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.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage reopen with refocused priorities for 2021-22

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact so many aspects of our lives, the National Lottery Heritage Fund want to fund projects that demonstrate the value of heritage to our national life and which support local economies, places and communities. 

Refocused priorities 

Between April 2021 and March 2022, when making funding decisions, they will prioritise heritage projects that: 

           boost the local economy 

           encourage skills development and job creation 

           support wellbeing 

           create better places to live, work and visit 

           improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage  

Their inclusion outcome – a wider range of people will be involved in heritage – remains mandatory for all projects they fund.  

In addition, all projects must demonstrate they are environmentally responsible and are integrating environmental measures into their projects.  

Please take your time to carefully read their updated National Lottery Grants for Heritage guidance and supporting information before you apply.   

Carefully consider the best way to shape your activity and how you are going to manage it. They expect to receive a high number of applications, and they will need to prioritise where their investment can make a significant difference. 

For further information including the guidance, visit:



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.

Armed Forces day is on Saturday 26 June and wi thcurrent Covid restrictions in place, groups may wish to be creative with their thinking and arrange events online or activities which could be done safely at home or in gardens to mark the occasion.

The Ministry of Defence offers grants for Armed Forces Day events up to the value of £10,000, depending on the size and format of the event.  Grants are for up to 50% of eligible costs.

Closing date for applications is 1 March 2021.

Further information and how to register is at  

More information about Armed Forces Day at

The Local Connections Fund to help tackle loneliness

Small charities and community groups in England can apply for grants of between £300 and £2,500 for projects that reduce loneliness; by helping people feel more connected.

The funding is being made available through the new £4 million Local Connections Fund which is made up of £2 million from the Government and £2 million from The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Local Connections Fund will be split into two rounds of funding – each with its own application window, one in January 2021 and one in summer 2021. The funding will be available to charities and community groups in England with an annual income of £50,000 or less.

To find out more about the fund and to apply, click here: The Local Connections Fund

The closing date for the first round of applications is Tuesday, 26 January 2021.

Covid-19 support grants for businesses

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The government are providing a number of new grants available to businesses impacted by local and national restrictions due to Covid-19.

Information on the grants available, eligibility and an online application form can be found at

Derwent Valley Partnership’s Holiday Activities with Healthy Food (HAHF) Fund February 2021

Our HAHF Fund of £8,177 aims to ensure as many children and young people as possible, have access to food during school holidays, alongside enriching activities, in particular considering those children and young people who would normally receive a free school meal during Term Time.

The HAHF Fund aims to support activities for children and young people during February Half Term 2021, and provides an opportunity for groups and organisations in the Derwent Valley area to apply for a small grant to help them deliver projects locally during this time.

Please note that all projects must adhere to the current government guidelines in relation to Covid-19 so you may wish to be creative in how your project is delivered, for example, you could create an on-line activity and arrange ‘drop-off’ packed lunches, or you could create an activity pack and include recipes and ingredients for a meal which can be delivered to families at home during half term.

We are now accepting small grant applications for a minimum request of £250 up to a maximum request of £999. Applicants are encouraged to provide a healthy snack or meal (breakfast, lunch or tea) as part of the activity – this could be a packed lunch or meal delivery as per the examples above.

Application forms and guidance notes can be requested from the Derwent Valley Partnership Team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for completed applications and supporting documents is 12 noon on Wednesday 20 January 2021.