Funding Update April – opportunities for community groups in Berkshire

Brighter Lives Mental Health Foundation

Funding is for projects that: 

  • Support existing or emerging specialist services. Focus is on the most vulnerable who may struggle to access support elsewhere, such as counselling or similar therapeutic services which could be delivered in-person, online, or by phone.
  • Enable Christian organisations to train, equip, and resource churches and Christian charities to provide:
    • Enhanced mental health awareness and/or mental health first aid. 
    • Appropriate mental health and wellbeing support groups and services.
  • Support personal mental health and wellbeing of clergy and other church leaders/workers who may be suffering, particularly post-pandemic. 

No deadlines, and no grant size is specified. 

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Card Factory Foundation

Grants of up to £2,500 to not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver projects that support Card Factory colleagues and communities where Card Factory stores operate.

Proposed projects and activities must meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Provide support, financial or otherwise, towards hardship caused by life-changing events.
  • Provide support, financial or otherwise, to projects that improve lives.
  • Community projects that take place for Card Factory colleagues and/or communities where Card Factory stores operate.

Funding is for costs that are directly related to and essential for carrying out project activities.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Newly Re-opened: Berkshire Community Foundation

BCF have reopened two funding strands:
• Vital For Berkshire Fund
We invite applications from charities, community groups and projects that support vital needs in Berkshire, such as (but not limited to): physical and mental health, supporting young and vulnerable people or groups, combating isolation, tackling poverty and disadvantage, offering equal opportunities for all, and more.
• Funds For Older People
BCF manages a number of funds which aim to support projects tackling issues affecting older people, such as isolation, disability or disadvantage.
Beneficiaries must be aged 65 and over. Grants will be awarded to groups, projects and programmes that:
• Improve health and wellbeing
• Improve access to facilities, advice and training
• Overcome problems such as illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty
Grants of to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered for both funding streams.

Available Funding – Berkshire Community Foundation (

Deadline: Applications are now open from 21st March 2022 till 14th April 2022.

Newly Re-opened: Arnold Clark Community Fund

The Arnold Clark Community Fund is open to all UK-registered charities and local community groups who fall into our eligibility criteria. The fund is also open to community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and social enterprises.

Applications to The Arnold Clark Community Fund are only eligible if people and communities in the UK are the primary focus of investment and if they’re made by organisations that are incorporated in the UK. The funding must also provide immediate relief for the organisation as we cannot commit to providing funding for a future date. 
We can accept applications from:
• UK-registered charities
• Local community groups
• Social enterprises
• Community interest companies
• Groups of organisations that are community or voluntary led
• Charitable incorporated organisations
Successful applicants will receive up to £1,000 in financial aid.

The Arnold Clark Community Fund | Arnold Clark

Deadline: 30th June 2022

Newly Re-opened: Magic Little Grants

Magic Little Grants 2022 has now launched, with applications taking just 10 minutes to fill out and submit!
This year we will be funding more organisations than we ever have before and we will still be spreading this funding out far and wide across the country. Last year we expanded our eligibility criteria which will remain this year. In previous years, funding had to go towards projects that were delivering sports or physical activities. But this year funding can go towards any of the following projects:
• 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
If your organisation is carrying out a project within these themes, make sure to get your application in once the programme launches on 16th March 2022. The application process is short and simple, taking ten minutes to complete. Each organisation may only apply once in 2022.

Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000. Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.
Magic Little Grants | Localgiving

Deadline: Rolling

Newly Opened: Let’s Move Together Fund

The Together Fund has been set up to:
• Help reduce the long-term impact and aid recovery from COVID-19.
• The widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.
• This fund will support specific activities to increase availability of exercise opportunities in local communities.
The Together Fund will continue to evolve in line with our approach to date, building on ways in which we can continue to narrow the gap for communities that need our support. When we started out on this journey, COVID-19 was in its relative infancy, we were all coming to terms with what it meant and trying to understand how we could best support community sport and physical activity.

We knew it was having a significant impact on communities and there was a need for an immediate response. We are finding out more as we go and starting to move from an immediate critical response to one looking at recovery, the long-term impacts of COVID-19 and emergence from, rather than reaction to. We particularly welcome applications from organisations who support people with long-term health conditions, people from lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities and disabled people to get physically active.

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are being offered as part of the fund. Additional funding may be available above the £5,000 but you will need to discuss this with a member of the Versus Arthritis team before submitting the application.

Inspiring active communities (

Deadline: We expect all funds to be awarded by 30th September 2022.

Re-opening Tomorrow: Postcode Society Trust

Funding priorities remain:
• Improving mental wellbeing
• Enabling community participation in the arts
• Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
• Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality Improving biodiversity & green spaces
• Enabling participation in physical activity
• Responding to the climate emergency & promoting sustainability
• Increasing community access to outdoor space.
We have been listening to feedback from previous applicants and to the need in the third sector as the pandemic continues.
We are delighted to offer an increase in the value of grants this year. The higher level of grant available (£25,000) is now open to Community Interest Companies and community benefit societies for the first time. The amount available to other types of non profit organisations has also grown to £2,500.
Organisations now have a longer period in which to deliver activities – 18 months from payment of the grant. In order to better serve good causes we are also challenging ourselves to deliver funding within two months of an application.
Finally, 2022 is the year in which we venture into unrestricted funding for smaller charities and good causes. Organisations that undertake activities that we do not fund (Funding Guide) are still able to apply for project-based funding.
Apply for a grant | Postcode Society Trust

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants

Grants of £10,000 – £50,000 for housing-focused charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives to find local solutions to tackle the housing crisis.

