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Find an up-to-date list of COVID-19 funds currently accepting applications on our website here, from our Funding Officer Heather Hicks.
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Be Active Wales Fund
The £4 Million ‘Be Active Wales’ fund is currently open for applications to help Protect and Prepare community Sports Clubs in Wales. You can now apply for a grant through the Be Active Wales Fund in order to ensure your sport offer survives the pandemic, or to help you prepare for your activity to restart safely according to the guidelines.
Whether you have rent to pay or need to prepare health and safety signage – take a look at how the Be Active Wales Fund could support you. The Be Active Wales Fund is aimed at not-for-profit sporting organisations. If you require clarification on the definition of ‘not-for-profit’ and the status of your club, organisation or group, please contact your governing body or contact Sport Wales on email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Meet the Funder’: Register now to join the Sport Wales’ Be Active Wales Fund online.
In collaboration with Third Sector Support Wales, we would like to invite you to attend an online ‘How To Apply For Funding’ workshop, where we will outline the latest news and information about the fund.
The session will take the format of a 20 minute presentation plus question and answer session.
The session will run online (Zoom) from 2:00pm-3:00pm (max) on Thursday 1 October 2020
To register, please email: email@example.com stating ‘Sport Wales’ in the header by 28 September 2020.Please include the name of your organisation and the county in which you are based in your email. A link to the event will be sent out closer to the date. Please note the session will run through the medium of English.
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PRS Foundation Open Fund for Organisations
Grants for new music creation PRS’s Open Fund for Organisations provides grants of up to £10,000 to support the creation, performance and promotion of new music. Projects can be led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups, but must enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally. The funding can cover activities such as touring, recording, promotion and marketing and commissions of new music by UK-based creators. The closing date for applications is the 5th October 2020.
Round 4 of the Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust is open to UK charities that focus on the often complex issues that have arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic for people aged 60 and over.. The Trust will also be prioritising charities that work in BAME communities, in light of the growing awareness that these communities are being disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK registered charities that have an operating income and expenditure in excess of £1 million. The closing date for applications is the 30th September 2020.
The Fat Beehive Foundation provides small grants of up to £2,500 to help charities to improve their online digital presence. Small and medium sized registered charities can apply for grants towards hard-to-fund digital expenditure that other funders will often not cover. Funding will help organisations to build websites and apps, digitise services, and purchase digital products. Priority will be given to projects which focus on environmental protection or climate change mitigation, human rights, international development, equality and diversity, social justice / refugees / housing, education, art and culture, health and wellbeing, and prisoner rehabilitation. There are no deadlines; applications are considered on a rolling basis at quarterly trustee meetings.
The National Emergencies Trust has made funds available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications are invited from UK based non-profit groups, organisations or projects that work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + (LGBT+) people. The fund has two funding programmes:
- Small grants programme for grants up to £5,000
- Main Grants programme for grants of between £5,001 and £15,00
The grants are likely to be awarded towards ongoing work, core costs and additional work which strengthens the position of organisations and their ability to respond to community needs at this challenging time.
There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all the funding has been awarded. Grants are for short-term work only and all funds awarded through the programme must be fully spent by 31 May 2021.
Not-for-profit organsations near KFC’s are able to apply for grants of between £200 and £2,000 for projects which empower disadvantaged young people in the UK to fulfil their potential. They would welcome applications for projects which:
- Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
- Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
- Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
- Are local to a KFC restaurant (In Flintshire this is in Queensferry)
- Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of our funding being received.
Expressions of interest must be submitted via a two-minute video and a short application form by the 25th September 2020.
The Arts Council of Wales, will shortly open their Sharing Together fund, which aims to develop and strengthen existing networking opportunities. Following on from Covid 19, they want to connect across the arts and cultural sectors, and provide support for the sharing and exchange of information.
We’re particularly interested in initiatives which focus on promoting and strengthening diversity and inclusion throughout the arts sector, and on widening engagement with diverse communities. The fund will open on 18th September, and close on 7th October.
Tesco have announced that, at the end of September their Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund will close and in its place during October, November and December they will be providing grants of £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people. Grants will be available for a mixture of local caused, for example: mental health; outdoor activities; educational activities; young carers; bereavement counselling; child poverty and vulnerable at-risk children.
Applicants can be charities, voluntary or community organisations, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers. Projects should last up to 12 months and can be a stand-alone project or discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme, or part of a phased project. Funding can be used to cover 100% of project costs. Applications can be made on a rolling basis.
