The Guinness Partnership: Aspire Awards

Deadline 14th January 2022

Over the last five years The Guinness Partnership have given more than 270 customers Aspire Award grants to support community projects or help pay for education courses, training and equipment.

The grants have helped Guinness customers to achieve their dreams, further their careers and progress their talents.

To apply for an Aspire Award you must be living in a Guinness property or have been using
Guinness services for at least six months.

The awards are judged and granted three times a year with funding available under four different categories; Your Career, Your Degree, Your Talent and Your Community.

for more information or to apply please click here.

NEL Safeguarding Children Partnership Voice of the Child and Lived Experience Practice Guidance

Sent on behalf of Helen Willis, SCP Manager

The Safeguarding Children Partnership have developed Voice of the Child and understanding their lived experience guidance.  The development of the guidance has been informed by learning from local line of sight and is designed to support practitioners to understand and assess the child’s lived experience which will inform every element of your work with the child/ young person

Locally we found that the child’s voice is generally captured well by agencies, however is not always acted upon and the child’s lived experience is not always fully assessed.  A similar theme was identified at a national level by the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

Understanding what the child’s daily life is like

Understanding what a child sees, hears, thinks and experiences on a daily basis, and the way this impacts on their development and welfare, is central to protective safeguarding work.

The child’s views should inform analysis and assessment so that intervention is appropriate to address key concerns and needs.

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel – GOV.UK (

The Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund (NEIRF)

Deadline 3rd February 2022

The NEIRF is a competitive grants scheme providing grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to support the development of environmental projects in England that:

  • help achieve one or more natural environmental outcomes from the 25 year environment plan
  • have the ability to produce revenue from ecosystem services to attract and repay investment
  • produce an investment model that can be scaled up and reproduced

The scheme aims to stimulate private investment and market based mechanisms that improve and safeguard the natural environment by helping projects become investment ready. The intention is to establish a pipeline of projects for the private sector to invest in, and develop new funding models that can be replicated elsewhere.

The fund will help organisations obtain specialist advice, engage investors and build capacity to develop their project to the stage when it is ready to receive and repay investment. Projects need to be replicable and scalable, with key learnings made public to encourage similar approaches to access private sector finance for nature projects in future.

Click here for the government website.

Power to Change – Powering Up

Deadline 13th December 2021

The new Powering Up programme will run over a four-year period with multiple rounds of funding. The programme support partners are Locality, Plunkett Foundation, Cooperatives UK, Eastside Primetimers, the Ubele Initiative and Catalyst. The initial phase of the programme is focused on community businesses looking to learn how digital skills could help their business develop and grow. Other support areas will be included in the programme during 2022.

A tailored support package worth up to £20,000 in total is available and includes:

  • Paid access to support providers (up to £9,000) who are brokered in to meet the specific needs of their community businesses over a 12-month period.
  • Professional development and wellbeing support (up to £3,000) such as leadership coaching, peer mentor, and mental health support. This support can be drawn down over the 12-month period of support.
  • An £8,000 unrestricted grant to support community business leaders, and their team, to engage in the required support of the programme. This could be to cover their time, back fill a post, purchase essential equipment, or cover other expenditure that enables growth of their community business.

It is anticipated that up to 25 community businesses will be supported in the first round.

Click here for the Power to Change website.

Ecclesiastical – 12 Days of Giving

For 12 days – as part of the movement for good – Ecclesiastical will be making £120,000 in donations to charities to help them deliver their vital work. By nominating a registered charity, not-for-profit organisations, or community interest company in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, you are entering them in for the chance to win £1,000.

Anyone can nominate and 10 winners at random each weekday and nominations will remain open until midnight the day before each draw. Draws will take place each weekday from 6 – 21 December 2021.

Click her for the Ecclesiastical website.

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

The objectives of the Trust are to protect animals and to promote and encourage practical work in preventing animal cruelty and the relief of animal suffering.

Grants are available for a wide variety of projects that are of direct benefit to animals. Grants can cover capital and revenue expenditure. The following is a non-exhaustive list of activities eligible for funding:

  • Spay/neuter programmes.
  • The search for alternatives to the use of animals in research.
  • Anti-poaching programmes.
  • Establishing veterinary hospitals.
  • Clinics and training programmes.
  • Animal sanctuaries.
  • Assistance for smaller groups committed to the cause of animal welfare.

Click here for the trust website.

Allchurches – Afghan Evacuees Emergency Grants Programme

Deadline 15th December 2021

Allchurches Trust has launched an emergency grant programme to support churches and Christian charities helping to tackle the Afghanistan evacuee crisis. The Afghan Evacuees Emergency Grants Programme will help churches and Christian charities to support evacuees resettling in the UK from Afghanistan, giving them a better chance of a fresh start. 

Funding can be used to cover costs associated with the resettlement of Afghan evacuees, including:

  • Personal items, such as clothing, mobile phones, food or baby items.
  • Home items such as furniture.
  • Language support, such as English classes and translation services.
  • Integrating and settling, such as drop-in sessions, welcome parties, UK life courses, or befriending programmes.
  • Expenses for volunteers/facilities, such as rental costs, training, or DBS checks.

Click here for the Allchurches Trust website.

The Mental Health Sustainability Fund (MHSF) – Helplines Fund with Bupa Foundation

Deadline 6th December 2021

This fund will provide small grants of up to £5,000 (from a pot of £50,000), to support sustainability in small-medium sized (up to £250,000 turnover) mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations who offer a helpline provision.

Type of organisation: Registered charity, not for profit company limited by guarantee, CIC (Community Interest Company) or CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation)

Definition of helpline: A service providing non-face-to-face advice, support and information via phone, email, text, SMS or online.

Expressed purpose: Is to support individuals suffering from mental health needs or illnesses as evidenced by and stated in organisation’s governing documents, as well as by a track record of previous mental health support provision

Supporting those with health inequalities exacerbated by Covid-19: Such as minoritised communities (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities), LGBT+, children and young people, older people, new mothers, and those in contact with the criminal justice system etc.

Size of organisation: Annual revenue of no more than £250,000 in last full year accounts.

Location: Based in England, with majority of beneficiaries in England

Click here for the MHSF website.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) “Plant a Tree for Jubilee”

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees during the official planting season between October to March. Tree planting will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year.

Click here for the QGC website.