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Funding Round-up – Social Inclusion Focus, March 2021

23-Mar-2021


Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on themes of Social Inclusion, 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.

Family Action’s Welfare Grants Programme

National organisation Family Action are offering grants of up to £300 for essential personal and household needs to assist families and individuals with low incomes, particularly those living on benefits. The intention of the funding is to help prevent an immediate crisis from spiralling and threatening the stability of families and individuals.

With priority being made to applicants from pensioners and the elderly, people identified with a mental health problem, and families or individuals who have recently experienced domestic abuse, Family Action asks that applications be made on-line by a suitable referring agency.

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 Family Action website.

Later Life Inclusion grants from Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Foundation is providing grants to charities that support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years of age.

Funding from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is intended to help those who face social isolation or loneliness due to reasons such as financial hardship, care responsibilities, a decline in physical or mental health, or life transitions which may include retirement or bereavement.

Small grants of between £500 and £15,000 and large grant, starting from £10,000 are available to charities and similar groups (depending on their annual income level) and could be used for general running, overhead costs of the charity, or core funding

For this season, the deadline for applications is 31st May 2021, with further dates to be announced later this year.

For more details, visit the MCF website.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust 

Committed to awarding grants to those most in need, the Trust is offering grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities for projects that address specific categories set out by the Trust each year.

For 2021, the priorities for the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust are Homelessness (Grant Rounds 1 and 2) and Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Grant Rounds 3 and 4).

Specifying grants of up to £1,000 in Rounds 1 and 3 and grants of up to £5,000 available in Rounds 2 and 4, the Trust also says in light of the growing awareness that these communities are being heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis, they will continue to prioritise charities that work in BAME communities.

Launched recently, the deadline for Round 2 is 30th April 2021, Round 3 is 31st July 2021, and Round 4 is 30th September 2021.

For more information, visit the Trust’s website.

Help The Homeless

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from Help The Homeless for small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and to resume a normal life.

The deadline for applications is 15th June 2021.

For more details and how to apply, visit their website.

Grassroots Carers Respite Fund (Individuals)

Grants of up to £600 are available for adults caring for one or more individuals over the age of 18, who are seeking a break from their long term caring responsibilities.

Administered by Kent Community Foundation (KCF), the Fund will consider requests for various forms of respite including; short holidays, weekend breaks, pamper days and day trips.

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

More details and how to apply can be found at the KCF website.

The Brook Trust Fund for Kent

The Brook Trust awards grants of up to £5,000 to local community groups and charities working to achieve positive social outcomes, using early intervention where possible, tackling disadvantage, deprivation and social exclusion.

Administrated by Kent Community Foundation (KCF), this fund is specifically interested in hearing from small grassroots groups.

This is a Continuous Rolling Programme, whilst there is stated no deadline so applications can be submitted at any time; the funder advises applications are only reviewed three times a year.

More details and how to apply can be found at the KCF website.

The February Foundation 

Offering funding for project, capital and core costs, The February Foundation makes grants averaging £5,000 to a range of charities and charitable causes in particular:

  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth
  • Ill-health and disability
  • Financial hardship or other disadvantage
  • The advancement of education and
  • The advancement of the arts, culture and heritage

With grant decisions made on a monthly basis, this is a Continuous Rolling Programme, which means there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.

More information and how to apply is available at the Foundation’s website.

The Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity (HSC) say they work to bring about lasting change to people's lives by funding organisations working with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage

The Charity has refined its grants programme to help people and communities at a time of need and to bring about positive change:

Improving Lives Fund 

Grants of up to £60,000 to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate or are simply not available

Strengthening Communities Fund 

Grants of up to £60,000 to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level in the most disadvantaged areas of the UK

Christian Projects 

Grants for projects that promote the Christian faith in the UK

County Grants 

Grants of up to £20,000 for smaller organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in one of eight English counties, including Kent

Holiday Grants (new)

Grants towards recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under who are disabled or disadvantaged.

At the time of writing, these are all Continuous Rolling Programmes, which means there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time

For more details and how to apply, visit the charity’s website.

