28th February 2022.

Find out more here

£4 Million Fund Launched to Support Suicide Prevention Services 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched a new £4 million fund to help suicide prevention services meet increased demand from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Suicide Prevention Grant Fund will make £4 million in funding available to enable voluntary community and social enterprise organisations in England that support suicide prevention to set up new projects or expand or sustain current services. The fund will focus on high-risk groups who have struggled most during the pandemic/

These include:

  • Middle-aged men
  • Children and young people
  • People in contact with mental health services
  • People who self-harm
  • People who are economically vulnerable
  • NHS and social care staff
  • People in contact with the criminal justice system
  • People who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic
  • Ethnic minorities.

Part of the Suicide Prevention Fund will be ring-fenced specifically for micro-organisations and groups (user-led, community-led or peer support groups or organisations who may be unregistered or unconstituted) and who have experience of delivering activity intended to prevent suicide. Micro-organisations and groups are limited to a maximum award of £5,000 from the ring-fenced pot of money.

The closing date for applications is the 16th January 2022.

Find out more here

Applications Re-Open for the Co-op Community Fridge Fund 

The Hubbub Foundation, in partnership with the Co-op, has re-opened the Co-op Community Fridge Fund to build on their existing network of Community Fridges around the UK.

Grants of £4,000 are available to support an additional one hundred not-for-profit organisations across the UK to establish new Community Fridge projects and help redistribute surplus fresh food within deprived communities.

Donations are provided by local food businesses, producers, households and gardens, saving food from going to waste and bringing people together. Hubbub will also provide support, guidance and resources to help organisations establish their Community Fridge.

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

Find out more here

Additional Funding to Support Heritage Organisations at Risk of Closure Due to Covid-19 

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage: Emergency Resource Support has re-opened to help heritage organisations at imminent risk of closure return to financial viability.

This round will provide funding of between £10,000 and £1 million to help organisations and businesses that own, work with or manage heritage in England which face collapse within twelve weeks of their application date. The Fund will help cover essential operating costs and debt repayments as well as a re-inflation of cash reserves of up to eight weeks turnover, and one-off costs associated with restarting business activity. Funding is being distributed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Historic England.

Expressions of interest are invited until 12pm on the 11th January 2022.

Find out more here

Funding to Improve the Lives of People Suffering from Social Exclusion 

The VINCI UK Foundation will be inviting charities and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK and Republic of Ireland to apply for grants that will help them improve access to employment, mobility and housing for people suffering from social exclusion.  Grants may be used to purchase, upgrade or refurbish transport, equipment, ICT, tools, furniture and facilities for long-lasting projects costing up to £100,000 which help charities to alleviate social exclusion and strengthen communities. 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 next application period will be open from January to March 2022.

Find out more here

Grants to Improve the Quality of Life for Disadvantaged & Vulnerable People 

The Hedley Foundation are inviting applications from small-to-mid-size registered charitieshelping 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 that 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 6 weeks before the next review meeting on the 27th April 2022.

Find out more here

Royal Society of Chemistry – Outreach Fund 

Individuals and organisations such as researchers, museums, schools, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts groups and libraries can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to run chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences and in schools.

Through the fund the Society aims to support projects that:

  • Develop science communication skills of chemists – building capacity and opportunities for chemists and chemical scientists to engage with schools and/or public audiences
  • Engage with school students – inspiring and raising aspirations of student audiences to nurture a future generation passionate about the chemical sciences
  • Engage with public audiences – involving a wide range of people in relevant contemporary issues in the chemical sciences
  • Provide under-represented audiences, communities and places with inspiring chemistry engagement opportunities, delivered or coordinated by skilled people

The Outreach Fund is split into two categories: small grants – up to £5,000 and large grants – up to £10,000. 

The closing date for applications to the small and large grants programmes is the 7th February 2022.

Find out more here

Funding for Projects that Have a Positive Impact on Communities, People or the Environment 

The Matthew Good Foundation has launched a Grants for Good Fund to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment.

The Fund will share £10,000 between five shortlisted projects, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £3,500, second place £2,500, third place £2,000 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £1,000.

As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation are keen to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running.

To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Funding is awarded every three months and the deadline for the next funding round is the 15th March 2022.

Find out more here

Big Give – Women and Girls Match Fund 

The Big Give has launched a new match funding campaign to support charities working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland.

Supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Tampon Tax fund, the Women and Girls Match Fund will make match funding available to charities that are led by and for women and girls.   

Charities must be looking to raise £2,500, £10,000 or £25,000 in public donations (to be doubled by the match funds).

The closing date for applying for match funding is the 11th January 2021. 

Charities successful at this stage will then be able to launch a week long fundraising campaign on International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2022 to raise the funds that will be matched by the Women and Girl’s Match Fund on a £ per £ basis until the match funding has been exhausted. 

The fundraising campaign will close on the 15th March 2022.

Find out more here

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