New levelling up and community investments

This collection brings together three investment programmes which aim to level up communities.

The UK government is committed to levelling up across the whole of the United Kingdom to ensure that no community is left behind, particularly as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 support these objectives, the UK government has launched three new investment programmes to support communities right across the country. All share common challenges and opportunities, which the UK government is determined to address in collaboration with local partners. These new investment programmes are:

  • The UK Community Renewal Fund
  • The Levelling Up Fund
  • The Community Ownership Fund

Click here for more information.

Community Matters Funding Fair Feedback and Presentations

Tudor Trust – Information shared by the Tudor Trust from the Community Matters Funding Fair

Groundwork – Information shared at the Community Matters Funding Fair.  Note the ESF grant is only available to West Yorkshire.  The other grants covered in this presentation are available to NE Lincs:

  • Tesco Community Grants launches Thursday 1st April 2021
  • Comic Relief Capacity Building Grants closes Monday 19th April  – it may close earlier if funds are allocated

Sport England – Information shared at the Community Matters Funding Fair

The Foyle Foundation – Information shared at the Community Matters Funding Fair

COVID-19 business grant allowances increased unlocking £millions of extra funding for charities

From Charity Tax Group:

After nine months of concerted lobbying effort by the Charity Retail Association and Charity Tax Group, charities have welcomed news that COVID-19 business grant allowances have been increased by the Government. Charities with substantial property retail, hospitality and leisure property portfolios, including charity shops, can now access up to £1m of extra funding with an additional £9m available if a range of eligibility criteria are met.

Businesses on the high street, including charity shops, had previously been denied access to business saving lockdown grants as the UK Government applied EU state aid rules despite the UK no longer being bound by them. The Charity Retail Association and Charity Tax Group, supported by a coalition of leading charities and sector bodies, had called on the Chancellor to increase the limits, arguing that EU restrictions no longer applied and were in any event now more generous than the UK’s limits.

Click here for the full article.

Changing Places toilets

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is providing £30 million for councils to install life-enhancing Changing Places toilets in existing buildings in England. Changing Places toilets are larger accessible toilets for people who cannot use standard disabled toilets, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers. MHCLG will be inviting district and unitary councils to “opt in” to receive a proportion of this funding to install facilities in their communities and is encouraging them to involve county councils in two-tier areas.  

This welcome funding will enable more disabled people, their families and carers to plan days out and fully participate in everyday experiences such as leisure and sports, cinemas, and visiting arts and tourism venues. You may wish to start considering where Changing Places toilets are most needed in your communities, and opportunities to work in partnership with other organisations to deliver these facilities, including securing match funding and in-kind contributions.  

£4.6 Billion Levelling up funding

Government have announced at the Spending Review, the Levelling Up Fund will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK. The £4.8 billion fund will support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets.

The prospectus provides guidance for local areas on how to submit bids for the Fund.

click here for the prospectus.

New Armed forces funding programmes opening in April 2021

Sustaining Support for Armed Forces communities

The £6 million Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities programme will open in April.

This programme will provide funding for existing charitable projects that give help to Armed Forces communities, but which need short term support to continue, as a result of the impact of Covid on charitable income. 

From April 2021, we’ll also be opening Round 2 of the NAAFI Fund: supporting projects within Armed Forces units that improve quality of life for serving personnel and their families.

There will also be further rounds of the Force for Change programme, which provides small grants for local projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area.

To find out more please visit the Armed Forces Covenant fun Trust website here.

50 funders commit to being ‘more open and trusting’

From Civil Society:

Fifty funders have promised to be more open and trusting, and make grants in a way that reflects the realities facing charities and social enterprises.

As part of the #FlexibleFunders commitment, they will also manage those grants in a way that reflects the confidence they have in organisations they fund. 

The campaign has been coordinated by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), in collaboration with London Funders and a small group of UK foundations and charities. It builds on a pledge circulated by London Funders at the beginning of the pandemic. 

Click here for the full article.

UK sports bodies continue to invest broadcast revenues into grassroots sport under Voluntary Code

The Sport and Recreation Alliance have published an article on the £1 billion reinvested into grassroots sport, see article below:

Some of the largest sports bodies in the country reinvested £156.2m of broadcast revenues into the long-term development of their sports in the last year.

The commitment forms part of the Voluntary Code of Conduct on the Broadcasting of Major Sporting Events, which is administered and supported by the Sport and Recreation Alliance. Under the commitment in the Code, sports bodies have reinvested almost £1bn into sport since 2013, highlighting the link between the commercial success of elite competitions and the health of grassroots community sport.

Click here for the full article.

National Lottery Heritage Fund Business Support and Enterprise Programmes for the heritage sector

From National Lottery Heritage Fund:

Some further information on other support programmes available for heritage organisations

Way back in March 2020, a number of projects across the UK were awarded funding under the Business Support and Enterprise call out.  Business Support programmes are specific to countries and the Enterprise programmes are UK wide.

Both England wide programmes have now launched and we did a story on our website and linked eNewsletter with the opportunities open to those organisation that work with heritage

The first of these is Rebuilding Heritage – there are a number of resources and opportunities on the programme specific website Home – Rebuilding Heritage – Free Support Programme for the Heritage Sector

The second of these is Heritage Compass.  This is current open to expressions of interest and applications to be part of the programme.  There is funding to cover the costs of participating and having time away from an organisation.  This is aimed at small and medium heritage organisations, and does include any that are voluntary run. Heritage Compass | Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy

Please do circulate these opportunities to your networks

Best wishes

Katharine