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Grant Funding News July 2021

Grant Funding News: July 2021

Grant Funding News: July 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: The National Lottery Community Fund: Boost Funding to Black & Minoritised Community-Led Charities

AREA: The National Lottery Community Fund and The Ubele Initiative, on behalf of the Phoenix Way Partners, has announced a new £50 million partnership to boost funding and support to Black and minoritised community-led charities and grassroots groups across England.

The ‘Phoenix Way’ will create a series of national and regional panels from leaders from Black and minoritised communities who will work with the National Lottery Fund to identify the challenges faced by those with lived experience of racism and racial disparities, and award funding to charities and grassroots groups best placed to help their communities thrive. The programme will be designed and developed over the summer, with the aim of awarding funding for the next five years from autumn 2021.

Groups that wish to register an interest in the programme should email: thephoenixway@ubele.org

LINK: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2021-06-30/new-50-million-partnership-aimed-to-boost-national-lottery-funding-to-black-and-minoritised-community-led-charities-and-grassroots-groups


FUNDER: UFI Voctech: Tackle the Digital Divide

DEADLINE: 5pm on the 29th July 2021.

AWARD: An initial £10,000 grant is available for the Define phase, followed by:

  • Ufi VocTech Activate – Grants of between £15,000 – £50,000 to test early-stage ideas
  • Ufi VocTech Impact – Grants of up to £150,000 for VocTech solutions that can deliver benefits to a large number of learners

AREA: The UFI Voctech Trust has launched a funding call for projects that build the confidence and ability of adults most impacted by the digital divide to help them get the skills they need for work. The VocTech Challenge Grant Fund will award funding of up £160,000 to develop or deploy current and emerging technologies which will improve accessibility, create a supportive learning environment, and offer increased personalisation and motivation to start or keep on learning.

The funding is available to UK Charities, private companies, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations already engaged with the target learner groups.

To help prepare applications Ufi VocTech are running a series of workshops to introduce the fund.  Information on these is available on the Ufi VocTech website.

LINK: https://ufi.co.uk/grant-funding/voctech-challenge/


FUNDER: The Santander Foundation – Build the Digital & Financial Skills of Disadvantaged People (UK)

NOTE: Income restrictions apply – to be eligible, the applicant organisation will have to have a minimum annual income of £75,000

DEADLINE: 13th August 2021.

AWARD: up to £150,000

AREA: The Santander Foundation has announced the launch of a new £1.8million fund to support UK charities and CICs working to build people’s digital and financial skills.

The Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund will award grants over a three-year period to twelve projects which help to equip disadvantaged people with the tools, knowledge and confidence to make better, informed decisions about money, and to help them achieve new opportunities for employment and education.

This could include lone parents, single pensioners, migrants and refugees, those with long term illnesses and disabilities, those struggling to find sustained employment, and households headed by students or part-time workers.

LINK: https://www.santandersustainability.co.uk/the-santander-foundation


FUNDER: Ragdoll Foundation

DEADLINE: 27th August 2021.

AWARD: Small: £1,500; Large £50,000

AREA: Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding through the Ragdoll Foundation.  The Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.  A variety of art forms can be supported including dance, drama, ceramics, creative play, film, music, puppetry and storytelling.  Supported projects need to support equality of opportunity, can include families and take place in rural or urban settings and may be delivered, for example, in children’s and community centres, nurseries, schools and hospitals.

Funding is available through two programmes:

  1. Main Grants Programme (formerly Open Grants Scheme) – Grants of £1,500 to £50,000 are available for new, larger or longer-term projects. Projects can last for up to three years. There is a two-stage application process.  Stage 1 applications to the main grants programme are assessed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time.  Applicants successful at this stage will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.
  2. Small Grants Programme. Organisations can apply for up to £1,500 for small, one-off projects, pilot projects, or research and development projects lasting up to 6 months.

Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.  The Foundation is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.

LINK: http://www.ragdollfoundation.org.uk/portfolio/grant-giving


FUNDER: Shaftesbury Young People (SYP)

DEADLINE: 31st August 2021

AWARD: £5,000 – £10,000

AREA: Through our grant-making we strengthen the support available to vulnerable, disadvantaged and excluded young people in London by supporting opportunities for them to learn, be healthy, be heard, and be active citizens. Applications are awarded twice a year, in June and November.  SYP Trust offers small grants to organisations working with young people (with a preference for ages 11-18) in Greater London. We will consider projects that focus on improving the lives of young people through:

  • Access to learning and employment
  • Living a healthy, active life
  • Supporting young people to be active citizens
  • Giving a voice to their situation

LINK: https://www.shaftesburyyoungpeople.org/#our-grant-making-programme


FUNDER: The Mayor of London: Make London Greener

DEADLINE: 5pm on the 13th September 2021.

AWARD: between £10,000 and £75,000

AREA: The Mayor of London, in partnership with Thames Water, has launched the latest round of the Grow Back Greener Fund to make London greener, fairer, healthier and more resilient to climate change.

A total of £1.2m is available in this round, across two themes:

  1. Access to green space
  2. Climate adaptation and water

Charities, community groups, tenants and residents’ associations, local authorities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants for community projects that enhance or create publicly accessible green spaces including parks, community gardens, and housing estates, for local people who have limited access, including BAME, lower income families and over-65s.



FUNDER: UnLtd: Social Entrepreneurs

DEADLINE: 30th September 2021.

AWARD: Grants of up to £15,000 to grow an existing social enterprise; Grants of up to £5,000 to start a new social enterprise.

AREA: Grants plus business support are available to social entrepreneurs that are looking to start or grow an existing social venture. The funding is being made available through UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in and around the UK.

UnLtd are committed to providing 50% of their awards to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs.

LINK: https://www.unltd.org.uk/awards


FUNDER: Trust for London (London)

DEADLINE: 1pm on the 5th October 2021

AWARD: No minimum or Maximum, however, the average grant will be around £80,000 and can be spread over one to three years. Grants do not normally exceed £150,000.

AREA: Community organisations are invited to apply for funding to help tackle poverty and inequality in London.

The Trust for London’s Connected Communities Programme will provide funding for initiatives which help disadvantaged and underrepresented people to access their rights and entitlements, and to speak out about issues which directly affect them.

Priority will be given to charities led by and for Black and minoritised groups and Deaf and Disabled people.

LINK: https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/funding/connected-communities/


FUNDER: The Elephant Trust – Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK)

DEADLINE: 10th October 2021.

AWARD: The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants of up to £5,000 may be considered.

AREA: The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions.

LINK: https://www.elephanttrust.org.uk/


FUNDER: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Cultural Recovery Fund: Help the Cultural, Heritage & Creative Sectors move towards Reopening

AREA: In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched the third and final round of the Culture Recovery Fund to help the cultural, heritage and creative sectors move towards reopening at full capacity.

Approximately £220 million in funding will be available via two funding streams:

  1. The Culture Recovery Fund: Continuity Support programme will help organisations that have already received funding from the Culture Recovery Fund
  2. The Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support programme will provide support to organisations which haven’t received funding and are at imminent risk of failure.

Funding will be distributed by Arm’s Length Bodies, including the Arts Council England.  Guidance for each funding stream will be published shortly.

LINK: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news-and-announcements/third-round-culture-recovery-fund-secure-future-thousands-organisations

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