Funding & Support Available in December

Berkshire Community Foundation Co-Op Fund – open for applications for work to combat food poverty

Funds allocated to Berkshire through the National Emergencies Trust and Co-Op, are available for grants to be allocated to local charities, community and voluntary groups working to combat food poverty in Berkshire. The aims of the fund:

To help organisations redistributing surplus food to the people who need it most.
To provide access to nutritious food and balanced meals for people with limited budget.
To help educate and upskill communities on low cost meal solutions, e.g. limiting waste.
To prioritise the wellbeing of young people and children.
To provide food programmes to vulnerable communities, including emergency food, and programmes that address food insecurity.
Who can apply?
Charities, community groups or other not for profit organisations who meet the above aims.
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.
What are the funding priorities?
Priority will be given to organisations which support the following:

Food programmes for vulnerable communities delivered in those communities.
Emergency food programmes, including food parcels.
Programmes that address food insecurity and its impact.
The application process
Grants up to a maximum of £10,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability. Average grants awarded are in the region of £4,500.
Your application form must be completed on-line and submitted along with governing documents – Constitution, latest Annual Accounts, Bank Statement and Safeguarding Policy.
Applicants will be informed of the Grants Panel decisions
Berkshire Community Foundation receives many more applications than there is funding available, and there is no guarantee that an application made will be successful
Further information and how to apply
Go to the Berkshire Community Foundation website.

Didymus funding for social inclusion – rolling deadline
Didymus seeks to help and encourage smaller charities who are working in the areas of social inclusion, education, the arts, equality and diversity and religious understanding.

Their aim in all cases is to provide appropriate resources to these charities so that the people they are supporting may flourish. They are particularly committed to supporting those who are have been disadvantaged for whatever reason, and they do this through funding initiatives which build hope and enrichment of life. They aim to enable charities to run projects which they could not otherwise undertake which will help to transform the lives of those they support.

Who can apply?
A UK registered charity that delivers activities or services that meets one of their five goals (see below) applying for £5000 or less.

The charity’s five goals are:
To encourage social inclusion
To advance education
To develop the arts
To advance equality and diversity by creating opportunities for women
To promote religious understanding.
Is there a deadline?
Applications for funding may be made at any time. However, applications received within six weeks of a trustee meeting will be considered at the following meeting. Forthcoming meetings and deadlines are:

Meeting in February 2021 (deadline for applications, noon on 31 December 2020)
Meeting in June 2021 (deadline for applications, noon on 30 April 2021)
Meeting in October 2021 (deadline for applications, noon on 31 August 2021)
Further information and how to apply.

Support to Improve Life Opportunities for Disadvantaged People
Our ‘Vision’ is that people living with a physical and/or mental disability or a long-term illness should have, as many as possible, of the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others more fortunate than themselves. To help us achieve this goal we provide grants to other charities with a gross annual income of £5M or less and operating front line services supporting this beneficiary group. Two grants are available:
• Small grants to £5,000 for charities with income under £3m needing urgent support
• Capital grants open to all charities with a gross annual income of £5M or less wishing to apply for a grant in excess of £5,000 towards the cost of funding a new project.
Please see for details and to apply at anytime.

Census Support Service
Good Things Foundation has been contracted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to support the delivery of the next Census in England & Wales.
We’ve got an exciting opportunity for partners to apply for funding to support the delivery of the 2021 census across a set amount of hours each week with the possibility of additional delivery covering evenings, weekends and the census weekend.
For application guidance and to apply see

Museum Digital Innovation & Engagement
The Museums Association alongside UKRI and AHRC are offering a series of grants, between £25,000-£50,000 for one-year projects that support museums to explore digital innovation and to evaluate, refine, and build on their recent digital engagement. The new fund will enable museums and galleries to kick-start, scale up, and evaluate the innovations they’ve designed to connect collections to a udiences through the Covid-19 pandemic. Deadline is 21st December:

Project Viability Fund: Transforming Places Scheme
Constituted charities, social enterprises Parish and Town Councils can apply for up to £15,000 from the Transforming Places scheme, but only if:
1) Your project involves a heritage building located
in a high street or town centre in England, and:
2) This location is the focus of a wider strategy or initiative which aims to revitalise the
high street or town centre – a place-based initiative.
Next round closes 31st January 2021. For guidelines and to apply see

Working to Protect Wokingham Town’s Past, Present & Future
The Wokingham Society works for the public benefit in the area within the Wokingham Town Parish. It aims to:
• Promote high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area of benefit.
• Educate the public in the geography, history, natural history & architecture of the area of benefit.
• Secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area of benefit.
Through the Elliston Clifton bequest fund, the society can offer grants to suitable projects upon application. Applications for grants from outside the area of benefit will be considered if there is a clear association with Wokingham:

Persimmon Community Champions Funding Good Causes
Each of our businesses and our PLC head office are giving away up to £2000 each month to fund local community initiatives. We want to focus on organisations that support the over-70s – a vulnerable group in our society that we feel need our support at this time. Apply by 31st December 2020.:

HMRC Grant Funding
HMRC is looking for voluntary and community sector organisations to support them in helping customers they currently find hardest to reach, who cannot or
will not interact directly with them or need extra support in doing so. HMRC has secured £4.98 million funding for 2021 to 2024, to allocate to voluntary and community sector organisations to help them provide advice and support to customers who need extra help understanding and complying with their tax obligations & claiming their entitlements,
including those who are digitally excluded. Click here to learn more.

