CareerTech Challenge Fund

Deadline 9th December 2019

CareerTech are offering funding for UK registered companies and charities working on innovative tech solutions which motivate people in England and support them to learn new skills and retrain.

Grants are available of between £100,000 and £250,000 for around 13-18 registered companies or charities.

Nesta’s CareerTech Challenge Fund has been established to support the development of innovative services that help people navigate the changing labour market and learn the skills they need for the future of work. Grants are being provided for innovative tech solutions that can help people adapt their career skills, retrain and/or help motivate those most vulnerable to workforce changes to learn.

To find out more, please click here.

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Pocket Parks grants

Deadline 5:00pm on 31 December 2019

This fund is to help communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces

Invitation to community-led organisations in partnership with local authorities to apply for funding to create new pocket parks and refurbish existing parks.

Minastry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is making available £1.35 million to create new pocket parks or renovate existing parks that have fallen into disrepair where it can be shown that physical changes could have a significant positive impact on the local community and address a specific local need. This funding will help put communities and their partners in control of the management of green spaces of value to them; and contribute resource towards improving the condition of these spaces to ensure they are in good condition.

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Beatrice Laing Trust

Beatrice Laing Trust offer UK registered charities grants to undertake projects for the relief of poverty and distress in the UK and overseas.

Usually grants range between £2,000 and £10,000.

They will support organisations offering practical services to those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable, with a particular emphasis on Christian organisations seeking to express their faith through practical action to help:

  • the homeless
  • the elderly
  • ex-offenders
  • former Servicemen and women

To find out more, please visit the Beatrice Laing Trust website here.

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Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2020

Deadline 8th December 2019

Funding is available for local authorities, charities and community groups to celebrate, commemorate and/or educate about the history of the MV Empire Windrush and the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social and cultural life.

There is £2,500 and £25,000 grants available.

The Windrush Day Grant Scheme will fund projects and events that support the high-level objectives of the grant, which are:

  • To educate – activities should build awareness of historical facts and aim to deepen shared understanding about the Windrush generation and their descendants including those pioneers who arrived on the MV Empire Windrush in 1948 and those who came on boats and planes in the decades afterwards.
  • To celebrate and recognise the Windrush Generation and their descendants – activities to mark National Windrush Day on 22 June 2020.
  • To foster a greater sense of belonging among people of Caribbean background as part of the rich tapestry of the nation’s heritage.
  • To build local community capacity.
  • To encourage shared understanding of the Windrush story between those of different age groups and ethnic backgrounds and across all regions of the country.

To find out more, please visit the website here.

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Cold Weather Fund

Deadline 6th December 2019

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) are providing up to £1million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities. The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter.

The 4 key objectives of the project are to:

  • Reach providers who are not commissioned by local authorities but play a key role in ensuring rough sleepers are supported off the streets.
  • Support as many rough sleepers off the street as possible prior to and during the cold weather period.
  • Ensure that interventions funded are complementary to local authorities’ ongoing work on reducing rough sleeping.
  • Ensure that interventions funded are effectively supporting people off the streets in line with best practice.

Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available to organisations.

To find out more, please visit the Homeless Link website here.

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Foyle Foundation

The Foyle Foundation, a registered charity, provides funding to UK registered charities undertaking projects that will improve learning resources, or advocate performing and visual arts.

They offer a small grants scheme and a main grants scheme.

For Small Grants funding is available to charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum and supported projects can be in any field across a wide range of activities.

For Main Grants they’re two strands programme:

  • Arts – This strand is designed to improve the sustainability of the arts and support groups which work to achieve this. Generally, funding is for specific projects/activities that offer long-term benefit and sustainability.
  • Learning – This strand is designed to support projects that facilitate the acquisition of knowledge such as through increased access to places of learning (eg museums and libraries) and which have a long-term strategic impact.

To find out more, please visit the Foyle Foundation website here.

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The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

Deadline 15th November 2019

The Trust is looking to support work which will improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work.

They are looking to support work with targeted groups of 0-3 year olds in England and Wales which will specifically:

  • improve the reach to these targeted groups
  • bring about improved defined outcomes for these targeted groups

The maximum grant will be £50,000 per annum.

To find out more, please visit the funders website here.

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HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Grants Programme 2020-22

Deadline 1st November 2019

One-off grants are available for voluntary sector organisations for the piloting of new services and approaches or the extension of current programmes that support offender rehabilitation.

Grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 are available over two years (between April 2020 and March 2022)

The Grants Programme will have four themes which organisations can apply for. The four themes will be advertised as different bids on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Sourcing Portal. On the Portal the project number for the HMPPS Grants Programme is: Prj_1662.

Organisations may choose to bid for one or more of the following themes:

  • Improving support for families and significant others (ITT 3674)
  • Improving outcomes for those with protected characteristics (£250,000 of the Grants Programme has been ringfenced for an organisation to identify and manage other VCSE organisations to deliver a programme addressing this theme across multiple sites and settings. Other lower value bids for this theme will also be considered.) (ITT 3675)
  • Improving health and well-being (ITT 3677)
  • Improving safer custody across the prison estate (ITT 3676)

To find out more, please click here.

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Historic England: National Capacity Building

The National Capacity Building (NCB) Programme is aimed at the not-for-profit sector and voluntary organisations based in England to support projects that are national in coverage and promote the conservation, understanding and sustainable management and development of the historic environment.

Funding will begin from 1 April 2020, for projects that run for a maximum of one year.

Targets for support:

  • National-level projects and activities that champion, support and enable third-sector organisations and voluntary groups, to reduce heritage at risk and sustainably manage heritage assets by engaging more effectively in the historic environment;
  • Support for statutory consultees to provide advice to local authorities to achieve the sustainable management of change in the historic environment;
  • Projects which enable national third-sector organisations to reduce their reliance on public funding and to increase their effectiveness in their work with the historic environment.

To find out more, please visit the Historic England website here.

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Music For All – Community Project Funding

Music for All aims to provide a helping hand to projects and initiatives across the UK that are seeking to bring music to their community. The funding is for groups that need assistance to fulfil their potential in developing truly sustainable music programmes.

You can apply for up to £2,500.

UK-based groups, schools and organisations that are bringing music to their communities can apply.

The deadline for applications to the:

  • Spring period is 1 November for funding requirement in the following January.
  • Summer period is 1 February for funding requirement in April.
  • Autumn period is 1 July for funding requirement in September.

To find out more, please visit the Music For All website here.

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