Funding News October 2019

With thanks to and information courtesy of Slough CVS, Wokingham & Bracknell Involve, Reading Voluntary Action and West Berkshire Volunteer Centre.

Children in Need Small Grants
The Children in Need Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 per year for up to 3 years.

They give grants for projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Application deadline: 11:59pm 2 December 2019

Find out more about Children in Need Small Grants

The National Archives: Cataloguing grants
Applications are now open for Round 3 of Archives Revealed’s Cataloguing Grants.

This strand awards grants of up to £40,000 for archives to create catalogues of archival collections. These grants are designed to:

  • support the transformation of archive services
  • help archives to improve access to collections
  • help archives to increase public engagement with history and the UK’s documentary heritage

They will fund archives with collections that can:

  • show clear local, regional, national or international significance, or significance to a specific audience group
  • demonstrate a high level of potential to engage people and communities with archives and heritage

The next deadline for applications is 9 January 2020.

Find out more about The National Archives: Cataloguing grants

British Science Week Community Grant Scheme

The mission of the British Science Week Community Grant Scheme is to expand the audiences that engage with science and self-identify as having an interest in science by empowering and supporting community groups to run their own science activities during British Science Week (6-15 March 2020).
This grant scheme offers £500-£1000 for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented in science activity.
The next deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 11 November 2019.

Find out more about the British Science Week Community Grant Scheme

The National Lottery Community Fund –
Funding opportunities for community groups Are you looking for funding? Do you know any groups that are working hard to improve the places and spaces that matter to communities? We are here to help!

People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone and we are always looking to fund new projects that bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities. In 2018/19 alone, The National Lottery Community Fund awarded over £500 million to projects that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. Thanks to National Lottery players, our year-round funding is open to everyone.

Canoe Foundation Funding
Funding applications from £2,000 to £10,000 are welcome from clubs, community groups and regions with an active interest in, and project purpose of, wider canoeing participation. Online funding applications via: Deadline 28 February 2020.

One Stop Store Carriers for Causes Grants
Community groups, schools, health bodies and charities can apply for grants to £1000 for projects to benefit local communities within 2 miles of the One-stop store. For details see: No deadlines; rolling programme.

Community Business Trade Up Programme
Funding & training for early stage community businesses available to £10,000. This is allocated in equal proportion to the additional income which your community business or organisation can generate from trading.
Deadline: Wednesday 27th November 2019.

Les Mills Fund for Children
Charities & NFP’s can apply for funding up to £1000 to support to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children living in poverty, or who have physical, mental health problems or disabilities
Deadline: Tuesday 18th November 2019

Pocket Parks: Helping communities transform unloved or derelict areas into new green spaces

Programme objectives
Grants of up to £25,000 are available for new pocket parks and gardens or to support renovation of parks that have fallen into disrepair providing spaces for the local community to use, either as place to relax or for activities which will benefit the physical and mental health of local people.

What kind of community needs might a pocket garden support?
The renovation of parks or parts of a park should address specific local needs and lead to a significant increase in the use of the park, for example by:
• Bringing a children’s play area back into use.
• Encouraging local people to use parks for exercise and physical activities and improve physical or mental wellbeing.
• Bringing communities together to overcome social barriers, for instance younger and older people or people from different cultural backgrounds.
• Encouraging people to use the park who may be less likely to do so, for instance disabled people or people from BAME backgrounds.

Further details can be found here.

2020 Windrush Day Grant

The Windrush Day Grant scheme provides funding to communities looking to celebrate, commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution. Applications for funding will remain open until 8 December 2019.

Find out more about the 2020 Windrush Day Grant

National Garden Scheme – Community Gardens Award

Amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales are eligible for grants to create a garden or similar project with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community. Maximum grant is £5,000 (but highest award last year was £3,000)

Deadline: 31 December 2019.

Find out more about the National Garden Scheme

Get Berkshire Active Activate Fund – round 2 opens on 14 October 2019

Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are managing the Activate fund on behalf of the Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC). The aim of the fund is to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire.

  • Organisations can apply for between £750 and £2000.
  • Applying organisations must have an income of less than £250,000.
  • Round 2: opens 14 October 2019. Closes 25  November 2019. Announcements of grants awarded week commencing 9 December 2019.

For further details please click here.

Funding for Community Radio Stations 
Community Radio Fund will help support the core costs of running licensed community radio stations. It is open to community radio licensees. Grants from £2,000 to £20,000 have been given. See
  for how to apply and application form. Deadline 5th November.

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