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.

‘Curiosity’ Fund to Engage Disadvantaged Young People in Science (UK)


BBC Children in Need in partnership with the Wellcome Trust have launched a new £2.5 million ‘Curiosity’ Fund to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.


Applications are invited for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities.


The Fund is not about formal education. Projects should encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.


Applications are welcomed from not-for-profit organisations with a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people up to 18 years old and living in the UK.


If you already have a grant with BBC Children in Need or Wellcome, you can still apply.


Schools that want to apply should do so in partnership with a local community based organisation. The closing date for applications is midnight on the 22nd September 2017.


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Aviva Community Fund to Re-open for Applications (UK)

The Aviva Community Fund is expected to re-open for applications on 12th September 2017. Community organisations can apply for funding from £1,000 - £25,000 to support their projects within one of the following categories:


  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Skills for Life

  • Community support

  • Inclusivity

Applicants must obtain support from the community for their application in the form of votes.  Applications receiving the most votes will progress to the final to be judged.  

Voting starts on 23rd October 2017 and applicants must submit their project by 10th October 2017.  

The fund is open to anyone over 18 years living in the UK. If the applicant is under 18 years, they must provide the consent of an appropriate adult linked to the project submitted.


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Call for Applications for Second Round of ‘Celebrating Age’ Funding

Celebrating Age, a joint Arts Council England/Baring Foundation fund which supports partnerships between arts and older people's organisations, is now open for applications.

Grants of £50,000 to £100,000 are available to support cultural spaces and other organisations to engage proactively with older people. Eligible partnerships or consortia may include those between cultural organisations or between cultural and non-arts organisations.

Examples of projects already funded through Celebrating Age include:

An award of £99,931 to Wiltshire Partnership to offer older people the opportunity to see live performances in libraries and community centres and to take part in music, dance and visual arts activities across the county.

An award of £90,800 to Wolverhampton Art Gallery to work with Choices Housing Association, Staffordshire Arts Services and Creative Health (Arts and Health) CIC to produce Still Lively, a two-year programme of visual art activities, exhibitions and events created by and with older people.

The deadline for initial Expressions of Interest is Thursday 31 August 2017.

Funding for Projects using Rugby to Tackle Social Challenges (England)

Charities, not-for-profit organisations and rugby clubs across England that use Rugby to tackle a number of social challenges can shortly apply for grants of up to £100,000 for projects lasting 2 - 3 years. Funding from England Rugby and distributed by Comic Relief through the ‘Try for Change Fund’ (large grants programme).  

Priority will be given to projects which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups. Successful projects must work towards at least one of the following outcomes:  

  • Increase community cohesion/social integration

  • Improve educational attainment

  • Increase employability

  • Reduce involvement in gangs and reduce the risk of re-offending

  • Improve mental and physical health  

The fund will open for applications on 4th September and close for applications on 2nd of October 2017.


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Department of Education Offers Schools Savings on Tablets, Laptops and Desktop Devices

The Department of Education (DfE) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is to launch the second in a series of bulk buying deals (sometimes referred to as ‘aggregated deals') for schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices at the beginning of the autumn term. One hundred schools took up the previous deal, buying over 2,000 devices. Some schools saved thousands of pounds, with average savings of 8%.

Full details of the deal will be published on 4 September 2017. Schools will then have until 29 September 2017 to send CCS their equipment requirements.