Active Inclusion – New funding round open
The Active Inclusion Fund aims to help organisations improve the employability of disadvantaged people who need extra assistance to access the labour market. It does this by offering supported employment placements, funded training opportunities and skills and confidence building activities. The Eligibility Questionnaire for the new round of Active Inclusion Fund is now available and may be accessed through WCVA’s Multipurpose Application Portal (MAP) – you can access MAP here.
The closing date for this round is 9 October 2020.
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Find more information on the Early Help Transformation Fund, which opened to applications on 3rd August 2020, here.
Youth Led Grants – open to applications now. Find more information here.
Local Places for Nature
Local Places for Nature is a capital grant scheme intended to enable communities in Wales to restore and enhance nature. The programme is jointly funded by the Welsh Government and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Grants of £10,000–£50,000 available for capital projects in Wales that will acquire, restore and enhance nature. The fund is open and accepting application now, but will close on 14 October 2020. Projects must be completed and money spent by 31 March 2021.
Theatr Clwyd: Micro-Bursaries for Freelancers
Micro-bursaries for freelancers to give the space and time to think, dream, breathe, learn, create, debate, develop, design, inspire, perspire and laugh…
20 Microbursaries are on offer, at £560 (the equivalent of one week’s Theatr Clwyd company wage) – for a week of your time, a month of one hour moments, or something in between – for you to use as you see fit.
The deadline for applications is: 9 September
Erasmus+ Youth Round 3 – the last round in 2020
The deadline for Youth Round 3 funding applications (Key Actions 1, 2 and 3) is 1 October 2020. If you are thinking about applying, have a look at some inspiring project examples on the National Agency’s website here.
UK organisations are still eligible to apply for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps funding. The projects successfully bid for during the current programmes (2014-2020) will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period.
European Solidarity Corps
The European Solidarity Corps can provide funding to involve young people aged 18 to 30 years old as volunteers in activities that address important societal issues. Volunteering Projects activities allow young people aged 18-30 to take part in unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in the UK or abroad. This can be a combination of Individual Volunteering Placements and Volunteering Teams. T If you would like to get involved in Volunteering or Traineeships and Jobs projects, you need to have a Quality Label. The application deadline for the next round of Volunteering Projects, Traineeships and Jobs, and Solidarity Projects is 1 October 2020.
Solidarity Projects provide young people with the opportunity to set up and carry out a project themselves and take social action wherever they live in the UK. Young people can get support from an organisation with their application and project management. A Quality Label is not required for this type of project.
Please visit the European Solidarity Corps UK website for further information and resources.
The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust
The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust provides grant to enable disabled people to play tennis. Individuals can apply for grants of up to £500 for support for sports wheelchairs, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/coaching courses. Groups can apply for a maximum of £1,500.
Groups can apply for:
- Court hire;
- Coaching fees; and
- equipment packages which will include: Rackets, Balls, Mini ne, and Coaching aids such as cones and throw down marker lines.
In the case of wheelchairs, a deposit will be required; for individuals, the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to raise a deposit of £200.
The next closing date for applications the 7th October 2020.
Reminder – the Arts Council of Wales is reminding potential applicants that its Cultural Recovery Fund closes for applications at 5pm on Wednesday 9th September.
ACW – Cultural Recovery Fund (Capital) for the Arts
The Arts Council of Wales has made £2 million available to support arts organisations which have been affected by COVID-19 and are trying to sustain themselves until they can resume publicly accessible activity in 2021 and beyond. Through the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund (Capital) for the Arts, organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to £50,000 towards one-off capital expenditure. Although seen as a rescue and recovery package, it also offers the opportunity to deliver transformational change, and organisations will be expected to sign up to a new ‘Cultural Contract’ to encourage new ways of working and ensure greater diversity in the management, workforce and programming of their organisation. The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 9th September 2020.
ACW – Cultural Recovery Fund (Revenue) for the Arts
The Arts Council of Wales are making grants of between £100,000 and £3 million available to support arts organisations which have been affected by COVID-19 and are trying to sustain themselves until they can resume publicly accessible activity in 2021 and beyond. The Wales Cultural Recovery Fund (Revenue) for the Arts will support activities until March 2021, and will pay particular attention to those who are experiencing significant financial pressures, including the consequences of the ending of the UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme. Funding can be used for costs such as fixed business costs including staff, rent and IT systems, and other costs such as adaptations to prepare for reopening. The budget for this Fund is £25.5 million which has been made available by the Welsh Government. The closing deadline for applications is 5pm on the 9th September 2020.
Lloyds Bank Foundation England & Wales
“Applications for our COVID Recovery Fund close 5pm, 11 September. Small.. charities can apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside the support of a Development Partner. Visit our website to check your eligibility and apply.
