Funding Opportunities in November

Funding articles and information courtesy of Reading Voluntary Action, West Berkshire Volunteer Centre, Wokingham & Bracknell InVOLve and Slough CVS.

The Nineveh Charitable Trust: Countryside & Environment
Schools and not for profit organisations can apply for funding for projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research. Grants are normally less than £5000 per year for 1 to 3 years.  To apply see to apply.

£250,000 Fund to Help Disabled People Become More Active 
Voluntary or community organisations, clubs and charities providing activities for disabled people; and that are registered with the Parasport Online Hub can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to improve the quality and quantity of equipment available to disabled people. To register with the hub visit Apply for funding by 20 December

The Wakeham Trust
Support for small volunteer organisations that meet the needs or benefit the community.  The trust helps projects that are too new to get support through established funding channels, or which are threatened by national or local policy changes. It generally provides an initial £125 to £2,500 where it can make a real difference. Organisations be registered charities or work with or be supported by a charity who would initially provide a holding account.

ESFA Community Training Grants Now Available!

Do you have a project which helps people improve their employment prospects? Grants of £5,000 – £20,000 are available for Thames Valley Berkshire projects which help move individuals either into employment, or establish a route towards employment.

Projects should:

  • Work with those who are unemployed or economically inactive
  • Provide activities that will bring them closer to the labour market (into education or employment)
  • Engage participants 16 or over
  • Engage participants who are legally allowed to work in the UK

In addition to formal skills training this can also be activities which have softer benefits, such as work readiness, confidence or anger management.

The ESFA has highlighted four priority groups that it wishes to engage with:

  • Participants over 50 years of age
  • Participants with disabilities
  • Participants from Ethnic Minorities
  • Participants who are women

The ESFA Community Training Grants Team have provided a number of useful resources to help you decide if you are a suitable candidate and how to apply. Please see links below. The deadline to apply is Monday 16 December. If you submit your application by Monday 9 December you will be offered feedback on how your application could be strengthened, giving you time to update and resubmit prior to the deadline. For further information please click here.

£2 million for frontline groups to tackle loneliness

The government has launched a £2 million fund to help organisations tackling loneliness across the country.

The funding aims to support frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them make friends. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups.

The investment will help small organisations promote themselves more widely, help fund the use of suitable venues and accessible transport, and bring established groups together to best serve local people at risk of loneliness.

The funding marks one year since the publication of the Government’s Loneliness Strategy, which outlined almost 60 commitments to end loneliness. This included funding 126 projects through its £11.5 million Building Connections Fund – the first Government fund ever dedicated to reducing loneliness, jointly funded with the Co-op Foundation and National Lottery Community Fund. Further information to follow.

Community Development Fund

The Community Development Team is inviting applications of up to £2,000 from community/voluntary groups and charities in Slough.

The deadline is 30 November.

Application form
Find out more information

The Toyota Parasport Fund

The Toyota Parasport Fund has now launched! This exciting new UK-wide programme aims to help activity providers improve the quality and quantity of sport and activities available to disabled people.

This £250,000 funding opportunity is available to support specialist equipment and training (depending on location). Open exclusively to those registered on Parasport, the application process and what’s on offer differs between each of the home nations so check out the link below for more information.

Run a club, activity or event for disabled people? Interested in applying, but not yet registered on Parasport?

The deadline is 5pm on 20 December 2019.

Find out more information

Ecclesiastical – 12 days of giving

Ecclesiastical Insurance is giving 120 charities £1,000 in the run up to Christmas.

People can nominate any UK or Irish registered charity, and nominations will remain open until midnight the day before each draw. Winning charities will be drawn at random from nominations received (so the more often you are nominated the better the chances). Draws will take place each weekday from 5 – 20 December 2019. 

Find out more information

Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund will support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. This Lottery Fund is now open for an initial round of funding applications. It will support up to 15 place-based community-led partnerships to make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

The amount of funding available per application will depend on what each partnership needs at this stage:

Applicants who need more time to develop their partnership, engage widely or test their approaches can access initial development funding (up to £200,000 over 18 months).

Applicants who might be able to start longer-term plans at an earlier stage can access larger, longer-term awards (up to £2.5m over five years).

Initial ideas must be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 18 December 2019.
Full proposals must be submitted by midday Friday 27 March 2020.

Find out more information

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