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Funding Round-up – Community Focus, March 2021

18-Mar-2021

Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on community 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.

Community Building and Halls Funding from Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

Grant making trust organisation The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation is offering grants to registered charities for projects in the areas of community, education, health and social welfare.

With a majority of grants awarded being up to £5,000, the funding is for one-off capital projects (not running costs) such as new buildings, major refurbishments, transport and equipment.

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

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

Kent Community Foundation - Kent Social Enterprise Loan Fund

The Kent Social Enterprise Loan Fund (KSELF) offers Kent’s charities and social enterprises unsecured loans of between £10,000 and £100,000, with Investment readiness and business support also provided by Kent Community Foundation’s (KCF) dedicated Investment Fund Manager throughout the whole process.

The aim of the Fund is to spread the culture of social enterprise and break down the barriers which prevent enterprising social businesses from accessing finance.

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

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

Postcode Society Trust from People’s Postcode Lottery

The Postcode Society Trust is offering grants of up to £20,000 to smaller charities and good causes carrying out activities in the South of England.

Project and core funding will be provided under the following themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing/reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity & green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency & promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

The Trust says there will be monthly deadlines for applications until 15th October 2021

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

National Lottery Community Fund’s Partnerships Programme

The Partnerships programme from The National Lottery (TNL) Community Fund offers grants over £10,000 to charities, voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, schools and town/parish councils who share responsibility and influence with others, who have a shared set of goals and values, and achieve their mission by starting with the bigger picture rather than just what their organisation can do on its own.

Unincorporated groups are also eligible, where funds are expected to be used to incorporate and, where appropriate, register as a charity.

In light of concerns the Coronavirus pandemic has brought, TNL will continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19, allowing charities and their partners the opportunity to:

  • Continue to deliver activity, whether they are supporting existing users, responding to the immediate crisis or undertaking recovery activity
  • Change and adapt, becoming more resilient in order to respond to new and future challenges.

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 Fund’s website.

Funding Programme from Wakeham Trust

The Wakeham Trust state that they generally fund projects that are small scale and projects that would find it hard to get funding from bigger trusts.

With grants of up to £2,500, the Trust does not favour any particular areas of activity, but does look for projects that highlight support in the community.

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

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

Relaunching Soon - British Muslim Covid-19 Fund

In Partnership through Drop of Compassion, Rahma (Mercy) and Peace and Relief International, The British Muslim Covid-19 Fund will shortly be offering grants of up to £5,000 for charities, organisations and voluntary groups in the UK (irrespective of faith) impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

More information can be found at the British Muslim Covid-19 Fund website.

Screwfix Foundation

The Foundation is offering grants of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities for projects that fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need across the UK.

The Foundation says the scheme is a Continuous Rolling Programme, and whilst there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time, with projects reviewed on a quarterly basis.

More information can be found at the Screwfix Foundation website.

Alpkit Foundation – Grassroots Support Now

With grants of up to £500, funding is available for organisations helping those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

For more information, visit the Foundation website.

Clothworkers' Foundation

The Foundation is offering grants of up to £10,000 to UK registered charities working in the UK in the areas of:

  • Alcohol and substance misuse,
  • People with disabilities,
  • Disadvantaged minority communities,
  • Disadvantaged young people,
  • Domestic and sexual abuse,
  • Older people,
  • Homelessness,
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders, and
  • Visual impairment

The Foundation advises the funding is available for capital costs, which includes Building work; Fittings, fixtures, and equipment; and Vehicles.

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 are available at the Foundation’s website.

Frank Brake Charitable Trust Fund

The Kent Community Foundation (KCF) are arranging grants of up to £5,000 to support projects for children, young people and families, participation in sports, improvements to community facilities such as village halls and community centres, volunteering, employability, the elderly and the disabled in the Kent area (with priority given to the Ashford region)

The scheme is open until 31st August 2021.

For more information visit the KCF website.

Grants for Good Fund from Matthew Good Foundation

Every 3 months, a share of grant funding totalling £10,000 is available for local community groups, charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises in the UK. Up to £3,500 is available for projects that have a positive impact on communities, people, or the environment.

The deadline for the next funding round is 15th June 2021, with further dates to be announced.

For more information, visit the Foundation website.

Dulverton Trust Fund from KCF

The Kent Community Foundation (KCF) are arranging grants of up to £5,000 to small charities and charitable organisations that provide youth opportunities, improve general welfare of their community, promote conservation of habitats, or the preservation of heritage skills.

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2021.

For more information visit the KCF website.

Growing Great Ideas Programme from National Lottery

As part of The National Lottery (TNL) Community Fund’s UK Portfolio, the Growing Great Ideas Programme aims to help organisations working together to test new ideas, new approaches that experiment with how to do things differently with a focus on supporting transformational and longer-term change.

Minimum grants of £150,000 can be applied for, and for a minimum length is two years. However, funding can be available for up to 10 years in some circumstances.

TNL says this is a Continuous Rolling Programme till March 2022, so there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time till then.

More details and how to apply are available at the Fund's website.

Kent Reliance Provident Society Community Fund

The Kent Community Foundation (KCF) are arranging grants up to £3,500 to fund projects working with children and young people, plus projects providing support to the elderly across Kent and Medway.

The deadline for applications is 31st May 2021.

More information is available at the KCF website.

Community Funding Support Website for the Kent area from Idox

Kent 4 Community is a free to register search tool for helping you to seek out grants, awards and other funding which may be relevant to your organisation.

Find out more at Kent 4 Community’s dedicated 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 MVAvia the website .

 


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