6 Jul 2020
Funding News July 2020
The latest funding opportunities…
- Comic Relief and NET announce a new £3.4m fund to provide support to hundreds of small Black, Asian, and minority ethnic focused projects across the UK.
The fund aims to help vulnerable communities by supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic projects struggling to continue their services because of the pandemic. It includes £2.75m in emergency funding from NET’s Coronavirus Appeal.
Comic Relief and NET are providing the money through 10 BAME-led organisations, which will in turn provide the funding. The 10 organisations specialise in and will fund small projects across a range of services including mental health, domestic abuse, sports provision, gender, racial equality and family services. Each has been awarded between £275,000 to £440,000 to distribute to UK projects. The grants will be available from mid-July with each organisation setting their criteria and grant amounts individually, and applicants applying to them directly.
The organisations include: Imkaan – a charity working with Black, minoritised and migrant women’s communities, The ATM – a non-profit organisation committed to tackling discrimination and promoting fairer and more equitable societies, Sporting Equals – who promote equal, ethnically diverse sport, and work across the health and physical activity sector, BAWSO – an organisation who deliver a range of services to thousands of people across Wales, including refuges, domestic abuse service, child services and outreach projects, and Next Step – an initiative that empowers, transform and supports African communities in Scotland.
In addition, Comic Relief is earmarking a further £1.8m from its new £9m Change Makers programme specifically for BAME projects.
Jacqueline Onalo, Comic Relief Trustee said:
“The disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on Black and Asian communities has been truly devastating. Smaller projects that work within these communities have also been adversely effected, after many years of neglect, with many at risk of closure. Our ring fenced funding aims to directly address these inequalities and empower BAME-led organisations, with specialist expertise, to reach and support grass-root local projects that are a lifeline to the people they help. Alongside the £1.8 million Change Maker BAME grants, I hope we can make a real difference to hundreds of projects struggling to support people throughout the pandemic and its recovery.“
- The Arts Council will reopen applications for National Lottery Project Grants on 22 July; £60m available until April 2021
After a brief closure of the fund in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, we are pleased to say that National Lottery Project Grants will be back later in July. We’re making improvements to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. We have prioritised reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. We’ll publish updated guidance for the programme by mid-July. Sign up to their newsletter for more information, and for the latest updates and guidance as they are published.
- New funding is available from the London Community Response, with 3 types of grants; crisis, enable and adapt.
Small – grants of up to £10,000, using a simple application form, with decisions typically made within two to three weeks of you making an application; or
Large – grants of up to £50,000, involving a longer application form, with decisions typically made within six to eight weeks of you making an application. In some circumstances we may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this.
Regardless of what type of organisation you are, you will need to have at least three Trustees, or three Directors or three Management Committee members who are not related to each other. We are not able to make grants to individuals – if you are looking for a grant for an individual please search for support at Turn2Us.
We know that Covid-19 had caused difficulties to all Londoners, but that some people and communities have faced disproportionate challenges and negative outcomes. We also know that civil society organisations across London are providing vital services and support for people, with increased demands through crisis expected to continue into the next phase.
Through all the funding programmes available we will give particular priority to supporting:
- Equity and inclusion – organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the covid-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME); Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+); and/or women’s-led groups);
- Strong connections – groups who reach and connect with people at high risk of negative impacts from Covid-19 (in terms of health outcomes, as well as social and economic issues); and/or
- Smaller organisations – typically those with a turnover of up to £1m a year (though we welcome applications from grassroots and much smaller groups too).
- The 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open; core funding of up to £40k, plus access to high quality training and development. For health-related work in the UK; income of between £80k and £2.5 million.
Charities are facing significant challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, while continuing to provide vital services to keep people healthy and connected.
This year, more than ever, we are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up to £40,000, plus access to excellent training and development to support their leaders.
To be eligible to apply, organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000; the training and development is valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.
The GSK IMPACT Awards are judged by a prestigious panel of judges and provide national recognition for the winning charities.
View the guidelines and access the application. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 14 September 2020.
If are interested in any of these funds, and would like support in writing your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation. This is for a limited time only, first come, first served.