Funding Opportunities October 2020

With thanks to the Berkshire CVS’s for the information contained in this article – Reading Voluntary Action, Wokingham & Bracknell Involve, Slough CVS and West Berkshire Volunteer Centre.

Food for Life Get Togethers – Small Grants
Small grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in specified areas of the UK for community events and gatherings that enable people of different generations to get together through good food. Click here for further information:

BAME Healthy Communities Surviving COVID-19 Fund
Grants are available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations across the UK to help them support their communities during and beyond the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, building wellbeing, resilience, and capacity. Click here for further information:

Berkshire Community Foundation Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund – open for applications until 30 October
The Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus fund is now open for applications until 5pm on Friday 30 October
Funds allocated to Berkshire through the National Emergencies Trust Appeal for Coronavirus, together with the support they have received for their Vital for Berkshire – Coronavirus Appeal, are available for grants to be allocated to local charities, community and voluntary groups working to help people affected by the crisis in Berkshire.

Fund aims
To help organisations respond to immediate needs, for instance, as a result of restrictions to normal activity, supporting those suffering hardship as a result of the short and long-term economic and social consequences.
To help organisations with stabilisation i.e. short term core cost funds to keep organisations supporting those in need afloat.
To help organisations adapt to the crisis i.e. developing and enhancing services, buying equipment, capacity building or organisational development.
Priority will be given to organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated, including:

Older people
People with physical or learning disabilities
People with mental health needs
People on low incomes
Families with young children
Who can apply?
Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who are supporting people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Small and new groups which are not constituted may apply where they are working with the local CVS, Parish Council or Local Authority – a letter of support or other evidence will need to be provided.
Please also see this information on who can apply.

Berkshire Better Health Fund 2020 – grants of £1,000 to £5,000 available
Sport England are providing Get Berkshire Active (GBA) with funding through the Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) to distribute to community organisations who support the following priority groups to be active:

people with disabilities
people with long-term conditions
BAME communities
lower socio-economic groups.
GBA want to utilise some of this funding to support health-specific projects and use the momentum of the national Better Health campaign to do this. They are keen to connect with any health provider who may include physical activity as part of their service or who would like to include physical activity to improve the health of residents in Berkshire. For further details please click here.

Asda Foundation Getting Schools Back on Track – applications deadline 15 November 2020
The Getting Schools Back on Track grant has been designed to help ease the pressures that have been placed on all families during the pandemic. Getting children back to school in September is a priority not only for learning needs but to also enable parents to go back to work.

Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply for a grant, your group must be one of the following:

A Charity
A Not for Profit Company
A Community Interest Company (CIC)
An Unincorporated Club or Association
What are the funding priorities?
Your group must:

Benefit your local community
Be local to an ASDA store
Bring people back together
Ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to be involved. For further details please click here.

Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Grant – open until end of December 2020
19 August 2020
Grants of up to £4,000 are available for local grassroots organisations with ‘lived experience’ to respond to the current local need as a response to the Covid-19 emergency, and it may also assist charities through short term organisational recovery.

Who can apply?
Your organisation must be a grass roots, not for profit voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies) with an annual turnover of under £250,000 and include members with lived experience.

Please note that they are particularly interested in receiving applications from charities who support BAME and LGBTQ communities, who have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis. For further details please click here.

ESFA Community Training Grants

The grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available in Thames Valley Berkshire for projects supporting unemployed and economically inactive people on their journey towards employment. The deadline for applications to be considered for the next round of funding is 9am Monday 26th October. For more information please see link below. Deadline: 9am on 26 October 2020
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The Louis Baylis Charitable Trust

The Trust distributes grants worth a total of more than £100,000 to more than 100 recipients each year and has a policy of distributing the majority of the grants to local organisations and charities, the balance going to regional and national organisations
The majority of applications for grants from the Trust are received by post from local and national charities and organisations that are aware of the Trust.
The Trust supports all sections of the community served by the publications of Baylis Media Ltd and actively encourages applications for grants from the Trust. The bulk of donations are made to benefit the elderly and the young, although many other groups including the arts are also supported.
Support is also given to both regional and national charities.
Deadline: 6 November 2020. Read more

British Science Week 2021 Community Grants

The community grant scheme is available to support British Science Week (5-14 March 2021) activities.
This scheme offers £500 to £2,000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:
• people from ethnic minorities
• people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
• people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
• people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
• girls and women Deadline: 5pm on 9 November 2020. Read more here.

