We will be adding information on relevant funding sources to support VCSE organisations facing financial pressures and to help develop new services to respond to the Coronavirus below.

For more details of how we might support you, please visit our capacity building page or contact our Funding and Organisational Development Officer, Alison Ewart, at alison.ewart@kva.org.uk

To see the latest Funding bulletin click here

 

Upcoming funding deadlines 

 

May 2021

 

Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that community and faith groups can apply for grants from 4 May 2021 to develop accommodation options that are self-contained, Covid-secure and dignified, to be ready for people sleeping rough by winter 2021/22.

Key dates: The capital grants round opens to applications on 4 May. The funding prospectus and frequently asked questions will be published at that time.

In the meantime, groups should note the following dates:

  • 21 April 2021: Homeless Link webinar to set out key information about the fund
  • By end July 2021: Decisions due on capital funding
  • By early September 2021: Decisions due on revenue funding

Applications will be accepted from 4 May 2021.

 

Strategic Legal Fund

A small number of grants (max is £3,0,000, usually smaller) to support not-for-profit strategic legal work in the UK which benefits asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants who are experiencing disadvantage or discrimination as a result of their migration status.

The Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) provides grants to support strategic legal work that is carried out in the UK and where the impact is likely to go beyond an individual case and result in changes to law, policy and practice that will benefit a wider group of people.

Deadlines: 5.30 pm on 4th May, 1st July, 1 September and 2 November

 

Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest

Grants of up to £4,000 for voluntary and community organisations based, or working in, the south of England for projects that improve their local area such as youth work, health and social care, arts and culture, conservation and the environment.

Deadline: 7th May 2021

 

Golsoncott Foundation

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to Voluntary sector organisations in the UK whose focus is primarily on the arts. Note: 'The trustees favour applications from arts organisations whose raison d’être is the art form itself, and its perfection or excellence in performance.'

Deadline: 8th May 2021

 

The Triangle Trust 1949 fund

Grants of £10 – 60,000 for six months to two years, are available for charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies in the UK that are working to support young carers/young adult carers (round one) or young offenders (round one).

Deadline: 11th May 2021

 

National Churces Trust/Church Care

Grants are of up to £10,000 are available to support essential fabric repairs in architecturally or historically significant Christian church buildings in the UK.

Deadline: 13th May 2021

  

Fidelio Trust

Grant of up to £5,000 to help individuals (over school age) and groups of exceptional ability in the UK that would not otherwise be able to carry out an artistic project or activity without financial support.

Deadline: 5pm on 14th May 2021

  

Enterprise Development Programme – Equality

Grants of up to £30,000 available to charities and social enterprises working in the equality sector in England to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones.

Deadline: 5pm on 14th May 2021

 

National Lottery Community Fund: Bringing People Together

Grants of up to £300,000 available to community organisations in the United Kingdom via a new funding programme for projects that will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections.The fund is interested in bold and experimental responses to bringing people together using new, or new combinations of approaches. All projects will need to:

  • Have a clear equality, diversity and inclusion focus.
  • Deliver across at least two countries in the UK.
  • Demonstrate they can learn and adapt as they go.

 

Deadline: First come, first served

 

Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition

The Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition aims to help entrepreneurs launch small start-up businesses, imagined from home during the coronavirus lockdown, and boost the growth of existing micro firms.

Successful participants will be awarded grants of up to £5,000 to grow or buy the basics they need to commence trading. A panel of experts will choose the winners and grants will be allocated in June and July

Deadline: 22nd May 2021

 

Women’s Empowerment Fund

Available for women’s groups and organisations to develop capacity to respond to changing needs in their communities and run projects over a fixed duration of at least 6 months.  The fund is particularly aiming to reach those who have not previously applied for funding and those from marginalised communities. There are two grant streams: Seed funding (£500 - £1,000) and Women’s sector grants (£1,000 - £25,000). Eventbrite info session are being held on 28th and 29th April – see website to book.