Arts-based Learning Fund
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation will accept applications from arts organisations that are working with schools, colleges and other formal education settings to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people through high quality arts-based learning activities.
Charities, community organisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 for two to three-year projects. The Foundation is particularly interested in funding work for the benefit of primary-age children
and work taking place in areas of social and economic
deprivation and inequality outside of London.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis:

“I’ve got an idea” Fund
Individuals or small groups or organisations including groups of school children who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out and, if it worked, would deliver either an environmental or social benefit can apply for grants of between £250 and £5,000. The fund was set up in memory of Peter Williams by his family. Apply anytime:

Small Grants Programme
The Foyle Foundation small grants programme offers funds of £10,000 to small charities (with income under £150,000) working at grass roots and local community level. Charities can be working in any field, across a wide range of activities. Building projects are not considered unless these are for essential repairs or re-equipping. Apply anytime:

Adint Charitable Trust
The Adint Charitable Trust makes grants of between £250 and £15,000 to registered charities for general charitable purposes, but has a preference for charities working in the fields of education, training, disability, sport and/or recreation. The Trust awards around £300,000 in grants each year overall. Previous grants made included a range of social welfare projects: mental health hearing, blind, help for older people, disabled people and hospices.
Registered charities may apply (not local branches of national bodies) should “make their case” in hard copy by post or by e-mail and send this to the address or email below including their registered charity number, the name and sort code of their bank and their account number. No acknowledgement or communication is made unless the application is successful. Applications can be submitted at any time: The Adint Charitable Trust, Suite 512, 571 Finchley Road, London NW3 7BN or
Learn more:

Funding for Charities That Make a Positive Difference
The Foundation donates over £80 million annually to a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference.
We fund a wide range of causes and charities and the grants vary according to the size of the charity and the work being undertaken. Grants are awarded for charitable activity in the categories of arts, education, youth, health, museums & heritage, community,
environment, faith and/or welfare. Apply anytime:

The Comic Relief Community Fund
Last chance to access grants up to £4,000 for grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.
They need to fit one of Comic Relief’s strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children up to age 11 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.

You can also access a Capacity Building Grant to develop your organisation, up to £1,000
Deadline: 10am on Monday 7 December 2020

Read more 

National Lottery Community Fund programmes re-open
Awards for All for up to £10,000, and for larger amounts, the Reaching Communities and Partnership schemes have just re-opened. They are interested in projects where people are in the lead, which:

  • involve people and communities from the start 
  • build on people’s strengths
  • are connected in their community.

No deadline.
Awards for All – apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000
Reaching Communities – larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work with their community to help them thrive.
Partnerships – a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

ESFA Community Training Grants – Thames Valley Berkshire
Community Training grants between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects supporting people who are unemployed or economically inactive, move closer towards employment.
Deadline: 18 January 2021
Read more 
Ahead of this deadline, there will be two online workshops to discuss the programme and how to apply on Tuesday 8 December at 11am and Wednesday 16 December at 2pm
Register now 

Grants Fund for VCSE Providers

Association of Mental Health Providers is pleased to announce the launch of the small grants fund as part of the Mental Health Sustainability Programme. This fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support the sustainability of mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise provider organisations, with a turnover of £25-500k.
VCSE mental health organisations have a vital role working in the community providing support to anyone who has a mental health need but continues to face many challenges in delivering services during COVID-19, intensified by the lockdowns and varying tier systems. It is vital that service providers working in the community are supported to enable them to continue delivering essential, life-saving services to people who need it most so it can be effective and sustainable during and after the pandemic.
As such, we are looking at funding costs that can positively impact the sustainability of an organisation – specifically those that are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19; with a focus on organisations that are led by and/or are supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities. We will also be considering applications from organisations supporting other disadvantaged groups such as the homeless community, those in contact with the criminal justice system, children and young people, women and girls, victims of domestic violence etc.
To apply for the fund, please read more here and ensure you complete and return an application form to Daniah Hafez  before 11:59pm on Sunday 13December 2020. Find out more about these and other funding opportunities

News and funding opportunities courtesy of Slough CVS, West Berkshire Volunteer Centre, Reading Voluntary Action & Wokingham/Bracknell inVOLve

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