Funding Update – February 2020

Aviva Community Fund

Aviva Community Fund celebrates and support charities doing great work all around UK. They’ve provided thousands of causes with funding, skills and resources, and have seen up close just how much of an impact this is having on the lives of the people involved. 

Applications are now open for the newly refreshed Aviva Community Fund programme and the closing date is 11 February 2020.

Find out more about Aviva Community Fund

Aviva want to help your cause be as strong and successful as it can be – even if you haven’t received funding. You can join their Facebook Community Group to share ideas with other causes, learn new skills, keep up with news and be part of live events run by experts in volunteering, fundraising and more.

Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund

The programme supports those who might find it difficult to engage with the smart meter rollout. In 2020, we are targeting grant funding to organisations who reach people that are aged over 65 and are currently unaware of smart meters.

The objectives of the fund are:

  • to reduce unaware levels in people aged over 65
  • to ensure people in the target group understand how smart meters can benefit them
  • increase acceptance of smart meters amongst the target group

This might be by using your partnerships with other organisations and building on existing work, or perhaps you might want to try something a bit different or innovative with the funding. They are open to hearing what you think would work and how they can work together to achieve this.

The total amount requested should be between £15,000 and £25,000.

Closing date for applications is Friday 21 February 2020.

Find out more about Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund

People’s Postcode Trust
Grants are now open.
Apply for grants to benefit people in your area

Who Can Apply?
Organisations who can apply for up to £2000 include:
• Registered charity (with a number from OSCR or Charity Commission)
• Constituted voluntary or community group
• Social enterprise
• Community interest company (CIC)
• Not-for-profit organisation
• Local club or other constituted community group.
Registered charities can apply for up to £20,000.

What Kind of Projects are Funded?
Projects of up to 12 months, which are programmes of work limited in scope and which seek to achieve particular outcomes relating to the areas above.
Examples of projects that could be eligible include:
• Tackling poverty though improved literacy
• Baby basics and toddler clothing assistance
• Volunteering programmes and support to help difficult to reach groups strengthen working relationships and develop skills to help back into work
• Projects to support equality and raise awareness of issues
• Qualifications for young people not in mainstream education
Note this is one of three different postcode grants funds – each has a different set of projects. If this is not the right goals and themes for your group, then look at our other recent alerts.

How to Apply
Application is a two-stage process.

The deadline for stage-1 applications is the 4th February 2020

The guidance document and on-line application form can be accessed below.

Click Here for Guidance and to Apply

One Stop Carriers For Causes Grant

Grants up to £500 are available to local non-profit organisations and groups for projects within two miles of a One Stop store that benefit local communities by helping to improve lives and local places. It is funded through the sale of carrier bags, and administered through Groundwork.

Carriers for Causes is a rolling programme, where community groups or charities can apply for funding all year round.

Find out more about this funding

Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme

The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community. The Foundation is passionate about encouraging people to get involved with swimming, which it hopes to encourage even further with its Community Grants.

Grants vary from £500 to £2,500 and will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon. The grants are administered by Swim England and the Swimming Trust and are awarded on an annual basis.

Applications for 2020 are now open and will close on Friday 13 March.

Find out more about Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme

Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund
This round of our #iwill Fund focuses on peer-to-peer support to improve children’s wellbeing during the period in which they move from primary to secondary school. This might typically begin any time during School Years 5 or 6 and continue into Years 7 to 8. Up to £35,000 available for any project related costs.
See for details.  Deadline: 24th February 2020

A Celebration of Craft

The Crafts Council are making grants available to deliver craft workshops, events during 2021. They will give £500 for a public event or £2,500 for an in-depth project.

They’re keen to hear from:

  • Craft organisations and makers
  • Community organisations
  • Cultural organisations
  • Schools
  • Health or wellbeing organisations

This programme aims to deliver new craft opportunities to new audiences. It will support organisations with existing programmes of craft activity to reach out to people they haven’t worked with before; it will also support organisations who don’t specialise in craft (youth groups, residents’ associations, libraries etc.) to offer a new craft experience for their audiences and communities.

Deadline is 14 February 2020.

Find out more about A Celebration of Craft

Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme

Kellogg’s is working with Forever Manchester to award grants of £1,000 to school breakfast clubs, to help them provide breakfast to children who need it most.

Priority will be given to schools that have either:

  • 35% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding or eligible for free school meals.or
  • Schools based in one of the 10% of most deprived areas according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation. Use their guidance to find out if this applies to your school.

You can apply for an award at any time and you will hear within one month if you have been successful.

Please note the fund may close if oversubscribed.

Find out more about Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme

With thanks to Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Slough CVS & Wokingham&Bracknell Involve for content.

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