Deadline: 5 pm on 28th May 2021

 

 

 

 

June 2021

 

Biffa Awards – Community Buildings

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations to provide and improve community buildings that are located within the vicinity of a Biffa operation in order to ‘act as mechanisms’ for community involvement.

Deadline: 1st June 2021

  

Biffa Award – Partnership grant scheme

Large grants are available of between £250,000 and £750,000 for not-for-profit organisations that are looking to improve a built or natural environment of regional or national significance and located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or active Biffa Landfill site in England or Northern Ireland.

Deadline: 1st June 2021

 

Standard Life Foundation

Grants are available for strategic work, including policy work, campaigning and research, which has the potential to improve financial wellbeing at a national scale in the UK, especially for those on low-to-middle incomes. Grants typically range between £10,000 and £200,000.

Deadline: 1pm on 3rd June 2021

 

Standard Life Foundation

Grants are available for strategic work, including policy work, campaigning and research, which has the potential to improve financial wellbeing at a national scale in the UK, especially for those on low-to-middle incomes. Grants typically range between £10,000 and £200,000.

Deadline: 1pm on 3 June 2021

 

Biffa Awards – Community Buildings

Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations to provide and improve community buildings that are located within the vicinity of a Biffa operation in order to ‘act as mechanisms’ for community involvement.

Deadline: 1 June 2021

 

 Biffa Award – Partnership grant scheme

Large grants are available of between £250,000 and £750,000 for not-for-profit organisations that are looking to improve a built or natural environment of regional or national significance and located within 15 miles of a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or active Biffa Landfill site in England or Northern Ireland.

 Deadline: 1 June 2021

 

Standard Life Foundation

Grants are available for strategic work, including policy work, campaigning and research, which has the potential to improve financial wellbeing at a national scale in the UK, especially for those on low-to-middle incomes. Grants typically range between £10,000 and £200,000.

Deadline: 1pm on 3 June 2021

 

Designing London’s Recovery

The programme (which has a total value of £500,000) aims to pioneer a new way of working with organisations across London to solve the city's most pressing challenges, using a method that ensures solutions are designed with Londoners' needs at the heart, especially those most vulnerable and hardest hit by Covid-19.

The programme will support collaborations of public, private and community sector organisations with ideas for projects that will tackle unemployment, reduce social/economic inequalities, environmental change, support young people etc.

Deadline: EOI by 15th June 2021

 

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to help disabled people in the UK to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching.

Deadline: 29th June 2021

 

Windrush Community Fund Phase 2

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for charities, community or grassroots organisations for projects in the UK which raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.

Deadline: 11.59 pm on 30th June 2021

 

Assura Health fund

Applies to Kingston area although based in Cheshire. Grants of up to £5,000 to voluntary organisations based within 15 miles of an Assura building (ie Kingston upon Thames). Grants are available to strengthen the capacity of charitable organisations working at a local level to deliver a range of health and wellbeing projects within 15 miles of an Assura healthcare building.

Deadline: 1st July 2021

 

 UnLtd Social Entrepreneur grants

Funding (up to £15,000) and specialist support are available for UK social entrepreneurs to help them develop as social leaders, and to start up or grow their idea for a social venture.

Deadline: 30th June 2021 and 30th September 2021

 

 

Rolling funding opportunities:

   

London funders:

 

City Bridge Trust

The Trust currently awards around £20m per year to charitable causes in London. The majority of these grants are made under the Investing in Londoners scheme, which has a number of programmes.

 

Trust for London

Trust for London is an independent charitable foundation aiming to tackle poverty and inequality in London.  This is achieved by: funding voluntary and charity groups – each year they make grants totalling around £7.5 million, and at any one time, we are supporting up to 400 organisations. Funding is aimed at tackling poverty and inequality under 7 themes: Good Homes and Neighbourhoods; Better Work; Decent Living Standards; Shared Wealth; Pathways to Settlement; Stronger Voices and Connected Communities.

 

London Marathon Trust

The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants for capital projects that inspire and increase the numbers of people regularly taking part in physical activities.

