Grant Funding News: August 2021
10 August 2021
10 August 2021
Grant Funding News: August 2021
This page contains information on new and grant funding rounds. 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: The UK Government – Community Ownership Fund
DEADLINE: 13th August 2021
AWARD: up to £250,000
AREA: The UK government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help communities across the UK take ownership of local facilities, community assets and amenities such as: sporting and leisure facilities, cinemas and theatres, music venues, museums, galleries, parks, pubs, post office buildings and shops.
The move is part of the UK Government’s strategy to build back better from the pandemic and to foster a sense of community.
The first bidding round closes in August with another seven bidding rounds expected to take place over the next four years. The priorities for the first round are to invest in projects which are ready to access capital funding and complete their projects within 6 months, and will be most suitable for community groups who have done preliminary work and have a viable business plan to take ownership of the local asset or amenity at risk.
Matched capital grants will be available for most projects. In exceptional cases, up to £1 million matched capital grants will be available to help establish a community-owned facility at risk of being lost.
The Community Ownership Fund will provide up to 50% of total capital costs, matching other funds and resources raised by the applicant. Applicants will need to demonstrate they have raised other funds to cover the total capital costs of their project.
Revenue grants of up to £50,000 (up to 20% of projects costs) are also available and these do not need to be matched.
The online portal for applications is now open. A full application template is published at gov.uk. Applicants should use the template and guidance document to prepare all the information required for their application, prior to submitting their application.
FUNDER: The Association of Mental Health Providers – Support the Sustainability of Mental Health Organisations
DEADLINE: 12pm 13th August 2021.
AWARD: Up to £5,000
AREA: The Association of Mental Health Providers has launched a second round of funding to support the sustainability of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations delivering mental health and wellbeing services in England.
The Mental Health Sustainability Fund will provide grants to support the capacity of organisations and improve their ability to adapt and deliver, both during and in the recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fund will support organisations with an annual revenue of below £250,000 that are supporting disadvantaged and minoritised communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 including Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities, LGBT+, children and young people, older people, new mothers, and those in contact with the criminal justice system etc.
FUNDER: Kusuma Trust – Improve the Lives of Disadvantaged People
DEADLINE: The fund closes to applications 20th August 2021, or once 100 applications have been received, whichever is sooner.
AWARD: up to £50,000
AREA: Grants are available to registered charities for projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged people living in Greater London.
The Kusuma Trust will award funding for innovative, sustainable projects which help young people aged up to 25, including those with Special Educational Needs, to develop their skills, knowledge, and/or social capital through informal learning; which target areas of deprivation to decrease air pollution; and which work to improve London’s green space provision.
The type of work that could be funded include pilot projects, training, capital projects, feasibility studies, project evaluations and community consultations. Priority will be given to new applicants.
FUNDER: Home Office – Safety of Women at Night Fund
DEADLINE: 11:59pm 1st September 2021
AWARD: up to £300,000
AREA: £5 million in funding has been made available by the Home Office for interventions that focus on the prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in public spaces at night. Charities, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprises, cooperatives, Local Authorities, Police and Crime Commissioners, and the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police can bid for funding through the Safety of Women at Night Fund.
The Safety of Women at Night Fund will support initiatives focused on preventing violence against women and girls in public spaces at night, including: in the night-time economy (economic activity taking place in the evening and night time), in venues, on related routes home Initiatives should aim to protect those at risk and/or identify and target potential perpetrators of VAWG. Partnership bidding is encouraged.
FUNDER: Arts Council – Support Creative Development of Individual Cultural and Creative Practitioners
DEADLINE: 12pm 2nd September 2021
AWARD: Between £2,000 and £10,000
AREA: Arts Council England has reopened their Developing Your Creative Practice Fund. The aim of the fund is to help individual cultural and creative practitioners explore new ways of working and to better respond to the changing environment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Grants are available to help individuals with their own creative development which could include research, time to create new work, travel, training, developing ideas, networking or mentoring.
Eligibility has been expanded to include practitioners such as DJs, performer/creators, arts and cultural educators, community practitioners/engagement specialists, movement directors, and creative technicians.
The programme is being supported with £18 million of National Lottery Funding.
FUNDER: London Community Foundation -Youth-Led Initiatives to Reduce Youth Violence (Westminster, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Lambeth & Hackney)
DEADLINE: 3rd September 2021
AWARD: Between £3,000 and £10,000
AREA: Grants are available for youth-led initiatives which help reduce violence affecting young people in London.
£123,327 in funding is available through the Peabody Community Foundation’s Young People’s Fund for grassroots community organisations working with young Peabody residents aged 11 to 25 years and the wider community to develop and design projects which respond to the issue of violence affecting young people in the boroughs of Westminster, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Lambeth and Hackney.
Projects should aim to work with young people already affected by violence or criminal lifestyles, deliver preventative work, and address the root causes which lead to young people being affected.
For any general questions on the fund please contact the London Community Foundation on 020 7582 5117 or at email@example.com
The application form is available on the London Community Foundation website.
FUNDER: Comic Relief – Improve Mental Wellbeing through Arts & Comedy
DEADLINE: 11am 15th September 2021
AWARD: Between £100,000 and £300,000
AREA: Comic Relief, in partnership with Walkers, has launched a new fund to help improve people’s mental wellbeing through arts and comedy.
The Smiles Fund will award funding between eight and twelve charities in the UK for proposals which use participation in the arts and comedy to challenge stigma and provide community-based support for people who are experiencing emerging symptoms of poor mental wellbeing.
Funding will support a mixture of project and core costs for proposals that are shaped by people with lived experience, including those facing:
- Discrimination and disadvantage
- Prolonged uncertainty and unemployment
- Emerging mental wellbeing challenges
- Loss and isolation
Comic Relief will be hosting 3 Zoom Q&A sessions to answer any questions applicants may have about the fund.
Zoom Session 1(opens in new window) – Wednesday 11th August, 11am-12pm
Zoom Session 2(opens in new window) – Thursday 19th August, 10am-11am
Zoom Session 3(opens in new window) – Wednesday 25th August, 2.30pm-3.30pm
FUNDER: GlaxosmithKline Impact Awards
DEADLINE: 5pm 20th September 2021
AWARD: Up to twenty awards ranging from £4,000 to £50,000
AREA: The 2022 GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, are now open to applications from community-based charities across the UK.
Grants will be made to recognise and reward charities working in a health-related field (operating for at least three years, with an income between £120,000 and £3 million) that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Award winners will also be offered training and development, have a film made about their work, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.
Charities do not need to present a new project, and can decide how to spend the award money.
FUNDER: ABC Charitable Trust – Projects that combat abuse and violation of Human Right
DEADLINE: 31st October 2021
AWARD: Between £10,000 and £20,000
AREA: UK-registered charities that work towards combating abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants through the A B Charitable Trust. The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT) was set up in 1990 and supports unpopular causes that champion human dignity and to focus on small and medium-sized charities working close to the ground.
Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support:
- Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
- Criminal justice and penal reform
- Human rights, particularly access to justice
The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Grants range in size, with most grants awarded being in the range £10,000 to £20,000. ABCT does not normally fund charities with large national or international links.