Funding Opportunities

Included in this section are summaries of available funding opportunities which community groups may wish to apply for. For more detailed information, community groups are advised to visit the individual website of the funder. Please take note of the timescales / deadlines for applying for funding and the funding criteria which you will need to meet in order to be eligible to apply.

The information contained in this section of the website was correct at the time of publication.

The Peter Sowerby Foundation Increasing Access Fund

Charities, CICs and registered social and healthcare providers can apply for funding to develop new or adapt existing services that respond to the COVID-19 situation.

The Fund is aimed specifically at ensuring or increasing access to key services and activities for beneficiaries who have struggled with access due to COVID-19.

The programme is split into three distinct funding streams:

Digital Breakthrough Grants to pilot new innovations or service delivery (grant up to £100,000);

Digital Good Causes to transform or adapt new services digitally (max grant of £25,000); and

Adapted Good Causes to pilot, test or launch new services in light of the COVID-19 situation (max grant of £25,000).

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is 5pm on 16 November 2020.

For more information click here

Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund

Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations can apply for funding of between £10,000 and £100,000 to provide single room and COVID-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter.

The £2 million Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund will seek to produce a legacy for the future of winter homelessness support. The Fund is open to organisations in England directly working with people experiencing homelessness, and where more than 50 per cent of beneficiaries are people experiencing homelessness.

Applicants must have an annual turnover of up to £5 million.

There will be two application rounds. The first deadline is 1pm on the 4 November 2020 and the second round at 1pm on the 2 December 2020.

For more information and how to apply click here

DCMS and the Smallwood Trust - Women’s Sector Resilience Fund

Grants of between £20,000 and £30,000 are available to charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations that are supporting women who are experiencing poverty and low income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund is open to organisations across England and will provide grants to cover costs including staff salaries, running costs/overheads, project costs, and goods and equipment to support the adaptation of frontline services to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.

Priority will be given to organisations supporting and led by BAME women, women with disabilities and financially vulnerable LGBT+ women. Funding is made available by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and will be administered by the Smallwood Trust. Applications can be made at any time until 5pm on the 6th November 2020.

The Co-op Fund

The Co-op Fund provides grants to support projects which have a positive impact on the people and communities they serve, allowing them to provide help and connecting people with the practical and essential support they need.

The emergency funding for organisations tackling food poverty will be distributed by County Durham Community Foundation in County Durham.

Grants of up to £3, 000 are available for projects that meet the Co-op’s funding priorities of:

  • Redistribution
  • Access
  • Young people
  • Communities.

Closing date for the Fund is Friday 13 November 2020.

For more information and how to apply, click here

Funding for Armed Forces Day Events 2021

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals for Armed Forces Day events across the UK.

The Ministry of Defence is providing funding for events such as tea parties, parades, big band concerts, civil war military re-enactments, and live and static demonstrations to be held on or around 26 June 2021.

Funding could be used to:

  • cover road closures required to hold an event,
  • decorations,
  • flags and banners,
  • newspaper and radio advertisements,
  • security and first aid arrangements,
  • insurance
  • and PA and communications systems.

Grants can cover up to half the total cost of the event.

Applications can be made between 4 November 2020 and 1 March 2021.

To apply for this grant, applicants must first register their event on the Armed Forces Day website.

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