 

Jack Petchey Foundation

Supports programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25 in London and Essex. Their biggest programme, the Achievement Awards, is a 'peer recognition scheme' operating in grass-roots youth clubs, youth organisations, secondary schools and uniformed organisations.  The young award winners choose how best to spend their £250 award money to the benefit of their club or school.

 

National funders

 

Persimmon Community Champions fund

One off grants of £1,000are available for local community organisations and charities that have already secured matched funding for local community initiatives across England, Scotland and Wales.

 

Pets At Home Animal Rescue Grants

Grants of £250 are available for charities and non-profit organisations in the UK whose main objective is the rescue and rehoming of domestic pets in the UK.

 

 Pilgrim Trust

Two levels of grants are available for projects in the UK concerned with heritage preservation and social welfare, especially improving the life chances of vulnerable members of society (particularly women and girls). Grants are up to £5,000 and beyond.

 

English Cricket Board Emergency Fund

Grants and interest-free loans are available for affiliated cricket clubs and leagues in England and Wales to adapt to coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines and cover any shortfall in essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs during the pandemic.

 

Tesco Community Grants

Eligible organisations can apply online for a grant, applications are assessed and shortlisted. Every three months successful shortlisted applications are put into a customer vote in Tesco stores across the UK.

The project that receives the most votes (via customer’s blue tokens) in its area will be awarded a grant of up to £1,500 second place receiving up to £1,000 and third place up to £500.

 

Stuart Halbert Foundation

Grants of usually up to £10,000 are available to UK registered charities and other charitable organisations for projects that support disadvantaged people, animal welfare, the Armed forces or the local community.

 

Family Action Welfare Grants Programme

Family Action aims to support families during times of hardship to enable them to become stronger, happier and healthier. See website for info on their National and Greater London programmes.

 

 

DPD Green fund

The DPD Eco Fund (the "Fund") is a fund to be spent on sustainability-related programmes by a range of different organisations. The maximum amount that an applicant may receive from the Fund is £2,000 per application. All applications must be made via the website at www.green.dpd.co.uk, using the 'apply for funding' form.

  

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Unrestricted grants of up to £50,000 over two years to support small and medium-sized local charities, with a proven track record of helping people in England and Wales with complex social issues, to recover and renew beyond the COVID-19 crisis. Includes core costs and tailored development support.

The Foundation will ringfence 25% of its funding to charities led by, and which support, minoritised and racialised communities. The Foundation has announced that by the end of Spring 2021, it will open its Racial Equality strand of funding. 

The Foundation's grants team will hold a live Q&A webinar on 30 March (14:00 to 15:30) to discuss the eligibility criteria, details of the grants, what is meant by complex social issues, and the application process. Registration is required via eventbrite COVID-19 crisis.

 

Heritage Lottery Fund

Phase 1 - applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000 will be accepted starting from 25 November 2020. This will provide some much-needed financial assistance, particularly to those heritage sector organisations who have, so far, been unable to access COVID-19 emergency funds. NLHF will be looking for projects with a particular emphasis on creating organisational resilience, boosting the local economy, supporting health and wellbeing and inclusion.

Phase 2 – applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million will be accepted starting from 8 February 2021. This will mark a return to NLHF’s core business, but NLHF will not be returning to pre-Covid-19 “business as usual” in its approach.

 

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million in 2016.  BLF grants range from £300 to more than £500,000 to community and voluntary groups and charities. 

 

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation fund the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK, focusing on the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change.

 

Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag is used to fund local projects in communities right across the UK.  Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces, to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.

 

Waitrose Community Matters

Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that customers choose.

 

Arts Council

Invest money from Government and the National Lottery to support arts and culture across England. It offers awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts. 

 

Pro Bono support

 

Cranfield Trust

The Cranfield Trust is a national charity offering free business skills, advice and guidance to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. Support includes business consultancy, HR support, masterclasses and training.

