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.
Upcoming funding deadlines
Round 2 of the Kingston Covid 19 grants is now open, via the National Lottery Community Fund to develop and deliver a grants programme for the benefit of Kingston residents affected by Covid-19.
The Kingston Covid-19 Grants Programme is intended to support organisations to continue to deliver vital services in this difficult time with grants of up to £10,000 to organisations with a turnover of up to £1 million. In particular, the Programme will:
- Fund activities that support people and communities affected by Covid-19
- Help organisations overcome the acute financial difficulties, increased demands and challenges they are facing as a result of the crisis
- Support people most at risk from the impact of Covid-19.
For example, people who are:
- Having difficulties due to lack of digital equipment or know-how
- At risk of abuse
- Suffering from mental health issues
- Experiencing housing insecurity and/or unemployment
- In need of information in their first language about Covid-19 and the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The programme particularly encourages applications from small and emerging organisations and those working with BAMER and LGBTQ+ communities, disabled people and carers in the Borough.
Deadlne: 09.00hrs Monday 8th March 2021
Six funding trusts from the People’s Postcode Lottery and Localgiving will be working together to award more than £1 million in small grants to some 2,000 charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales over the next six months.
Unlike previous years when projects had to deliver sports or physical activities, this year (2021) the funding aims to support organisations carrying out projects that address the following themes:
- 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.
Deadline: 31 October 2021.
Rolling funding opportunities
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 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.
The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants for capital projects that inspire and increase the numbers of people regularly taking part in physical activities.
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.
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.
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.
Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a 'just world', free from poverty. Comic Relief allocates funding under four programme areas, investing in children and young people; empowering women and girls; improving health and wellbeing; and building stronger communities.
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.
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.
Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that customers choose.
Programmes are designed to support charities that help people experiencing multiple disadvantage to make positive and lasting changes to their lives at critical points.
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
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.