Funding Opportunites for groups and voluntary organisation in Berkshire – October edition

Funding For Charities Working To Help Prevent Crime & Create Safer Communities
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Matthew Barber, has now launched the £100,000 TVPCC Community Fund to support community groups across the Thames Valley. The
Community Fund is intended to support voluntary and community groups that help to prevent crime and keep communities safe.

Money for the scheme comes from the Police Property Act Fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, and is created from the proceeds from the sale of items seized from criminals that cannot be returned to their rightful owners. Organisations from across Thames Valley can apply for either a micro grant (under £1,000), or larger grant (over £5,000) for projects that support one of the PCC’s ‘Police and Criminal Justice Plan’ priorities. The closing date for this round of applications is 3rd October and applications will be considered jointly by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable. Click here for further information and the application form. Successful recipients will be
invited to attend a presentation ceremony, due to be held in November 2021.

Faith New Deal Pilot Fund
This is a new, competitive grant programme to help support faith-based organisations to use their resources effectively within their community and to build trust between national government, local government and faith groups. The Government wants to recognise the role faith-based organisations play in the resilience of our communities and the importance of local faith groups working collaboratively to respond to societal issues. Applicants must demonstrate how they will meet all the required strategic objectives. Bids should outline delivery plans for innovative projects to be delivered by new or existing partnerships and will be for grants up to £200,000. Larger bids for grants over £125,000, will require a match donation from a philanthropic funder. Applications close on the 7th October. Click here for details and to apply.

Grants For Charities Helping Those In Need
The Betsy Foundation is a family run initiative giving grants to small and medium sized charities which make the world a better place for those in need. Our mission is to assist the organisations which provide this deeply needed support to young people in our communities.  We support a broad spectrum of organisations, focusing on the most vulnerable people in our communities. We feel passionately that those who are struggling should have the best chance of accessing the resources they need. We normally provide financial grants of up to £30,000 to UK-based charities that operate in the South-East to help them overcome poverty, homelessness and abuse for the younger members of our society. We are interested to hear from you if a grant from the Betsy Foundation could unlock your potential to deliver a vital project. Applications will next be considered in November. Click here to learn more.

The Return to Play Fund For Sports Clubs & Groups
An additional £5 million of National Lottery funding has been made available to continue supporting clubs and local organisations to set up and run their own crowdfunding campaigns to help sustain them through the Covid-19 pandemic and return to play. Sport England’s Active Together Fund is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund successful Crowdfunder campaigns by up to £10,000. This funding option is about supporting local clubs through the coronavirus crisis and with the return to play. Click here to learn more.

Marsh Charitable Trust

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings. Our funding strategy is to provide long-term core funding for such costs, as we understand that many of the organisations we support depend on unrestricted income in order to meet their operating needs. Grants are unrestricted and range from £300-£2,000. The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time. Click here to learn more.

Ocado’s Foundation for Good Grants
Ocado is working with BizGive to support charity and fundraising activities across the UK. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for charities, CICs and community projects
across the UN Sustainable Development Goals of health/ wellbeing, education, economic growth, reduced inequalities, responsible consumption/production and/or climate action.
In-kind goods are also available on request and applications for digital volunteering accepted. Applications close at the end of this year. Click here for further details.

National Emergencies Trust & Crowdfunder partner up for ‘pound-for-pound’ match funding opportunity
The National Emergencies Trust launches £1.2million Local Action Fund with Crowdfunder to support community and voluntary organisations affected by the pandemic

  • A total of £1,220,000 match funding is on offer from the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal to help local charities and groups to counter the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Through the Local Action Fund on the Crowdfunder platform, the National Emergencies Trust will match donations, pound for pound, up to a total of £10,000 per charity.
  • The fund will focus on projects taking positive action for people in their communities affected by the pandemic, from supporting mental health, to assisting with financial hardship or helping communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19
  • Eligible charities and groups will be able to use the funding in any way that enables their efforts, from covering core costs to launching new local services

The National Emergencies Trust hopes the partnership with Crowdfunder will reach small and micro organisations that have not yet accessed funding from its Coronavirus Appeal, either due to lack of awareness or not having the resources to apply for funding.

If eligible, successful organisations will be required to set up a crowdfunding campaign with an aim to raise money to either launch new local initiatives or to enable them to continue existing services. The National Emergencies Trust will match donations, pound for pound, up to a total of £10,000.

Eligible organisations include registered charities, community interest companies, constituted organisations and non-registered charities, churches and other religious organisations, and other voluntary community organisations deemed appropriate by Crowdfunder.

Deadline for applications is 22 October 2021 Read more

BCF Vital for Berkshire Fund – deadline 18th October 2021

This Berkshire Community Fund (BCF) round of funding will focus broadly on charities serving key groups such as children and young people, older people, those with disabilities and those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

They we will prioritise charities and community groups that work to tackle issues and needs amongst:

  • Children and young people
  • Older people
  • People with disabilities
  • Those who continue to be impacted by the pandemic

To ensure an even spread of funding across Berkshire, in this round they encourage groups in Slough and those providing youth activities in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) to apply. However they will remain open to applications from Berkshire-based groups outside these two areas. For further information please click here.

Localgiving Magic Little Grants – deadline 31 October 2021
The Magic Little Grants 2021 programme promises to be even bigger and better than ever. This gives grants of £500 to small charities and community groups thanks to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Funding can go towards any of the below projects. For further details please click here:

  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Enabling community participation in the arts
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces
  • Enabling participation in physical activity
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space

Sovereign Community Funding Open on The Good Exchange

A second round of Sovereign community funding opened on The Good Exchange on 1st September 2021 for projects that support ‘Community Cohesion and Growth’ and are located within three miles of where Sovereign has homes.
Sovereign is specifically looking for projects that are all about growing and reconnecting after COVID – reigniting community organisations, inviting people to join in, share their skills, learn new ones and bringing the community together.
Applications are open until 31st October 2021 and fundraising projects must be live on The Good Exchange by this date in order to be considered. A £45,000 pot is available. 
Find out more information about Sovereign Grants on The Good Exchange here.   


Poundland Foundation
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for local charities and organisations across the UK working to make a difference in their communities.

Moto in the Community Trust
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for community organisations and schools operating within a 15-mile radius of a Moto site for projects and activities that deliver benefits to local communities.  

Pets at Home Foundation – Pets Through People Grants
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for charities who provide temporary or ongoing assistance to ensure pets can remain with their owners, and/or change the lives of adults and children through the provision of animal-based activities.

Victoria Wood Foundation
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for arts projects and initiatives in the UK.

As always thanks to our superb Berkshire VCS’s for the information contained in this article – Slough CVS, Involve, Reading RVA and West Berkshire Volunteer Centre.

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