Free Supplies For Your Charity & Beneficiaries
Giving World helps charities access brand new life-essentials for free. With the impact of the coronavirus measures on community organisations and their vulnerable beneficiaries, we are reaching out to confirm that we continue to operate, partnering with businesses and charities such as yourselves to get goods to where they are needed most.
As we approach the end of the furlough scheme when we will all be supporting the newly vulnerable, we have a wide range of products available including clothing for adults and children, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods. Goods are for your organisation’s beneficiaries and cannot be sold or used for fundraising.
Does this sound useful to your organisation? If so, you can register/request items for free & view available products on our website:
Please do let us know if there are particular items that would help support your beneficiaries during this difficult time as services resume. Goods can be collected directly from us, or if this is not possible for you, we can arrange delivery at cost. If you have any questions, please call us on 0116 251 6205 or email queries to

Up to £10,000 grants available for rural community projects from The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Thorold Arms, a PCF grant beneficiary, celebrate their opening. Projects from across the UK which are working to create resilient rural communities are invited to apply for grant funding of up to £10,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery locally-focussed, legally-constituted not-for-profit organisations can apply for one year of grant funding from the Fund. Projects must be completed by 31st March 2022.

Projects from all across the UK are invited to apply for this funding. Applications can be made by taking a short eligibility quiz and completing an application form at

Keith Halstead, Executive Director at The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “Rural Community Resilience means different things to different communities, but the projects we are looking to support will allow the community to survive and thrive, especially when facing a situation which affects everyday rural life. Thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their continuing support of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.”

Established in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the PCF aims to support thriving rural communities with farming at their heart. To date, the Fund has awarded over £10 million to more than 350 projects

During the Covid-19 pandemic the PCF awarded over £120,000 of grants to 62 rural communities who were working to tackle the impact of the pandemic in their local community. This grants round is aimed at projects who are looking to build on this amazing work. To view previously funded projects, visit

Applications close on November 3rd 2020 at midday, but if a large number of eligible applications are received the Fund reserves the right to close the round earlier. Projects are advised to apply early.

Find out more at

The Green Influencers Scheme 
The programme aims to engage and inspire young people of 10-14 to take part in environmental learning and action. The scheme will fund 40 Green Mentor posts in Host Organisations until January 2023 to recruit and support environmental social action projects. Social action includes  campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, to make a positive difference in their communities and develop their own skills and knowledge. The Green Influencers Scheme will fund up to £15,000 per year (around 50% of a full time salary, including on-costs) plus £3,000 admin costs. The Ernest Cook Trust would expect to be a part-funder. Apply by 23 October 2020. For details  see The Green Influencers Scheme Host Organisation Application Information 
Postcode Recovery Fund
  Charities can apply for funding for 1-2 years of up to £1 million over 3 years for a project that addresses a systemic societal issue related to the pandemic.  We are looking for impactful and original projects that can demonstrate a clear link to the effects of the pandemic across the following six funding priority areas:  Educational inequalities Homelessness Domestic Violence Health and wellbeing Social exclusion and isolation Poverty See  for guidance notes and to apply. Deadline 30th October 2020
Higher Education Mental Health Funding
Higher Education providers can bid for funding to explore innovative and intersectional approaches to target mental health support for students. Awards of £70,000 to £200,000 will be available funded by Department of Health and Social Care.  To register for the webinar 19 October 2020 or for guidance see Apply by 2 December 2020. 
The Enterprise Development Programme: Test out new ideas, launch new enterprises or grow existing ones
The programme offers a package to suit your organisational needs. This includes: Grants which will usually are not  more than £30k, and are likely to be conditional on evidence of growing income streams,  Training and learning opportunities tailored to needs Direct advice and support There are 2 programmes open to legally constituted charity, voluntary sector organisations, or social enterprises for expressions of interest; that have a clear social mission and are or plan to  generate or diversify your income through enterprise or trading. For information on both programmes and how to apply see  The Equality strand This is for organisations or partnerships working to advance equality and human rights in relation to women, Black and ethnic minority people, LGBT+ people, or disabled people;. Open to legally constituted charity, voluntary sector organisation, or social enterprise. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Once approved (3-5 days), you’ll be invited to complete and submit a full application. EOI deadline 29th OctoberThe Youth Sector This is for organisations working with young people aged 10-19, or 10-25 in certain circumstances. Email for clarification. EOI deadline 12th November.
Projects building confidence, knowledge and skills for longer term employment
Small and medium registered charities can apply for grants up to £5,000 towards specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects for people 11 years and over. 2-stage application. For details see Apply by 30th April 2021.
The B&Q Foundation – Grants to support homelessness or poor housing
The B&Q Foundation provides Grants of up to £5,000 are available to registered charities across the UK & Ireland for projects that support people experiencing bad housing or homelessness, as well as community projects looking to improve their spaces. This could be a community hall or care centre, hostel or hospice.  See to register interest and to see the foundations other fundraising initiatives..

