Funding News for Communities and voluntary organisations in berkshire – march

Climate Action Fund: Waste and Consumption

Grants are available for community-led partnerships in the UK to make changes in their community that they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change. This round focuses on supporting medium-scale to large-scale projects addressing waste and consumption.
See https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/climate-action-fund-round-2. Deadline 8 April 2021 for the initial idea. If you get to the next stage, the rest of the application process may take 6+ months

Funding for the elderly to help wellbeing or reduce social isolation and/or loneliness

BringJoy offer small grants to groups whose members are aged 55+ or to projects benefiting people aged over 55. Priority will be given to applications that have a connection a local Home Instead office. Small grass roots organisation you can apply for funding up to £500 and charities can apply for £1500. See https://www.bringjoyfoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant/ for details and to apply.

Free digital devices and data for people with learning disabilities

Digital Lifeline funding is an emergency fund from the government open to those who support people with learning disabilities and want to distribute digital devices to their community.

As well as the devices and data, delivery partners will get a grant of £100 for every person they support; the minimum is 10 people + a grant of £1,000. More than 10 devices/£1,000 may be available to a single delivery partner, depending on demand.

For the click Digital Lifeline Application Description, Guidance and FAQs. FAQ6 explains what support is available to distributing organisations. Apply by 15 March 2021.
Or see website https://www.goodthingsfoundation.org/news-and-blogs/news/funding-open-devices-and-data-people-learning-disabilities.

Funding to support children and young people

Schools, colleges and community groups can apply for funding for projects which will helpteam working skills and future employability of children and young people. BlueSpark values academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour but only provides funding for relatively small-scale projects which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark. See http://bluesparkfoundation.org.uk/ . Applications reviewed every 8 weeks.

The Gerald Palmer Eling Trust

Charities with activities in West Berkshire or neighbouring counties can apply for project grants (no amount specified) to support:
• Community or Education facilities and provision of support; or
• Social and Welfare support and therapy
• Medical research and
• The advancement of the Christian religion especial Greek or Russian Orthodox
Apply in writing. For details see https://www.elingestate.co.uk/charitable-works

Ocado Foundation for Good
The programme will support ‘the many rather than the few’ by providing grants up to £1,000 to charities, community organisations, community interest companies, academic institutions, and local authorities for community projects which focus their efforts on three core areas:
• skills for the future,
• natural resources
• responsible sourcing.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, for volunteering, only applications for digital volunteering will be accepted. Applications can be made at any time until the 31st December 2021. Click here for more details.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) outreach programme

The RSC is making grants of up to £25,000 available to support the design and implementation of chemistry outreach programmes for school students. This grant scheme is open to all organisations that provide outreach activities to secondary school-aged children. This includes, but is not limited to, universities, not-for-profit organisations and charities.
Organisations must provide an in-kind contribution or match funding. The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 28th June 2021 see https://www.rsc.org/prizes-funding/funding/chemistry-for-all-outreach-grants/

Reading Lions Club – Lion’s Den community grants scheme
Lions Club of Reading
Reading Lions Club is once again reaching out to small local community groups and small local charities to offer financial support. Many local community groups do not have access to grant funding or the resources to invest in significant fundraising and yet they continue to provide a valued service to our community even during these challenging times.

Through our own fundraising events and with support from the ‘Round up for Reading’ campaign, we have set aside £10,000 to give away in small community grants, each of up to £750 to support local community projects. We are inviting local groups to submit a grant application for their local project. Entry opens on 19 February 2021. For further details please click here.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage – focusing on inclusion – rolling deadline
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is accepting applications for grants from £3,000 to £10,000 and £10,000 to £100,000 for projects that are focused on inclusion, led by and/or engaging diverse groups typically under-represented in heritage (for example, young people, minority ethnic and LGBT+ communities, disabled people and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds). This work could include:

  • exploring different generations, communities and their history
  • mental health and historic environments
  • youth-led history focused projects
  • LGBT+ heritage

For further details please click here

The Woodroffe Benton Foundation
Grants of £500 – £2,500 for charities or education institutions to support:

  • relief of hardship
  • care for the elderly
  • education & youth development
  • environment & conservation
  • human physical well-being

Deadline for applications is 31 March 2021
Read more


ESFA Community Training Grants
The ESFA and ESF are co-financing Community Training Grants to offer skills, training and employment opportunities for individuals who are unemployed or out of education. This grant is intended for projects which help to support individuals who are either unemployed, out of education, or economically inactive. The aim is to benefit those who are furthest away from the labour market, and start participants’ progress back to employment. In addition to formal skills training this can also be activities which have softer benefits, such as work readiness, confidence or anger management.
Read more

Grants for Conserving Stained Glass

Our grants are available to ecclesiastic and other public buildings exclusively for the conservation of historic and/or artistically significant stained and architectural glass. The Grants are made by The Glaziers Trust, part of the Company’s charitable foundation, which has two principal objectives:

  • The conservation of historic and/or artistically significant stained and architectural glass.
  • Promoting the craft by supporting the education and training of craftsmen and women in the fields of stained and painted glass, and by fostering public information and awareness. For further details please click here.

Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund (NEIRF)
Deadline: 26 March 2021
Grants are available to non-profit environmental groups, local authorities and businesses to stimulate private investment and mechanisms that improve and safeguard England’s domestic natural environment.

Greenham Trust – Community Grants
Deadline: 26 March 2021
Grants are available for charities and not-for-profit organisations undertaking charitable activities that benefit communities in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
Deadline: 31 March 2021
Emergency loans are available to support UK-based social enterprises and charities that are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of coronavirus/COVID-19.

Music for All – Community Project Funding
Deadline: 1 July 2021
Grants are available to UK-based community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Barclays 100x100UK
Covid-19 Community Relief Fund

Deadline: N/A
Funding for farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience.

Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good Fund
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for local community groups, charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises in the UK for projects that have a positive impact on communities, people, or the environment.

Postcode Society Trust – South of England
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for smaller charities and good causes in the south of England.


National Lottery Awards for All – England
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for charities, voluntary groups, schools and local authorities in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community


NESTA Cultural Impact Development Fund
Deadline: N/A
Loan and grant finance package for arts and culture organisations in England working with the people and communities in greatest need.

Thanks goes to Berkshire’s brilliant CVS’s for the content in this news item, namely Wokingham & Bracknell InVOLve, Reading Voluntary Action, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Slough CVS

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