Funding Opportunities for community groups & voluntary organisations – August 2021

Community Ownership Fund: prospectus – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). There will be 8 bidding rounds, with Round 1 submissions needing to be submitted by the 13th August 2021. Matched funded bids can be up to £250,000 or £1 million for Sports projects.

The strategic objectives of the bid are to:

  • provide targeted investment for communities to save community assets that would otherwise be lost
  • strengthen capacity and capability in communities to support them to shape their places and develop sustainable community businesses
  • empower communities in left behind places to level up
  • strengthen direct links between places across the UK and the UK government

Full details on the link as above.

Voluntary and community organisations can bid for match funding.

Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets and amenities, subject to the full eligibility criteria outlined in this prospectus.

The fund will support a range of community ownership proposals. For example, projects may include:

sporting and leisure facilities
cinemas and theatres
music venues
museums
galleries
parks
pubs
post office buildings
shops

Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community.

This prospectus sets out information on the:

funding available
how to apply
eligibility
assessment criteria

Local Connection Fund – The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is investing £2 million into this second round of the Local Connection Fund. This will be used to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

The funding is aimed at bringing people together in safe and secure ways, making people aware of what services are available to reduce loneliness and to build lasting connections.

The closing date for applications is 20 August 2021.

Local Connections Fund – Round 2 | The National Lottery Community Fund (tnlcommunityfund.org.uk)

Opening Archives – The Audience Agency

The Audience Agency is looking for 10 to 15 action research projects for an exciting new opportunity funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage. It is offering funding and support for projects, that use digital technology in some way to engage communities with archiving or archive collections.

Each successful project will receive:

  • A £1,000 to £5,000 grant to support a new activity or piece of work that uses digital technology to engage communities with archives or archiving.
  • Training and development to help get your idea off the ground and support to evaluate the outcomes of your project.
  • A mentor who will offer one-to-one guidance, expertise and support through individually tailored sessions.

The deadline for applications is 13 August 2021.

Opening Archives: open call to archives and communities | The Audience Agency

Co-op Community Fridge Fund

The Co-op Community Fridge fund will support 100 groups all across the UK to establish a new Community Fridge project. 

This opportunity includes £4,000 funding to help cover project costs, along with full support, guidance and resources from Hubbub to help successfully establish your fridge.

Once set up, groups will be part of the 250 member strong Community Fridge Network which helps redistribute surplus food from businesses and households within the community, saving it from going to waste and bringing people together. Anyone and everyone can share and gift from a Community Fridge.

The deadline for applications is 16 August 2021.

Grant funding for Community Fridge | Hubbub Foundation

FCC Community Action Fund

The FCC Community Action Fund provides grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).

The following types or organisation can apply:

  • Registered Charity which operates a community facility
  • A Church or Parochial Church Council
  • A Parish or Town Council or a Management Committee or User Association acting on behalf of a Parish or Town Council
  • A Local Authority
  • A CASC Registered Sports Club

Only applications for projects sited within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility can be accepted, you can check if you are located near an eligible site on their website.

The current round of applications closes on 1 September 2021.

FCC Community Action Fund / FCC (fcccommunitiesfoundation.org.uk)

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust was set up in 1998, to promote and support charities in the United Kingdom working in agriculture, rural development and insurance.

The Trust focuses on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

The Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications received. These meetings are currently held in June and November.

Applications for the November meeting must be submitted by 29th October 2021.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust: What do we do | NFU Mutual

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

The Government is providing up to £210m worth of voucher funding as immediate help for people suffering from slow broadband speeds in rural areas.

Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people’s doorsteps.

The new UK Gigabit Voucher launched in April 2021 and is only available through a supplier who is registered with the scheme. 

You can check whether your premises is eligible for a voucher, find a list of registered suppliers, and see those who are active in your area on the website below. Please click here for further information: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/

Charity & community project grants – People’s Postcode Lottery

The aim of the organisations listed below is to support smaller charities and good causes in different parts of the country to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have funded good causes in every postcode area in Britain.

The different organisations are:

Funding rounds are held throughout the year. Click on each of the above links to see which might be applicable to your organisation.

Return to Play Fund – Sport England

There are two parts to this new fund which remain open.

  • Return to Play: Small Grants – makes awards of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way. Following national restrictions in November, it also offers up to £2,000 awards towards the running costs of organisations supporting the most deprived communities. The Fund will remain open until the end of 2021.
  • Return to Play: Active Together – is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a pot of £1.5m. The partnership with Crowdfunder also includes advice, guidance and training to help create a successful campaign.

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/funding-innovation-and-flexibility

Neighbourhood Planning Grant Funding – Locality

You can apply for three types of grant funding if you are preparing a Neighbourhood Plan:

  • Basic Grant Funding: All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan are eligible to apply for up to £10,000 in basic grant. As well as applying for a basic grant, you can also apply for technical support (provided you meet the eligibility criteria) to help you with your neighbourhood plan.
  • Additional Grant Funding: Groups meeting the eligibility criteria are able to apply for additional grant of up to £8,000 (in addition to the basic grant). This will take the total amount of grant available to you to £18,000.
  • Affordable Housing for Sale Grant Funding: This is a new element to the programme, and it is running as a pilot scheme. The pilot began in 2019-20 and will continue in 2020-21. If you are wishing to bring forward affordable housing for sale you may be eligible for further grant funding of up to £10,000 to help develop these ideas.

All grants are now open.

Ocado Foundation Grants Programme

Deadline: 31 December 2021
Grants programme for UK charities and community groups, with BizGive offering grants of up to £1,000 to successful applicants, with in-kind goods also available on request and applications for digital volunteering also accepted. Further information can be found by clicking here.

The Grocers’ Charity 
The Grocers’ Charity typically provides one-off grants up to £5,000 for U.K. registered charities working in the areas outlined below:
  • Relief of Poverty
  • The Elderly
  • Disability
  • Health
  • Military
  • Heritage and the Arts
  • Environment
  • Children and Young People

Application Process

  1. Select the grant funding area above that you are interested in to check your eligibility and to send a short expression of interest.
  2. One to three weeks after the deadline, you will receive an email letting you know if your initial application will proceed to the second stage.
  3. If you move on to the second stage, you will be sent a link to fill in an online form; you will have one week to complete it. You will need to tell us: your most recent financial information; the Trustees and their professions; the anticipated outcomes and how the activity will be evaluated; a breakdown of the costs involved.

The Grocers’ Charity provides one off grants for charities (grocershall.co.uk)

Next Deadline: 10th September 2021 (if invited, 2nd stage application decisions are in December)

Morrisons Foundation

  Charities registered in the UK can apply for grants from the newly established Morrison’s Foundation. The Foundation is looking to award approximately £2 million a year for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities; in the main grants are available to fully fund projects of up to £25,000.

There is no specific grant amount that can be applied for but applicants must demonstrate how the project will deliver public benefit, who in the community will specifically benefit and how it will bring about positive change. Applicants must also have financial information dating back three years and have raised some of the funding elsewhere.

https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants is always open for applications from charities and community organisations to bid for up to £1,500. Three projects in 575 local communities are voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every three months.

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

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Sources; With thanks to ACRE, Rural Services Network, Voluntary Centre West Berkshire & Wokingham & Bracknell Involve for information contained in funding article.

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