2020 STEM enrichment and enhancement (E&E) grant scheme
Grants of £500 are available to help integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development. The grants will be available to primary and secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges. Apply by 23rd October 2020. See for guidance and how to apply

The AIM Biffa Award History Makers Scheme
  Grants of up to £75,000 available to AIM member museums, galleries and cultural facilities so that they can tell the stories of some of our lesser known historical figures. Expressions of interest (EOI) for history makers individuals, groups, partnerships from any period, including more recent history and women who made history, and history makers from diverse backgrounds are especially welcome.
This is a 2-stage process. EOI for review are open, if this is accepted you can then apply.
EOI reviewed as they are received- final deadline for EOI 14 December 2020, applications from 2 November 2020 to 28 February 2021.  The grant scheme is only for AIM members. To join see
Accelerator:  interactive online learning experience that will help you to turn your great idea into a successfully funded project
Hosted on Facebook by a Crowdfunder team of experts who will guide you through the two-week intensive programme, you can expect live discussions, peer to peer feedback, advice from the Crowdfunder team and the chance to test out your pitch before going live.

With a host of Crowdfunder alumni (some of the best social entrepreneurs and community activists in the UK) also coming along for the ride to tell you about their successful crowdfunding journeys, it’s your chance to gain the insights and mentoring needed to raise more.  

You can join live or consume in your own time. If you think that you have a project that truly matters and are thinking about crowdfunding to make it happen, then apply for Accelerator  see
Launch of new strategy 
  Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has just launched a new strategy, which will focus on three interdependent aims:  Improving Our Natural World Tackling injustice to deliver A Fairer Future Nurturing Creative, Confident Communities The foundation offers grants of £30,000 or more to not for profit organisations. These include charities,  CIC’s and social enterprises organisations and others. To apply organisations must have an income of £100,000 or more.  Find out about the new strategy. If your organisation meets the principles and aims of one of the 3 areas above you can submit an expression of interest (100 words, response in 2 weeks). Find the new strategy  here.  Or see the new aims  and check out the section on how to apply.

Smallwood Trust – Women’s Sector Resilience Fund
Grants are available for voluntary and community sector organisations in England that are supporting women whose poverty has been exacerbated by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic or those that have been pushed into new poverty and financial hardship.

Click here to for more information

Weston Culture Fund
Grants are available for mid- to large-scale cultural organisations in the UK to help them restart important work, refresh activities, and develop plans to rebuild audiences following closures due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Click here to for more information

Energy Redress Scheme
Grants are available to charities in Great Britain for supporting energy consumers in vulnerable situations and for developing innovative products and services related to energy.

Click here to for more information

Architectural Heritage Fund – Cultural Recovery Programme
Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Click here to for more information

Care Home Friends and Neighbours: Intergenerational Linking Project
Grants are available to breast cancer charities in the UK that assist people affected by breast cancer and organisations that work on breast cancer research and prevention.

Click here to for more information

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