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Funding Opportunities Round-up – March 2021

12-Mar-2021

To help boost your income generation activities, we've collated local and national funding opportunities focusing on business and employment themes aimed at 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.

Charities Grant Programme from the Thomas Wall Trust

The Thomas Wall Trust’s Grants for Registered Charities scheme is offering funding of up to £5,000 for projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects. 

The deadline for applications (expression of interest) is Friday 30th April 2021.

For more information visit the Trust’s website.

Traineeship Employer Incentive from UK Government

In addition to the apprentice scheme announced recently, the Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency is also offering cash support of up to £1,000 for businesses in England to help with the cost of providing traineeships to young people.

The additional scheme will help businesses with the cost of providing a high-quality work placement for a trainee, which includes providing facilities, uniforms or helping with travel costs.

The deadline for businesses to register is 31st July 2021.

More information is available at the Government website.

Small Business Support Scheme from BT

Leading telecommunications and network provider British Telecom (BT) is providing support designed to help small business in the UK that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Small Business Support Scheme is aimed at allowing firms to build their recovery and growth following COVID-19 and includes a series of measures designed to boost their connectivity, their cash-flow and their confidence.

The scheme will help small businesses fund the cost of an ultra-fast business connection by subsidising costs by up to £2,500 per customer. They will also be launching a new bursary scheme to give 1,000 UK tech start-ups and entrepreneurs a financial head start.

At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which means enquiries to apply for the Support Scheme could be made at any time.

More information can be found at the BT website.

Awards for All from National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery’s Awards for All offers grants of up to £10,000 for grassroots and community activity that aims to:

  • bring people together and building strong relationships in and across communities;
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities; and/or
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Charities, community or not-for-profit groups, parish or town councils, health bodies, or schools are eligible to apply.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, National Lottery says the programme is supporting people and communities most adversely impacted by the crisis.

This is a Continuous Rolling Programme, which means there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.

More information can be found at the National Lottery website.

Financial Support for Apprenticeships – further Employer Incentive from UK Government

The Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency recently announced financial support available to help employers in England hire new apprentices in a move aimed at improving employment prospects for young people following the COVID-19 outbreak.

The scheme provides employers that hire a new apprentice with a payment of:

  • £2,000 for each new apprentice aged 16-24
  • £1,500 for each new apprentice over the age of 25

The Government says if an employer takes on new apprentices by 31st March 2021, they can apply until 30th April 2021.

More information is available on the Government website.

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 31st May 2021, with further dates to be announced later.

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

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) 

National finance institute British Business Bank is organising financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cash-flow disrupted, because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The scheme is a part of a wider package of Government support for UK businesses and employees. Access to the scheme is now being made available to those smaller businesses that would have previously met the requirements for a commercial facility but would not have been eligible for CBILS.

The scheme is open until 31st March 2021.

More information can be found on the Government website.

Kickstart Scheme - New Jobs for Young People

Employers across the UK can access funding to create new jobs for young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit.

The jobs created should give young people the opportunity to build their skills in the workplace and to gain experience to improve their chances of finding long-term work.

Launched recently, the Government says applications accepted at any time as the scheme will continue until December 2021.

More information can be found at the Government website.

Reaching Communities Funding Programme from National Lottery Community Fund

Large grants of over £10,000, for up to five years, are available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that make positive changes in their communities.

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Reaching Communities programme is supporting people and communities most adversely impacted by the crisis.

Organisations can apply for funding to:

  • Continue to deliver activity - whether the community needs crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity
  • Change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges

This is a Continuous Rolling Programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.

More details are available at the National Lottery website.

Grants for Individuals from Thomas Wall Trust

The Thomas Wall Trust is offering help for disadvantaged adults on low incomes, living in the UK, to do vocational courses to increase employment chances.

The Trust is providing grants up to £1,500 to study on accredited vocational training courses up to a level 3 qualification, as well as other costs associated with studying, including: child care, travel and mobility costs, and accessible study materials. It may be able to contribute towards funding specialist equipment but rarely at the maximum grant amount.

This is a Continuous Rolling Programme, which means there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information visit the Trust’s website.

Kick-starting Tourism in Light of the Pandemic

Following the Government announcement offering help to small businesses affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, Small grants of up to £5,000 are available for small businesses in England’s tourist destinations to help them recover from a dramatic loss of business caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown.

Interested parties are advised to contact and work with Kent and Medway Growth Hub to discuss accessing a grant through this programme.

At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which means enquiries to apply for the Support Scheme could be made at any time.

More details can be found on the Government website.

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund from Big Society Capital (SIB)

Emergency loans are available to support UK-based social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Being offered by Social Investment Business (SIB), the fund recently had its deadline extended to 31st March 2021 to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

More details can be found at the SIB website.

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

 


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