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Funding Opportunities – December 2020

30-Nov-2020


To help anyone responsible for income generation, MVA’s have complied a new summary of funding rounds from local and national organisations mainly focused on helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

Grassroots Carers Respite Fund

With grants of up to £5,000, Grassroots is offering funding to projects that provide respite breaks for unpaid carers.

There are two options to apply for two different kinds of funding - via the Funding for Organisations page or via Funding for Individuals, which is for groups of carers wishing to take time out for their caring role organised by charities or community groups which cater for carers.

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2020.

For more information visit the Funder’s application portal.

Medway Corporate Giving Fund

The Fund is offering grants of up to £3,500 to innovative Medway-based projects making a real difference in the local community and helping those most in need. Charities will be given the opportunity to present their project to a panel of local businesses.

The deadline for enquiries is 28th February 2021.

More details are found at the Fund’s application portal.

The Overstone Fund

The Overstone Fund is offering moneys to projects with a focus on reducing offending and re-offending rates, or to encourage entrepreneurship among young people and the disadvantaged.

With grants of up to £5,000, funding is also available for projects providing musical opportunities or countryside activities for disadvantaged children.

The deadline for applications is 28th February 2021

For more information visit the Fund’s application portal.

The Crown Charitable Fund

The Fund is offering grants of up to £5,000 for volunteer led groups working in Canterbury, Herne Bay and surrounding areas with preference for projects supporting children and young people.

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2020.

For more information visit the Fund’s application portal.

Grants for Individuals from Thomas Wall Trust

Grants up to £1,500 are available for supporting motivated adults living in the UK to undertake education and training that will increase their chances of employment.

Funding can be used to take on accredited vocational training up to level 3 and towards other costs associated with studying, which can include:

  • Child care
  • Travel and mobility costs, and
  • Accessible study materials)

The Trust advises that applicants should be unemployed for at least 6 months within the last 2 years.

At the time of writing, the scheme can be seen as a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.

For more information, visit the Trust’s website.

The Dulverton Trust Fund

With grants of up to £5,000, the Trust is offering funding for projects that improve general wellbeing of local community, particularly those that bring people together. The Trust says they are also interested in funding heritage and conservation work

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2020.

More information can be found at the Trust’s application portal.

Kent Community Foundation - Employability, Skills and Enterprise

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the Foundation for projects which raise the aspirations and increase the skills and opportunities of people who are far from the labour market.

The theme supports projects working with:

  • Young people/NEETs,
  • Young parents,
  • Ex-offenders,
  • Ex-forces,
  • Those with financial barriers and
  • Those with learning disabilities, mental health issues or physical disabilities.

The Foundation says the fund is looking for projects that provide accredited training, apprenticeships, meaningful work experience and life skills/employment skills workshops for the disadvantaged; and will also support strategic projects which aim to prevent young people from becoming NEETs.

The deadline for applications is 29th February 2021, with further dates to be announced later.

More information can be found at the Foundation’s website. 

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

Grants are available to registered charities for projects in the areas of community, education, health and social welfare.

The Foundation says funding is for one -off capital projects (not running costs) such as new buildings, major refurbishments, transport and equipment.

Normally awarding grants of up to £5,000, grants above this are not uncommon but are typically awarded to major capital projects.

This scheme can be seen as a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.

More information can be found at the Foundation’s website.

Landfill Communities Fund from Enovert Community Trust

The Trust is offering grants of up to £50,000 to not-for-profit organisations carrying out community and environmental projects. This can include:

  • Improving community halls,
  • The creation of new play areas and skate parks, and
  • Restoring green spaces.

The Trust advises that projects must be located near one of Enovert's landfill sites in the UK, which includes Sevenoaks (also covers areas of Dartford, Gravesham and Tonbridge and Malling).

The deadline for applications is 11th December 2020.

More information can be found at the Community Trust’s website.

The Awards for All: COVID-19 Programme from National Lottery

Normally a quick and easy way to get a small Lottery grant for a wide range of community projects and activities, in April 2020, the National Lottery Community Fund announced that for the next six months it will be prioritising applications that are addressing the Coronavirus crisis.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, not-for-profit groups, parish or town councils, or schools to support grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods.

The National Lottery says this scheme is a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications would be accepted at any time.

For more information, visit the National Lottery website.

Exclusive! Emergency Assistance Grants from Citizens Advice Medway

At the time of writing, Citizens Advice Medway announced they are still able to take enquiries to offer grants intended to provide a financial lifeline to people who meet the funds eligibility criteria and will provide people with food and other essential items during the pandemic.

Citizens Advice Medway are encouraging all services and providers who are in contact with people in crisis, and are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to the outbreak of the virus, to signpost these people to Citizens Advice Medway as the funding will end on 31st March 2021.

To refer clients you can call Citizens Advice Medway on 01634 383760, you can ‘signpost them’ directly to Citizens Advice webpage, or you can email Citizens Advice Medway at ‘Info@medwayadvice.org.uk’.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, let us know by email at info@mva.org.uk, you can also contact MVA via the website .

 


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