 

Law Works: the solicitors Pro Bono group

LawWorks is a charity working in England and Wales to connect volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice, who are not eligible for legal aid. 


 

 

Latest Funding bulletin 

 

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April Funding bulletin

Welcome

Welcome to the April funding ebulletin.
A reminder that, as a number of funds continue to come on stream with short deadlines, do keep checking Funding on the KVA website so as not to miss any funds that arrive in between bulletins, which includes funds with ‘rolling programmes’.

We’re running a new series of training sessions, including this course specifically on making a successful application.

How to make a successful funding application
29 April
Do you struggle writing successful funding bids? We'll take you through the key steps in describing the essential elements of your project.
Book here

News

Funding news

A report  by the Association of Charitable Foundations, Rising to the Challenge: Charitable Foundations’ Responses to Coronavirus and their Forecast for the Future’ shows how funders have adapted to the continuing impact of Covid on the organisations they fund. Read more
There are some great funds in this month’s bulletin including:
Women’s Empowerment Fund - which is aimed at small groups providing support to women, including those who have not yet ‘constituted’ (ie have a ‘constitution’, or governing document) - or even a bank account
Clubs in Crisis fund - which aims to support grassroots sports clubs and organisations working in the sport-for-development sector that have been adversely affected by the pandemic
Global Majority Fund - which offers grants of up to £10,000 for work in the UK that relieves the emergency needs of communities facing racial inequality and impacted by the effects of Covid-19.

There are also dedicated funds for social enterprises, and a host of new rolling programmes. Read more

Funding training and support

Free to Kingston VCSEs, our ‘Ask the Expert’ service has been well-received. Various specialists will be holding 1:1 advice sessions on a range of subjects – from how to set up a voluntary organisation, to different aspects of fundraising, financial management, governance, volunteer management, demonstrating your impact, and charity law.

These free 45 minute sessions are for any voluntary organisation, faith or community group, or social enterprise in Kingston, that would like some help in any of the above areas - particularly in the context of Covid-19. Book a place here.

Spring training programme

KVA is running a new series of training sessions, including sessions on aspects of ‘income generation’.

How to make a successful funding application
29 April
Do you struggle writing successful funding bids? We'll take you through the key steps in describing the essential elements of your project.
Book here

Thinking about collaboration
4 May
Thinking about Collaboration? An opportunity to think about what you want from collaboration and how to develop the structures to achieve it.
Book here
 
Full Cost Recovery
11 May
Join us to learn about ‘Full Cost Recovery’ and its importance in budgeting for your projects.
Book here

Developing corporate relationships
13 May
Developing Corporate Relationships - find out how to develop relations and attract funding from corporates.
Book here
 
Starting / Re-opening community food provision
25 May
Learn how to navigate through Covid risk assessments, health and safety requirements, volunteer participation and attaining surplus donations.
Book here

A Shared Responsibility webinar: Safeguarding Children Level 2
This course is for multi-agency staff and volunteers in regular contact or who have a period of intense but irregular contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers. Please note that participants must have completed Safeguarding Children Basic Awareness (Level 1) training prior to this course.
- To access the courses, you need to register for an online account first which can take a few days to be approved - click here.
- The link to the Level 1 course itself is here.
Book Level 2 course
View all KVA events

Funding

Please ensure that you read the eligibility and guidance for each fund very carefully. If you need help with finding funding or completing an application form, please contact Alison Ewart at alison.ewart@kva.org.uk.
If you’re particularly interested in developing a joint bid with other organisations, contact Joanna Oliver at fundraising@kva.org.uk.

