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Funding News- February 2021

Funding News: February 2021

Funding News: February 2021

Grant funding opportunities available over the coming months…

FUNDER: The Health Lottery – Active Communities (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Bristol)

DEADLINE: 1pm on the 17th February 2021

AWARD: between £5,000 and £20,000 per year (for up to two years)

AREA: The Health Lottery has announced that it is seeking applications for funding through the Active Communities Programme in specific areas of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Bristol that are most affected by health inequalities.

Health Lottery South West is part of the People’s Health Trust’s Active Communities programme which provides grant funding for projects designed and led by local people which target areas most affected by health inequalities.

Projects will be small and local and could cover a few streets, a housing estate or a small village. The programme also supports Communities of Interest. These are groups of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood or cover a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

Projects that are applying as a community of interest, please contact the Active Communities Programme before completing the online application form. This is because the application process is slightly different for communities of interest. Applicants can either call the Active Communities programme on 020 7749 9100, or request a call back or email.



FUNDER: Developing Your Creative Practice, Arts Council England

DEADLINE: Applications close on 18th February 2021 at 12pm

AWARD: Round nine of DYCP is now open. The fund supports creative practitioners who are looking to take their practice to the next stage. The money you’ll receive will give you time to research and come up with ideas, as well as cover any travel costs. You could be given anything between £2,000 to £10,000.

You need to be based in England, apply as an individual, be at least 18 years old, have a UK bank account, and have at least a year’s experience of being a creative practitioner outside of formal education.

If you’re unsuccessful, you don’t have to wait to apply again. There’s no limit to how many times you can put yourself forward.

LINK: Learn more and apply here, where you can also read their guidance for applicants and find out if you’re ready to apply with a short quiz.


FUNDER: MSE Charity – Financial Literacy Projects (UK)

DEADLINE: 5pm on the 26th February 2021 or earlier if the charity has accepted 40 applications. It is advised to apply early in the month to ensure that application is considered.

AWARD: up to £7,500

AREA: The MSE Charity has announced that its grants programme has re-opened for applications. The MSE Charity gives grants to not for profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. Organisations that are eligible to apply include Registered Charities, Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and other not for profit companies and Credit Unions.


FUNDER: The Ford Britain Trust large and small grants programmes (England)

DEADLINE: Small grants: 28th February 2021; Large grants: 31st July 2021.

AWARD: between £250 and £3,000

AREA: Through the large grants programme registered charities, Schools/PTAs (non-fee paying, state sector schools only) and non-profit organisations can apply for grants.

Projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Benefit the local community/environment
  • Work with young people/children
  • Promote education/schools (mainstream) as well as special school
  • Promotes the teaching of Engineering
  • Support special educational needs and people with disabilities

Grant applications will be considered for projects being undertaken/expenditure being made in all UK postcodes however locations near Ford Motor Company Limited / FCE Bank plc UK operations are given a higher weighting.

These are: Essex (including East London); Bridgend (South Wales); Southampton; Daventry; Manchester; Liverpool.

Exceptions may be made for initiatives in which Ford Motor Company Limited employees and retirees are involved. Grants made by the Trust are usually one-off donations for a specific capital project or part of a project, typically items of furniture and equipment.


FUNDER: Comic Relief New Fund (England)

DEADLINE: 5 March 2021 (12 noon).

AWARD: between £30,000 and £250,000 are available for 12-15 months of service delivery (July 2021 to September 2022). It is expected that around 15 grants will be made.

AREA: The Supporting and Sustaining Specialism Funding Programme is administered by Comic Relief in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The £1.2 million fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund. The funding is for established work meeting one or both of this programme’s aims:

  1. Improve access to quality services and support for Black and minoritised women and girls who are experiencing, or at risk of, violence and abuse.
  2. Improve understanding of the needs of and effective responses to violence and abuse against Black and minoritised women and girls.

There is particular interest in proposals that support women and girls from a range of different communities as well as proposals focussed on supporting a specific community (eg, the East African community, the Bengali community).

Proposals can also address the current gaps in funding:

  • Women seeking asylum
  • Migrant women
  • Women with no recourse to public funds
  • Disabled women
  • Young women
  • Older women

Proposals reaching women facing multiple barriers to social justice will also be considered. The funding can be used to cover specific project activities and core costs that can be evidenced as directly related to the proposed project.



FUNDER: NIKE, Inc – Black Community Commitment London

DEADLINE: 24th March 2021

AWARD: £5,000 to £20,000

AREA: NIKE, Inc. recently announced a significant commitment to support the Black community in the U.S. to organisations focused on social justice, education and economic empowerment to address systemic racism.

Now Nike UK – in cooperation with King Baudouin Foundation is launching the Black Community Commitment London. The Black Community Commitment London will provide support to those organisations that are dedicated to creating lasting change for the Black community in London.

Grants from £5,000 to £20,000 are available for non-profit organisations with plans to support projects for up to 12 months in any borough in London. A total budget of £80,000 is available.

The fund’s aim is to support community organisations in greater London who are dedicated to creating lasting change for the Black community. The initiative will invest in organisations focused on, but not limited to:

  • Play and sport equity
  • Education
  • Economic empowerment
  • Career development
  • Access to mental health support
  • Mentorship
  • Violence prevention

Announcement of selection 30th April 2021.


FUNDER: Masonic Charitable Foundation Early Years Opportunities (England)

NOTE: Income Restrictions apply

DEADLINE: 31st March 2021.