Capacity Building Grant by Comic Relief Community Fund

Provided by Comic Relief, this Community Fund aims to deliver long lasting community driven change by awarding Project Delivery grants to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

Administered by community charity Groundwork, Grants of up to £1,000 are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to become stronger and more robust and to improve their ability to deliver, both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

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

More information and how apply is available at the Groundwork website.

Elderly & Isolated Adults Themed Funding from KCF

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) continues to provide funding for local projects that address the challenges faced by elderly adults and support people to stay well, healthy and independent and, most importantly, combat social isolation.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that are working to support those most at risk of missing out, such as older carers, people affected by dementia, those living alone in isolated areas and those with very little financial support.

The deadline for this season is 31st May 2021, with further dates to be announced later this year.

For more information and how to apply, visit the KCF website.

Volant Charitable Trust - COVID-19 Response Fund

The Volant Charitable Trust recently opened a new round of funding of their Covid-19 Response Fund.

Grants are available to UK charities that have a focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic; applications for medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will also be considered.

The Trust says to receive a decision by October; applications must be submitted by 31st July 2021.

More details are available at The Volant Charitable Trust website.

Vulnerable Adults Theme funding from KCF

Kent Community Foundation (KCF) continues to provide funding for projects that help vulnerable adults stay well and independent, with a focus on early intervention projects to tackle disadvantage, deprivation and social exclusion.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects that are working to give vulnerable people the opportunity to socialise with others; provide life skills and work experience for adults with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, or mental health issues; protect and support victims of abuse or

The deadline for this season is 31st May 2021, with further dates to be announced later this year.

For more information and how to apply, visit the KCF website.

Kelly Family Charitable Trust

The Kelly Family Charitable Trust awards grants of up to £5,000 to UK charities whose activities involve all or most family members, where possible, in initiatives that seek to tackle problems facing one or more of its members.

The three areas that the Trust wishes to support are:

  • Family Interventions and support (e.g. relationship counselling, mediation)
  • Intervention to prevent abuse, domestic violence or substance dependency that threatens the integrity of the family unit; and
  • Prisoners and in particular their families, during and after the period of imprisonment.

The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other.

The Trust says this is a Continuous Rolling Programme, although applications are reviewed bi-annually and the deadlines for the meetings are on 1st March and 1st September annually.

More details and how to apply are available on the Trust’s website.

YAPP Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust is a grant making charity which supports existing charities in England and Wales to help make grants for running costs and salaries to continue their existing work.

Grants of up to £3,000 per year (for up to three years) are available to small charities to help sustain their existing work. Grants are also awarded for core funding.

The Trust says although this is a Continuous Rolling Programme and applications can be accepted at any time, they do advise Trustees meet three times a year to review applications, so decisions can take up to five months.

For more information and how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Foyle Foundation - Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation’s Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 to smaller charities (or charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000) working in the UK at a grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the Foundation says they will focus on making one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

The Foundation says their priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

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

For more information and how to apply, visit the Foundation’s website.

Ashworth Charitable Trust 

The Ashworth Charitable Trust is a small grant-making charity that works to support humanitarian causes operating locally, nationally and internationally.

With grants up to £3,000, the Trust looks to help fund humanitarian projects and similar activities that share this vision and that have any of these characteristics:

  • The project or activity has been initiated by people living at the grassroots who are empowered to find the solutions to their own problems;
  • The project has a relatively simple, clear set of objectives and actions that further the vision of the Trust;
  • The project develops the capacity of individuals, their communities or their institutions helping them to help themselves;
  • The project enhances the learning of individuals, their communities or their institutions;
  • The project’s 'beneficiaries' participate in the management and running of the project or activity; and
  • The project’s 'beneficiaries' have suffered, or are suffering, from injustice, poverty or personal circumstances that are difficult for the individual to overcome without assistance.

The say Trust they look to fund projects and not core funding.

The Trust advises that Trustees meet twice every year in May and November, and that applications need to be submitted by the end of February or August.

For more details and how to apply, visit The Ashworth Charitable Trust’s 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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