April deadlines

Clubs in Crisis fund
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support grassroots sports clubs and organisations in the UK working in the sport-for-development sector that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Must have turnover of below £75,000.
Deadline: First come, first served
Read more

Global Majority Fund
This fund offers grants of up to £10,000 for work in the UK that relieves the emergency needs of communities facing racial inequality and impacted by the effects of Covid-19. For the purposes of this fund, ‘communities facing racial inequality’ refers to communities typically but not exclusively referred to as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME).
Deadline: 30 April
Read more

7 Stars Foundation
Grants of up to £2,500 are available to support young people challenged by abuse and addiction, those who are young carers, and those who are homeless or without a safe place to call home. Applications will be considered from organisations that require funding in the areas of: abuse, addiction, child carers, and homelessness.
Deadline: 30 April
Read more

Childwick Trust
Grants between £5000 and £20,000  are available for charities in the South and South East of England working in the areas of health; the welfare of those in need within the racing industry; and Jewish charities.
Deadline: 30 April
Read more


Local Data Accelerator Fund
New funding available to partnerships of local authorities and other local agencies to support data projects that improve services for children and families in England.
Deadline: 30 April
Read more

May deadlines

Strategic Legal Fund
A small number of grants to support not-for-profit strategic legal work in the UK which benefits asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants who are experiencing disadvantage or discrimination as a result of their migration status.
Deadlines: 4 May
Read more

Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that community and faith groups can apply for grants from 4 May 2021 to develop accommodation options that are self-contained, Covid-secure and dignified, to be ready for people sleeping rough by winter 2021/22.
Deadline: to be announced.
Read more

National Lottery Community Fund: Bringing People Together
Grants of up to £300,000 available to community organisations via a new funding programme for projects that will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections.
Deadline: First come, first served.
Read more

Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest
Grants of up to £4,000 for  voluntary and community organisations based, or working in, the south of England for projects that improve their local area such as youth work, health and social care, arts and culture, conservation and the environment.
Deadline: 7 May
Read more

Golsoncott Foundation
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to Voluntary sector organisations in the UK whose focus is primarily on the arts.
Deadline: 8 May
Read more

Triangle Trust 1949 fund
Grants of £10 – 60,000 for six months to two years,  are available for charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies in the UK that are working to support young carers/young adult carers or young offenders.
Deadline: 11 May 2021
Read more

Enterprise Development Programme – Equality
Grants of up to £30,000 available to charities and social enterprises working in the equality sector in England to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones.
Deadline: 14 May
Read more

Fidelio Trust
Grant of up to £5,000 to help individuals (over school age) and groups of exceptional ability in the UK that would not otherwise be able to carry out an artistic project or activity without financial support.
Deadline: 14 May
Read more

Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition
The Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs Competition aims to help entrepreneurs launch small start-up businesses.
Deadline: 22 May
Read more

The Empowering Women Fund
Available for women’s groups and organisations to develop capacity to respond to changing needs in their communities and run projects over a fixed duration of at least 6 months.
Deadline: 28 May
Read more

Rolling programmes - no specified deadlines

Persimmon Community Champions fund
One off grants of £1,000 are available for local community organisations and charities that have already secured matched funding for local community initiatives.
Read more

Pets At Home Animal Rescue Grants
Grants of £250 are available for charities and non-profit organisations in the UK whose main objective is the rescue and rehoming of domestic pets in the UK.
Read more

Pilgrim Trust
Two levels of grants are available for projects in the UK concerned with heritage preservation and social welfare, especially improving the life chances of vulnerable members of society - particularly women and girls.
Read more

English Cricket Board Emergency Fund
Grants and interest-free loans are available for affiliated cricket clubs and leagues to adapt to coronavirus guidelines and cover any shortfall in essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs during the pandemic.
Read more

Tesco Community Grants
Eligible organisations can apply online for a grant, applications are assessed and shortlisted. Every three months successful shortlisted applications are put into a customer vote in Tesco stores across the UK.
Read more

Stuart Halbert Foundation
Grants of usually up to £10,000  are available to UK registered charities and other charitable organisations for projects that support disadvantaged people, animal welfare, the Armed forces or the local community.
Read more

Family Action Welfare Grants Programme
Family Action aims to support families during times of hardship to enable them to become stronger, happier and healthier.
Read more
Check on rolling funding, where there is not a specific deadline, under Funding on the KVA website.
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