AWARD: up to £15,000 per year for up to 3 years

AREA: Charities in England and Wales can apply for Early Years Opportunities Grants through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to the age of 25 years) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Grants can be offered to charities that provide: Mental and physical health support; Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc. Parental support, including whole family approach; Pastoral and advocacy support

The type of activities that could be funded include: Additional educational opportunities such as improving literacy and numeracy ; Individual interventions, i.e., parent education, home visiting or mentoring ; Encouraging healthy behaviours with regards to diet, activity and wellbeing ; Psychological interventions for domestic abuse and behavioural issues etc. Provision of vital adaptive technologies and equipment removing barriers ; Alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system.

The Foundation offers both small grants to charities with an annual income of up to £500,000; and large grants on average of between £10,000 and £60,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years.

The next closing date for the large grants programme is the 31st March 2021. The small grants programme is currently closed to applications and will re-open for applications between the 1st March and 5pm on the 31st March 2021


FUNDER: Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund for Charities & Social Enterprises (UK)

DEADLINE: 11.59 pm on the 31st March 2021.

AWARD: between £100,000 to £1,500,000 without requiring personal guarantees and charging no interest fees or interest for twelve months.

AREA: In response to the coronavirus, Social Investment Business have launched a Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for social enterprises and charities which have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.

The £25m is part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.

The Fund is intended to provide working capital until normal business can resume for organisations that are facing financial difficulty. Loans could be used to cover delays in trade payments, or for business modification to meet increase in service demand. The initial £25 million has been provided by Big Society Capital, with loans backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.



FUNDER: Aviva Community Fund (UK)

DEADLINE:  7th April 2021

AWARD: up to £50,000

AREA: 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:

  1. Community resilience: tackling inequality and improving environments by building inclusive and resilient
  2. Financial capability and inclusion: promoting financially inclusive communities, where people can better manage their finances and avoid problem debt

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.

Applications are open on a continuous basis and are reviewed every three months.

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.


FUNDER: The Elephant Trust, London

DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted by midnight on 11 April 2021 or 27 June 2021.

AWARD: Most grants awarded are up to £2000, a few are £5000

AREA: The Elephant Trust was set up in 1975 to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. Priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions.

LINK: Use the link here to check the guidelines in full and submit.


FUNDER: National Lottery Project Grants, Arts Council England

DEADLINE: 30th April 2021

AWARD: There is £77.9 million available

AREA: This grant is aimed at both individuals and organisations – however, this new round has a particular focus on individuals.

If you have a time-sensitive project that’s been halted, and you need help getting it back off the ground, then this grant may be for you.

Please note, this is a popular and competitive grant, so get your applications in sooner rather than later.

LINK: Learn more and apply here.


FUNDER: Film London

DEADLINE: Next round opens w/c 26 April 2021 and closes 7 June 2021.

AWARD: £2,500 (fellowship); £10,000 (Jarman Award) & £15,000 (short film funding)


  • Flamin Fellowship: a major scheme for early-career artist filmmakers living in England, 6 artists per year, workshops, mentoring, production finance of £2,500 for a specific project
  • Short film funding, welcomes applications up to a maximum of £15,000. Applications open for films of any length up to a maximum of 15 minutes
  • Early Development funding – If you’re a writer based in England with an exciting, bold idea – particularly if you’ve not yet teamed up with a producer – this is the fund for you
  • The Film London Jarman Award: a prestigious annual prize (£10k) which recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based emerging artist filmmakers.

LINK: available here. Funding Available


FUNDER: The Feminist Review Trust

DEADLINE: 30th April 2021.

AWARD: up to £15,000

AREA: The Feminist Review Trust has announced that grants of up to £15,000 are available for projects both in the UK and internationally that support women and girls.

Applications will be particularly welcome from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas: Lesbian and transgender rights ; Violence against women and girls ; Disabled women and girls ; Refugee women and girls


FUNDER: Black Artists Grant, Creative Debuts

DEADLINE: There is no age limit or deadline, as this is a monthly rolling grant.

AWARD: Each month, £1,500 will be distributed amongst several Black artists in the UK. Each successful applicant will receive £500.

AREA: Creative Debuts is a platform celebrating emerging artists and designers. In response to this particularly difficult period, they’ve created The Black Artists Grant.

This is a grant specifically for Black artists and creators, and the money is intended to be used for new equipment, materials, travel, research, and living expenses. If you feel you’d benefit from the money, then apply!

Put yourself forward for the grant by emailing The email must contain: your name, contact information, and some images of what you make or do (a link to your portfolio is fine).



FUNDER: The Hilden Charitable Fund (UK)


AWARD: average £5,000

AREA: grants to causes working at community level in the UK and developing countries which are less likely to be able to raise funds from other sources.

Current UK funding priorities are: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Community-Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People Aged 16 to 25.

Overseas, Hilden concentrates on projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health and particularly welcomes those that address the needs and potential of girls and women.

Only applications submitted on the form supplied on the website will be considered.

Hilden accepts applications at any time but the closing date for applications to be considered at the next meeting of Trustees is the 16th April 2021.



FUNDER: The National Lottery Heritage Fund REOPENS (UK)


AWARD: Three levels of funding are available: grants from £3,000 to £10,000, grants from £10,000 to £250,000, grants from £250,000 to £5million

AREA: 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. Awarded to not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK.
Priority will now be given to heritage projects that:

  • Boost the local economy
  • Encourage skills development and job creation
  • Support wellbeing
  • Create better places to live, work and visit
  • Improve the resilience of heritage organisations.


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