Projects should meet one of three social priorities:

  • Preventing people from losing their home – helping those who are at risk of losing their home.
  • Helping people into a home – helping those who are homeless to find accommodation, or those in temporary or inappropriate accommodation to find a place to call home.
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment – helping those who were previously homeless or at risk of losing their homes to take the next steps towards rebuilding their lives. These projects often offer holistic support to end the cycle of homelessness. We are particularly interested in projects with a focus on households impacted by the fuel / cost of living crisis.

Deadline for applications is 27 May 2022, but applications are assessed regionally, and they may decide to close earlier if a lot of bids are in, so check the website.

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Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund

Grants up to £5,000 for groups to raise awareness of illegal money lending.

Local residents’ groups, charities, private companies, social enterprises, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies can now apply for grants from a  £160,000 funding pot which has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders.

Projects should:

  • Contribute to raising awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks.
  • Prevent crime and disorder and makes a difference in local communities.
  • Promote the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities.
  • Encourage reporting of loan sharks and signposts victims to the team.

IMLT actively encourages projects and initiatives that are different from the rest and will leave a legacy in the communities in which they are delivered.

Deadline for applications is 30 June 2022

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Historic England – Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Heritage
Deadline: 23 May 2022
Grants are available to community and heritage organisations in England for projects which improve understanding and awareness of overlooked historic places and celebrate working class histories.

Homes for Ukraine Scheme
Deadline: N/A
Monthly payments are available for individuals, charities, faith groups, local community groups and businesses in the UK to volunteer accommodation to Ukrainians and their family members who are escaping their homeland due to the Russian invasion.

Sport England – Storm Relief Funding
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available to local not-for-profit organisations and public bodies to repair any damage to community sport facilities incurred during the recent storms in England.

Sovereign Thriving Communities (with Crowdfunding)
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations and community groups who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign to support projects that benefit Sovereign communities and residents.

Sport England (with Crowdfunding) – Return to Play: Active Together
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for new or existing community businesses in England who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign to deliver a wide range of community-led projects, in particular supporting marginalised communities, less affluent areas, projects led by younger people, climate crisis and digital transformation.

Barclays Community Football Fund
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available to community groups in the UK to a make playing football more accessible at the grassroots level, and in particular encourage girls and young people from lower socio-economic and under-represented groups, including culturally diverse communities, young people with disabilities, and young people from the LGBTQ+ community to take part.

Sport England – Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups across England in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for projects which bring communities together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active.

KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available to support grassroots organisations providing safe social spaces, mentoring, work, or social skills for young people aged 11 to 25 years old in the UK.

England Woodland Creation Partnerships (WCP) Grants
Deadline: N/A
Grants, incentives and other support are available for woodland creation by farmers, landowners/managers and community groups, as part of the England Woodland Creation Partnerships.

Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF)
Deadline: N/A
Public, private and third sector organisations in England can access capital funding to help new and existing heat networks move to low and zero carbon technologies, such as heat pumps, solar and geothermal energy.

Shanly Foundation COVID
Deadline: N/A
Registered charities, sports and social clubs and community organisations that help individuals and benefit the local community, including support for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the homeless, those with mental health issues and people with physical disabilities, injury or life limiting illness in Bucks, Herts, Surrey and Berks.

National Heritage Memorial Fund
Deadline: N/A
Funding for charities, not-for-profit organisations and public bodies to help with the cost of acquiring historic land, buildings, works of fine and decorative art and other objects of interest which are important to national heritage.

Visit Britain – Domestic Support Fund
Deadline: N/A
Grants are available for UK not-for-profit organisations, including associations and charities, to hold business events and to showcase that the UK has adapted to new ways of meeting in a COVID-19 secure environment.

Let’s Get Active Fund
Deadline: N/A
A fund to improve access to physical activities in West Berkshire is now open to applications as part of the district’s recovery from COVID-19.
West Berkshire Council have partnered with Greenham Trust to offer the Let’s Get Active Fund (LGAF). The £33,660.00 LGAF pot is available to community groups, organisations, social enterprises, charities, profit-with-purpose businesses and schools in West Berkshire.

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

The Gerald Palmer Eling Trust Company
The Trustees meet three times a year to consider applications for donations to charities. Applications are generally considered where they meet all of the following criteria:
~   The grant should relate to activities in West Berkshire or neighbouring counties
~   Grants for projects rather than general running costs are favoured
~   Grants should fit into one or more of the following categories:
          ~   The advancement of Christianity, particularly the Greek/Russian Orthodox
          ~   Medical Research or Facilities
          ~   Community or Education Facilities
          ~   Social & Welfare Support & Therapy
Applications should be made in writing, including the latest charity accounts, to:
The Gerald Palmer Eling Trust, Eling Estate
Office, Wellhouse Lane, Hermitage,
Newbury, Berkshire, RG18 9UF.

Thank you to our fantastic CVS’s for the information contained in this article – Wokingham & Bracknell InVOLve, West Berkshire Volunteer Centre & Slough CVS.

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