You can learn more about the application process, eligibility guidelines and information in our COVID Recovery Fund Webinar and Q&A, now live on our YouTube channel.
We are also hosting a new webinar on Monday 7 September, 2-3pm, for small charities looking to apply under our ‘Racial Equity’ funding priority. Learn:
What we look for
Sign up here.”
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The Voluntary Services Recovery Fund
The Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) has launched a new fund to focus on reducing inequalities across society which have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure a fair and just recovery. Charities and other voluntary sector organisations in Wales can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 from the Voluntary Services Recovery Fund to enable them to continue to deliver essential services to communities, to adapt to meet new needs and respond to new challenges, for example relating to mental health and social well-being.
Funding is being made available by the Welsh Government and is primarily focused on revenue funding, however, requests can be made for purchases of smaller capital equipment such as PPE, screens etc. Applications can be made at any time.
Applications will be made through the WCVA’s Multipurpose Application Portal (MAP). To submit a request for funding, you will need to register with MAP. Register now by visiting the website
Independent Age Grants Fund
Independent Age, which promotes independent living amongst older people has launched a £2 million Independent Age Grants Fund to help smaller charities across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the Coronavirus. The funding will be made available over four separate funding rounds. In each round Independent Age will make £500,000 available. Charities working with older people will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. The closing date for applications in this round is 9am on the 11th September 2020.
ACW – Cultural Recovery Fund (Capital) for the Arts
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 9th September 2020.
The Arts Council of Wales has made £2 million available to support arts organisations which have been affected by COVID-19 and are trying to sustain themselves until they can resume publicly accessible activity in 2021 and beyond. Through the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund (Capital) for the Arts, organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to £50,000 towards one-off capital expenditure. Although seen as a rescue and recovery package, it also offers the opportunity to deliver transformational change, and organisations will be expected to sign up to a new ‘Cultural Contract’ to encourage new ways of working and ensure greater diversity in the management, workforce and programming of their organisation.
ACW – Cultural Recovery Fund (Revenue) for the Arts
The closing deadline for applications is 5pm on the 9th September 2020.
The Arts Council of Wales are making grants of between £100,000 and £3 million available to support arts organisations which have been affected by COVID-19 and are trying to sustain themselves until they can resume publicly accessible activity in 2021 and beyond. The Wales Cultural Recovery Fund (Revenue) for the Arts will support activities until March 2021, and will pay particular attention to those who are experiencing significant financial pressures, including the consequences of the ending of the UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme. Funding can be used for costs such as fixed business costs including staff, rent and IT systems, and other costs such as adaptations to prepare for reopening. The budget for this Fund is £25.5 million which has been made available by the Welsh Government.
Allchurches Trust – Hope Beyond
In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making funding available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. The Hope Beyond Programme are making grants of up to £50,000 available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need. The Programme will look to address three themes: the issues of loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience. Funding can be used for capital projects and some revenue costs. Applications can be made at any time.
Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund
Tesco Bags of Help has announced the final closing date of its Covid-19 Community Fund is 18th September 2020.
Funding is available to support local organisations that support vulnerable groups. Grants of £500 can support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects. The fund will prioritise the following organisations:
- Whose need for services has been disrupted
- Require to put in place new services
- Have increased demand
Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish and Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible. Businesses and ‘for profit’ organisations are not eligible.
The final date to submit an application is 18 September 2020.
Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Force for Change Programme
Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area and the needs that have arisen as a result of Covid-19. To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation must be:
- an established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities;
- an Armed Forces unit or base;
- a local authority; or a school.
There will be two funding rounds between now and noon on the 30th November 2020. The first closing date will be noon on the 11th September 2020. To be considered in Round 2, applications need to be submitted by noon on Monday the 30th November 2020.
Anyone interested in applying for grants support veterans should contact Armed Force Liaison Officers, Stephen Townley, or Ian Pritchard the first instance: Tel 01978 292267, email: Stephen.Townley@wrexham.gov.uk or Ian.Pritchard@wrexham.gov.uk
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The Peoples Postcode Lottery has re-opened 3 grants programmes for 2020 **DEADLINE 19.08.20**
People’s Postcode Trust
The People’s Postcode Trust’s Grants Programme will support projects under the themes:
- Promoting human rights;
- Combatting discrimination;
- Preventing poverty.
Registered Charities can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. Small organisations and community groups that are not formally registered as a charity can apply for up to £2,000. Up to £1 million will be available.
The closing date for applications is the 19th August 2020.
Postcode Neighbourhood Trust
Postcode Neighbourhood Trust aims to provide funding in Great Britain to organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both core funding and project funding will be available to help organisations increase resilience by adapting or expanding their services, or to meet new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to £4 million will be available.
