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Funding News: June 2021

Funding News: June 2021

This page contains news and information on schemes and grant funding. Please note, this page will be updated periodically as new opportunities are published.

Please click here for last month’s news, as some opportunities are still available.


FUNDER: National Lottery: The BFI Doc Society Ripple Effect Fund

DEADLINE: 1:00PM, Thursday 10th June 2021

AWARD: Individuals and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a non-recoupable grant of between £5,000-£20,000.

AREA: The BFI Doc Society Ripple Effect Fund is aimed at helping the independent documentary sector thrive and be more visible as a vital part of a vibrant independent film culture in the UK. The Ripple Effect can fund organisers to build and diversify documentary specific networks, documentary talent development activities and audience engagement work that is rooted in diversity and driven by community, particularly in areas of the UK where documentary film is underserved. The Ripple Effect will help kickstart documentary-focused ideas and activities that boost connectivity for documentary filmmakers across the UK, create inclusive opportunities for underrepresented non-fiction voices and develop new audiences.

We are looking for applications for activity that intends to achieve one or more of the following aims:

  • Deliver innovative and essential documentary community activities in the UK with diversity and inclusion at the heart.
  • Strengthen and deepen the ambition of diverse community groups, networks, collectives and organisations resulting in increased opportunities for documentary film.
  • Increase engagement with independent documentary film within underrepresented communities.

LINK: https://docsociety.org/bfi-doc/


FUNDER: Black Culture Collective Commissions

DEADLINE: 12 noon GMT, Monday 21 June 2021.

AWARD: A total of £30,000 is available to commission four creative projects which will celebrate black culture for the benefit of Thamesmead residents and communities. Projects can be between £2,000 and £13,000 and must be completed by March 2022.

AREA: Along with its beautiful green spaces, iconic brutalist architecture and growing creative community, Thamesmead boasts the largest West African population in the UK and is a diverse community which has grown and developed over the last five decades, unlike anywhere else in London.

In 2020 a group of local residents started the Black Culture Collective (BCC), an informal group set up with ambitions to become a bridge between individuals, community groups and organisations who wish to share their products, services, advice and information about African and Caribbean culture, history and heritage relating to the wider community. The BCC hopes to increase active engagement, challenge and address issues of representation and positively influence the cultural and creative sector with the local area through information-sharing, education, entertainment and enterprise.

LINK: here

Click here to download the BCC commissions brief.


FUNDER:  Common Call – Support Communities Disproportionately Affected by Covid 19
DEADLINE: 5pm on the 25th June 2021

AWARD: between £5,000 and £12,500

AREA: Grants are available to UK based Black-led organisations working in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19.

The funding is being made available by Do it Now Now’s Common Call grants programme and is specifically aimed at supporting charities and social enterprises led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black.  Priority will be given to organisations led by people with lived experience and that are creating impact in underserved communities and providing services to people that have been adversely affected by the COVID crisis in terms of physical health, mental health and/or financial sustainability.

A total of £300,000 is available and funding can be used to help:

  • Organisations move to new delivery methods
  • Develop new enterprising activities and earned income strategies;
  • Test the viability of specific propositions
  • Develop clear implementable action plans

LINK: https://www.commoncall.fund/fund-two.html


FUNDER:  The Ubele Initiative – Build Resilience in Charities & Social Enterprises Serving Black & Ethnic Minority Communities
DEADLINE: 1st June 2021 and the 29th June 2021

AWARD: up to £30,000

AREA: The Ubele Initiative has joined Social Investment Business’s £12.5m Enterprise Development Programme as the Black and Minoritised Communities sector partner.

Charities and social enterprises serving Black and ethnic minority communities will now be able to apply for grants and gain support from the Black and Minoritised Communities Enterprise Development Programme which aims to build resilience in organisations and help them to develop their trading plans. Organisations apply onto the programme and, if accepted, work alongside the relevant sector-lead to outline a package of support that best fits with their specific needs.

LINK: https://www.ubele.org/news/2021/5/4/the-ubele-initiative-join-the-enterprise-development-programme-as-black-and-minoritised-communities-sector-partner


FUNDER:  Voice4Change – Celebrate the Windrush Generation

DEADLINE: 11.59pm on the 30th June 2021

AWARD: up to £25,000

AREA: Community groups, charities and grass root organisations across the UK can apply for funding to raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme, the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.

The Home Office is making a total of £500,000 in funding available for phase two of the Windrush Community Fund.  The fund is administered by Voice4Change England.

The funding is available to charities, community and grassroots organisations. Several organisations can work together on a project and apply as a consortium. There is no limit on the number of organisations that can be involved in a group bid.

Eligible organisations can apply for activities including:

  • Holding events
  • Producing and distributing marketing materials
  • Accessing and using communication channels
  • Securing support from partners

LINK: https://voice4change-england.com/500k-windrush-community-fund-opens-for-bids/


FUNDER: Peabody Community Fund

DEADLINE: 14th July 2021

AWARD: up to £30,000

AREA: Through the fund, administered by the London Community Foundation, grants of up to £30K are available for community organisations and charities to deliver projects and activities designed to improve the quality of life of Peabody residents and the wider community. Priority will be given to:

  • Organisations/projects addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the community
  • Peabody resident-led projects. If an applicant organisation is not resident led, they will need to demonstrate strong connections with local residents, strong partnership working in the locality, a commitment to the locality after the proposed project is complete, and a clear understanding of community needs
  • Youth-led projects up to the age of 24

There will also be restricted funds for projects supporting Peabody residents living in Waltham Forest

The 8 priority boroughs for 2021/22 are: Barnet, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Kensington & Chelsea, Lewisham, Newham, Wandsworth and Westminster.

LINK: https://londoncf.org.uk/grants/peabody-community-fund

Contact details:  If you have any questions or would like to discuss any element of the fund or your application, please contact the London Community Foundation on 020 7582 5117 or at applications@londoncf.org.uk The Peabody Community Team will also be available to help groups who need support developing their application. For support from Peabody please email the Community Team at communitygrants@peabody.org.uk


FUNDER:  The Feminist Review Trust (UK)

DEADLINE: 10th September 2021

AWARD: up to £15,000

AREA: 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
  • Women, girls and environmental activism related to place and locality

LINK: http://www.feminist-review-trust.com/


FUNDER: Trust for London

DEADLINE: 5th October 2021 at 1pm

AWARD: No minimum or maximum size of grant. However, most grants will be around £80,000 over three years.

AREA: Each year the Trust awards around £8.5 million to community and voluntary organisations for new and innovative projects that address the root causes of London’s social problems. In particular, the Trust wants to support work which falls under its seven funding programmes. These are:

  • Good homes & neighbourhoods
  • Better work
  • Decent living standards
  • Shared wealth
  • Pathways to settlement
  • Connected communities
  • Stronger voices

Whilst the Trust’s funding priorities have remained the same, they are particularly interested in supporting work that:

Responds to emerging needs as a result of the pandemic e.g., an increase in demand for advice, casework and representation

Gathers evidence, data insights and learning about the impact of COVID-19 on London’s communities, particularly those who are on low incomes and disadvantaged

Campaigning, advocacy work and strategic communications to strengthen the safety net and to bring about longer-term change as a result of the pandemic

The Trust will occasionally fund work to tackle poverty and inequality which falls outside the priority areas.

LINK: https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/funding/

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