Funding Opportunities in November 2020

As always many thanks goes to Berkshire’s fantastic Council for Voluntary Services – Reading Voluntary Action, Slough CVS, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Wokingham & Bracknell InVOLve – for the information contained in this article.

Co-op Food Fund
Grants are available for local charities and community organisations across the UK for local programmes that provide access to food and sustainable solutions to food poverty.

Canoe Foundation – Updated Information
Grants are available for clubs, community groups and Local Authorities across the UK for projects that improve the accessibility of available waterways and canoeing facilities and protect the natural environment

Smallwood Trust – COVID-19 Frontline Women’s Fund
Deadline: 16th November 2020
Grants are available for women’s organisations and services in England that are supporting women who are experiencing poverty and low income as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Sport England Return to Play – Community Asset Fund
Deadline: N/A
Capital grants to help local sports clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces so that sport and physical activity can happen during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

re available for women’s organisations and services in England that are supporting women who are experiencing poverty and low income as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Sport England Return to Play – Small Grants Programme
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available to not-for-profit community organisations for projects addressing the challenges coronavirus/COVID-19 has posed to people taking part in sport and physical activity in England.

Gamesys Foundation
Variety Club – Youth Clubs Grant
Deadline: N/A
Grants for equipment is available to youth clubs in the UK that provide opportunities for improving social skills, team spirit and self esteem for young people aged from 8 to 18 years.

Beatrice Laing Trust
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for UK registered charities undertaking projects for the relief of poverty and distress in the UK and overseas.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available to smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to fund community and family support projects in areas of extreme urban deprivation or deprived rural areas.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
Deadline: N/A
Grants to support registered charities and good causes in local communities across the UK to alleviate poverty, improve health and save lives.

Isla Foundation – Tipping Point Grants
Deadline: 12th November 2020
Grants are available for voluntary and community organisations, schools and PTAs, clubs and societies, and entrepreneurial individuals in the UK for small-scale, short-term projects that create a positive change in people’s lives and in their communities.

Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund launches

Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations can now apply for transformation grants of £10,000 -£100,000 to provide single room and COVID-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter
• The deadline for panel 2 is 1pm, Wednesday 2 December 2020, for Grants Panel on 17 December.

The Yapp Foundation

The Yapp Foundation offers grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000. Grants of up to £3000 / year are available for running costs for charities working in one of the priority areas. These areas are:

  • Elderly people
  • Children and young people aged 5 – 25
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental health challenges
  • Social welfare focusing on life-limiting problems of a social origin (e.g. addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, offending)
  • Education and learning (especially the educationally disadvantaged, adults and children)

See for details. Apply any time

Support Adoption For Pets

Support Adoption For Pets funds charities and not-for-profit organisations which have a direct impact on animal welfare and whose main activity is either:
• the rescue and rehoming of UK pets or
• the provision of temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners
Grants of up to £10,000 are available. See apply any time

Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants – Rolling applications until end of December 2020
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of £1,000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.

The Payne-Gallwey Charitable Trust
PGCT distributes approximately £225,000 per year to charities in Berkshire. Their focus in particular is on
charities with connections to:
‣ the deaf or blind
‣ care of terminally ill
‣ rural life & field sports
‣ horse racing
‣ travel for deprived young people
‣ medical research.

Englefield Charitable Trust Fund
The Trust has supported a range of charities & good causes in & around Berkshire, which include
those focusing on areas such as:
‣ education
‣ the arts
‣ social welfare
‣ health & wellbeing
‣ conservation
‣ the armed forces
See for details.

Thriving Communities Funding For Partnerships
Grants of £25,000 to £50,000 will be made available through a new £1.4 million Thriving Communities Fund to develop local social prescribing activities across the country.
The fund will support place-based partnerships, led by voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations to expand and improve the range and quality of social prescribing activities available to local communities. These will have a particular focus on support for people facing health inequalities, and those who are experiencing the greatest impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will be open between the 23rd
 and 8th January 2021. For more info your team can sign up to an intro webinar.
 Community leaders are also invited to sign up to a free regional support initiative for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups by the 11th December.

Three New Return to Play Grants
These 3 grants prioritise projects located in areas of high deprivation. Other priorities include organisations working with BAME communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions & people experiencing a greater burden of care
   because of coronavirus. Also prioritised are organisations
   without significant reserve funding available to utilise.
   For details see
Small Grants: This fund will make awards of between £300 & £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport & activity groups, clubs & organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way. This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal or having the correct hygiene & safety equipment. 
Community Asset Fund: This fund will make awards of between £10,001 & £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs & organisations adapt & open important places & spaces to help their local community return to play safely. This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines or improving a facility’s ventilation.
Active Together: This is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m. With expert advice & guidance to support you, this will help local clubs & organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other COVID-19 related needs.

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