Applications are particularly welcomed from smaller charities and community groups, with preference given to charities with a turnover of under £1 million. In addition, depending on the volume of high impact applications received, the Trust may further prioritise smaller organisations, giving particular preference to those with a turnover of less than £500,000. Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. Constituted community organisations and groups can apply for awards of up to £2,000. Funding can deliver activities up to 12 months in duration.
The closing date for applications is the 19th August 2020.
The Postcode Community Trust .
This fund supports marginalised groups in obtaining the skills and resources to make positive changes within their own communities.
Grants of £500 – £20,000 are available to registered charities for projects that benefit communities through:
- Increasing participation in arts & physical recreation
- Improving community health & wellbeing
- Reducing isolation
Other voluntary organisations e.g. sports groups, community interest companies and social enterprises can apply for up to £2,000. Previous projects supported include funding for: a community minibus to help them reach isolated older people, disengaged young people and families: a community dance group for people aged 60; an inclusive holiday club for primary-aged children was awarded funding to enable them to team up with the Skipton International Puppet Festival.
The closing date for submitting applications is the 19th August 2020.
Whichever programme you apply to, here are some top tips:
- Please make sure you apply to the programme with criteria most suited to your purposes. Applications will not be re-designated between funds.
- Brevity is preferable. They will have to ready through A LOT of applications, so keep it short and to the point where possible. Preferably 200 words per section.
Petplan Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help small and medium-sized charitable equine welfare organisations which have experienced unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
The Petplan Charitable Trust has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund to help smaller equine welfare organisations whose primary focus is the rescue and rehoming of equines.
Priority will be given to NEWC members and those smaller organisations that have not received emergency funding from other emergency funds. The average grant is expected to be around £2,500£3,000. There will be a further funding round with a deadline of the 16th October 2020.
PAVO is hosting a free Q&A session with The National Lottery Community Fund officer to hear about the grants available, eligibility criteria, tips on applying, the application process and timescales.
This event is ideal if you have a project in mind and it provides an opportunity to ask the funder directly any questions you may have.
The session will take place on ‘Google Meet’ on Wednesday 19th August at 3pm until 4pm.
To register, please book a ticket here and a link to join the session will be emailed to you the day before.
The session will be run through the medium of English.
For further info contact Diana on 01597 822191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Allchurches Trust – Growing Lives Programme
Grants of up to £25,000 are now available to churches and Christian organisations to help them connect with children and young people and forge lasting links with families in their area. Support is available for projects that focus on improving the lives of young people (aged 0-18) and encouraging church growth as young people discover faith for themselves and begin to play an active part in church communities.
Examples of the types of items that can be funded include:
- Musical instruments for a junior choir;
- Soft play sessions for toddlers and;
- Transforming an under used room into a chill out zone for young people.
There is no deadline; applications are being accepted now and funds will be awarded on a first come first served basis.
Lloyds Bank Foundation Covid Recovery Fund
Small and medium sized charities with an income of between £25,000 and £1 million a year can now apply for unrestricted grants of £50,000 to support them adapt their organisational, income generation and service delivery models which have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.
The focus will be on supporting charities that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse. A total of 140 charities will be supported with funding and access to support from Development Partners to help them adapt to their new operational models.
The closing date for applications is the 11th September 2020.
Masonic Charitable Foundation – Early Year Opportunities, Large Grants
The Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (up to the age of 25 years) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life. Grants can be offered to charities that provide:
- Mental and physical health support
- Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.
- Parental support, including whole family approach
- Pastoral and advocacy support
The type of activities that could be funded include: interventions to improve literacy and numeracy; Individual interventions, i.e. parent education, home visiting or mentoring; encouraging healthy behaviours with regards to diet, activity and wellbeing; psychological interventions for domestic abuse and behavioural issues etc.; provision of vital adaptive technologies and equipment removing barriers; and alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system.
Their Small grants programme is currently closed, but their Large Grant programme is accepting applications. Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years.
The next deadline for stage 1 applications to the large grants programme is the 31st August 2020 at 4pm.
Common Call Grants Programme
Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to Black-led social enterprises and charities so that they are able to survive and even thrive in the COVID period. The funding aims help grantees:
- Get better informed about their options (moving to new methods of delivery) post-COVID19.
- Develop new enterprising activities and earned income strategies.
- Test the viability of specific propositions.
- Develop clear implementable action plans for such activity.
This is a flexible fund that can be spent on anything that will help organisations best deliver impact to their beneficiaries. The funding is being made available by Do it Now, which is an innovation organisation committed to bringing social empowerment to Black communities across the globe.
The closing date for applications is 31st August 2020